Press November 6, 2023

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

Library Closed Saturday, November 11 for Veterans Day 

The library will reopen on Sunday 11/12 at its normal hours. Many of the library’s free digital resources are available from anywhere 24/7. Visit and use your library card to access. 

Future Plans at the Library 

Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library is preparing a grant application for the next round of construction grant funding from the state. To apply for the grant, which is due next Spring, we are preparing a Library Building Program, a planning document which identifies what the community wants and needs from their library in the next few decades. To begin that process, we need lots of community feedback. 

Please take our survey! to take the survey online, to use your own phone or device, or pick up a paper copy at the library. 

There will be two public forums open to all: 

November 15, 11am at Town Hall, room 5. 
November 15, 6pm at Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library. 

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 Hall 
Chapel Lane (behind Santander Bank) Manchester, MA 01944 

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 

News & Events for Kids

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

Lego Fun! 

Saturday, November 25 at 2:00—3:00PM 

Children ages 4-12 are invited to come to the library to build their own spectacular Lego creations. We’ve got tons of Legos for you to make the project of your dreams!  

*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  

News & Events for Adults

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

From Darkness — Color 
Paintings by Allison Moir-Smith 
Concussion Recovery Art 
On Display From November 6 – December 4 during normal library hours. 
Meet the Artist: Allison Moir-Smith 
Saturday, November 18 at 2:00—4:00PM 
Meet Allison Moir-Smith, the artist whose work is on display. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. 

*Art Across Asia: Japanese Aesthetics (Virtual) 

Sunday, November 12 at 2:30—4:00PM 

Japanese Aesthetics: Exploring Japan’s Artistic Sensibilities with Mary Mead 

Kimono, netsuke, swords, lacquerware, screens, and scrolls. Come explore the variety, complexity and beauty of Japanese art. For the Japanese the functionality of an object was not enough; it also had to be aesthetically pleasing and display the skill of the artisan, the taste of the patron, and the values of the culture. Luxuriate in this fascinating program highlighting some of the exquisite objects in the Japanese collection of the Asian Art Museum.  

This program is made possible through a partnership with the Chelmsford Public Library and other MA libraries.  

Diversity Matters Book Group : “How to make a slave and other essays” 

Tuesday, November 14 at 5:30—6:30PM 

November’s diversity matters book group will be reading “How to make a slave and other essays” by Jerald Walker 

Physical book copies are available at the circulation desk and as an ebook through the Libby app. You can use your library card to signup for Libby for free. Email for more info and to get connected to the group. 

*Q&A with Historical Fiction Author Virginia Pye (Virtual) 

Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00—8:00PM 

This one’s for those of you who love historical fiction set in Boston as well as books related to writing and stories of finding yourself! We’re chatting with author Virginia Pye about her most recent book “The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann”. Bring your questions as this will be a rapid fire Q&A!  

About the book: Set in Gilded Age Boston, The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann tells the story of a successful woman author of romance and adventure novels who becomes a champion of women’s rights as she takes on the literary establishment and finds her true voice, both on and off the page. 

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