ALERT: The Library will be closed to the public for renovations from Monday, February 6 - Friday, February 10. We will reopen on Saturday the 11th at 10AM. Curbside pickup will be available on Mon 2/6, Tue 2/7 and Fri 2/10 during our normal open hours.

Press January 3, 2023

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Library Doesn’t Just Check Out Books  

The MBTS Public Library has interesting items to check out just like books! Brand new to the library of things is a food dehydrator. Try it for yourself. Take advantage of these clear nights and use our telescope to search the cosmos. Have a jam session with our ukulele and bongos. Planning a snowy adventure? We have snow shoes! Visit manchesterpl.org/ to discover even more items available at your library. 

Children’s News & Events

*please register for all programs on our website:  https://www.manchesterpl.org/events/ 

*Songs & Stories in the Children’s Room 

Every Wednesday through February 1 @ 10:30AM 

Join Ms. Carol for stories, songs and rhymes for our youngest patrons. 

*Seasonal Stories & Craft:  Baby, it’s Cold Outside! 

Monday, January 9 @ 3:30PM 

Join Ms. Carol for stories that celebrate the season + an age-appropriate craft!. For children ages 3 – 6. 

Seaside Saturday January 14th @ 10AM   

Join our friends from Early Childhood Partners for themed stories, crafts and activities.  Please register on their website or call: EarlyChildhoodPartners.com / 978-468-5489

Teen Loft Announcements & Events

To register for the programs below and more: manchesterpl.org/events 

Comics-Making Workshop 

Four Fridays 4-5:30PM, January 13th-February 3rd 

Be the star of your own comic! Join Boston-based author/illustrator Jonathan Todd (the upcoming Scholastic graphic novel “Timid,” the online YA graphic memoir “Cecil Hall”) for a four-week workshop covering all the fundamentals of creating autobiographical comics, from writing to drawing to editing. Sessions build on one another so registration includes all 4 weeks. Registration is limited to 20 participants, and art supplies are included. Please register on the Library Events Calendar (January 13). 

Teen Writers Workshop 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 at 5:30—7:00 PM 

Come write! Anyone in grades 7-12 is welcome to join the Teen Writers Workshop. Play games, write to prompts, share your stuff, and become a part of the local writing community. Snacks provided! 

 Second Friday of every month 5:30-7:00 PM. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

News & Events for Adults

Take & Make Kits: Tiny Art 

Beginning Tuesday January 3 until supplies last! 

Want to try a new creative endeavor in January? Tiny art kits are available until supplies last. Each kit includes a tiny canvas, watercolor paints, paint brushes, pens and a label. You can use any mediums and supplies so long as they fit on the canvas. Return the canvas by Friday, January 20th for a chance to win an art kit and to be included in the art show. MBTS Tiny Art Show Reception is Saturday, January 21 from 1:30-3PM.  

Diversity Book Group : “How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 at 5:30—6:30 PM 

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. January we will read and discuss “How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America” by Clint Smith.  

Weekly Writing Groups In Person and Virtually 

Virtual Event: Shut Up & Write  

Wednesdays 10:30AM-12PM 

To join the group any time, email c.maile.black@gmail.com 

MBTS Literary Libations Writing Group 

Thursdays beginning December 29 at 7-8PM 

Register at manchesterpl.org/events 

Cookbook Throwdown 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 at 11:30 AM—12:30 PM 

On the 2nd Saturday of every month we will share recipes from a cookbook from off our library shelves. January’s pick is “East : 120 vegan and vegetarian recipes from Bangalore to Beijing” by Meera Sodha. When I am hosting friends and family I always feel uneasy cooking vegetarian and vegan dishes, so whether you are trying out a new diet or trying to expand your weekly rotation let’s all try out some new recipes together! 

Sign up for a recipe in the library or online And bring your dish to be sampled on Saturday, January 14th along with any utensils needed. The library will provide small plates, napkins, and the standard cutlery but if you are bringing a soup or other recipe that needs specialized cutlery please bring bowls or cups for everyone to use. I have picked 10 recipes to showcase but you can pick any recipe from the book. Please call Maddy Willwerth at 978-526-7711 if you have any questions.