Press July 9, 2024

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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 Thursdays. 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 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.  

Graphic Novel Club

Wednesday, July 24 at 4:00—4:45 PM

Join us as we read and discuss great graphic novels, snack and activity included! This program is for grades 4-7. This month we are reading “Saving Sunshine” by Saadia Faruqi and Shazleen Khan. Copies are available at the circulation desk or as an ebook on the Libby App. Sign up for Libby for free with your library card. 

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. 

Family Concert at Masconomo Park!

Monday, August 5 at 11:00—11:45 AM

Ants on a Log plays music for children and other childlike people. Their award-winning music centers positivity, social justice, and silliness. Full of humor and harmony, Ants concerts are energetic, interactive, and a delight for children and adults. This concert will be at Masconomo Park, with a rain location of Rockport Public Library.

This program is presented in collaboration with Rockport Public Library and Sawyer Free Library. 

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. 

Shipwreck Escape Room

Monday, July 29—Friday, August 2 – During Library’s Open Hours

All week we are challenging you to escape from a ship wreck at the Manchester by the Sea Public Library. While the library is open you and your team of up to 6 can solve puzzles and find clues to see if you can escape in time. Can you escape in 15 minutes? Register for a slot online or walk in and sign up. 

This event is for all ages. Come back again and again and see if you can beat your previous time. 

News & Events for Adults

Dungeons and Dragons for Adults (Virtual)

Mondays, July 22, August 12 and 26 at 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. 

Feel free to bring your own level 1 character and dice, but neither are required. Pre-made characters and an online dice roller will be available. 

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

Made By Hand: Dried Flower Bookmarks

Tuesday, July 16 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 laminated dried flower bookmarks! No registration or experience needed. Come enjoy some tea and crafting with your community. 

Haunted Experiences with DePaoli: Knott’s Scary Farm with Show Writer, Jeff Tucker (Virtual)

Thursday, July 18 at 6:30—7:30 PM

Knott’s Scary Farm is the longest-running and most haunting Halloween theme park event in Southern California. With over 50 years of nightmares, unimaginable scares and innovative thrills, Knott’s Scary Farm has left no tomb unearthed, no crypt un-rattled and no fear untouched. Join Jeff Tucker, Senior Writer and Entertainer, and Jeff DePaoli, host of “That Halloween Podcast”, as they talk all about this fantastic haunted place with a special emphasis on the “Trapped” experience! 

This session will be recorded and is sponsored by the Friends of the Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library and made possible through a partnership with the Ashland Public Library and many MA libraries. 

Mindfulness Meditation at the FPC Meeting Room

Tuesdays, 11:00 AM—12:00 PM

No Meeting July 16 or August 27

Meditation happens weekly at 11AM in the meeting room at the First Parish Church Meeting Room, behind Santander Bank through the FPC office door and take a left. 

Alida Bryant is a Dharma Leader and meditation instructor under the guidance of Anam Thubten Rinpoche. She has been meditating for over 30 years (still very much a beginner!) and studying and practicing with lineage holders in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. 

Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome. There will be guided meditation, some silence, and discussion.  

Please register online or call the library at 978-526-7711 if this is your first time coming to this mindfulness meditation program.  

Cookbook Club: “Zaytinya”

Tuesday, July 23 at 5:30—6:30 PM

The Cookbook Club meets once a month to share recipes from a cookbook off our library shelves. July’s pick is “Zaytinya : delicious Mediterranean dishes from Greece, Turkey, and Lebanon” by José Andrés with Michael Costa. 

About the Book: “Since Chef José Andrés opened the doors to his restaurant Zaytinya twenty years ago, food lovers have savored his creative adaptations of the classic dishes of Greece, Turkey, and Lebanon. Zaytinya’s menu has always showcased the region’s extraordinary food traditions while innovating in José’s signature style: delicious, surprising, and made for sharing. From crispy fried vegetables and perfectly spiced seafood to tender grilled kebabs and warm, fluffy pita, these recipes are simply irresistible as well as accessible to the home cook. The smooth dips and delectable roasts will happily feed a family on a weeknight or friends over for weekend dinner. Zaytinya–which draws its name from the Turkish word for olive oil–brings to life the ingredients, techniques, dishes, and histories that are central to the way many of us love to eat today” -Catalog 

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. 

Mystery Book Group: “The River We Remember”

Friday, July 26 at 10:30—11:30 AM

The Manchester Mystery Book Group meets on the last Friday of the month at 10:30AM. This July we are reading “The River We Remember by William Kent Krueger”. July’s meeting will occur in person in the library. Email if you have any questions. 

Physical copies will be available at the circulation desk in July.  Digital audiobook and ebook are available through the Libby app. Don’t have a card yet? Sign up online

New members are always welcome.  

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