Kate Strong Stadt is the new Head of Youth Services Librarian. Kate has previous worked at the T.O.H.P. Burnham Library in Essex, Manchester-by-the-Book, and Jenks library at Gordon College. She is thrilled to continue the legacy of excellent programming and services for children and teens set by Sara Collins, the previous Head of Youth Services and current Director of the Library. Please stop by and welcome the newest member of your hometown library!

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 25th in honor of Memorial Day. The Library will resume its regular hours on Tuesday, May 26th from 1 PM to 8 PM.

The Friends of the Library Annual Meeting will be held on May 12, 2015 at 7 PM in the Library. The speaker is Susan Oleksiw, a Manchester native and author of the Anita Ray and Mellingham series. Everyone is invited. We hope to see you.

Unfortunately this program on April 30 at 6:30 PM has been cancelled. There is no rescheduled date at this time.

Calling all ages! Create a diorama, using those deliciously sweet, marshmallow Peeps as the main characters of your favorite book or movie. Dioramas and entry forms need to be submitted between April 27th and May 1st. The public is then invited to view through May 8th and cast their vote for the The Peeple’s Choice Award. A panel of library volunteers will judge and award prizes in three age groups: Youth—Grade 5 and below Teen—Grades 6-12, and Adult. Join us on May 9th at 11AM for the Peep Show Party where we will announce all winners. Find out more about the contest and get an entry form, click here! http://www.manchesterpl.org/young-adults/peep-show-info/

And check out this great trailer about Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds featuring Peeps!

The Peeps by WoodenNickelShorts

Join us on Saturday, April 25th, 2 PM for tales and tea that bring the region of I am Malala, our Manchester Reads 2015 book, to life. These tales are appropriate for grades 4th through adult and will be shared by a very special Storyteller, Katie Green. Please register at 978-526-2016 or scollins@mvlc.org.

Join Uma Naidoo for a Pakistani cooking demo for Manchester Reads on Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 PM. She will give an insight into real Pakistani food those in the Manchester Reads book I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai, would enjoy. Also you can sample the food created during the demo! Uma Naidoo, M.D. is an award winning Harvard-trained psychiatrist and an award-winning professional chef who graduated from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. A food consultant, she enjoys sharing delicious recipes great for your mood and brain.

The Library will close Saturday, April 18 at 3 PM for Carpet Cleaning

The Library will be closed all day on Monday, April 20 in honor of the  Patriot’s Day holiday


This year’s Manchester Reads will be I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. During the month of April, discover the remarkable tale of Pakistani Malala Yousafzai who fought for her right to receive an education and suffered a severe price for it. Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to being recognized as a global symbol of peaceful protest when she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. There are plenty of copies to pick up a copy at the Library! To learn more about the book and what programs the library will have this month, check out our Manchester Reads page!


I Am Malala and the Women in the Middle East

Enjoy a discussion on Thursday, April 9th at 6:30 PM with Jennifer Quigley-Jones who is a Graduate Student at Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Kennedy Scholar. She will be coming to the Library to give a talk on women in the Middle East for next month’s community reads book I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzi. As a specialist on Syria and Iraq with a particular focus on children in conflict, she will discuss a regional scholar’s response to some of the book’s key issues such as female education and the differences in the positions of women across the region. Ms. Quigley-Jones has published and presented on a variety of international topics, including the Syrian refugee crisis, Afghanistan, and Colombia. She is also Iraq Lead Researcher for a Study Group on the Syrian refugee crisis at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.