September/October 2017


Manchester Public Library

586 Main St. Manchester, CT 06040




• Indie Author Day




• Did you know...?


• Book Review: One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain


• Author Talk: Hanna Perlstein Marcus




Are you an indie author? Are you not sure how to pursue getting your work published? Do you have questions that you wish you could ask someone who has been there? Indie Author Day is the event for you!

The Manchester Public Library will be hosting an event in honor of Indie Author Day on Saturday, October 14th. Beginning at 2:00 pm in the Howyrod Room, there will be a panel of local indie authors discussing how they get inspired, the writing process, how to get published, and how to market yourself and your work.

Panel Members include: Dan Foley, Stacey Longo, B.L. Daniels, Matthew Bartlett, and Liz Delton.

A must attend event for all aspiring writers as you will have access to inside tips and networking opportunities. This is a free event and no registration is required. For more information ask for Michelle at 860-645-0821. You may also visit the library website at library.townofmanchester.org.



It’s that time of year again! On September 9, 2017 the Friends of the Library will be holding their annual book sale! The sale will run between 9:00am and 1:00pm in the Howroyd Room. Don’t miss out!





Did you know MPL...

  • Is the 5th busiest library in the state based on items loaned out annually?
  •  Subscribes to lynda.com, a free resource that allows you take thousands of tech focused courses?
  • Has a Civics and Citizenship Toolkit available for check out? Whiton also has one available.
  • Has Take Me Home Totes, themed bags of materials ranging from books, movies, music, etc. available for check out at Cheney?
  • Will be lending out board games starting in late fall? For more information contact Jenn at 860-645-0821.


Book Review: One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain

Starvation is a strong motivator. In the case of Sara Creamer and her stepson, Emerson Bridge, starvation will come sooner rather than later if a solution doesn’t show itself soon. Taking place in the 1950’s, in rural South Carolina, Sara has recently been widowed by a husband who drank himself “half to death”. Six year old Emerson Bridge is keenly aware of the situation and at a loss as to what to do. When Sara reads in the newspaper that $700 could be won raising a Grand Champion Steer, she and Emerson acquire a sickly calf and together begin the arduous journey of raising a calf to a full grown steer. One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain is southern literature at its finest. This mother and child lead the reader through the perils of class, violence and religion, coming through on the other side with examples of the most profound parental love, loyalty and acceptance. This is by far the best book I have read in 2017 and cannot recommend it more strongly. —-Lynn Jacobs

       Author Talk: Hanna Perlstein Marcus

On Monday, September 25, 2017 Hanna Perlstein Marcus will be discussing the sequel to her award-winning memoir, Sidonia’s Thread. Set in the deteriorating north end of Springfield, Massachusetts in the 1950s and early ’60s, Surviving Remnant describes Marcus’ experiences growing up with her mother in an enclave of Holocaust survivors. A story no one knows...until now. Surviving Remnant is an authentic look at a poignant immigrant saga from deep inside.

Marcus was born at the Bergen Belsen displaced persons camp after World War II and later immigrated to Springfield, Massachusetts with her mother. She is a UMass and UConn graduate and a licensed clinical social worker in Connecticut. Her first book, Sidonia’s Thread was the winner of the 2014 Best Kindle Book Award for nonfiction and was nominated for the Sophie Brody Medal and the Sarton Memoir Prize. The program will take place at 6:30pm at Whiton. Books will be available for sale and signing. No registration is required for this free program. For more information call Reference and Adult Services at 860-645-0821.

Library Website

Manchester Public Library

586 Main St. Manchester, CT 06040
Phone: Front Desk: 860.643.2471

Reference: 860.645.0821

Children's Room: 860.645.0577


Monday-Thursday 9:00am-9:00pm

Friday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm

Sunday (Starting October 1st) 1:00pm-5:00pm


Whiton Branch

100 North Main St. Manchester, CT 06042

Phone: 860.643.6892


Monday-Thursday 10:00am-8:30pm

Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

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