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Library closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. – Civil Rights Day

January 10th, 2018 · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Martin Luther KingThe Manchester City Library will be closed on Monday, January 15th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. – Civil Rights Day. We will reopen on Tuesday morning at our normal time.

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2018 Winter Olympics are almost here!

January 8th, 2018 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Uncategorized, West Branch

The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place from February 9-25 in PyeongChang, South Korea.  And once again New Hampshire will be well represented by a mixture of those who grew up here and enjoyed their sport from a young age to those who furthered their athletic talents while attending college in New Hampshire.  For the rest of us, the Manchester City Library has a broad collection of materials in print and electronic format to help us learn the fundamentals of skating/skiing, discover a new ski spot, read about past Olympics as well as a variety of other winter sports.  There are DVD’s on the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” hockey team and the scaling of Mount Everest.  The library’s digital collections provide options to read or listen to even more!

To whet your appetite a bit more check out these fun facts!


The first winter Olympics was held in 1924 in Chamonix, France.  The first gold medal of these games was won by the United States of America.  The host country, France, failed to win any gold medals; a first in Olympic history.  The first winter medals were awarded in the sports of:

Olympic rings

  • Bobsleigh
  • Curling
  • Ice hockey
  • Skating
  • Figure skating
  • Speed skating
  • Nordic skiing
  • Military patrol
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Nordic combined
  • Ski jumping

And finally, the first ski club in America was formed in Berlin, New Hampshire in 1872!

Did you know…?

  • The 1924 winter Olympics brought 11 year old Sonje Henie to the world. She did not win here but went on to win in three later Olympics.
  • Sixteen nations competed in the 1924 winter games.
  • Germany was banned from participation due to unresolved issues stemming from WWI that were not settled until 1925.
  • Manchester Parks and Recreation provides opportunities for skating at two locations: the JFK Arena on Beech Street and the West Side Ice Arena on Electric Street.
  • McIntyre Arena welcomes skiers, snowboarders and tubers to its Chalet Court location in Manchester.

It’s time to get ready for the winter games.  Begin by checking out the two displays in the rotunda.  Respond and let us know how you enjoy the winter!


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Recommended reading for Science Fiction and Fantasy lovers!

January 5th, 2018 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Uncategorized, West Branch

January 2018

Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby. Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.

Broken Monsters, by Lauren Beukes. Detective Gabriella Versado investigates after disturbing displays that fuse the bodies of murder victims with those of animals are uncovered in abandoned Detroit buildings.

Cuckoo Song, by Frances Hardinge. In post-World War I England, eleven-year-old Triss nearly drowns in a millpond known as “The Grimmer” and emerges with memory gaps, aware that something is terribly wrong, and to try to set things right, she must meet a twisted architect who has designs on her family.

Dark Run, by Mike Brooks. Captain Ichabod Drift attempts to make a dark run, delivering a special cargo to Earth aboard the Keiko, a ship full of smugglers, soldiers of fortune and adventurers, who are actually the good guys in a corrupt galaxy.

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club: A Novel, by Genevive Valentine. This reimagining of the “Twelve Dancing Princesses” traces the story of a family of flappers who work in a 1920s speakeasy until their suspicious father decides to marry them off, prompting a confrontation with a bootlegger from the eldest sister’s past.

My Life as a White Trash Zombie, by Diana Rowland. Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She’s a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she’s made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay ‘alive’.

Shadowshaper, by Daniel Jose Older. When the murals painted on the walls of her Brooklyn neighborhood start to change and fade in front of her, Sierra Santiago realizes that something strange is going on–then she discovers her Puerto Rican family are shadowshapers and finds herself in a battle with an evil anthropologist for the lives of her family and friends.

The Census-Taker: A Novella, by Chine Miéville.  In a remote house on a hilltop, a lonely boy witnesses a profoundly traumatic event. He tries–and fails–to flee. Left alone with his increasingly deranged parent, he dreams of safety, of joining the other children in the town below, of escape. When at last a stranger knocks at his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation might be over. But by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? What is the purpose behind his questions? Is he friend? Enemy? Or something else altogether?

Version Control, by Dexter Palmer. A woman deals with a strange and persistent sense of everything being slightly off, which may or may not be related to her scientist husband’s pet project, a “causality violation device” that might actually be working.


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Library closing early due to snowstorm

January 4th, 2018 · City Library, Main Branch, Uncategorized, West Branch

The Manchester City Library and our branch will close at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 4th due to the snowstorm. We plan on reopening for normal business hours on Friday January 5th.  Stay safe and warm!

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We have a winner!

December 26th, 2017 · Books, City Library, Main Branch

Not sure what to read next? Find your next great book in the 2017 Award Winners display at the main library.

Award Winners Display

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Library closing early due to snow

December 22nd, 2017 · City Library, Main Branch, Uncategorized, West Branch

The Manchester City Library and West Manchester Community Library will close at 1:30 p.m. today (Friday, 12/22) due to the weather. Both buildings will re-open Tuesday, December 26th at their usual times.

We wish everyone a happy holiday, and safe travels!

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Christmas & New Years closings

December 19th, 2017 · City Library, Main Branch, Uncategorized, West Branch

Both the Manchester City Library and the West Manchester Branch Library will be closed Saturday, December 23rd through Monday, December 25th in observance of Christmas, and Saturday, December 30th through Monday, December 1st in observance of New Year’s Day.

The library staff would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Book Discussion Schedule now Online!

December 11th, 2017 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Uncategorized

What are you reading this month? Why not join fellow Manchester patrons in a book discussion group?

On January 11, 2018, at 7:00 PM, in the Hunt Room, the Thursday Book Discussion group will meet to discuss Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. It’s a story of a runaway slave on her dangerous path to freedom, a National Book Award winner, and Oprah Book Club selection. Books are available for pick up at the Circulation Desk after December 14, 2017.

On January 30, 2018, at 12:15 PM, in the Hunt Room, the Brown Bag Book Club will meet to discuss East of Eden by John Steinbeck. It’s a sprawling and often brutal novel that follows the intertwined destinies of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons, whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Books are available for pickup at the Circulation Desk after December 26, 2017.

To find out more about upcoming book club meetings, check out the scheduled readings and discussion dates on our new Book Discussions page. Or click on the link for “Book Discussions” under “Find” in the Site Navigation menu.


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MCL Notes – winter newsletter

November 29th, 2017 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, West Branch

The Manchester City Library and West Manchester Branch Library are here for you, through the holiday season and beyond. Find out what’s new and upcoming in the latest issue of MCL Notes! This issue covers the months of December – February.

We welcome you to sign up to receive this quarterly newsletter by email.

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System upgrade: our library catalog will be unavailable.

November 28th, 2017 · Art Room, Audiobooks, Books, Children, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, NH Room, Teens, Uncategorized, West Branch

On Thursday, November 30th, 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 3319 or 3320. We thank you for your patience.

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