Manchester Library Notes | March 1


Mindfulness Meditation- Moving Back to the Library
Every Tuesday from 11 a.m. - 12 Noon in the teen loft starting January 2 with Alida Bryant. Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome. There will be guided meditation, some silence, and discussion. Please register if this is your first time coming to this program. We need either an email or a phone number in case we need to cancel or change venues.

Presents: D. McCullough III, CEO of American Exchange Project: Thursday, March 21 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  For our 3rd session we will be hosting David McCullough, CEO of the American Exchange Project.  Toxic polarization has moved into our daily lives, corroding our faith in one another and our democracy, shaping choices we make, the people we associate with, and the places we call home.  As a consequence, our kids are growing up isolated in bubbles that burden their mental health and limit their development as young adults and young citizens.  Welcoming the stranger, hometown pride, a deep love of our children, and a reverence for the character-building journey -- these are deeply American ideals.  AEP harnesses them, along with the energy and curiosity of young people, to create a solution:  a free domestic youth exchange program.

Hearthside Book Group: Tuesday, March 5 from 4-5 p.m.  We will discuss “The Daughters of Yalta:  The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans:  A story of Love and Wars” by Catherine Grace Katz.  

Friday Movie at MBTS Library: Friday, March 22 from 6-8 p.m.  The movie this month has a MPAA Rating:  PG-13; for strong violent content and disturbing material.

Unraveling Myths About Trans People in Sport (Virtual): Tuesday, March 5 from 7-8 p.m.  Presenter Erin Reed (she/her) is a transgender journalist based in Washington, D.C.  she tracks LGBTQ+ legislation around the United States for her subscription newsletter, Erin In The Morning.  We will explore the complex and often misunderstood world of transgender athletes in sports.  We will address the myths and misinformation surrounding “biological advantages.” We will discuss the discriminatory nature of recent sports bans targeting transgender individuals, and interrogate how similar arguments have been historically used to marginalize other minority groups.  We will look at the real-world impact of these sports bans, and how they might touch places you didn’t think about.

“Witchcraft:  A History in 13 Trials (Virtual): Thursday, March 7 from 10-11 a.m.  Join historian and author Marion Gibson who wrote “Witchcraft: A History of 13 Trials”.  

A fascinating, vivid global history of witch trials across Europe, Africa, and the Americas, told through 13 distinct trials that illuminate the pattern of demonization and conspiratorial thinking that has profoundly shaped human history.

Art Across Asia:  The Goddess:  Images of Power (Virtual): Sunday, March 10 from 2:30-4 p.m.  During Women’s History Month explore various cultural and religious manifestations of female deities.

Digital Advice Appointments and Drop-ins
Register for a dedication session on Mondays, or drop in most Fridays between 3-4 p.m. Increase your comfort level with technology or try out a digital service you have always wanted to try.
Shut Up and Write (Virtual)
Every Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Join a community of writers and artists on Zoom who just want to write. Come any time. No need to share, no need to critique or be critiqued.
MPL Children’s Events:
All About Me Collage
Saturday, February 24 from 2-3 p.m. Ages 7-12. Join Miss Audrey and rip up magazines to make a work of art that’s all about you.
Graphic Novel Club
Wednesday, February 28 from 4-4:45 p.m. This program is for grades 4-7. Join the graphic novel club, we meet once a month from January to June. We will be discussing “Ghost Book” by Remy Lai. Registration is required.
Winter and Spring Storytimes
Wednesdays from 10:30-11:15 a.m. starting January 24. Join Miss Audrey for Storytime for children ages 0-5 with their caregivers. We will share books, songs, and games. This program runs through April 24th.
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.