Press February 14, 2023

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Children’s News & Events

*Please register for all programs on our website: 

*Friendship Bracelet Making with June 

Thursday Feb 16, 23, Mar 2 and 9 at 3:30—4:30 p.m.

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 to see what design is being taught each week. Only 7 spots available in the 16th’s session so don’t wait to register. 

 Coming SOON to the Children’s Room During February Break … Register NOW!!    

*Family Movie Afternoon

Friday, February 24 @ 1 p.m. 

Join us in the Children’s Room for an action-packed afternoon with this 2018 animated, super-hero story, that has much-anticipated sequel coming in June 2023.  For more information and to save your seat, please visit our website events page. Recommended for ages 8+. 

*F.E.E.D. Families Exploring Equity & Diversity Stories and Activities 

Mondays, February 27-April 10 @ 3:30 p.m. (7-week series) 

Families and children ages 3.5 – 5 are invited to share stories and activities with educator and diversity trainer, Lindsay Banks and Manchester Public Library Children’s Librarian, Carol Bender. 

Teen Loft Announcements & Events

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*Teen Writers Workshop 

Friday, February 17 at 5:30—7 p.m.

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, we’ve got them! REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. 

*Discover Tarot 

Saturday, March 4 at 2—3:30 p.m.

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. 

News & Events for Adults

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Mindfulness Meditation 

Every other Thursday, February 16 and March 2 at 11 a.m.—12 p.m.

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. Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome. There will be guided meditation, some silence, and discussion. Registration is requested but not required. 

* Cookbook Throwdown 

Date Change: Saturday, February 18 at 11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

On the 2nd Saturday of every month we will share recipes from a cookbook from off our library shelves. February’s pick is “One-pan wonders : fuss-free meals for your sheet pan, Dutch oven, skillet, roasting pan, casserole, and slow cooker” by the editors at America’s Test Kitchen. Love a meal with minimal cleanup! 

Sign up for a recipe in the library or online below and bring your dish to be sampled on Saturday, February 11th along with any utensils needed. 

Diversity Book Group : “I am Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness”  

Tuesday, February 21 at 5:30—6:30 p.m.

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. February we will read and discuss “I am Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness” by Austin Channing Brown. 

Mystery Book Group 

Friday, February 24 at 10:30—11:30 a.m.

The Manchester Mystery Book Group meets on the last Friday of the month at 10:30 AM. February’s meeting will occur in the library’s reading room & over Zoom. Email with any questions or to get connected with the group. We will discuss “Mission Hill” by Pamela Wechsler. Physical copies will be available at the circulation desk in late January or you can check out a free audiobook through the Hoopla app. Use your MBTS library card to sign up for Hoopla for free. New members are always welcome.   

Online Safety Presentation (Virtual) 

Tuesday, February 28 at 2—3 p.m.

Robin Putnam, Events & Outreach Manager from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, will present on online safety. The presentation will include information about the Office and what we do. It will also cover how to be safe online whether it be on your smart device, social media or online banking, phishing emails, and general protection from scams and identity theft. Registration is required to receive a Zoom link.