A lot is going on at the Manchester Public Library this week, including a talk on the hidden meaning behind the Ancient Art of China, weekly meditation, tutorials on digital services, and a pumpkin-themed storytime.
Art Across Asia: Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art (Virtual)
Sunday, October 8 from 2:30-4 p.m. Join Linda Lei for bats, gourds, peaches, ribbons, and monkeys on horses. Join us as we decipher hidden meanings of prosperity, health, and happiness found in traditional Chinese art.
Historical Fiction Author Denny S. Bryce (Virtual)
Tuesday, October 10 from 7-8 p.m. Denny’s new book, “The Other Princess: A Novel of Queen Victoria’s Goddaughter,” is out, and we cannot wait to talk about it. The book is a stunning portrait of an African princess raised in Queen Victoria’s court and adapting to life in Victorian England, based on the real-life story of a recently discovered historical figure, Sarah Forbes Bonetta.
Diversity Matters Book Group
Tuesday, October 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. We will discuss James Baldwin’s “Notes of a Native Son.”
Library’s Free Public WiFi
MBTS Library’s WiFi is now encrypted, offering our community and guests extra security. Log on from inside the building or from the front garden by connecting to MBTSLibraryWifi using password library1887.
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.
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. to 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.
Calling All Local Artists
For the Friends of the Library’s 1st Falling For Art Exhibit and Sale, October 20-22, 2023. Artists and photographers are invited to submit up to 5 digital jpg images by August 30 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include
your name, title of piece and price.
MPL Children’s Events:
Saturday, October 28 from 2-3 p.m. Join Miss Audrey for a pumpkin-themed storytime and craft. We will share fun stories and make a beaded pumpkin that can be displayed all fall long. The program is best for ages four and up. Registration is required.
Teen Craft Night
Thursday, October 19 from 4-5 p.m. Create your own spooky terrarium with live plants and eerie figurines. For teens ages 14-18. Snacks will be provided. Registration is required.
Pop Up Art School: Insect Shadow Boxes
Wednesday, November 8 from 1-2:30 p.m. Using images of butterflies, moths, and beetles as reference, draw and paint your own realistic or imaginative insects and mount it in a paper shadow box.
Storytime with Miss Audrey
Fall and Winter story time begins Wednesday, October 11 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.