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A Minions Party!

August 27th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Main Branch

IMG_4742We invite you to a minion party! Come take over the library and the world!

A Minion Reasons to Love….. Let’s get silly with our Minion friends.  Not only do they love bananas but they also love their library.  There will be minion activities and refreshments on hand to entertain you.  The best part is that you will make your very own minion pal to take home and command.  This ‘despicable’ minion  party is being held on Wednesday, September 9th, at 4 PM and is perfect for little minions in grades K-5.   Space is limited, so registration is required.  For more information, please contact David, the local minion master, in the library’s Children’s Department at 624-6550 ext. 328.

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Staff Development Day

August 24th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Main Branch

Act_48_wordle_2The library will be closed on Wednesday, August 26th, for our annual staff development day.  We will reopen on Thursday morning at 9:30 and look forward to seeing you then. We appreciate your patience as we strive to serve you better.


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Free Fall Movies

August 18th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies, News, Teens, Trustees


We are continuing our popular “Afternoon at the Movies” series this Fall!  Here is our Fall 2015 movie line up!

Sept. 2 Into the Woods   PG 124 min.

Sept. 9 World Trade Center PG13   128 min.

Sept. 16 Long Walk Home PG 97 min.

Sept. 23 Jesus Christ Superstar G 107 min.

Sept. 30 Star Trek 1 – the Motion Picture PG 132 min.

Oct. 7 Hunger Games, Mockingjay pt. 1 PG13 123 min.

Oct. 14 The Hunt for Red October PG 135 min.

Oct. 21 Forrest Gump PG13 142 min.

Oct. 28 Spare Parts PG13 83 min.

Nov. 4 Cry Havoc (1943) NR 97 min.

Nov. 11 Library Closed

Nov. 18 Unbroken PG13 137 min.

Nov. 25 WarGames PG 113 min.

All movies are closed captioned and begin promptly at 1:00 PM in the library Auditorium, located at 405 Pine St., Manchester, NH 03104.  For questions or for more information please call Ruth at 624-6550 ext. 307.
See you at the movies!

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Superhero Bingo

August 14th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Summer Reading Program

Play the game you love with a real twist to it! We’ll be calling Batman, Wonder
Woman, Spider Man and all your favorite heroes. Ice cream, prizes and fun for everyone. No registration is required. Plan to join us on Wednesday, August 19th at 3 PM

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West Branch Library Update

August 12th, 2015 · City Library, Foundation, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

We are sorry for the length of time the branch has been closed but we wanted to make sure we did things right and we now have good news to share! The insurance claim is completed so that we will have the funds to repair the damages and replace the furnishings and materials that we lost. However our biggest and most exciting news is that the Board of Mayor and Aldermen have supported additional funds to address other maintenance issues the branch needs to improve the building’s infrastructure.

This means we will be installing a new modern fire alarm and sprinkler system, a new heating and cooling system (no more window AC units!), some new exterior doors and windows, upgrading security related issues and painting the interior to be more cohesive. All of these changes will take time but we will make the branch shine for our library users!

We will continue to keep you posted on the progress as this project begins and we thank you all for the support as we improve the branch for our community to utilize!

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Dinosaur Hunt

August 8th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Summer Reading Program

dinoimages-300x142Kids, get out your dinosaur hunting licenses because we are going on a dinosaur hunt and you’re invited!  Bring your spyglass and come along with us on this epic, dino-mite adventure. Games, crafts and refreshments will also be provided. Plan to hunt with us on August 17th at 10:00 AM. This program is intended for children ages 2 to 5. Registration is required, so please call the Children’s Room at 624-6550 Ext. 328.

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Just So You Know (A love story about books.)

August 4th, 2015 · Books, Children, City Library, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


Just So You Know (A love story about books.)

By author Sarah Addison Allen.

You fall in love with every book you touch. You never break the spine or tear the pages. That would be cruel. You have secret favorites but, when asked, you say that you could never choose. But did you know that books fall in love with you, too?

They watch you from the shelf while you sleep. Are you dreaming of them, they wonder, in that wistful mood books are prone to at night when they’re bored and there’s nothing else to do but tease the cat.

Remember that pale yellow book you read when you were sixteen? It rocked your world, that book. It changed your dreams. You carried it around until it was old and thin and sparkles no longer rose from the pages and filled the air when you opened it, like it did when it was new. You should know that it still thinks of you. It would like to get together sometime, maybe over coffee next month, so you can see how much you’ve both changed.

And the book about the donkey your father read to you every night when you were three, it’s still around – older, a little worse for wear. But it still remembers the way your laughter made its pages tremble with joy.

Then there was that book, just last week, in the bookstore (or the library). It caught your eye. You looked away quickly, but it was too late. You felt the rush. You picked it up and stroked your hand over its glossy cover. It knew you were The One, but, for whatever reason, you put it back and walked away. Maybe you were trying to be practical. Maybe you thought there wasn’t room enough, time enough, energy enough.

But you’re thinking about it now, aren’t you?
You fall in love so easily.
But just so you know, they do, too.

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In Loving Memory

July 30th, 2015 · City Library, Main Branch, Trustees, West Branch


On July 28, 2015 the Manchester City Library lost a dear member of our family, Library Trustee Karen Sheehan Lord. Karen has served on the Library’s Board of Trustees since 1990 and carried on a family tradition of service to the library.   Karen was actively involved in the Manchester Community after her retirement from the Manchester School District. Her artistic style assisted us on many library renovations and projects, including the celebration of the Carpenter Memorial Library’s Centennial last year. Karen was an avid gardener and the library’s grounds are home to many plants from her gardens. Karen also served as a Director on the New Hampshire Library Trustee Association Board and as a Trustee on the board at the Canterbury Shaker Village.

Her interest in mysteries was well known and many of us on the staff have read her numerous recommendations over the years.   She has hooked many of us on new authors and she greatly enjoyed discussing books on her visits to the library. The library staff and her fellow Trustees will miss her presence, her smile, her laugh and her dry sense of humor. To say it was an honor and a privilege to have known her would be an understatement. We offer our condolences to her family, friends and colleagues as we also mourn her loss.

In honor of her memory the library will be closed for the morning on Monday August 3rd so that the library staff can attend the funeral services. We will open at 12:30 pm to continue serving the community that Trustee Sheehan Lord was so proud to call home.


Denise M. van Zanten
Library Director

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Wildlife Encounters!

July 24th, 2015 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Family Fare, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch


Our annual Family Fare line-up continues with Wildlife Encounters! Get up close and fluffy as we welcome some really cool wildlife ambassadors to the library. This show has the potential to be an interactive and eye opening experience where you may see animals you’ve never encountered in your life.  Bring your lawn chairs, picnic blankets and plan to join us on Thursday,  July 30th, at 6 PM on the library lawn.  For more information please contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 311.  In the event of rain this program will be held in Library auditorium.

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Dan Grady and His Marvelous Marionettes – Family Fare Program

July 22nd, 2015 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Family Fare, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch

dangrady_productionsweb90096The Manchester City Library is pleased to welcome Dan Grady and His Marvelous Marionettes back for some summertime fun!  This show is a fast paced, stringed puppet production comprised of routines that have that special something which is sure to tantalize, captivate, enchant and delight all those who attend.  The broad range of acts include tightrope and trapeze artistry as performed by Eadarg Bros., to the country western strumming and crooning of the celebrated superstar Conway Kitty.  Join us on Thursday evening of July 23rd on the library lawn at 6 PM. For more information, please contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 311.  In the event of rain this program will be moved in library auditorium.

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