Manchester Library Notes | November 10 Edition


Art Across Asia:  Japanese Aesthetics (Virtual)

Sunday, November 12 from 2:30-4 p.m.  Exploring Japan’s Artistic Sensibilities with Mary Mead.  Kimono, netsuke, swords, lacquerware, screens, and scrolls.  Come explore the variety, complexity and beauty of Japanese art.  For the Japanese the functionality of an object was not enough; it also had to be aesthetically pleasing and display the skill of the artisan, the taste of the patron, and the values of the culture.

Diversity Matters Book Group

Tuesday, November 14 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  November’s diversity matters book group will be reading “How to make a slave and other essays” by Jerald Walker.

Q & A with Historical Fiction Author Virginia Pye (Virtual)

Wednesday, November 15 from 7-8 p.m.  This one’s for those of you who love historical fiction set in Boston as well as books related to writing and stories of finding yourself.  Virginia Pye will be discussing her most recent book “The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann”.  

Library Building Program

The library is preparing a grant application for the next round of construction grant funding from the state.  To apply for the grant, which is due next Spring, we are preparing a Library Building Program, a planning document which identifies what the community wants and needs from their library in the next few decades.  To begin that process, we need lots of community feedback, so we are inviting community members, library users (and non-users) to participate in focus groups.  If you are interested in participating in one of the focus groups, please contact the library.  We will be hosting two public forums on November 15, one at 11 a.m. at Town Hall, room 5, and another at 6 p.m. at the library.

Color Painting Class Series

Wednesday, November 29 from 11 a.m.-12 noon.  Local artist, Allison Moir-Smith, whose work is on exhibit at the library in November and will be offering two beginner, concussion and arthritis friendly painting classes on November 8 and November 29.  All adults of any skill level are welcome.  When you register for the 1st session you will be registered automatically for the second so you can see how your technique progresses.  Artists will work on their skills by painting the same subject with acrylic in both sessions.  This event is for adults. Allison’s exhibit is called From Darkness—Color and will be on display from November 6-December 4.  Allison Moir-Smith is a concussion activist, public speaker, brain-injury art teacher, and facilitator of an online concussed Moms support group.

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Library’s Free Public WiFi

MBTS Library’s WiFi is now encrypted, offering extra security for our community and guests.  Log on from inside the building or from the front garden by connecting to MBTSLibraryWifi using password library1887.

Mindfulness Meditation

Every Tuesday from 11 a.m. -12 noon at the Community Center 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.

Tai Chi

Wednesdays from 9:45-10:45 a.m.  When the weather is good the class will be held on the library’s front side lawn, if the weather is inclement, it will be held at the Manchester Community Center.  Please complete the Safety Release Registration Form, on the event listing on the library website, before joining.  Susan Halpern will update by email those who have completed the Safety Release Registration Form.

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:

Lego Fun!

Saturday, November 25 from 2-3 p.m.  Children ages 4-12 are invited to come to the library to build their own spectacular Lego creations.  We’ve got tons of Legos for you to make the project of your dreams.

Storytime with Miss Audrey

Fall and Winter story time, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.  for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.  Registration is required each week as space is limited.

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.

Winter Hours

The library is now open on Sundays from 1-4 p.m.