Press June 12, 2023

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Library is closed on Monday, June 19th in observance of Juneteenth.  

The library will reopen at 10AM on Tuesday, June 20. The virtual library is open 24/7 from anywhere at 

Children’s News & Events

*Please register for all programs on our website: 

Summer Reading Begins June 22 – August 11 

Kids going into grade 6 and under are invited to sign up for summer reading, starting on 6/22 and ending on 8/11. Register for a chance to win raffle prizes and get free admission to the Topsfield Fair! 

Plant a Seed – Paint a Pot 

Saturday, June 17 AT 10:30 AM—12:30PM 

During the plant swap kids and kids of all ages can paint a pot and plant a seed of their choice. Bring it home your creation and watch it grow! 

*Save the date … and register for: 

Bryson Lang: Comedy & Juggling Extravaganza! 

Thursday, June 22 at 3:00—4:00PM 

Kick-off your Summer Reading AND Summer Fun with Bryson Lang’s The Cure for the Common Show. This unforgettable show is filled with technical juggling skills, creative physical-manipulation and original comedy.   Bryson, a likable and energetic personality, performs inventive and clever routines that mix comedy and audience participation into a family-friendly act that will delight and amaze all ages!  

In the event of rain, we will be at the Manchester Community Center so please register (just in case). 

News & Events for Adults

*To register for the programs below and more: 

Plant Swap 

Saturday, June 17 at 10:30 AM—12:30PM 

Have some spider plants that are ready to propagate? Buy an eight pack of flowers and only need six? Did you start 6 tomato plants from seed hoping only one would make it and now you have five extra? Why not swap the plants with your neighbors. Trade some spider plants for aloe or zucchini for tomatoes. 

*A Trip To Scotland – Finding the Underwater Gannet in the Shetland Islands (Virtual) 

Tuesday, June 20 at 10:30—11:30AM 

Follow Ken Carlson’s journey to the Shetland Islands in Scotland as he searched for a way to photograph the graceful Northern Gannet seabird diving underwater to fish. Not being a scuba diver made this a challenge, but Carlson finds a way after following up on a clue. Carlson is a nature, landscape and Fine Art photographer living in Harrington, Maine, after living and practicing veterinary medicine in Ipswich for 43 years. Carlson has traveled to more than 40 locations for his photography. 

This program will be recorded, and all registrants will receive the recording. The program is made possible through a partnership with the Tewksbury Public Library. 

Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention 

Tuesday, June 20 at 1:00—2:00PM 

Robin Putnam, Events & Outreach Manager from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, will present on how to spot and avoid scams, recent scams that the Office has learned about, how to prevent identity theft & steps to take if you have fallen victim. Registration is encouraged but not required to this in person presentation. 

Diversity Matters Book Group 

Tuesday, June 20 at 5:30—6:30PM 

June’s diversity matters book group will be reading “The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation” by Anna Malaika Tubbs. Physical book copies available at the circulation desk and free digital audiobooks and ebooks are available through the Libby app, register with your Manchester library card. Email for more info and to get connected to the book group. 

Mystery Book Group: Featuring Author Bruce Robert Coffin 

Friday, June 30 at 10:30—11:30AM 

Special Meeting Notice! This month’s author, Bruce Robert Coffin will be at our meeting, in person! We will meet at Masonic Lodge Hall, behind the Library: “10 Church Street” — access from parking lot behind the Town Hall.  

Bruce Robert Coffin is the award-winning author of the bestselling Detective Byron mystery series. A former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine’s largest city. Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Bruce spent four years investigating counter-terrorism cases for the FBI, earning the Director’s Award, the highest award a non-agent can receive.  

The Manchester Mystery Book Group meets on the last Friday of the month at 10:30 AM. Email with any questions or to get connected with the group. New members are always welcome.