Sawyer Free Library

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

Did you know? Kids can cook, too! Join the Cook-A-Book for Kids by calling Justine in the Children’s Room.

Children’s Programs

Minecraft Club for Kids: 3:30-4:45 p.m. March 9, Friend Room. Play alone or join a group to build an awesome city! Please register. Grades 1-5 .

Toddler Time: 10-11 a.m. March 11, Friend Room. Moms, Dads, or caregivers, bring the little ones for a fun filled hour with Miss Christy! Bubbles, stories, songs, dancing, fingerplays and crafts every week. Ages 1-3

Good Morning Baby Lapsit: 10-11 a.m. March 12, Friend Room. Babies love music, too! Ages 3–24 months. Music, songs, stories and playtime!

Cook-A-Book Book Club for Kids: 3:30-4:45 p.m. March 13, Friend Room. Just like the adult one, kids pick a recipe from a cookbook and bring it in to share with the group! A great way to start kids cooking!

Chess Club: 10 a.m.-noon March 14, Byers-Davidson Room. For all ages and skill sets! Drop in and get a lesson or play a game!

Dads and Donuts for Everyone: 10-11 a.m. March 14, Friend Room. A special visit from author Karin, Gertsch who wrote “Flora has an Adventure!”

Adult Programs

Mah Jongg Players: 2-4 p.m. March 9 and 1-3 p.m. March 13, Byers-Davidson Room.

Tuesday Book Group: 4-5 p.m. March 11, Rose Baker Senior Center. A book club at the Senior Center! Each month a new book to read and discuss! Books available the day of the meeting or at the circulation desk at the library.

Chess Club: 10 a.m.-noon March 14, Byers-Davidson Room. Always wanted to learn? Love to play but need a partner? Come down and have fun!

IlaSahai Prouty – Artist: 1-4 p.m. March 14, Muzzey Room. Join Ila for part two of her Matz Gallery Exhibit, “A Social Construction for The Reconstitution Readings.” Please register as only 15 spaces.

Left on Pearl: 2-4 p.m. March 14, Friend Room. A documentary on the 1971 takeover and occupation of a Harvard University owned building by hundreds of women that lead to the founding of the first Women’s Center in the United States. Discussion following the screening.

Manchester Public Library

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

2020 Manchester Reads: This year’s Manchester Reads will focus on the environment, sustainability, and answering the call to embrace and defend the natural world. During the month of March, the library will provide books and events that center around these important themes. The adult’s non-fiction book will be “The Outdoor Citizen: Get Out, Give Back, Get Active” by local Manchester resident John Judge. For kids we have the books “The Wishtree” by Katherine Applegate and “Can You Hear the Trees Talking?” by Peter Wohllenben. And for young adults we have “Dry” by Shusterman and “No One is Too Small to Make a Difference” by Greta Thunberg. Copies are available to borrow. For more information on these books and upcoming library events, visit http://manchesterpl.org.

The Science of Sunshine: Northern Essex Community College Associate Professor Mike Cross will discuss what are “healthy” doses of time in the sun and the benefits of more sun exposure at 6 p.m. March 12. Mike Cross is department chair of Natural Sciences at NECC where he teaches chemistry and forensic science.

Adult Movie Night: At 5:30 p.m. March 13 the library will show a movie based on the real life battle between two popular motor companies to build a superior race car. It stars Matt Damon, Christian Bale, and Caitriona Balfe. Bring your own drink, the library provides popcorn. For the title, go to the library’s website to see what the title is: http://manchesterpl.org/movies/movies-in-the-library, or call 978-526-7711.

Cape Ann Vernal Pond presents Critters at the Library: 2 p.m. March 15. Families are invited to get acquainted with some of the creatures that will help us welcome springtime. Rick Roth of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team will introduce animals from our local area that you may have never seen up close. After the presentation, there will be an optional walk to an easily accessible vernal pond in our own Powder House Hill Reservation which will soon come alive with the sounds of spring! This event is co-sponsored by the Hooper Fund, the Manchester Public Library, the Manchester Essex Conservation Trust and Manchester’s Open Space and Recreation Committee.

Non-Fiction Book Group discusses “The Outdoor Citizen”: 6:30 p.m. March 18. As the Adult non-fiction book group discusses John Judge’s “The Outdoor Citizen: Get Out, Give Back, Get Active,” our Manchester READS 2020 title. New members are always welcome.

Seed Savers: Swaps and Garden Talk: Join us as we casually share our gardening experiences, plans, and make seeds available for each other to share and take home. The library has several quantities that have been donated or selected for this annual event and we welcome your participation! Gardeners of all ages are invited to join us at 6:30 p.m. March 25 at the library. Contact scollins@manchesterpl.org with any questions or if you know you will be bringing some seeds or seedlings to share. Otherwise, see you in the library and let’s talk plants!

Elders Climate Action - A Climate Change Conversation: At 6 p.m. March 26, meet with members of the Elders Climate Action group to discuss a general overview of climate change followed by an information session on state and community level emissions, challenges, and possible solutions. Presenters Arnold Epstein and Paul Reisberg are members of the Elders Climate Action, an organization of volunteers who came together throughout the United States to address climate change.

7th Annual Peep Show: Calling all ages! Create a diorama, using marshmallow Peeps as your main characters. Let your imagination run to Peeps as you illustrate your favorite book or movie. Bags of Peeps are available at the library (while supplies last), or supply your own. Dioramas and entry forms need to be submitted between March 23 and 27. The public is then invited to view through April 3 and cast their vote for the The Peeple’s Choice Award. A panel of library volunteers will judge and award prizes in three age groups: Youth—Grade 5 and below; Teen—Grades 6-12; and Adult. Join us at 11 a.m. April 4 for the Peep Show Party where we will announce all winners. For contest rules and entry forms, visit the library or go online

New Chairs from the Friends of the Library, Own a piece of history: Table side seating in the Hearthside Room has been refurbished with classic lines in terrific new, sturdy chairs sponsored by the Friends of the Manchester Public Library. These chairs are already presenting a seamless look in the Hearthside Room, blending classic style with new furniture. Thanks to the Friends for responding to a need based on condition and daily use of library seating. Prior chairs are available for $5 apiece, please inquire in library if you’d like to own one for nostalgia! First come, first served.

In the Children’s Room

Boston Bruins Annual PJ Drive: through March 15 the library is collecting new PJs for children birth through teens for Massachusetts Department of Children & Families. Last year libraries collected 13,000 pairs and we hope to do the same this year. The Bruins will host raffle drawings and awesome prizes for the top donating libraries, so don’t delay — donate today!

Babies, Books and More: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through March 18. Join our circle of music, movement and simple stories in the Children’s Room. Suggested for birth through age 3, but everyone is welcome!

Book Nook STEAM Story Time Sundays: 2 p.m. through March 22. A special family story time and STEAM activities for children ages 2-6 with preschool teacher Melanie Ward (siblings are welcome). This program is funded by the Massachusetts Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant awarded to Hamilton-Wenham RSD and serving Hamilton, Wenham, Manchester and Essex. All educational and non-academic programs, activities and employment opportunities at Hamilton-Wenham RSD are offered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, age and/or, disability and any other class or characteristic protected by law.

Cape Ann Vernal Pond presents Critters at the Library: 2 p.m. March 15. Families are invited to get acquainted with some of the creatures that will help us welcome springtime. Rick Roth of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team will introduce animals from our local area that you may have never seen up close. After the presentation, there will be an optional walk to an easily accessible vernal pond in Powder House Hill Reservation which will soon come alive with the sounds of spring! Co-sponsored by the Hooper Fund, the Manchester Public Library, the Manchester Essex Conservation Trust and Manchester’s Open Space and Recreation Committee.

Rockport Public Library

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

ON SATURDAYS WE CRAFT!: Do you like to craft and be creative? Every Saturday, join us in the Children’s Room where a table will be set up and children will be able to craft independently at their own pace throughout the day. This is not a group led program, so it does not have an official start and end time. Craft supplies will be set up and library-goers are encouraged to craft at their own convenience.

SEWING CLASSES WITH JENNIFER CUNHA: Join us in the Trustees Room on March 8 for the first class of a four week course designed to teach the basics of hand sewing. Jennifer will teach straight stitch, whip stitch, blanket stitch and how to sew on buttons. Kids will create a sewing “picture” that they can use as the front panel of a pillow, tote bag, or simply as a beautiful wall hanging. There will be an emphasis on using upcycled fabrics and a discussion on how mending and reusing clothing and textiles can help reduce our reliance on fast fashion. This course is geared toward children ages 8 and up. Space is limited and due to the popularity of this event, register by visiting the events calendar on the library’s website or by calling 978-546-6934.

WHICH CRAFT?: Stop by on Mondays 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.

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME: Pre-school storytime for ages 2-5 will be held at 10:15 a.m. March 10 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.

PIZZA AND PS4 GAMING SESSION: Come join us in the Brenner Room from 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 10 for gaming on the PS4 and free pizza! All video games are given ratings by the Entertainment Software Rating Board and many of the games at the library are rated E+10 (Everyone 10 and older). Titles in this category may contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language, and/or minimal suggestive themes; therefore it is recommended that all children attending this program be 9+. Registration is required for this event, which you can do by visiting the events calendar on the library’s website or by calling 978-546-6934. If you have any questions, please contact the Children’s Librarian, Mollie Surprenant at 978-546-6934 or msurprenant@rockportlibrary.org.

POETRY READERS BOOK CLUB: This adult group meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. March 12 in the Brenner Room. This month the group will be discussing “Unlocking the Word: An Anthology of found Poetry.” New members welcome.

ON SCREEN: Join us on March 7 for our current release screening of a mystery whodunit with an A-list of stars/suspects. The movie runs from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Brenner Room and is rated PG. Snacks and beverages are provided, but please feel free to bring your own snacks and covered drinks

For our classic movie matinee, we will be showing the 1957 romantic musical comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. This movie will run from 2 to 4 p.m. March 11 in the Brenner Room and is not rated.

Snacks and beverages are provided, but please feel free to bring your own snacks and covered drinks. Movie schedule and details are available on our website.

AUTHOR ALERTS: Sign up to get an email or a text message (your choice) every time your favorite authors or music artists have a new title added to our catalog. Sign up is easy and you choose what authors you want to add to your list. You can sign up via the link on our online catalog or through our website.

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.

T.O.H.P. Burnham Public Library

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

Musical Storytime: 11 a.m. March 9, 16, 23 and 30 and April 6. Children, ages 0-5, join local singer/teacher Ruthanne Paulson for lively sessions of musical stories and activities, singing, dancing and instrument play. Free and open to the public. Drop-ins welcome.

Pajama Story Hour: Kids, ages 3 and older, join April at 6 p.m. March 9 for bedtime stories and a snack. Come dressed in your jammies! All who would like to are encouraged to bring a pair of new pajamas for a child or teen in need for the annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive.

Adult Yoga: Gentle Vinyasa Yoga, 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, March 10, 17, 24 and 31. 3rd floor with instructor Lisa Lunnen Cost is $12 per session. Drop-ins welcome. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library.

Grammy Read-a-loud Bookgroup: Kids! Grades two and three, sign up for this unique group with Essex resident Karen Bradford for three read-a-loud sessions including group discussion and a snack from 4 to 4:45 p.m. March 11, 18 and 25 featuring the novel “The End of the Beginning” by Avi. Spaces are very limited, sign up now: awanner@essexpl.org.

Police Officer Story Hour: Children 0-5, join weekly Story Hour and Early Childhood Partners for this special meet and greet with our local police and read aloud police stories at 10 a.m. March 18. Please register to: 978-768-7410 or awanner@essexpl.org.

Community Book Group: 9:30 a.m. March 19 featuring “Euphoria” by Lily King. Join us for baked goods and lively discussion! Copies of the book may be picked up at the Circulation Desk.

Community Movie Night: 6:30 p.m. March 19 on the third floor featuring “Harriet,” rated PG-13.

Star Wars Symposium: 11 a.m. March 21. If you love Star Wars, then this is your event! Star Wars fans ages 5-105, kids, teens, adults, join presenter Peter Struzziero, dress as a character for a costume contest, learn about the history of Star Wars, explore the traveling Star Wars museum, bring your show and tell items, join a trivia contest, watch Star Wars Pop Culture Videos and more. RSVP early: awanner@essexpl.org.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting: 5 p.m. March 23, grades 6-12. RSVP for pizza dinner and to discuss upcoming teen programming at the library. Email: awanner@essexpl.org.

Foster Care Info Session: Join the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, as well as local foster parents, to learn more about foster parenting and/or adopting from foster care. This is a relaxed info session on the Library third floor. RSVP to awanner@essexpl.org. Light refreshments served.

CFCE Programming:

Yoga Storytime: 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays. Children, ages 2-5 and their parents/caregivers are invited to join Christine Hribar to enjoy a story, participate in basic yoga stretches, breathing activities, music and games.

Wendy’s Story ARt: 3:15-4 p.m. Thursdays, children ages 0-5 with a parent/caregiver are invited to take part in these creative sessions combining stories and art.