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October is “Global Diversity Awareness Month” & “National I’m-Just-Me-Because Month”

October 10th, 2017 · Books, Children, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

Recently, there has been increased discussion about differences in society: different ethnicities, genders, political viewpoints, socioeconomic backgrounds, education, etc.  We are individually and collectively a by-product of previous generations, life experiences, and our environments.

What makes you unique?  Are you tall?  Do you have a bubbly personality?  Where did your ancestors live 200 years ago?  How come you’re so funny? Where did you learn to write like that?  How has your past influenced your present?  The answers to all these questions form our identities.  Each of us is unique with our own personality, quirks, appearance, and talents.  So in honor of “Global Diversity Awareness” month, and “National I’m-Just-Me-Because” month, let’s celebrate what makes each of you unique from everyone else.

Diversity, identity, roots, and individuality are such broad topics, and mandate a deep examination of oneself and others when exploring them.  This process requires an openness to discussion, and entails not only sharing our own thoughts, but listening to others as well.  Let’s learn more about one another so we can celebrate & appreciate our differences, instead of using them to divide us.  We want to invite you to the library this month to discover the books we have on display about these complex subjects – we’re all bound to learn something new.


Voices of Diversity
by Renee Blank   331.1143 BLA

Evolution’s rainbow: diversity, gender, and sexuality in nature and people
by Joan Roughgarden   305.3 ROU

Different roots, common dreams: New Hampshire’s cultural diversity
by Becky Field   974.2 FIE

Interracial America
by Noah Berlatsky   305.8 INT

American immigration
by David A. Gerber   304.873 GER

Becoming Nicole: the transformation of an American family
by Amy Ellis Nutt   B MAINES, N.

by Janet McDonald   YA MCDONALD, J.

Race relations
by Karen Miller   305.8 RAC

The Myth of Race
by Robert Wald Sussman   305.8 SUS

Racially Mixed People in America
by Maria P.P. Root   305.8 RAC

Whiteness of a Different Color
by Matthew Frye Jacobson   305.8 JAC


My name is not Isabella
by Jennifer Fosberry   J P FOSBERRY

A multicultural world
by Iris Teichmann   J 305.8 TEI


Multicultural Understanding   DVD 305.8 MUL

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Closed Monday for Columbus Day

October 6th, 2017 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, West Branch

Both libraries will be closed on Monday, October 9th, in observance of Columbus Day. We will reopen at our normal times on Tuesday and look forward to serving you then.

We wish you all a safe and happy holiday.

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Veterans Book Discussion – Standing Down

October 4th, 2017 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

Thank you for your service! The Manchester City Library is seeking participants for a six-week series of discussions taken from readings in the anthology Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian. Copies of the book are available to borrow when you register.

Standing Down From Warrior to Civilian cover

This six-week series of Wednesday morning discussions is open to all who have served in the armed forces and their families and friends.

Think you might be interested? The first reading is the chapter titled Veteran, from Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage. The opening questions for this discussion will be:

  • Why does Fleming admit that he was frightened during his first battle?
  • Why does he seem amused as he tells the story?
  • Has age changed his memories and impressions of war?

Please register at the Main Circulation Desk at the Main Library located at 405 Pine Street. Copies of the book will be available for check out upon registration. Due to space constraints participation is limited to ten people.

Six-week discussion series ~ October 18th to November 22nd, 2017
Wednesday’s from 11:00 a.m. to noon

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Two All-Beef Patties

October 3rd, 2017 · City Library, Events, Local Author Series, Local History, News, Newsletter, NH Room, West Branch

“There’s only one burger king. His name is Dick McDonald. Manchester’s own. The undisputed heavyweight champion of burgerdom.” – John Clayton Manchester Historic Association Executive Director John Clayton will give a presentation about Manchester’s historic role in the founding of the McDonald’s empire. Join us on Wednesday, October 4th, at 2 PM at our West Branch Library.  Call Caleb at  624-6560 for more information.

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Ask a Muslim Anything with Robert Azzi

September 30th, 2017 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees

Arab-American Muslim Robert Azzi is an Exeter based photojournalist and columnist
who spent several decades working in and writing about the Middle East. He put together the “Ask a Muslim Anything” program to increase awareness and reduce misunderstandings about Islam. This program is an opportunity for conversation about identity, conflict, interfaith relations, international
affairs, Islamophobia, or whatever comes up.

‘Ask a Muslim Anything’ is a program I’ve been developing with great success. I’ve found that most people, even those critical of Islam and Muslims , when engaged in small scale or in one-one-one conversation, are willing to listen and engage with Muslims if that engagement occurs in what are perceived to be safe places: houses of worship, libraries, schools, civic organizations, etc., and I speak to them not as a scholar or academic but as a neighbor, fellow citizen and person of faith.”

Join us on Thursday, October 12th at 6:30 PM in the library auditorium. For more information, contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 3311.

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Celebrating Trolley Night with Harpist Lisa Calvo

September 28th, 2017 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch

The Manchester City Library is proud to take part in Trolley Night! We will be one of the stops on the Trolley Tour and we’re really excited.  The Carpenter Memorial Building opened in 1914 and has been recently renovated to enhance its architecture and library services. Join us Thursday, October 5th, for tours of the historic library building and listen to live music from harpist Lisa Washington Calvo.

Trolley Night and the events at the library are free and family friendly.  The trolleys will circulate on their routes between 5 and 8 pm.

See you on the trolley!

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New fiction coming soon!

September 24th, 2017 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

Place your holds now for these upcoming titles!

The Witches’ Tree – M.C. Beaton
Dead Woman Walking – Sharon Bolton
Secrets of Cavendon – Barbara Taylor Bradford
The Ghosts of Galway – Ken Bruen
Children of the Fleet – Orson Scott Card
Two Kinds of Truth – Michael Connelly
Hardcore Twenty-Four – Janet Evanovich
The Blood Card – Elly Griffiths
Mind Game – Iris Johansen
To Be Where You Are – Jan Karon
Killing Season – Faye Kellerman
Sleeping Beauties – Stephen King
Trace – Archer Mayor
A Christmas Return – Anne Perry
Oathbringer – Brandon Sanderson



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Barnes and Noble Bookfair

September 22nd, 2017 · Books, City Library, Events, Local Author Series, News, Newsletter, NH Room, Teens

To celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month, please join us on September 30th at the South Willow Street Barnes and Noble for a bookfair! Author appearances will include:

Jennifer Vaughn- “Last Flight Out”

Gene Brown – “Tyler’s Pumpkin Patch” “Upside Down Walter”

Carolyn James – “A Life By Request A Walk-in Soul’s Journey From Earth to Heaven, and Back Again”

Matt Forest Esenwine – “Flashlight Night”

Steven Szmyt – “The Kingdom”

Possible appearance by author:

Nancy Cowan – “Peregrine Spring”

A portion of the sale proceeds will be donated to the libraries for new material purchases!



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What can you do if you were affected by the Equifax Security Breach?

September 20th, 2017 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

  • Get a copy of your credit report from
  • Be on the lookout: Watch your mail for anything suspicious. Check your bank accounts for signs of fraud. Listen closely when applying for a loan or a government benefit for signs that someone else might be using your Social Security number. Get your annual Social Security benefits statement online and look for anything unusual.
  • Consider putting a security freeze on all your accounts — the most serious but most proactive step you can take. But take this step with great care. If you plan to shop for a car loan or a home loan any time soon, you probably shouldn’t do this, because security freezes lock credit report files so no one — not even you — can open a new credit account in your name.


Call for Credit Freeze:

TransUnion: 1-888-909-8872

Equifax: 1-800-349-9960

Experian: 1-888-397-3742


Further reading:

Credit repair, by Robin Leonard, 332.743 LEO

Swiped : how to protect yourself in a world full of scammers, phishers, and identity thieves, by Adam Levin, 364.1633 LEV

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¿Como se dice….?

September 18th, 2017 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

Why would you want to learn another language? Well, here are a few reasons.

Are you planning a trip to another country? You may want to know how to ask “Where are the toilets? Where is there an ATM?” Host countries appreciate it when you make an effort to greet and thank them in their own language.

Being fluent in a second language may help you in your current job or a future job.

You will discover new cultures and make new friends.

You will increase your brain power and keep you mind active.

And, my favorite, you will know what ingredients are in a dish when visiting an ethnic restaurant.

Did you know your library has all you need to start learning a new language?  Once you have decided what language you wish to study, you will want to learn about Transparent Language, an electronic resource that you may use here in the library, on your home computer, or your mobile device at the beach. All you need is your up-to-date library card and an internet-connected device. It is really that simple. Choose from 100 languages, Afrikaans to Zulu, and learn to speak, read, and write at your own pace.

Use our dictionaries and phrasebooks as well as fiction and nonfiction books from the foreign language collection to practice your newly acquired language. A few titles from our foreign language collection are listed below.

La cocina cubana de Vero

DinoPark : Roman Histoire de la peinture

Bonne chance!

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