Manchester Library Notes | July 28


Advice from Literary Agent Doug Grad (Virtual)

Monday, July 31 from 7-8 p.m.  Grad, a 37-year veteran of the publishing industry, is the President of Dough Grad Literary Agency.  Grad promises to give aspiring and new authors the cold, hard reality of the business of publishing-- from landing a deal with a major publisher to self-publishing your manuscript.  He’ll give you a general overview of publishing, how the publishing industry has changed in recent years; and the various steps to getting a book published, from the writer’s ideas to the bookstore (or library) shelves.

Mystery Book Group

Friday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m.  The Manchester Mystery Book Group meets on the last Friday of the month.  July’s meeting will occur in the library’s reading room or outside on the lawn.  We will discuss “The Dime” by Kathleen Kent.

Hearthside Book Group

Tuesday, August 1 from 4-5 p.m.  Join us in person or via Zoom to discuss the biography “Solito: A Memoir” by Javier Zamora.  “Javier Zamora’s adventure is a three-thousand-mile journey from his small town in El Salvador through Guatemala and Mexico and across the U.S. border.  A memoir as gripping as it is moving, Solito provides an immediate and intimate account no only of a treacherous and near impossible journey but also of the miraculous kindness and love delivered at the most unexpected moments.”

Diversity Matters Book Group

Wednesday, August 2 from 4-5 p.m.  Diversity matters book group will be reading Pulitzer Prize winning “His Name is George Floyd:  One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice” by Robert Samuels.

Hula Hooping Extravaganza: Two Sessions

Friday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.  You are invited to an all-ages hula hoop event.  Hooping induces joy through movement explorations designed to promote healthy bodies and minds.  Registration is required in case we need to move inside due to the weather.

Annual Book Sale

Annual book sale is August 5. Come to the Manchester Library and take advantage of deals and steals in hardcover fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, DVDs, puzzles and more.  Both cash and checks are accepted.

MPL Children’s Events:

Didgeridoo Down Under Show

Friday, August 11 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.  The Didgeridoo Show is an energetic fusion of Australian music, comedy, character building, storytelling, and audience participation.  The didgeridoo has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1500 years, and it’s known for its otherworldly sound.  You’ll learn about Aussie animal, culture, unity and more, while moving and grooving to the pulsing rhythms of the didge.  The Didgeridoo Show is interactive, educational, motivational, and fun for all ages.  In the event of rain, we will be at the Manchester Community Center so please register.

Storytime with Miss Audrey

Mondays at 10:30 a.m. ages 0-5

Summer Art and Sensory

Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m. and running every Wednesday this summer for ages pre-K - 2nd grade.  Art and Sensory encourages students to explore their creativity through the fun of using many different art materials.  The project is always step by step, hands on and guided to help create individual masterpieces.  Space is limited and registration is required for each week’s session.

Summer Reading

Summer reading begins June 22-August 11.  Kids going into grade 6 and under are invited to sign up for summer reading.  Register for a chance to win raffle prizes and get free admission to the Topsfield Fair.

North Shore Children’s Museum Pass

The Friends of the Manchester Library have donated a discount pass to the North Shore Children’s Museum in Peabody. The pass admits up to 5 people at half-price admission.

Vox and Wonder Books

Kids are going to love these new audio and print picture and chapter books bound together for literacy and fun.  The permanently attached Reader transforms an ordinary print book into an all-in-one read-along experience.  No need for computers, tablets or CDs, children simply push a button to listen and read.

Storytime with Miss Audrey

Mondays at 10 a.m. for ages 0-5.

Our youngest patrons and their caregivers are invited to share songs, rhymes, and simple stories.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Second Tuesday of the month from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Want to earn community service hours while you design amusing activities for your friends and neighbors? Register on the library events calendar.

Library Hours and Holidays

On July 1 the MBTS Public Library will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays until September. 

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