Press August 7, 2023

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Calling All Local Artists 

For the Friends of the Library’s 1st Falling For Art Exhibit and Sale, October 20-22, 2023 

Artists and photographers are invited to submit up to 5 digital jpeg images by August 30 to Include your name, title of the piece and price. 50% of proceeds benefit  

The Friends of the Manchester Library. 

Children’s News & Events

*Please register for all programs on our website: 

*Youth Summer Reading Ends This Friday, August 11 

Bring in your child’s sheets this week for a chance to win free admission, ride tickets, free meal and drink vouchers to the Topsfield Fair!  Haven’t registered yet? No problem, register and fill out your sheet with all the reading you have enjoyed this summer. 

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 Down Under Show is sponsored by the Ron Borel Bequest to honor his birthday, love of children’s books, generosity and unending support of the MBTS Public Library. Ron Borel’s life and his many generous gifts will be celebrated with a sweet treat for all attendees.  

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). 

This event is a celebration of the end of youth summer reading, so make sure to bring in your reading tally’s on or before August 11 to be entered to win the Topsfield Fair prize package. 

*Last Summer Art and Sensory 

Wednesday, August 23 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! For kids entering pre-k – leaving 2nd grade. Registration required as space is limited.  

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.  

Friday Movies at MBTS 

Friday, August 18 at 5:30—7:30PM 

Movies at the Library have returned! We will be showing a movie in our newly renovated Reference Room every month on Friday at 5:30PM. We will supply the popcorn. Feel free to bring covered, non-alcoholic beverages. The movie this month has a MPAA rating: PG-13. 

News & Events for Adults

*To register for the programs below and more: 

*Massage and Energy Work Demo and Q&A 

Thursday, August 17 at 6:00—7:00PM 

Massage Therapist, Matt Kurdt, of Holistic Energy Works will be leading a workshop to help spread the word about the positive benefits of Massage Therapy and Energy Work. He will be available to provide hands-on demonstrations of some simple yet incredibly effective techniques as well as to answer any questions you may have about massage in general. 

Attendees can opt in to receive a short massage demonstration but will need to sign a waiver. The massage demos are not private as this program will take place in the Reference Room of the library. 

Author Nan Fischer, Discusses “The Book of Silver Linings” (Virtual) 

Monday, August 21 AT 7:00—8:00PM 

We’re excited to be celebrating a book birthday with author Nan Fischer! Her new book, “The Book of Silver Linings” just came out on August 15th and is a must read for anyone who loves uplifting books with a touch of magic (seriously, who doesn’t?!?). It’s a timeless love story – our favorite kind! We hope you can join us for this very special Q&A.  

About the Book: Constance Sparks always says yes…when her capricious best friend needs money; when her boss gives her more responsibility without a raise; and when her boyfriend, Hayden, who is very kind but also secretive, asks her to marry him. While planning their wedding—and struggling with anxiety about the right course for her future—Constance researches the history of her antique engagement ring and unearths the name of a man who might be connected to it, plus his tragic love story. When she finds a book of letters in her library’s old manuscript section written by the long-dead man, Constance is deeply touched by his words and leaves a note for him confessing her uncertainty and doubts. She’s shocked days later to find a response tucked among the pages. As the notes continue to arrive, Constance finds herself quickly falling in love with a ghost and putting her real-life relationship in jeopardy. Will a bond based on letters impossibly sent from the past derail her future? Or will Constance discover her voice and risk everything for the chance to somehow connect with her true soul mate?  

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

FBI’s Behavioral Analysis with Special Agent Julia Cowley (Virtual)

Tuesday, August 22 at 7:00—8:00PM

Join Special Agent Julia Cowley for a look inside FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. Cowley will discuss how and why she became an FBI profiler, what profiling is (and isn’t), and some of the most memorable cases in her career. Cowley is currently an adjunct professor at Bay Path University and serves as co-host on the podcast “The Consult.”

Cowley has been a Special Agent with the FBI since 1999. Her first assignment was to the Boston Division where she investigated white-collar crime, public corruption, and civil rights matters. She was also a member and team leader on the Boston Division’s Evidence Response Team. Julia was then selected to join the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, followed by assignment to the Evidence Response Team Unit. Julia is currently assigned to the Boston Division’s Springfield office where she focuses on public corruption and civil rights investigations. Prior to joining the FBI, Julia was a Special Agent/Forensic Scientist with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. She has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in forensic science from The George Washington University. She is certified in Behavioral Analysis by the FBI and was the lead FBI profiler on the Golden State Killer case.

This program will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 24 hours of the program.

This program is made possible through a partnership with the Tewksbury Public Library and is co-sponsored by the Corning Foundation and the Friends of the Tewksbury Library.