Press April 3, 2023

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Manchester READS 2023 April 1 – April 29

We will be celebrating laughter, humor and joy with the theme “Lighten Up at the Library.” Join us Friday, April 7th at 5:30PM at the Manchester-the-Sea Public Library to screen a classic comedy movie as voted on by the community.  

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

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 at half-price off 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.  

Seaside Saturday in the Children’s Room  

Saturday, April 15 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 hands on building game for kids grades K-6. 

Tuesday, April 18 @ 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

*To register for the programs below and more: 

*TAB (Teen Advisory Board) 

Tuesday, April 11 at 5:30—6:30PM 

Meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30-6:30 Earn community service hours while having fun planning events and doing library projects with and for your friends and the community!  

*Teen Writers Workshop 

Friday, April 14 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! REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

News & Events for Adults

*To register for the programs below and more: 

*MBTS Reads 2023: Author Chat with Kate Spencer (Virtual) 

Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00—8:00PM 

We are thrilled to host author Kate Spencer for this very special Q&A about her incredibly fun and funny debut novel, “In a New York Minute”, while also talking about all of the incredible projects she is involved in! Bring your questions as this will be a rapid fire Q&A! 

*Going Zero Waste As a Family with Sarah Robertson-Barnes (Virtual) 

Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00—8:00PM 

Get ready for the MBTS Zero Waste Challenge from April 28- May 5. Organized through a partnership with the Manchester by the Sea Sustainability Committee. Check out the website for details on how you can win prizes and become Manchester-by-the-Sea’s 2023 Zero Waste Champion!  

In this Zoom program learn how to manage eco-anxiety and lessen your impact on the planet with easy-to-implement sustainable living tips for busy families. All ages are welcome! Sarah Robertson-Barnes, founder of the Sustainable in the Suburbs blog, is a freelance writer, educator, and consultant.  

Mindfulness Meditation 

Every Other Thursday, April 13 & 27 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. 

*MBTS Reads 2023: Comic Chat with Cartoonist Harry Bliss (Virtual) 

Thursday, April 13 at 7:00—8:00PM 

Join MBTS Public Library Director Sara Collins and Librarian Maddy Willwerth as we chat with cartoonist Harry Bliss about his career, humor, comics and his recent collaboration with Steve Martin in this webinar.  

Harry Bliss is a cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker magazine. His self-titled single panel gag cartoon ‘Bliss’ appears in newspapers nationally and internationally. Bliss has illustrated 26 books for children and most recently published his second New York Times best-selling collaboration with entertainer, Steve Martin: “Number one is walking : my life in the movies and other diversions”.  

Diversity Book Group  

Tuesday, April 25th at 5:30PM  

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. 

In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, Diversity Book Group has two  graphic non fiction books to pick up any time in April at the front desk:

They Called US Enemies by George Takai. Star Trek actor Takei shares his family story of time in a US internment camp for Japanese American citizens. 

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui, Her family’s daring escape after the fall of South vietnam is captured in “A book to break your heart and heal it”.―Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist.

All are welcome to read either or both and join in the discussion of these books, which will be our May meeting.