This year’s Manchester Reads will be I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. During the month of April, discover the remarkable tale of Pakistani Malala Yousafzai who fought for her right to receive an education and suffered a severe price for it. Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to being recognized as a global symbol of peaceful protest when she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. There are plenty of copies to pick up a copy at the Library! To learn more about the book and what programs the library will have this month, check out our Manchester Reads page!


March 29, 2015, 2-4 PM

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Manchester-Essex Rotary Scholarship Applications Available at the Library
Scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors and preparatory school students who will be enrolling as full-time students in a two or four year degree granting program. Applicants who live in Manchester or Essex or are enrolled in the Manchester-Essex Regional High School are eligible. Applications are available at the Manchester Public Library, the Essex Public Library and the MERHS Guidance Office.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) will be the last movie shown in our Movie Awards Preview film series on Friday, February 27 at 5:30 PM.

To see what movies were shown, click here:

We will be closed Sunday February 15 due to the blizzard forecast. We will also be closed Monday, February 16 for Presidents Day.

factciteloginFrom Lincoln Library

FactCite is a fully searchable online information resource brought to you by The Lincoln Library Press. It enables student researchers and teachers to easily navigate through a vast amount of information. Student researchers can search or browse the vast selection of textual information as well as make use of other helpful features, such as printable full-color and outline illustrations and maps. Bonus material in our Greek & Roman section enhances comprehension with features such as a gods and heroes equivalency chart, a Greek alphabet chart, and classroom plays. You need a valid Manchester Public Library card to access the database.

The Library is open on Sundays from 1 – 5 PM until March 29, 2015.


The Manchester Public Library is doing the #icebucketchallenge to help #strikeoutals! We nominate the other Cape Ann Public Libraries, the Friends of the Manchester Library, and the Manchester Library Trustees. You have 24 hours to complete this challenge or donate $100. Even if you complete it, don’t forget to donate at

Check out the video on our Facebook Page!




For quick, efficient, and accurate service, please bring your library card when you visit the Library.

Librarians often look patrons up in the database, as a convenience to patrons, but lately the practice has led to several incidents of books being charged to the wrong person. Additionally, with summer visitors, we do not recognize every patron. Searching for a patron in the database takes minutes and is open to mistakes; scanning a library card is quick and accurate.

This summer we will offer tokens to those who bring their library card (or correctly memorize their barcode). Accumulate 10 tokens to redeem for a treat, a $5 gift certificate to Captain Dusty’s or the Coffee Cup. Librarians hope the habit will stick in the fall.

(July 1 – Labor Day)


The Friends Annual Book Sale is this weekend! Books in every category including cookbooks, fiction, nonfiction, sports, boating and travel! There will also be books for children and young adults! Rick Roth of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team will be there to show his display of local snakes.

Saturday, August 2, 9-5. (inside in case of rain)
Sunday, August 3, 10-1

The Library will close early on August 1 at 3 PM for the friends to set up the sale.