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Save the Date for our Wine Toss!

February 22nd, 2017 · City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch



On April 12, 2017 the Manchester City Library Foundation will helps us celebrate National Library Week with a Wine, Spirit and Beer Toss!  We’ll be tossing rings to hook a bottle to raise funds to help us renovate the main library’s children’s room in the near future!  The event is from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm and will be held in the Carpenter Memorial Library’s newly renovated Rotunda.  Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.


If you are interested in being a sponsor for the event please contact the library and please RSVP to Mary Gallant at 624-6550 X3311 so we have a head count!

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West Branch closed (February 21st)

February 21st, 2017 · City Library, West Branch

Due to an unplanned power outage by Eversource, the Branch Library will be closed Tuesday, February 21st. We are sorry for the inconvenience to our patrons.


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Being “Age-Friendly”

February 21st, 2017 · Children, City Library, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

The City’s Health Department has partnered with the Southern NH Planning Commission (SNHPC), AARP and the Tufts Health Foundation to explore how the greater Manchester area can become more “Age-Friendly”.  The Library fully supports this initiative and wants to make sure the libraries also meet the needs of our various residents so the results of this study will be important to us.

The Commission will be working with all our communities by creating vibrant stakeholder groups to steer our region towards becoming age-friendly. What does this mean? SNHPC will engage interested communities, agencies, and other stakeholders on a regional effort to understand what it is to become an Age-Friendly community. Our efforts will focus on the region’s senior population as well as Millennials to identify and explore synergies. It is our goal that through this project, the Commission and stakeholder team will create awareness within SNHPC’s communities on its assets, opportunities, and roadblocks for Becoming Age-Friendly. As one outcome of this work, we hope to form a Manchester Resident Advisory Council to continue to guide our ongoing collective planning efforts.

The SNHPC is asking for resident input through the completion of the attached survey. You can complete the survey on-line at or you can pick up a hard copy at either of the library buildings.

For more information on the Age-Friendly program, please visit or find us at

Also, if you are interested in being involved in one of our community focus groups, please contact Sylvia von Aulock below ASAP.

Sylvia von Aulock
Deputy Executive Director
Southern NH Planning Commission – Celebrating 50 Years of Planning Services


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President’s Day

February 17th, 2017 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch


The Manchester City Library will be closed on Monday, February 20th, in observance of President’s Day.

The Main Branch will reopen at our normal time of 9:30 AM on Tuesday morning and the West Manchester Branch Library will open at 12:30 Tuesday.

We hope to see you then!

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MS Excel Class – Today!

February 16th, 2017 · City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Main Branch

Introduction to MS Excel – Thursday 2-16-17 from 2:30-4:00 in the Winchell Room

Back by popular demand! Come join us for Introduction to MS Excel.  We will create a spreadsheet and if time allows, create a chart from our spreadsheet.  Basic computer skills are required.  Join us on February 16th at 2:30 PM in the Winchell Room. Sign up by clicking ‘sign up’ on our library calendar or by calling the library at 624-6550.  Ask for Amy H. if you have questions.  Seating is limited.

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Libraries closed Monday due to weather

February 13th, 2017 · Children, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Both the Manchester City Library and The West Manchester Branch Library will be closed Monday, February 13th due to the snowstorm. Stay safe!

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Come One, Come All: Citizenship Resources for New Americans

February 11th, 2017 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens


Manchester City Library is pleased to announce a new area for those seeking study materials for the U.S. Citizenship test and related items.  The display is located in the reading room and will feature:

  • Materials for studying for the U.S Citizenship test in at least 7 languages, including sample citizenship questions in Arabic, Spanish, Tagalog, Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese
  • Flash cards, DVD’s, books on the constitution, Bill of Rights, the 3 branches of government, and other symbols and anthems of the United States
  • Stories and memoirs about those coming to America
  • Books and DVD’s for children
  • Free information for immigrants to keep
  • Displays on what is available at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website

Such as where to fill out the online citizenship application.



To find Citizenship Resources in the Display:  Choose “more search options”, choose citizenship collection in the collections drop-down menu.  Put an asterisk in the keyword field to bring up all materials in the citizenship collection.  If you need help, please feel free to ask the Information & Technology department for assistance.


The display will grow, so keep an eye out for new resources.  We sincerely hope these items will be helpful to you as you become acquainted with your new country.  Welcome to the United States J




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Intro to e-books class

February 10th, 2017 · Books, City Library, Computer Classes, E-Books, Events, Main Branch, West Branch




Have a tablet? Want to access free e-Books? Come to the library and learn about the e-Book services the
Manchester City Library offers, like Overdrive and Bibliotheca. Anyone with questions about e-Books or how their device works is welcome! Join us on February 14th at 2:30 PM in the Winchell Room for this easy and fun class. For questions or for more information please contact Carlos Pearman at 624-6550 ext. 3342 or at for details.










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Let’s eat pie!

February 10th, 2017 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

What is a pie?

“a baked dish of fruit, or meat and vegetables, typically with a top and base of pastry: ‘a meat pie’”

Pies have been around for thousands of years, perhaps as early as the 2nd century. The Egyptians may have been the ones who first came up with the idea of filling dough with a mixture of fruit and a sweetener. The earliest pie crusts were not made to be eaten but were simply a way of putting a filling into a container that would serve as a baking and serving dish.

As the technique for  pie making spread from the Egyptians to the Greeks and then to the Romans, the recipe for the crust evolved from a simple flour and water crust that was virtually inedible to a more tender crust that was consumed with the filling. Early fillings were often meat-based and could be carried out to the field on a work day, down to the coal mines, or on a pilgrimage.

Between the 13th and 16th centuries the royalty had a rollicking good time with these pies. Remember “Sing a song of sixpence”, where four and twenty blackbirds were baked in a pie? Those poor birds were not the only things bakers put in pies. They also made pies big enough to hold a dwarf, a few small animals, or a little orchestra. And, no, those were not made to be eaten.

Pies made their way to America on the Mayflower and became very popular over the years. They became favorite foods served at home, at church suppers, and in diners as well as fine restaurants. There are pie eating contests, pie tossing games, and the famous cream-pie-in-the-face routine.

February is a short and cold month; why not warm it up with a nice piece of pie? Come visit the library and browse the cookbook section (641.5) to find a pie for every meal of the day.  You will find recipes for breakfast quiche, Cornish pasty for lunch, and shepherd’s pie for dinner. There are so many choices for your dessert pie, but you will surely find one that is just right for you in United States of pie: regional favorites from East to West and North to South by Adrienne Kane.  Look for books on pies and pastry under the call number 641.8652 in the non-fiction section, and in our rotunda display.

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Closing Early!

February 9th, 2017 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

The Manchester City Library and the West Manchester Branch Library will be closing at 1 PM today (February 9th) due to the winter storm.

Be safe, all!

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