Press October 23, 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 from 1:00—4:00PM. 

Friends of the Library Present an Evening with Judy Rakowsky:  
A Book Reading, Q&A, Book Signing and Refreshments 
When: Thursday November 9, 2023 at 6:00-8:30PM 
Where: First Congregational Parish HallChapel Lane (behind Santander Bank) Manchester, MA

Come join us and enjoy a cheese and wine reception on Thursday November 9th for an evening with author Judy Rakowsky. Her recently published book, “Jews in the Garden – A Holocaust Survivor, the Fate of His Family, and the Secret History of Poland in WWII”, reads part memoir, part thriller. Come to hear her read and stay for a Q&A and get your signed copy. 
For more information email  

“Jews in the Garden reads like the best of narrator-guided murder-mysteries. But in this case the who-done-it is real, chilling, and makes clear why today’s Polish government is so determined to keep its bloody Holocaust-era secrets.” -LARRY TYE, New York Times Bestselling Author 

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 

*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  

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. 

*From Darkness — Color Painting Class Series 


Local artist, Allison Moir-Smith, whose work is on exhibit at the library in November will be offering two beginner, concussion and arthritis friendly painting classes on November 8 and November 29. All adults of any skill level are welcome. When you register for the 1st session you will be registered automatically for the second so you can see how your technique progresses. Artists will work on their skills by painting the same subject with acrylic in both sessions. This event is for adults. 

Allison’s exhibit is called From Darkness — Color and will be on display from November 6 – December 4. 

Allison Moir-Smith is a concussion activist, public speaker, brain-injury art teacher, and facilitator of an online concussed moms support group, Allison lives in Manchester- by-the-Sea with her family. For more information, visit and @concussion_recovery_art on Instagram.