Author Weinstein FOL 2017 May 16 Meeting-225

On May 16, 2017 the Friends of the Manchester Public Library will hold their Annual Meeting at the Manchester Historical Museum. The meeting will start at 6:30 PM; the speaker will be introduced at approximately 7 PM.

Miriam Weinstein is this year’s speaker. Ms. Weinstein writes about family, friendship, how we navigate time, and how we make meaning in our lives. She will be speaking about her new book, All Set for Black, Thanks: A New Look at Mourning. When Ms.Weinstein’s good friend died unexpectedly, and other losses followed close behind, it led to a year of introspection and black outfits. She gives us the help, and the laughs we need in times of mourning and grief. She explores such topics as how we keep our dead with us even as we learn to let them go; why we should not bring casseroles; how to write the Best Eulogy Ever.

Ms. Weinstein’s book, Yiddish: A Nation of Words won the National Jewish Book award and has been translated into three languages. She has also written, “The Surprising Power of Family Meals: How Eating Together Makes Us Smarter, Stronger, Healthier and Happier“. Ms. Weinstein also writes a blog about grandmothers –

Join us on May 16th at the Manchester Historical Museum for what promises to be an entertaining and informative evening.

Refreshments will be served. This event is open to everyone.

3 Peeps



Calling all ages! Create a diorama, using those deliciously sweet, marshmallow Peeps as your main characters. Let your imagination run to peeps as you illustrate your favorite book or movie.
Bags of peeps are available at the library (while supplies last), or supply your own. Dioramas and entry forms need to be submitted between May 8th and May 12th.
The public is then invited to view through May 19th and cast their vote for the The Peeple’s Choice Award.  A panel of library volunteers will judge and award prizes in three age groups: Youth—Grade 5 and below, Teen—Grades 6-12, and Adult.        
Join us on May 20th at 11AM for the Peep Show Party where we will announce all winners. 
Go online for contest rules and an entry form – or come into the Library to pick up an entry form and your peeps.


Did you know that April 22nd is National Jelly Bean Day? Come in and complete the Jelly Bean Trivia Game before the end of April. You could be the winner of a Jelly Belly 50-Flavor Sampler!

ATTENTION! The Library will close Saturday, April 15 at 2 PM. We will also be closed Monday, April 17 for Patriot’s Day. Come see us when we reopen Tuesday, April 18 at 1 PM.

This is the last Sunday the Library will be open for the season. Please join us from 1 to 5 PM.

The Manchester Public Library will be closing at 6 PM on Monday, April 3rd, 2017, so that all may attend Town meeting.

Hours on Monday, April 3rd, will be 10 AM-6 PM. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, April 4th, 1-8 PM.

For assistance, please call 978-526-7711 during regularly scheduled hours.

Backyard Growers
Backyard Gardeners: Seed Starting and Swap at the Library

Join local gardening, non-profit Backyard Growers on Wednesday, March 29th, 6:30 PM in the Library for an evening of spring seed starting.

Learn about starting seeds indoors, keeping your sprouts healthy, and what supplies you need to get started. Bring seeds to swap. We will also have some available for attendees.

This is a free event. Registration is encouraged, however. Please call the Library at 978-526-7711 or send along an email to

Rescue Road

This year’s Manchester Reads book is Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway by the New York Times bestselling author and journalist Peter Zheutlin.

Mr. Zheutlin will give us first-hand information about his adventures in writing this book when he visits the library for an author talk on Thursday, March 30th at 6:30 PM.

The Friends of the Manchester Public Library’s mini book sale will be held in the Library on Sunday, March 19 from 1 to 3 PM. This sale has a gardening theme.

You will find books on other topics as well. The Friends’ sales are always a great opportunity to add to your collection and at the same time help support and supplement library programs and services.

Are you interested in having a better relationship with your furry friend in your life? Come by the Library on Saturday, March 18th at 1 PM for a seminar on the principles of how dogs learn so you can know the best ways to teach them using a completely humane training approach.

Alana Stevenson is a professional Animal Behavior Specialist and Dog Trainer. She is certified in Low Stress Handling for dogs and she is the author of two books on humane and positive dog training and behavior modification: The Right Way the First Time: Teaching Your Dog Kindly & Humanely and Training Your Dog the Humane Way: Simple Teaching Tips for Resolving Problem Behaviors and Raising a Happy Dog.

She will cover a variety of topics such as the importance of timing in training, principles of association and context learning, and how your body language, eye-contact, and touch can directly influence a dog’s behavior. You will learn how to read dog body language so you can have a better relationship with your dog and interpret dog to dog interactions correctly.