There is plenty to do and learn at the library

There is plenty to do well into December at the Abbot Library’s temporary location at the Eveleth School, 3 Brook Road.

Courageous Aging: a Support Group for Older Adults Fridays, November 4 and 18, 3 – 4:15 p.m. and Fridays, December 2, 9, and 16, 3 – 4:15 p.m.

The group meets in the program room.

Are you getting older and need a place to process what really matters to you, who matters to you, what has given you purpose and meaning in life, what you feel good about having accomplished, what you feel grateful for, what you regret, what you feel passionate about, and what you would you like to be doing going forward? 

If so, please join us for this 5-week program facilitated by Dr. Mark Nickolas, a licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Carol O’Brien, MSW.

Open Lab

Mondays, December 5, 12, and 19, Drop-in 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the Program Room, Abbot Public Library at Eveleth School.

Do you have a question about your computer, smartphone, or tech gadget? Do you want time to practice where someone can help if you get stuck? Join a staff member for one-on-one help with your device. 

For attendees who are unable to transport their device, there will be Windows laptops available. Registration is not required.

Adult Info Session: Volunteering at Abbot Public Library

Tuesday, December 13, 3 – 4 p.m.

Program Room, Abbot Public Library at Eveleth School

Learn about new volunteering opportunities for adults at Abbot. Attendees will get an overview of potential positions, expectations, and how to begin the application process. No registration required.

Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes featuring the work of Wislawa Szymborska

Thursday, December 15, 2 – 4 p.m.

Program Room, Abbot Public Library at Eveleth School and Online via Zoom

To attend via Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting here:

The Poetry Salon at the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead will focus on Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996. 

Born and educated in Poland, Szymborska authored more than fifteen books of poetry. While Polish history from World War II through Stalinism clearly informs her poetry, Szymborska was also a deeply personal poet who explored the large truths that exist in ordinary, everyday things.

“Of course, life crosses politics,” Szymborska once said.”But my poems are strictly not political. They are more about people and life.”

Writing in The New York Review of Books, Stanislaw Barańczak said: “Wit, wisdom and warmth are equally important ingredients in the mixture of qualities that makes her so unusual and every poem of hers so unforgettable.” 

Szymborska’s poems have been translated (and published in book form) in English, German, Swedish, Italian, Danish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Czech, Slovakian, Serbo-Croatian, Romanian, Bulgarian and other languages. 

Readers of Szymborska’s poetry have often noted its wit, irony, and deceptive simplicity. Her poetry examines domestic details and occasions, playing these against the backdrop of history.

Claire Keyes is professor Emerita at Salem State University.

To attend via Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting here: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. All are welcome.

Poetry packets will be available near the library’s Main Desk or online at