Press June 11, 2024

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MBTS Library Summer Reading

It’s summer reading time at the library, so game on with our Bookopoly activity boards. All ages can stop in to pick up a Bookopoly board and complete activities for a chance to win amazing prizes. All kids, age 0-12 who return a completed board will win a Topsfield Fair prize pack. Teens will be entered into a raffle to win Canobie Lake Park passes and adults have a chance to win The Castle: Gaming Café and Restaurant gift certificates. Come and enjoy a community game night, escape room and events for all ages. Check out for more info and get in the game! 

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.  

News & Events for Kids and Families

Summer Storytimes Are Back

Wednesdays 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. 

BenAnna Band Summer Reading Kickoff Concert!

Wednesday, June 26 at 2:00—3:00 PM

Join us as we kickoff summer the right way: with a super fun concert! Come and rock out to the BenAnna Band at 2 pm on Wednesday, June 26th. This concert is appropriate for children of all ages and their families. 

News & Events for Adults

Made By Hand: Rainbow Earings

Tuesday, June 18 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 making rainbow earrings with wire and yarn! No registration or experience needed. Come enjoy some tea and crafting with your community. 

Community Game Night

Thursday, June 20 at 4:00—6:00 PM

Come on by with your game face on! Drop In. All ages welcome! Snacks provided. Registration is requested but not required. 

Haunted Experiences: Canobie Lake Screeemfest with Supervisor of Design & Development (Virtual)

Thursday, June 20 at 6:30—7:30 PM

For six weekends, Canobie Lake Park Screeemfest (located in nearby Salem, NH) delivers family fun by day and a healthy dose of fear by night. You get TONS of rides, haunted houses, kid-friendly fun, live shows, roving monsters and much, much more. Join Michael Perron, Senior Supervisor of Screeemfest Design & Development, and Jeff DePaoli, host of “That Halloween Podcast”, as they talk on Zoom all about these fantastic, haunted experiences right in our backyard! 

Cookbook Club: “In Cod We Trust”

Tuesday, June 25 at 5:30—6:30 PM

The Cookbook Club meets once a month to share recipes from a new cookbook off our library shelves. June’s pick is “In Cod We Trust: From Sea to Shore, the Celebrated Cuisine of Coastal Massachusetts” by Heather Atwood.  

Register for any recipe from the cookbook. We will email you a recipe and/or put a cookbook on hold for you. Please register so we know how much cutlery to have on hand. Email with any questions. 

Diversity Matters Book Group : “My Government Means To Kill Me”

Wednesday, June 26 at 6:00—7:00 PM

June’s Diversity Matters book group’s pick is “My Government Means To Kill Me” by Rasheed Newson. 

About the Book: “A fierce and riveting queer coming-of-age story, following the personal and political awakening of a young gay Black man in 1980s NYC, from the television drama writer and producer of The Chi, Narcos, and Bel-Air Born into a wealthy Black Indianapolis family, Earl ‘Trey’ Singleton III leaves his overbearing parents and their expectations behind by running away to New York City with only a few dollars in his pocket. In the City, Trey meets up with a cast of characters that change his life forever–from civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, who he meets in a Harlem bathhouse, to his landlord, Fred Trump, who he clashes with and outfoxes. He volunteers at a renegade home hospice for AIDS patients, and after being put to the test by gay rights activist Larry Kramer and civil rights leader Dorothy Cotton, becomes a founding member of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP). My Government Means to Kill Me is an exhilarating, fast-paced, coming-of-age story that lends itself to a larger discussion about what it means for a young, gay, Black man in the mid-1980s to come to terms with his role in the midst of a political and social reckoning”–Catalog. 

Physical book copies are available at the circulation desk and as an eBook and digital audiobook on the Libby app. Email for more info and to get connected to the group. 

Q&A with author Lucy Gilmore: “The Library of Borrowed Hearts” (Virtual)

Wednesday, June 26 at 7:00—8:00 PM

We all know the transformative power of books and how they can help us connect with those around us. We are so excited to welcome author Lucy Gilmore as she discusses her book The Library of Borrowed Hearts the follow-up to her wonderful The Lonely Hearts Book Club. We’ll be chatting about these uplifting, heartwarming novels which are about some of our favorite things – friendship, books, and how important it is to find the family you were always meant to have. We hope you can join us! 

Travelogue: South Africa and Botswana

Thursday, June 27 at 7:00—8:00 PM

Essex locals, Mike and Sarah Dyer will be presenting their April 2023 trip to Africa, through gorgeous photography including Capetown, South Africa and safaris in Kwa Zulu Natal and some national parks of Botswana. 

Registration is required as space is limited. 

Hearthside Book Group: “Small Mercies”

Tuesday, July 2 at 4:00—5:00 PM

On Tuesday, July 2nd join us at 4:00 PM in person at the library or on ZOOM to discuss “Small Mercies A Novel” by Dennis Lehane. 

“The acclaimed New York Times bestselling writer returns with a masterpiece to rival Mystic River—an all-consuming tale of revenge, family love, festering hate, and insidious power, set against one of the most tumultuous episodes in Boston’s history.” 

Copies are available at the circulation desk, by home delivery, and curbside pick. They are also available on Libby and Hoopla. Contact Lori Dumont at or at 978-526-7711 for further information. 

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