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Renovations at the Carpenter Memorial Library Building

December 5th, 2016 · Books, Children, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch


As part of maintaining this important historical structure the Manchester City Library Board of Trustees with the support of the City of Manchester are pleased to announce a major renovation of the Carpenter Memorial Building. The library will be receiving new flooring throughout all public areas on the 1st and 2nd floors as well new tiling in the Rotunda. The library building is now entering its 103rd year serving the citizens of Manchester.

During this major renovation the West Manchester Branch Library (76 N. Main Street) will be offering temporary extended hours to provide full library services.

From January 16th to January 29th the Carpenter Memorial Building will be closed to the public while renovations are completed. Temporary Branch hours during this time period will be:
Monday 9:30 am to 8:30 pm (Closed January 16th holiday)
Tuesday 9:30 am to 8:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am to 8:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

You will be able to pick up your holds, attend programs, use the Wi-Fi and access the Internet at the branch while we work on updating the main library building. If you wish to return materials during the project you can do so at the Branch or via the exterior book drops at the main library. No items will be due back during the project dates.

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Winter 2017 Afternoons at the Movies

November 28th, 2016 · City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Movies, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


Wednesdays @ 1 pm
Featuring Steve McQueen – Closed Captioned
December 7 The Rainmaker (136 min., PG13)
December 14 Bullitt (113 min., PG)
December 21 Christmas With the Kranks (98 min., PG)
December 28 Jungle Book (2016) (105 min., PG)
January 4 Captain America-Civil War (146 min., PG13)
January 11 Ghosts of Mississippi (130 min., PG13)

January 18 Magnificent Seven (1960) (126 min., NR)
January 25 Emma’s Chance (92 min., PG)

February 1 Miracles From Heaven (109 min., PG)
February 8 The Hunter (95 min., PG)
February 15 Now You See Me 2 (129 min., PG13)
February 22 Angry Birds (97 min., PG)

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Not your grandmother’s quilt!

November 25th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Quilts and quilting have been around for centuries as a practical as well as a decorative art. Over the years methods of cutting and assembling quilts have changed. The reasons for making quilts, however, are much the same as they were when our grandmothers made them.

Quilts were made to be used as bed covers but they were often designed to be pleasing to look at as well. They were given away as wedding gifts or made by a young woman to take with her when she married. Quilts were also made for new babies. A friendship quilt was made for people moving westward to remind them of the family and friends they were leaving behind.

Today we are still making those kinds of quilts but we also make smaller quilts created and used solely for decorations as wall hangings, table runners, bags, and garments. All kinds of fabrics and notions are available around the world. There are quilt shops from Australia to Japan, the United States to Malaysia. Visit to find one near you.

Grandmother might be surprised to find she could go to her public library and find hundreds of books on quilt making ranging from simple patchwork to more complex patterns and techniques. For example, Point, click, quilt: turn your photos into fabulous fabric art by Susan Brubaker Knapp introduces a modern technique while Vintage quilt revival: 22 modern designs from classic blocks by Katie Clark Blakesley, might inspire her to use familiar patterns to create a new keepsake.

Check out a small sample of quilting books and quilts on the main floor, near the elevator, for inspiration. For even more books on quilting, be sure to visit the Art & Music Room on the second floor.

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 22nd, 2016 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch


The library will be closed on Thursday, November 24th in observance of Thanksgiving Day. We will open on Friday at our normal time.  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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Miniature painting for beginners!

November 21st, 2016 · City Library, Events, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


Miniature Painting for Beginners -Learn the basics of miniature painting.  Beginner hobbyists of all types will find this program fun and informational.  Learn how to choose the proper tools and techniques for your own project.  Useful for enthusiasts of model trains, doll houses, board games and historical strategy games.  Thursday December 8th at 4 PM to 5:15 PM at the West Manchester Branch Library 2nd floor Meeting Room.  Call Caleb at (603) 624-6560 for more information.

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The Privacy Act: What the Government Can Collect and Disclose about You

November 21st, 2016 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees

Privacy is the watchword in the news these days. With the revelations in recent weeks about far-reaching domestic surveillance programs by the National Security Agency (NSA) and other Federal agencies that were expanded under the Patriot Act, Americans are scrambling to determine what privacy rights they have to information collected by the Federal Government.

Government Book Talk on The Privacy Act

Check out a copy of Overview of the Privacy Act of 1974 from Manchester City Library:

Overview of the Privacy Act of 1974

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3 reasons to be happy this November

November 18th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, West Branch

3 reasons to be happy this November:

  1. It’s Movember, or No-Shave November! This month-long event started in Australia as a fund-raising and awareness initiative for Cancer research. It began in 1999 and has gained popularity and traction outside Australia since, spreading to South Africa, Europe, and eventually North America in 2006. The rules are simple: during the month of November, forego shaving to grow a beard or cultivate a mustache. Participants can register with different foundations and have friends and family sponsor you, or you can support others in their hairy endeavors. Check out the library’s No-Shave November book list for some great reads!


  1. World Kindness Day was November 13th! Introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, it’s observed in many countries across the world, including Canada, Japan, Nigeria, UAE, Singapore, Italy, India, Australia, the UK, and more. WKD is a global, 24-hour celebration dedicated to paying-it-forward and focusing on the good. You can get involved without spending anything, just do something kind! You can share a kindness quote, write someone a letter of thanks, pick up some trash you see on the street, volunteer, or recycle. Have some dough to spend? Send someone flowers, donate to a charity, or buy a stranger’s coffee. Want more ideas? Visit some websites dedicated to spreading kindness! But why stop on the 13th? Practice kindness all year!


  1. Thanksgiving falls on November 24th this year. It’s a traditional day to spend time with family, celebrating everything we are thankful for and marks the beginning of the broader holiday season. If you love Thanksgiving, you can revel in traditional foods and thematically relevant stories with the library’s Thanksgiving list. If you dread Thanksgiving, try doing something different like volunteering around the community, and take care of yourself and your mental wellness. Otherwise, well, I hear Netflix has some really great stuff this November.


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Mosquito Rain

November 18th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News


Local author Dan Szczesny will be here for a talk, slide show and book signing. Come see Dan’s extraordinary travels through Alaska.  Plan to join us on November 29th at 7 PM in our library auditorium. For more information please contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 3311.

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Children’s Room Entrance Closed Week of 11/21

November 14th, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees

The exterior entrance to the Children’s Room will be closed the week of November 21st in order to install new railings and to move the existing one. Handicap access will be available through the auditorium door and down through the Winchell Room.

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The Eleventh Hour …

November 11th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

World War I.  The Great War.  The War to End All Wars.  No matter what you call it, the conflict which resulted in more than 38 million casualties officially ended on June 28, 1919 at the Palace of Versailles.  However, a temporary cessation of hostilities between the Allies and Germany went into effect months before at the “eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month.”  And so, November 11, 1918 is what most people consider to be the end of the First World War.

One year later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.  An Act of Congress in 1938 made the 11th of November every year a legal holiday, to be known as Armistice Day, to honor veterans of World War I.  In 1954 this was amended to honor American veterans of all wars, and the name changed to Veterans Day.

This November 11, let us all take a moment to so as President Eisenhower requested in his Proclamation in 1954 and “solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”

For a brief timeline of the history of this federal holiday, please check out our display on the north side of the main library building.  And to all you veterans out there:  Thank you for your service.

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