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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 19th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Main Branch

Everyone knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If the explosions of pink ribbons didn’t clue you in, maybe the other pink branding from your favorite retail or coffee chain may have piqued your interest.

You may be wondering why it matters to you. Maybe you were born male, and you think you aren’t in danger. Well, did you know that there were about 2,190 men in the US that developed breast cancer this year?

Maybe you think you are safe because you don’t have a family history of breast cancer. Well, you might be interested to know that 75% of women with breast cancer have no family history, and less than 10% have a known gene mutation that increases risk.

The truth is that breast cancer still affects a large number of people in the United States. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer, every year; and despite advances in research, 41,760 women are expected to die in 2019 from breast cancer.

October isn’t just your yearly reminder to self-check.  It’s a month-long campaign to raise funds for life-saving research to save as many people as we possibly can.

So, this October, donate, research, or get inspired, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

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New Fiction Coming Soon!

October 18th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Place your holds now for these upcoming titles!
Call us at 624-6550 ext. 3320 for assistance or visit our library catalog on our website.

Jeffrey Archer – Nothing Ventured

Margaret Atwood – The Testaments

Elizabeth Berg – The Confession Club

M.C. Beaton – Beating About the Bush

Orson Scott Card – Lost and Found

Joe Hill – Full Throttle

Alice Hoffman – The World that We Knew

Robert Jordan – Warrior of the Altaii

Joseph Kanon – The Accomplice

Debbie Macomber – A Mrs. Miracle Christmas

Tracie Peterson – What Comes My Way

Victoria Thompson – City of Scoundrels

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Alternate Histories

October 15th, 2019 · Audiobooks, Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

Have you ever wondered how things would be if one event in history had happened differently? Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle explores this theme, supposing the Axis Powers had won WWII and divided the United States in half between German and Japanese control. Explore similar variances in history with the following books:

  1. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Graham-Smith
  2. Last American Vampire by Seth Graham-Smith
  3. Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen Carter
  4. Underground Airlines by Ben Winters
  5. Gettysburg: A novel by Newt Gingrich
  6. Grant Comes East by Newt Gingrich
  7. Never Call Retreat by Newt Gingrich
  8. Pearl Harbor: A novel by Newt Gingrich
  9. Days of Infamy by Newt Gingrich
  10. Yiddish Policemen’s Union Michael Chabon

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Great Deal on the Great Courses!

October 14th, 2019 · City Library, Main Branch, News, Streaming Movies & Music, Technology, West Branch

We’re closed today for Columbus Day, but don’t let that stop you from learning! #manchesternh Stream The Great Courses on Kanopy with new unlimited access and 70 new courses! There’s also unlimited viewing for 30 days of a series. Your monthly credits will not be used!

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Closed Monday for Columbus Day

October 10th, 2019 · City Library, Events, Library Closings, Main Branch, West Branch

Both libraries will be closed on Monday, October 14th, in observance of Columbus Day. We will reopen at our normal times on Tuesday and look forward to serving you then.

We wish you all a safe and happy holiday.

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendations for October, 2019

October 7th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

There are lots of different ways Sci-Fi and Fantasy handle infection-themed stories. Zombies, space illness, werewolves, vampires, and even apocalypse-level events. They’re all fantastic! Take a look at some of these bad boys to get your dose of Infection Stories!

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One Book One Manchester

October 3rd, 2019 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

This year’s One Book, One Manchester selection is Gloria Norris’s KooKooland, her riveting memoir about growing up in the city, contending with poverty, domestic violence, mental illness, and racism, and emerging triumphant (and with a sharp, rollicking sense of humor) from these daunting circumstances. Please join us in what promises to be a lively season of conversations and related activities. You will find the full list of community wide activities below in this post. For more information please call the Information Desk at 624-6550 ext. 3320

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Stigma in the City: A Brief History of Mental Wellness in Manchester from 1960 to Today

September 30th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees

Join Rick Cornell, VP of Community Relations at the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7pm in the Auditorium for a look at the history of mental health in Manchester. Part of the One-Book-One-Manchester series, this program will examine the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental disorders during the 1960’s and how it shaped the projects where Gloria Norris grew up. From the 1960’s to today, Cornell will touch on some of the most misunderstood disorders, and how, left untreated, they can cause tremendous damage to those that suffer from them and the people around them.  For more information, contact Sue at 624-6550 x3320

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True Crime

September 30th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News

Interested in true crime? Check out these suspense and thriller novels based on true stories!

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Manchester City Library Transcribe-athon – October 8th

September 23rd, 2019 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

Do you enjoy typing? Are you looking for a way to bond with other members of the Manchester community and increase access to marginalized voices? Then come to the Manchester City Library’s Transcribe-athon on October 8th from 5-7pm! In an effort to increase access to the marginalized voices, the Manchester City Library will be hosting an event to transcribe essays written by those who are imprisoned, work in the prison system, or volunteer in the prison system through the American Prison Writings Archive. This event is being linked to One Book, One Manchester which is reading Kookooland, a memoir written by Gloria Norris, which includes discussion of incarceration.

Registration is required. Please bring your own laptop. Library laptops will be provided on a first come first serve basis. For more information please contact Becky at 603-624-6550 ext 3320

**You will be able to choose the paper you transcribe, however, please note that many, if not most letters discuss issues that may be unsettling to some, including violence, gang membership, police brutality, mental illness, and past crimes.**

How did APWA get started?

The American Prison Writing Archive (APWA) “evolved from a book project completed in 2014 with the publication of Fourth City: Essays from the Prison in America, the largest collection to date of non-fiction writing by currently incarcerated Americans writing about their experience inside. The submission deadline for Fourth City passed in August 2012, yet submissions never ceased. The imperative to build the APWA grew from the clear evidence that, once invited, incarcerated people would not give up the chance to tell their stories. The APWA currently hosts over 1,600 essays, enough work to fill over twenty-two volumes the size of Fourth City (a 338-page, 7″x10” text).”

What is their mission?

“The mission of the APWA is to replace speculation on and misrepresentation of prisons, imprisoned people, and prison workers with first-person witness by those who live and work on the receiving end of American criminal justice.”

What has APWA done so far?

  • 890+ contributing authors
  • 550+ prisons represented
  • 47 states represented

305 essays still need transcription!”

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