Manchester Community Library Celebrates Grand Opening
Join trustees and staff of the new Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Avenue, on Saturday, November 15, for a Grand Opening Community Celebration. This once-in-a-lifetime community event begins with a ribbon cutting and commemorative photo at 11 a.m. Come and go, or stay throughout the day for a variety of fun activities, programs and presentations for kids, teens and adults. Food vendors will be on-site throughout the day and Rachel’s cookies will be served at 3 p.m.
Kids can delight in a Hullabaloo dance activity with Alexandra Langstaff, a magic show featuring Tom Joyce, and Moey’s Music Party with Melissa Levis. Cool craft activities abound for young adults, including paper cutting with Michelle Krasny, magnet magic with Carol Berry and jewelry making with Trish Weill. In the craft room, kids of all ages can attend fun art classes presented by the Southern Vermont Arts Center and Kim Ray, as well as create a luminous lava lamp.
Adults can join in a morning yoga stretch with Lu French, meet with SCORE mentors, attend a book event with local author Ed Swanson and learn about the four building blocks of a brilliant brand with Michelle Krasny of TILL Creative.
One and all can revel in the sounds of Brett Grigsby’s classical guitar ensemble, the Manchester Music Festival Trio and the MMF Youth Ensemble. Meet former astronaut Jerry Carr of the Skylab mission, join the Manchester Historical Society for an audiovisual look back to Mark Skinner Library and forward to Manchester Community Library, and learn from Ted Hopkins about Little Eli, the antique fire pump.
At 4 p.m., Saragail Benjamin will lead a video launch party and drumming circle. With the help of a number of local residents, Benjamin created ‘Deep Down,’ a video aimed at helping kids who are facing cancer and other serious illnesses. Come see your neighbors in this lively and professionally produced video. Everyone will have the chance to participate in a dynamic drumming circle. Cake will be served. Learn all about our Grand Opening, the new building and more on our website at mclvt.org or on the Manchester Community Library Facebook page.