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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21st, 2017 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Uncategorized, West Branch

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Both branches of the Manchester City Library will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd in observance of Thanksgiving. We will re-open on Friday at our normal time of 9:30 a.m. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of you for your support throughout the year. The library staff wishes you and yours a peaceful and joyful holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

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Amy’s Baked Butternut Squash with Apples

November 14th, 2017 · City Library, Main Branch, Uncategorized, West Branch

Fall is here, which means you may now make yummy comfort food (yay).  One of my favorites is butternut squash with apples.  Everyone probably has their favorite way of making this one so here is my twist on it.  This is a good recipe for busy folks who don’t derive pleasure from slaving over a hot stove at the end of the day.

Ingredients:

  • Package of chopped butternut squash. It’ll probably be like 3-4 cups.
  • 2 medium sized apples washed then sliced with one of those round apple slicer/corer things.

You know, one of these things:

  • Don’t worry about the peel. That’s where the vitamins are anyway.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • A couple shakes of cinnamon, Camp Mix© (original flavor), dried rosemary, and dried thyme

Mix in a bowl. Pour into 10″ X 10″ glass baking dish which has been sprayed with cooking spray.

Drop  4 pea-sized pads of butter over the top.  Cover loosely with foil and place on middle rack of 325°-350° oven.  Bake for 50 minutes.  Check after 30 minutes.  Squash should be fork tender, as they say.

Adjust with a little more Camp Mix© to taste.  It’ll be awesome, believe me.

Check out these cookbooks at the library that have other fall favorites and enjoy the season.

Real Cidermaking On a Small Scale (Book)

Harvest Maine (ebook)

Amy H.

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Libraries closed for Veterans Day

November 9th, 2017 · Uncategorized

Both libraries will be closed on Friday, November 10th and Saturday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday. Thank you, veterans, for your bravery, dedication and service.

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Library closed for Election Day, Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November 6th, 2017 · City Library, Main Branch, Uncategorized, West Branch

Both branches of the Manchester City Library will be closed, Tuesday, November 7th for Election Day.

Visit the City of Manchester’s Voter Registration and Elections page for information on how to register, where to vote, sample ballots, etc.

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MyManchester

November 2nd, 2017 · News, Uncategorized

For those of you who are interested in learning more about the various neighborhoods and services in our city check out the new website www.mymanchesternh.com.

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The website was designed by the City Health Department and is “for the people and by the people because we know that when neighbors have close ties and trust each other, they are able to achieve more together. We are working with you to make Manchester’s schools and neighborhoods more health-promoting and are dedicated to celebrating all of the positive events and resources that exist throughout the City. You and your family can help us to share all that is good about living in your neighborhood with the goal of sparking even greater neighborhood pride. Research has also shown that residents who give back to the community or to something bigger than themselves have fewer stress-related illnesses and better lifelong health.”

We encourage you to join your “neighborhood” and be a part of the activities!

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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.

BOOKS:

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.

Off-Color
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

CHILDREN’S BOOKS:

My name is not Isabella
by Jennifer Fosberry   J P FOSBERRY

A multicultural world
by Iris Teichmann   J 305.8 TEI

DVDs:

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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