Press August 21, 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 

The Countdown to Kindergarten is On! 

Do you know someone who is going to Kindergarten in the next few weeks? Bring them to the Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library Children’s Room to receive a free, brand new picture book to keep courtesy of Early Childhood Partners CFCE. While supplies last. One book per Kindergartener please. 

*The Pineapple Project 

Saturday, September 9 at 1:00-2:00PM  

A theatrical performance celebrating each child’s freedom to be who they are. “Boys can’t be princesses!” The impetus for The Pineapple Project came out of this moment during play between Mal and Mal’s niece. As a nonbinary person and theater artist, Mal knew that this moment could not go by without recognizing how early in a child’s development, ideas and influences can form around gender. And with years of experience working with LGBTQ youth who struggle with their gender, Mal, Becca, and Renee, felt it was time to create a theater piece that could help broaden the conversation as well as advocate for and validate each child’s individual freedom to be who they are. Best suited for audience ages 3-8. Registration is required as space is limited. Visit or call 978-526-7711 to register.  

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.  

*All Ages Author Chat with Middle Grade Author Deke Moulton (Virtual) 

Tuesday, August 29 at 5:00—6:00PM 

Join us for a Zoom discussion with debut author Deke Moulton as we celebrate the release of their first book, “Don’t Want To Be Your Monster”, a middle grade book about two vampire brothers, who must set aside their differences to solve a series of murders. We’ll be chatting about how this book adds to vampire mythos and much more! While this is a middle grade book, all patrons interested are welcome and encouraged to attend! There will be an audience Q&A towards the end of the program.  

This program is sponsored by the Pollard Memorial Library Foundation and is made available through a partnership with the Pollard Memorial Library. 

News & Events for Adults

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

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. 

Meet Bestselling Authors Lisa Jackson & Nancy Bush (Virtual) 

Monday, August 28 at 7:00—8:00PM 

Bestselling authors (and sisters!) Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush will discuss their latest books in this ZOOM webinar. Jackson will discuss The Last Sinner, a gripping novel of suspense featuring two veteran homicide detectives matching wits with a twisted serial killer lurking in the shadows of New Orleans. Bush will discuss The Camp, a chilling novel of suspense where a diabolical modern twist on Friday the 13th meets Yellowjackets at a summer sleepaway camp isolated in the woods of Oregon. 

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 the Langley-Adams Library in Groveland.  

Zero Waste for Parents & Kids (Virtual) 

Tuesday, August 29 at 7:00—8:00PM 

We learned so much from Sarah last time she was with us, we just had to have her back! This time, we’ll dig into practical tips to make your children’s birthday parties and school lunches eco-friendly and low waste. We’ll also be discussing how kids, families, and communities can be more sustainable as some towns/cities/states move towards free lunches for all. All ages are welcome! 

Sarah Robertson-Barnes, founder of the Sustainable in the Suburbs blog, is a freelance writer, educator, and consultant. She lives with her husband, two kids, and rescue dog outside of Toronto, Ontario. Sustainable in the Suburbs is a resource for living low waste with kids in a culture of convenience.  

This program is made available by the Ashland Public Library sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. We are pleased to be partnering with the Ashland Sustainability Committee, GreenUp Ashland, and a multitude of MA Libraries for this event. 

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.