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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! Be sure to check out the YA department’s pick: “Star Splitter” by Matthew J. Kirby. This taut, characterization-rich novel imagines a future in which travelers get from point A on Earth to point B in deep space by running themselves through a 3D printer. What could possibly go wrong??? 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. 

News & Events for Kids and Families


Friday, May 10 at 3:45-4:45PM 

How would you like to be the chief engineer for an important NASA mission? In this activity, you get to design the latest and greatest satellite. Your satellite could help study things happening on Earth, take pictures of planets in our solar system, keep an eye on our sun, or even find planets elsewhere in the universe! For grades 3-6. 

After School Lego Club 

Wednesday, May 15 at 3:45—4:45 PM 

Drop in from 3:45-4:45 to make your own Lego creation! This program is for kids in grades 2 and up. 

News & Events for Adults

Art Across Asia: Glorious Civilizations: An Exploration of Southeast Asia (Virtual) 

Sunday, May 5 at 2:30—4:00 PM 

Ten countries, numerous cultures, thousands of years. Explore the varied and intriguing art of Southeast Asia as reflected in the religious and secular art of this fascinating region. This virtual program is made possible through a partnership with the Chelmsford Public Library and registration is required online or over the phone. 

Digital Advice Appointments on Monday and Drop in on 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 12 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   

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. 

Coexisting with Coyotes in Suburban Communities (Virtual) 

Thursday, May 9 at 7:00—8:00 PM 

Eastern coyotes are found in nearly every town and city in Massachusetts, and they can thrive close to humans in a variety of habitats. Join this webinar to learn about eastern coyote biology, how coyotes use suburban areas, and how communities can take effective steps to coexist with coyotes. 

 This talk will be presented by MassWildlife’s Black Bear and Furbearer Biologist, Dave Wattles, PhD. Dave has been studying and working with large mammals in Massachusetts since 2006 when he began collaring and studying moose for his graduate work at UMass Amherst. He has 15 years of experience conducting black bear research and has been the Black Bear and Furbearer Biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) since 2016. This virtual program is made possible through a partnership with the Memorial Hall Library and registration is required online or over the phone. 

MBTS Cultural Council Presents: Ron Skates, Former CEO of Data General 

Thursday, May 16 at 5:30—6:30 PM 

The Manchester-by-the-Sea Cultural Council in partnership with the MBTS Public Library are excited to host a distinguished speakers lecture series. For our last session we will be hosting Ron Skates, the former CEO of Data General who will be speaking about artificial intelligence and the uses of new technological advancements.   

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.  

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.  

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