In the Children’s Room:
Saturday, December 1 at 10:30 a.m.
Nappy’s Shadow Puppets Presents: Santa Got Fired!
As part of Christmas-by-the-Sea festivities, we invite families to join Jim ‘Nappy’ Napolitano for this humorous holiday tale. Shadow puppetry is one of the oldest and most wondrous of all puppets and is sure to detail kids of all ages! The show will be held at the 1st Parish Chapel, located behind Santander Bank on 1 Chapel Lane. Everyone is invited back to the library for holiday treats by the fireplace compliments of the Friends of the Library. This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Hooper Fund.
Half-day School Special: Let’s Go! Animals Tracks in the Snow!
Wednesday, December 5 at 1:30 p.m.
Join author Diane Polley and illustrator Marion Hall for a delightful sharing of their new picture book: “Let’s Go! Animal Tracks in the Snow!”
Marion Hall will present a watercolor workshop for children ages 6-plus after the reading. While all are welcome to attend the story sharing, space is limited for the workshop and registration is required. Please sign-up early. You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity!
Following the reading personalized copies will be available for purchase and make a lovely holiday gift.
Read with Gus, a Certified Reading Partner and Therapy Dog
Wednesday, Dec 5 at 3:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 4 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.
Deb Kaneb and Gus are back and looking forward to reading with you! A Certified Reading Partner helps to build reading confidence by providing a safe, nonjudgmental space to practice, plus it’s so much fun.
Sign up early! Please call 978-526-7711 for your 15 minute appointment.
Preschool Story Time Celebrates: The Holidays!
Monday, December 17 at 1:30 p.m.
Join us for seasonal stories, craft and a snack! Please call 978-526-2016 to register.
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!
Book Nook Family Story Time Saturdays 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 & 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.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING – Wednesday, December 5 at 12:30 p.m.
Candy canes, gumdrops, licorice, marshmallows and more… Join us and get into the holiday spirit as you decorate your very own gingerbread house! Grades 6-12 welcome. The elves need lots of time to shop. Please register by December 3rd. 526-7711. We will be decorating our houses at the Manchester Community Center.
Art Supply Drive – Benefiting Boston Kids in Need!
Will you be out holiday shopping anytime soon? Add another student artist to your shopping list. TAB (the Teen Advisory Board for the Manchester Public Library) has adopted a special needs, middle school classroom in a Boston Public School. These kids are artists! But, due to their school being underfunded, they lack art supplies. From November 26th- December 14th, bring in new and non-toxic art supplies. There will be a collection box outside the high school office or in the Manchester Public Library lobby. The most needed supplies are:
Drawing Paper Acrylic paints and brushes
Cardstock paper Tapes – painters blue and Duck
Blank journals Model Magic clay
Watercolor paint sets Fun stuff – pipe cleaners, stickers, feathers, glitter…
Remember, keep art in your heART, this season!
Traveling for the holidays? Now you can have access to a free and secure internet connection while you are on or off the road. The library has two wireless mobile hotspots available for Manchester patrons to check out for up to seven days. These T-Mobile hotspots are small, portable and easy to use on a smartphone, laptop, tablet and many other mobile devices. While being used it can create access to the internet for up to ten separate devices at the same time! Come by the library to check one out and learn how to get internet access wherever you go. If you have any questions, please call the Library at 978-526-7711.
Online Library Subscription to Ancestry Library
The holidays are a great way to spend time with your family. If you are interested in learning more about your family’s heritage, a reliable and popular resource to utilize is Manchester Library’s subscription to Ancestry.com! Ancestry Library is a version of Ancestry.com that is now available for free to use within the Manchester library on our public computers or on your own laptop or tablet. This resource contains a wide variety of collections that can help in educational or genealogical research. These historical records include a network of resources you can search, such as census, church, court, and immigration records. Ancestry Library will guide your research from the beginning and provide downloadable forms that can help organize the content you collect!
Mystery Book Group
The Mystery Book Group will meet Friday, November 30th at 10:30 AM to discuss A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. New members are always welcome.
Friends of the Library Monthly Weekend Book Sales
The Friends of the Manchester Public library will be continuing their monthly book sales on Saturday, December 1st from 1:30-3:30. On one Sunday every month the book sale carts will be filled, arranged, and staffed by a Friend of the Manchester Public Library. This is a great opportunity to check out some unique and interesting books that support and supplement library programs and services. The upcoming sales will be held on January 13, February 17, March 17 and April 14.
Nonfiction Book Group
The next meeting of the Nonfiction Book Group is Monday, December 3rd at 4 PM. The group will discuss The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats by Daniel Stone. New members are always welcome.
Hearthside Book Group
The Hearthside Book Group will meet next on Tuesday, December 4 at 4 p.m. The group will discuss Why We Read What We Read: A Delightfully Opinioned Journey Through Contemporary Bestsellers by Lisa Adams. New members are always welcome.