The Library has passes to several area museums that are fun for the whole family. Go online and reserve your pass with your valid library card; one per family per day. Pick up the pass at the library and remember to bring your library card to check out the pass.

The Friends of the Library annual Summer Book Sale takes place August 1st from 9 AM – 5 PM and August 2nd from 10 AM – 2 PM. The Library will close early on Friday, July 31st at 3 PM to allow for set up. Items for sale will be available inside and outside the Library. The sale will  be held, rain or shine.

There will be a great selection of books in every subject — fiction, art, sports, boating, nature, travel; plus classic books. In addition, there will be books for children and young adults, as well as movies at bargain prices. We hope to see you at the Sale!

beach reading

Stop by Singing Beach on July 16th at 10:30 AM to hang out with Manchester Library’s Lori, Rachael and Sara for a Books @ the Beach Group. Talk about great beach reads, get suggestions and pick up some good books! This a 30-minute group with fun beach reading suggestions, sharing of books, and more. The Group will be on the beach again on August 20th at 10:30 AM with new suggestions and more talk of hot summer reading. BONUS FUN! First 10 to attend get a free library tote bag and a free iced coffee from our friends at the Laughing Gull concession stand. Shout out to Manchester Parks & Rec for helping us coordinate this fun.

Some Library Services Offline from June 27 to 29                                                                                                                              

On Saturday, June 27th the Library’s computer systems will be taken offline for upgrades. We anticipate that systems will be available again prior to Monday, June 29th. While the Library will be open to the public, certain Library services will be unavailable for Library staff and patrons during that time such as ordering items from other libraries, using the online catalog or requesting Museum passes. If there are any Library items to return during these dates please wait until Sunday or Monday when our systems will be back online. We do not have overdue fines and the days we are offline will not count for checked out items. If there are any questions or concerns please contact the Library at (978)526-7711.

Take up the cookbook challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market and serious bragging rights. Here’s how — Check out this season’s cookbook, Mario Batali’s “America Farm to Table” . Experiment with a recipe or two and bring your best dish from the book to our Taster’s Choice event Saturday, June 27th at 3 PM. Small samples will be offered to the public in  attendance. For more details, email

Due to a conflict with the Long Range Planning Committee,heads the Non-fiction Book Group will meet Sept 16.  Meanwhile pick up a copy of “Heads in Beds” for the Oct meeting.

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1888 through current issue. National Geographic Kids, National Geographic Traveler.

Testing & Education Reference Center

Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Need help finding scholarships? Use this database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries. Identify scholarships that meet their financial needs. Take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals.

Career Transitions

Career Transitions is an online career guidance center that walks users through the job-search process from beginning to end. It brings together all the tools needed to explore and take the leap to a new career. Career Transitions employs a step-by-step approach to help people: 1) explore new career possibilities; 2) assess their interests and experience; 3) identify ways to improve their prospects, including networking and education; 4) prepare for a job search; and 5) search and apply for jobs.

The Teen Advisory Board of the Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library, made up of area high school students, created a video to promote the Massachusetts Summer Reading program for the middle school students. On the last day of school, some of the TAB members presented this video to the MEMS.

See the whole video on our new YouTube Account LibraryByTheSea!



End of school and start of Teen Summer Reading party making glow in the dark star catchers!



Mango Mobile Library Edition

Learn languages everywhere you go with our free apps for iPhone®, iPod touch® and Android™. Mango Mobile Library Edition gives you access to all the Mango language courses offered through your library from the palm of your hand.

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Manchester Public Library 1887-2012
Help us celebrate 125 years of service to the community. The Library Trustees announce a capital campaign to renovate the Children’s Room. Join us Tuesday, May 1, 7 PM to learn about the plans and hear the fascinating history of the McKim building by local historian Bill Cross.

Additionally, join us on the Library Lawn Saturday, April 14, 1:30 PM (rain or shine) for a Library Flash Mob photo shoot. Bring your favorite book, CD, movie, etc., to show what your library does for you. Local photographers Bob Juliano and Penny Boling will capture the moment.