Press May 7, 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! Be sure to check out the children’s pick for Manchester Reads: “Packing for Mars for Kids” by Mary Roach. Get answers to important questions like: “How do astronauts use the bathroom in space?” “Why would it be dangerous to bring your own sandwich onto the shuttle for liftoff?” and “What is it like to be weightless?” Find out when you check out “Packing for Mars for Kids!” 

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

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 READS 2024: Reflective Moon and Star Mobile 

Tuesday, May 14 at 5:30—6:30 PM 

Join us in the Reference Room every month for a new adult craft activity. This month we will be using old CDs and DVDs to create reflective mobiles! No registration or experience needed. Come enjoy some tea and crafting with your community. 

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.  

End-of-Life Doulas: What Do They Do & Why Would I Want One? (virtual) 

Thursday, May 23 at 7:00—8:00pm 

This virtual presentation will teach you about End-of-Life doulas – trained non-medical providers, who can be present from an initial diagnosis to ultimate death. 

While we may understand and hopefully accept the certainty of our own demise, its time, place, and manner are far more obscure and unknown. Understanding the resources, options, and support systems that may be available to us is an important part of that process. End-of-Life doulas provide support to the individual and their loved ones, are knowledgeable on matters ranging from practical to spiritual, and help people identify how they want to live well, with choice, healing and thoughtfulness, as they near their death. 

In this program we have a panel of three such practitioners, all with different backgrounds, experience, and practices. Join them for a compelling evening of discussion and an opportunity to have your questions and concerns answered.  

This program will be recorded and is made possible through a partnership with the Memorial Hall Library. A link to the recording will be shared with everyone who registers. 

MBTS Reads 2024: Author K. Weinersmith Discusses “City on Mars” and Annual Meeting of the FOL 

Tuesday, May 28 at 5:30—7:30 PM  

Meet one of the authors of our keynote book, “A City on Mars: Can we Settle Space, Should we Settle Space, and Have we Really Thought this Through?”. Kelly Weinersmith will be discussing her newest book at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Library. Come to meet Kelly, stay to meet the Friends of the library who will provide snacks and beverages. This event will be held at the FPC Community Hall behind Santander Bank. Please register online or call 978-526-7711 so we know how much food and drinks to provide. 

This program was made possible through the support of the Friends of the MBTS Library.  

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