Press October 9, 2023

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Phone: 978-526-7711 
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Friends of the Library’s 1st Falling For Art Exhibit and Sale 

October 20-22, 2023   

We welcome all to the opening reception to have the first chance to peruse and purchase while enjoying refreshing libations.  

Where: Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library 

When: Friday, October 20 5:30-8:00pm 

Why: To support the good works of the Friends of the Public Library as well as support the participating artists. 

The sale will continue Saturday, October 21st from 10am-4pm and Sunday, October 22nd from 1pm-4pm. 

October Cybersecurity Awareness Month 

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has launched a new cybersecurity awareness program – Secure Our World – through which the agency will be promoting behavioral change across the nation. 

CISA encourages four key behaviors to greatly improve security: 

  • Use strong passwords and a password manager
  • Implement multifactor authentication
  • Learn how to recognize phishing and reporting phishing attempts
  • Update software promptly 

Find more resources at or come to the library for a Digital Advice session on Monday or Friday with your questions.  

News & Events for Kids

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

*Fall and Winter Storytimes  

Wednesdays at 10:30AM 

Join Miss Audrey for Storytime for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers! We’ll share books, songs, and games. Registration is required each week as space is limited at 

*MBTS Haunted Library  


1st Tour 5:30—6:00PM 

2nd Tour 6:00—6:30PM 

3rd Tour 6:30—7:00PM 

It’s our third annual Haunted Library spooktacular! Take a tour of the MPL all decked out for Halloween, enjoy some treats (and very few tricks), and join us for a creepy tale by the fireside. This is a family event appropriate for ages 4 and up. Registration is required. Please register for one session only. 

*Pumpkin StoryTime 

Saturday, October 28 at 2:00-3:00PM 

Join Miss Audrey for a pumpkin themed storytime and craft on October 28th at 2 pm. We will share fun stories and make a beaded pumpkin that can be displayed all fall long! This program is best for ages four and up and registration is required.  

News & Events for Young Adults

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

*Teen Craft Night: Make a Terrorium 

Thursday, October 19 at 4:00-5:00PM 

Create your own spooky terrarium with live plants and eerie figurines. For teens age 14-18. Snacks will be provided, and registration is required as supplies are limited. 

*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  

*Peecycling for Clean Water and Fertile Gardens (Virtual) 


This workshop covers why & how to fertilize your garden with urine. Reclaiming urine as a fertilizer is a safe and simple practice that gardeners everywhere can learn to access an abundance of free fertilizer – and prevent downstream pollution. This workshop introduces the Rich Earth Institute’s community peecycling program and research. Then, we’ll delve into step-by-step instructions for using urine in home gardens–and how to contribute to Rich Earth’s Community Science Survey. After the presentation, there will be discussion time for you to share your experiences and questions about peecycling. 

Diversity Matters Book Group: Notes of a Native Son 

Tuesday, October 17 at 5:30—6:30PM 

Diversity Matters will be meeting to discuss James Baldwin’s “Notes of a Native Son”. 

The meeting will be held at the library and available on Zoom also. Contact Maddy Willwerth, Head of Adult Services, at with any questions. All are welcome to join in for single or many meetings. Copies of Baldwin’s “Notes of a Native Son” are at the front desk. Please pick one up and join the group. 

*All Ages Craft Night – Spooky Terrariums 


Create your own spooky terrarium (scare-ium or terrorium) with live plants and eerie figurines. Geared toward adults but all are welcome. Snacks will be provided, and registration is required as supplies are limited. 

*Cookbook Club: Crave: bold recipes that make you want seconds 


The Cookbook Club meets once a month to share recipes from a new cookbook off our library shelves. October’s pick is Crave : Bold Recipes that Make you Want Seconds by Karen Akunowicz.  

Register for any recipe from the cookbook. We will email you a recipe and/or put a cookbook on hold for you. Please register so we know how much cutlery to have on hand. This event will be outside if possible, so bundle up. Email with any questions.  

Hearthside Book Group: “Tapestry of Fortunes” 


On Tuesday, November 7, join us in person at the library or on ZOOM to discuss Tapestry of Fortunes one by Elizabeth Berg. “In this novel by the beloved New York Times bestselling author, four women venture into their pasts in order to shape their futures, fates and fortunes.” 

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 library card.