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 9, 2023

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Children’s News & Events

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

*Seasonal Stories & BIngo  

Monday, January 23 at 3:30PM 

Join Ms. Carol for winter stories and picture bingo. For children ages 3-6 and their caregivers.  Registration is required, with a minimum of 3 children needed to play. 

*Read to Gus, Certified Therapy Dog 

Thursday, January 26 at 3:30PM 

Deb Kaneb and Gus, a Certified Reading Partner and Therapy Dog, are back and looking forward to hearing stories read by YOU! Reading with a certified reading dog helps to build confidence with a safe, nonjudgmental partner. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment and make sure to bring a favorite book or allow time to pick out your just right book at the Library. 

*The Snow Maiden: a Waldorf Puppet Story Time  

Monday, January 30 at 3:30PM 

Join the Snow Maiden and her friends for a special adventure 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.    

Seaside Saturday  

Saturday, January 14th at 10AM  

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

Teen Loft Announcements & Events

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

Teen Writers Workshop 

Friday, January 13 at 5:30-7:00PM 

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, starting October 14. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

Dungeons and Dragons, Ages 11-18 

Tuesday, January 17 at 3:30-5:00PM 

Led by our spirited visionary dungeonmaster, Asa B., this game will challenge you to use every wit in your wizardly (or elfin. Or trollish) bag of tricks. Join any time, just please be sure to register before you come. 

Discover Tarot 

Saturday, February 4 at 2:00-3:30PM 

How can a deck of cards tell you the story of your life? Tarot began as a game but has evolved into so much more. It illuminates our life path through pictures and helps us navigate how to move forward towards our true destiny. Join tarot teacher, Laura Campagna, for a fun workshop to learn how to read tarot. No experience necessary. Participants will connect with their intuition and gain confidence in reading for themselves or friends.  You can bring your own Tarot deck, if you have one or the library will supply you with a deck. Please also bring a journal and pen or pencil. This program is for ages 12 – Adult and registration is required. This event will take place at the Manchester Community Center.

News & Events for Adults

Cookbook Throwdown 

Saturday, January 14 at 11:30 AM—12:30PM 

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. Please call Maddy Willwerth at 978-526-7711 if you have any questions. 

Craft Circle by the Hearthside 

Sundays at 2:00-3:00PM 

Bring your craft project and covered beverage and enjoy comradery and conversation by the fireside. Sometimes a change of location can spark inspiration and sometimes it is impossible to get craft projects done at home when the pile of dishes is always there waiting. So, bring your felt, knitting, weaving, crocheting or anything that is portable to the library to enjoy the cozy ambiance and share stories and skills with other crafters. All ages are welcome. 

Make Tiny Art Events this January 

Show of your talents in the Tiny Art Show Reception on Saturday Jan 21 at 1:30-3PM. Submit your work by January 20 as long as it is 3-inch by 3-inch in size.   

Not sure what to create? Attend the Made by Hand: Paint Pouring event on January 19 at 4-5pm and submit what you create that day. Any artwork submitted by Jan 20th will be entered into a raffle for an art kit. Any submitted artwork needs the following info: the name of the artist, the title of the artwork, a contact email or phone number and the age of the artist.