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Songs, stories and just plain silliness! Presenting Steve Blunt

July 27th, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Family Fare, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, NH Room, Summer Reading Program, Teens, Trustees


In the mood for some fun songs and stories? Then may we present award winning performer Steve Blunt? A fun, upbeat sing-along show guaranteed to burn calories and fuel the imagination! To compliment the library’s annual summer reading program 2016, Steve has created a special song for the occasion, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” reminding listeners that everybody wins at the library. With lots of laughs and audience participation, Steve’s music is never a spectator sport. His catchy tunes and bouncy beats–featuring a healthy dose of music & movement for younger children — will provide an opportunity for library patrons of all ages to exercise the body, mind & spirit. So get your game on–and sing along!  A ‘not to miss’ great family program for patrons of all ages… featuring mostly humorous original compositions and traditional American & multicultural selections. For more information please contact Mary at 624-6550 ext. 3311

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3M Cloud Library down for maintenance

July 25th, 2016 · Audiobooks, Books, E-Books, News, Technology, Uncategorized

To our patrons who download eBooks and audiobooks: 3M Cloud Library will be down for maintenance, and unavailable for new checkouts and downloads between 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 26 and 7 a.m., Wednesday, July 27th. You’ll still be able to read or listen to material you’ve downloaded to your device.

A new 3m Cloud Library app will also be available in the next few days.

We apologize for the disruption in service.

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Come Sail Away! Adult Coloring Party

July 22nd, 2016 · Events, NH Room, Teens, Trustees

Julycoloringparty-page-0Come sail away, relax and color your summer happy!

We’re having an adult coloring party on Monday night, July 25th, at 6 PM in our air-conditioned Winchell Room. Come on in and try out the hottest hobby trend for adults: adult coloring! The library will provide coloring pages from books designed especially for adults, as well as colored pencils, markers, and crayons. If you prefer, you can bring your own coloring materials to use and enjoy the company. For more information please call Yvonne or the information desk at 624-6550 ext. 3320.

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A Bug Hunt!

July 20th, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch


If you like bugs, then this is your party. We’re going on a bug hunt and you’re invited! There will be bug stories, games and a craft.  Come dressed for outside activities and plan to have a buggin’ good time! Join us on Thursday, July 21st at 10 AM and we’ll meet up in the Winchell Room to form our hunting party.  This buggy safari is great for children ages 2-5 years old.  Refreshments will be served and registration is recommended.  For more information please call 624-6550 ext. 3328.

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Dan Grady and His Marvelous Marionettes

July 19th, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch


dangrady_productionsweb90096Our Family Fare series continues this Thursday as we present Dan Grady and his Marvelous Marionettes This is a fast-paced Family Fare show. Dan Grady will perform with his stringed puppet production comprised of routines that have that have something special. This event is sure to tantalize, captivate, enchant and delight all those whom attend. Plan to join us on Thursday July 21st at 6 Pm on the library south lawn for some puppet fun.  For more information contact Mary at 624-6550 ext. 3311.

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Braille Family Story-time for Children

July 14th, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch


On July 28th Manchester City Library’s Children’s room will welcome Stephanie Hurd, the community coordinator for N.H. Association for the Blind. Ms. Hurd will present a special Braille Family Story-time with an inter-generational blindfold coloring activity for children who attend.  For more information please contact Dee at the Manchester City Library at 624-6550 ext. 3340.

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Presenting Judy Pancoast! Rain or Shine!

July 13th, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Family Fare, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees


Join us on Thursday, July 14th at 6 PM on the library lawn of the Main Branch as we present Judy Pancoast. This Family Fare event will feature lots of music, singing and dancing sure to please all ages. In the event of rain this program will be held in the library auditorium. For questions or for more information please call Mary at 624-6550 ext. 3311.

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Pokémon Go at the Library!

July 12th, 2016 · Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

indexHas the Pokémon Go phenomenon caught up to you yet? If not, then you’re missing out on a lot of fun!
We wanted to let you all know that we’re having a Pokémon program on Monday, July 18th and we’ll review Pokémon Go with you all. And if you visit the library, you might find a special something waiting to be caught! Visit the West Branch and you’ll find something doubly rewarding!
If you should have a Pokémon Go or any other Pokémon question, feel free to ask us or call David in the Children’s Room at 624-6550 ext. 3328. We hope you have fun out there and please remember to play and train safe!

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Ronald McDonald’s Journey to Read! Show

July 11th, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch


This special, interactive performance led by Ronald McDonald offers kids and families the opportunity to take part in a fun-filled literacy event.  Throughout the show, summer readers will help prepare Ronald for an exciting journey to read.  Together they will discover how reading is the best part of the journey!  The 30-minute performance will be filled with magic, music, audience participation and lots of fun!  Seating is limited.  For more information, please call Mary Glavin at 624-6550 ext. 3328.

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Incredible India

July 8th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

india symbolsHave you ever heard of a country that has only 28 states, yet 20+ official languages?  Well, look no further, as we explore Incredible India.  In honor of this country’s upcoming 69th anniversary of its independence, we are going to take a look at this incredibly diverse subcontinent, and highlight some of its fascinating facts.


Overview: (India, 2016)

Official name:  Republic of India

Population:  1,147,995,898 (estimated as of 2008)

Official language:  None

National languages:  22 scheduled languages + English

Bordering countries:  China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Burma

Bordering bodies of water: Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea

Largest city:  Mumbai

Climate:  diverse; mostly tropical, excluding elevations; varies seasonally & regionally

Year of Independence:  1947

National symbol: the lion Ashoka

Currency: Rupee (1 USD = approximately Rs. 67)

Anyone who has traveled to this country, can tell you that its diversity is incredible.  Traveling from one state to the next is like being transported to another world, complete with different languages.  When most people think of India, they think Bollywood, the Taj Mahal, poverty, or Gandhi.  But there’s another side to India involving exotic palm and coconut tree-lined waterways, lush tropical foliage, and the amazing aromas of home cooked meals wafting through the air.

Travel & Weather: Travel to India can nearly take an entire 24 hours, depending on where you’re going, and where you’re flying from.  The country has tropical monsoon weather in the south, temperate weather in the north, and much colder temperatures near the Himalayas.

Government & Law:    India is a Federal Parliamentary Republic with Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches.  In the Executive Branch, there is a President as the Chief of State, as well as a Prime Minister as the Head of Government, each serving a 5-year term.  The Legislative Branch consists of the Council of States, also known as the “Rajya Sabha”, with members serving a 6-year term.  The Judicial Branch consists of the Supreme Court (whose justices are appointed by the President), as well as three subordinate courts: the High Courts, District Courts, and Labour Courts.  Unlike the U.S., India has dozens of national and regional political parties (CIA World Factbook).

Topography:  If you’re looking for an array of landscapes, India is the country for you.  From rivers, mountains, valleys, seashores, deserts, and flatlands, it has it all.  The country can be divided into the following areas (CIA World Factbook):

  • The northern mountains of the Himalayas
  • The Indo-Gangetic Plain
  • The Peninsular or Deccan Plateau
  • Central Highlands
  • West Coast (Kankara, Konkan, and Malabar coasts)
  • East Coast (The Coromandel coast to the south)
  • The Great Indian Desert (also named as Thar Desert in Rajasthan) and Rann of Kutch
  • The Northeastern mountain ranges bordering Assam Valley
  • The Brahmaputra River Valley in Assam
  • The Islands of the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea.

Traditional Clothing:  There are many types of ‘traditional’ Indian clothing, but the most well-known one is perhaps the saree, a single piece of cloth varying in length from 5 to 9 yards, that is wrapped around a woman’s body in drapes and folds, and accompanied by a short, cropped blouse.  There are also several other types of Indian clothing for women & men, which are also featured in our Indian Couture display in the 2nd Floor Rotunda case.  Don’t forget to stop by to check it out! The Couture display will be on exhibit through the end of August.


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