Events

Press June 25, 2024

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MBTS Library Closing At 1PM on Wednesday, July 3 and Closed on Thursday July 4

We will be open Friday, July 5 at 10AM. The virtual library is open 24/7 from anywhere at manchesterpl.org 

MBTS Library’s Summer Hours Begin July 1

The library will be open 10AM – 5PM Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 10AM – 7PM on Tuesday and Thursday. Closed on weekends in July and August.  

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 manchesterpl.org/kids-teens-adults/summer-reading for more info and get in the game! 

News & Events for Kids and Families 

Summer Art and Sensory

Begins Wednesday July 17 at 3:00—4:00 PM

Art & Sensory encourages students to explore their creativity through the fun of using many different art materials. The projects are always step by step, hands on to encourage sensory guidance/fine motor skills and to help create individual masterpieces! Come get messy with us this summer! For grades preschool through grade five. Registration is required online as space is limited.  

Arthropod Petting Zoo

Thursday, July 25 at 2:00—3:00 PM

Kids learn all about Arthropods, the most diverse group of animal life on the planet, during this exciting show-and-tell-and-touch program from Professor Bugman!! This program is perfect for adventurous kids ages 3-11. Registration is required online or call the library at 978-526-7711. 

Summer Storytimes

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. 

News & Events for Teens and Young Adults

Community Game Night

Thursday, July 18 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. 

News & Events for Adults

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 requested as space is limited. 

Digital Advice Appointments on Mondays 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 12PM 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, laptop, or ipad? 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 mwillwerth@manchesterpl.org

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. 

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 ldumont@manchesterpl.org or at 978-526-7711 for further information. 

Dungeons and Dragons for Adults (Virtual)

Mondays, July 8 and 22 and August 12 and 26 7:00—9:00 PM

Have you ever wanted to try playing Dungeons and Dragons and don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’ve played before but don’t have a regular group? Whatever your level of experience come join us for a one-shot adventure! Hamilton Wenham’s Reference and Technology Librarian – Lindley and Manchester-by-the-Sea’s Head of Adult and Reference Services Maddy Willwerth will alternate being your Game Master for this two hour session. 

Players don’t need to come with characters or dice. But if you’re familiar with character creation, feel free to bring your own level 1 character! If you don’t have a character or are not comfortable creating a character there will be pre-made characters available to choose from. Dice is also not required, as an online dice roller will be available for all players. 

This event is made possible through a partnership with the Hamilton Wenham Public Library. 

Bestselling Author Dawn Tripp Discusses “Jackie” – About Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (Virtual)

Tuesday, July 9 at 7:00—8:00 PM

Bestselling author Dawn Tripp will discuss her new novel about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Jackie. Jackie is the story of a woman—deeply private with a nuanced, formidable intellect—who forged a legacy out of grief and shaped history even as she was living it. It is the story of a love affair, a complicated marriage, and the fracturing of identity that comes in the wake of unthinkable violence. Tripp is also the author of the novel Georgia, which was a national bestseller, a finalist for the New England Book Award, and the winner of the Mary Lynn Kotz Award for Art in Literature. She is the author of three previous novels: Game of Secrets, Moon Tide, and The Season of Open Water, which won the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction. 

This program will be recorded and emailed to registrants and is made possible through a partnership with the Tewksbury Public Library. 

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