Press April 13, 2024

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Manchester Reads 2024   

This May discover the universe together with a space-themed Manchester Reads. Check out books, programs for all ages, crafts and even a telescope! Manchester Reads will culminate with a visit from Kelly Weinersmith on May 28 at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Library. Weinersmith is co-author of our keynote book, “A City on Mars: Can We Settle Space, Should We Settle Space and Have We Really Thought this Through?”, a NY Times bestseller and Scientific American’s #1 book for 2023. Find out more on our website at 

MBTS Friends of the Library Are Taking Book Donations 

Help support the annual book sale on the library lawn during Festival by the Sea on August 3.  Please donate books you no longer want but are in good enough shape that you would buy them!  Note that our collection location is at MERHS, not the library. Drop off on April 20, May 18 and June 15 from 9AM – 12PM. 

News & Events for Kids and Families

Pajama Storytime 

Thursday, April 25 at 6:00—6:45PM 

Get cozy at the library! Come dressed in your pjs for a storytime and craft with Miss Audrey. This program is for ages 4-7. 

Plant a Seed – Paint a Pot 

Saturday, April 27 at 11:00 AM—1:00 PM 

During the plant swap, kids and kids of all ages can paint a pot and plant a seed of their choice. Bring home your creation and watch it grow! 

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.

MPL News & Events for Teens and Young Adults:  

Graphic Novel Club 

Wednesday, April 24 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 “Squire and Knight” by Scott Chantler. Ask at the front desk for your copy now! This program is for grades 4-7, and registration is required. 

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! 

Haunted Happenings: Fear Town and Factory of Terror with Owner Mike Quill (Virtual) 

Thursday, April 18 at 6:30—7:30PM 

Fear Town Haunted House in Seekonk, MA is an outdoor haunted trail through the woods. Factory of Terror in Fall River, MA is a well loved and known local attraction. Join owner Mike Quill and Jeff DePaoli, host of “That Halloween Podcast”, as they talk all about these fantastic haunted experiences right in our backyard. 

NOTE: 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 a multitude of MA libraries. Register online or over the phone at 978-526-7711. 

Made by Hand: Recycled Materials Wind Chimes 

Tuesday, April 23 at 5:30—6:30PM 

Join us at the library once a month for a new adult craft activity. This month we will be using oldkeys, silverware and bottlecaps to create colorful and melodious wind chimes! No registration or experience needed. Come enjoy some tea and crafting with your community. 

Author Discusses “Find More Birds” (Virtual) 

Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00—8:00PM 

Author Heather Wolf will be discussing her latest book Find More Birds: 111 Surprising Ways to Spot Birds Wherever You Are. It will be a fascinating conversation about being in the moment and noticing the wonderful and varied birds around us. Register online or over the phone at 978-526-7711. 

Mystery Book Group: “The Maid” 

Friday, April 26 at 10:30—11:30AM 

The Manchester Mystery Book Group will discuss “The Maid” by Nita Prose.  

Physical copies will be available at the circulation desk in April and an ebook and digital audiobook are available through the Libby app. Sign up for free using your library card. Don’t have a card yet, but live in Massachusetts? Sign up for an ecard to get instant e-access to library resources.  

New members are always welcome.  

Free Friday Movie 

Friday, April 26 at 6:00—8:00 PM 

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 mature thematic content, sexual content, violence and language. Check out what is showing on our website. 

Plant Swap 

Saturday, April 27 at 11:00 AM—1:00PM 

Have some spider plants that are ready to propagate? Buy an eight pack of flowers and only needed six? Did you like me start 6 tomato plants hoping only one would make it and now you have five extra? Why not swap the plants with your neighbors? Trade some spider plants for some aloe. Some zucchini for some tomatoes.  

Notice: These plants are from home gardens and may carry pests and disease that may not be healthy for your garden. Trade with caution and when you can, remove the soil from new plants and plant them as bare roots to limit the spread. 

Hearthside Book Group  

Tuesday, May 7 at 4:00—5:00PM 

On Tuesday, May 7th join us at 4:00 PM in person at the library or on ZOOM to discuss “The First Ladies” by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. “A novel about the extraordinary partnership between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune—an unlikely friendship that changed the world, from the New York Times bestselling authors of the Good Morning America Book Club pick “The Personal Librarian.” 

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. 

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