May 22nd, 2013 · City Library, Main Branch
May 19th, 2013 · City Library, Library Databases, Main Branch, West Branch
“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” — Chinese proverb
So it is with learning languages. If you had started twenty years ago, you might be fluent by now. But you didn’t, and you can’t change the past. All you have is right now. So you might as well get started.
There has never been a better time to begin learning a new language than right now. Starting in July, you can begin studying one of forty different languages, including ESL, right on your PC, laptop or mobile device using Transparent Language. All you need is a Manchester City Library card.
Transparent Language allows you to practice all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In addition to online lessons, conversation practice and games you’ll be able to connect with fellow language learners in Transparent Language’s online communities.
Watch our website for more details. In the meantime, visit www.transparent.com for more information.
May 17th, 2013 · City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Main Branch, Technology
RESUME HELP CLASSES
This is the actual resume program used by NH Employment Security called the Job match System. Get help with your resume from a librarian in this casual class.
¯ Sign-up required, due to popularity of class.
¯ We would prefer that you have an account with NH Works prior to taking the class but it is not necessary. Click Here to sign up for an account now.
Here are the remaining dates!
Monday May 20 2pm – 3pm Winchell Room
Monday June 24 2pm – 3pm Winchell Room
Questions? Have Amy H paged at the library at 624-6550 ext. 320.
May 16th, 2013 · City Library, Main Branch, NH Room
The New Hampshire Room will be open by appointment only on Saturday, May 18th. So the New Hampshire Room will be closed this Saturday, but if you wish make an appointment for Saturday, please call the library at 603-624-6550 Ext. 320 or Ext. 319 and we will be at your service. We apologize for any inconvenience this schedule change may cause and hope you have a pleasant weekend.
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May 15th, 2013 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch
You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients. ~ Julia Child
About this time of year I start getting really excited about going to my local farm stand. With so many great farms in the area one only has to drive a short distance to find one. Farm stands across the state will be opening soon, if they haven’t already. Supporting your local farm is good for our economy and good for your health. It’s time to go get some fresh produce, plants, and other local goods.
Here are a couple links to lists of farms in the area:
Below are some cookbooks to help you enjoy your fresh finds:
Super Salads: More than 250 Fresh Recipes from Classic to Contemporary by the Reader’s Digest Association
The Fresh Egg Cookbook by Jennifer Trainer Thompson
Edible: A Celebration of Local Food by Tracey Ryder
Cooking Light Pick Fresh Cookbook: Creating Irresistable Dishes From the Best Seasonal Produce edited by Rachel Quinlivan
Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh by Emeril Lagasse
The Farm: Rustic Recipes for a Year of Incredible Food by Ian Knauer
New Hampshire: From Farm to Kitchen by Helen Brody.
So get out and about, and visit you local farm stand. And remember to eat your vegetables.
May 10th, 2013 · 100th Anniversary, City Library, Events, Local History, Main Branch
Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been postponed. We will be rescheduling this for the Fall season, so please check our library calendar in the Fall.
Since the late 1600s, the lively tradition of contra dancing has kept people of all ages swinging and sashaying in barns, town halls and schools around the state. Contra dancing came to New Hampshire by way of the English colonists and remains popular in many communities, particularly in the Monadnock Region. Presenter Dudley Laufman brings this tradition to life with stories, poems and recordings of callers, musicians, and dancers, past and present. Live music, always integral to this dance form, will be played on the fiddle and melodeon. Willing audience members may be invited to dance the Virginia Reel!
Plan to join us for this fun family friendly program on May 30th from 7-8:15 PM at the Manchester City Library. For more information please visit our library calendar on our website (www.manchester.lib.nh.us) or call Yvonne at 624-6550. This program is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
See you at the contra dance!
May 7th, 2013 · Children, City Library, Main Branch, Museum Passes
We have added two new museum passes to our collection of tourist attractions available for use by Manchester City Library cardholders. They are (drum roll, please!) Boston By Foot and Castle in the Clouds.
Boston By Foot is a historical walking tour of the city of Boston. There are about a half of dozen different tours to choose from—the choice is yours! Regularly scheduled classic walking tours are available from May through October, rain or shine. Be sure to consult the website schedule to make sure the tour you want is available for the date that you want to take your tour, since the schedule varies from day to day and week to week. This pass allows up to four people free admission to the regular tours and a special discount to the special monthly tours. Brochures are available, so be sure to ask for a brochure when you are picking up this pass.
The Castle in the Clouds is located in scenic Moultonborough, high in the Ossipee Mountain Range. The Castle in the Clouds (or Lucknow) is a 16-room mansion and 5,500-acre mountaintop estate built in the Craftsman Style type of architecture. The Castle in the Clouds is owned by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust and managed by the Castle Preservation Society, both non-profit organizations. The Castle, Carriage House, gift shop, art gallery and Cafe and Patio are open to the public during the season, usually May through October. Last year The Castle did a trial run with museum passes for their local library and it was such a success that they have opened it up to all N.H. libraries.
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May 4th, 2013 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch
The next book that the Thursday evening book group will be reading is, “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin” by Erik Larson. The tense scene is set early. William E. Dodd becomes the first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in Berlin where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship with Gestapo Chief Rudolf Diels. Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring and the expectedly charming–yet wholly sinister–Goebbels, In the Garden of Beasts lends a stunning, eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity. The result is a dazzling, addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, and Europe, were awash in blood and terror. In case this helps, this is the same author who wrote “The Devil in the White City” and “Isaac’s Storm.” Join us on Thursday evening, May 9th from 7-8:30 PM to discuss this award winning novel. For more information contact Sarah at 624-6560.
May 1st, 2013 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Uncategorized, West Branch
In the year that it has taken to empty and sell the house we grew up in, many memories have resurfaced. Yesterday was no exception. Standing at the top of the stairs, looking down, I replayed all those early Christmas mornings. Every year we would line up, my oldest brother John out front. With the spotlight blinding us and my father’s 8 mm camera rolling, we would tramp down the stairs into the living room and start tearing open gifts. Another family tradition had been observed and recorded, another memory etched in my brain.
After my father died last April, my brothers, sisters and I became joint owners of the big old house and all its contents. Although it was a bit overwhelming at first there were a few books that helped to simplify the process of settling his estate. If one day you happen to be named as an executor I suggest The Executor’s Guidebook . It will advise you on how to navigate through potential legal and administrative pitfalls.
When I found myself staring at mountains of papers, broken toasters and closets packed to the brim, the book Moving On–A Practical Guide to Downsizing gave me ideas on how to organize the chaos.
And if you get bogged down by too many tchotchkes take a look at Sell, Keep or Toss? The author, Harry Rinker explains what is collectible and what is not. Happily, you may uncover a few valuable collections. If you do, there are specific price guides like the Official Blackbook Price Guide to United States Coins and the Official Blackbook Price Guide to United States Postage Stamps that will help you determine value. For more in-depth research on other types of collectibles or antiques just call or visit the Art Room.
In the end, even after the last, chipped “I love dad” mug is packed away your memories remain pretty indestructible. Good luck.
April 30th, 2013 · City Library, Main Branch, News, Technology, West Branch
The library’s public catalog, subscription databases like Reference USA and Novelist, and the 3M Cloud Library will be unavailable on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 8:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m. while the system is being upgraded. The public Internet computers will not be affected. We apologize for the disruption in service.