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Why First Wednesdays? Because Ideas Matter.

On the first Wednesday of the month, from October through May, people gather at nine First Wednesday sites throughout Vermont, exploring thought-provoking topics that educate, enrich, and inspire. This top-notch lecture series – an initiative of the Vermont Humanities Council- is hosted in Manchester by the library. “We are so grateful to the Humanities Council […]

“Follow the Yellow Brick Road: The New Way to Travel around Your Library”

For over 145 years, the Dewey Decimal Classification system (DDC) has helped library customers find books. Devised by Melvil Dewey while working at the Amherst College library, the DDC system uses numbers and letters to identify and locate books. However some libraries, especially small ones, have begun to move away from the DDC to a […]

“Legacy of a Library” by Shawn Harrington, Digital Archivist, Manchester Historical Society

The Mark Skinner Library has stood at the corner of West Road and Main Street in Manchester Village since its opening in 1897, a testament to the strength of the founders who created this Manchester institution. Mrs. Henry Willing (Frances Skinner Willing) announced her plans to build a permanent library in the village in 1893, […]

Have You Heard?

Summer is a great time to check out or download the audio version of that hot bestseller or much loved classic.  Whether daytripping or embarking on the Great American Road Trip, an audiobook helps the time fly by. Listening to audiobooks also provides the opportunity to double your reading time, by allowing you to “read” […]

Do You Know What We Do?

Everyone knows that the library lends books and periodicals and DVDs. Most people know that librarians are trained researchers and can help patrons with all sorts of questions. The people of Manchester and environs also know that the Mark Skinner Library is the host of the area’s First Wednesday lecture series as well as a […]

October 2 is the First Wednesday, but not the Last

In 2002 the Mark Skinner Library was not the first Vermont library to sign up to host the First Wednesdays lecture series. In fact, it was one of the last to join the nine Vermont libraries hosting First Wednesdays. Former MSL Library Director, Ellen Boyer remembers that it took some encouragement from the Vermont Humanities […]

The New Board President’s View of the Future Part 2

Asked how her work experience will help her with her new position, Linda McKeever revealed that her management jobs often included supervising building projects and putting together office space; hard hats and blueprints are nothing new to her. These experiences and skills will serve her well as she presides over the building of the new […]

The Party’s Over

The Mark Skinner Library’s annual book sale took place on August 9-11 in the former Bank of Bennington. The people of Manchester, having donated boxes of books and media, came out to support the sale. More than forty people lined up at the bank’s back door on Friday evening to attend the Preview Party and […]