Press March 20, 2023

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Manchester Reads 2023 begins April 1st and runs all month.  

We will be celebrating laughter, humor and joy with the theme “Lighten Up at the Library.” We will be reading a graphic novel: “Number One is Walking” written by Steve Martin and illustrated by Harry Bliss. We will interview Harry Bliss over Zoom on Thursday, April 13 at 7PM and you are invited! Register online at Help us decide what classic film to watch on Friday April 7th by voting between two classic comedies every week. This week it is “Pillow Talk” vs “Roman Holiday” Comment on your favorite on social media and visit us to vote in person. You can vote once, every time you visit! 

Message from The Friends of the Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library

Annual summer book sale is this summer!!!  Due to a lack of onsite storage space, the friends have been unable to accept book donations on an ongoing basis. However, book collection dates and instructions will be set in the spring…so start saving your books now and watch for the collection dates to be announced! If you would like to learn more about the Friends and how you can join them visit   

Children’s News & Events

*Please register for all programs on our website: 

*Songs & Stories in the Children’s Room  

Wednesdays AT 10:30AM 

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

*Seasonal Stories & Bingo  

Wednesday, March 29 AT 3:30PM 

Join Ms. Carol for 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 

Thursday, April 6 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. 

Teen Loft Announcements & Events

*To register for the programs below and more: 


The Manchester Library invites you to create a diorama using those deliciously sweet marshmallow Peeps as your main characters. Let your imagination go crazy as you illustrate your favorite book or movie. Bags of Peeps are available at the library (while supplies last), or supply your own. Dioramas and entry forms need to be submitted between March 20th and March 27th. The public is then invited to view the entries through April 1st and cast their vote for the Peeple’s Choice Award.  A panel of library volunteers will judge and award additional prizes. Join us on April 2nd at 2 p.m. for the Peeps Party where we will announce all winners.

Entries due March 20 – 27

Public viewing / “Peeple’s Choice Award” voting March 27 – April 1   

Peeps Party and winner announcements Sunday, April 2, 2:00-3:30 PM  

*Make a Night Sky Painting with Pop-Up Art School 

Thursday, March 30 at 5:30—7:00PM  

In your face, Vincent Van Gogh!  Join Pop Up Art School for a fun canvas painting event! Follow along 

step by step to create a magical star-filled night sky with silhouettes of a hillside and trees. It’s amazing what you can create with four colors and some simple brush techniques. Registration is limited to 30 participants aged 11 and up, and art supplies are included. Registration Required. 

News & Events for Adults

*To register for the programs below and more: 

Hearthside Book Group  

Tuesday, April 4 at 4-5PM 

Join us in person at the library or on Zoom to discuss the novel “The Eustace Diamonds” by Anthony Trollope. Contact Lori Dumont at or at 978-526-7711 for further information. Copies of this book are available at the circulation desk, curbside pickup or by home delivery. 

*Romance Authors Rodale & Linden discuss “Dangerous Books For Girls” (Virtual) 

Wednesday, March 22 at 7:00—8:00PM 

Join us for a conversation between friends and romance authors Maya Rodale and Caroline Linden! They’ll be discussing Maya’s re-released and expanded edition of “Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained”. Bring your popcorn because this is going to be a good one! Due to the nature of the topics discussed this event is suggested for an Adult audience.  

This program is made possible through a partnership with the Ashland Public Library and a multitude of MA Libraries. 

*Beekeeping 101 

Thursday, March 23 at 5:30—6:30PM 

Manchester residents Mike and Martha Chapman have been beekeepers for over 15 years. Last year, they had five hives at various locations around their neighborhood. Mike is a graduate of Essex County Beekeepers “Bee School”. This is a great intro for beginners looking to get connected and learn the basics. 

*Author Chat with Stella Nahatis (“Taxi to America: A Greek Orphan’s Adoption Journey”) 

Tuesday, March 28 at 6:00—7:00PM 

Join local author, Stella Nahatis and librarian, Maddy Willwerth as we discuss Stella’s newly released memoir, “Taxi to America: A Greek Orphan’s Adoption Journey.” Registration is required and coffee and tea will be provided. Stella has offered to sign copies of her book and they will be on sale at the end of the event. Cash, check and Venmo accepted.