Press September 11, 2023

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Phone: 978-526-7711 

Public Wifi: MBTSLibraryWifi / Password: library1887 

Library’s Free Public WiFi is Now Password Protected 

MBTS Library’s WiFi is now encrypted, offering extra security for our community and guests. Log on from inside the building or from the front garden by connecting to MBTSLibraryWifi using password library1887. Encrypted networks offer an additional layer of security but they are not a replacement for safe internet use. Visit for tips and trick on how to keep yourself and your information safe online. 

September is Hunger Action Month 

Help spread awareness by wearing orange! Orange is the color used to raise hunger awareness. Stop by the library to make a non-perishable food donation. Check out an orange cookbook. Read a book on food insecurity. Save your harvest by checking out a food dehydrator and canning kit from the library of things. Make a citrus garland on Sep 26 to hang in your window or on your door. Find out more things you can do at 

FOL Requests Art Donations 

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

Tired of that Beautiful Painting in your Living Room?  Downsizing and Unsure of what to do with your many pieces of Art? The Friends of the Manchester Public Library is excited and gearing up our First Annual Falling for Art Sale and Event at the Library this October. We hope our patrons and supporters will consider being part of this fundraising effort! At this time, we have committed artists and are still accepting local artists who will be submitting their work for purchase. 50% of the purchase price will be given to the FoML to support our beautiful library and it’s programming. In addition to this original art, we are looking for artwork that you, as supporters, would like to donate as part of this sale. You will receive 50% of the purchase price.  If you have any art that you would like to donate, please email an image, name of the piece and price to by September 30, 2023. Thank you for considering supporting our Library! 

Fall Hours Have Begun 

The library is now open on Saturdays from 10AM-4PM. 

Save the Date: Sara Collins’ Retirement Party 

Friday, September 29 at 2:00—4:00PM 

After 35 years of service to Manchester and the Massachusetts library community, Ms. Collins is retiring. Join us, rain or shine, on September 29, for food, sweet treats, non-alcoholic beverages, lawn activities for all ages, and a community photo via drone at 3:30PM to celebrate Sara and wish her joy and happiness in her next chapter. Please stop by or mail any messages, memories, songs, recipes and books that remind you of her to be added to a remembrance book being collected as a gift. If you want to give or share something with Sara publicly at the event, like make a short speech or sing a song please email Maddy Willwerth at as there will be limited time. 

September is Library Card Sign-up Month 

Manchester Public Library joins the American Library Association and libraries nationwide to remind everyone about the valuable resources available with a library card. From borrowing books, ebooks and audiobooks to getting tech help, learning new skills, or attending a book club or storytime, a library card helps everyone do more of what they enjoy.  

To sign up for a library card or to learn more about the library’s resources and programs, please stop by the library or visit  Replacement library cards are offered free of charge for the month of September.  

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year to ensure every child signs up for their own library card. 

News & Events for Adults

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

*Local Author Chat with Veterinarian Karen Fine 

Saturday, September 16 at 11:00 AM—12:00PM 

Join us in person as we chat with local author and veterinarian Karen Fine. Karen always knew that she wanted to be a vet and wasn’t going to let anything stop her: not her allergy to cats, and not the fact that in the ’80s veterinary medicine was still a mostly male profession. Inspired by her grandfather, a compassionate doctor who paid house calls to all his (human) patients, Dr. Fine persevered, and brought her Oupa’s principles into her own practice, which emphasizes the need to understand her patients’ stories to provide the best possible care. 

In “The Other Family Doctor,” Dr. Fine shares all these touching, joyful, heartbreaking, and life-affirming tales that make up her career as a vet. Woven into the book are stories of the birds, cats, and dogs who have taught her the most valuable lessons—how caring for the animals in our lives can teach us to better care for ourselves, especially when life seems precarious. 

Registration is encouraged as space is limited.  

*Author Erica Cirino Discusses His Book About Solutions to the Plastic Crisis (Virtual) 

Monday, September 18 at 7:00—8:00PM 

Join Erica Cirino, photojournalist, scientist, and artist, as she discusses her book “Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis”. As plastic pollution piles up, time to negotiate real solutions is running out, and meanwhile plastics’ impacts on the Earth and our health grows worse. Erica hopes to share important facts and immediate action we can take to help our communities and protect our health from plastics. 

This is a presentation on Erica’s findings and current work communicating science-backed facts and solutions to the plastic pollution, featuring original reporting, research, and images from the frontlines of the plastic crisis (including from the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch). 

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

*Cookbook Club: Baking Yesteryear 

Tuesday, September 19 at 5:30—6:15 PM 

The Cookbook Club meets once a month to share recipes from a new cookbook off our library shelves. September’s pick is “Baking Yesteryear: the best recipes from the 1900s to the 1980s” by B. Dylan Hollis. A #1 New York Times Bestseller and decade-by-decade cookbook that highlights the best (and a few of the worst) baking recipes from the 20th century. Attendees who bring dishes will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of the cookbook to take home. Visit or call 978-526-7711 to register or for details.

Communities Responding to Extreme Weather or CREW’s Climate Prep Week is from September 23-29th 

This year’s theme is “the intersection of climate change and the broader social justice movement” To see more info and events occurring across the country for Climate Prep Week visit: but for local events register at 

-Hike the Wilderness Conservation Area with MECT 

Saturday, September 23 at 10:00 AM—12:00PM 

This event is made possible through a partnership with The Manchester Essex Conservation Trust. 

-Make Your Own Citrus Garland 

Tuesday, September 26 at 5:00—6:00PM 

This event is made possible through a partnership with The Open Door. 

-Extreme Flooding and a VT Library’s Response (Virtual) 

Monday, September 25 at 7:00—8:00PM 

This program is made possible through a partnership with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library of Montpelier, Vermont, the Chelmsford Public Library and other MA libraries. 

-Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors with Creative Manager for Grist (Virtual) 

Wednesday, September 27 at 6:30—7:30PM 

-Community Movie Screening of “The Clean Bin Project” 

Thursday, September 28 at 6:00—8:00PM 

This event is made possible through a partnership with The Manchester-by-the-Sea’s Sustainability Committee. 

-How NASA Is Combating Climate Change (Virtual) 

Friday, September 29 at 2:00—3:00 PM 

This program is made possible through a partnership with the Tewksbury Public Library. 

Hearthside Book Group: “The Postcard” 

Tuesday, October 3 at 4:00—5:00PM 

On Tuesday, October 3, join us in person at the library or on ZOOM to discuss “The Postcard” by Anne Berest. 

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. Digital audiobooks are available for free from the Hoopla app. Sign up using your Manchester library card.