Manchester Public Library introduces winter Sunday Hours.

Thanks to a generous grant from Morgan-Stanley, the library will be open Sundays from 1 PM – 5 PM starting January 19, 2014.

Check out 2013’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

NPR Books

The Library will be closed Thurs & Fri, Jan 2 & 3.

New Years Holiday Closings

Closes on Tuesday the 31 at 4pm

Closed Wednesday the 1

Reopens on Thursday the 2 from 1pm to 8pm


All through December the Manchester Public library will collect donations for the Open Door Food Pantry located in Gloucester. Please bring your non-perishable, non-glass donations to the Circulation Desk of the library. Thank you for your contributions!

The Manchester Public Library now offers Indieflix where you can watch 1,000’s of award-winning independent films, shorts and documentaries from around the world. On your PC or mobile device you can go to and enjoy films from major festivals including Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more. You can sort by language, genre, or film length with easy-to-use filters.

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

Friday, December 6th from 5:30 PM-8:30 PM

The Manchester Community Center, the Manchester Public Library and the Manchester Essex Green Team are teaming up in support of the Christmas-by-the-Sea shopping evening by providing childcare services during that time!

  • Drop off children at the side entrance of the Manchester Public Library between the hours of 5:30 – 8:30 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

Proceeds will go to support the programming offered by the Manchester Community Center and support the efforts of the Manchester -Essex Green Team.



The Manchester Public Library will close early on Wednesday the 27th at 4pm, and remain closed Thursday the 28th and Friday the 29th. The Library will reopen on Saturday the 30th from 10am to 5pm.


Saturday, November 16th, 11 AM

Meet Toto the Tornado Kitten and owner Jonathan Hall. On June 2, 2011 an F3 tornado swept through western and central Massachusetts. 24 hours into the recovery efforts, a telephone line worker brought a cold, hungry, teeny 2 1/2 week old kitten into the Brimfield ambulance station. The heroic efforts of the Boston Animal Rescue League nursed this critically ill kitten back to life. Join us as we learn about Toto’s story of survival. Books will be available following the program and can be signed by the author. Register please or 978-526-2016. The Children’s Room will have a basket for collection of cat food in honor of TOTO the month of November, to be donated to the Cape Ann Animal Shelter.

Thursday, Nov 7, 6:30 PM

Peek inside the world of publishing with Beth Ineson, the Director of Field Sales at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Ms. Ineson will discuss the world of publishing, including the most effective strategies for getting your book published.

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