Sawyer Free Library

2 Dale Ave., Gloucester — 978-281-9763 — ­http://sawyerfreelibrary.org.

Did you know? The Friends of the Sawyer Free Library Annual Membership Drive has begun. Please renew your 2019-20 membership or become a new member of the friends. Membership in the friends enables us to contribute to library programming, purchase museum passes and other library purchases.

Tween/Teen

Teen Advisory Board: 3-4 p.m. Sept. 27, Teen Corner. Do you have ideas about how to make this library better? Are there books, DVDS and games that you think we should buy? Do you want to eat pizza!? Come join the teen librarian to chat about the library and get some food.

Adult Services

Conversation Café: 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 28, Byers-Davidson Room. Conversations and refreshments, Portuguese and Spanish speakers wanting to practice their English, or English speakers who want to practice their Portuguese or Spanish.

Chess Club: 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 28, Muzzey Room. Love to play chess or always wanted to learn? Come play with teachers or experienced players. All ages welcome! Meets the second and fourth Saturday of the month.

Manchester Public Library

15 Union St., Manchester — 978-526-7711 — manchester@mvlc.org, http://manchesterpl.org.

Saturday Hours Resume: The Library will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular library hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 8 p.m.; and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Library on Facebook: Don’t miss the great programs coming up! To get an update, check us out on Facebook. If you “Friend” or “Like” us, you will get to see updates about all the great programs going on for adults, teens and kids happening this fall. Search for us on Facebook or go to the library’s website at www.manchesterpl.org and on the bottom of the page, click on the link that says Friend MPL. Information you will get is book club updates, holiday closings, and pictures from our programs.

September Climate Change Programs: On Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.: Antarctica: Climate Change with Michael Carvahlo, ages 8-90 for a presentation with Powerpoint of Carvahlo’s trip and research in Antarctica. On Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m.: Climate Change A Local Conversation, a Q&A with Barbara Warren, of Salem Sound: CoastalWatch and Henry Oettinger, Brookwood and Manchester Conservation Commission.

Climate Change Book Discussion: Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. Pick up copies of “Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution” by Peter Kalmus. In the News, the Non Fiction Book Group, will be discussing the title. Copies are available at the front deks. All are welcome.

Mystery Book Group: Meets Sept. 27 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss “A Time to Kill” by John Grisham. New members are always welcome.

Hearthside Book Group: The next meeting of the Hearthside Book Group is 4 p.m. Oct. 1. The group will discuss “The Alienist” by Caleb Carr. New members are always welcome.

Introduction to Mushroom Identification: Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m., Gary Gilbert, a member of the Boston Mycological Club, will discuss an introduction to mushroom identification including a visual tour of identifying the common varieties of mushrooms in our forests and how they communicate through a system often referred to as the “Wood-Wide-Web.” Gilbert teaches at the Boston Mycological Club at Harvard as well as Essex County Greenbelt and the Trustees and Mass Audobon.

October Movie Night: Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m., the library will show a film full of music from the Beatles! A coma patient awakens into a world where The Beatles never existed and passes their music off as his own. This movie stars Himesh Patel, Lily James, and Kate McKinnon. For the title, visit the library’s website or call 978-526-7711. Bring your own drink, the library will provide popcorn. Rated PG-13; anyone under 13 must have a permission slip.

Seed Savers: At 11 a.m. Oct. 5 seed savers are encouraged to drop in and drop off their seeds. Please share any seeds saved from this year’s crops and join in on a quick chat to discuss what grew well, what are you are cooking or making with your crops, and what didn’t grow well. All are welcome to join!

Ask a Muslim Anything Program: At 1 p.m. Oct. 5 the library will be hosting Robert Azzi who will give his presentation “Ask a Muslim Anything” to engage with anyone who is curious about Islam and the Muslim faith. Robert is an Arab-American Muslim who grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire. After college, he embarked on a career as a photo journalist, traveling the Middle East and beyond photographing wars and conflicts. Recent efforts to ban immigrants from Muslim countries from entering the U.S. compelled Azzi to begin a personal effort to participate in small scale conversation, not as a scholar or academic but as neighbor, fellow citizen and person of faith.

Teahouses, Tori Gates and Tales from Kumano Kodo Trail: Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Local author Joanne Socha will give a presentation on famous travel sites in Japan, describing her adventures walking the Kumano Kodo trail this spring and the cultural highlights, challenges and surprises she experienced along the way. Light refreshments will be included. Socha is the author of “The Red Bandanna Travel Book” and the founder of Travel Far and Well travel site.

Author Tea with Novelist Ames Sheldon: At 4 p.m. Oct. 18 the library will be hosting an author tea with novelist Ames Sheldon to discuss her new WWII novel “Don’t Put the Boats Away.” Her book focuses on life after war and its lasting impact on those who make it home. Ames is the winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award as the Best New Voice in Fiction. She is also the author of the novel “Eleanor’s War,” the prequel to “Don’t Put the Boats Away.”

Climate Change Book Discussion: Pick up copies of “Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution” by Peter Kalmus. In the News, the Non Fiction Book Group, will be discussing the title at 4 p.m. Oct. 21. Copies are available at the front deks. Please join us.

Teen Loft:

Teen Writer’s Club: 4 p.m. Sept. 27. Calling all budding authors. Bring some writing and a notebook. Meet fellow writers and get your creative juices flowing! Grades 9-12 welcome. Register at 978-526-7711 or email acowman@manchesterpl.org

The Teen Advisory Board is accepting applications: Join TAB, the Manchester Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board, and let your voice be heard.

• Receive Community Service Hours

• Suggest YA titles and movies

• Plan and run YA programs and events

• Eat pizza

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month beginning at 6:30 p.m. Next meeting is Oct. 9.

For students grades 9-12. Pick up an application at the circulation desk or email acowman@manchesterpl.org.

In the Children’s Room

Babies, Books and More: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 2. Join our circle of music, movement and simple stories in the Children’s Room. Suggested for birth through age 3, but everyone is welcome. Please note there is no program on Oct. 9.

Rockport Public Library

17 School St., Rockport — 978-546-6934 — mrcweb@mvlc.org, rockportlibrary.org.

Lego Club: What can you create with Legos? The sky is the limit. Join us in the Brenner Room from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 29 for an hour of building together. Creations will be displayed in the Club Lego case outside the Children’s Room for all to see. Following safety guidelines provided by Lego, we ask that all children are ages 5 and up.

Which Craft?: Please stop by on Monday mornings at 11 a.m. in the Trustees Room to work on your needlecraft project while enjoying lively conversation with similar creatives. No instruction, just a getaway for experienced crafters.

Morning Storytime: Pre-school storytime for ages 2-5 will be held at 10:15 a.m. Oct. 1 in the Brenner Room. Children and their caregivers are invited to share joyful storytime full of songs, rhymes, stories, and fingerplays. The first 30 minutes is circle time for listening to books aloud, and the second half is open play and craft time for children

Meet the Author – Andre Dubus III: Come and meet acclaimed author, Andre Dubus III at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Brenner Room. He is an American novelist and short story writer and a member of the faculty of University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dubus is the author of seven books, including his most recent one, “Gone So Long,” which is a masterpiece of thrilling tension and heartrending empathy. Following the talk, he will be available to sign books sold by the Bookstore of Gloucester. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Rockport Public Library. Please reserve your seat by visiting the events calendar on the library’s website or by calling 978-546-6934.

On Screen: Join us on Sept. 28 for our current release screening as Agent H and Rookie M embark on a globe-trotting adventure to save the world from aliens. The movie runs from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Brenner Room and is rated PG-13.

For our classic movie matinee, we will be showing a 2002 American musical crime comedy/drama starring Catherine Zeta-Jones . This movie will run from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Brenner Room and is rated PG-13.

Please feel free to bring snacks and covered drinks to the movies. Movie schedule and details are available on our website.

Boston Children’s Museum E-tickets: The Rockport Public Library now offers e-tickets to the Boston Children’s Museum. When you reserve the pass on the library’s website, you will be emailed the e-ticket link. The pass is only valid for one day. Please present the printed pass or display the pass at the museum. You must printout/display the pass that contains the barcode.

Ongoing Services:

Device Advice: To schedule a one-on-one appointment for assistance in learning to operate devices, such as a smart phones or tablets, call at 978-546-6934.

Disk repair: Damaged disks may be dropped off at the main desk for us to run through the disk repair machine. Suggested donation of $1 per disc benefits the Friends of the Library.

T.O.H.P. Burnham Public Library

30 Martin St., Essex — 978-768-7410 — ­dfrench@essexpl.org, http://essexpl.org.

Adult Yoga: Gentle Vinyasa Yoga, 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings on the 3rd floor with instructor Lisa Lunnen. $12 per session. Drop-ins welcome. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library.

CFCE Programming

Yoga Storytime: 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Ages 2-5 with caregiver. Join Christine Hribar for a story and basic stretches, breathing, music and games. Register at http://earlychildhoodpartners.com or contact Paige 978-468-5489.

Wendy’s Story Art: 3:15 Thursdays for ages 0-5 with a caregiver are invited to take part in these creative sessions combining stories and art. Register at http://earlychildhoodpartners.com or contact Paige 978-468-5489.