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, scollins@mvlc.org.

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 kstadt@manchesterpl.org 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 katerstrong@gmail.com.


Movie Night at the Manchester Library

On Friday, November 4th at 5:30 PM enjoy a romantic comedy-drama set in the 1930s that was written and directed by Woody Allen. This coming of age tale follows a young Bronx native who moves to Hollywood for a new chance at life, and soon becomes smitten with the secretary of his powerful uncle, an agent to the popular stars of that time. These relationships shape his future after his return to New York, where he becomes swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life. This movie stars Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, and Kristen Stewart.  Call the Library at 978-526-7711 to make a reservation. Bring your own drink, the Library will provide popcorn. This movie is rated PG-13 and anyone under 13 must have a parent or guardian fill out a permission slip available at the Library’s circulation desk.




July 27, 2016  – 

Calling all Poets (there is a poet within everyone!) Come join us at the Manchester Public Library for Poets of Summer Program in July and August to explore your own poet’s voice, as well as enjoy the poetry and works of others. On four Wednesday mornings (July 13, 27th; August 10th and 24th) from 10:30AM – 12:00, we will enjoy reading and writing poetry, exploring new voices of today as well as old favorites, learn different writing styles and glimpse into the world of publishing one’s own poetry. Poets of Summer, come one, come all and gather!

Due to unexpected travel issues, Nature Nick will be at the Library at 4:30 PM instead of 4:00 PM. We will be holding the event on the Library’s lawn.

Fourth of July Closings

The Library will then be closed on Monday, July 4th in honor of Independence Day. The Library will resume its regular hours on Tuesday, July 5th from 1 PM to 8 PM.


With the weather forecasting not just rain, but thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, we have made the safe choice to POSTPONE Touch-a-Truck until THURSDAY, JULY 21 at 5 PM. Cross your fingers for better weather!