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Portland Pie Co. fundraiser postponed

April 16th, 2015 · City Library, Events, News, Uncategorized

We just learned that the Manchester Portland Pie Co. has closed unexpectedly for the rest of today. As a result, tonight’s fundraiser will need to be postponed. We apologize for the short notice, and would like to thank any would-be supporters who were planning to attend. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s been rescheduled.

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$10 Bag Book Sale – April 25, 2015

April 16th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, National Library Week, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees

Manchester City Library will be holding a Spring $10 Bag Book Sale on April 25th (Saturday) from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Winchell Room of the Library. Just bring empty average size grocery bags (cloth or paper) and fill them up from the over 10, 000 items available. You will pay just $10 per bag of materials, as you leave the sales area.

There are books for all ages and interests, including children books, large print books (mostly fiction), cookbook, craft books, many paperbacks for reading on the summer beach or anywhere, science fiction and many other fiction genera hardcover books, history, religion and so many other subjects. Other materials available are video and audio materials, as well as musical scores and recordings. Some individually priced framed prints are available

All proceeds go towards programs and projects at Manchester City Library.

Point of Contact is Eileen Reddy, who can be reached at or by phone at 624-6550 ext. 320.



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The Edgar Awards

April 14th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News, West Branch

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston in 1809 and died in Baltimore in 1849. He was best known for his poetry and short stories, and his work led to the beginning of different literary genres, earning him the nickname “Father of the Detective Story.” Among his major works were Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, which included the short story “The Fall of the House of Usher;” the 1841 story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue;” and the 1845 poem “The Raven.”

In 1946, the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) created the Edgar Awards, named for Mr. Poe, to honor the best novels, non-fiction books, television shows and films produced or published in the previous year within the mystery, crime, suspense and intrigue fields.

This year’s nominees for the 2015 Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Best Novel are:

This Dark Road to Mercy, by Wiley Cash

Wolf, by Mo Hayder

Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King

The Final Silence, by Stuart Neville

Saints of the Shadow Bible, by Ian Rankin

Cop Town, by Karin Slaughter

The winner of this category, as well as the rest of the Edgar winners, will be announced on April 29 in New York City. For more information on the award and a full list of nominees for all the categories, check out the award website:

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National Library Week: April 12th-18th

April 10th, 2015 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Main Branch, National Library Week, News, Newsletter, NH Room, Trustees


This year’s theme is Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library. Have you checked out an eBook from the library? What about an eReader? Have you used an online database to learn a new language? What about taking home the newest DVD title or a recent magazine? There are a plethora of services for you to try at your libraries this spring! As part of National Library Week, Portland Pie Co. will be donating $1 from every pizza and Shipyard ale sold on Thursday April 16th from 5:00 to 9:00 PM to the Manchester City Library Foundation! Stop by and have a pizza to help support your libraries! We will also be celebrating Patron Appreciation Day on Friday, April 17th, so stop in and visit with us!

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Harpist Lisa Washington Calvo

April 7th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter


Join us for a performance by Harpist Lisa Washington Calvo in the library rotunda as part of National Library Week. Lisa has performed for countless professional freelance engagements in the New England area. Lisa began her harp studies in the Richmond (VA) Public Schools Harp Program. She received her bachelor’s degree in Harp Performance at Oberlin College and a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. She studied during the summer at the Salzedo Harp Colony (Camden, Maine) and also at the Brevard Music Center (North Carolina). Her teachers have included Ann Williams, Jackie Pates, Elizabeth Dechent, Alice Chalifoux and Ann Hobson Pilot. Lisa served as full-time harpist at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Boston for over five years.

Lisa will be playing in the library rotunda on April 14th from 1:30-3:30.  Please stop in and enjoy her beautiful music.

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April 2nd, 2015 · City Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens

imagesAre you, your teenager, or someone you know taking driver’s ed? Learning to ride a motorcycle this spring? Going for a commercial driver’s license (CDL)? We can help! Visit Manchester.driving from the library’s Databases page to get started. Download full copies of the State of New Hampshire Driver’s Manual, Motorcycle Operator Manual and New Hampshire CDL Driver’s Guide. Test your knowledge with one of ten practice tests, six motorcycle practice tests, and 3 CDL practice tests. No ads! No library card required. No need to create an account. What are you
waiting for? is a part of Elegant E-Learning, Inc., and not associated with or endorsed by the NH Department of Motor Vehicles. We encourage patrons to verify all answers with the official State of New Hampshire Driver’s Manual.

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Let us eat pie! Pizza pie, that is!

March 30th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch, National Library Week, News, NH Room, Trustees

Library Week Portland Pie Cares Social Media

The Portland Pie Co. has partnered with local libraries for a tasty fundraising event during National Library Week. Join us on Thursday, April 16th, from 5-9 PM at any Portland Pie Co. eatery and enjoy a feast of their marvelous pizza and Shipyard Beer.  One dollar for every pizza and Shipyard beer ordered will go to benefit the Manchester City Library.

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Check Your Hat!

March 30th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch


Check your hat at the door because the show is going to go on and it’s here at the Manchester City Library! Local historian and author John Patrick Jordan has just published another local history gem!   Manchester’s historic Palace Theatre is celebrating it’s historic 100th birthday this year and what a better way to help celebrate this occasion, than with this wonderful tribute! The Vaudeville Years in Manchester Palace Theater 1915-1955 will be discussed by author John Patrick Jordan.  Plan to join us on Saturday, April 4th, at 11 o’clock and listen as Mr. Jordan discusses his latest publication. Books will be on sale and signed at that time.  For more information please contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 311.

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Author Reading with Janet Langlois Balch

March 27th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter


“Brian and I sat back in the car. I stared straight ahead. Then gently my mother reached her hand over to mine and grasped it tightly. I turned to look at her. She had tears streaming down her face. “Did you see the beautiful view? Wasn’t I lucky,” she said softly. “Wasn’t I so lucky.” There are those moments in life that are so deep and so meaningful that there are no words to define them. That everything that needs to be said is best spoken in silence.

So goes this beautiful and poignant novel by local author Janet Langlois Balch.  The Manchester City Library is pleased to host a reading and book signing of her new book,  Maybe Tomorrow: a Memoir of Everyday Moments. Join us on Thursday evening, April 9th, at 7 PM in the Winchell Room.

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The Goldfinch!

March 25th, 2015 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch


For March the Brown Bag Book Club will be reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. The Goldfinch (2013) is the third novel by American author Donna Tartt, her first new book in 11 years. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014 among other honors.

A young boy miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother.  Abandoned by his father, he is taken in by a friend’s family.  In the years that follow, one of the few reminders of his mother is a small painting that ultimately draws him into the art underworld.

The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate. Plan to join us on Tuesday,  March 31st, at 12:15 and don’t forget to bring along your lunch. For any questions or for more information please contact the Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 320.

See you at the book discussion!

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