The Library will be closed on Monday, October 12, 2015 for Columbus Day. We will reopen at 1 PM on Tuesday, October 13.

Second Cookbook Throwdown will be held Saturday, October 3rd, 2 PM using recipes from the newly published “In Cod We Trust: From Sea to Shore, the Celebrated Cuisine of Coastal Massachusetts” by Heather Atwood. Come to the library to register the recipe or recipes from the book you will attempt.

The author will attend the event. Serious bragging rights, and a $25 gift certificate to Turners Seafood awaits the winner.

In September the Manchester Public Library  joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure every student has the most important school supply of all — a free library card.

Resources at the Manchester Public Library are available to anyone who has a library card. While the Manchester Public Library never charges for an initial library card, replacement cards cost $1. During September, any age patron may replace a lost card for free.

Virtual Library Tech Talk
In addition to the Library’s physical collection there is a digital collection called the Virtual Library with free resources that are available from home and are accessible at any time. To show you what we have available we will have Saturday Tech Talks once a month to give an introduction on how to use the sites and what they offer. On Saturday, September 26th at 2 PM, an overview of educational resources will continue with the Adult Services Librarian, Rachael Theriault. This series will proceed throughout the year with introductory sessions on other Virtual Library services such as the language learning system Mango, the independent film site Indieflix, and free music downloads with Freegal. To check out these resources now, go to or call 978-526-7711. Many of these resources will require a separate log-in using your Library card number.

On Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 PM, the Library will welcome author Elisabeth Elo for a talk and book signing. Ms. Elo will discuss her latest novel, the critically acclaimed, North of Boston. Ms. Elo has taught writing and literature in the Boston area and her essays and short stories have appeared in a variety of publications.

The Library has passes to several area museums that are fun for the whole family. Go online and reserve your pass with your valid library card; one per family per day. Pick up the pass at the library and remember to bring your library card to check out the pass.

The Friends of the Library annual Summer Book Sale takes place August 1st from 9 AM – 5 PM and August 2nd from 10 AM – 2 PM. The Library will close early on Friday, July 31st at 3 PM to allow for set up. Items for sale will be available inside and outside the Library. The sale will  be held, rain or shine.

There will be a great selection of books in every subject — fiction, art, sports, boating, nature, travel; plus classic books. In addition, there will be books for children and young adults, as well as movies at bargain prices. We hope to see you at the Sale!

beach reading

Stop by Singing Beach on July 16th at 10:30 AM to hang out with Manchester Library’s Lori, Rachael and Sara for a Books @ the Beach Group. Talk about great beach reads, get suggestions and pick up some good books! This a 30-minute group with fun beach reading suggestions, sharing of books, and more. The Group will be on the beach again on August 20th at 10:30 AM with new suggestions and more talk of hot summer reading. 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.

Some Library Services Offline from June 27 to 29                                                                                                                              

On Saturday, June 27th the Library’s computer systems will be taken offline for upgrades. We anticipate that systems will be available again prior to Monday, June 29th. While the Library will be open to the public, certain Library services will be unavailable for Library staff and patrons during that time such as ordering items from other libraries, using the online catalog or requesting Museum passes. If there are any Library items to return during these dates please wait until Sunday or Monday when our systems will be back online. We do not have overdue fines and the days we are offline will not count for checked out items. If there are any questions or concerns please contact the Library at (978)526-7711.

Take up the cookbook challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market and serious bragging rights. Here’s how — Check out this season’s cookbook, Mario Batali’s “America Farm to Table” . Experiment with a recipe or two and bring your best dish from the book to our Taster’s Choice event Saturday, June 27th at 3 PM. Small samples will be offered to the public in  attendance. For more details, email