Join local historian Christopher Daley for a presentation that joins together some of New England’s sordid past with the legends and myths of the hauntings that followed them.

On Wednesday, October 19that 7 PM enjoy the slides and video footage that will be part of Daley’s collection of tales that continue to haunt New England today. In addition to discussing other historical paranormal happenings, Daley will reveal the Nine Men’s Misery in Cumberland Rhode Island, the ghostly happenings at Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire, the spirits of Burial Hill in Plymouth Massachusetts, and evidence of ghosts at the John Alden House in Duxbury Massachusetts.

Christopher Daley has been lecturing on topics of historical interest for over 25 years. He has lectured all over New England at libraries, schools, historical societies and all sorts of clubs and organizations. He has written several articles on local history and is the author of a new book entitled “Murder & Mayhem in Boston: Historic Crimes in the Hub”.

For more information, please contact Rachael Meneades at rmeneades@manchesterpl.org or please call 978-526-2017.

The next meeting of the Nonfiction Book Group is Monday, October 17th at 5:30 PM.

The group will discuss Dead in Good Company: A Celebration of Mount Auburn Cemetery by John Harrison.

New members are always welcome.


With the cold weather right around the corner, there’s nothing better than a great cup of hot coffee to fight off the chill!

On Saturday, October 8th at 11:30 AM join Essex local Rob Fitzgibbon as he teaches the art of Coffee cupping, which is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee. You will be able to try out different, freshly brewed brands and learn how, and why, one brew’s body, flavor and aftertaste differ from the other brews and what that also says about the region it’s from.

For more information, please contact Rachael Meneades at rmeneades@manchesterpl.org or please call 978-526-2017.



Please join us at 6:30 PM Thursday, October 6 for our annual InOMN (International Observe the Moon Night) on the Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library lawn!

The Houghton Family will bring telescopes, the library has astro binoculars, and you can look through all of these or bring your own to share at the event. The event is in honor of the International Observe the Moon Night. Lets celebrate with NASA, The Lunar & Planetary Institute, with observation , materials to explore the night sky, and enjoy stellar (moon pies and Tang) refreshments.

Please register by sending an email to scollins@manchesterpl.org or by calling 978-526-2011. Do let us know if you will bringing a telescope; the more the merrier!


The next meeting of the Nonfiction Book Group is Monday, September 19th at 5:30 PM.

The group will discuss Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan.

New members are always welcome.

Saturday Hours Resume

Starting on Saturday, September 10th the Library will once again be open on Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Regular library hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 AM to 8 PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 PM to 8 PM, and Fridays from 10 AM to 5 PM.


Join Kristin Bixby, owner of Comprehensive College Advising, and learn what colleges are looking for in applicants and how students can make their application stand out. The program will be held at the Library on September 7, 2016 beginning at 6:30 PM.

Never before has the college essay been as important as it is now, so Ms. Bixby will focus on the do’s and don’ts of essay writing and discuss how to write a college essay that will help your applications stand out.  From brainstorming, to writing a rough draft, to polishing it up, she will cover the process of essay writing and what to expect.

This is a must-attend workshop for juniors, seniors, and their parents.

Please register by calling the Library, 978-526-7711.

Labor Day

The Library will be closed on Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day. The Library will reopen on Tuesday, September 6th at 1 PM.


Join us for Books on Singing Beach, September 1 beginning at 10:30 AM for a 30-minute drop-in group with fun beach reading suggestions, sharing of free books and more! Everyone is welcome!!

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.


Join us on August 8th @ 3 PM for Beach Bag Painting.

We’ll be using fabric paints and markers to decorate beach bags. While supplies last so don’t be late.

Grades 6-12 welcome.