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 23, 2023

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MBTS Public Library Building Updates  

MBTS Library is so excited to share with you the updates to our Reference Room in February. There will be new carpeting, mobile shelving and comfortable seating. These changes will allow for more versatility and more space for programming in 2023. The updates may necessitate the library being closed for a few days, but we will share details on our website and social media.” 

Children’s News & Events

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

A Winter StoryWalk® is HERE!!  

While you’re out for a winter walk don’t forget to stop by the Library Lawn for our latest StoryWalk® offering:  “Cozy” by Jan Brett. 

*1/2 Day of School Movie Afternoon for kids ages 8+,  

Wednesday, February 1 at 1PM 

Join us in the Children’s Room for an action-packed afternoon with this 2018 animated, super-hero story featuring Miles Morales. You’ll be in the know for when the much-anticipated sequel is released in June 2023.  Rated PG. For more information and to register, please visit our website. 

Teen Loft Announcements & Events

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

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. 

The Challenges of Being a Debut Author featuring Chelsea Banning (Virtual) 

Monday, February 6 at 7:00—8:00PM 

Debut author (and librarian) Chelsea Banning was very excited to publish her first book, “Of Crown and Legends”. And then came the book signing where only 2 people showed up and the Twitter storm of support when Chelsea posted about the experience. Now, we speak with Chelsea in conversation with debut authors Laura Gao, Brian D. Kennedy, Jean Louise, and XiXi Tian to chat about the challenges and joys of getting your first book out in the world. This program will appeal to a teen and adult audience. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library and in partnership with the Medway Public Library and a multitude of MA libraries. 

Friendship Bracelet Making with June 

Thursday Feb 16, 23, Mar 2 and 9 at 3:30—4:30pm 

For Ages 8-14 

Create friendship bracelets with youth expert June B.! June has been making bracelets for years, and sharing the craft with family and friends is one of her favorite activities! After teaching her 8-year-old brother how to make bracelets last summer, then attending a fall craft night at the Manchester-by-the-Sea library, she thought it would be fun to offer this class to the youth community. The library will supply the materials and snacks so bring yourself and some friends. Registration is required. Sessions build upon each other but you can register for whatever technique(s) interests you. Visit manchesterpl.org/events to see what design is being taught each week. Only 10 spots available each session so don’t wait to register. 

News & Events for Adults

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

Puzzle Swap 

Saturday, January 28 at 1:00—3:00PM 

Bring a puzzle you have completed and are sure has all its pieces and trade with friends for a new puzzle to enjoy. Drop in any-time between 1-3PM. We will have a few puzzles to give so please stop by even if you don’t have anything to swap. Try your hand at our current community puzzle, set out by the fireside. Please, only bring one puzzle you are not expecting to get back.   

* Chaco & Aztec: The Center of the World (Virtual) 

Tuesday, January 31 at 7:00—8:00PM 

Chaco Cultural National Historical Park and Aztec Ruins National Monument are preserves and a major centers of Ancestral Pueblo culture, dating between 850 and 1250CE. Today Chaco Canyon seems to be in the middle of nowhere; however, 1,000 years ago, this was the Center Place for the American Pueblo people, the middle of everything! Buried for hundreds of years under wind-blown sands, the monumental complexes they constructed were occupied for several centuries and ultimately left behind whisper echoes from the past of a complex and sophisticated society continued by their descendants today. This presentation takes us into the lives of the Ancestral pueblo people of Northwest New Mexico. We’ll look at the largest man-made structures in North America (up until the mid-1800s), examine the mysteries of the Chaco roads and explore the solar and lunar alignments built into these monumental structures.  

This program is offered in partnership with the Rockport Public Library and other MA libraries. 

Mindfulness Meditation 

Thursday, February 2 at 11:00AM—12:00PM 

Alida Bryant is a Dharma Leader and meditation instructor under the guidance of Anam Thubten Rinpoche. She has been meditating for over 30 years (still very much a beginner!) and studying and practicing with lineage holders in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. 

Meditation, fundamentally, is about getting to know ourselves better. The mind is a powerful thing, and often leads us on a merry chase that does not always serve us. So, we practice becoming familiar with it, coaxing it into the present moment, where it finds rest and ease… and then we do, too. We will learn that thoughts are not a problem in meditation – they are very much a part of our experience, but usually we don’t notice them. We’ll explore the meaning of the saying “You don’t have to believe everything you think!” (I have the bumper sticker to prove it!) Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome. There will be guided meditation, some silence, and discussion. Registration is requested but not required so join us every other Thursday in February and March