Press April 23, 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 May 18 and June 15 from 9AM – 12PM. 

Library Doesn’t just Check out Books   

The MBTS Public Library has interesting items to check out just like books! Want to try the new pickle ball courts? Check out a pickle ball kit. Take advantage of these clear nights and use our telescope to search the cosmos. Side of your house need some TLC? Check out our pressure washer. Visit to discover even more items available at your library.   

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. Join us every Wednesday starting January 24th at 10:30 am. This program runs through to April 24th. 

News & Events for Adults

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. 

Diversity Matters Book Group : “Stoney the Road” 

Tuesday, April 30 at 1:00—2:00PM 

April’s Diversity Matters book group’s pick is “Stony the Road : Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow” by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.. Physical book copies available at the circulation desk, email for more info and to get connected to the group. 

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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