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Library Update: May 21

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Book Donations sought for Book Sale

Spring is such a great time to clean out, tidy up, and donate those good condition used books the Friends of The Manchester Public Library book sale! This year’s sale will be held on Saturday, August 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but the Friends are actively gearing up now. Your donations are much appreciate, and will be sorted. Priced, and then a part of the year’s biggest fundraiser of the Friends. So many services, and offerings that we all enjoy, are sponsored by the Friends and the book sale is a great way to build those resources.

Join the Friends, Your Support equals a thriving library!

The Friends of the Manchester Public Library has funded lawn furniture at the library, the beautiful wall plaque, the fireplace, all the museum passes for years, the refreshments for library programs, annual spring puppet shows, winter holiday programs, and summer reading for the Children’s Room, Manchester READS Author visits, Teen Advisory Board and Teen Summer Reading, through this vigorous book sale and your membership in the Friends. Whether you are excited by hearing author talks, seeing the glow of children’s face at programs, appreciating the importance of teen involvement in the community, or recognizing that Adult Movie, Nights, Adult authors, and exploring new databases on line can be costly without sponsorship, the Friends are utilizing your membership funds to create better opportunities and services within your library. This coming season, we will all be benefiting from the co-sponsoring of 100 plus years of the Manchester Cricket being digitized and available to the public on the library website. This amazing resource is being co funded by the Manchester Cricket owners and the Friends of the Manchester Public library. Every year, the support continues with new and traditional projects thanks to your membership in the Friends.

In the Children’s Room

Babies, Books and More:  Wednesdays in May* 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!

Lindsay and her Puppet Pals:  Wednesday, June 5 at 11:30 a.m.

Lindsay’s Puppet Pals presents a series of short stories featuring Lindsay’s larger than life Triceratops, Dragon and other puppet friends that are certain to delight everyone.  Ideal for preschool children but all are welcome to join the fun.

Special thanks to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this event. 


The Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library is closed on Sundays, April (Patriot’s Day weekend) through Columbus Day weekend, in October.

Online Library Subscription to Lynda.com

The Manchester Library has acquired a new online learning platform called Lynda.com. These top-quality courses taught by industry experts are essential for students, employees, teachers and anyone interested in learning. Now available in the Manchester Library or in your own home, Lynda.com’s online tutorials offer a large variety of great resources such as learning how to create a website, updating your knowledge of Microsoft Office, and developing business and creative skills that will increase your ability to achieve personal and professional goals. To access Lynda.com online, go to the library’s website at www.manchesterpl.org and click on Virtual Library. When accessing Lynda.com from home you will need your library card’s barcode numbers. If you do not have access to your library card, please see a librarian at the Manchester Library.

Memorial Day Closings

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 27 in honor of Memorial Day. The Library will resume its regular hours on Tuesday, May 28 from 1-8 p.m.

Mystery Book Group

The Mystery Book Group will meet Friday, May 31st at 10:30 a.m. to discuss “Junkyard Dogs” by Craig Johnson. New members are always welcome.

Nonfiction Book Group

The next meeting of the Nonfiction Book Group is Monday, June 3 at 4 p.m. The group will discuss “Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir” by Amy Tan. New members are always welcome.

Hearthside Book Group

The next meeting of the Hearthside Book Group is Tuesday, June 4 at 4 p.m. The group will discuss various poetry available at the circulation desk. New members are always welcome.

Movie Night

On Friday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m. the library will show a film the dramatizes key moments during Vincent van Gogh’s time in France when he resided in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise before his death. Vincent struggles with mental turmoil as he travels to southern France searching for artistic inspiration and support from family and friends. Despite opposition coming the many people he encounters, Vincent fights to create new and authentic art that will eventually become some of his greatest masterpieces. This movie stars Williem Dafoe, Oscar Isaac, and Rupert Friend. Bring your own drink, the Library will provide popcorn. 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.


This year, the Teen Advisory Board has “adopted” a middle school, special education classroom in Boston. The school is quite underfunded compared to our own system.

During the holidays, TAB ran an art supply drive for these students and was overwhelmed by our patron’s generosity. The artwork we received back from our Boston Buddies was so creative and beautiful. They obviously enjoyed playing with the paints, markers, clay…

Once again, TAB is asking for your help! With their teacher’s help, we have created an Amazon Wish List with three titles for each of the nine students. TAB is hoping to get books into these kid’s hands, books they can take home, read over the summer, and keep. Please follow the link and pick out a summer reading book for one of these kids.



Calling all budding authors… Join us for a kick-off, information session about the new Teen Writer’s Club. Come meet fellow writers and help plan future meetings. Grades 8-12 welcome. Please register: 526-7711 or email [email protected]

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