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December 2019/January 2020
Manchester Public Library, CT




"Bookmarked" - A Subscription Box Service at the Library


What's Happening at MPL


New! Teen Book Chat


Books with Staying Power


Whiton Saturday Hours


Contact Information



"Bookmarked" - A Subscription Box Service at the Library

Beginning in 2020, the library will begin offering subscription boxes for children, teens, and adults. Each box will contain a book or multiple books, with a few themed goodies, bookmarks, and more, all related to the chosen books. The box will be checked out for four weeks, at which point the books and box should be returned, but the goodies and any extras are yours to keep! The book selections will be a surprise up until the day the boxes are released. For children and teen the books will revolve around a monthly theme, whereas for adults the book will be a brand-new release of a hotly anticipated title. Advanced registration is required and you need not sign up for all the boxes - you can pick and choose which months you want. The adult boxes will also have an optional meet-up at a local establishment the month after the box is released to discuss the selection. Stay tuned and more details will follow within the next few months!


What's Happening at MPL

The Manchester Public Library has lots of programs for patrons of all ages, from author events to book clubs, storytime sessions to movie showings, informative lectures to fun crafts, and much more! Don't forget to check our calendar of events, especially if you are looking for something to do with the kids during school holidays or a reason to get out of the house on a cold or rainy day. Below are pictures from a few recent events.

(Above) Children enjoy practicing their reading skills by reading out loud to "Tails of Joy" R.E.A.D. Dogs Andy and Grant.

(Above) Patrons enjoy a Thanksgiving Feast during the special edition November "Coffee and Conversation", a program for adult and children English Language Learners who wish to practice their English language skills.

New! Teen Book Chat

Calling all teen readers! This fall our Teen Librarian Michelle M started "Teen Book Chat", which focuses on a different type of book and topic each month. Previous topics have been WWII historical fiction, scary books, and stories on immigration. Teens can choose to read 1 of 5 pre-selected books on the chosen topic. There will be discussion on the books and light snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Reference at (860) 645-0821.

Books with Staying Power

These titles were released prior to 2019; however, they are still frequently checked out or on our "holds shelf". Reserve a copy to see what all the hype is about!

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (released February 2018)

Thirteen-year-old Leni's family will be tested physically and mentally after her father, a former Vietnam POW, moves the family to Alaska to live off the grid.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (released June 2018)

Eleanor, who says what she thinks and has a regimented daily schedule, is thrown into change when she meets a coworker while helping an elderly man who has fallen.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (released August 2018)

Set in the late 1960's in a coastal North Carolina town, the rumored "Marsh Girl" is suspected of killing a local man in this story that combines nature, courtroom drama, and a coming-of-age tale.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (released June 2017)

Two women's stories become entwined when Charlotte "Charlie" St. Clair attempts to find her missing cousin after World War II, which leads her to Eve Gardiner, a former spy in the Alice Network during World War I.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (released January 2017)

Starr Carter's life is forever changed after witnessing the death of her childhood best friend, an unarmed black man who is shot by police, which makes national news and threatens to pull apart her community.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (released September 2016)

In tumultuous 1920's Russia, Aristocrat Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in a grandiose hotel just steps away from the Kremlin.


Educated by Tara Westover (released February 2018)

In this memoir, Tara Westover begins her education at age 17, after living with her religious survivalist family in Idaho in such isolation that she had never been in a classroom before.


Whiton Saturday Hours

From January 4th through March 28th Whiton will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Mary Cheney Library

586 Main Street


Whiton Branch Library

100 N Main Street



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