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Summer Hours at the Library 

On July 1 the MBTS Public Library will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays until September. 

Children’s News & Events

*Please register for all programs on our website: 

Summer Reading 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 in the library for a chance to win raffle prizes and get free admission to the Topsfield Fair! 

*Summer Art and Sensory 

Wednesdays at 3:00—4:00PM 

Art and Sensory encourages students to explore their creativity through the fun of using many different art materials. The project is always step by step, hands on and guided to help create individual masterpieces! This program is for kids in pre-k –2nd grade and starts 6/28 and runs every Wednesday this summer. Space is limited and registration is required for each week’s session.  

*Science Heroes: Saving Earth Together! 

Thursday, July 13 at 2:00—2:45PM 

This program for kids in grades K-5 unites theater and science to present an action-packed story about two unlikely heroes work together to save the planet! Throughout the story, the audience will help the performer conduct amazing science experiments all about air pressure, the laws of motion, chemical reactions, and much more.  You won’t want to miss this high energy, interactive, science-based and fun show! Please register for this event. 

Storytime with Miss Audrey 

Mondays at 10:00AM 

Join Miss Audrey for stories, songs, and games for ages 0-5. 

News & Events for Teens

*To register for the programs below and more: 

Summer Reading for Teens (11-18) 

Teens can stop in the library at any time to pick up bingo sheets and instructions so you can win cool prizes all summer long.  

*Creating Comic Strips and Gag Cartoons 

Friday, July 14 at 1:00—3:00PM 

For ages 11-16: Boston-based author/illustrator Jonathan Todd (the upcoming Scholastic graphic novel “Timid”) is back, this time for a two-hour workshop on writing and drawing cartoons geared for laughs.  Registration is limited to 20 participants, and art supplies are included. Please register on the Library Events Calendar — and we’ll see you in the funny pages! 

News & Events for Adults

*To register for the programs below and more: 

First Friday Movies 

Friday, July 7 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. This month’s screening a family friendly movie rated PG. Check for the title and more info. 

*Mindfulness Meditation 

Weekly beginning July 11 and excluding July 18 

Tuesdays, 11:00AM-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. 

Career Center on the Go with MASS HIRE 

Tuesday, July 11 at 12:00—4:00PM 

The Career Center of the GO… is an event that is OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC; and an opportunity to bring services provided by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development directly to the hands of our community residents. During this visit the following information will be imparted: 

Career Coach Advising – An opportunity where residents can speak one-on-one with an Advising Coach about the possibility of ANY Training Opportunities offered at MHNSCC. Training Opportunities such as career certifications, Industry-specific training (Healthcare, Manufacturing), or simply career pathways.  

Job Search Assistance– This is a unique chance to review the labor market in various industries and discuss salary expectations, ONE-ON-ONE Résumé Review, and connections with meaningful jobs and careers. 

 No Need to register in advance! No Cost to attend! This event is open to the General Public. Walk-Ins are WELCOME! 

Hearthside Book Group  

Tuesday, July 11th at 4:00-5:00PM 

On Tuesday, July 11th join us in person at the library or on ZOOM to discuss the biography The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore. “From the New York Times bestselling author of The Radium Girls comes another dark, dramatic, but ultimately uplifting tale of a forgotten woman whose harrowing story changed the world.” 

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. 

*An Evening With Bestselling Author Lisa See (Virtual) 

Wednesday, July 12 at 7:00—8:00PM 

Join New York Times bestselling author Lisa See on Zoom as she talks about her new book Lady Tan’s Circle of Women, a captivating story of women helping other women. See’s latest historical novel was inspired by the true story of a woman physician from 15th-century China and is a triumphant reimagining of the life of a woman who was remarkable in the Ming dynasty and would be considered remarkable today. 

*Landing On The Moon with NASA (Virtual) 

Thursday, July 13 at 12:00—1:00PM 

Solar System Ambassador David S. Ball, a volunteer educator with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, discusses the history and plans for landing on the Moon. From the first crash landing in 1959; the first manned landing a decade later; and the upcoming plans by SpaceX, Blue Origin, and others to execute routine soft landings on the surface of the Moon, we will explore the surprisingly difficult feat of “landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” 

Diversity Matters Book Group: “His Name Is George Floyd …” 

Tuesday, July 25 at 5:30—6:30PM 

July’s diversity matters book group will be reading Pulitzer prize winning “His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice” by Robert Samuels. 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.