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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21st, 2019 · City Library, Events, Library Closings, Main Branch, News, West Branch

Both branches of the Manchester City Library will be closed on Thursday, November 28th 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. We wish you and yours a peaceful and joyful holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Knitting & Crocheting Group

November 18th, 2019 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, Yarn & Yap

Do you like knitting or crocheting? We do!

Bring your knitting and crocheting projects and join us for conversation and companionship. Meet other crafters and work on your current projects, share patterns and ideas, and check out our knitting and crocheting resources. We meet on the third Thursday of every month from 10-12 pm in the Hunt Room. Upcoming dates to remember are this Thursday (November 21st), December 19th and January 16th. All levels of experience and new faces are welcome!

As an added bonus, we have skeins of yarn which were just donated to our knitting and crocheting program and we’re offering them for free for your future projects. There’s a large variety of colors and yarn types to choose from.

Call Yvonne at 624-6550 ext. 3320 for more information.

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Reading Rocks!

November 18th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Technology, Teens, West Branch


Rock on!
This afternoon I was searching for a Tolkien book at work and guess what I found hiding behind the books? (Hey, you never know!) I found this really neat reading themed painted rock with instructions on the back from Wicked Rocks NH. What fun!
I am going to re-hide it.

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As seen on TV: TV shows based on books

November 18th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Uncategorized, West Branch

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Anti-Staff Picks

November 15th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

We’ve all encountered a book we just couldn’t stand. Maybe we had to read it for class or book group; maybe a friend recommended it and we just couldn’t get through it; maybe it received a ton of great reviews, and when we finally decided to read it for ourselves, it was a huge letdown!

Everyone has different tastes, and we are proud to present to you some of our most notable encounters with books that we did NOT like! Maybe you’ll be shocked about what’s on this list! Maybe you’ll agree with us!

But, just because we didn’t like these books, doesn’t mean you won’t! Check one out if it looks interesting!

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Sky Watch postponed

November 13th, 2019 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Teens, West Branch

Due to the forecast for tomorrow night (poor visibility) the Sky Watch at the West Branch Library planned for November 14th has been postponed. We are in the process of rescheduling (February 2020) and will let everyone know once a new date and time is confirmed. Thanks for your patience.

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One Book One Manchester

November 12th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

This year’s One Book, One Manchester selection is Gloria Norris’s KooKooland, her riveting memoir about growing up in the city, contending with poverty, domestic violence, mental illness, and racism, and emerging triumphant (and with a sharp, rollicking sense of humor) from these daunting circumstances. Please join us in what promises to be a lively season of conversations and related activities. You will find the full list of community wide activities on the One Book One Manchester site and out library calendar. For more information please call the Information Desk at 624-6550 ext. 3320

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Thursday Book Discussion: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Rescheduled!

November 10th, 2019 · Author Talk, Book Group, City Library, Events, Local Author Series, Main Branch

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine coverOur upcoming discussion of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine has been moved from this coming Thursday, November 14th to the following Thursday, November 21st at 7 p.m. in the Hunt Room.

We rescheduled so that participants of last month’s discussion of KooKooLand—this year’s One Book One Manchester selection—could attend an evening with the author, Gloria Norris, at Manchester Community College, also scheduled on Thursday, November 14th at 6 p.m.

Next month’s discussion of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is still on for its presently scheduled date of Thursday, December 12th, at which time we’ll resume our normal practice of meeting on the second Tuesday of the month.

Please contact Steve Viggiano at (603) 624-6550 x 3323 or if you have any questions.

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November 9, 1989: The day the Berlin Wall fell

November 9th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Uncategorized, West Branch

“It has been shown once again: Freedom is invincible at the end. No wall can permanently withstand the desire for freedom” – German President Christian Wulff at the 50th anniversary ceremony of the building of the wall, Aug. 13 2011.

November 9th marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall divided the city of Berlin from 1961 until 1989, separating East and West Berlin. The wall was built by the German Democratic Republic, also known as East Germany, to keep East Germans from defecting into West Berlin, and then escaping out to West Germany. At 96 miles in length, the wall was guarded by police who were given orders to shoot to kill anyone seen escaping west.

Following WWII, Germany was divided into four occupation zones to assist with reconstruction, each controlled by one of the four Allied powers – United States, United Kingdom, France, and the Soviet Union. The capital, Berlin, was also divided into four similar sections, even though it was located in the Soviet occupied Zone. Over the following years, however, the three non-Soviet controlled sections combined as planned, but the Soviet zone remained not only independent, but also refused to agree to the reconstruction plans. This area was ceded into the Soviet Eastern Bloc, which also included Poland, Hungary, and other countries west of Russia. Many Germans living in this section fled west to avoid Soviet rule, enticed by the booming economy in West Germany.

By 1961, around 3.5 million East Germans had emigrated west, almost 20% the population of East Germany. This prompted the German Democratic Republic to build a wall around West Berlin to stem the loss. After the wall was built, around 5,000 people defected west over the next few decades using various methods such as tunnels, hot air balloons, the sewer system, small aircrafts, and a few managed to just drive straight through or under the barriers at checkpoints. Escaping was risky, and it is estimated that around 200 people lost their lives in an attempt to flee the GDR for a better life in the west.

As communism began to fall in neighboring countries in 1989, unrest grew in East Germany and mass demonstrations occurred around Berlin. Erich Honecker, the leader of East Germany, resigned on October 18 1989 as eastern refugees fled west, and on November 9 1989, the new leader of East Germany allowed refugees to exit through border crossings, leading to thousands of East Germans gathering at the six checkpoints at the wall. Overwhelmed and outnumbered, the guards opened the gates and let them leave without checking identification or passports, where they were met by West Germans celebrating on the other side of the wall. Germans from both sides climbed atop the wall, and this date is known as the day the Berlin Wall fell. As of October 3, 1990, Germany was officially unified, and the wall has since been dismantled and can be seen in museums around the world.

Be sure to check out our display of books on the Berlin Wall, along with fragments of the wall itself, on the second floor of the library.

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Yarn & Yap – Knitting & Crochet Meet Up

November 8th, 2019 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

Join us for a casual knitting and crocheting meet up! Bring your knitting and crochet projects (or any needlework project) and join other crafters on the third Thursday of every month from 10-12 pm in the Hunt Room. Work on your current projects, share patterns and ideas, and check out our knitting and crocheting resources in the Art Room. All levels of experience are welcome. We will meet in the Hunt Room where there is plenty of space and it’s nice and cozy. Upcoming dates to remember are: November 21 and December 19th from 10-12 pm.  Please call Yvonne Loomis at 624-6550 ext. 3320 for more information.

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