This year Manchester Reads is all about baseball with Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway’s Remarkable First Year by Glenn Stout. It is a behind-the-scenes tribute to Fenway Park’s origins and the ragtag Red Sox team that embarked on a journey to win the 1912 World Series. Stout shares the stories behind the park’s well known landmarks like the Green Monster and of the designers, builders, managers, and players who made Fenway’s first year unforgettable.

Throughout the month of March the Library will have a great selection of Adult, Young Adult and Juvenile programs about baseball and Fenway Park. Stop by to pick up an events calendar or go to our Manchester Reads page or Facebook for more information on these and other programs going on next month. There are still plenty of copies of Fenway, 1912 available at the circulation desk at the library. Stop by to pick one up!



Daisy Nell Re-Scheduled

We have wriggled our calendars around a bit for our planned Daisy Nell and Captain Stan visit in March. They will be at the Manchester Public library on Saturday, March 22nd, 10:30 AM, to introduce Daisy’s New book “Stowaway Mouse” and lead a sing-along on this new date of March. Please note this on your calendar. Thanks for your understanding. Contact or 978-526-2016 to register.

Don’t wait till the last minute! Tax forms and instruction booklets are available at the Manchester Library. We can also help you download forms from the website.

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.