Director, Sara Collins is retiring after 35 years. Please join us Friday, September 29 from 2 to 4 at the Library to celebrate Sara and her tenure at Manchester Public Library! Insert fireworks here!!

Events

Press July 17, 2023

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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. 

Friends of the Library Book Sale 

Saturday, August 5 from 9:00AM–4:00PM 

It’s back! The ever-popular Manchester Friends of the Library Book Sale returns this August 5th during Festival by the Sea. Come to the Manchester Library and take advantage of deals and steals in hardcover fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, DVDs, puzzles and more! Both cash and checks are accepted. All proceeds benefit the Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library. Come and bring a friend! 

Don’t miss this chance to get amazing books and more while supporting the Friends of the Library who have sponsored the permanent StoryWalk, beautiful landscaping, library lawn furniture, New Reference Room furniture, museum passes and countless Library programs through decades of support. Our Library could not do any of these amazing things without them! 

Celebrate the New Barbie Movie at the MBTS Library! 

Friday, July 21  All Day 

Can’t wait for the Barbie movie to open? Share your excitement with the library!  Stop by this Friday, July 21, and check out our special selection of Barbie-themed reads! Help us design our own Librarian Barbie!  And if you wear pink to the library, you’ll even get a little prize! 

Children’s News & Events

*Please register for all programs on our website:  https://www.manchesterpl.org/events/ 

*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.  

Storytime with Miss Audrey 

Mondays at 10:30AM 

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

*The Didgeridoo Down Under Show 

Friday, August 11 at 2:30—3:30 PM 

The Didgeridoo Show is an energetic fusion of Australian music, comedy, character building, storytelling and audience participation. The didgeridoo has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1500 years, and it’s known for its otherworldly sound. You’ll learn about Aussie animals, culture, unity and more … all while moving and grooving to the pulsing rhythms of the didge. The Didgeridoo Show is interactive, educational, motivational and super fun for all ages! 

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

News & Events for Teens

*To register for the programs below and more: manchesterpl.org/events 

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.  

Rubik’s Cube-o-Rama! 

Monday, July 24 at 1:00—2:30PM 

Obsessed with Rubik’s Cubes? Join local resident and longtime speed cubing competitor Will Russo for an informal session covering all the ins and outs of cubing culture. Get solving tips, find out about participating in competitions, get the scoop on where to shop for the fastest and craziest cubes, and more.   

No registration required — just come on by.  And be sure to bring along your own cube and let us check out your solving skills! 

News & Events for Adults

*To register for the programs below and more: manchesterpl.org/events 

Author Reading and Chat with Karin Gertsch 

Thursday, July 20 at 6:00—7:00PM 

Karin Gertsch’s first fiction novel was just published in June, 2023 and she will be visiting the MBTS Public Library to read a selection from the book and answer your questions about her journey from guidebook writer to children’s book author to publishing Five Wishes. Karin will sign copies of her book brought to the event but will not be selling copies. You can get copies from your favorite book seller.   

Registration is encouraged but not required.  

*A Look At The Life & Works of Agatha Christie (Virtual) 

Friday, July 21 at 2:00—3:00PM 

Agatha Christie is the most famous mystery writer in the world. In fact, the Guinness Book of World Records goes further and lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world’s most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeare’s works and the Bible. Who was this remarkable woman? How did she come to write her indelible works? Why is she still such a popular literary figure? These and other questions will be explored along with a real-life mystery about Christie’s dramatic disappearance in 1926 that remains substantially unsolved to this day.  

Sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Library and made available through a partnership with the Tewksbury Public Library. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 24 hours of the program. 

*Job Search Triage (Virtual) 

Monday, July 24 at 2:00—3:00PM 

Is your job search hemorrhaging time, energy, and resources? Right now, given the current state of your job search where do you need to focus to have the biggest impact and benefit in terms of landing. Learn a simple process to make more effective use of your time, energy and resources during your job search? Zero in on: What’s working? What’s not?  

Led by Tom McDonough, director of programs and founding Board member for the Institute for Career Transitions (ICT). A career and life coach, Tom has been part of the ICT coaching team since its inception. Though his career story has allowed him to experience many roles, the underlying theme is helping people clarify and align personal and career goals with their core values—their Unique Organizing Principle (SM) through body/mind/spirit integration. 

This program is made possible through a partnership with the Tewksbury Public Library and all registrants will receive the recording via email within 24 hours of the program. 

Mystery Book Group: “The Dime” 

Friday, July 28 at 10:30—11:30AM 

The Manchester Mystery Book Group meets on the last Friday of the month at 10:30AM. July’s meeting will occur in the library’s reading room or outside on the library’s front lawn. Email mwillwerth@manchesterpl.org with any questions or to get connected with the group. 

We will discuss “The Dime” by Kathleen Kent. Physical copies will be available at the circulation desk in late June. New members are always welcome.   

*Hula Hooping Extravaganza: Two Sessions 

Friday, July 28 at 10:30—11:30AM and 1:00-2:00PM 

You are invited to the most awesome all ages hula hoop event of the year! It’s time to put on your dancing shoes and grab those dazzling hoops for an unforgettable workshop of hula hoop magic! Hooping induces joy through movement explorations designed to promote healthy bodies and minds. We will learn basic hooping moves while increasing hand-eye coordination, strength, balance, and agility. We’ll focus on empowering uniqueness through self-esteem building activities. Hooping promotes exercise, exploration, expression, movement, and dance while having fun! Get your heart rate up while working on stability and flexibility in a class packed with silly fun. We also focus on learning alignment with our bodies and exploring the hoop through laughter and joy! 

Hula hoops provided – bring a friend or two! Registration is required in case we need to move inside due to the weather.