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!

Stop by Singing Beach on Thursday, August 20th at 10:30 AM to hang out with Manchester Library’s Lori, Rachael and Sara for a Books @ the Beach Group. Talk about great beach reads, get suggestions and pick up some good books! This is a 30-minute group that will be on the beach with new suggestions and more talk of hot summer reading. BONUS FUN! First 10 to attend get a free library tote bag and a free iced coffee from our friends at the Laughing Gull concession stand. Shout out to Manchester Parks & Rec for helping us coordinate this fun.

Jr FIRSTLegoLeague Expo at Manchester Public Library. Join us Saturday, June 6th, 1-3 PM for the highlights, displays, demos from our Five JrFLL teams:Crank Power, Lego Pandas, XBOXROCKS, The Robotics, and Gearstars. These children have been working as part of a cooperative team with members ages 6-9, for over two months. The program will cover the reference room and the children’s room during those hours, so please plan accordingly for your visit to the Library this Saturday.

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.