Topsfield Fair Prize Packets are here…but only until Friday, September 14.
If you completed the Manchester Library’s Summer Read-to-Bead game board, stop by the Children’s Room to claim your Topsfield Fair Prize Packet before September 14! Readers should have completed the board by August 15 to be eligible. Please direct all questions to Children’s Librarian, Carol Bender at 978-526-2016. Congratulations to all our readers and to the Topsfield Fair for awarding such a generous prize!
Manchester Library End-of-Summer Reading Survey available through Friday, September 28.
Please take a moment to complete our End-of-Summer Reading survey, located in the Children’s Room or at the Circulation Desk. Make sure and fill-out the raffle ticket attached to the survey ~ one lucky winner will be notified on Monday, October 1. Your input is helpful for program planning and enables us to serve you best!
Babies, Books and More returns starting Wednesday, September 12 at 10:30 a.m.
Join our circle of music, movement and simple stories in the Children’s Room.
Suggested for birth through age 3, but everyone is welcome!
Seaside Saturday: Pirate Day!
Saturday, September 15 at 10:30 a.m. on the Manchester library lawn*
Fun for the entire family: pirate stories and activities + a scavenger hunt! In the event of inclement weather, we will meet in the Children’s Room.
Seaside Saturday is sponsored by Manchester Historical Museum, Manchester Public Library and Early Childhood Partners.
Math at the Fair: drop-in math-based fun starting Tuesday, September 18th from 3:00-4:30PM
Are you excited for the Topsfield Fair? Drop by the Manchester Public Library on Tuesdays September 18 through October 9 between 3:00-4:30PM for family math activities focused on your favorite Fair activities! Explore probability, problem solving and practice basic skills. This program is appropriate for Pre-K – grade 5.
Preschool Story Time celebrates…Mid-Autumn Moon Festival on Monday, September 24 at 1:30 p.m.
Preschool aged children are invited to join us for stories, craft and a special holiday treat!
Registration is requested for planning purposes: please call or email: 978-526-2016 or [email protected]
September is Free Library Card Replacement Month
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Manchester Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card. Resources at the Manchester Public Library are available to anyone who has a library card. While the Manchester Public Library never charges for an initial library card, replacement cards cost $1. During September you may replace a lost card for free.
Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library on Facebook
Don’t miss out on all the great programs coming up at the library! To get an update on what’s going on with the library, look for “Manchester-by-the-Sea Public library” on Facebook. If you ‘Friend’ or ‘Like’ us, you will get to see updates about all the great programs going on for adults, teens and kids happening this through-out the year. Search for us on Facebook or just go onto the library’s website at www.manchesterpl.org and on the bottom of the page, click on the link that says Friend MPL. Some great information you will see is our book club updates, know ahead of time if we are closed on holidays, and see pictures of friends and family from our programs.
Scams and Frauds Information Session
On Thursday, September 13th at 6:30 PM the library will welcome a representative from The Better Business Bureau who will discuss the various scams plaguing people every day and how you can better protect yourself against them. Senior Community Relations Specialist Amy Schram’s “Scams, Frauds & Identity Theft” program will cover the most common scams circulating the community, including the major red flags to watch out for and the precautionary steps we can take to prevent ourselves from becoming victims. A question and answer session will follow the informational program.
September Movie Night
On Friday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m. the library will be showing a fun heist comedy film featuring an all-female cast of the some of the biggest names in Hollywood! Newly released from prison, a former thief wastes no time in hatching a new plan to pull off one of the biggest and most impossible heists of her career: robbing the New York City’s yearly Met Gala. With the help of a crew made up of the best con artists in the business, she will carry on the talents and traditions of her family’s criminal business while trying to avoid being sent back to jail. This movie stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway. Bring your own drink, the library will provide popcorn. Sorry we are not allowed to publicize the title but you can go to the library’s website to see what the title is: www.manchesterpl.org/movies/movies-in-the-library, or call the library at 978-526-7711. This movie is rated PG-13 and anyone under 13 must have a parent or guardian fill out a permission slip available at the library’s circulation desk.
Five Rings: The Super Bowl History of the New England Patriots (So Far)
On Thursday, September 27th at 6:30 PM get into the spirit of celebrating the upcoming football season with author Jerry Thornton who will be at the library to discuss his book, “Five Rings: The Super Bowl History of the New England Patriots (So Far).” Thornton’s new sports book details the New England Patriots run of excellence starting in 2001 where they played eight in Super Bowl championships and won five, an accomplishment unparalleled in all of professional sports. Yet, during the years leading up to their most recent win in 2017, no other franchise has reached the same level of controversy, drama, and turmoil as what the Patriot’s has had to weather. In addition to being a dedicated Pat’s fan, Jerry Thornton is a stand-up comic and popular Boston sports writer, as well as a former sports radio personality on WEEI.
Young Adult Press
HOW TO WRITE GREAT COLLEGE ESSAYS – Tuesday, September 18th at 6:30 p.m. at the Manchester Public Library
Join Abby van Geldern from Collegewise Greater Boston. This workshop will show what admissions officers really look for in great college essays, and offer suggestions for finding and sharing your best stories.
High school students, particularly juniors and seniors, and parents are welcome to attend.
Space is limited. Please register: 526-7711
MAKERSPACE WORKSHOP – Saturday, September 29 at 11-1 p.m. or 2-4 p.m.
Join Arthur and Peter Evans for a Robotics, 3-D Printing, and Virtual Reality workshop. Participants will learn to design and print a 3-D object, get hands-on experience coding with Ozobots and Spheroes, and explore the world through virtual reality.
Ages 8-100 welcome. Space in each session is limited. Reserve your place by calling 526-7711. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Manchester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
HALLOWEEN MASK-MAKING WORKSHOP – Wednesday, October 3rd @ 12:30-2:30pm Unleash the creatures of the night! Be ready for this season’s cosplay and trick-or-treating with a beautiful, hand-made mask of your own design. Eric Bornstein, from Behind the Mask Studio, will be showing us how to construct these magnificent masks using a myriad of simple materials. Grades 5-12 welcome. Space and supplies are limited. Please register: 526-7711.
Four Poets recently published by Finishing Line Press!
Hosted by the Manchester Public Library on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 1-2:30 p.m.
The authors will read their work, interact with audience, use ekphrastic writing prompts, and discuss their experiences in the publication process. Bring your enthusiasm, pens and voices.
Formerly of Manchester, Paulette Demers Turco loves to write. She is an MFA in Writing Poetry student at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA where she received the MFA in writing President’s Award. Her poetry is in The Lyric; Ibbetson Street Press; Merrimac Mic Anthology II, III, and IV; In Silence, her first chapbook, was published by Finishing Line Press June 2018. An optometrist, she lives in Newburyport, where she also writes MG/YA fiction and paints.
Additional poet readers in order of chapbook publication: Priscilla Turner Spada is a poet and artist. Her poetry appears in Ibbetson Street Press, Somerville MA; What Is Home, a publication of the Portsmouth NH poet laureate program; Wingbeats 11, from Dos Gatos Press, Albuquerque, NM; and Merrimac Mic Anthologies II and IV. Finishing Line Press published her first chapbook, Light in Unopened Windows, in 2016. She also sings world music with a 200 voice chorus, Voices from the Heart, which has released 6 CDs, located in Portsmouth NH. She lives with her husband in Newburyport.
Elizabeth S. Wolf writes because “telling stories is how we make sense of our world, how we heal, and how we celebrate.” Elizabeth’s poems have appeared in multiple journals & anthologies. Her first chapbook “What I Learned: Poems” was published by Finishing Line Press in October 2017. Her 2018 Rattle Chapbook Contest winner “Did You Know?” will be published in Summer 2019.
Sandra Thaxter writes poetry to “tell truths, uncover the struggle and joy that makes us human.” Her formal education is in languages and comparative literature. She studies poetry with Alfred Nicol and Rhina Espaillat, Powow River poets, in Newburyport, MA. Her poetry is in Ibbetson Street Press with her first chapbook scheduled for publication by Finishing Line Press in September 2018. She lives in Newburyport, works in social justice in Africa, her roots in Maine.
Join TAB, the Manchester Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board, and let your voice be heard!
Receive Community Service Hours
Suggest YA titles and movies
Plan and run YA programs and events
We meet on the second Wednesday of each month beginning on October 10th @ 6:30PM.
FOR STUDENTS GRADES 9-12. PICK UP AN APPLICATION AT THE CIRCULATION DESK OF THE MANCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY OR EMAIL [email protected]esterpl.org