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Be a Rebel – Read Banned Books

September 22nd, 2019 · Banned Book Week, Books, Children, City Library, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

Keep the light on

Humans are no stranger to censorship. From Socrates, to Nazi Germany, to the modern day, people have sought to ban, censor or destroy materials they felt were inappropriate. Oftentimes, materials were censored in order to suppress an offending idea. These ideas come in all forms. Religion, political ideologies, and differing social views have all been the cause of a challenge at some point in time.

Here at the library, we celebrate your freedom to read whatever you want, including banned books. The library has a large selection of books that have been challenged including classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird as well as recent releases like The Hate U Give. Come see us at the reference desk to find out what other books have been challenged and why. You can find a selection of these titles on display in our rotunda.

 Find out more from the ALA website!


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MCL $10 Bag Book Sale – 28 September 2019

September 18th, 2019 · Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Teens

Running out of materials to read or listen to, or do you want to try something different; without spending a whole lot of money?  Check out the upcoming $10 Bag Book Sale, at Manchester City Library!

The sale will take place Sat. 9/28 in the Winchell Room, on the lower level of library at 405 Pine Street, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Bring empty average size grocery bags and fill them up with the thousands of available books, DVDs, musical CDs, audio books and other odds and ends.  We have materials for all ages and interests, including fiction, mass market paperbacks, large print (mostly fiction), children non-fiction, history, crafts, social sciences, animals, and so much more.

 If you have questions, please contact is Eileen A. Reddy, who can be reached by e-mail, or by phone at 624-6550.

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Get Ready to Vote, Manchester

September 17th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

Are you ready to vote? Below are answers to questions you might have!

Per the City of Manchester Website (


Questions? Please call the City Clerk’s office at (603) 624-6455 during normal business hours.

How Do I Register?

New Hampshire residents who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, and a United States Citizen may register with their Town or City Clerk. Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. unless posted otherwise.

For your convenience, the Office of the City Clerk is open for
voter registration Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday evenings until 8:00 p.m.,
excluding holidays unless posted otherwise. All applications must be approved by the Board of Registrars before being added to the checklist.

In order to register to vote in the City of Manchester you must meet the following requirements:

  • Valid New Hampshire Driver’s License with current Manchester address on the front.

All Other Registrants:

  • Proof of Identification:
    Valid Driver’s License, Non-Driver’s ID, Current Passport, Military ID, or a completed Qualified Voter Affidavit signed under the penalties of voting fraud set forth by State Law.
  • Proof of Domicile:
    There are numerous documents that will be accepted to prove your domicile in the city of Manchester. The following is just an example of a few of these documents:
  • Valid NH vehicle registration, utility bill (with applicant’s name on it, i.e. Telephone, Gas, Electric), school document showing you live in campus housing, rental or lease agreement in your name, tax bills, medical bills, pay stubs showing your Manchester address or other monthly bills, postmarked mail within the last 30 days.
  • If you are a naturalized citizen you will also need to provide proof of your citizenship or you will be asked to complete a Qualified Voter Affidavit signed under the penalties of voting fraud set forth by State Law.
  • For additional questions regarding the voter registration process and how the latest 2017 voting laws affect you, please refer to the NH Attorney General’s memorandum issued on September 18, 2017.

Visit the city clerk’s website for more information, such as polling places and sample ballots by ward.

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Happy Hundredth Season NFL

September 13th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

Fall brings many things to New Hampshire. It brings fall foliage, maple syrup, and apple and pumpkin picking. More importantly it means the start of football season. This football season in particular is special; it’s the 100th season of the National Football League. The NFL has been many shapes and sizes over those 100 years, for instance the league started with only 14 teams and there now are 32. There have been 53 Super Bowls, the most recent between the New England Patriots against the Los Angeles Rams. The sport has dealt with many on the field and off the field scandals but despite that NFL games still draw massive crowds both to the stadiums and to watching on TV.

The NFL started in the 1920 as the American Professional Football Association in Canton, Ohio. It started with only 14 teams: Akron Pros, Buffalo All-Americans, Canton Bulldog, Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Tigers, Cleveland Tigers, Columbus Panhandles, Dayton Triangles, Decatur Staleys, Detroit Heralds, Hammond Pros, Muncie Flyers, Rochester Jeffersons, and Rock Island Independents. The American Professional Football Association was renamed the National Football League in 1922 and faced steep competition between rival organization throughout, especially from the American Football League. The National Football League and the American Football League would eventually merge in the 1960s and 1970s with 26 teams that would eventually grow into the 32 that we know today. The 32 teams are divided into two conferences with 16 teams in each conference, the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC). Every year the champions of each conference compete in the Super Bowl to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy. This season’s Super Bowl, Super Bowl 54, will be on February 2, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.

I’ve been a New England Patriots fan for practically my whole life. I rarely ever miss watching a Patriots game. I love watching football on Sundays with my family and friends. I am no football expert. I can’t analyze every play like the pros but that doesn’t make it any less fun to watch. There’s still nothing like getting dressed up in football jerseys, sitting in front of the TV and watching some football. The NFL Season kicked off on September 5th with the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. The New England Patriots started their season on September 8th with a 33-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  1. All the way: My Life in Four Quarters
  2. Belichick and Brady: Two Men, the Patriots, and How They Revolutionized Football
  3. Belichick: the Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time
  4. Big Game: the NFL in Dangerous Times
  5. Guts and Genius: the Story of Three Unlikely Coaches Who Came to Dominate the NFL in the ’80s
  6. In the Name of the Father: Family, Football, and the Manning Dynasty
  7. Mind and Matter: a Life in Math and Football
  8. NFL: 100 Years
  9. Shula: the Coach of the NFL’s Greatest Generation

NFL Schedule

New England Patriots Schedule

Week 1: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Sept. 8 (8:20 p.m.)

Week 2: @ Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 15 (1 p.m.)

Week 3: vs. New York Jets, Sunday, Sept. 22 (1 p.m.)

Week 4: @ Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sept. 29 (1 p.m.)

Week 5: @ Washington Redskins, Sunday, Oct. 6 (1 p.m.)

Week 6: vs. New York Giants, Thursday, Oct. 10 (8:20 p.m.)

Week 7: @ New York Jets, Monday, Oct. 21 (8:15 p.m.)

Week 8: vs. Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 27 (4:25 p.m.)

Week 9: @ Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 3 (8:20 p.m.)

Week 10: Bye Week

Week 11: @ Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Nov. 17 (4:25 p.m.)

Week 12: vs. Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Nov. 24 (4:25 p.m.)

Week 13: @ Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 1 (8:20 p.m.)

Week 14: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Dec. 8 (4:25 p.m.)

Week 15: @ Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 15 (1 p.m.)

Week 16: vs. Buffalo Bills, Dec. 21 or 22, TBD

Week 17: vs. Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 29, (1 p.m.)

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Abbey Road

September 10th, 2019 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens

September 26th marks the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album. The album is most known for hits such as “Come Together”, “Octopus’s Garden”, and “Here Comes the Sun”, and for the famous cover art of the band crossing the street at the Abbey Road studio in London. Stop by the display in the non-fiction section for more information on the album and The Beatles.

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Tuesday movie – Lady Bird

September 9th, 2019 · City Library, Events, Kanopy film Series, Main Branch, News

Our Kanopy Film Series continues with a screening of Lady Bird on Tuesday September 10th, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the library auditorium. Directed by Greta Gerwig and nominated for five Oscars, Lady Bird is a warm, affecting comedy about a high schooler (Saoirse Ronan) who must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother (Laurie Metcalf) over the course of her eventful and poignant senior year of high school. For more information contact Sue at 624-6550 ext. 3320.  This movie is rated R so please use your discretion when choosing to view this movie. It is 94 minutes long.

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MCL Book Sale Volunteers Needed

September 7th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, West Branch

Interested in being a Book Sale volunteer? The library is looking for volunteers to help sort incoming donations, checking the condition of materials and dividing them up into various fiction and nonfiction groupings, including age ranges. The sorting of materials takes place year round. In addition to sorters, volunteers are needed to set up for sale days, help out during the sale day and take down the sale. Setting up and taking down sale events involves moving materials between our storage area of the library and the Winchell Room, the day before the sale and the day of the sale event. To apply as a volunteer at Manchester City Library, stop by the Information Desk at the Main Library and ask for a volunteer application form. If a match is found between the applicant’s interests and the needs of the library, an interview is arranged. Applicants who are eighteen and older, need to undergo a criminal background check. Applicants younger than eighteen may need to complete additional paperwork, depending upon the applicant’s age. The Library Director gives final approval of all volunteer applicants. Please contact Eileen Reddy, Volunteer Coordinator, if you have questions. She can be contacted at or call 624-6550.

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendations for September, 2019

September 6th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Teens

Sometimes, why choose when you can have it all? Blended Sci-Fi and Fantasy books are the best of both worlds. Maybe it’s a complex magic system that supports technological advances; maybe you can’t quite tell whether you’re reading about science or magic; maybe the book is about an alien from outer space with superpowers! The books in this list combine the best of both worlds! Enjoy!


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Library Card Sign-Up Month

September 3rd, 2019 · Children, City Library, Events, Library Promotions, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

Wanted: new library patrons. 
Now is the time to sign-up for a library card.
If you didn’t know, September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. As a gesture of appreciation from the library to new patrons who decide to sign up for cards during the month, we will raffle off $50 dollar Amazon gift cards at the end of each of the 4 weeks in September. 
New patrons can fill out a raffle ticket at the Main, Children’s and West Branch circulation desks whenever they sign up for a library card. 
Good luck and welcome to the library! #librarycardsignup

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Kanopy Series presents Amy: The Tragic Story of Amy Winehouse

September 2nd, 2019 · City Library, Events, Kanopy film Series, Main Branch, Movies, News

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Amy: The Tragic Story of Amy Winehouse
An Oscar-winner for Best Feature Documentary, AMY is a deeply moving portrait of 6-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse using powerful first-hand footage to bring her story to life, showcasing both her incredible talent and her tragic demise from the dual forces of addiction and celebrity. Directed by Asif Kapadia. For more information contact Sue at 624-6550 ext. 3320.

This movie is rated R so please use your discretion when choosing to view this movie. Here is a link to the movie trailer:

See you at the movies!

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