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Library Update: Jan. 7

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Book Sale Sunday January 13:

The Friends of the Manchester Public Library will host a Sunday Book Sale on Sunday, January 13 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The Sunday books sales have become increasingly popular and contain many wonderful used, good condition books. This month will include a variety of biographies, paperbacks, and hardcover fiction.


Did you know that February 20 is National Love Your Pet Day? To celebrate all the dogs, cats, hamsters, bunnies, etc., that we love so much, we will be holding a photo contest.

All shutterbugs and all ages are welcome to enter. Pick up the Rules and Entry Form at the library. Submission deadline is Wednesday, February 6th. From February 7th through February 14th, the community is invited to view the photographs and vote for Most Loveable Pet.

January Movie Night

 On Friday, January 11 at 5:30 p.m., the library will be showing the sequel to the hit musical based on popular ABBA songs! Sophie Sheridan feels lost as she is about to embark on her own journey to becoming a mother. With the help of her family and friends, and some fun musical numbers, she is able to memorialize her mother by reopening her hotel in Greece and learning about the romantic struggles her own mother went through before giving birth to Sophie. This movie stars Amanda Seyfried, Lilly James, Meryl Streep, and Pierce Brosnan. S. 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.

Martin Luther King Jr, Day: Library Closed

The Manchester Public Library will be closed on Monday, January 21 in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Please plan library use, including picking up museum passes, etc. accordingly.

Wednesdays: Knitting, Crocheting, Crafting!

All ages and levels of crafters are invited to stop in on any Wednesday January through March at the Manchester by the Public library from 3-4 p.m. to work on current or new projects. We often have experienced knitters etc there who can help you get started or through a rough spot with your craft project. Be it embroidery, stitchery, knitting or crocheting, all ages and stages are welcome at the Roundtable by the Hearthside. Join us for a cozy hour with fireplace and company as you work on or start a project.

Learn to Play, or just come to hear, the Harmonica!

 Musicians Mike and Beverly Rogers will be at the Manchester Public Library with a Harmonica Workshop for adults and children ages 8 and older. Everyone attending will not only hear the harmonica stylings of this musical duo, but will receive a harmonica lesson at the workshop to get you started with your very own harmonica to take home!

Mike Rogers has been playing harmonica since the age of fifteen. Mike performs with harmonica and guitar and is blind as a result of retinitis pigmentosa. He simultaneously draws on forty-eight years of professional musicianship, fifteen years of teaching secondary education and twenty years of performing in schools from Maine to Georgia and throughout the Bahamas. Mike is joined by his wife Beverly who brings to the duo ten years of substitute teaching experience as well as previous work as a children’s storyteller for the public library system in Peach County, Georgia. They have been presenting these workshops for the past thirty years.

Mike and Beverly offer harmonica workshops for folks, ages eight through adult. Each student receives a harmonica. The workshop teaches simple songs and basic techniques. Most, if not all, students come away with a feeling of accomplishment and self-worth. Attitudes shift in each and every student, as they become absorbed with the process.

Winter can get a little quiet so let’s liven up the chilly air with some lively tunes at the Library. Please register for this event at 978-7711, or by stopping by the front desk of the Manchester Public Library.

Tech Help Tuesdays                                                                                                                            

New device questions? Want to use a laptop in the library or the ipad? Need help downloading audiobooks on your phone with one of the library’s free services? Simmons Intern Molly Carlson will be here every Tuesday in January through March , 3-5 PM to assist and answer your tech questions.


Valentine’s Day is soon. Join us for a romantic movie that was filmed in Manchester. For three years, Andrew Paxton has slaved as the assistant to Margaret Tate, hard-driving editor at a New York publisher. When Margaret, a Canadian, faces deportation for an expired visa, she hatches a scheme to marry Andrew. Andrew had plans to fly home that weekend for his grandma’s 90th, so Margaret goes with him – to Sitka, Alaska. Tensions between dad and Andrew, an ex-girlfriend, Andrew’s dislike of Margaret, and her past, color the next few days, with the INS ready to charge Andrew with fraud and deport Margaret. This movie stars Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, and Betty White. Please call the Library at 978-526-7711 to make a reservation. The Library will provide snacks. 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.

In the Children’s Room

Babies, Books and More:  Wednesdays starting January 9 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 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.

Afterschool Fun:  Drop-In Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m.

Join us for coloring, building and stories, every week it’s something different.  All ages are welcome and no registration required.

Tuesday, January 15 = Seasonal Stories and Treats by the Fire

Tuesday, January 22 = Let’s Build! Free building fun in the Children’s Room

Tuesday, January 29 = Seasonal Stories and Treats by the Fire

NO SCHOOL Movie Afternoon:  Friday, January 18 at 2 p.m.

Come in from the cold and enjoy this charming animated musical adventure about a group of yetis who prove the existence of humans.  ‘Not every legend is a tall tale’!  Rated PG / Runtime 96 minutes

Snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Library, but ask that you remember to bring a closed container for juice.  While we can’t share the title here, please call for more information and make sure to register as space is limited: 978-526-7711

Harmonica program at Manchester Public Library: Saturday, January 26 at 11 a.m.

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