Press May 15, 2023

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

Saturday, May 20 at 9AM-12PM 

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 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. 

Children’s News & Events

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*Great Scott 4H Rabbit & Cavies visit the Library 

Saturday, May 20 at 2PM 

Join our 4H friends for all things Rabbits & Cavies:  story time, followed by rabbit & cavy petting stations with members at the ready to answer all your questions about pet care and 4H! 

Teen Loft Announcements & Events

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*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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AAPI Heritage Month selections for next Diversity Book Group  

Tuesday, May 23 at 5:30-6:30PM 

We have two riveting graphic memoirs available to check out now at the front desk for our Tuesday, May 23rd, 5:30PM meeting. 

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. 

In June we will discuss Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr, Malcom X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation by Anna Malaika Tubbs. Books are available now for checkout at the front desk, please join us! 

*”50 Hikes in Eastern Massachusetts” with Author, Madeline Bilis (Virtual) 

Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00—8:00PM 

Just in time for summer! We are looking forward to chatting with author Madeline Bilis about her book “50 Hikes in Eastern Massachusetts”. Hopefully, we’ll all feel motivated to dust off our hiking shoes and hit the road! 

This program is  made possible through a partnership with the Ashland Public Library and is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. 

Mindfulness Meditation 

Thursday, May 25 at 11:00 AM—12:00PM 

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. 

Author Chat with Charlotte McConaghy “Migrations” (Virtual) 

Thursday, May 25 at 7:00—8:00PM 

Join us for a virtual visit from, author Charlotte McConaghy, author of “Migrations”. We also welcome readers to send in their questions for the author in advance to Jessica at  

This program is made possible through a partnership with the Chelmsford Public Library. 

Make a Mandala, Drop In Craft,  

Saturday, May 27 at 10AM – 1PM 

Stop by and make a window cling mandala with an intricate paper outline and tissue paper. 

A beautiful and cheering suncatcher in your window, this simple art activity can be a lovely spot of contemplation and decoration! The library will be open 10 AM-1 PM on this day due top annual carpet cleaning. Stop by and create something beautiful. All ages, as long as you can handle cutting or tearing tissue paper. 

Hearthside Book Group  

Tuesday, June 6th at 4-5PM 

On Tuesday, June 6th join us in person at the library or on Zoom to discuss the novel “Horse” by Geraldine Brooks. 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.