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.


The library will close at 6 PM on Monday, October 16th at 6 PM for the Town Meeting. The library will reopen on Tuesday, October 17th from 1 PM-8 PM.



Felines Rule! Pick up the Rules & Entry Form at the library or click here to download and print the form. Then start snapping photos of your favorite cat(s). All shutterbugs and all ages are welcome to enter. Submission deadline is Friday October 13. From October 14th through October 29th, the community is invited to view and vote for Best in Show.

The library will close at 2 PM on Saturday, October 7th due to our annual carpet cleaning.

Additionally, the library will be closed on Monday, October 9th in observance of Columbus Day. The library will reopen on Tuesday, October 10th from 1 PM to 8 PM.

We will celebrate the harvest for Gardeners and chefs with a Summer Potluck at the Library, Wednesday, September 20th, 6 PM.

Bring any of the following to share:
* veggies or fruit straight from the garden
* a dish made of seasonal food from your garden or farmers market
* seeds you have collected from the best tomatoes, beans, pumpkins, etc. that you grew this summer/fall.

Do bring these in a jar or envelopes. We have other small envelopes people can take some seeds home and save for next year’s gardening.

Please sign up with your general addition: food or seeds at 978-526-2011, Sara Collins, Library Director.

Saturday, September 9th, 10 AM. Our first open Saturday for September see you here at the Manchester Public Library.

Library Closing Early & Donations

The Library will be closing at 1 PM on Friday, August 4th in preparation for the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Until then, we are still accepting donations. Please drop them off at the Library during open hours. Please call ahead if you are planning on making large donations, as storage can at times be limited. The number is (978) 526-7711. We will accept anything except textbooks, magazines and encyclopedias.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Library will be having their annual Summer Book Sale on Saturday, August 5th from 9 AM-4 PM.

There will be a great selection of books in every subject such as fiction, art, sports, boating, nature, travel and many others. In addition there will be books for children and young adults as well as movies and classic books at bargain prices.The sale will be held both inside and outside the Library, rain or shine. Books withdrawn from the Library are on the wall at great prices.

Every year the friends are very fortunate to have a great group of volunteers, teens and adults, who help to carry the books for the sale up from the basement on Friday and out to the lawn early on Saturday morning. If you would like to help, please call the Library or just stop by the Library after 1 PM. Teens can also earn community service credit.

Until then, we are still accepting donations. You can drop them off at the Library and please call ahead if you are planning on making large donations as storage can at times be limited. The number is (978) 526-7711. We will accept two bags/boxes at a time. We will accept items in good condition, and will not accept textbooks, magazines and encyclopedias.


The Library will be closed on Saturdays beginning July 1 through Labor Day. 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. Enjoy the summer!