Press May 22, 2023

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Temporary Change to Library Hours and Memorial Day Closure 

The library will close early at 1PM this Saturday, May 27 for carpet cleaning and will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. 

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

Saturday, June 10 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 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

Carol’s Retirement Open House 

Friday, May 26 at 2:30-4:30PM 

Our wonderful Children’s Librarian, Carol Bender is retiring at the end of May. Please come and wish her well today with a sendoff celebration including tea and cookies. 

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. 

Teen Loft Announcements & Events

Wicked Good Henna Summer Reading Kick Off 

Tuesday, June 6 at 3:00—5:00PM 

For the youth (ages 11-18): It’s our Summer Reading kickoff!  Stop by to get a splash of sweet body decoration courtesy of library fave Mandy Roberge — and grab a sweet treat, too!  No registration required for this one — just come on by! 

News & Events for Adults

*To register for the programs below and more: 

*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. 

*Know Your Shopping Rights (Virtual) 

Friday, May 26 at 2:00—3:00PM 

Have you ever had a negative shopping experience? Find out how you can get shopping problems resolved. Robin Putnam, Events & Outreach Manager from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, will discuss support available to you regarding expressed & implied warranties; return policies; defective merchandise; pricing discrepancies; and shopping online, through mail or television. 

This program will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 24 hours of the program and this program is made available through a partnership with the Tewksbury 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. 

*Discover India Series: The Spice Bowl (Virtual) 

Tuesday, May 30 at 7:00-8:00PM 

India is famous for its spices that are used for both culinary and health purposes, many of which were included in ancient herbal medicines. This presentation will describe the history of some of the spices, their benefits, and how they are used in Indian cuisine and/or for health purposes. 

 This program was made available through Burlington Public Library’s Discover India Series, which is a program partnership between the Burlington Public Library and the India Association of Greater Boston (IAGB). This series explores India’s rich culture and includes exciting forays into history, food, art and music. 

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.