Press February 12, 2024

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NEW Moble App is Available for iPhone and Android Users  

The new MVLC Mobile App is now available! It can be downloaded from the app store or users who already have the previous app installed can simply update the app to download the new version. 

MVLC Mobile is the Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library’s mobile app that gives you access to the library’s resources and your account from any device, anywhere, anytime. Browse the Library’s collections, check out or place a hold on items, and even renew items previously checked out. If many people in your house use the library, you can even link their accounts together to easily view multiple accounts all from the same device.  

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

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After School Lego Club – School Break Program

Wednesday, February 21 at 3:00—4:45PM 

Drop-in and build with Legos! No pressure, just fun. Join us every third Wednesday of the month from 3-4:45. This program is for grades 2 and up. Check out more vacation week programming at 

*Pajama Storytime – School Break Program 

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. Check out more vacation week programming at 

*All About Me Collage – School Break Program 

Saturday, February 24 AT 2:00—3:00PM 

Rip up magazines to make a work of art that’s all about you.  Join Miss Audrey on February 24th at 2 pm and make your own one-of-a-kind craft! This program is for ages 7-12. 

News & Events for Teens and Young Adults 

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

Chocolate Olympics! – School Break Program

Tuesday, February 20 at 4:00—5:30PM 

Oreo stacking!  M&M-themed relay races!  Hershey’s Kiss unwrapping — with oven mitts!  Are you ready for the Chocolate Olympics?  We might have to wait two long years ’til the Winter Games in Milan, but whatevs — we’ve got chocolate!!! Check out more vacation week programming at  

*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. 

MPL News & Events for Adults

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

*Haunted Happenings with Jeff DePaoli: Haunted Overload (Virtual) 

Thursday, February 15 at 6:30—7:30PM 

Haunted Overload is simply one of the most creative and unique haunted attractions in New England, located on the DeMeritt Hill Farm in Lee NH. The authentic farm location provides the perfect backdrop for the hundreds of lighted pumpkins and movie quality sets during Halloween. The haunt is changed and expanded each year to give the patron something new and exciting to experience. Join set builder and roaming actor, Nicole Tracchia, and Jeff DePaoli, Host of “That Halloween Podcast”, as they talk all about this unique haunted experience right in our backyard! 

This session will be recorded and all registrants will receive the video link soon after the program. 

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library and made possible through a partnership with the Ashland Public Library and many MA libraries.  

*Author Discusses “The Globemakers: The Curious Story of an Ancient Craft” (Virtual) 

Thursday, February 22 at 2:00—3:00PM 

Join Peter Bellerby, founder of Bellerby & Co. Globemakers, in this visual tour through the history of Globemaking, how it almost became a lost art, and how he is bringing it back, one beautiful hand painted globe at a time. His book, a full-color photographic portrait of a fantastic art, “The Globemakers” is an enlightening exploration of globes, or “earth apples,” as they were first known, and their ability to show us ourselves and our place in an infinite universe. 

Peter Bellerby is the founder of Bellerby & Co. Globemakers, the world’s only truly bespoke makers of globes. His team of skilled craftspeople make exquisite terrestrial, celestial and planetary globes. The business began after he failed to find a special globe for his father’s 80th birthday – and decided to make one himself, taking him on an extraordinary journey of rediscovering this forgotten craft. 

Mystery Book Group: “The Bookseller” 

Friday, February 23 at 10:30—11:30AM 

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

We will discuss “The Bookseller” by Mark Pryor. Physical copies will be available at the circulation desk in late January/ early February and a digital audiobook is available through the Hoopla app. Sign up using your Manchester library card. 

Free Friday Movies at MBTS Public Library 

Friday, February 23 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 violence.  

*Discussion with Romance Authors Hazelwood, Payne & Williams (Virtual) 

Monday, February 26 at 7:00—8:00PM 

Authors Ali Hazelwood, Nikki Payne, and Denise Williams will discuss their latest romance novels in this unforgettable panel discussion followed by audience Q&A. 

This program is made possible through a partnership with Tewksbury Public library and will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 48 hours of the program. 

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