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Library Update: June 3

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In the Children’s Room

Meet & Greet StoryWalk on Monday, June 10 at 12:30 p.m.

Meet our new Early Childhood Partners Coordinator, Paige Menchini and enjoy a picture book StoryWalk on the Library Lawn plus free book giveaway!  In the event of rain, we will meet in the Library Children’s Room for story sharing.

A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program!  Join us for a fun-filled summer of programs and reading incentives as we explore A Universe of Stories and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

Starting June 14, kids through entering kindergarten through entering grade six can sign up for A Universe of Stories Read-to-Bead Summer Reading Game.  Register for the program and receive your game board and starter packet that includes a chain, star bead, book mark and Chipotle certificate for a free children’s meal!  Then check out a bag filled with great books and start recording your reading.  It’s easy!  It’s fun!  Complete your personal reading goal by August 14 and win an awesome prize packet from The Topsfield Fair!  So don’t delay, stop by the Children’s Room on June 14 to and blast-off to a summer of reading fun!

The Massachusetts Summer Library Program is sponsored by the Manchester Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Topsfield Fair Read and Win.

Scott Jameson’s Out-of-this-World Magic kicks off our summer programs on Wednesday, June 26 at 2 p.m.

Please note:  this program will be held at the Manchester Community Center

Audiences say:  “Superb!” “A blast” and “Heartwarming fun for the Whole family.”  Join Scott Jameson for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat.  All ages are welcome.

This program is generously sponsored by the Manchester Cultural Council.

Summer Vacation Museum Passes

Summer vacation is around the corner! Plan your summer fun by taking advantage of all the fantastic collections and programs available for children and adults at our local museums. Through the generosity of the Friends of the Library, patrons can choose from a wide variety of discount museum passes available to make your trips inside or outside Boston affordable as well as fun! There are plenty of choices, but be sure make an early reservation. The museums are very popular and the dates fill up quick. Your choices are 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 Franklin Park and Stone Zoo’s, 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.

Books at the Beach

Starting June 7 the library will once again have Books at the Beach available at the Singing Beach Bathhouse! Every Monday during the summer, the library will bring donated or withdrawn books to the Bathhouse where you can help yourself to the available books for all ages throughout the week. Enjoy your fun in the sun and return the book at the Bathhouse or at the library whenever you choose!

June 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.

Sally Ride Historical Performance

On Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m. come by the library to enjoy a performance by living history actress Sheryl Faye as she brings to life the famous astronaut Sally Ride who became the first American woman in space in 1983. Faye acts out the events in Sally Ride’s life that detail how her insatiable curiosities in science helped her overcome gender discrimination to achieve her lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut. Sheryl Faye is a full-time actress, performing a variety of historical women in New England. She also writes and performs with StageCoach Improv and keeps busy working on films, television and theater throughout Boston and New York. This program is sponsored by The Hooper Fund, whose generous support makes this program possible!

Books at the Beach Book Group

Join us on Thursday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m. for our Books at the Beach book group at Singing Beach. Manchester Library’s Sara, Lori and Rachael will talk about great beach reads, share suggestions and pick up some good books! This is a 30-minute group with fun beach reading suggestions, sharing of books, and more! The Group will be on the beach again in July, August and September with new suggestions and more talk of hot summer reading. BONUS FUN! First 10 to attend get a free library tote bag and a free iced coffee from our friends at the Laughing Gull concession stand. Shout out to Manchester Parks & Rec for helping us coordinate this fun.


Once again, our Teen Advisory Board asked for your help! These high school students “adopted” a middle school, special education classroom in Boston. The school is quite underfunded compared to our own system. TAB wanted to get books into these kid’s hands, books they can take home, read over the summer, and keep. So, they held an online book drive. And, with your generosity, all the books have been purchased and TAB will be able to give each Boston Buddy 4 books! THANK YOU!

2019 YA Summer Reading Blasts Off!

Visit the library once school is out and see all that we’ve got going on this summer.

Back by popular demand – Scratch Tickets! Check out books, get a scratch ticket. Take a Craft in a Bag home with you, get a scratch ticket. Attend a Program, get a scratch ticket. Many of the scratch tickets will be instant winners; all will be entered into the End of Summer Raffle (where the prizes will be even more awesome).


To get the summer fun started, enter the Summer 2019 Teen Cosmic Cookie Bake-Off. Get the “Rules and Entry” at the library. Then, get baking. Join us on Friday, June 14 at 3 p.m. when a panel of judges will test-taste the cookies and choose the winner. The audience will also be invited to taste. YUM! Please register: 978-526-7711. Entering grades six through 12 welcome.

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