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Library Update: March 25

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National Library Week

Saturday, April 6-13, Libraries = Strong Communities

Saturday, April 6 at  10 a.m.Teen Loft Open House, meet the trustees for coffee and donuts by the Hearthside, then check out the new Teen Loft!

Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. Peep Show Party with winners announced!

Saturday, April 6 from 3-5 p.m. Once Upon A Contest, new picture book contest with All Cape Ann libraries at the Manchester Historical Museum. Meet some of the featured and honored local authors and illustrator’s of Children’s picture book entries for this juried show and enjoy light refreshments.

Sunday, April 7 at  2 p.m. Mountaineering in Nepal, Talk with Craig John, at the library.


Dioramas and entry forms need to be submitted this week, by Friday, March 29th. Beginning Saturday, March 30th through April 5th, the public is invited to view 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 6-12, and Adult. Join us on April 6th at 11AM for the Peep Show Party where we will announce all winners.

TAB IS GOING TO BARNES AND NOBLE On Saturday, March 30th, the Teen Advisory Board is making their annual pilgrimage to Barnes and Noble. They will be purchasing lots and lots of new books for the YA collection. Keep your eye on the New Books cart later in April to check out what they bought.

HOW TO DRAW COMICS WORKSHOP – Wednesday April 3 at 12:30-2 p.m.

Come join artist Dirk Tiede and learn how to write and draw your own comic books. Create characters and discover how writing, penciling, inking, and lettering all come together to tell a story. Grades 6 – 12 welcome. Space is limited. Register by calling 978-526-7711.

Manchester READS 2019:

Resilience is our Manchester READS theme for 2019. Explore the side of humanity that is strengthened through adversity in both books and programs.

Carry On: A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family by Award winning ESPN reporter and author, Lisa Fenn. A deeply moving memoir about the unexpected bonds that would transform three lives.

Lisa Fenn produced human-interest features for ESPN for over a decade, but one particular story came into her life and never left. After seeing a newspaper image of two young wrestlers from one of Cleveland’s tougher public high schools, Lisa followed a hunch and flew back to her hometown to meet the boys that very day. What she found caused her spirit both to sink and to soar. More than a story of two underdogs overcoming innumerable hardships, Carry Onis a touching tale of an unlikely family forged through barriers of race, class, and disability. It is a powerful memoir about grit, love, hope, and faith—and the courage to carry on, even in the most extraordinary circumstances.

Wednesday, May 1st, 6:30 PM Lisa Fenn, Author, will be the Speaker for Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Manchester Public Library. The event is free for all interested, will be held at the Manchester Historical Museum, and light refreshments will be served.  Multiple copies of Carry on will be available to check out in the Manchester library beginning April 1, 2019.

More than a story of two underdogs overcoming innumerable hardships, Carry On is a touching tale of an unlikely family forged through barriers of race, class, and disability. It is a powerful memoir about grit, love, hope, and faith—and the courage to carry on, even in the most extraordinary circumstances.

Resilient books for all ages:

YA selection: I will always write back by Caitlin Alifirenka

Children’s selection is:  Rescue and Jessica: A life-changing friendship by Jessica Kensky.

Additional copies of each of these titles will also be in prominent display beginning April 1 for Manchester READS 2019.

Upcoming Mountaineering, Birds of Prey, and Therapy Dogs Programs all highlight Resiliency

Sunday April 7 at 2 p.m.: Mountaineering in Nepal

 Craig John is a professional mountain guide who guided a group successfully up to the summit of Mount Everest last year, at the age of 60! Each day he took the time to connect live via web from Nepal with Groton-Dunstable 7thgraders.  Craig is a dynamic, engaging presenter, and his photographs of this recent challenge are absolutely breathtaking.

Thursday, April 11, Manchester Reads Story Time and Therapy Dog Visit at 3:30 p.m.

Join us in the Children’s Room for a reading of Rescue & Jessica: a Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes.  We will meet Gus, a Certified Reading Partner and Therapy Dog, and learn about his special training and abilities.

Wednesday, April 18 at  2 p.m.: Wingmasters (rehabilitated Birds of Prey program with live birds) at the library. Join Jim Parks with 5-6 of his amazing birds, including hawks, falcons, and owls. Parks has been licensed to rehabilitate injured raptors (birds of prey) for decades and brings excellent knowledge and respect of their role in the wild. Ages 6 through adult, must register.

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:  Saturday. April 6 at 10:30 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE:  There is no Story Time on Saturday, March 30

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.

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 ~ just drop by and join the fun!

Tuesday, April 2 Coloring & Cookies

Tuesday, April 9 Let’s Build with Legos

Seeds Swap/Garden Talk: Seeds Available at the Library now!

With 10 gardeners, new and old, in the community attending, the Seed Swap/Garden talk was a hit at the Manchester –by-the-Se Public Library on Saturday, March 23. If you missed the program, don’t worry, there are still seeds of many sorts of vegetables and more in the Seed Library box across from the front desk. This collection is always available for you to add to or take from, in the interest of sharing our gardening enthusiasm and interest. Who needs 100 of any kind of seeds after all? It’s so much more fun to share our resources. Just make sure your seeds are labeled clearly if dropping any off and enjoy taking any that would be helpful to you.

To encourage all to attend Town Meeting, the Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library will close at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 1. Please plan library use accordingly.

Calling all Poets!  April is National Poetry Month!  Come into the library and explore new and favorite poets and create your own poems on our magnetic poetry board by the fireplace.  If you would like to share your work, the library would like to post local poets’ work during the Week of April 22nd-27th.

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