Press September 18, 2023

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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! 

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 Kids

Attention Children’s Room Summer Reading Participants:   

The Topsfield Fair starts on September 29! If you were notified that you won a pass to the fair, be sure to stop by to pick it up from Miss Audrey or at the circulation desk. YA summer reading raffle prizes and volunteer thank yous are also still available for everyone notified about receiving one. See Tom in the Teen Loft to claim yours any weekday after school. 

News & Events for Young Adults

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

Pop Up Art School: Insect Shadow Boxes 

Wednesday, November 8 at 1:00—2:30PM 

Using images of butterflies, moths and beetles as reference, draw and paint your own realistic or imaginative insects and mount it in a paper shadow box.  Happy early release day, tweens and middle schoolers! 

News & Events for Adults

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

Communities Responding to Extreme Weather or CREW’s Climate Prep Week is from September 24-30th 

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. 

-*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. 

-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. 

-*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. 

*At the Sports Stadium with NBC Sports Journalist, Trenni Casey (Virtual) 

Thursday, September 28 at 10:00—11:0 AM 

Meet Trenni (Kusnierek) Casey, on-air sports journalist for NBC Sports Boston/NBC 10! We’ll be discussing over Zoom how Trenni got to where she is, what it takes to be a sportscaster in New England, esp as a woman, and the current state of Boston sports! Bring your questions, this is sure to be a fascinating and enlightening conversation! Trenni (Kusnierek) Casey is the host of Arbella Early Edition. She has worked in the sports journalism field since 2000 starting her career in Eau Claire, WI and since has worked in Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Boston and at the national level for MLB Network, ABC Sports and Big Ten Network. Trenni has had the opportunity to cover all four major sports, including the World Series and the Super Bowl. She has also reported from National championship games and PGA majors. 

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

Mystery Book Group: “Thirteen” 

Friday, September 29 at 10:30—11:30AM 

The Manchester Mystery Book Group meets on the last Friday of the month at 10:30AM. September’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. New members are always welcome. 

We will discuss “Thirteen” by Steve Cavanagh. Physical copies will be available at the circulation desk in late August / early September and an ebook and digital audiobook is available through the Libby app. 

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. 

Hearthside Book Group: “The Postcard” 

Tuesday, October 3 at 4:00—5:00PM 

Join us in person at the library or on ZOOM to discuss “The Postcard” by Anne Berest. Winner of the Choix Goncourt Prize, Anne Berest’s The Postcard is a vivid portrait of twentieth-century Parisian intellectual and artistic life, an enthralling investigation into family secrets, and poignant tale of a Jewish family devastated by the Holocaust and partly restored through the power of storytelling. 

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. 

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