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Brown Bag Book Club – “Did You Ever Have a Family”

March 24th, 2017 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Trustees

This month the Brown Bag Book Club will be discussing  “Did You Ever Have a Family” by Bill Clegg.  A kitchen fire on the eve of a wedding destroys not only the house and the people within it, but deeply affects the people who survive.  As the story unfolds relationships that include the dead and the living are intertwined.  The mystery: how did the fire start and who might have set it?  Bring your own lunch – dessert is on us!  For more information contact please contact the Information Desk at 624-6550 ext. 3319.


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March 17th, 2017 · Books, Children, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch


We think of fairies as tiny magical creatures usually in the form of young women; who use their powers to meddle in the lives of humans.

Fairies, sprites, pixies, leprechauns, gnomes and more magical creatures are found throughout literature with most originating from European folklore, especially Irish mythology.

During this month of St. Patrick the Manchester City Library has a display in the Rotunda of books on fairies and fairy tales.  You’re sure to be enchanted!

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Closed on Tuesday, March 14th!

March 13th, 2017 · Children, City Library, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

The Manchester City Library and the West Manchester Branch Library will be closed on Tuesday, March 14th, due to the impending snowstorm.  We plan to re-open on Wednesday at our normal times and look forward to serving you then.

Stay safe, all!


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Spring into some new fiction!

March 10th, 2017 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

Place your holds for these new Spring titles coming soon to a library near you!
Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles
Vicious Circle by C.J. Box
If Not for You by Debbie Macomber
The Black Book by James Patterson
New Boy by Tracy Chevalier
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Stout
The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve
No Easy Target by Iris Johansen
Golden Prey by John Sandford
The Fix by David Baldacci
One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline
To place your holds now for these upcoming titles please call the reference desk at 624-6550 Ext. 3320. or visit the online library catalog.

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Introduction to MS Word 2010

March 7th, 2017 · City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Main Branch

Free Introduction to MS Word 2010

Thursday March 30th, 2017 – 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM – Winchell Room

Come learn how to create a flyer, resume, or form letter!  We will create and save a file, learn basic functions such as cut, copy, paste, tabbing and setting margins and have fun with text features such as bold, italic, font size, and font color.  Come join us for this relaxed, hands-on class.

Sign up now by calling Amy H. at the Library at 624-6550.  Seating is limited.

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When Did Vampires Become So Popular?

March 6th, 2017 · Books, Children, City Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

Since Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published in 1897, vampires have held a unique and adaptable place in popular Western Culture. Whether your preferred vampire has sharp, pointed teeth or sparkles in the sunlight; shrieks at garlic or holy symbols; or dies by decapitation, stake, or sunlight, you have probably seen, read, or heard of a vampire that’s been adapted, reinvented, or reimagined.

Legends and stories of blood-sucking supernatural creatures span the globe, and have been told for centuries. The word “vampire” was added to the English Oxford Dictionary in 1734, due to a surge in medical reports of the condition.

It can be argued that the popularity of vampires as we know them didn’t begin until Anne Rice wrote Interview with the Vampire in 1976, though she doesn’t like to take credit. By 2009, the paranormal subgenre made up 17.16% of the popular romance genre. Since then, the paranormal has taken a firm hold in readers’ interests across all age groups including teens and children.

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Spring 2017 MCL Notes!

March 5th, 2017 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


Hot off the press!  Here is the latest edition of our library newsletter – Spring 2017 MCL Notes!

The Spring issue of the Manchester City Library’s newsletter, “MCL Notes” is here! Catch up on what’s been happening at the libraries—there is plenty to read about! Get the scoop on the programs we have planned from now throughout the Spring.

MCL Notes – Spring 2017

We welcome you to sign up to receive this quarterly newsletter by email.

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NH Room hours by appointment only March 6-11th

March 3rd, 2017 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, NH Room


New Hampshire Room by appointment! (next week!)
The New Hampshire Room will be open by appointment only during the next week (March 6-11th) as we complete carpeting projects effecting the offices on the second floor of the library.

Should you need to use New Hampshire Room materials please make an appointment by calling Steve or Sarah at 624-6550. So just give us a jingle if you need to access the New Hampshire Room materials and we will make every effort to accommodate you.

Thanks for your patience.


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Announcing the Winter Quidditch Games

February 27th, 2017 · Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch


Come one, come all to the Winter Quidditch Games! On Friday, March 3rd at 3 PM, Muggle and Magical children alike are invited to come play Harry Potter’s favorite game  Bring your own broom, if you can, or use one of ours to participate in an instructional pickup game and skill activities on the Amherst St. lawn.  Come prepared to get snowy and wet, depending on weather conditions.  This event is meant for ages 6-12 and registration is required.  For more information please contact David at 624-6550 ext. 3324


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Free Family Movie! Storks

February 25th, 2017 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, Movies, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch



Winterfest starts on Monday and we are offering a free Family Movie! Join us on Monday, February 27th, at 3:00 PM in the West Branch Meeting Room as we screen this very funny family cartoon.
Eager to have a younger sibling, a lonely kid (voiced by Anton Starkman) beseeches the storks to deliver a baby to his workaholic parents — despite the fact that the birds have long since gotten out of the baby business, and now courier packages for an Internet merchant. But the discovery of an infant in the warehouse inventory forces the delivery service’s recently promoted stork owner (Andy Samberg) to deliver one last bundle of joy. Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Danny Trejo also lend their voices to this animated comedy. Families are welcome. For more information please call 624-6560.







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