Press August 14, 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: or call 978-526-7711 

*Youth Summer Reading Ends This Friday, August 18 

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!   

*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. Please register as space is limited. 

News & Events for Teens

*To register for the programs below and more: or call 978-526-7711 

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.  

Free Friday Movies  

Friday, August 18 at 5:30—7:30PM 

Movies at the Library have returned! We will be showing a movie adaptation of a classic coming of age book in our newly renovated Reference Room. 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: or call 978-526-7711 

*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. Registration is required as space is limited. 

*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.  

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. 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. 

Mystery Book Group: “Right as Rain” 

Friday, August 25 at 10:30—11:30AM 

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

We will discuss “Right as Rain” by George Pelecanos. Physical copies will be available at the circulation desk in late July / early August and an ebook is available through the Libby app. New members are always welcome.  

Hearthside Book Group: “Rough Sleepers” 

Tuesday, September 5th at 4:00—5:00PM 

Join us in person at the library or on ZOOM to discuss Rough Sleepers by Tracy Kidder. “When he graduated from Harvard Medical School, Jim O’Connell was asked by the medical school Dean to spend one year setting up a program to care for the homeless population in Boston. It became Jim O’Connell’s life calling, to help people known as “rough sleepers.” For the past three decades, Dr. O’Connell has run the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, which he helped to create. Affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital, the program includes clinics and a van on which Dr O’Connell and his staff ride through the Boston streets at night, offering outreach of medical care, socks, soup, and friendship to a marginalized community” 

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. Ebooks and digital audiobooks are available for free from the Libby app. Sign up using your Manchester library card.