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The New Hampshire Presidential Primary!

February 7th, 2016 · City Library, Events, Main Branch


If you haven’t heard, Tuesday, February 9th, is the New Hampshire Presidential Primary!

We hope that you will be able to find time visit your voting location and cast your ballot. If you do not know where you need to go to vote or need to register to vote please call the library at 624-6550 Ext. 320 and we’d be glad to help you. Click on the link here to see a sample ballot. Sample ballots are also available by visiting us at City Hall during regular business hours.

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West Branch renovations are progressing nicely

February 3rd, 2016 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

westbranchrenovationsDear Library Patrons:

The branch building is a hive of activity and is swarming with contractors working hard to complete the renovations! Here is how the project is going:

  • HVAC unit installed, duct work run and the system is operational;
  • Electrical system repaired;
  • Elevator repaired and operational;
  • Computer networking re-wiring is done;
  • Fire alarm system installation ongoing on all three floors;
  • Sprinkler system installed in basement level, almost complete on main level, top floor is up next;
  • New wall board in the lower level is being prepped for painting;
  • Movers will be onsite soon to empty out the main floor of the building for the new flooring and painting to be done;
  • Painting schedule being worked on now to stagger work around the other projects;
  • Bathroom repairs have begun in lower level;
  • Final flooring decisions are in process for installation by early April;
  • Shelving and furniture selections are being finalized for installation in early April;
  • The large plate windows and new front doors are on order and should be installed in March;
  • New ceiling and lighting fixtures to be installed in lower level as soon as painting is completed;
  • All computer and office equipment has been ordered and are being stored for installation;
  • Security cameras will be installed as soon as painting is finished;
  • Library materials will be ordered and will be moved on site once shelving is scheduled for installation.

The schedule is progressing as fast as it can as we retro fit an 1870s building with modern fire alarm and sprinkler systems.   The contractors and our colleagues from the Facilities Division have been great to work with and everyone is excited to be providing a totally renovated branch library to our community.

We are still planning an open house during National Library Week (April 10-16) so the community can get a glimpse of the work that will be completed by then.  More details about the open house will be released as work progresses.  Our goal is to have the building ready for full operations by the end of April if not before.

Denise M. van Zanten
Library Director

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Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq

February 1st, 2016 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News


Our Thursday evening book group will be reading ‘Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq’ by Kirsten Holmstedt. This novel presents a dozen accounts of women in combat in Iraq, such as the first female pilot to be shot down and survive.  Plan to join us on February 11th at 7 PM in the Hunt Room. For questions or to reserve a copy please contact Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 319.

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The 2016 Tax Season Is Here

January 26th, 2016 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

The 2016 Tax Season Is Here

Find the Forms You Need at the Library



Forms At the Library

  • The library will print forms for free. Instruction booklets are 20 cents/pg.
  • 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and instruction booklets are or will be available at the library.
  • There will also be 1 copy of Pub 17 for reference use at the library.

Call the library at 624-6550 to get an update on what forms are available

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The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

January 22nd, 2016 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch



Her name is Dinah.  In the Bible her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis.  This novel combines rich storytelling with a valuable achievement in modern fiction: a new view of biblical women’s society.  Join the Brown Bag Book Group on Tuesday, January 26th, at 12:15 and remember to bring your lunch – dessert is on us!  For more information please contact the Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 319.

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It’s a Winter Wonderland!

January 21st, 2016 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News


Has the end of the holidays left you feeling down?  Winter weather giving you the blues? Then why not come on in and try out the latest trend for adults: adult coloring! We’re having an adult coloring party on January 25th at 6:30 PM in the library Hunt Room. Drop in, sit down, and relax with some quiet time and experience the benefits of coloring therapy. Studies show that coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and help to promote overall wellness. The library will provide coloring pages from books designed especially for adults, as well as colored pencils, markers, and crayons. If you prefer, you can bring your own coloring materials and enjoy the company. For more information please contact Yvonne Loomis at 624-6550 ext. 320. We hope you will join us and color yourself calm! See you at the coloring club.

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$10 Bag Book Sale – January 30th 2016

January 19th, 2016 · Book Sale, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees

Manchester City Library will be holding a $10 Bag Book Sale on January 30, 2016 (Saturday) from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Winchell Room on the lower level of the library. The library is located at 405 Pine Street, between Amherst Street and Concord Street.

There will be over 11, 000 items for sale at this event. You would not believe how many options you have from the available books, audiobooks, DVDs, Musical CDs, 33 1/3 Long Playing records and other musical odds and ends! The materials are a mixture of donations and titles weeded from the library collection. The cost is just $10 per average size grocery bag (paper or cloth), which you will pay as you exit the sales area. Please bring your empty average size bags to fill up.

We have many, many books for all ages and interests including Children’s, Young Adults, and large print books (mostly fiction). There are fiction books, both hardcover and paperback; plus non-fiction subjects such as history, biography, cooking, crafts, social sciences, art, religion, philosophy, self-help, literature, science and nature, languages and other unique titles. Check it out!

All proceeds go to programs and projects at Manchester City Library.

If you have questions, please contact Eileen Reddy by e-mail at or by phone at 624-6550 ext. 320 (Information Desk).

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Library closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. – Civil Rights Day

January 16th, 2016 · City Library, Events, Main Branch




The Manchester City Library will be closed on Monday, January 18th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. – Civil Rights Day. We will reopen on Tuesday morning at our normal time.  We hope to see you then!

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It’s That Time of Year Again

January 13th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

January has arrived, and sure enough, it’s that time of year when everyone loves to decide on those all-important New Year resolutions. Naturally, it’s only fitting that January is “National Healthy Weight Awareness Month”. But did you know that it’s also “Mental Wellness Month”?

Without a doubt, most people include weight loss or fitness on their list, only to give up their resolve a few weeks, or even days, into their regimen. While pursuing a weight loss regimen/program, many people forget that there are psychological aspects that factor into each individual’s progress and success. Healthy weight management and emotional well-being always go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one without the other. Studies have shown that individuals who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other forms of chronic stress find it more difficult to lose weight, even though they might be following a strict diet. This is mainly due to emotional eating (Talbot et al, 2013). Most people don’t know that PTSD affects more than those in the military…it is often found in those who suffer from severe physical or psychological abuse, as well.

But even without extreme cases of stress, each one of us is more prone to weight gain if our minds are not at peace. Often times, societal ‘norms’ encourage us to think that we’re too fat, too skinny, or even unattractive. However, it’s crucial to remind ourselves that the most important thing is not a number, or what others think. Finding your ideal weight involves several factors including your physical and emotional health.

Do you have diabetes? If so, it’s going to be harder to lose the weight due to insulin production, so it will be important to eat foods helpful to your condition. Do you live in a stressful environment? Maybe you lost your job recently, or are dealing with various circumstances that worry you day and night. If your body is stressing out, you’ll need to find ways to help calm down before trying to lose the weight. Using techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, yoga, or journaling will help guide you to successful weight management that is relevant for your life.

This month, we’ll have several books on display in the Rotunda that will address both weight management and mental wellness. If you want to start the year off the right way, start now by looking into the materials we’ve selected for you. Remember, there are many factors involved in healthy weight loss, and managing your mental wellness plays a huge part in it, whether its relieving chronic stress, improving your self-esteem, or learning how to modify your diet due to a medical condition. So this time around, in 2016, don’t throw in the towel so easily. Come in and see all the resources that will help you keep your resolutions, so they become a new lifestyle for you, and not just a ritual that comes and goes.


Talbot, L. S., Maguen, S., Epel, E. S., Metzler, T. J., & Neylan, T. C. (2013). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is associated with emotional eating. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26(4), 521-525. doi:10.1002/jts.21824



Body Blues: weight and depression by Weeldreyer, Laura (616.852 WEE)

The Ultimate weight solution: the 7 keys to weight loss freedom by McGraw, Phil (WEST 613.25 MCG)

Within: a spiritual awakening to love & weight loss by Sadeghi, Habib (613.25 SAD)

Good girls don’t get fat: how weight obsession is screwing up our girls and what we can do to help them thrive despite it by Silverman, Robyn J.A. (J PA 649.133 SIL)

Love me slender: how smart couples team up to lose weight, exercise more, and stay healthy together by Bradbury, Thomas N. (613.25 BRA)

The pound a day diet: lose up to 5 pounds in 5 days by eating the foods you love by DiSpirito, Rocco (613.25 DIS)

Younger (thinner) you diet : how understanding your brain chemistry can help you lose weight, reverse aging, and fight disease by Braverman, Eric R. (613.25 BRA)

The feel-good diet : the weight-loss plan that boosts serotonin, improves your mood, and keeps the pounds off for good by Hart, Cheryle R. (613.25 HAR)

The 22 non-negotiable laws of wellness: feel, think, and live better than you ever thought possible by Anderson, Greg (158.1 AND)

Spontaneous happiness by Weil, Andrew (613 WEI)

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American Red Cross Blood Drive

January 10th, 2016 · City Library, Events, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Main Branch, News, Newsletter


The Manchester City Library will be hosting a blood drive run by the American Red Cross. The blood drive will be on Thursday, January 14, from 1:00-6:00 PM. Appointments can be set for whole blood or double red cell donations through the website.  The sponsor code “Manchester NH Public Library” can be used to make appointments for this specific drive from the home page. Any questions can be directed to David Basora by email at, or phone, 624-6550 ext. 324.

See you at the blood drive!

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