GMOs–Film & Discussion with Ed Stockman in the Library, Monday November 30 from 6:30 to 8 PM

Do you worry about what your children are eating? Why are GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods labeled in the European Union, but not in the USA? Join us for a special screening of “Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our Lives”, a film by Jeffrey M. Smith. Ed Stockman, organic farmer and co-founder of Mass. Right to Know GMOs will discuss the film and answer questions, so please come with your GMO questions!

Ed Stockman, co-founder of Massachusetts Right to Know GMO (, will be visiting the Library for a talk on GMOs and our food. As a biologist and organic farmer Ed is familiar with the controversies surrounding GMOs and provides informational sources for GMO related issues such as whether states should legislate to require food labeling of genetically modified ingredients. Stockman greatly encourages attendees to show up at the event with questions.

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Non-GMO refreshments will be on display and available for sampling provided by Common Crow.


November 28, 2015 2:00 PM

On Saturday, November 28th at 2 PM stop by the Library to get an introductory look at how you can download music for free through the Library using Freegal. Located on the Library’s website under Virtual Library, you can have access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog which offers hundreds of thousands of songs and over 100 genres of music from more than 50 record labels! There is no need to download software or deal with any digital rights management issues. The music goes right onto your computer, and now with a free App, onto your iPhone, Android or tablet. This is for Manchester residents only. To check out this or other resources, go to or call (978) 526-7711. Many of these resources will require a separate log-in using your Library card number. Please contact the Library if you do not have access to either of those. After the talk you can also work with Rachael to set up your Commonwealth Catalog account.

Library Thanksgiving Holiday Hours — Wednesday, November 25, close at 4 PM. Closed all day Thursday and Friday, November 26 & 27. Reopens Saturday, November 28 at 10 AM. Happy Thanksgiving!

How Well Do You Know the Hunger Games?

The Teen Advisory Board has designed a trivia contest to celebrate the release of the movie, Mockingjay II. Visit the library before November 30 and test your Hunger Games knowledge. Two lucky winners will each receive a movie pass. Grades 6-12 welcome to play.

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.

A generous donation will allow the Library to be open from 1 to 5 PM Sundays during the Fall.

A generous donation will allow the Library to be open from 1 to 5 PM Sundays during the Fall.



Calling all makers, builders and inventive thinkers — Grades 6-12 welcome. Join the Invention Adventure on November 3 beginning at 12:30 PM!

You’re going to have a great time at Invention Adventure, run by FutureFixers [].  This program is perfect for teens who like to invent new and interesting ways to solve tricky problems. We’ll be investigating a mystery through building contraptions, inventing products, grappling with puzzles and brain teasers and delving into the workings of strange machines.

Space is very limited; call 978-526-7711 today and secure your spot.

Boo! Come decorate a haunted house October 23 at 5:30 PM at the Manchester Community Center. We’ll have skulls, bats, snakes… oh my! Everything you need to make your gingerbread house the scariest!

Grades 6-12 welcome.Space is limited so register early. Call 526-7711.



Friend and Families: you’re invited to the Moon Party on the Library lawn, Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 PM for moon-viewing.  The event is in honor of the International Observe the Moon Night. We will be using astronomical binoculars from NASA, The Lunar & Planetary Institute, and other mater1als to explore the night sky. Please register by emailing scollins [at] or by calling 978-526-2011. Let us know if you will bringing a telescope.

The Houghton Family will be assisting with their telescopes.