Press April 24, 2023

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Friends of the Manchester Library  
Accepting Book Donations for the Annual Summer Book Sale 

The time has come to bring all those books you have been saving for the annual used book sale on August 5. Bring your books to the Manchester Middle High School parking lot on April 29, May 20 or June 10 between 9AM-12PM. Please only donate books you would be willing to buy, no ripped pages, mold or broken spines. Please do not drop off books at any other time – they cannot be accepted. 

MBTS Zero Waste Challenge 
Friday, April 28 – Friday, May 5 

MBTS Zero Waste Challenge Weigh In 
Friday, May 5 at 3:00 PM—5:00 PM 

Did you know that the average person throws out approximately 5 pounds of trash a day? The Manchester-by-the-Sea Sustainability Committee and the Manchester Public Library invite you to join us in the Earth Day 2023 Zero Waste Challenge. 

MBTS residents can bring whatever trash you collected between April 28- May 5 at 3 PM to the Sustainability Committee table at the library to have your trash weighed. Come into the library to get 1 free orange bag per registration or use your own. 

 The household with the lowest weeklong trash accumulation will receive the honor of being Manchester-by-the-Sea’s 2023 Zero Waste Champion! Prizes include a 7 Seas Whale Watch gift certificate, Bravo by the Sea gift certificate and everyone gets a Captain Dusty’s coupon. Register at 

Children’s News & Events

*Please register for all programs on our website: 

Flora Has an Adventure with Karin Gertsch  

Monday, May 1 at 3:30PM 

Join local author & illustrator, Karin Gertsch, on a reading adventure of her story about Flora, a chicken who goes on a visit to the library!  A craft will follow the program.  Perfect for kiddos preK-K and their caregivers, but all ages are welcome to join the fun.      

*Read to Gus, the Therapy Dog 

Thursday, May 4 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. 

*Let’s Make Music with Ms. Teresa 

Friday, May 12 @ 10:30AM 

Teresa Coelho returns for a morning filled with music and movement, ideal for ages birth through 4 and their caregivers.  While indoor space is limited and requires registration if the weather is nice, we will meet on the Library Lawn and all are welcome to join!  Please call to confirm location (978) 526-7711 

Teen Loft Announcements & Events

*To register for the programs below and more: 

TAB (Teen Advisory Board) 

Tuesday, May 9 at 5:30—6:30 PM 

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

News & Events for Adults

*To register for the programs below and more: 

Mindfulness Meditation 

Every Other Thursday, April 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: 100 Years of Boston Comedy 

Thursday, April 27 at 5:30—6:30 PM 

Join us in-person as veteran arts journalist Nick Zaino explores Boston’s long history of comedy, from vaudeville to YouTube, highlighting some of the personalities that have defined laughter in America for 100 years. 

*MBTS Reads 2023: Mushroaming – Hunting Morels in the Pacific North West, Truffles in Italy and Porcini in Colorado 

Saturday, April 29 at 11AM—12:15PM 

Join local mushroom expert, in-person for a whirlwind tour of mushroom hunting around the world. We will demystify their growth patterns in various regions, techniques and what to expect while hunting and harvesting them and even how to cook them in these widespread regions of the world. There will be time for discussion and Q&A. Registration is required and space is limited.  

Hearthside Book Group  

Tuesday, May 2 at 4-5PM 

 Join us in person at the library or on Zoom to discuss the novel “The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post:” a novel  by Allison Pataki. 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. 

MBTS Bike and Pedestrian Committee Book Discussion 

Thursdays in May, starting May 4 from 6—7PM 

The MBTS Bike and Pedestrian Committee is excited to be hosting another community book discussion group this May. We’ll be reading ‘There Are No Accidents: The Deadly Rise of Injury and Disaster – Who Profits and Who Pays the Price’ by Jessie Singer. You can pick up a copy at the library circulation desk or download a digital audiobook on Libby, a free library ebook / audiobook service. The meetings will be held every Thursday evening in May so you don’t need to finish the book to attend the discussion. Registration is encouraged but not required.