Press April 2, 2024

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News & Events for Kids and Families

Community Poetry Reading and Reception 

Wednesday, April 10 at 5:30—6:30PM 

Join us as we celebrate the winners of Manchester Public Library’s poetry contest. On Wednesday, April 10th from 5:30-6:30. Come and hear our local poets of all ages read their winning poems. Light refreshments will be served at this special after hours event. All are welcome. 


Friday, April 12 at 3:45—4:45PM 

This club is for grades 3-6 and meets every second Friday of the month from 3:45-4:45. Join Miss Audrey for some hands on science fun! Registration is required either online or over the phone at 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 Adults

Library Renovation/Expansion Plans: Ask the Director 

Weekly on Tuesdays at 11:00AM—12:00PM 

The MBTS Library is in the process of applying for grant funding to renovate and expand the library. The Library Director will hold open table hours each Tuesday at 11am in the library. Drop in to ask questions and learn more about this project! 

Mindfulness Meditation 

Weekly at the First Parish Conference Room 

Tuesdays, 11:00AM-12:00PM 

Alida Bryant is a Dharma Leader and meditation instructor under the guidance of Anam Thubten Rinpoche. She has been meditating for over 30 years (still very much a beginner!) and studying and practicing with lineage holders in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome. There will be guided meditation, some silence, and discussion. 

Please register if this is your first time coming to this mindfulness meditation program. We need either an email or a phone number in case we need to cancel or change venues at the last minute. Your contact info will be shared with the program facilitator who will only contact you about info pertaining to this library program. 

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party 

Monday, April 8 at 3:00—4:30PM 

Join us on the front lawn of the library for the cosmic event of the year! We will have a good view of an almost complete eclipse so long as the weather cooperates. We have a limited number of eclipse glasses that will be handed out during the event, 1 per person on a 1st come 1st served bases starting at 3PM. We will stream the full totality eclipse inside on the big screen. Come enjoy a celestial themed snack. The library does not have glasses to give away except at this event, starting at 3PM. 

We will also be announcing our keynote books and events for Manchester Reads 2024 – the theme this year is space! 

Hearthside Book Group: “Master Slave Husband Wife”
NEW DATE: Tuesday, April 9 at 4:00—5:00PM

Join in person at the library or on ZOOM to discuss “Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom” by Ilyon Woo which “relates the daring escape from bondage in Georgia to freedom in the North by an enslaved couple disguised as a wealthy planter and his property.” 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 as an ebook or audiobook. 

Cookbook Club: “Amboy: Recipes from the Filipino-American Dream”

Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30—6:30PM

The Cookbook Club meets once a month to share recipes from a new cookbook off our library shelves. April’s pick is “Amboy: Recipes from the Filipino-American Dream” by Alivin Cailan with Alexandra Cuerdo and Susan Choung.

How it works:
Register for a recipe from the cookbook on our website or call 978-526-7711.
Make enough to share (for about 5-10 people) and bring your own serving utensils.
Come to the library and be prepared to eat, share, chat, and connect over food.
We’ll be talking about what you liked or didn’t like about the cookbook, how you picked your recipe, and if you modified it at all.

Minimizing Food Wastage For Families with Sarah Robertson-Barnes (Virtual)

Thursday, April 11 at 7:00—8:00PM

We learned so much from Sarah last time she was with us, we just had to have her back! This time, we’ll be discussing how to minimize or eliminate food wastage in your family, especially with kids. Sarah will have all kinds of ideas to take baby steps to save, use, or compost food scraps so none (or little) goes into landfills! All ages are welcome.

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Phone: 978-526-7711 

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