The Library will close at 2 PM on Saturday, April 16th for the annual carpet cleaning. the Library is also closed on Monday,  April 18th for the Patriot’s Day Holiday. It will reopen on Tuesday, April 19th from 1PM-8PM.

The Library has closed at 2 PM due to the Weather. The Library will reopen on Saturday, February 6th from 9 AM  to 5 PM. Additionally the Movie for tonight, “Bridge of Spies” , has been cancelled.

The Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library, Rockport Public Library, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library, and TOHP Burnham Library Essex are pleased to announce and launch a yearlong community reading program – Cape Ann Reads – designed around the creation of a single new original picture book!

A year of picture book themed workshops for families and adults are offered to encourage community creativity, regional collaboration and family literacy through picture books. All programs are free and open to the public.

In addition Cape Ann Reads is holding a children’s picture book contest! It is open to Cape Ann residents of all ages, students attending school on Cape Ann and people who work on Cape Ann. To learn more please check out the Cape Ann Reads website!



Author Visit with Gerry Boyle
On Thursday, January 28th at 6:30 PM the Library will welcome mystery writer Gerry Boyle for an author talk. He has written more than a dozen novels that take place around Maine. His books include the popular mystery series featuring the freelance journalist-detective Jack McMorrow. Gerry’s own history in reporting small-town crimes would serve as inspiration for his first novel, Deadline. In addition to mystery novels he also writes articles for the magazine Down East.

The Library will continue the second year of screening monthly movie series of award nominated adult films beginning on Friday, January 8th at 5:30 PM. Starting off this year’s movie nights is “Spy”, a hilarious comedy about a desk-bound CIA analyst who goes undercover to help infiltrate and prevent a diabolical global disaster. This movie stars Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law and Jason Stratham. Bring your own drink, the Library will provide popcorn. To register you can call the Library at (978)526-7711. This movie is rated R and anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian fill out a permission slip available at the circulation desk.

The Friends of the Library will have a Holiday Book Sale at the Library on Saturday, December 4th! Stop by for some great reads and cider!

Christmas-by-the-Sea Child Care During Shopping Evening

Friday, December 4, 2015 from 5 PM

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and the Manchester Essex Regional High School (MERHS) Green Team are teaming up in support of the Christmas-by-the-Sea shopping evening by providing child care services during that time!

  • Drop off children at the side door of the Manchester Public Library, the Children’s Room entrance beginning at 5 PM.  Cell phone numbers must be provided at the time of drop off.
  • Minimum donation: $10 per child with a family maximum of $30 for the evening.
  • The Green Team will entertain the children by providing arts & crafts, games, movie, etc. Adult chaperones will be available.
  • Light refreshments provided
  • Children may be picked up anytime prior to 9 PM.

Proceeds Proceeds support the MERHS Green Team.




The Library will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in observance of Veterans Day. The Library will reopen on Thursday, November 12th at 1 PM.

Author Visit with Shannon Kirk

The Library will welcome local author Shannon Kirk for an author talk and book signing on Thursday, September 10th at 6:30 PM to discuss her popular book Method 15/33. Shannon has been honored three times by the Faulkner Society in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition for her works Heavens (2012 finalist), Method 15/33 (2013 finalist), and Impossibility of Interplanetary Love (2014 short-list finalist). When not practicing law, she writes in her free time for several genres: literary fiction, suspense/thriller, and young adult. Shannon is a member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America.

If your child qualified for Topsfield Fair tickets (600 minutes read and checked off in the Summer Reading binder before August 7), you have until Friday, September 11th to come in to the Library to pick them up! Congratulations, readers!