Children’s Programs & Services

The Manchester Public Library’s Children’s Room serves children from infancy up to grade 5, as well as their caregivers.

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Story Times

The Library offers two in-house story times for children.

Mother Goose Storytime: for infants through 2 years of age, 30 minute program of books, activities, and materials explorations.

Preschool StoryTime: for children ages 3 to 5, 45 minute program of stories and an activity or craft. Time and schedule varies throughout the year, please check our events page.

Book Clubs and Writing Groups

The Children’s Room offers book clubs and writing groups for kids at varying age levels. To learn more, visit here.


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 Kate 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 children to read e-books and interactive stories. It is not Internet-enabled.

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 978-526-7711 , fax: 978-526-2018,  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 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 2016 Summer Reading program’s theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set… Read!,” sponsored by Manchester Public Library, the Friends of the Library, the MA Library System, and the MA Board of Library Commissioners.

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