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So a librarian walks into a hockey game…

December 8th, 2018 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees

Manchester City Library with the Manchester Monarchs! We’re big Monarch fans and we want to share this fun opportunity with you. What would be better than attending a hockey game, rooting for the Monarchs, and supporting your library while doing it?

There is special ticket pricing through this link and $5 from every ticket purchase goes toward the Manchester City Library. Join us on February 9, 2019 at 6:00 pm for a fun night of hockey and root for the Monarchs.

See you at the hockey game!

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Happy Holidays!

December 5th, 2018 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News

It’s December, and that means the start of the holiday season.  No, not just Hanukkah (Dec. 2-10), Christmas (Dec. 25) and Kwanzaa (Dec. 26-Jan. 1).  Not even World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (Dec. 7), the Winter Solstice (Dec. 21) or Boxing Day (Dec. 26).  I’m talking the OTHER holidays:

National Cookie Day (December 4)

National Lager Day (December 10)

National Have a Bagel Day (December 11)

Ice Cream Day (December 13)

National Egg Nog Day (December 24)

National Fruitcake Day (December 27)

National Chocolate Candy Day (December 28)

Bacon Day (December 30)

Believe it or not, there actually is at least one special food/beverage day for every day during the month of December.  You can literally eat and drink your way through the entire month.  For more of these edible feasts, come in and take a look at the display we have set up celebrating these delectable days. 

Happy Eating, and Cheers to National Champagne Day (December 31)!

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Holiday music with harpist Lisa Washington Calvo

December 5th, 2018 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch

Help us ring in the holiday season by joining us for some heart warming holiday music. We’re welcoming back harpist Lisa Washington Calvo to help us do just that!  Sit back, close your eyes and listen as lovely chords from Lisa’s beautiful floor harp sends sound swirling around the library rotunda and then resounding throughout the library. So put on your Christmas sweaters and join us on December 13th at 1:30 PM in the library rotunda. For more information please call Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 3311.


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Polar Express Storytime

December 3rd, 2018 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

Listen closely and you just might hear the ringing bells of Santa’s sleigh. Celebrate the holiday season with the story, games and activities featuring this popular children’s book. Sip hot chocolate, make a holiday craft and sing Christmas songs. Youngsters ages 2 to 5 are invited and registration is required. Plan to join us on Monday, December 10th, at 10:00 AM for some magical holiday fun. For more information, please call the Children’s room at 624-6550 ext. 3328

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Polar Express Party at the West Branch

December 2nd, 2018 · Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch

All aboard for a magical trip to the North Pole for those who truly believe. We’ll be taking off and you’re not going to want to miss this one! Experience the magic of the season with the story, crafts and snacking fun. Children in grades 1 to 5 are invited and registration is required. The party starts on December 11th at 3:30 PM in the West Branch Library’s Meeting Room. For more information, please call the Children’s room at 624-6560 ext. 3328

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A Pajama Storytime!

November 29th, 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, News


We’re having a Pajama storytime and it’s the cat’s pajamas!
Hey Kids! Put on your PJ’s and bring the grownups for a fun night of funny stories and songs. We’ll laugh and sing silly songs that will help tire you out for bedtime. No registration is required. All ages are welcome.  So put on your robe and slippers and join us on Tuesday night, December 4th, at 6:30 PM in the Winchell Room. For more information please call Rose in the Children’s Room at 624-6550 ext. 3328.

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A system upgrade – catalogs temporarily unavailable Thursday

November 28th, 2018 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Events, Main Branch, News, Technology, West Branch

On Thursday, November 29th, our public catalog will be down for a system upgrade. During this time neither the staff catalogs nor public catalogs will be available. eBooks and remote access to our electronic resources (databases) will likewise be unavailable. The Internet, including WiFi, will still be available to patrons. For assistance in locating materials please visit the information desk, or call us at 624-6550 x 3319 or 3320. We thank you for your patience.

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Holiday Decorating with Jacques

November 26th, 2018 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – time for decking the halls with boughs of greenery! We are pleased to announce that we will once again be offering a holiday decorating program here at the library.  Join us as Nancy and Aimee from Jacques Flower Shop share some fun holiday decorating trends and techniques with us. Watch Nancy and Aimee make the holiday come alive with roping, wreaths, centerpieces and much, much more.  Plan to join us on Thursday, November 29th from 6-8:15 PM in the library auditorium!  Seats for this event fill up fast and registration is required.  Children 12 or under are welcome to attend with a parent.  For more information or to register please contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 3311.

See you decking the halls!

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Shop for books and help support your library!

November 24th, 2018 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Books, Children, City Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

Announcing a special Barnes & Noble Bookfair!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Barnes & Noble
1741 South Willow St.
Manchester, NH 03103

A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit the Manchester Bookmobile.

(Can’t make that date? Visit to support us online from 12/2/18 to 12/7/18 and enter Bookfair ID 12451001 at checkout.)

See you at the bookfair!

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 16th, 2018 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

Both branches of the Manchester City Library will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd in observance of Thanksgiving. We will re-open on Friday at our normal time of 9:30 a.m. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of you for your support throughout the year. The library staff wishes you and yours a peaceful and joyful holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.


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