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.

Write a Book in One Month? Novel idea
Log on to and pledge to try to write a novel in one month.
Ask a librarian for details.

Manchester-by-the-Sea Library Book Groups

Book groups at the Manchester-by-the-Sea public library are starting up again, so if you are interested in joining, now is the time! Check out the different lists for this coming year to choose which book group is right for you. We have the Hearthside Book Group which meets on a Tuesday afternoon, the Nonfiction Book Group meets on a Monday evening and the Mystery Book Group meets on a Friday morning. No need to sign up; just stop by to share your thoughts and opinions on the book. The books are available at the Circulation Desk. All are welcome!

Banned Books Week
Celebrate your freedom to read during the week of September 22 to the 28 as the nation celebrates Banned Books Week. This week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Come by the library check out some of these books!

To learn more about Banned Books Week, check out the website at

Boston is home to some of the most extraordinary public art in North America. Discover the history behind these amazing and historical pieces with Joseph R. Gallo, author of “Boston Bronze & Stone Speak to Us”.

Congratulations! Summer reading Topsfield Fair tickets are now available to be picked up for your child.

To get the tickets, come to the Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library and speak to a librarian. They will check you off on the list of young winners and give you the Topsfield tickets envelope!

For the prizes, Ages 8 and older include an entrance ticket that they need it to get in, 7 and younger don’t need that, so they don’t have one in their envelope.  Both groups get the rides and lunch ticket!

 How do you know if your child is eligible for Topsfield Fair Tickets?

1. Your child signed up in the Summer Reading Log in the Children’s Room to participate in the program.

2. You checked off (by Wednesday, August 7th) in your child’s column in the log that they had read 600 minutes (10 hours).

If you are still unsure, please contact Miss Sara with any questions.


Give us your feedback through Manchester Performance Survey!

Manchester Town Hall will release a public opinion survey during the month of August. The public opinion survey will be accessible online from a link on the town webpage or you can click the link below. Paper copies of the survey will also be available to pick up at Manchester Town Hall at the Town Clerk’s counter. The purpose of the survey is to gather information from town residents regarding their experiences and interactions with town government and municipal services.

The Manchester Performance Survey will also ask residents to rate the quality and performance of town services. In addition, the ten-question survey concerns residents motivation for moving and staying in town, opinions regarding community and civic involvement, and preferences for receiving news about town events.

To take our survey, click on the following link:

Paper copies of the survey are also available at Manchester Town Hall’s Town Clerk’s counter.

Thank you for your participation.

Friends of the library book sale

The Friends of the Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library will be having their annual Summer Book Sale on Saturday, August 3rd from 9am to 4pm and Sunday,  August 4th from 10am to 1pm. Enjoy the large selection of  fiction, art, sports, boating, nature and travel books,  children’s books, and media!  Until then, we are still accepting donations. Please drop them off at the Circulation Desk. Please call ahead if you are planning on making large donations, as storage can at times be limited. Please do not leave books outside, librarians are not able to move boxes of books.  The number is (978)526-7711. We except books in good condition but not textbooks, magazines or encyclopedias.