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Construction around the Main Library!

May 29th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch

mapimage_mflags=MKY&appid=search&locale=en_US&imw=554&imh=180&poi=;,1-xs-gwsIf you haven’t visited us lately you may not know that the city is working on the water and sewer lines in our area.  This is a massive project and needs to be done to maintain our city’s infrastructure! Unfortunately it does add some challenges when you visit us and we thank you for your patience.   The week of June 1st Pine Street in front of the library will be closed.  Traffic will be directed up Amherst Street to Union Street and then down Concord Street alongside the library to continue north on Pine Street.  So if you do visit next week please note there may be an increase in traffic to get to our parking lot and book drops! 


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Library awarded Moose Plate Grant to preserve NH Writers Project Paper

May 29th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Foundation, Library Databases, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Technology, Teens, West Branch

mooseManchester residents and library patrons can now read the original hand- and type-written works of local history, oral history, musicology, etc. from the NH Writers Project, thanks to a grant from the NH Conservation and Heritage License Plate Program.

The NH Writers Project was part of a national effort called the Federal Writers Project, one of many programs falling under the Works Project Administration (WPA). In 1935, President Roosevelt, as part of the New Deal, initiated programs like the WPA to put Americans back to work during the Great Depression.

In 1942 the Manchester City Library was chosen as the recipient for the NH Writers Project material. Some of the completed manuscripts include the History of Lake Winnipesaukee, History of Music in New Hampshire, Iron Industry in New Hampshire, My Old Village in the Province of Quebec and New Hampshire and Manchester Architecture. There are also numerous incomplete publications and unpublished research notes.

While valuable, the papers and photographs are too delicate to make available to the public. Being original materials, they are also irreplaceable. If the library were to microfilm the original material, then it could make the material available to the public while preserving and protecting it from damage. A microfilm copy would also allow us to digitize the material so that we could at some future time make the material available on our website.

Thanks to the efforts of Cynthia O’Neil, who maintained the library’s NH Room collection for many years before her retirement last year, the library applied for and was awarded a Moose Plate Grant of $4,826, the amount required for New England Micrographics of Marlborough, MA to complete the filming. The NH Writers Project material took up nearly 6 linear feet of shelf space, and now resides on 15 reels of microfilm. Copies are available not only at the Manchester City Library, but also at the New Hampshire State Library, and the Dimond Library at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. The master negatives will be retained by the New Hampshire State Archives.

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System upgrade: library catalog unavailable

May 27th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Technology

On Thursday, May 28th our public catalog will be down for a system upgrade. During this time neither the staff catalogs nor public catalogs will be available. eBooks and remote access to our electronic resources (databases) will likewise be unavailable. The Internet will still be available to patrons. For assistance in locating materials please visit the information desk, or call us at 624-6550 x 319 or 320. We thank you for your patience.

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Letting Go of a few Online Resources

May 26th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Foundation, Library Databases, Main Branch, West Branch

Some of our online resources–which we call databases–like Ancestry Library Edition, NoveList Plus, Heritage Quest Genealogy Online, EBSCO Publishing, New Hampshire Newspapers (NewsBank) and Transparent Language, enjoy a lot of use from you, our patrons. Some do not. While we pride ourselves on offering a broad range of both print and online reference and research materials, we’ve had to make some tough decisions based on cost and usage, and discontinue some of the resources we offer.

Our subscriptions to the following online resources will run out at the end of June:

American History Online

Auto Repair Center

Issues & Controversies

Literary Reference Center

ReferenceUSA – replaced by AtoZdatabases

Science Online

We apologize for the loss of service. Please visit, call (603) 624-6550 x 319 or e-mail our information desk, and we will be happy to help you find alternate resources.

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Memorial Day!

May 22nd, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Local History, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, Uncategorized


The Manchester City Library will be closed from Saturday, May 23rd through Monday, May 25th for the observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday at our regular time of 9:30 AM.  Here is a list of events going on relating to Memorial Day celebrations. We hope that you all have a safe and happy holiday.

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May 20th, 2015 · City Library, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Library Databases, Main Branch, News, Technology, West Branch


Attention job seekers, researchers and marketers! The library is pleased to offer AtoZdatabases: the Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Database. The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business & executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

AtoZdatabases will take the place of our subscription to ReferenceUSA, which will run out in the middle of June. While we realize you may be quite comfortable with ReferenceUSA, we think you’ll find your experience with AtoZdatabases comparable.

Visit, give it a try and tell us what you think!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our AtoZdatabases trial back in March.


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What Dreams May Come

May 17th, 2015 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch

It was a grey, colorless day and I was driving my brand new car up a steep hill. Strangely, I was seated in the driver’s seat faced backwards—so as the car climbed upward all I could see in front of me was the road that I’d just traveled on. I woke up feeling queasy.

Maybe you’ve had the recurring dream that you are taking an exam that you haven’t studied for, or that someone is chasing you down a dark street, or that you suddenly become weightless, hop into the air and fly through your living room. What does it all mean, you wonder? Are dreams just a jumble of scattered thoughts, old memories and buried emotions with no purpose? Recent science suggests that dreaming “is thinking in a different biochemical state”—one that is more intuitive and visual than the way we think when we are awake. Dreams can become a tool for self-awareness, and a problem-solver, if you can decode the surreal landscape you often find yourself wandering in.

So, here’s where a book on dream interpretation can help you do some decoding. Dream on It: Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life, author Lauri Quinn Loewenberg explains, through many examples, various dream symbols. If you are a romantic sort you could check out: Nostradamus’ Dream Interpretation Guide. When bad dreams mar your sleep The Nightmare Dictionary shows you how to categorize, analyze and resolve these troubling visions. There are of course, plenty of websites that can be helpful too. Here’s a few:

So take some time and investigate your dreams. In doing so you may just find a new direction in your waking life. As for me, I’m going to turn around and face the road ahead.

“Who looks outside, dreams, who looks inside, awakes”—Carl Jung.

Mary Orzechowski

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Let There Be Love

May 14th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

Let there be love.  And wedding planning books!

All the harsh winter snow mountains have melted away and finally, FINALLY, warmer weather is here! Bring on the visits to the beach, the 4thof July celebrations, the family barbeques involving Auntie Gail’s toxic potato and macaroni salad (it’s one dish, really!), and lastly, bring on the brides!

After binge watching episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress” and “I Found the Gown” you might be swirling down the drain of pre-wedding panic and subliminally channeling your inner bridezilla. But don’t fret! Consider stopping in and checking out one or two of the many wedding planning books we have here at the Manchester City Library! Here’s a small list of brand new books to lead you into the halls of wedded bliss!

A to Z Wedding Style by Kate Bethune. K is for killer heels and don’t forget, G is for the groom!

Style Your Perfect Wedding by the editors of Random House Publishing. This is a gorgeous book. So pretty it’s almost a qualifier for a coffee table book. The photographs are, well, gorgeous. Pick this one if you want some help with visual style and some quirky special touches at your wedding.

The Wedding A-Z : Everything You Need to Know—And Stuff You Never Thought to Ask by Linda Hampshire. Here are all the answers to every one of your burning bridal questions!

The Wedding Expert : 400 Things You Need to Know to Plan Your Big Day by Bettie Bradley. Only 400 things, you ask? After browsing this book, I suspect Ms. Bettie has covered every possibility with several contingency plans and you will be in good hands with this book!

Lastly, Matthew Robbins’ Inspired Weddings : Designing Your Big day With Favorite Objects & Family Treasures by none other than Mr. Matthew Robbins. Who could go wrong with a foreword by Martha Stewart and oodles of luscious photographs?

I hope these books will offer you some help and comfort in planning your big day. One thing of advice that I’d like to share is that no matter what kind of wedding you are planning, remember to keep your sense of humor throughout the whole process. That’s the best advice that I received and now I can share it with you.

Let there be love!


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Library book drops during construction

May 11th, 2015 · City Library, Main Branch, News

Due to construction around the library there will be times when our exterior book drops may not be accessible. We hope this inconvenience will be short in duration. Please return materials inside the library when the drops are blocked by heavy equipment.

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Got duct tape?

May 11th, 2015 · Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch

220px-Duct-tapeIt isn’t just for fixing things anymore, and comes in a wide variety of colors. Think you’re handy with a roll of duct tape? Then we’ve got a program for you! We’re having a duct tape lollapalooza on Wednesday, May 13th.  Come find out what you can create with a simple roll of duct tape.  This is a children’s program (but dad’s are welcome!) for youngsters from grades 1-5.  Registration is required so we can plan how much duct tape to supply. Join us at 4 PM in the Winchell Room for some sticky fun. For more information, please call David in the children’s room at 624-6550 ext. 328.


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