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Live streaming of the solar eclipse

August 18th, 2017 · City Library, Government Documents, Main Branch, Uncategorized

solar eclipseJoin us Monday, August 21, in the library auditorium for NASA’s live streaming of the solar eclipse! The Eclipse Preview Show starts at noon, followed by Solar Eclipse: Through the Eyes of NASA from 1:00-4:00 p.m. This show will cover the path of totality the eclipse will take across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. The program will feature views from NASA research aircraft, high-altitude balloons, satellites and specially-modified telescopes. It also will include live reports from Charleston, as well as from Salem, Oregon; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Beatrice, Nebraska; Jefferson City, Missouri; Carbondale, Illinois; Hopkinsville, Kentucky; and Clarksville, Tennessee.

And best of all: you don’t need eclipse glasses to watch the show!

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The library has run out of solar eclipse glasses

August 14th, 2017 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, West Branch

UPDATE (8/15/2017): All stores in the area have sold out their stock of eclipse glasses. You still have time, however, to build a pinhole camera. Let NASA show you how.

You may still be able to purchase glasses before Monday’s eclipse. The American Astronomical Society has compiled a list of online retailers who may carry ISO-compliant glasses or viewers. The Manchester City Library provides this information as a courtesy, and does not endorse any particular vendor, brand or model.

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Brown Bag Book Club reading list

August 14th, 2017 · Book Group, Books, City Library, E-Books, Events, Main Branch, News, Trustees

Our Brown Bag Book Club meets the last Tuesday of each month at 12:15.  Bring your lunch – dessert is on us. Here is the reading list of books that our Brown Bag Book Group has decided upon for this year.    New members are always welcome to join, or you can “read along” on your own if you can’t make the meetings.  Most of these books are also available as audio-books or downloadable eBook formats , so you have options! Please call the Information Desk at 624-6550 at ext. 3320 for more information.

September 26  My Cousin Rachel, by Daphne du Maurier

October 24  Kookooland, a Memoir, by Gloria Norris

Novenber 28  Never Caught:  The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave: Ona Judge, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

December 26  The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance, by Edmund de Waal

January 30  East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

February 27  The Sleepwalker, by Chris Bohjalian

March  27  The Summer Before the War, by Helen Simonson

April 24  The Shipping News, By Annie Proulx

May 29  Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II, by Vicki Croke

June 26  A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles

See you at the book club!


























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What’s Happening on 8-21-17? It’s the Great American Eclipse!

August 3rd, 2017 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

UPDATE (8/14/2017): The library has run out of the solar eclipse glasses provided to us by the SEE Science Center.

It’s the first total solar eclipse over the contiguous U.S. since 1979.  The last total solar eclipse that took a similar path over the U.S. was in 1918!

But will it be a total solar eclipse in New England?  Unfortunately, not, It’ll look something like this and will start at approximately 1:28pm and end at around 3:59pm.  You can also stop by the Rotunda display for an image of what we’ll see and pick up books for you and the kids on this fascinating phenomenon.

Even though we won’t see a total solar eclipse, we’ll still need special glasses to watch it.  According to NASA, sunglasses are not safe.

NASA also has a great FAQ page which answers such questions as:  why do eclipses happen?  How much does the temperature drop during an eclipse?  Can I take pictures of the eclipse with my smartphone?

Can’t make it to Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, or South Carolina to see the total eclipse? Live stream it!

Here’s another website set up specifically for The Great American Eclipse.  Everything from path maps to web apps, safe glasses and fun eclipse bling can be found here.

Have Fun and be safe.  And don’t forget to play Pink Floyd during the event.

“… and everything under the sun is in tune
but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.”

‘Eclipse’ by Pink Floyd from ‘Dark side of the Moon’

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Family Fare Finale

August 2nd, 2017 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Family Fare, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Teens

Announcing More Wildlife Encounters!
This Thursday we will be wrapping up our Family Fare events by welcoming back Wildlife Encounters. This show has the potential to be a memorable & fun interactive experience where you may get to see animals you’ve never encountered in your life! For more information contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 3311. Join us on the library lawn at 6 PM on Thursday, August 3rd. In the event of rain we will move to the library auditorium. (Sponsored by the MCL Trustees)

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The Majestic Theatre Presents “The Velveteen Rabbit”

July 29th, 2017 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Main Branch, News, Summer Reading Program, Teens

As we close out our children’s summer reading program the Majestic Theatre is proud to present The Velveteen Rabbit. This classic story of a stuffed toy rabbit made real by a boy’s enduring love is now available as a fully staged musical. This adaptation captures all the tenderness and magic of the original story and adds six beautiful songs plus opportunities for dancers and incidental music. You will laugh at the antics of the living rabbits and cry when the Velveteen Rabbit lies discarded in the rubbish heap. But most of all, everyone will be moved when the little boy announces his Velveteen Rabbit is real, and the Nursery Magic Fairy turns this love into a miracle. Join us on August 10th at 11 AM at the Main Branch OR at 2:30 PM at the West Branch.  Space is limited so plan to arrive early!  For more information please call the Children’s Room at 624-6550 ext. 3328.



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Book Discussion 2017-2018 reading list

July 21st, 2017 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Trustees

Our Thursday Evening Book Discussion Group has made their reading list and checked it twice!  Here’s the scoop on what the Evening Book Group has chosen to read this year.  As always, their choices cover an interesting and wide range of reading material.  This book discussion group meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 PM in our cozy Hunt Room. Everyone is welcome to join, or you can “read along” on your own if you can’t make the meetings.  Most of these books are also available as audio-books or downloadable eBooks, so you have options! Please call the Information Desk at 624-6550 at ext. 3320 for more information.  Sign-up and books are kept at the circulation desk of the main library.

September 14, 2017 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The lives of a blind French girl and a German boy who is a member of the Hitler Youth converge during World War II.


October 12, 2017 Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
This hilarious tale of a blundering narcissist contains a theme of isolation that is just as relevant in the Internet age as it was when it was written in 1980.


November 9, 2017 Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
The author of The Devil in the White City brings to life the sinking of the Lusitania during World War II.


December 14, 2017 News of the World By Paulette Jiles
In this novel set in 1870’s Texas, Captain Jefferson Kidd has been commissioned to return to her family a 10 year old girl rescued from Indian capture.


January 11, 2018 Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Story of a runaway slave on her dangerous path to  freedom. National Book Award winner and Oprah Book Club selection.


February 8, 2018 For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
A classic story of love and war during the Spanish Civil War.


March 8, 2018 Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, A Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard
Young Winston Churchill’s experiences as a prisoner during the Boer War and his harrowing escape.


April 12, 2018 Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
A novel about marriage, immigration, class, race and the American dream that centers on a young Cameroon couple making a new life in New York just as the recession hits.


May 10, 2018 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance   
This nonfiction account of growing up in a Rust Belt town offers a probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.

See you at the book discussion!








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Trolley Night & Family Fare Thursday

July 18th, 2017 · Children, City Library, Events, Family Fare, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees

The Manchester City Library is proud to take part in our first Trolley Night! We will be one of the stops on the Trolley Tour and we’re really excited.  The Carpenter Memorial Building opened in 1914 and has been recently renovated to enhance its architecture and library services. Join us Thursday, July 20th, for this weeks Family Fare Event on the south lawn at 6 pm with musician Steve Blunt, or come inside for tours of the historic building and listen to live music from harpist Lisa Washington Calvo.

Trolley Night and the events at the library are free and family friendly.  The trolleys will circulate on their routes between 5 and 8 pm.

See you on the trolley!


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Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest Genealogy are available now

July 18th, 2017 · Uncategorized

Both Ancestry and Heritage Quest genealogy databases are now up and running.  We thank you for your patience!

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Dinosaur Hunt

July 14th, 2017 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Summer Reading Program


Join us as we go on a hunt for dinosaurs on the library lawn. We will gather in the Winchell Room to listen to dinosaur stories and make a dinosaur craft. Afterwards, we will head outside with our magnifying glasses to look for dinosaurs and dinosaurs bones. Come dress for outside activities. So plan to join us on Thursday, July 20th at 10 AM in the Winchell Room where we’ll meet and listen to some dinosaur stories and then we’ll move to the library lawn, weather permitting. This program is great for children ages 2-5.  For more information please call us at the Children’s room at 624-6550 ext. 3328.

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