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Children’s Summer Reading Program

June 14th, 2019 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Summer Reading Program, Teens, West Branch

Readers will explore fun and exciting events this summer as our Library presents “A Universe of Stories” summer library program. We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Activities will include storytimes, crafts, science afternoons, makerspace activities, Legos, reading dogs, scavenger hunts, and special guests. All programs are free of charge and will be held at either library building. There will be weekly raffle drawings featuring 5-7 different prize bags that will include tickets to local family attractions. When you turn in your weekly reading record, you will be given a raffle ticket that you can place into bucket to win prizes from SEE Science Center, Candia Springs, Storyland, Lost River, Canobie Lake, Clark’s Trading Post, Butterfly Place, Currier Museum of Art, FunSpot, Krazy Kids, Children’s Museum of Dover, Polar Caves, Jay Gee’s Fun Center, Conway Scenic Railway, Mel’s Funway, Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum, and many more.

The 2019 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through 5th grade. We have set a group goal of 4,000 hours to be read during the 9-week program. Will you help us meet our goal?

Don’t forget to get your summer reading bag! Registration for “A Universe of Stories” began on Saturday, June 1st. You can either register in person or on-line at For more information, please call 624-6550 ext. 3320.

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New England Aquarium Pass is Now Available Year Round.

June 12th, 2019 · Uncategorized

We have great news about our most popular museum pass! As of July 1, 2019 the New England Aquarium pass will be available in July and August; making it a year-round pass.   In addition, the discount it provides has changed as well.  The pass will still admit 4 people to the aquarium, but it will now be 50% off regular admission. Normal admission fees are $31.00 for adults, $ 22.00 for children 3-11 years old and $29.00 for seniors. Children under 3 are admitted free. To check out our complete list of available museum passes , go to our website

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Summer Afternoon at the Movies!

June 11th, 2019 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies, News

Here’s the list of our upcoming afternoon movies for the summer season. These movies are on Wednesdays at 1 pm in the library auditorium and are closed captioned. This series is featuring actor Christian Bale.

June 5 Green Book (130 min., PG-13)
June 12 American Graffiti (113 min., PG)
June 19 ***Newsies (125 min., PG)
June 26 First Man (141 min., PG-13)
July 3 God Bless the Broken Road (111 min., PG)
July 10 Bernie the Dolphin (100 min., G)
July 17 ***Empire of the Sun (152 min., PG)
July 24 Mr. Holland’s Opus (143 min., PG)
July 31 Searching (102 min., PG-13)
August 7 Small Foot (96 min., PG)
August 14 ***Rescue Dawn (126 min., PG-13)
August 21 Kin (102 min., PG-13)
August 28 Library Closed (Staff Development Day)

For more information please call Ruth at 624-6550 ext. 3307. See you at the movies!

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Meet Author Nancy-Ann Feren

June 9th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, West Branch

Author Nancy-Ann Feren will be here to do a presentation on her book
‘Not Your Average Travelers: 40 Years of Adventures in All the U.S. National Parks’.
In 1977 Nancy-Ann Feren discovered a lifelong love of national parks and camping when she spent a week at Acadia National Park in Maine with her two young sons and her husband, Dick. Since then, Nancy-Ann and Dick have explored all the sites in the National Park System, enjoying the history and nature, roasting marshmallows under the stars, and sleeping soundly each night in their two-person tent. This delightful book chronicles 40 years of their memorable adventures in the parks and preserves.

Nancy-Ann, a retired 5th grade teacher, has a BA from Wellesley College and an MA in teaching from the University of New Hampshire. She and her husband, Dick, live in Manchester, NH where they both grew up. Nancy-Ann loves spending time with her family, baking cookies with her grandchildren, reading, walking, camping, traveling, and sharing stories about their not-so-average travel adventures including the bear perched in a tree above their tent, canoe trips through mangrove swamps, and flights in bush planes to remote parks in Alaska. Join us on Tuesday, June 18th, at 7 PM to meet Nancy-Ann and to learn more about our National Parks. She will also have books for sale and she will sign them.
For more information please contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 3311.

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June 7th, 2019 · City Library, Events, Local History, Main Branch, News, West Branch

This June, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history and a major turning point in World War II. Many years in the planning, the British Empire, United States, France, Norway, and other Allied countries collaborated in secrecy to formulate the plan to invade German occupied Europe from the west, code named ‘Operation Overlord’. On June 6, 1944, the Allies landed at the beaches of Normandy to establish a western front to the fighting in Europe in an attempt to divert and divide the Axis powers from the eastern front in Russia. While D-Day was just the start of Operation Overlord, it was the turning point that led to the allied victory in Europe nearly a year later in 1945. 75 years later, we still remember the event that changed the outcome of WWII in favor of the Allies.

To celebrate this achievement, check out the following books set in WWII:

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Documenting Victory

June 6th, 2019 · Art Room, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

With the invention of the camera along came the possibility and responsibility for photographers to witness and document war and the experiences of soldiers through the lens of the camera. Photos of events during wartime were very important to keep the public informed of happenings on the front.

“On June 6, 1944, exactly 75 years ago, in perhaps the most seminal battle of World War II, the U.S., together with Britain and Canada, executed Operation Overlord, better known to us as D-Day, in which they, alongside other countries, invaded the coasts of Normandy, carrying out the largest seaborne invasion in history against Nazi-Germany.” One of the men who was there on those beaches was my Uncle Albert.

So it was that last year as I was preparing my list of subjects for display for the Art Room I thought and thought of what I could do that would be respectful and also serve as an offering of gratitude and pride.

Up on the second floor of the library near the Art Room for the month of June is a display of library materials dedicated to war photography. It is a small display to honor all of our soldiers and the men and women who bravely went in with them and took photos of combat and all other aspects of war.

Do you have any photos of your loved ones from D-Day or any other wartime photo that documents your family’s history? Bring them in to share – we’d love to see them and hear the stories of those photos.

The library staff are grateful for the honor, bravery, and sacrifices made on those distant beaches and at other places around the world where our troops have fought to protect the interests of the Unites States.

Thank you, brave ones, for your service.

See you at the library. ~Yvonne~

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendations for June, 2019

June 5th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

This month’s theme is Cyberpunk!

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Teen Summer Reading

June 3rd, 2019 · Books, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Summer Reading Program, Teens, West Branch

Registration is now open for Teen Summer Reading! Youth in grades 6 to 12 can register in person or online. The first 75 teens who sign up will receive a gift bag and a free book.

Log the number of hours you read starting 6/17 by:
– Visiting the Information Desk, or
– Using our online form

For every hour read and every program you attend, points are earned toward a weekly raffle for a $25 gift card for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Newbury Comics, or Target. At the end of the summer, teens’ total points will be entered into a grand prize raffle for one of three $75 Visa gift cards.

For more information about programs for teens that will be held throughout the summer, visit our Teen Summer Reading website.

Questions? Contact Alex Graves at (603)624-6550 ext. 3345 or

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Read with Pride

May 31st, 2019 · Books, City Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Teens

Last June, when the iconic rainbow flag was raised for the first time at city hall, Manchester had a moment.  It was hugely meaningful for me, not only for the LGBT+ community to be acknowledged, but to be celebrated.  This is something we continually need: more inclusion and acceptance. That’s the motivation behind the Read with Pride display, which is hopefully as loudly and unapologetically queer as I want it to be.

When I came out (the first time) as bisexual in the latter half of the 1990s, and was starting to find my community, my lesbian friends and I knew of one book that reflected our existence:  the 1982 classic Annie on My Mind.  With no disrespect to that book, was that really it?  Surely there had to be at least a handful of others, but was there any way to know?  If someone had created a GeoCities-hosted bibliography, I never found it, and I certainly wouldn’t have felt comfortable asking a librarian about it.  That makes me sad now, but honestly, how much would they have had to offer me even if I did ask?

We’ve come a long way since then, though this is true for some parts of the community more than others.  While not everyone is safe, many have started feeling free to live authentically. This community struggles to be brave, while also feeling vulnerable.  We’ve come a long way, but we’re not there yet.

One thing we can say for sure is that the LGBT+ community has achieved greater visibility (again, some parts more than others), and this is absolutely true with books.  Books are continually being released with characters that love or identify outside the norm. As the selector of young adult materials, watching the percentage of these titles grow has been an absolute joy.  I’ve curated a list of books that will be cycling through the display over the next two months, including adult and young adult titles—mostly fiction, but a few nonfiction titles that I think will appeal to both teens and adults.

If you’re heterosexual and cisgender, I encourage you to check out the display as well.  Perhaps you will find something you wouldn’t have picked up otherwise. Above all, these are stories—as expertly written and compelling as any other.  The library aims to build collections that reflect all types of diversity, as reading can be a gateway to greater understanding and empathy.

To the LGBT+ community:  Yes, this display is going up through pride month, but we are not going to forget about you the rest of the year.  This is more than an acknowledgement of your existence. The library is for everyone, and we are here for you. If there are books or other materials you are looking for, let us know.  If there are specific programs that could meet your needs, we want to hear from you. If we’re using the wrong pronouns, you can tell us. Or if you’d rather use the library anonymously, that’s great, too!  How you identify matters, but it also doesn’t matter, if that makes sense. Everyone is welcome here.

Yours truly,

Alex Graves
Teen Librarian and queer person
They/them pronouns

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Grow with Google!

May 30th, 2019 · City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Main Branch, News

Hey folks, here’s some exciting news. Google is in the library! Google will be holding classes here at the Manchester City Library tomorrow (Friday May 31). For more information please visit the site here.

Here at the Manchester City Library we are always seeking innovative ways to provide educational opportunities for our community. We’re proud and excited to partner with @Google and welcome Grow With Google to New Hampshire! Our partnership with Google will provide digital skills workshops for the Manchester Community and is a unique and exciting way to assist many segments of the City to grow, learn, and build their skills for success in our increasingly digital world. 

We hope you’ll join us and participate with the Grow With Google teachers at the Manchester City Library. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to ‘grow’ your skills, your career or your business. All workshops are on Friday, May 31st, from 10:00-4:00 PM in the Winchell Room. Registration for classes is closed but there will be drop in sessions offered if you come by and visit the Google registration table in the library rotunda tomorrow.

If you can’t make it, don’t worry,  free tools and resources are available at  If you’re a non profit organization, we also invite you to join the Grow with Google Partner Program at

See you at the workshops!

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