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 scollins@mvlc.org. You have until 8 PM closing on Monday, March 31st to enter your ticket in the library raffle box.

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It presents the eBook challenge facing libraries and demonstrates the collaborative way in which MA libraries are addressing the issue.

Fenway Franks

Stop by the Library on Wednesday, March 12 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM to enjoy a delicious hot dog lunch as part of our Manchester Reads month. For the first fifty people, while supplies last. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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 scollins@mvlc.org or 978-526-2016 to register.