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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas?

November 27th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Main Branch


Want to learn how to deck your halls for the holiday season? Consider attending our holiday decorating event featuring Nancy Godbout and Aimee Lindh from Jacques Flower Shop. Come watch how to make wreaths, roping and much more for the holiday season.  Join us on Tuesday, December 1st, at 6 PM. Registration is required as this is a very popular annual event and seating is limited to 40 people.  For more information please contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 311 or go onto library calendar to sign-up.

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2015 · Events, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees


The Manchester City Library will be closed on Thursday, November 26th, for Thanksgiving Day.  We will reopen on Friday, November 27th, at 9:30 and look forward to serving you then.

The library staff would like to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Adult Coloring Party

November 22nd, 2015 · City Library, Events, Main Branch

Picture1Holidays got you stressed out? Then why not come on in and try out the latest trend for adults: adult coloring! We’re having an adult coloring party on December 15th at 11 AM in the library Winchell Room. Drop in, sit down, and relax with some quiet time and experience the benefits of coloring therapy. Studies show that coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and help to promote overall wellness. The library will provide coffee and tea, coloring pages from books designed especially for adults, as well as colored pencils, markers, and crayons. If you prefer, you can bring your own coloring materials and enjoy the company. For more information please contact Yvonne Loomis at 624-6550 ext. 320. We hope you will join us and color yourself calm! See you at the coloring club.

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‘A Man Called Ove’

November 19th, 2015 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch


For the month of November the Brown Bag Book Club will be discussing the ‘A Man Called Ove’ by Frederick Backman. Ove is a curmudgeon, but behind the cranky exterior is a story and a sadness.  However, when a chatty young couple and their two daughters move in next door and begin their association by flattening Ove’s mailbox, a new and unexpected world opens up.  Plan to join us at lunchtime on Tuesday, November 24th at 12:15 and bring your lunch – dessert is on us!  For more information please contact the Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 319.

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Closing at 4 PM on Wednesday (November 18th)!

November 16th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch



The Manchester City Library will be closing at 4 PM on Wednesday, November 18th in order to prepare for our Library Foundation’s Wine Toss for WiFi event! Our Wine Toss for Wi-Fi puts the FUN in fundraiser! Will you be joining us on the evening of Wednesday, the 18th!?

Join us on Wednesday November 18, 2015 from 5 to 7 pm for a fun, quick paced fundraiser! Come test your skills at tossing a ring to snag a bottle of wine for the Thanksgiving festivities! There will be reds, whites and bubblies for you to compete for!

Rings will be sold on site for 3 for $5!

Light refreshments will be served while you cheer on your friends as they compete in the “Wine Toss for Wi-Fi”.

What is a wine toss?
Once you purchase your rings, toss them at the bottles set up across from you. If your ring lands on the the neck of the bottle, it’s yours to keep! It’s a fun way to support the Manchester City Library Foundation’s efforts to improve Wi-Fi at the library AND win wine for your Thanksgiving dinner!

The proceeds from this event will help to upgrade Wireless Internet throughout the Manchester City Library! Please RSVP you intent to attend to Mary Gallant at 624-6550 X311 or at!

The Manchester City Library will be closing at 4 PM on Wednesday, November 18th in order to prepare for the Foundation’s Wine Toss for WiFi event!


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Wine Toss for WiFi

November 15th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch, News


Wine Toss for WiFi!
The Manchester City Library foundation cordially invites you to attend our Fall fundraiser here at the library. Win wine for Thanksgiving dinner and help us upgrade our WiFi! We hope you will plan to join us on Wednesday, November 18th, from 5-7 PM. Please contact Mary G. at 624-6550 ext. 311 to make reservations to attend.

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Winter Snow Emergencies and Winter Parking

November 12th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Foundation, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees

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Yes, it might seem a tad bit early to be thinking about winter, winter parking, and winter snow emergencies, but we thought you might need this information. Hopefully not in the very near future!

Here are the Winter Parking Ban rules for the 2015/2016 Winter season:

The City of Manchester Department of Public Works would like to advise all operators and owners of all motor vehicles odd/even overnight winter parking will go into effect December 1, 2015 at 1:00 a.m. and will remain in effect until April 15, 2016.

As of December 1, 2015, parking will only be permitted on the odd numbered side of a street on odd numbered calendar month and only on the even numbered side of a street on even numbered calendar months beginning at 1:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. This means that you should park your car on the even side of the street during the month of December and you should park on the odd side of the street during the month of January, etc. etc.  If parking is presently allowed on only one side of the street during the day, parking will be permitted on that side of the street every night. In addition, there is no overnight parking permitted on the circular portions of dead-end cul-de-sacs. Those in violation of this ordinance will be subject to a $25.00 fine.

To receive winter parking ban notification please sign up here.


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Veterans Day

November 9th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News


This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.  Elmer Davis

Thank you to the veterans on our staff, and to family, friends, neighbors, and all who have served.  The Manchester City Library will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th for the observance of Veterans Day. We will reopen at our normal hours on Thursday morning.

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New Hours for the N.H. Room

November 8th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, NH Room


Starting Monday, November 9th, the New Hampshire Room will be closed on Monday nights, but open on Tuesday nights. The NH Room’s full schedule for the week will be as follows:

Monday: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Tuesday: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Thursday: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Friday: By Appointment Only

Saturday: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Sunday: Closed

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The Golden Hour

November 4th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, NH Room



Driving home from work last week down Route 28 I chanced to fall into a beautiful golden hour. The orange and gold leaves on the trees had a fine back-light to them and then when the trees finally gave way to fields, I saw the sky. It felt like one of those skies that Maxfield Parrish might have painted. He, too, lived in New Hampshire after all! It pleases me to think that my home state inspired such a renowned and respected artist and that we share sunrises and sunsets like this, albeit across time and space.

And speaking of time and space, I encourage you to shake off the stresses and blues of fall and winter by visiting the Maxfield Parrish exhibit at the Currier Museum of Art. And if you can’t visit the Currier, then plan to visit the art room in the library. We have a wonderful collection of Maxfield Parrish art books available for borrowing. If Maxfield Parrish’s art isn’t your thing, then we can find a different artist to inspire you.

I hope the beauty and stillness of Parrish’s works might warm your heart and help chase the autumn chills away. See you in the art room!


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