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Free Summer Movies

May 13th, 2018 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies, Uncategorized

Below, you will find our list of summer movies that we are offering free to the public.  All of these movies will be shown on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM in the Main Branch Auditorium.

***Featuring Denzel Washington           (Movies are Closed Captioned)

June 6 ***Glory (122 min., R)
June 13 Darkest Hour (125 min., PG13)
June 20 Labyrinth (1986) (101 min., PG)
June 27 1776 (166 min., PG)
July 4 Library Closed (Independence Day)
July 11 Coco (109 min., PG)
July 18 ***Philadelphia (125 min., PG13)
July 25 Star Wars: the Last Jedi (152 min., PG13)
August 1 Despicable Me 3 (90 min., PG)
August 8 Wonder (113 min., PG)
August 15 ***Remember the Titans (114 min., PG)
August 22 NeverEnding Story (94 min., PG)
August 29 Library Closed (Staff Development Day)

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Recommended reading for Sci-Fi and Fantasy lovers! May 2018

May 11th, 2018 · Books, City Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson. In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients, dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups, from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif, the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the State’s electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line. Then it turns out his lover’s new fianceé is the head of State security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground. When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen.

The Killing Moon, by N. K. Jemisin. In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers – the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe . . . and kill those judged corrupt. But when a conspiracy blooms within Gujaareh’s great temple, Ehiru – the most famous of the city’s Gatherers – must question everything he knows. Someone, or something, is murdering dreamers in the goddess’ name, stalking its prey both in Gujaareh’s alleys and the realm of dreams. Ehiru must now protect the woman he was sent to kill – or watch the city be devoured by war and forbidden magic .

The Rook: A Novel, by Daniel O’Malley. A high-ranking member of a secret organization that battles supernatural forces wakes up in a London park with no memory, no idea who she is, and with a letter that provides instructions to help her uncover a far-reaching conspiracy.

Caliban’s War, by James S. A. Corey. On Ganymede, breadbasket of the outer planets, a Martian marine watches as her platoon is slaughtered by a monstrous supersoldier. On Earth, a high-level politician struggles to prevent interplanetary war from reigniting. And on Venus, an alien protomolecule has overrun the planet, wreaking massive, mysterious changes and threatening to spread out into the solar system. In the vast wilderness of space, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante have been keeping the peace for the Outer Planets Alliance. When they agree to help a scientist search war-torn Ganymede for a missing child, the future of humanity rests on whether a single ship can prevent an alien invasion that may have already begun .

Pirate Cinema, by Cory Doctorow. In a dystopian, near-future Britain, sixteen-year-old Trent, obsessed with making movies on his computer, joins a group of artists and activists who are trying to fight a new bill that will criminalize even more harmless internet creativity.

Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed. The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron- fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. It is up to a handful of heroes to learn the truth behind these killings.

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Infinity War

May 8th, 2018 · Children, City Library, Main Branch, Movies, West Branch

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest super-hero movie of the summer, and this what you need to know before watching it: Infinity War is the next film in the ‘Avengers’ series, so it has the usual ‘Avenger’ super-heroes like Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, the Hulk, Hawkeye, Captain America, and many more. In Infinity War, the Avengers will also team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Ant Man, Black Panther, and others, to battle the titan Thanos and other villains, to keep them from collecting all of the infinity stones and becoming all-powerful. Below is a list of the movies leading up to Infinity War and the approximate order they should be watched in order to fully understand the movie:

  1. Iron Man 1
  2. Incredible Hulk
  3. Iron Man 2
  4. Thor 1
  5. Captain America 1: The First Avenger
  6. Avengers 1: Assemble
  7. Iron Man 3
  8. Thor 2: The Dark World
  9. Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy, volume 1
  11. Avengers 2: Age of Ultron
  12. Ant Man
  13. Captain America 3: Civil War
  14. Guardians of the Galaxy, volume 2
  15. Doctor Strange
  16. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  17. Thor 3: Ragnarok
  18. Black Panther


Avengers: Infinity War (in theaters April 27) (On DVD possibly in August)

It looks a little overwhelming, but luckily the library has most of these movies, and the rest can easily be requested from GMILCS libraries. The most important movies to watch are listed in bold, since they explain how the superheroes got their powers or how they came together to form the Avengers, or the Guardians of the Galaxy. Most of these titles are organized by the date they were released; the only two movies that can be watched out of order or at any time are Guardians of the Galaxy volumes 1 and 2. The rest of the movies are all connected somehow, through crossover characters, or appearances in post credit scenes (or post-post credit scenes!), so it is important to watch them in order before seeing Infinity War.

The Avengers Infinity War storyline differs from the comic books and graphic novels they are based on, which have their own story and plot lines. However, the movies are somewhat based on these stories, so there are some movie tie-ins and read-a-likes. For example, the Infinity series available on Hoopla by Jonathan Hickman and illustrated by Jim Cheung and Jerome Opena, is a somewhat similar story to Infinity War, but contains some different characters and a different plot. It is not necessary to read the comic books and graphic novels to understand the films, but they are fun to read, and it can be interesting to explore the characters outside of the movies.

The library has a wide selection of graphic novels in its collection, and many more available online via Hoopla. Hoopla is an excellent resource for digital materials and, as well as graphic novels and comics, offers music, movies, audiobooks, and e-books. Using your library card, you can check out up to three items a month from Hoopla. Visit the Infinity War display in the library rotunda for more information.

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What’s all the “Hoopla” about?

May 4th, 2018 · City Library, Library Databases, Main Branch, News, Technology, West Branch

Are you one of our patrons who uses our Hoopla service? If so, we would like to make you aware of some changes coming to Hoopla.

New to Hoopla

Hoopla will now be offering support for Amazon Alexa devices! This includes support for the Echo, Dot, Spot, and Show. We expect this “skill” to be available to install on your Alexa in just a few weeks.

Streaming devices continue their climb in popularity for hoopla. In addition to those already supported,  support for the Amazon FireTV 3rd Generation as well as the Chromecast Ultra device have recently been added.

Leaving Hoopla

As part of the natural life-cycle of technology,  support for older browsers or devices has to be phased out occasionally. As such, support for Apple iOS9 devices (such as the iPad Mini and the iPhone 4s) will be ending. While hoopla will continue to work on these Apple devices for the immediate future, they will not receive future app updates.

Similarly, support for Internet Explorer 11 will be ending. While IE11 accounts for only a tiny fraction of hoopla browser usage, we understand that this may impact some folks who are still using a Microsoft operating system that predates Windows 10. The best alternative for this will be to utilize a different browser, such as Chrome or Firefox.

If you have any questions about these changes or how to use our Hoopla service please give us a call at the Information & Technology Desk at 624-6550 ext. 3320.

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The commissioning of the U.S.S. Manchester

April 30th, 2018 · Children, City Library, Events, Local History, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Technology, Trustees, West Branch

 

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) was given the honor of naming the new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 14 “USS Manchester,” in recognition of Manchester, New Hampshire. This is the second ship to be named after the Queen City!

The first, CL 83, was a Cleveland-Class light cruiser of the United States Navy, laid down 25 September 1944 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporations’ Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts. CL 83 was launched 5 March 1946, sponsored by Mrs. Ernest J. Gladu and commissioned 29 October 1946, Capt. Peter G. Hale in command.

The Navy’s LCS program aims to develop a multi-role ship which can operate in littoral water, which here means water close to the shore of a sea or lake. This ship is designed to engage enemy submarines, clear mines, destroy fast attack boats, deploy unmanned vehicles and be adaptable enough to perform other missions. It has a pumpjet propulsion, which gives them very high speeds upwards of 40 knots. The US Navy plans to replace its remaining fleet of Perry Class frigates and Avenger class minesweepers with this ship!

The commissioning of the USS Manchester LCS 14 will be held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on 26 May, 2018 at the State Pier on Market Street. Mayor Joyce Craig has asked the library to help spread the word about this historic event. Please call 603-288-0435 or visit www.USSManchester.org for more information and FREE tickets!

 

 

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The Museum Pass Policy Gets a Face Lift

April 30th, 2018 · Children, City Library, Main Branch, Museum Passes, Teens

In an effort to make it easier for patrons to reserve museum passes, please note the following.

1. Can I check out a pass with only my I.D.? Yes! You can use either your library card or I.D. to check out a museum pass. We will look up your card and check out the pass to you.

2.  How far in advance can I check out a pass? You can now check out AND pick up passes up to
five days before your visit.

3.  What if I lose the pass? If you lose the pass, we cannot replace it. This is because the museums issue us only one pass.

4.  What If I need to cancel the pass, can I do this myself? If your plans change and you need to cancel your reservation, you can click the “view/cancel my reservations” link, enter your library card number, and click cancel.

5.  Has the return policy changed? Returning the passes the next day after your visit has NOT changed. Passes need to be returned the next day, as always. Please note: Check the rules for the specific pass you are requesting.   Not all passes need to be returned, however, passes that do need to be returned must be returned by the next day.

As always, If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at the library at 624-6550.

We hope you enjoy this service.

 

AmyH / AlexG

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Dear Poet

April 26th, 2018 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Let’s imagine you could write to your favorite poet and ask what inspired them to write a particular poem. Who would that poet be? What question would you like to ask?

Here is my note to Ted Kooser:

Dear Ted,

What were you doing and thinking when the idea for the poem entitled “A happy birthday” came to mind? Was it your birthday? Were you sitting inside watching night fall?

A fan, Clarissa

 

For more poetry by Ted, check out his book “Delights & shadows”.

 

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NewsBank is getting an overhaul!

April 24th, 2018 · City Library, Library Databases, Main Branch, News, Technology, West Branch

NewsBank provides access to back issues of the New Hampshire Union Leader, text only, going back as far as 1989. Starting in the next week or so, visitors to the site will see a new, cleaner, more Google-like interface. In short, there’s never been a better time to start using NewsBank! Access is available within the library to everyone. Manchester City Library card holders can use the database from anywhere by logging in with their card number. For more information, or help using NewsBank, contact the Information Desk at library@manchesternh.gov or call 624-6550 x 3320.

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Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!

April 23rd, 2018 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

William Shakespeare was baptized in April of 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, and died on April 23, 1616.  Since no one is absolutely sure of his date of birth, it is traditionally observed on the 23rd, the same date that he died.

Shakespeare, often called the “Bard of Avon”, wrote 37 plays between 1590 and 1613.  Early in his career, he was a managing partner in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, considered the most important acting troupe of its time.  By 1599, he and his business partners had built their own theater on the south bank of the Thames River — the Globe Theatre.

While there has been some controversy as to just how many of the plays credited to Shakespeare were actually written by him, what is true is that those plays have been translated into every major language and have been performed more than any other playwright.

Even today, more than 400 years after his death, those works are being adapted into modern stories and provide inspiration to many writers.

Check out some of these works inspired by the great bard himself:

Chevalier, Tracy – New boy – an adaptation of “Othello”

Jacobson, Howard – Shylock is my name – a retelling of “The Merchant of Venice”

Selfors, Suzanne – Saving Juliet – inspired by “Romeo & Juliet”

Gratz, Alan – Something rotten – a modern story based on “Hamlet”

Tyler, Anne – Vinegar girl – a retelling of “The Taming of the Shrew”

Wroblewski, David – The story of Edgar Sawtelle – inspired by “Hamlet”

King, Susan Fraser – Lady Macbeth – a retelling of “Macbeth”

Lamplighter, L. Jagi – Prospero lost – based on characters from “The Tempest”

Carrell, Jennifer Lee – Interred with their bones – inspired by “Hamlet”

Peet, Mal – Exposure – loosely based on “Othello”

Pressler, Mirjam – Shylock’s daughter – inspired by “The Merchant of Venice”

Atwood, Margaret – Hag-seed – a modern retelling of “The Tempest”

St. Aubyn, Edward – Dunbar – a modern retelling of “King Lear”

Nesbo, Jo – Macbeth – a modern retelling of “Macbeth”

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Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle! A family movie to kick off school vacation week.

April 20th, 2018 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, Movies

Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever. PG-13. Join us Monday, April 23rd at 2:30 for this super fun movie screening.

 

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