Essay Contests Offer Scholarships and Cash Prizes


Once again this year, the VFW is sponsoring two essay contests with patriotic themes.

The Voice of Democracy is open to 9-12th graders and has a $30,000 scholarship for its Grand Prize. This year’s theme is My Responsibility to America. For more information, please visit

The Patriot’s Pen is open to 6-8th graders and features a Grand Prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. This year’s topic is The America I Believe In. For more information on this competition, please go to

You can also pick up pamphlets with more information at the library.

Entries for both contests are due November 1.

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Technical Difficulties

The Library’s phone lines are down. Technicians are currently working on the problem. We’ll let you know when they’re back up, and our apologies for any inconvenience!maxresdefault

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Book Discussion Group

The Book Discussion Group at the Manchester District Library meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm to discuss that month’s particular book.

This month’s book is 13 Ways of Looking by Colum McCann. It’s a collection of short fiction in which McCann charts the territory of chance, and the profound and intimate consequences of even our smallest actions. It was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review and NPR, among others.

You can pick up a copy of each month’s book, as well as a list of the year’s selected books, at the Library. The group’s next meeting will be Wednesday, September 21, at 7pm.


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Thanks for the donations!

The MDL would like to thank all of our generous patrons for their donations of school supplies for Klager Elementary students. We will continue to accept donations of supplies through the end of September.img_1938

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Friends Book Donation Day

If you have more than a handful of books to donate, rather than take them to the front desk, please bring them to the Friends of the Library Book Donation Days on the first Saturday of the month, March through October. The next Donation Day is Saturday, September 3, from 10am to 12 Noon, downstairs in the Village Room.

Just a reminder:  please note that we do not accept textbooks, magazines,encyclopedias, Readers’ Digest books, or books that are moldy, mildewed, or otherwise falling apart.

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Take the Library of Michigan Patron Survey

Take the Library of Michigan patron survey!

The Library of Michigan is conducting their biannual survey about Michigan eLibrary (MeL) statewide services. Please help them out by completing the survey: purple logo Large

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Labor Day Closings

Labor Day 2016

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Free Movie: Angry Birds

On Tuesday, August 23 at 2pm, join us for a free showing of the movie Angry Birds. Popcorn included!


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Back to School with the Library!

Beginning Monday, August 22, and continuing through the end of September, the Library will be collecting school supplies for Klager Elementary School. Please bring your donations of pencils, crayons, paper, folders, Kleenex, markers, and other general school supplies to the front desk. The donated items will be given to Klager teachers to use as they see fit.
Also, from Monday, August 22 through Saturday, September 3, all new kindergartners are welcome to stop by the Library and pick up a free school starter bag filled with useful goodies! And if they can print their name, they can also get a library card at the same time, an excellent tool to enhance learning.
Get the school year off to a bright start with your library!school-supplies-clip-art-15
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