The Library will close early on Wednesday the 26 at 4 PM and will not be open Thursday the 27 and Friday the 28. The library will reopen on Saturday the 29th from 10 AM to 5 PM

Next April our Library Director, Dorothy, will retire. The Trustees are conducting a Director Search and would like your feedback as to the qualities they should focus on. Please take the following survey to help define those qualities.
Thank you, Tim Browne, Chair, Board of Library Trustees

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The Library will once again be open on Sundays starting October 19 from 1 – 5 PM.

The Library will be closed on Monday, October 13 in observance of Columbus Day. The Library will reopen on Tuesday, October 14 at 1 PM.

(InOMN 2014) Join us on Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:30 PM Multi-generational. Bring telescopes and we’ll have some, too! Please register so we have Moon maps, Tang, and moon pies for all! Register with scollins at or 978-526-2016. It will be on the Manchester Public Library Lawn (call if weather is questionable) Chuck & Joan Houghton, our favorite star gazers, will be back with Ms. Sara! Our date has been set to accommodate the moon’s path and anticipated location for best viewing on the library lawn.



September 6, 10 AM – 5 PM

Summer Reading Topsfield Fair tickets are available! These tickets are for children who joined the summer reading challenge and checked off in the Sign In Book that they had read 10 hours by August 5. The tickets are at the front circulation desk and must be picked up by Wednesday, September 10 before 8 PM. If you have any questions please call the Library at (978)526-7711 or email Sara at scollins at

The Manchester Library will be closed on Monday, September 1 in honor of Labor Day. The Library will resume its regular hours on Tuesday, September 2, from 1 PM to 8 PM.




The Manchester Public Library is doing the #icebucketchallenge to help #strikeoutals! We nominate the other Cape Ann Public Libraries, the Friends of the Manchester Library, and the Manchester Library Trustees. You have 24 hours to complete this challenge or donate $100. Even if you complete it, don’t forget to donate at

Check out the video on our Facebook Page!




For quick, efficient, and accurate service, please bring your library card when you visit the Library.

Librarians often look patrons up in the database, as a convenience to patrons, but lately the practice has led to several incidents of books being charged to the wrong person. Additionally, with summer visitors, we do not recognize every patron. Searching for a patron in the database takes minutes and is open to mistakes; scanning a library card is quick and accurate.

This summer we will offer tokens to those who bring their library card (or correctly memorize their barcode). Accumulate 10 tokens to redeem for a treat, a $5 gift certificate to Captain Dusty’s or the Coffee Cup. Librarians hope the habit will stick in the fall.

(July 1 – Labor Day)