The Nonfiction Book Group will discuss “1944: FDR and the Year that Changed History” by Jay Winik.

New members are always welcome.

On Wednesday, May 18th at 7 PM, Michael Tougias will be visiting the Manchester Historical Museum to discuss this year’s Manchester reads book, “The Finest Hours”, during the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting!

Michael will recount how he put together for his book the amazing real life ordeal of the dramatic Coast Guard operation to valiantly rescue the survivors of two oil tankers split in two during a devastating nor’easter off the coast of Cape Cod in the winter of 1952. Additionally, the book became a motion picture of the same name this year starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, and Eric Bana.

His visit is supported in part by the Friends of the Manchester Library and in part by a grant from the Manchester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Sign up at the Library to participate. For more details or to register contact or call 978-526-7711.

The library will close at 6 PM to allow all to attend the annual meeting.

Please join us for the Peep Show Party in the Library beginning at 11 AM where we will announce all winners.


The public is invited to view and cast their vote for the Peeple’s Choice Award beginning  April 30 through May 6. Join the fun and be sure to take in these clever and creative dioramas.3 Peeps


REMEMBER: 3 PeepsPeep dioramas and entry forms need to be submitted the week of April 25 through April 29.

The Library will be closed on Monday, April 18th in observance of Patriots’ Day. The Library will reopen on Tuesday, April 19th at 1:00 PM.

The Library will close at 2 PM on Saturday, April 16th for the annual carpet cleaning. the Library is also closed on Monday,  April 18th for the Patriot’s Day Holiday. It will reopen on Tuesday, April 19th from 1PM-8PM.

All book clubs are invited to the Library on Thursday, April 14 beginning at 6:30 PM. Please RSVP. We will be having refreshments, door prizes, new books and more! Register with one contact per group attending and give us the count in each group. Email Sara Collins at or call 978-526-2011.

The next meeting of the Hearthside Book Group is Tuesday, April 5th at 4:00 PM. The group will discuss “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande. New members are always welcome.

The Library will close at 6 PM today because of Town Meeting. We’ll reopen at 1 PM Tuesday, April 5. Hope to see you at Town Meeting.