Children’s Programs & Services

The Manchester Public Library’s Children’s Room serves infants through middle school children and their caregivers.

KID QUOTE of the month:
“If engineers create things, you could sure be an engineer!”7-year old to a 9-year old at Museum of Science library program, BRIDGES! Brought to you by a science-centered library summer of 2014.

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Story Times

The Library offers two story times for children:

Mother Goose StoryTime: for infants through 2 years of age, 20 minute program of rhymes, instruments, simple books.

Preschool StoryTime: for 3-5 year old  children, 40 minute program of stories and simple craft.

Time and schedule varies throughout the year, please check our events page.

Reading Groups

The library offers the following monthly reading groups for children. Registration required for all book groups.  Email scollins at or call 978-526-2016.

Kindergarten, Folks & Fun Book Group

Chapter One Book Group for grades 1-2.

The Bookmarks Book Group for grades 3-5


Poetry Aloud Here

Poetry for all ages, offered quarterly.  Contact Sara Collins for details.  978-526-2016.

iPadiPads for Kids

The Friends of the Manchester Public Library have generously donated 2 iPads for kids’ use in the Library.  A parent or guardian must sign out the iPad, for up to two hours at a time.  IPads are preloaded with children’s apps, eBooks, as well as connected to the internet.  Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. Ask Miss Sara or the Circulation Desk for details.


Computers for ages 5-12.

Early Literacy Station

Early Literacy Station
Thank you Cape Ann Savings Bank for donating the AWE Learning Station for the children of Manchester.

An Apple computer is available for use by children to read books and play educational games.

Homework Center

Homework Center hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 3-5 PM, following Memorial School’s calendar. The Library reserves the iMac work station for students.  Free printing, CD burning, and flash drives available. Teachers, please send class assignments so that the library can have the appropriate material on hand.  Phone 526-7711 , fax:  526-2018,  E-mail:  Manchester at The Homework Center was funded through a LSTA grant in 2001.

Teachers Policy

Teachers may borrow books for classroom use for 6 weeks, no renewal necessary.  Use your personal library card or your school’s institutional library card.  Be sure to alert the librarian when checking out.

Summer Activities

Summer activities include book clubs, crafts, and special events which center around a theme.  The theme for the coming summer is announced during National Library Week in April.

Summer Reading Program

The Children’s Librarian works closely with the Memorial School Media Specialist to create a Suggested Reading List for students entering grades K-6 in the fall. The 2014  Summer Reading program begins Monday, June 23.  FIZZ BOOM READ is our National Science centered reading theme, sponsored by Manchester Public Library, the Friends of the Library, the MA Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the MA Board of Library Commissioners.

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Mother Goose Asks Why

MGAW is a series of science experiments, hands-on activities, and non-fiction stories for ages 3-7 and their caregivers. This program is usually offered once a year in the fall.

Mother Goose Asks Why was funded through a LSTA grant in 2003.