Press November 13, 2023

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

Library Closing Early Wednesday, 11/22 and Closed All Day 11/23 and 11/24 for Thanksgiving 

The library will reopen on Saturday 11/25 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. 

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 Young Adults 

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

Trivia Contest 

Rhetorical question for teens and Hunger Games fans of all ages: Are you psyched for the prequel movie, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” opening this Friday? Stop by the library’s teen loft, put a copy of the book or audiobook on hold and play our trivia contest for a chance to win an AMC Theatres gift card or a minty Hunger Games movie poster! Contest ends Friday, 11/17. 

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. 

Mystery Book Group: “Friday the Rabbi Slept Late” 

Friday, November 17 at 10:30—11:30AM 

The Manchester Mystery Book Group meets on the last Friday of the month at 10:30AM. November’s meeting will occur in the library’s reading room. Email with any questions or to get connected with the group. 

We will discuss “Friday the Rabbi Slept Late” by Harry Kemelman. Physical copies will be available at the circulation desk in late October / early November and an ebook is available through the hoopla app. Sign up using your Manchester Library Card. New members are always welcome. 

*An Evening with Bestselling Authors Tess Gerritsen & Paul Doiron (Virtual) 

Monday, November 20 at 7:00—8:00PM 

Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen will discuss her brand new book, “The Spy Coast,” in conversation with bestselling author Paul Doiron. A retired CIA operative in small-town Maine tackles the ghosts of her past in this fresh take on the spy thriller. 

*Cookbook Club: “The Book on Pie” 

Tuesday, November 28 at 5:30—6:15PM 

The Cookbook Club meets once a month to share recipes from a new cookbook off our library shelves. November’s pick is “The Book On Pie : Everything You Need To Know To Bake Perfect Pies” by Erin Jeanne McDowell .  

Erin Jeanne McDowell will be presenting a virtual baking demo on Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00PM. If you are interested in more pie related programs. 

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. Email with any questions. 

Hearthside Book Group  

Tuesday, December 5 at 4:00-5:00PM 

On Tuesday, December 5 join us in person at the library or on ZOOM to discuss “The Art Thief” by Michael Finkel. 

“The true story of the world’s most prolific art thief–a spellbinding portrait of obsession and flawed genius, from the bestselling author of ‘The Stranger in the Woods.’ 

For centuries, works of art have been stolen in countless ways from all over the world, but no one has been quite as successful at it as the master thief Stéphane Breitwieser. Carrying out more than two hundred heists over nearly ten years–in museums and cathedrals all over Europe–Breitwieser, along with his girlfriend who worked as his lookout, stole more than three hundred objects, until it all fell apart in spectacular fashion.” 

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.