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When Disaster Strikes

July 17th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News

If you’re a fan of True Crime stories, you might want to check out some true stories about Disasters in history! Disasters shape our world in many ways: from changing our understanding of science to improving our policy. Though these disasters often resulted in tragedy, we can always learn from them to prevent another one, or be better prepared for others!

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Introducing Kanopy Streaming Service!

July 16th, 2019 · City Library, Main Branch, News, Technology, West Branch

This summer, the Manchester City Library has partnered with Kanopy to bring library card holders a new and easy way to access and stream video content! With your library card, you may view up to 10 titles a month, with Kanopy Kids offering unlimited viewing! What exactly is available on Kanopy? So much! Including:

  • Documentaries: Over 15,000 documentaries on all topics from the environment to race and social justice.
  • Foreign Films: over 2,000 foreign films in 180 languages.
  • Movies: Over 9,000 movies including great selection of early cinema.
  • Learning cinema: including the Great Courses collection, over 1,500 K-12 curriculum films, career development films, language learning, and lifestyle content (yoga, cooking, etc)
  • Local content: the collection’s breadth provides access to a wide array of films from local filmmakers and on issues of local and regional relevance.
  • Kanopy Kids: A tightly curated collection of the best programs for children aged 2-12, launched in partnership with Common Sense Media, the leading rating/review source for parents.
  • Accessibility: Kanopy is the only platform to meet full accessibility standards – (1) all films have captions and transcripts; (2) films are compatible with visual impairment technologies; and (3) films provide special disability settings for patrons.
  • Public Performance Rights: All content can be streamed in classrooms, community groups, and other events.

Visit our Downloadable page to learn more and sign up for your account!

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Space Ships and Lunar Landings

July 15th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

July 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. If interested in learning about Apollo 11, or other space crafts, check out the following display:

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Library Parking Lot – Monday, July 15th

July 11th, 2019 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Teens

The library parking lot will be closed off on Monday, July 15th as we prepare to set up for the Vertical Dreams climbing Wall event for teens. The parking spaces for disabled patrons will remain open, but we will be blocking off the rest of the lot before we open on Monday. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we hope you agree that this special event for the teens will be worth it!

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Rock Climbing Wall – Teen Program

July 10th, 2019 · City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Teens

On Monday you can really climb the wall! How? Try out the 24-foot portable climbing wall that will be provided by Vertical Dreams in the library’s parking lot. For teens in grades 6 to 12 only. Teens must have a waiver signed by a parent in order to participate. Meet at the library parking lot on Concord Street on Monday, July 15th from 6-8 PM. Waivers may be signed the day of the event, or can be picked up in advance at the Information Desk. Questions? Contact Alex Graves at 603-624-6550 ext. 3345 or

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It’s Picnic Time

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


Now that warmer weather is finally here,  the good citizens of New Hampshire hereby proclaim it to be picnic time.  Whether you’re at camp or at one of the beautiful state parks, or in your backyard, Manchester City Library’s got you covered. 

Below are helpful titles for BBQ recipes such as ribs, pork, lamb, vegetables, shrimp, lobster, you name it.  We’ve also included beloved picnic desserts like my favorite – brownies.  There are also recipes for s’mores, strawberry-rhubarb cobbler, and shall I go on? 

Also included are ideas for games and other activities for the whole family, such as corn hole (also  known as hillbilly horseshoes), badminton,  croquet, dodgeball, scavenger hunts, and of course, Cherokee marbles.  You haven’t heard of Cherokee marbles?  It’s a cross between croquet, golf, and bocce ball, played as far back as 800 A.D.  This and the other games mentioned are a terrific way to work off all those brownies..

Have a great summer.  It will be gone all too quickly.

Fireworks, picnics, and flags

Summer kitchen delicious video recipes for your picnic basket or backyard BBQ table

The new camp cookbook

The175 best camp games a handbooks for leaders

Get out! outdoor activities kids can enjoy everywhere except indoors

How to Grill

Complete handbook of indoor and outdoor games and activities for young children

The big book of games

Tag, Toss and Run 40 Classic Lawn Games

Caro & Co helping kids find wonder in the everyday : easy outdoor and indoor activities to inspire your kids


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Landing on the Moon

July 7th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Teens

This month, we recognize the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon-landing. The first manned moon landing on July 20, 1969 was watched by people across the country. In this selection, we reflect upon the experiences of the astronauts as well as incorporating some of the stories of those who made it all happen. Check out the display in front of the circulation desk!

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendations for July, 2019

July 5th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

This month, the Manchester City Library is pleased to bring you a host of suggestions for Fantasy books about “Magic Academy!” You’ll notice that Harry Potter isn’t on this list; it’s intentional, don’t worry! But if are a big fan of Harry Potter, you might like some of the books on this list. All of the characters in these books discover that they have magical powers, and must now learn how to use them. Either by formal institution or tutoring, these characters have a great destiny to fulfill!

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Libraries Closed for the 4th of July

June 27th, 2019 · Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Government Documents, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

The Manchester City Library and the West Manchester Branch Library will be closed on Thursday, July 4th in observance of the Independence Day holiday. We will reopen at our normal times on Friday.

Manchester’s Independence Day Celebration will take place on Wednesday, July 3rd, at Arms Park in downtown Manchester on Commercial Street. There will be live entertainment, food vendors and fireworks at dusk.   Here is a list of Independence Day activities going on across the state.

We hope that you and yours have a safe and happy holiday.

Happy 4th of July!

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June 19th, 2019 · Audiobooks, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

June is audiobook month.  Check out our audiobooks on display near the circulation desk.

Audiobooks help us by improving literacy, motivation, fluency, and reading speed.  Also check out how to download eaudiobooks via Libby, Hoopla and Cloud library.  Get started today here.

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