Press January 22, 2024

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Manchester Public Library Launches New eCard Service 

No library card? No problem! Residents can now sign up online for an electronic library card. 

Signing up for an electronic library card (eCard) has never been easier. Thanks to Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library’s membership in the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC), Manchester residents who do not yet have a library card can now register online for an eCard that provides immediate access to the library’s electronic collections. 

With an MVLC eCard from, Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library residents gain free access to more than 65,000 eBooks, digital audiobooks, and online magazines, as well as numerous local and statewide electronic collections for entertainment, study and research such as Overdrive, Rocket Languages, and Consumer Reports. 

MVLC eCards can be converted to a full library card, which allows card holders to borrow and place holds on physical materials, by visiting the library. For more details and to apply for an MVLC eCard visit Contact the Manchester Public Library at 978-526-7711 for more information. 

News & Events for Kids and Families

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

Winter and Spring Storytime 

Wednesdays starting January 24 at 10:30—11:15AM 

Join Miss Audrey for Storytime for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers! We’ll share books, songs, and games. Join us every Wednesday starting January 24th at 10:30 am. This program runs through to April 24th. 

Pajama Storytime 

Thursday, February 22 at 6:00—6:45PM 

Get cozy at the library! Come dressed in your pjs for a Storytime and craft with Miss Audrey on February 22nd at 6 pm. This program is for ages 4-7. 

News & Events for Teens and Young Adults 

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

*Forensic Science Roadshow with Paul Zambella 

Thursday, January 25 at 5:30—7:00PM 

Venture into the world of CSI with this interactive program run by Paul Zambella, who spent 36 years with the Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory. 

To add mystery to the program, there is audience participation in order to identify a “suspect.” 

Due to the nature of the subject matter, the program is recommended for people of high school age and older. 

*Graphic Novel Club 

Wednesday, February 28 at 4:00—4:45PM 

Join the graphic novel club! We meet once a month from January to June. Explore new and new-to-you graphic novels with friends, snacks and activities! We will be discussing “Ghost Book” by Remy Lai. Ask at the front desk for your copy now! This program is for grades 4-7, and registration is required for each monthly meeting. 

News & Events for Adults 

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

Mystery Book Group: “Skinny Dip” 

Friday, January 26 at 10:30—11:30AM 

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

We will discuss “Skinny Dip” by Carl Hiasson. Physical copies will be available at the circulation desk and an ebook and digital audiobook is available through the Libby app. Sign up using your library card. New members are always welcome.     

Free Friday Movies at MBTS Public Library 

Friday, January 26 at 6:00—8:00PM 

We will be showing a movie in the Reference Room on the 4th Friday of every month at 6:00PM. We will supply the popcorn. Feel free to bring covered, non-alcoholic beverages.  

The movie this month has a MPAA Rating: R; for drug use, sexual material and pervasive language. Check out the movie showings on our website at 

Made by Hand at the Library: Book Flowers 

Tuesday, January 30 at 5:30—6:30PM 

Join us in the Reference Room every month for a new adult craft activity. No registration or experience needed. Come enjoy some tea and crafting with your community. 

*Q&A with Author of “Food Waste, Food Insecurity, and the Globalization of Food Banks” (Virtual) 

Tuesday, January 30 at 7:00—8:00PM 

Join us for a virtual Q&A with author Daniel N. Warshawsky about his book “Food Waste, Food Insecurity, and the Globalization of Food Banks” 

So many of us are passionate about finding ways to reduce food waste so we’re thrilled to be hosting author and professor Daniel N. Warshawsky for a virtual discussion of his new book. 

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

*Manchester-by-the-Sea Distinguished Speakers Series: Brigadier General (Ret.) Jack Hammond, Chief Executive Home Base Non-profit. 

Thursday, February 1 at 5:30—6:30PM 

Jack Hammond, a retired and decorated U.S. Army Brigadier General, is a private sector innovator who has served on advisory groups for presidents, governors, and businesses. 

Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Mass General Program, is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds for Veterans of all eras, Service Members, Military Families and Families of the Fallen through world-class clinical care, wellness, education, and research.  

The Manchester-by-the-Sea Cultural Council, in partnership with the MBTS Public Library, is excited to announce the new distinguished speakers lecture series. The first event is scheduled for February 1, 2024. The inspiration for the series is to broaden education, awareness, and empathy via the fine tradition of learning from knowledgeable people. The inaugural season of the series will feature an outstanding lineup of individuals, sharing their expertise on five distinct and compelling topics. 

Hearthside Book Group  

Tuesday, February 6 at 4-5PM 

On Tuesday, February 6th at 4:00 PM join us in person at the library or on ZOOM to discuss “Beyond That, the Sea” by Laura Spence-Ash. 

“A sweeping, tenderhearted love story, Beyond That, the Sea by Laura Spence-Ash tells the story of two families living through World War II on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and the shy, irresistible young woman who will call them both her own.” 

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. 

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