Home Library Library Update: March 4

Library Update: March 4

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Calling all ages! Create a diorama, using those deliciously sweet, marshmallow Peeps as your main characters. Let your imagination run to peeps as you illustrate your favorite book or movie.

Bags of peeps are available at the library (while supplies last), or supply your own. Dioramas and entry forms need to be submitted between March 25 and March 29.

The public is then invited to view through April 5 and cast their vote for the The Peeple’s Choice Award. A panel of library volunteers will judge and award prizes in three age groups: Youth—Grade 5 and below, Teen —Grades 6-1 and Adult. Join us on April 6 at 11 a.m. for the Peep Show Party where we will announce all winners.

For contest rules and entry forms, visit the library or go online: www.manchesterpl.org

Civil Rights filmmaker, Craig Dudnick at Manchester Public Library:

Alice’s Ordinary People Film Screening, Thursday, March 7, 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 fifty-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

Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire, rescheduled

March 11, Non-fiction Book Group Selection

Due to heavy snow on March 3-4, we have rescheduled the group for Monday, March 11, 4-5 p.m. Delve into the genius of poet Robert Lowell as the Monday afternoon, Non-fiction book group tackles Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character by Kay R. Jamison. Additional copies of this book may be checked out at the front desk. Join us for discussion of one of Boston’s literary legacies.

Lowell was an epic poet as well in the scope and greatness of his poetry. He addressed large questions, and he used a multiplicity of forms and styles in his continuing quest, which his friend Peter Taylor describes in a 1979 Ploughshares essay as a search for “a oneness in himself and a oneness in the world.” “This is how he must always be remembered,” Taylor says, “one moment playful to the point of violent provocation, the next in profound contemplation of the great mystery: What does life mean? What is it all about?”

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. with Miss Melanie

Seaside Saturday:  Wee Folks on Saturday, March 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Manchester Public Library

Leprechaun stories, crafts and activities presented by Manchester Library, Manchester Historical Museum & CFCE.

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.

After School 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, March 12 = Let’s Build: Leprechaun Traps

Tuesday, March 19 = Stories by the Fire

Tuesday, March 26 = Let’s Build: Marble Mazes

Half-School Day Movie: Wednesday, March 20 at 2 p.m.

This sequel to Disney’s hit video-game comedy, tells a strong friendship story within its framework of video game characters, popular websites, and social media platforms.  Rated PG / 112 minutes

Bring your friends, pillow and closed container for drinks.  We provide the movie and snacks!

For more info and to register, please call 978-526-7711


Read with Gus, a Certified Reading Partner and Therapy Dog                                        

Sunday, March 24  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.

Learn to Knit, or start again!

Rafters, 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 2019. 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. 

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 p.m. to assist and answer your tech questions.

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