Seasonal Sunday Hours at the Library

Sunday hours began on Sunday October 16th for the 2016-2017 season. The library will be open from 1 to 5 PM.

We thank the generosity of the family of Sandra Marston for this opportunity to continue to offer expanded services in her memory. Sandra Marston was an enthusiastic library patron, busy with careers in nursing, baking, and raising a family in our community. Her kindness, and that of her family, continues on in the Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library.

YA Maker Series #1 – Building an Electronic Kaleidoscope, Monday, November 14th @ 6:30PM 
Join us for the kick-off event of our new YA Maker Series!
Our first project will be building an electronic kaleidoscope using an Arduino, a Pringles can, aluminum foil, and code that you will write.  This Maker Series is generously being sponsored by Mark Henderson, lead developer at the local tech firm, (
Grades 6-12 welcome. Space is very limited. Register at 526-7711.


With education costs rising year after year, paying for college is a concern for most families. Additionally, the financial aid process can be confusing, intimidating, and often frustrating. Join us at the library on October 26 beginning at 6:30 PM for this workshop.


· How families of all income levels may be eligible for financial aid

· Which colleges offer the best financial aid packages

· How to avoid costly mistakes on the FAFSA and CSS Profile

· How private universities can cost you less than a state school

· How students can potentially receive more free money and less loans

Presented by Jim Femia*, Certified College Planning Specialist (CCPS) and member of the National Institute of Certified College Planners (NICCP). To register, call the library at (978) 526-7711.



Join local historian Christopher Daley for a presentation that joins together some of New England’s sordid past with the legends and myths of the hauntings that followed them.

On Wednesday, October 19that 7 PM enjoy the slides and video footage that will be part of Daley’s collection of tales that continue to haunt New England today. In addition to discussing other historical paranormal happenings, Daley will reveal the Nine Men’s Misery in Cumberland Rhode Island, the ghostly happenings at Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire, the spirits of Burial Hill in Plymouth Massachusetts, and evidence of ghosts at the John Alden House in Duxbury Massachusetts.

Christopher Daley has been lecturing on topics of historical interest for over 25 years. He has lectured all over New England at libraries, schools, historical societies and all sorts of clubs and organizations. He has written several articles on local history and is the author of a new book entitled “Murder & Mayhem in Boston: Historic Crimes in the Hub”.

For more information, please contact Rachael Meneades at or please call 978-526-2017.

The next meeting of the Nonfiction Book Group is Monday, October 17th at 5:30 PM.

The group will discuss Dead in Good Company: A Celebration of Mount Auburn Cemetery by John Harrison.

New members are always welcome.


With the cold weather right around the corner, there’s nothing better than a great cup of hot coffee to fight off the chill!

On Saturday, October 8th at 11:30 AM join Essex local Rob Fitzgibbon as he teaches the art of Coffee cupping, which is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee. You will be able to try out different, freshly brewed brands and learn how, and why, one brew’s body, flavor and aftertaste differ from the other brews and what that also says about the region it’s from.

For more information, please contact Rachael Meneades at or please call 978-526-2017.



Please join us at 6:30 PM Thursday, October 6 for our annual InOMN (International Observe the Moon Night) on the Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library lawn!

The Houghton Family will bring telescopes, the library has astro binoculars, and you can look through all of these or bring your own to share at the event. The event is in honor of the International Observe the Moon Night. Lets celebrate with NASA, The Lunar & Planetary Institute, with observation , materials to explore the night sky, and enjoy stellar (moon pies and Tang) refreshments.

Please register by sending an email to or by calling 978-526-2011. Do let us know if you will bringing a telescope; the more the merrier!


The next meeting of the Nonfiction Book Group is Monday, September 19th at 5:30 PM.

The group will discuss Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan.

New members are always welcome.

Saturday Hours Resume

Starting on Saturday, September 10th the Library will once again be open on Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM.

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.


Join Kristin Bixby, owner of Comprehensive College Advising, and learn what colleges are looking for in applicants and how students can make their application stand out. The program will be held at the Library on September 7, 2016 beginning at 6:30 PM.

Never before has the college essay been as important as it is now, so Ms. Bixby will focus on the do’s and don’ts of essay writing and discuss how to write a college essay that will help your applications stand out.  From brainstorming, to writing a rough draft, to polishing it up, she will cover the process of essay writing and what to expect.

This is a must-attend workshop for juniors, seniors, and their parents.

Please register by calling the Library, 978-526-7711.