Manchester Library Notes | June 28


This week, the Manchester by the Sea Public Library is hosting many events, including Dungeons and Dragons for Adults, an author talk on the new novel, "Jackie," Tai Chi, a meeting of the the Mystery Book Group, and more.

First Up: MBTS Library Closed July 3 : Wednesday, July 3 the library will close at 1 p.m.  Thursday, July 4 the library will be closed.  The library will be open Friday, July 5 at 10 a.m.

MBTS Library Summer Hours :   Beginning July 1, the library will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.  The library will be closed weekends in July and August.

Dungeons and Dragons for Adults (Virtual) :  Mondays, July 8 and 22 and August 12 and 26 from 7-9 p.m.  Have you ever wanted to try playing Dungeons and Dragons and don’t know where to start?  Or maybe you’ve played before but don’t have a regular group?  Whatever your level of experience come join us for a one-shot adventure!

Author Dawn Tripp Discusses “Jackie” (Virtual) :  Tuesday, July 9 from 7-8 p.m.  Author Dawn Tripp will discuss her new novel about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  “Jackie” is the story of a woman-deeply private with a nuanced, formidable intellect-who forged a legacy out of grief and shaped history even as she was living it.

Mystery Book Club :  Friday, June 28 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  This June we are reading “All the Sinners Bleed” by S.A. Cosby.

Hearthside Book Group :  Tuesday, July 2 from 4-5 p.m.  We will discuss “Small Mercies A Novel” by Dennis Lehane.

Tai Chi:  The Longevity Tree :   Starting Wednesdays in June from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at Masconomo Park.  Susan Halpern will be teaching Tai Chi in the park on Wednesdays, throughout the summer.  Longevity Tree is part of the internal arts known in China as Qi gong.  Qi gong means to cultivate energy with discipline.  The Longevity Tree is a form that addresses the balance of mind, body, and spirit, by combining movement, deep breathing, and alertness.  Please complete the Safety Release Registration Form and familiarize yourself with the form if you will be joining.

Digital Advice Appointments on Monday and Drop In on Friday :  Register for a dedicated session Mondays at 12 noon or 12:30 p.m. or drop in on most Fridays between 3-4 p.m.  We have guidance for easy to moderate tech issues.  Please bring your device, charger and any passwords associated with your device or project.  This is a program to offer one-on-one instruction on how to better utilize your technology, we cannot do a tech project for you and certain issues will be outside of our digital expertise.

Mindfulness Meditation at the First Parish Church Meeting Room : Every Tuesday from 11 a.m.-12 noon in the teen loft 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.

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:

Community Game Night:  Thursday, July 18 from 4-6 p.m.  All ages welcome.  Snacks provided.

Summer Art and Sensory :  Begins Wednesday, July 17 from 3-4 p.m. for age preschool through grade five.  Art & Sensory encourages students to explore their creativity through the fun of using many different art materials.  The projects are always step-by- step, hands on to encourage sensory guidance/fine motor skills and to help create individual masterpieces.  Come get messy with us this summer. Registration is required.

MBTS Summer Reading :  It’s summer reading time at the library, so game on with our Bookopoly activity boards.  All ages can stop in to pick up a Bookopoly board and complete activities for a chance to win amazing prizes.  All kids, age 0-12 who return a completed board will win a Topsfield Fair prize pack.  Teens will be entered into a raffle to win Canobie Lake Park passes and adults have a chance to win The Castle:  Gaming Café and Restaurant gift certificates.

Wednesday’s from 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Ages 0-3, this program runs through September.