Press May 21, 2024

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Library Closed Memorial Day

The library will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. 

Manchester Reads 2024  

This May discover the stars with a space-themed Manchester Reads. Discuss the adult keynote book on May 24, snacks provided. A NASA Ambassador will present a hands-on Mars exploration demonstration for all ages on May 29. Teens, come on by to talk about the YA pick, “Star Splitter” – and grab some pizza – on May 30 at 4:00. Manchester Reads keynote program is 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 

News & Events for Kids and Families

Graphic Novel Club

Wednesday, May 29 at 4:00—4:45 PM

Join the graphic novel club! We meet once a month to explore new and new-to-you graphic novels with friends, snacks and activities! Next meeting is May 29th at 4 pm. We will be discussing “Red’s Planet” by Eddie Pittman. Ask at the front desk for your copy now! This program is for grades 4-7, and registration is required. 

Summer Storytimes Are Back

Wednesdays Starting June 5 at 10:30—11:15 AM

Join Miss Audrey for Summer Storytime every Wednesday at 10:30! This program is for ages 0-3 and runs until September. 

Celebrate You Storytime and Craft!

Saturday, June 8 at 2:30—3:30 PM

Celebrate you at the MBTS library! Do you feel like a princess, a robot, or a baseball champ? Wear whatever outfit or costume that reflects the real you inside and join Miss Audrey for a Storytime and craft for ages 5-8. Register online.

News & Events for Teens and Young Adults

Teen Book Group: Star Splitter

Thursday, May 30 at 4:00—5:00 PM

Teens, come on by to grab some pizza and talk about Matthew J. Kirby’s novel “Star Splitter”!  It’s our YA pick for the library’s space-themed Manchester Reads event, going on all this month.  The pitch:  Near-future 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??? 

Copies of the book are available at the library’s circulation desk.  Please register if you know you’ll be able to attend. 

One Up Games!

Saturday, June 1 at 2:00—3:00 PM

One Up Games takes over the library!  PlayStation!  Xbox!  Switch!  LED mini-golf!  Be here, teens! Register if you can but registration is not required to attend.  

Wicked Good Henna on Early Release Day

Wednesday, June 5 at 1:00—3:00 PM

For the youth (grades 6-12):  Stop by to get a splash of sweet body decoration courtesy of library fave Mandy Roberge — and grab some ice cream, too!  No registration required for this one — just come on by after early release! 

News & Events for Adults

MBTS READS 2024: Book Group: ” A City on Mars: Can We Settle Space, Should We Settle Space and Have We Really Thought this Through? ” 

Friday, May 24 at 4:00—5:00 PM 

Discuss this year’s keynote nook with your community. Snacks provided. You don’t need to have finished the book to attend. Attend this hybrid program via Zoom! Register online or for more info and to get connected to the group. 

About the Book: Earth is not well. The promise of starting life anew somewhere far, far away—no climate change, no war, no Twitter—beckons, and settling the stars finally seems within our grasp. Or is it? Kelly and Zach Weinersmith set out to write the essential guide to a glorious future of space settlements, but after years of research, they aren’t so sure it’s a good idea. “A City on Mars” investigates perhaps the biggest questions humanity will ever ask itself—whether and how to become multiplanetary. 

Physical book copies are available at the circulation desk and as an eBook and digital audiobook on the Libby app. Don’t have a library card yet? Sign up for free online and get instant access if your details are verified at 

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. 

MBTS READS 2024: Explore Mars with a NASA Ambassador

Wednesday, May 29 at 5:00—6:00 PM

Discover more about the planet Mars. “Astronauts” will experience a hands-on sensory experience of Mars and spend time experiencing/playing with the tools of the Mars Exploration Program (rovers, landers, and other activities). This is an all-ages program. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed like astronauts (gloves, hat or helmet, and thick puffy coat). Have a beekeeper’s suit? Wear it!  Registration is required as space is limited. 

Hearthside Book Group 

Tuesday, June 4 at 4:00—5:00 PM

Join in person at the library or on ZOOM to discuss selections of your choice from “Dinner With The President: Food, Politics, and a History of Breaking Bread at the White House” by Alex Prud’homme. A sumptuous narrative history of presidential food–from Washington starving at Valley Forge to Trump’s well-done steaks with ketchup–from the co-author of “My Life in France.” 

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 the Hoopla and Libby apps. 

So You Want to be a Host Family: Learn About AFS Intercultural Programs USA (Virtual)

Tuesday, June 4 at 7:00—8:00 PM

AFS Intercultural Programs USA is an international youth exchange organization. Their programs foster transformation that lasts a lifetime. Today’s exchange students are tomorrow’s changemakers: diplomats; thought leaders; influencers in the international business and non-profit communities. Every new exchange student is another global citizen in progress—an individual primed to help build a more just and peaceful world. Host families’ lives are transformed by new members from across the globe and host communities gain greater cultural diversity. 

Interested in hosting? This hour-long webinar will cover what is required of hosts, the process for connecting hosts to students, the support available for host families and how to apply. There will be plenty of time for questions at the end and host families and students will be available to answer them. 

This program will be recorded, and a video link sent out to those who are registered. This program is a collaboration between the Ashland Public Library and several MA libraries. 

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