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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 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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Ronald McDonald’s the Hero in You! Reading Show

July 15th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Summer Reading Program

Kids bring your smiles and parents bring your cameras on July 23rd at 1 PM! Ronald McDonald will be in the house. 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 embark on a fun journey discovering the HERO inside each of them and how they can be heroes to each other. Ronald will demonstrate how reading is an important part of the journey. This 30 minute performance will be filled with magic, music, audience participation and Ronald fun. This performance is free but registration is required since space is limited. To register please call the children’s room at 624-6550 Ext. 328.

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Ladybug Girl & Bumblebee Boy Party!

July 11th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Summer Reading Program

Do you like bugs? What is your superhero power? Listen to Ladybug Girl stories
to find out what superhero bug you are. Crafts, games and refreshments will also be provided. This program is great for children from ages 2 to 5. Join us on Thursday, July 16th, at 10:00 AM for a buggin’ good time! Registration is required. To register please call the children’s room at 624-6550 Ext. 328.

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That All Men and Women Are Created Equal…

July 8th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Main Branch

Seneca Falls, New York, was a small town with a population of less than 5,000 when, in July of 1848, it was thrust into the national spotlight by hosting the first ever Women’s Rights Convention. Organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha Wright, Mary Ann McClintock and Jane Hunt, the convention drew a crowd of approximately 300 people, men and women, and changed the course of history.

Swayed by such influential speakers as Frederick Douglass and Elizabeth Cady Stanton herself, the attendees voted to accept eleven resolutions, drafted by Stanton, calling for women’s equality in all matters, including the right to vote. One hundred signed the Seneca Falls Declaration, although some later removed their names due to intense criticism.

The Seneca Falls Convention was followed by another in Rochester, New York, two weeks later, and in 1850, what became an annual National Women’s Rights Convention was held in Worcester, Massachusetts.

As the decades passed, women gained more and more rights under the law, thanks to the tireless efforts of women like Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth, yet not the right to vote.

It wasn’t until 1920 that the 19th Amendment was ratified, providing full voting rights to women. By this time, out of the 68 women who had signed the Declaration of Sentiments in 1848, only one was still alive. Charlotte Woodward had been a 19-year-old seamstress when she went to Seneca Falls; now, at age 91, she had finally seen that goal accomplished. Unfortunately, she was too ill to go to the polls, so she never actually got to cast her vote.

This year, the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, in Seneca Falls, is hosting a weekend long Convention Days, July 17-19, to celebrate the 167th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention, as well as celebrating what would have been Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 100th birthday this November.

As we start to see more and more political candidates come through New Hampshire in the upcoming months, take a moment to stop and think of what we’ve managed to accomplish since this historic convention. After working so hard, for so long, to get the right to vote in an election, what do you think these women would have to say about a female Presidential candidate?

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Superhero Academy!

July 6th, 2015 · Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Summer Reading Program

Learn to be your own hero! Each Thursday in June, July, and August there will be a different activity theme for your hero’s journey: Discover the Hero in you, Test of Strength, Hero Trivia, Test of Resilience, Everyday Heroes, Test of the Mind, Villain Takedown, and Superhero Graduation. Justice never sleeps at the
Our next superhero event is on July 9th at 2:30 in the Winchell Room.

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Independence Day

July 1st, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees


Celebrating Independence Day!
The library will be closed from Friday, July 3rd through July 5th in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

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New collection: 3M audiobooks!

June 28th, 2015 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Technology, Teens, Trustees

Whether you call them downloadable audiobooks, audio eBooks, or eAudios, we’ve got them! In addition to our selection in OverDrive, we are offering audiobooks through 3M. If you already listen to audiobooks from OverDrive, you now have another platform to find the bestsellers. 3M is completely integrated into the catalog, which means no going to another site, or you can search and download directly from the app on your device. Also, GMILCS is a smaller consortium than the NH Downloadable Books Consortium, so hold lists should be shorter for titles such as Girl on the Train, 14th Deadly Sin, and The Wright Brothers.

Granted, since this is a brand new collection, our list of titles is still small. We’re focusing on fiction and nonfiction bestsellers, and will be purchasing titles each week. If these audiobooks circulate well, we hope to continue the service. Those of you familiar with our 3M ebooks know how easy 3M is to use, so give it a try and let us know what you think! Click here to browse a list of titles.

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Support children’s literacy and Be Book Smart

June 25th, 2015 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees


Do you like to support reading and also love to shop?  Then we’ve got just the thing for you!  We have teamed up with Macy’s for this year’s Reading is Fundamental campaign.  When you shop at Macy’s between June 21st – July 12th you can get $10.00 off a $30.00 purchase at the Bedford Macy’s store. 

How, you might ask? When you make your purchase of $30.00 or more, just donate $3.00 at the register to provide a book for a child.  The Macy’s store we are teamed up with is the store at Bedford and their address is 125 South River Road Rt. 3 Bedford, NH 03110.

Be a part of our biggest children’s fundraiser of the year-and remember, Reading is Fundamental!



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