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Library Update: April 8

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HOW TO WRITE A COLLEGE ESSAY – Thursday, April 25th 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: 978-526-7711


Twenty two talented artists submitted Peeps dioramas in the 6th Annual Manchester Public Library’s Peep Show. The dioramas were creative and so very impressive and the voting was tight! The Peeple’s Choice Award and the Adult Award were both won by Irina, Hannah, and Lucy Sinclair for “Goodnight Peeps!” Raquel del Rosario was awarded the Youth Award for “Made-Peep” and Veronica and Becca Block won the Teen Award for their diorama, “Little Peeps.” Congratulation to these three winners and a huge thank you to all the diorama creators!

Museum Passes for School Vacation

With school vacation week approaching you can plan to spend some fun family time together using the variety of discount museum passes available at the library. There are plenty of choices, but make sure to put your name in early because the museums are very popular and the dates fill up quick! Your choices include The New England Aquarium, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Children’s Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, The Peabody Essex Museum, The Museum of Science, The Zoos of New England, The Cape Ann Historical Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art. To make a reservation, go to the Library’s website at www.manchesterpl.org or call 978-526-7711.

Mystery Book Group

The Mystery Book Group will meet Friday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss The Long Fall by Walter Mosley. New members are always welcome.

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting and Guest Speaker Lisa Fenn

On Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 PM at the Manchester Historical Museum, the Friends of the Manchester Public Library will be hosting Award-winning ESPN Producer Lisa Feen, the author of Carry On: A story of resilience, redemption and an unlikely family for their annual meeting. Her memoir is a powerful story about the friendship between two high school wresters who fought against barriers of race, class, and their own disabilities to create meaningful futures. Lisa Fenn has been featured on ESPN, Good Morning America, and ABC World News Tonight. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Lisa now resides in Boston, Massachusetts. Multiple copies of her book are available to check out in the Manchester Library. This event is free for all interested, and light refreshments will be served.

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!

 Seaside Saturday presents Cape Ann Reads with Juni VanDyke at Manchester Historical Museum April 13

Families are invited to experience the exhibit of Cape Ann Reads books and artwork through story-sharing and craft with illustrator, Juni VanDyke.

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, April 16 Let’s Play Bingo!

Save the Dates: 

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

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

Wingmasters: Birds of Prey, A Manchester READS: Resilience 2019 program

Wednesday, April 17 at 2 p.m. Be amazed with beauty of live birds of prey, as handled and nurtured by wildlife facilitator, Jim Parks. We will have several birds, including an owl, hawk, and falcon visit us in this fascinating program. Ages 6 and older through adults, please register at the front desk or call 978-526-7711.

WINGMASTERS is a partnership of two people dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of North American birds of prey. Julie Anne Collier and Jim Parks are both licensed raptor rehabilitators based in Massachusetts. Together they care for injured birds of prey at their center in Leverett, Massachusetts. Most of the birds they rehabilitate can ultimately be released back into the wild, but in some cases the birds are left permanently handicapped. Julie and Jim are further licensed to provide a home for these nonreleasable raptors, and to use them for educational programs. Since 1994 WINGMASTERS has presented over 10,000 programs at schools, libraries and museums throughout New England.

Beatles Multi-Media Event in the Library– April 29

Fran Hart, founding member of the Beatles Tribute Band 4EverFab presents– A Cultural and Historical Reflection of the 1960s Through the Music of The Beatles will be presented in Manchester on Monday, April 29 beginning at 6:30 PM at the Manchester Public Library, 15 Union St., Manchester, MA. This performance combines live music with a multi-media presentation to explore, not only the music of The Beatles, but the influence they exerted in every area of the cultural landscape.

The Beatles are the most influential band in history. In 1964, their breakout moment was on The Ed Sullivan Show, where an estimated 73 million viewers tuned in to see the “Lads from Liverpool” in their first live American television performance. On April 4, 1964, they became the only artists to ever occupy the top five spots of the Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously. With landmark albums like Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, they consistently broke musical barriers. They have sold more than one billion records. As a testament to their longevity and popularity, their album titled 1, containing all their #1 hits, was the best-selling album of the 2000s. Their music is timeless and appeals to fans in every generation.

The presentation is free and open to all.

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