Press October 16, 2023

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Connect with the MBTS Public Library 
Phone: 978-526-7711 
Public Wifi: MBTSLibraryWifi / Password: library1887 

MBTS Library Is Open on Sundays 

Winter hours have begun. Come visit us on Sundays from 1:00—4:00PM. 

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 snacks and 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 

*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  

*All Ages Craft Night – Make a Scare-ium 


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.  

Mystery Book Group: “Better the Blood” 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 AT 10:30—11:30AM 

The Manchester Mystery Book Group meets on the last Friday of the month at 10:30AM. October’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 “Better the Blood” by Michael Bennett. Physical copies will be available at the circulation desk in late September / early October and an ebook is available through the hoopla app. Sign up using your Manchester Library Card. New members are always welcome.  

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. 

*Q&A With Mystery Writer and TV Producer Lee Goldberg (Virtual) 


It’s a book birthday for one of our very favorite mystery authors! Join us in conversation with Lee Goldberg and celebrate the release of “Calico” which comes out today! Lee not only writes wonderful mysteries, he’s been the writer and producer of one of our favorite TV shows, “Monk”, so you know that this will be a fascinating, quirky, and fun discussion. 

About Calico: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg, comes an explosive, page-turning investigative thriller – with a mind-blowing twist. There’s a saying in Barstow, California, a decaying city in the scorching Mojave desert . . . The Interstate here only goes in one direction: Away. But it’s the only place where ex-LAPD detective Beth McDade, after a staggering fall from grace, could get another badge . . . and a shot at redemption.  

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