Dog Photo Contest

Show us your dog’s funny side. All shutterbugs and all ages are welcome to enter.

Pickup the Rules and Entry Form at the library or click on the link below. Submission deadline is Friday, March 10th.

From March 11th through March 26th, the community is invited to view the photographs and vote for Best in Show.

Dog Photography Contest Flyer and Rules



Library Closed for Presidents’ Day

The Library will be closed on Monday, February 20th in honor of Presidents’ Day. The library will resume its regular hours on Tuesday, February 21st from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Due to weather conditions the Nonfiction Book Group has been cancelled for tonight. Please call the library at 978-526-2017 if you have any questions. The next meeting will be on March 13th where you can read the 2017 Manchester Reads Title: “Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and A Million Miles On The Last Hope Highway” by journalist Peter Zheutlin and get a recap of “Love, Loss, and What we ate”.

The Manchester Library will be closed on Thursday, February 9th due to the oncoming snowstorm. We will reopen on Friday, 10th from 10AM-5PM. February Please call the Library at 978-526-7711 if you have any questions.

Visit the Teen Zone before Valentine’s Day and guess the number of suckers in the jar. The closest guess wins ALL the suckers. One entry per person. Grades 6-12 welcome to play.


On Wednesday, January 18th, 6:30 PM, we welcome Manchester Police Chief, Ed Conley; PAARI (Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative) Executive Director, Allie Hunter McDade; and Manchester Public Health Nurse, Pam Ciccone for an information session with Q & A about this regional and national issue.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Sara Collins,

The Library hours are 1 to 5 PM from January 3 through January 12 to accommodate for the Library’s heating system conversion from oil to gas.

The Library trustees and director would like to take this opportunity to ask your patience and understanding while this conversion is in progress. The grant process from National Grid and Guardian has been in the works for close to 3 years. Many hands have worked to secure the grant and upgrade the Library’s heating system. After several stops and starts work is now underway. Meanwhile the Library will have no central heat. Space heaters will have limited use due to the Library’s limited electrical system, and a heater in the reference room (part of the HVAC) will supply some heat.

Therefore the Library will not operate on its usual schedule. Please call 978-526-7711 before coming to the Library to check our opening status.

The Hampstead Stage presents “A Christmas Carol”

Free Family Festivities!

Children of all ages are invited on Saturday, December 3 at 11 AM to see A Christmas Carol performed with audience participation by the Hampstead Stage!

This wonderful holiday show will be held at the Chapel behind Santander Bank beside the library. Afterwards, come to the library to enjoy cookies and cider compliments of the Friends of the Library! Sign up with Miss Kate at or 978-526-2016 to get a reminder email or phone call.


Early Closing of Library

On Friday, November 18th, the Manchester by the Sea Public Library will be closing at 1 PM due to unforeseen circumstances. Please call the library for more assistance, 978-526-2011.

Book Party: Keeper of the Lost Cities has been cancelled. The new date and time has not yet been determined. If you have any questions please contact the Youth Services Librarian Kate Stadt at