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It’s a teddy bear picnic!

April 22nd, 2017 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

Come join us on April 25 at 11:30 for the Manchester City Library’s annual Teddy Bear Picnic.  We will gather in the Children’s Room.  When everyone is ready, we will parade through the library and then outside to the side lawn for a picnic.  Beginning at noon Mr. Vinny’s Lil’ Puppet Show will be on the south lawn.  Don’t forget to bring your teddy bears!  Registration is not required.  For more information, please call 624-6550 ext. 3328.

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Main library opening Saturday, 4/22 at 9:30 a.m.

April 22nd, 2017 · City Library, Main Branch, Uncategorized

The leak has been resolved, and we’ll be open regular hours on Saturday. Thank you for your patience.

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Library closing early Friday, 4/21 due to water leak

April 21st, 2017 · Uncategorized

The main library will close at 11:00 a.m. today, due to water leaking into the furnace room. The West Manchester Branch Library will remain open until 1:30 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this problem.

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Nobody’s Fool – Book Discussion

April 20th, 2017 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

For the month of April our Brown Bag Book Club will review ‘Nobody’s Fool’ by Richard Russo.  Russo returns to upstate New York to follow the exploits of one of its unluckiest citizens, who has been doing the wrong thing triumphantly for 50 years.  Bring your own lunch – dessert is on us!  Plan to join us on April 25th at 12:15 Pm in the Hunt Room. For more information please contact the Information Desk at 624-6550 ext. 3319.

See you at the book discussion.

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The Moon and Her Melodies

April 18th, 2017 · Art Room, Books, City Library, Main Branch


One of my fondest childhood memories is of being outside at night star gazing with my grandfather.  We were sitting on the back porch and the night sky was showing off all of her spectacular summer stars.  I had just learned the story of the Milky Way and some of the myths of the summer constellations.  Grampy pointed to the bright summer moon and said, “Can you see the moon rabbit?”  Of course THAT got my attention and yes, for the first time I noticed that there was, indeed, a rabbit in the moon.


Our beautiful moon has inspired mankind for thousands of years. Can you imagine a world without the song ‘Moon River’ or Vincent van Gogh’s painting ‘Starry Night’?  I can’t.

I recently visited the Peabody Essex Museum and saw their exhibit Lunar Attraction, which is what has started all this talk about the moon in the first place.  On the drive home I wondered if I could create a small display featuring prints and artwork of the moon from the art collection of the Manchester City Library.  Well, when I got started I can tell you that putting together the display was both easy and difficult.  It was easy to find beautiful Japanese prints, and paintings of the moon painted by some of the great masters.  What was difficult was trying to decide what to include and what to pass by.

Vincent van Gogh painted his Starry Night the way he did, with those funny ripples around his moon and stars, because he believed that the moon, the stars and planets make music as they move through space. I’m not sure if he was right, but I do know that the spell of the moon and her “music” has inspired me to seek out some of the art that she has inspired and to share a little bit of it with you.


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April is Jazz Appreciation Month

April 15th, 2017 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

Jazz: a blend of African, Caribbean and European music traditions and performing styles, with an emphasis on improvisation, born in New Orleans in the early decades of the 20th century by predominantly African American artists. Since then, it has branched in so many different directions, and been performed by such a diverse group of musicians, that’s can be difficult to arrive at an exact definition. No matter. We can still enjoy it!

This April, the birth month of so many jazz greats, like Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Billy Holiday, Charles Mingus and Herbie Hancock, the National Museum of American History invites you to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. Every year since 2002 the Smithsonian has been celebrating this distinctly American art form. This year’s spotlight is on “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald. Ms. Fitzgerald entertained audiences for over half a century, winning 13 Grammy awards and selling over 40 million albums.

The library’s Art & Music room has a great collection of jazz recordings, histories, songbooks and biographies. We’ve put some on display in the rotunda on the main floor. We hope you give them a try, and come back for more.

Do you have a favorite jazz artist, song or album?





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Manchester City Library $10 Bag Book Sale

April 12th, 2017 · Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees

Manchester City Library will hold a $10 Bag Book Sale on April 15th, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the library’s Winchell Room, on the lower level.  Just bring empty average size grocery bags (cloth or paper) to fill with the over 10,000 items available.  You pay just $10 per average bag, as you leave the sales area.

There is a very large selection of materials available for all ages and interests, including fiction and non-fiction.  We have children books, large print books, lots of paperback and hardcover fiction, history, biography, art, literature, social science, crafts, cook books, religion and so many more subjects.  This sale will also have CD audiobooks, DVDs, musical CDs and musical scores.

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

Check it out; you never know what special treasures you will find.

If there are questions, please contact Eileen Reddy at or by phone at 624-6550.

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Closing early (April 12@3:30) for the MCL Foundation Fundraiser

April 12th, 2017 · City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch

The Main branch will be closing at 3:30 today, April 12th, in order to prepare for this evening’s Wine Toss.

Join the Manchester City Library Foundation for the 2nd semi-annual Wine Toss with beer and spirits too on Wednesday, April 12th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Carpenter Memorial Library’s newly renovated Rotunda at the Manchester City Library at 404 Pine Street, Manchester, NH! We’ll be tossing rings to hook a bottle to raise funds to help us renovate the main library’s children’s room in the near future.

Participation is simple! You will be able to purchase your rings once you arrive at the event. Once purchased, you will toss the rings at the bottles of wine set up across from you. If your ring lands on the neck of the bottle, it’s yours to keep! There will be reds, whites, and bubblies to compete for. You must, of course, be 21 or over to participate. Rings will be 3 for $10 or 7 for $20. Please note this event is cash or check only!

Light refreshments will be served while you cheer on your friends as they compete in the Wine Toss!

Thank you to our sponsors: Charter Trust, Ledyard Financial, Patch, Fitzgerald + Ward, Devine Millimet, St. Mary’s Bank, Insured Workers Pharmacy, and MacWilliam Financial!

The Foundation is actively seeking sponsorships for the event as well. If you are interested in being a sponsor for the event please contact the library and please RSVP to Mary Gallant at 624-6550 X3311 so we have a head count!


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Libraries Transform! National Library Week 2017

April 11th, 2017 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Main Branch, National Library Week, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch




An official proclamation.





Mayor Ted Gatsas with Deputy Director Dee Santoso




Libraries Transform!

It’s official!  This week is “National Library Week” in Manchester!  Today Mayor Ted Gatsas visited the library and issued a proclamation making it so.  Every year there is a different theme for National Library Week, and this year the theme is “Libraries Transform”.

Libraries all across the country have been working hard to stay relevant in today’s rapidly changing environment and the Manchester City Library is no exception to that trend.  Not only have we transformed and renovated the physical buildings of both the Main Branch and the West Branch libraries, we are also constantly working to provide you, our public, with access to new services, new technology, online resources, and that new bestseller  or Blu-Ray DVD you’re looking for.

This week let this encourage you to visit the library at one or more of our locations: the Carpenter Memorial Library Building on Pine Street, the West Manchester Branch Library at 76 Main Street on the West Side, or our online branch library on the Internet.

Tuesday April 11th – National Library Workers Day (We get to wear jeans.)

Wednesday April 12th – Manchester City Library Foundation Wine Toss, Beer and Spirits Fundraiser (contact Mary G. at 624-6550 to RSVP)

Friday April 14th – Patron Appreciation Day (Stop by for a snack and say hello.)

Saturday April 15th – The Spring 10$ a Bag Library Book Sale (The line forms early!)

We are glad to have you along with us for the ride, working together, as libraries transform.

See you at the library!


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Tax Time Draws Near, but Not as Near as You Might Think

April 11th, 2017 · City Library, Main Branch, News, West Branch

Tax Day is Tuesday April 18,  2017.  Per the IRS Website:

April 18 Filing Deadline – The filing deadline to submit 2016 tax returns is Tuesday, April 18, 2017, rather than the traditional April 15 date. In 2017, April 15 falls on a Saturday, and this would usually move the filing deadline to the following Monday — April 17. However, Emancipation Day — a legal holiday in the District of Columbia — will be observed on that Monday, which pushes the nation’s filing deadline to Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Under the tax law, legal holidays in the District of Columbia affect the filing deadline across the nation.

Here is the IRS page for Information on Extension of Time to File Your Tax Return

Get Tax Forms and Publications right from our website

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