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 Books withdrawn from the Library are on the wall at great prices.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!

Romance and espionage come together in this film about family and betrayal during World War II on Friday, June 16th at 5:30 PM. A Canadian intelligence officer and a French Resistance fighter and collaborator fall in love during a mission in Casablanca. Their future together is complicated by the pressures and dangerous of a war that could destroy everything they have fought to build.

This movie stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard and Jared Harris. This movie is rated R and anyone under 17 must have a parent or guardian fill out a permission slip available at the Library’s circulation desk. Call the Library at 978-526-7711 to make a reservation. Bring your own drink, the Library will provide popcorn.

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Friday, June 9th @ 5:15 and 6:30 PM

The Escape Room craze has arrived in Manchester! This fun, interactive game, in which players solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints and strategy, has been designed by your Teen Advisory Board.

Think you and your team can put together the clues to make it out of the library before time runs out? You’ll only have 30 minutes to solve the clues and ESCAPE!

There will be 2 sessions this evening; 6 people per session. Register by calling 978-526-7711. Grades 6-12 welcome to play. A permission slip is required and is available at the Circulation Desk.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Manchester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Patricia Rohner will be in the Library on May 31st to sign her new book, Tzippy the Thief. It’s about Tzippy, a wealthy widow, feisty, determined, vain and living in Florida. Her three children will be visiting for Tzippy’s 80th birthday celebration and will be bringing with them the old wounds that Tzippy did more than her fair share to inflict. As her birthday approaches, the death of a close friend as well as the aches, pains and daily indignities of aging are preying on her mind. Tzippy wonders how she will be remembered.

Patricia Striar Rohner is a writer, oil painter, and therapist. She has written and published short stories, and is working on her second novel. A graduate of Brandeis University and Simmons School of Social Work, Rohner is a mother and a grandmother. In her free time she goes to Boston Red Sox games.

Please come by and meet the author.