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Library Update: Sept. 24

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Five Rings: The Super Bowl History of the New England Patriots (So Far)
On Thursday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. 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.

Mystery Book Group
The Mystery Book Group will meet Friday, September 28 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith. New members are always welcome.

Nonfiction Book Group
The next meeting of the Nonfiction Book Group is Monday, October 1 at 4 p.m. The group will discuss “I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives” by Martin Ganda. New members are always welcome.

Hearthside Book Group
The next meeting of the Hearthside Book Group is Tuesday, October 2 at 4 p.m. The group will discuss “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller. New members are always welcome.

Library Closed Early and Columbus Day holiday
The library will close at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 6 due to its annual carpet cleaning.

Additionally, the library will be closed on Monday, October 8 in observance of Columbus Day.

The library will reopen on Tuesday, October 9 from 1-8 p.m.

Model Shipbuilding
On Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m., members of the Merrimack Valley Ship Model Club will visit the library to give a presentation on nautical history and building models of boats and ships.

Speakers Mike Swanson, Marshall Gaffney, Keith Manville and Alex Bellingham will discuss their areas of expertise such as building ships in bottles and the process of starting a model from a kit and then building the rest from scratch. Samples of the members’ work will be on display for all to enjoy. If you are a model building enthusiast or are interested in the process of model shipbuilding, this program is for you.

October Movie Night
On Friday, October 12 at 5:30 p.m., you can kick off the Halloween season at the library where the library will be showing a classic Alfred Hitchcock movie, “Rear Window,” which is known for its timeless actors and its suspenseful murder mystery. James Stewart portrays an adventure photographer who is wheelchair-bound in his apartment due to a broken leg. In an attempt to alleviate his boredom, he studies his neighbors daily habits through their apartment windows left open for relief from a heat wave. One night, he inadvertently witnesses what he believes to be a murder committed by one of the neighbors he has been observing, and he quickly recruits the help of his socialite girlfriend, played by Grace Kelly, to help bring the killer to justice. This movie stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly, and Raymond Burr. Bring your own drink, the library will provide popcorn.

Sunday, October 14 from1:30-4:30 p.m.

Join Arthur and Peter Evans for a Halloween Robotics, 3D Printing, and a Virtual Reality
workshop. Participants will learn to design and print a 3D object (perhaps a pumpkin or a
witch), get hands-on experience coding with Ozobots and Spheroes, and explore the world through virtual reality.

Ages 8-100 welcome. You’re invited to come for all or part of the afternoon. Space is limited soplease 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 3 at12:30-2:30 p.m.
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 five through12 welcome. Space and supplies are limited. Please register: 526-7711.

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
♦ Eat pizza
Members meet on the second Wednesday of each month beginning on October 10th @ 6:30 p.m.


The Teen Loft project begins this week! After years of planning and funding approval at the most recent town meeting, this week we will begin shifting and packing up the balcony collections in anticipation of the actual dusty work beginning next week. If there are books that you know reside in the balcony stacks that you might want access to, come this week and check them out before they’re packed up. Next time you’re in the library, check out the Teen Loft design plans that are displayed.

Children’s Room Fun
Babies, Books and More every Wednesday through December 19 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!

Math at the Fair: drop-in math-based fun Tuesdays: September 25, October 2 and October 9 from 3-4:30 p.m.

Are you excited for the Topsfield Fair?  Drop by the Manchester Public Library on Tuesdays September 18 through October 9 between 3-4:30 p.m. for family math activities focused on your favorite Fair activities!  Explore probability, problem solving and practice basic skills.  This program is appropriate for pre-kindergarten – grade five.

Book Nook Family Story Time Saturdays:
October 6 through December 8 at 10:30 a.m.
Families are invited to join Miss Melanie in the Book Nook for story time fun!
This program is funded by the Massachusetts Coordinated Family amd Community Engagement (CFCE) grant awarded to Hamilton-Wenham RSD and serving Hamilton, Wenham, Manchester and Essex.  All educational and non-academic programs, activities and employment opportunities at Hamilton-Wenham RSD are offered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity,
homelessness, age and/or, disability, and any other class or characteristic protected by law.

Read with Gus the Therapy Dog on Wednesday, October 10 at 3:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 4 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

Deb Kaneb and Gus the therapy dog are back and looking forward to reading with you!  Please call 978-526-2016 for details and to sign-up for your 15-minute appointment.

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