Press May 1, 2023

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

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

Zero-Waste isn’t about being perfect but about learning how to throw away less. Did you know that the average person throws out approximately 5 pounds of trash a day? 

MBTS residents can sign up any time this week and bring whatever trash you collected on 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, Unpacked Living gift certificate and Captain Dusty’s coupons. Register any time before Friday at 

Children’s News & Events

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A New Collection in the Children’s Room:  VOX and Wonder Books 

Kids are going to love these new audio + print picture and chapter books bound together for literacy and fun!  The permanently attached Reader transforms an ordinary print book into an all-in-one read-along experience. No need for computers, tablets, or CDs—children simply push a button to listen and read.  Listen through the speaker or use your headphones.   

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*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 at 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 

*Seaside Saturday in the Children’s Room  

Saturday, March 11 at 10AM    

Join our friends from Early Childhood Partners for themed stories, crafts and activities. Please register on their website or call: / 978-468-5489. 

Teen Loft Announcements & Events

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*Teen Writers Workshop 

Friday, May 12 at 5:30—7PM 

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. Make sure to register so we can get enough snacks! 

*TAB (Teen Advisory Board) 

Tuesday, May 16 at 5—7PM 

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! Registration required. 

*Mysteries on the Move 

Wednesday, May 24 at 3—4PM 

Calling all puzzle-busters in grades 6-10 — we need your help!  Join Mysteries on the Move game master Pam Hatch for a problem-solving adventure that will ask you to read, think, collaborate, and otherwise test your limits to crack the Case of the Haunted Hotel!  Registration required. 

News & Events for Adults

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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. 

First Friday Movies at MBTS Public Library 

Friday, May 5 at 5:30—7:30PM 

Movies at the Library have returned! We will be showing a movie in our newly renovated Reference Room on the first Friday of every month at 5:30PM. We will supply the popcorn. Feel free to bring covered, non-alcoholic beverages. May’s movie is rated PG-13. Visit to see what is playing.  

Lioness of Boston – The Life of Isabella Stewart Gardner (Virtual) 

Monday, May 8 at 7—8PM 

Author Emily Franklin will discuss her brand-new novel, The Lioness of Boston, in conversation with author Dawn Tripp, in this ZOOM webinar. The Lioness of Boston is a deeply evocative novel of the life of Isabella Stewart Gardner, a daring visionary who created an inimitable legacy in American art and transformed the city of Boston itself. Registration required at  

MBTS Recycling A-Z 

Tuesday, May 9 at 6—7PM 

Come and learn all about recycling! Caitlin Smith, Recycling & Organics Coordinator from Republic Services, will be presenting an in-depth look on recycling. Find out what happens to your recycling once it leaves your curbside bin and how the recycling facility sorts the material. Learn what Massachusetts and Republic Services are doing to help increase recycling and what we can do as a community to help. This event is made possible through a partnership with The Manchester-by-the-Sea’s Sustainability Committee.  

Special Community Movie Screening: The Clean Bin Project 

Tuesday, May 9 at 7—9PM 

Stay after the Recycling A-Z presentation for a special screening of “The Clean Bin Project” Snacks, Popcorn, Coffee and Tea will be provided. Bring your travel mugs from home. This event is made possible through a partnership with The Manchester-by-the-Sea’s Sustainability Committee. 

About the Clean Bin Project: Is it possible to live completely waste free? In this multi-award winning, festival favourite, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem waste. Captivating interviews with renowned artist, Chris Jordan and TED Lecturer Captain Charles Moore, make this film a fun and inspiring call to individual action that speaks to crowds of all ages. 

Mindfulness Meditation  

Every Other Thursday, May 11 & 25 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. 

Cookbook Throwdown 

Saturday, May 13 at 11:30AM—12:30PM 

The cookbook book club meets on the 2nd Saturday of every month, and we share recipes from a cookbook from off our library shelves. May’s pick is “Manchester Woman’s Club Cookbook” collected by the local Manchester Woman’s Club.  

Sign up for a recipe in the library or online and bring your dish to be sampled on Saturday, May 13th along with any utensils needed. The library will provide small plates, napkins, and the standard cutlery but if you are bringing a soup or other recipe that needs specialized cutlery, please bring bowls or cups for everyone to use. I have picked some recipes to showcase but you can pick any recipe from the book. Please call Maddy Willwerth at 978-526-7711 if you have any questions.