Library News

Press November 7, 2022

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Over 100 attendees of all ages enjoyed the tricks and treats at MBTS library’s 2nd annual haunted library. This spooktacular event was made possible by the library’s Board of Trustees and the Teen Advisory Board, who created a haunted library that was ghoulishly good. Thanks also to the Hooper Fund for sponsoring Charlotte Dore of Roselita’s Puppets.  

Tons of events happening while school is out for kids, teens and adults including a teen board game afternoon, kid’s movie matinee, kid’s read to a therapy dog event and for older patrons a virtual author chat. See them all and register at 

MPL Children’s Events 

Read to Gus 

Wednesday, November 9 @ 3:30PM, 3:45PM, 4PM and 4:15PM 

Deb Kaneb and Gus, a Certified Reading Partner and Therapy Dog, are back and looking forward to hearing stories read by YOU! Registration is required.   

Afternoon Movie in the Children’s Room 

Thursday, November 10 at 2PM 

Come see the movie critics and viewers alike are raving about. Visit for movie info and to register. Bring a pillow, blanket, a closed drink container and a friend but DON”T FORGET TO REGISTER because space is limited and this is going to be a sold-out show!   

Seaside Saturday 

Saturday, November 12 at 10:30AM 

Join our friend, Julie Arthur in the Library Children’s Room for themed stories, activities and crafts.  This program is geared for families with pre-school aged children and is brought to us by Early Childhood Partners / CFCE.  Please register for this event on their website: 

Seasonal Story & Craft for children ages 3.5+

Monday, November 14 @ 3:30PM

Join Ms. Carol for stories that celebrate the season + an age-appropriate craft!  Registration is required!  Please register on our website:

Pipper the Elf … a Waldorf School Puppet Story Time

Thursday, November 17 @ 2PM

Join Pipper the Elf on his fantastic journey along the riverbank in this special puppet story time presented by our friends from The Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.  This program is especially suited to preschool aged children and their families (younger siblings welcome to join).  Please register on our website:

MPL Teen Loft Announcements & Events

To register for the programs below and more: 

November 9 is a half day for MERSD students! 

Ages 11-18: Sign up for an afternoon of board games, card games, and snacks in the Teen Loft, 2-4. Drop in any time, stay as long as you like. Simple fun. Registration required on the Library Events Calendar (Go to November 9 and click REGISTER). 

Teen Advisory Board (TAB), Second Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30. Next meeting: November 8 

 Are you into event planning? Want to earn community service hours while you design amusing activities (like the Haunted Library!) for your friends and neighbors? If you are a teenager who lives and/or goes to school in Manchester-by-the-Sea, join the Teen Advisory Board (TAB). There is pizza. Contact Maile at or register on the Library Events Calendar (Go to November 8 and click on REGISTER). 

College application essay OFFICE HOURS Thursdays 4-6 

High school seniors: Do you need guidance, encouragement, or a shoulder to cry on? Stop in for OFFICE HOURS to work with professional writing coach and certified editor Maile Black. No pressure, just effective instruction and support. Most Thursdays 4-6 PM, but let me know you’re coming at If these hours don’t work for you, let’s make other arrangements. 

MPL News & Events for Adults

MBTS Literary Libations Writing Group 

Every Tuesday in November at 7pm 

As a part of our National Novel Writing Month offerings join us at rotating venues around Manchester-by-the-Sea. Find out more on our November calendar at or email work to critique to  

Diversity Matters Book Group Postponed 

New Date Tuesday, November 15th at 5:30-6:30PM   

Diversity Matters has been meeting monthly at the library since the 2020. We look at classic and contemporary books that examine racism in both historical and personal context. Copies of the books are available at the front desk for reading the month prior to a meeting. November we will read and discuss “Invisible Child”.

Authors Lynne Reeves (“Dark Rivers To Cross”) and John Searles (“Boy Still Missing”) Virtual 

Wednesday, November 9 at 7PM 

Author Lynne Reeves will discuss her latest book, “Dark Rivers To Cross,” in conversation with bestselling author John Searles, via Zoom. 

About “Dark Rivers To Cross”: This thriller sensitively explores inherited trauma and the stories we tell the ones we love. It’s about what one mother is willing to sacrifice for her children. Lena Blackwell has kept her sons sheltered and close by her side for over two decades, working and living at their successful Maine river lodge. When old friends unexpectedly arrive at the lodge, a series of events is put into motion that Lena is unable to halt, jeopardizing the very relationships she’s lied to protect, forcing her to sacrifice everything, even her life, to protect her sons.  

About The Interviewer: John Searles is the author of the bestselling novels “Boy Still Missing” and “Strange But True”. John appears regularly as a book critic on NBC’s Today Show.  This event is offered in partnership with the Tewksbury Public Library. Registration required at  

Cookbook Throwdown  

Saturday November 12 at 11:30AM  

On the 2nd Saturday of every month, we will share recipes from a cookbook from off our library shelves. November’s pick is “The Book on Pie”. If you sign up and attend the program you will have a chance to win a set of ceramic pie weights!  

Sign up for a recipe at the Reference Desk (in the room to the right of the circulation desk) and bring your dish to be sampled on Saturday, November 12th along with any utensils needed. We have picked 10 recipes to showcase but you can pick any recipe from the book. Please sign up in the library or by calling Maddy Willwerth at 978-526-7711 so we don’t all bring the same dish! We will be outside if the weather is nice or by the Hearthside if it is not.