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Library Update: Feb. 11

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Civil Rights program at Manchester Public Library:

Alice’s Ordinary People Film Screening, Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.

“Alice’s Ordinary People” explores the life and times of Alice Tregay (1929-2015), a civil rights leader based in Chicago who dedicated her life to social change and community service. Her 50-plus years in political activism spanned the marches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the election of Barack Obama—and it is the thousands of ordinary people she mentored, taught, or registered to vote who make up just part of her legacy. Join us in celebrating this amazing woman’s life! A Q&A with filmmaker Craig Dudnick will follow.  This event is free and open to the public. Register at the Manchester–by-the-Sea Public Library by calling (978) 526-7711

More than 200 Library Surveys Say…                                                                                                                

We are still collecting survey responses for the Manchester Public Library through February 28. Be a part of determining focus and goals as we look ahead for the library’s future and ready our five year plan to file with the state. We have been delighted by the increase in response recently. The value of a public library has never been lost on the community of Manchester-by-the-Sea, and you haven’t let us down in taking the time to give invaluable feedback. Please spread the word, take the survey if you haven’t, be it in person with a hard copy in the library or on line at this link:


We are finding that your responses for all ages programming, collection, and reading and program space, are generating lots of attention and will assist us greatly as we look ahead.

Learn to Knit, or start again!                                                                                

Crafters, Knitters, Sewers, whether you are a beginner or experienced at crafts, Drop in weekly at the Wednesday Crafternoon Group, Manchester Public Library, 3-4 p.m. We’ll continue, knitting, crocheting, chatting and helping each other with crafts through March . This cold season is a great time to pick up an old or new project. Stop in if you’re an adult, teen, or child ages 7 and older. Bring a project or use some great donated supplies we have here.

Sunday Book Sale

Stop by Sunday, February 17 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. for the Friends of the Library BookCart Book Sale. These monthly sales feature a variety of gently used books and provide funds for the many projects sponsored by the Friends on behalf of the Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library. You are sure to find treasures for your own reading, or a gift for a friend.

Presidents Day, Library Closed

On Monday, February 18, the Manchester-by the Sea Public Library will be closed in honor of Presidents’ Day.

Ask Molly: Tuesday Tech Help                                                                                                 

New device questions? Want to borrow a laptop or use an iPad in the library? 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.

February Night Movie                                                                                                                                                                             

On February 15, 5:30 p.m. join us at the Manchester Public Library for a recent space title about a NASA pioneer and the impact his journey has on his family as well as country. This film stars Ryan Gosling, and for its amazing depiction of space travel has four Academy Award nominations (sound editing, sound mixing, production design, and visual effects). 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.  Popcorn will be provided, please bring your own sealed /covered beverage

In the Children’s Room

Babies, Books and More:  Wednesdays 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.

* NOTE that Saturday, February 16 will be held at the Manchester Historical Museum                          

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.

Save the Dates for School Vacation Fun:

Pets & Pajamas: A pet-themed PJ Story Time on Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us in your PJs with your favorite stuffed animal and a bedtime snack ~ all ages welcome!

Drop-In Crafting on Thursday, February 21 

Make a book from recycled materials.

Afternoon Movie Special:  Friday, February 22 at 2 p.m.

Join Anna, Eva, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf as they battle the Snow Queen’s curse of eternal winter in this popular Disney classic.  This is a special sing-along version so be ready to sing all your favorite tunes!  For more information and to register please call 978-526-7711.  Snacks will be served but remember to bring a covered drink container for juice.  Rated PG / 106 minutes


Read with Gus, a Certified Reading Partner and Therapy Dog                                        

Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m, 2:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 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.

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