The Library will be closed Monday, February 15 in honor of Presidents’ Day. We will reopen at 1 PM on Tuesday, February 16. Enjoy the holiday!

All who enjoy knitting, or crocheting, or other needlework, are welcome at the Round Table on Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 PM at the Manchester Public Library! The group will meet through the winter.

We will often have experienced knitters or crocheters on hand. Do join in whether you like the craft, company or you would enjoy trying one for the first time! Some supplies are at the library, bring your own projects, too. We currently have a good supply of knitting needles but could use a few crochet hooks and some good yarn.

Nonfiction Book Group
The next meeting of the Nonfiction Book Group is Monday, February 22 at 5:00 PM. (Note new winter time). The group will discuss The Narrow Edge: a Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab and an Epic Journey by local naturalist, Deborah Cramer.

The group will be discussing the Modernism Art World of 1900 Paris on March 14.

The April 11th meeting will be covering the Crash of 2016.

New members are always welcome.

Cookbook Throwdown #4

Love trying new recipes? Want to try more than just one at a time? Our next Seasonal Cookbook Throwdown will be at the Manchester Public Library on Saturday, February 6th at 2 PM. The library has borrowed many copies of two different soup cookbooks, Soup Night and Soup Club, available at the front desk. Check one out, try a recipe, then come back and sign up to make that for the throwdown. The library provides, cups, napkins and spoons for the event and we’ll have fun taste testing all the entries before voting on the best. Winner gets serious bragging rights and a $25 gift certificate. Warm up with some yummy soup and enjoy trying new cookbooks at your library.

The Manchester Public Library has cookbooks at 641.5 in new non-fiction, same number in older non-fiction, and has loads of magazines for cooks both novice and experienced. Try out Cooks illustrated, Cuisine, Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Vegetarian Times and many more. All past month magazines can be checked out and may yield yummy results for you!

zentangle valentine

Zentangle is an easy to learn method of making beautiful images from repetitive patterns. Join us and we’ll tangle and make Valentines to give to someone special.

The workshop is at the Library on Wednesday, February 3 at 12:30. Grades 6-8 welcome. You snooze, you lose. Supplies are limited.

The next meeting of the Hearthside Book Group is Tuesday, February 2nd at 4:00 PM. The group will discuss All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. New members are always welcome.

Richard J. Roberts , NE Biolabs

On Monday, January 4, 2016 at 6:30 PM Richard J. Roberts of New England Biolabs in Beverly will present a different view about GMOs from the one held by an Organic Farmer and proponent of GMO Right to Know, Ed Stockman. Mr. Stockman, co-founder of Massachusetts Right to Know GMO, recently spoke at the Library about GMOs and our food.

Dr. Roberts is a 1993 Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology or Medicine and has spoken frequently on the topic of GMOs and “argue (s) that by deliberately ignoring the science that underpins GMOs and painting horrific pictures of the dangers that might ensue, political motives are slowing the wide adoption of these technologies at the expense of the developing world”. There is much to think about, examine and debate in this topical issue.

We hope you will join us at the Library and learn more of the issues, impact, and ramifications of either side of the important GMO debate. Please call 978-526-2011 to speak with Sara Collins, Director, for more information.


The Library will close on Christmas Eve, December 24th at 4 PM and will reopen on Saturday, December 26th at 10 AM.

The Library will close early on Thursday the 31st at 4 PM, and will not be open Friday the 1st. The Library will reopen on Saturday the 2nd from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Happy Holidays!


Come in to the library and make your best guess on the number of candy kisses in the jar on the counter in the Circulation area. One guess per participant please. Everyone is invited. You have until December 22nd at 8 PM to submit your guess. Young Adult Librarian, Anne Cowman will announce the winner on December 23rd. The winner gets all the kisses, chocolate that is.  Good luck!

Grab your cookie sheets, find your oven mitts, it’s on! Bakers and those with a sweet tooth, join us on Saturday, December 12th, 2 PM at the Manchester Public Library for the Christmas Cookie Throwdown.

For the Throwdown we have selected Rose Levy Beranbaum’s book, Rose’s Christmas Cookies. There are extra copies at the front desk to check out and find a recipe you’d like to make and bring in for the Throwdown. There are a variety of recipes; something for everyone. Tasters welcome to attend and vote; the more the merrier. Serious bragging rights and a $25 gift certificate to Trader Joe’s for the winner!

Please come in and find a recipe and sign up soon. We are already looking forward to some yummy treats from the recipes selected already!

How do you participate?

· Check out a copy of the book from the Manchester Public Library front desk.
· Sign up to make one of the recipes after trying some at home.
· Bring your baked item to the Throwdown; sample cookies from other participants; vote!

Easy, fun, tasty! See you there.