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Memorial Day

May 20th, 2019 · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Both libraries will be closed on Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27th, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. We will re-open at our normal times on Tuesday May 28th.
We wish you all a safe and happy holiday weekend.

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All Things Spring

May 17th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Main Branch

We bring an unconventional take on Spring to the fore

Springtime, Spring Cleaning, Springsteen and much more

Check out our spring display quiz on the second floor.

And as always, A Happy Spring to you and to yours

All Things Spring Titles Just for You

A new beginning: celebrating the spring equinox

The Spring Bride

Spring Chicken

Spring cleaning murders

Spring on squam

Spring training

Springer spaniels

Springsteen on Broadway

Springtime of the Renaissance

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Grow With Google, New Hampshire!

May 9th, 2019 · City Library, Main Branch, News, Technology, Teens

Grow With Google is coming to the Manchester City Library!

Here at the Manchester City Library we are always seeking innovative ways to provide educational opportunities for our community. We’re proud and excited to partner with @Google and welcome Grow With Google to New Hampshire! Our partnership with Google will provide digital skills workshops for the Manchester Community and is a unique and exciting way to assist many segments of the City to grow, learn, and build their skills for success in our increasingly digital world. 

We hope you’ll join us to participate with the Grow With Google teachers at the Manchester City Library. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to ‘grow’ your skills, your career or your business. All workshops are on Friday, May 31st, from 10:00-4:00 PM in the Winchell Room. To register for this free event click here or call us at the Information Desk at 624-6550 ext. 3320.

If you can’t make it, don’t worry,  free tools and resources are available at  If you’re a non profit organization, we also invite you to join the Grow with Google Partner Program at

See you at the workshops!

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Read with Pride

May 3rd, 2019 · Books, City Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Teens

Last June, when the iconic rainbow flag was raised for the first time at city hall, Manchester had a moment.  It was hugely meaningful for me, not only for the LGBT+ community to be acknowledged, but to be celebrated.  This is something we continually need: more inclusion and acceptance. That’s the motivation behind the Read with Pride display, which is hopefully as loudly and unapologetically queer as I want it to be.

When I came out (the first time) as bisexual in the latter half of the 1990s, and was starting to find my community, my lesbian friends and I knew of one book that reflected our existence:  the 1982 classic Annie on My Mind.  With no disrespect to that book, was that really it?  Surely there had to be at least a handful of others, but was there any way to know?  If someone had created a GeoCities-hosted bibliography, I never found it, and I certainly wouldn’t have felt comfortable asking a librarian about it.  That makes me sad now, but honestly, how much would they have had to offer me even if I did ask?

We’ve come a long way since then, though this is true for some parts of the community more than others.  While not everyone is safe, many have started feeling free to live authentically. This community struggles to be brave, while also feeling vulnerable.  We’ve come a long way, but we’re not there yet.

One thing we can say for sure is that the LGBT+ community has achieved greater visibility (again, some parts more than others), and this is absolutely true with books.  Books are continually being released with characters that love or identify outside the norm. As the selector of young adult materials, watching the percentage of these titles grow has been an absolute joy.  I’ve curated a list of books that will be cycling through the display over the next two months, including adult and young adult titles—mostly fiction, but a few nonfiction titles that I think will appeal to both teens and adults.

If you’re heterosexual and cisgender, I encourage you to check out the display as well.  Perhaps you will find something you wouldn’t have picked up otherwise. Above all, these are stories—as expertly written and compelling as any other.  The library aims to build collections that reflect all types of diversity, as reading can be a gateway to greater understanding and empathy.

To the LGBT+ community:  Yes, this display is going up through pride month, but we are not going to forget about you the rest of the year.  This is more than an acknowledgement of your existence. The library is for everyone, and we are here for you. If there are books or other materials you are looking for, let us know.  If there are specific programs that could meet your needs, we want to hear from you. If we’re using the wrong pronouns, you can tell us. Or if you’d rather use the library anonymously, that’s great, too!  How you identify matters, but it also doesn’t matter, if that makes sense. Everyone is welcome here.

Yours truly,

Alex Graves
Teen Librarian and queer person
They/them pronouns

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Sci-Fi Fantasy List for May, 2019

May 2nd, 2019 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

“Recommended reading for Sci-Fi and Fantasy lovers! This month’s theme is Worldbuilding.”

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April 28th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

Interested in learning about UFOs or extra-terrestrials? Check out this display in the non-fiction section!

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April 25th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

Been a long winter? Is your green thumb itching? Check out our gardening and landscaping display for a little springtime inspiration.

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Steel Drums

April 24th, 2019 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

Come and listen to the sounds of Jeffrey Clayton on steel drums. Families are welcome but pace is limited, so plan to arrive early. Join us on Thursday, April 25th at 3 PM at the West Manchester Branch Library for some free musical fun. For more information, please call Caleb at 624-6560 ext. 3331.

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Recommended reading for Sci-Fi and Fantasy lovers! This month’s theme is Military Science Fiction

April 20th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

Recommended reading for Sci-Fi and Fantasy lovers! This month’s theme is Military Science Fiction!

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The Mueller Report

April 19th, 2019 · 100th Anniversary, City Library, E-Books, Government Documents, Main Branch, News, Research Tip of the Week, Technology, Trustees, West Branch

For those of you who might be interested in reading the redacted copy of “The Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election” please visit this link provided to us by the U. S. Government Printing Office. There are also other websites providing this information and bookstores are printing and selling copies of it, but you can download a copy of the e-book here from a guaranteed source for free. If there are future editions of the report we will make them available to you, as well. Be aware that this document is over 400 pages long.

The Manchester City Library has been a U.S. Government Depository Library for well over one-hundred years. We have many historic and useful documents in our collection including The Public Papers of the President as well as U.S. Census reports and information about our National Parks. If you have any questions please contact us at the Information Desk at 624-6550 ext. 3320.

See you at the library!

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