Press February 26, 2024

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Discover a New Free Resource at the MBTS Public Library  Purple oval with Pebble written in white with the word Go in green below

PebbleGo is a curricular content hub specifically designed for K-2 students. Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities, it boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas. Explore the world of animals with articles that support animal classification, behavior, and habitat lessons with the animal module or research the lives of important historical and contemporary figures who have impacted the world.

News & Events for Kids and Families

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

Winter and Spring Storytime 

Wednesdays 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. 

News & Events for Teens and Young Adults

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

*MBTS Cultural Council Presents: D McCullough III, CEO of American Exchange Project 

Thursday, March 21 at 5:30—6:30PM 

The Manchester-by-the-Sea Cultural Council in partnership with the MBTS Public Library are excited to host a distinguished speakers lecture series this winter and spring. For our 3rd session we will be hosting David McCullough, CEO of the American Exchange Project. Register at

About the American Exchange Program: Toxic polarization has moved into our daily lives, corroding our faith in one another and our democracy, shaping the choices we make, the people we associate with, and the places we call home. As a consequence, our kids are growing up isolated in bubbles that burden their mental health and limit their development as young adults and young citizens. Welcoming the stranger, hometown pride, a deep love of our children, and a reverence for the character-building journey—these are deeply American ideals. AEP harnesses them, along with the energy and curiosity of young people, to create a solution: a free domestic youth exchange program. Find out more at  

In the summer of 2016, inspired by a Yale course on poverty’s effects on education, David McCullough III, a rising senior, drove 7,100 miles across the country. He spent two months in three towns that were very different from the Boston suburb he grew up in: Cotulla, Texas, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and the Slavic Village of Cleveland, Ohio—three of the most impoverished communities in America. The lessons he learned and unlikely friendships he made inspired him two years later to work alongside his mentors, Paul Solman, Economic Correspondent for PBS News Hour, and Bob Glauber, professor at the Harvard Business School and former Under-Secretary of the US Treasury, and a team of expert advisors that included professors, pastors and military leaders, to find a social innovation that could bring America closer together. The idea the team landed on was inspired by youth. In towns rich and poor, liberal and conservative, urban, suburban and rural, across the country, young people were voicing a common complaint: “I feel like I’m growing up in a bubble, and I’ve never seen life on the outside.” And so, AEP was born. 

The Manchester Cultural Council is a community initiative in partnership with the Mass Cultural Council working to elevate our rich cultural life in Manchester-By-The-Sea. Connect with them on Facebook

Registrations are required for this event as space is limited. We will move locations if registrations exceed capacity, and attendees will be notified via the email or phone number provided, so please register even if the event is full and please call us to cancel your registration if you are unable to attend.

Free Friday Movies at MBTS Public Library 

Friday, March 22 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: PG-13; for strong violent content and disturbing material. Visit to see what is playing.  

News & Events for Adults

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

Hearthside Book Group  

Tuesday, March 5 at 4:00—5:00PM  

On Tuesday, March 5 join us at 4:00 PM in person at the library or on Zoom to discuss “The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War” by Catherine Grace Katz. 

“The brilliant untold story of three daughters of diplomacy: Anna Roosevelt, Sarah Churchill, and Kathleen Harriman, glamorous, fascinating young women who accompanied their famous fathers to the Yalta Conference with Stalin in the waning days of World War II.” 

Contact Lori Dumont at or at 978-526-7711 for further information. Copies of this book are available at the circulation desk, curbside pickup, by home delivery, and on Libby. 

*The Real Score: Unraveling Myths About Trans People in Sport (Virtual) 

Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00—8:00PM 

In this Zoom presentation, we will explore the complex and often misunderstood world of transgender athletes in sports. Delving into the history and current controversies, we will address the myths and misinformation surrounding “biological advantages.” We will also discuss the discriminatory nature of recent sports bans targeting transgender individuals, and interrogate how similar arguments have been historically used to marginalize other minority groups. We will look at the real world impact of these sports bans, and how they might touch places you didn’t think about. Finally, we’ll put it all together in considering what transgender inclusion means for society at large. 

About the presenter: Erin Reed (she/her) is a transgender journalist based in Washington, D.C. She tracks LGBTQ+ legislation around the United States for her subscription newsletter, Erin In The Morning. Her work has been cited by the AP, Reuters, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many more major media outlets.   

This program is made possible through a partnership with the Morrill Memorial Library and a cohort of nearly 50 public libraries in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. 

*Author and Historian Marion Gibson Discusses “Witchcraft: A History in 13 Trials” (Virtual) 

Thursday, March 7 at 10:00—11:00AM 

We will discuss over Zoom both witches and witchcraft with historian and author Marion Gibson. Marion wrote “Witchcraft: A History in 13 Trials” – a fascinating, vivid global history of witch trials across Europe, Africa, and the Americas, told through thirteen distinct trials that illuminate the pattern of demonization and conspiratorial thinking that has profoundly shaped human history.  

This program will be recorded and is made possible through a partnership with the Ashland Public Library.  

*Art Across Asia: The Goddess: Images of Power (Virtual) 

Sunday, March 10 at 2:30—4:00PM  

During Women’s History Month explore various cultural and religious manifestations of female deities. Visit the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco virtually. 

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

Digital Advice Appointments on Mondays and Drop in on Most Fridays  

Increase your comfort level with technology or try out a digital service you have always wanted to try. Register for a dedicated session at 11AM and 11:30AM, 12PM or 12:30PM or drop in on most Fridays between 3-4PM. Need someone to walk you through setting up the Libby app to use our ebooks and digital audiobooks? Want to back up the photos on your phone? Want to try out some of the technology we have to loan here at the library? Like a wifi hotspot? We have guidance for easy to moderate tech issues. Please bring your device, a charger and any passwords associated with your device or project. This is a program to offer one on one instruction on how to better utilize your technology. We cannot do a tech project for you and certain issues will be outside of our digital expertise.   

If your question or goal is more involved, please register for an appointment. Check that we can help you with your tech question by calling Maddy Willwerth at 978-526-2017 or emailing   

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