Press November 27, 2023

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The Library at Christmas by the Sea! 

Visit the Friends of the Manchester Public Library Holiday Book Fair during the Holiday Stroll! 
Friday, December 1 at 4:00 – 8:00PM 

At the FPC Community Hall located behind Santander Bank. Join the Friends of the Manchester Public Library to peruse the hottest new book titles from the Beverly Farms Bookstore! Adults and children’s books, stocking stuffers, wrapping paper, cards, and more! 20% of sales will support the Friends of the Manchester Library. 

Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals 
Saturday, December 2 at 10:30-11:30AM 

Join wonderful puppet artist Lindsay for a holiday puppet show! This event will be held at FPC Community Hall (Located behind Santander Bank). For the young and young at heart, it’s a great way to kick off the holiday season! Stay for cookies and cider provided by the Friends of the Library who helped sponsor this program. 

Manchester Library Meet & Greet 
Sunday, December 3 at 1:00-2:30PM 

We invite you to stop into the library for some holiday cheer and to meet the new Library Director and Library Board of Trustees. 

For more info on the Christmas by the sea festivities visit 

News & Events for Kids and Families

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

*Make a Graham Cracker Gingerbread House  

Thursday, December 14 at 5:30PM 

Families are invited to the library to come make their own gingerbread house out of graham crackers. Design your own candy wonderland! Registration is required. 

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. 

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. 

*Baking Demo and Discussion with Chef Erin Jeanne McDowell (Virtual) 

Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00—8:00PM 

Who doesn’t like a bit of holiday baking? We are so pleased to welcome Chef and Cookbook Author Erin Jeanne McDowell to our virtual stage! Erin will demonstrate how to make one of her favorite recipes and then will have some time to chat with attendees about all our “burning” questions. We will be cooking recipes from one of her cookbooks, “The Book on Pie” for November’s Cookbook Club on 11/28 at 5:30PM. 

*Dementia Friends Presentation 

Thursday, December 7 at 5:30-7:00PM 

Visit the library for a free information session and discussion led by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, Abby Considine and Carrie Johnson. You’ll learn what dementia is, what it’s like to live with it, and some tips for communicating with people who have dementia. Please register at 

Dementia Friends is a global movement developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom and now underway in Massachusetts and across the United States. To learn more, visit or contact Beth Soltzberg at 

*Art Across Asia: When the Tiger Smoked a Pipe: The Art of Korea (Virtual) 

Sunday, December 10 AT 2:30—4:00PM 

Join us on Zoom for When the Tiger Smoked a Pipe: The Art of Korea with Ginny Meyer and the Asian Art Museum in San Fransico. 

Korean stories of long ago begin “When the tiger smoked a pipe…” Explore the varied and fascinating art that Koreans have produced for thousands of years. Renowned throughout Asia for their ceramics and textiles, Korea also has created, adapted, and refined a broad spectrum of art forms. Today Korea is one of the leaders in contemporary art production.  

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

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Phone: 978-526-7711 
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