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Library Update: April 1

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National Library Week, April 6-13 at the Manchester Public Library

Libraries = Strong Communities

Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m., Teen Loft Grand Opening, Meet the Trustees with Coffee & Donuts

11 a.m. Peep Show Party with winners announced!

3-5 p.m. Once Upon a Contest Reception Cape Ann READS at Manchester Historical Museum featuring Cape Ann Authors and Illustrators of Picture Books

Sunday April 7 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Friends of the Library Book Sale

2 p.m. MT Everest Mountaineering program with Guide, Craig John (a Manchester READS Resilience 2019 event)

Monday April 8: Non-Fiction Book Group 4 PM Babel: Around the World in 20 Languages

Tuesday April 9:  Drop –In Tuesdays: Let’s Build-Legos 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday April 10, Babies, Books, & More 10:30 a.m., Balloons of Thanks!, Teen Advisory Board 6:30 p.m.

Thursday April 11, Rescue & Jessica, Story Time & Guest Gus, the Therapy Dog, 3:30 PM (Manchester READS Resilience 2019 Event)

Friday April 12, Shelfie Morning, 10 AM-12 Noon Come in and take a shelfie of you and your favorite book to post on the library page!

Saturday April 13, Seaside Saturday Cape Ann Reads exhibit, Story Sharing & crafts with guest Juni Van Dyke 10:30 AM

It is a busy National Library Week, but we believe in keeping the Public in the Manchester-by-the-Sea Library!

Manchester READS Resilience 2019: The program fliers and all ages books are in, please stop by and pick up: Adult title-Carry On by Lisa Fenn, Teen Title- I Will Always Write Back by Ali Firenka, or Children’s- Jessica and Rescue by Jessica Kensky. For more info: http://www.manchesterpl.org/events/manchester-reads-2019/


The Peeps dioramas are in! Please stop by to view and vote for the The Peeple’s Choice Award by closing on Friday, April 5th.  A panel of library volunteers will also 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 11 a.m.for the Peep Show Party where we will announce all winners.

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 six through 12 welcome. Space is limited. Register by calling 978-526-7711.

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 seventh grade students.  Craig is a dynamic, engaging presenter, and his photographs of this recent challenge are absolutely breathtaking.  Craig has led over thirty five high altitude tours and is a great example of resilience. This program is part of Manchester READS resilience 2019.

HOW TO WRITE A COLLEGE ESSAY – Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Tracy Stephens, local writing expert and founder of TCS Prep, will share helpful advice and strategies for writing a compelling college application essay.  Participants will have a chance to read sample essays, ask questions and leave with a brainstorming activity to help them generate possible topic ideas.          Please register:526-7711

Last Sunday at the Library

Please come by the library on Sunday, April 7 between 1-5 p.m. to enjoy the last Sunday the library will be open until next fall.

Monthly Weekend Book Sale

The Friends of the Manchester Public library will have their final monthly book sale on Sunday, April 7 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. This is the last day that the book sale carts will be filled, arranged, and staffed by a Friend of the Manchester Public Library for the season. This is a great opportunity to check out some unique and interesting books that support and supplement library programs and services.

Patriot’s Day & Carpet Cleaning, Early closing Saturday

The Manchester Library will have its annual Spring carpet cleaning Saturday afternoon, April 13 at 3 p.m. and be closed Sunday, April 14 and the holiday Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 15. The Library will reopen after Patriot’s Day on Tuesday, April 16, from 1-8 p.m. Please plan your library use accordingly.

Family Movie Night

Come by the library on Friday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m.for a family movie night featuring the sequel to a beloved classic film about a magical nanny who teaches a family about enjoying life and your loved ones. Set in 1930s London decades after her original visit, the fun and musical nanny returns to Cherry Tree Lane to help the Banks family remember the joy of being a child after suffering a family tragedy. Together with her friend Jack the lamplighter, fun is brought back to the streets of London. This movie stars Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Ben Whishaw. Bring your own drink, the Library will provide popcorn. Sorry we are not allowed to publicize the title but you can go to the Library’s website to see what the title is: www.manchesterpl.org/movies/movies-in-the-library, or call the Library at 978-526-7711.

In the Children’s Room

 Book Nook Family Story Time:  Saturday. April 6 at 10:30 a.m.  and:  Seaside Saturday presents Cape Ann Reads with Juni VanDyke at Manchester Historical Museum April 13

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.

Anna Harris, age 6, enjoys reading a favorite book to Gus, a certified reading partner and therapy dog. You can learn more about Gus at our Manchester Reads Story Time on Thursday, April 11 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, April 9th Let’s Build with Legos

Tuesday, April 16 Let’s Play Bingo!

 Manchester Reads Story Time and Therapy Dog Visit on Thursday, April 11 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.

 Save the Date: 

School Vacation Fun with Mary Poppins!  Thursday, April 18 at 2 p.m.

Join Carole Finn-Weidman for a theatrical storytelling and musical extravaganza with everyone’s favorite nanny!

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