Press May 25, 2024

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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 June 15 from 9AM – 12PM.  

MPL News & Events for Kids and Families

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! Pride Storytime & Craft

Saturday, June 8 at 2:30—3:30 PM

Dress in your favorite, fabulous outfit…whether it’s a costume, a tutu or a cape…and come celebrate Pride month with positive stories and a colorful craft. This event is suited for ages 5-8 and their caregivers. 

MPL News & Events for Teens and Young Adults 

One Up Games!

Saturday, June 1 at 12:00—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! 

MPL News & Events for Adults

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. 

Tai Chi: The Longevity Tree

Wednesdays Starting in June at 9:45—10:45 AM at Masconomo Park

Manchester local Susan Halpern will be teaching Tai Chi in the park on Wednesdays throughout the summer. The group is in the middle of working through the form and are inviting interested people to join them midway. 

Longevity Tree is part of the internal arts known in China as Qi gong. Qi gong means to cultivate energy with discipline. The Longetivity Tree is a form that addresses the balance of mind, body and spirit by combining movement, deep breathing, and alertness. It was designed to move all of the body, both internally and externally.  

Please complete the Safety Release Registration Form and familiarize yourself with the form if you will be joining.  

Art Across Asia: Expressions of Gender in Asian Art (Virtual)

Sunday, June 9 at 2:30—4:00

Gender fluid and non-binary depictions have existed for thousands of years in Asian art. Explore works which support this belief in non-duality. Visit the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco virtually.  

This program is made possible through a partnership with the Chelmsford Public Library and other MA libraries. 

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