Remember to plan ahead as the Library will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1, 2018 for the holidays. Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season and all the best in 2018.



Let’s celebrate the holidays with… cookies! Dust off your rolling pins and get baking! Join us at the Library on Wednesday, December 6th at 12:30 PM when a panel of judges will test-taste the cookies and choose the winner. The audience will also be invited to taste. YUM!

Participants need to register at the Library.

Here are the rules:

1. To participate, you must be in grades 6-12.

2. Bake a batch (at least 1-1/2 dozen) of your favorite holiday cookies.

3. Bring your cookies to the Library on Wednesday, December 6 at 12:30 PM.

4. Judges will be evaluating your cookies on taste, presentation, and originality.

5. It is not necessary to provide a recipe but a list of ingredients IS required, due to food allergies.

6. You may bake alone or with a friend. Teams of 2 maximum.

7. Store bought entries are NOT allowed. Though we might eat them anyway.

8. All teens are invited to attend and sample entries, while cookies last, after the judging has taken place. Beverages will be provided.

9, Registration is required. Call 978-526-7711 or visit the library to register.




We’ve changed 11 things in photographs of our Thanksgiving display.

Come in before Monday, November 27th and try to find all 11.

The winner will get to choose which of these organizations will receive a $25 donation: The Open Door, Cape Ann Animal Aid, or Texas Library Disaster Relief Fund.

Veteran’s Day

The Library will be closed on Saturday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. The Library will reopen on Sunday, November 12th from 1 PM-5 PM.



The voting has begun! Hurry in and vote for your favorite cat photograph.

Voting closes on October 29th and the Best in Show winner will be announced on Monday, October 30th.

Best of luck to our 11 entries.

The Friends of the Manchester Public Library will be hosting a Sunday Book Sale on October 29th, 1-3 PM.

This sale will have a variety of books for adults and children. What a great chance to stock up on fun reading and support a great cause! The book sale is just one of the many ways the Friends of the Library raises funds to support additional programs and services at Manchester Public Library throughout the year.

Our Library will be open Sundays from October through mid-April, with a monthly book sale from the Friends. Always changing, always interesting, see you at the book sale!

A Reminder:
Donations for the Friends book sales are being accepted at the front desk of the Library during regular Library hours. Please no more than two bags or boxes without a phone call, 978-526-7711.


Mass Ghost Hunters
On Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30 PM, Team Founder Marc Arvilla, and Team Manager Lauren Sheridan will be presenting a brief history of the Paranormal, discussing equipment and investigation methods, and sharing some of their most interesting cases. Join us in the Library for what looks to be a spine-tingling presentation.

Ages 12—200 welcome. (Parental Discretion Advised)

Healthcare in Retirement
Planning for retirement’s health care costs is one of the most important decisions a person can make for their future.

On Thursday, October 19that 6 PM come by the Library for an educational workshop for future or current retirees that breakdowns the expectations and strategies of today’s heath care costs to develop and accomplish financial goals for a successful retirement. This program will cover a variety of topics to consider such as taxable income, Medicare, and health care savings.

Richard Cella is the founder of Ipswich Bay Advisors and has been a financial advisor for over 30 years. He specializes in Retirement Planning and is the author of Your Personal Retirement Machine. Space for this program is limited. Please register by calling 978-526-7711 or email

Enjoy an evening of poetry, prose, and photography celebrating the poetic explorations of New Hampshire’s diverse waterways.

On Tuesday, October 17th at 6:30 PM, join gifted writers William O’Daly and JS Graustein as they share excerpts from their new book “Water Ways”, a reflection on unique perspectives of beauty from the Connecticut Lakes to the Seacoast, Otter Brook to the Salmon Falls River, and the circumnavigation of Lake Winnipesaukee.

“Water Ways” is a collaborative work that celebrates “blue spaces” while reflecting on the varied perspectives each writer had brought to the project. O’Daly is the author of “The Road to Isla Negra” and will also be sharing some translated poetry by Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda. He lives in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Graustein holds a Master of Science degree in ecology and is the author of “How to Write an Exceptional Thesis or Dissertation” and is the calligrapher and editor in chief for Folded Word Press, located in Meredith, NH specializing in haiku collections, fast fiction and poetry chapbooks. She lives surrounded by trees in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Their work introduces the reader to “the most serene surface, the silence / of what we no longer remember: who we are, / to whom the loon calls across the emptiness”.

‘Till You Make It: How Fake News Spreads and How You Can Be a Smarter News Consumer”

Feeling overwhelmed with the surplus of conflicting information coming from multiple news outlets every day?

Come by the library on Saturday, October 14th at 1 PM to meet Fitchburg State University Assistant Professor Kyle Moody for his program on how to determine what is trustworthy news and how knowing the difference can make you a more educated consumer. Today, the concept of fake news is having an increasing impact on American culture, and Kyle can help filter out what fake news looks and sounds like to help everyone make more informed and critical decisions.

Dr. Moody is an assistant professor in Communications Media with specialties in Professional Communication and Social Media.