On Thursday, May 24th at 6:30 PM local documentary photographer Robert Coppola will come by the library to give a presentation on the historical government subsidized housing project in Greenbelt, Maryland founded during the New Deal era. Coppola will discuss how this project was intended to provide a model of Greenbelt towns located outside urban areas with significant changes in town planning and housing design. As part of his 75th anniversary documentary he will also provide historic photographs and commentary to illustrate the planning, landscape architecture and sculpture as it exists today. Robert Coppola’s work as a documentary photographer is included in the collection of The Library of Congress and The Boston Public Library. He was teaching at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design since 1976 as a full-time professor before retiring in 2017.

On Friday, May 18th at 5:30 PM the library will show the British biographical drama about the famous author A. A. Milne and his son whose name is famously recognized as the best friend of beloved children’s literary character, Winne the Pooh. This film depicts Milne’s challenging journey as a WWI vet suffering from PTSD, and how his relationship with his son inspired the creation of Winne the Pooh and the characters and their stories that enchanted England, and eventually the world. When Milne’s books become an unexpected international success, new challenges arise that test the strength of the family. This film stars Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald. Bring your own drink, the Library will provide popcorn.

 

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The library will host a community seed swap on Saturday, May 12 at 11 AM. The library will have seeds to share and encourage participants to bring seeds as well.

Seed Swap

Friends Annual Meeting Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 PM Manchester Historical Museum. The library will close at 6 PM for this meeting.

Speaker for the evening is Laura Harrington, author of A Catalog of Birds and Alice Bliss. Ms Harrington is an award-winning playwright, lyricist and librettist. Winner of 2008 Kleban Award for “most promising librettist in American Musical Theatre”. She has written dozens of plays, musicals, operas and radio plays, which have been produced in 28 states, Canada and Europe.

Her first novel, Alice Bliss, is a Boston Globe bestseller and winner of the 2012 Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction. A Catalog of Birds has been praised by the Washington Post, CONSEQUENCE literary magazine an others.

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To to unforeseen events Bobbi Gibb’s Boston Marathon program for Saturday, April 21st has been cancelled. If you have any questions please call (978)526-7711.

Manchester Community Reads Author Visit

This year’s Manchester Community Reads will focus on a variety of programs for adults, teens and kids to celebrate all things Boston Marathon! To kick off this year’s events the library is excited to announce that artist, writer and marathon runner Bobbi Gibb will be visiting the library for two book talks and signings on Saturday, April 21st from 1 PM – 4 PM. Bobbi Gibb is a three-time winner of the Boston Marathon Women’s Division in the pre-sanctioned era, 1966, 1967 and 1968. She was the first woman ever to run and complete the Boston Marathon in 1966 at a time when it was believed that women were not physically able to run marathon distances.

Her first book talk will be from 1 PM – 2 PM at the Manchester library where she will read from the illustrated children’s book “The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, the First Woman to run the Boston Marathon”, written by Frances Poletti and Kristina Yee and illustrated by Susanna Chapman, which tells the story of Bobbi’s relentless desire to run the Boston Marathon after visiting the race with her father as a child. This book is suggested for ages five and up.

Following her visit, Bobbi will resume her book talk at the Manchester Historical Museum from 2:30 PM – 4 PM to discuss her memoir “Wind In The Fire” and her journey to finally achieve her dream of running the Boston Marathon by overcoming numerous obstacles and prejudices with tenacity, perseverance and love. Copies of both books are available at the library at the circulation desk.

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Friends Annual Meeting Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 PM Manchester Historical Museum

Speaker for the evening is Laura Harrington, author of A Catalog of Birds and Alice Bliss. Ms Harrington is an award-winning playwright, lyricist and librettist. Winner of 2008 Kleban Award for “most promising librettist in American Musical Theatre”. She has written dozens of plays, musicals, operas and radio plays, which have been produced in 28 states, Canada and Europe.

Her first novel, Alice Bliss, is a Boston Globe bestseller and winner of the 2012 Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction. A Catalog of Birds has been praised by the Washington Post, CONSEQUENCE literary magazine an others.

 

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Meet a Library Trustee 
On Saturday, April 14 from 10 – 11:30 AM the Library Trustees will be at the Manchester Library. Come by and meet them and learn more about the important jobs they do to help make the library run. Coffee & donuts will be provided.  
 
Early Closing For Carpet Cleaning 
The Library will close at 2 PM on Saturday, April 14th for the carpets to be cleaned.

 

Sunday April 8th is the last of our Sunday open hours until the fall.

The Library will be closed for Easter, Sunday, April 1. We will reopen Monday April 2nd at 10 AM. Please note that the Library will close at 6 PM that day for Town Meeting.