Press March 27, 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.” In honor of our Manchester READS theme, fun books, National Library Week, and a proclivity for Mocktails, Lori and Sara will present books that have comic stories, characters, and or authors that tickle the funny bone.

Join us on Wednesday, April 26th, 4-5 PM at the Manchester-the-Sea Public Library and we’ll keep the blender going with a mocktail or two! Adults only, no need for children to discover what intelligent, mature, library professionals find funny.  

New Museum Pass Available April 2 to the North Shore Children’s Museum

The Friends of the Manchester Library have donated a discount pass to the North Shore Children’s Musuem in Peabody. Reserve your pass with your library card at or give us a call at 978-526-7711. The pass admits up to 5 people at half-price admission. 

Children’s News & Events

*Please register for all programs on our website: 

*Silly Stories & Bingo   

Wednesday, April 12 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 Therapy Dog, 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. 

Seaside Saturday in the Children’s Room  

Saturday, April 8 at 10AM    

Join Ms. Julie for themed stories, crafts and activities.  Please register on their website  or call  978-468-5489. 

Register Early & Save the DATE for this School Vacation Special! 

*Buildwave: a hand’s on building game for kids grades K-6. 

Tuesday, April 18 at 2PM 

An exciting STEM-based workshop, Buildwave is a creative building program that is structured like a video-game, with audiovisual set-up featuring animations and music. 

Teen Loft Announcements & Events

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Celebrate spring with our all-ages Peep Show contest!  

Create a diorama using those deliciously sweet marshmallow Peeps as the main characters of your favorite book or movie!  

Public viewing / “Peeple’s Choice Award” voting March 28th – April 1st   

Peeps Party and winner announcements Sunday, April 2nd, 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. 

*Discover Tarot 

Friday, March 31 at 6—7:30PM 

At the Manchester Community Center 

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

*To register for the programs below and more: 

Mindfulness Meditation 

Every Other Thursday, March 30 at 11AM—12PM 

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

Mystery Book Group 

Friday, March 31 at 10:30—11:30AM 

The Manchester Mystery Book Group meets on the last Friday of the month at 10:30 AM. March’s meeting will occur in the library’s reading room & over Zoom. We will discuss “The Godwulf Manuscript” by Robert B. Parker. Physical copies will be available at the circulation desk in late February or you can check out an ebook or audiobook through the Libby app. Use your MBTS library card to sign up for Libby for free. New members are always welcome.  

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. 

Diversity Book Group  

Tuesday, April 25th at 5:30 PM  

The group will finish a two-month read of “Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War” by Howard French.