For the month of June, the Library will be collecting food donations to give to the Open Door Food Pantry located in Gloucester. Please bring your non-perishable, non-glass donations to the circulation desk of the library.  For more information about the Open Door Food Pantry go to

The Manchester Public Library relies on the help of reliable, enthusiastic, students to keep our summer of many programs and huge amounts of reading flowing. As a volunteen, you will make a difference. If you are a part of the team, you need to be someone we can count on: call or email with schedule changes, take the initiative in rescheduling any missed hours, volunteer to the best of your ability. In return, you will know you have made a difference in the experience of many children in town, the library is a better place because of you, and you will have gained valuable volunteer experience/community service hours needed for school. This is also useful when you seek out a paying job and many recommendations have been written on behalf of our student volunteens.

We expect at least 15 hours over the course of the summer and you must have finished 5th grade this spring to commit to volunteering at this level. Call (978) 526-2016, or email scollins at, with any questions.

Applications are available in the Children’s Room, Teen Zone, and front desk throughout May.  We will have an orientation meeting in early June and do initial scheduling at that point.

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day. The Library will reopen on Tuesday, May 27 from 1 PM- 8PM.

The Friends of the Library have run out of room for book donations. We regretfully must stop accepting any donations until further notice.

The Friends of the Library have run out of room for book donations. We regretfully must stop accepting any donations until further notice.

The Friends Annual Meeting, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 7 PM, at the Library

After a short business meeting the guest speaker is Ursula DeYoung, Manchester author of Shorecliff.    The public is cordially invited. Light refreshments.

ShorecliffUrsula DeYoung

Ursula DeYoung grew up in a small seaside town north of Boston. She studied History and Literature at Harvard and received a Ph.D. in History from Oxford. She currently lives in Cambridge, MA, where she divides her time between writing fiction and continuing her research on nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century culture, science, and literature. (Amazon)


The Library will close at 6 PM and reopen at 6:30 PM.

April 13-19 is National Library Week! First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

To celebrate the library will be having a raffle during that week for prizes you could win! If you participate you might receive “In With The Old: Classic Décor From A to Z” by Jennifer Boles, a Captain Dusty Gift Certificate, a free trip to Mass Audubon and more. The first participants who win and first come to receive a prize will get first choice!


The library is pleased to be sponsoring John Rocco & Jay Primiano, authors of the new book “Swim That Rock”. The authors will be visiting the Manchester Essex Middle School on April 29th and sharing their fast-paced, story of a teen boy struggling to save his family’s diner after his dad goes missing in a fishing-boat accident. Caught between the tight knit clamming community and the reaches of the R.I. mob, Jake must learn to navigate his own course.

Reserve a copy through the Library’s website here!

The Manchester Library will be closing at 6:00 PM tonight for a Town Meeting.

In honor of Manchester READS 2014, Each time you read Fenway 1912, a red sox or any baseball book you may enter your name on one of the free raffle tickets in the Manchester Public Library for a chance to win tickets to Fenway or one of three new baseball books. Due to the generosity of the Friends of the library, we have added a pack of four tickets to the Sunday, April 6th, 1;30 PM Red Sox Game to our raffle! Our other great baseball books prizes are F is for Fenway, popular author Jerry Pallotta’s salute to the beautiful ballpark in its 100th year. 2013 World Series Champions is a celebration of an amazing season that we all enjoyed last year. This month, David Kelly, author of Fenway Foul-up and many other baseball mysteries visited the library and added his latest in the series to our raffle. You now have a chance to win #8, The Missing Marlin, as well! One chance for each book you read (baseball or any other sport) all month long. Let’s get March going and spring coming. Read all about it and play ball. For more information, please call Sara Collins, Head of Youth Services 978-526-2016 or You have until 8 PM closing on Monday, March 31st to enter your ticket in the library raffle box.