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An Evening With Jodi Picoult

January 22nd, 2015 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Foundation, News, Trustees


On Friday February 6, 2015, the Palace Theatre will be hosting New Hampshire resident and best-selling author Jodi Picoult at 7:30 pm! Tickets are on sale at the Palace Box office and if you show a Manchester City Library card the Palace will donate a portion of the ticket sales to the Manchester City Library Foundation.

Ms. Picoult’s award winning books include My Sister’s Keeper, The Storyteller, Harvesting the Heart, The Pact, Salem Falls, and The Tenth Circle. Her newest title is Leaving Time which was released in October of 2014. She is the 2013-14 recipient of the New Hampshire Literary Award for Outstanding Literary Merit.   Don’t miss this chance to spend an evening with this best-selling author!

There will be a book signing after the show.


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What to read on a cold winter’s night

January 20th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch


Winter weather seems to be trying to make a comeback, and I am ready for the snow to fall so I can curl up with a new book in front of the fireplace! Here are a few “reads” for some downtime after the hectic holiday season.

Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline

13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff

The Cruiser by David Poyer

Saint Odd by Dean Koontz

Wrestling for My Life by Shawn Michaels

The Promise by Robert Crais

Clear the Clutter by Donna Smallin

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh

Riding Home: The Power of Horses to Heal by Tim Hayes

Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich

Assassin by Clive Cussler

Chasing Sunsets by Karen Kingsbury

Love Letters by Beverly Lewis

Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell

So when the weather outside is frightful, grab some hot cocoa and enjoy a good book on us!  If you need help finding any of these books or for placing a hold on any of them please call the Information Desk at 624-6550 Ext. 320.



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Closed for Martin Luther King Day

January 16th, 2015 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch

Monday, January 19th, 2015 the library will be closed in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.  But how did it come to pass that the third Monday every January is a federal holiday bearing his name?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a young black Baptist minister from Montgomery, Alabama, in December of 1955 when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat for a white man, an event which triggered civil rights activists in the area to initiate a boycott of the Montgomery bus system.

Dr. King was elected president of this protest group, and as a result, was thrust into the national spotlight.  He participated in sit-ins at lunch counters in Atlanta (for which he was arrested); encouraged the Freedom Riders, who tested segregation laws on interstate buses; and led demonstrations and protest marches like the historic March on Washington in August of 1963, where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech and the 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama – the first day of which became known as “Bloody Sunday.

Inspired by Mohandas Gandhi, King followed the idea of civil disobedience first suggested by Henry David Thoreau, where nonviolent resistance is used to create positive social change.  He even won the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.

Society, however, was not unanimously in favor of Dr. King and his ideas.  His home was bombed twice, he was stabbed by a black woman in 1958, he received hate mail and death threats, and on April 4, 1968, he was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray, an escaped convict who plead guilty to the assassination, but later recanted his confession.

Four days after Dr. King’s death, U.S. Representative John Conyers, Jr. of Detroit proposed the idea of creating a federal holiday in King’s honor.  Many states declared his birthday, January 15, to be a holiday throughout the 1970s, but it wasn’t until November 2, 1983 that the U.S. Congress passed the bill making it a federal holiday.

President Reagan signed the bill and January 20, 1986 was the first official observance.  In 1992, President George H.W. Bush changed the observance to be the third Monday in January and January 2000 was the first time all 50 states observed the holiday.  Interestingly enough, New Hampshire was one of the last states to recognize this as a federal holiday, not doing so until 1999.

For more information on Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, the Freedom Riders and the Civil Rights Movement, check out:

A call to conscience : the landmark speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Freedom riders : 1961 and the struggle for racial justice, by Raymond Arsenault

Voices of freedom : an oral history of the civil rights movement, by Henry Hampton

I am Rosa Parks, by Rosa Parks

We shall overcome : the history of the American civil rights movement, by Reggie Finlayson

Why not every man? : African Americans and civil disobedience in the quest for the dream, by George Hendrick

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$10 Bag Book Sale – 24 January 2015

January 15th, 2015 · Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees

Start the year off with great bargains. The Manchester City Library’s $10 Bag Book Sale will take place on January 24th, a Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. There will be over 10,000 items to select from in the Library’s Winchell Room, on the lower floor.

A wide range of fiction and non-fiction materials are available. There are books for all ages, including large print books (mostly fiction). We have craft books, science fiction hardcover, cook books, art books, hardcover and fiction paperbacks, children’s books, self improvement, biographies, reference and so much more. Musical odds and ends, DVDs, audio books and a few framed prints (individually priced) are also available.

Bring empty average size grocery bags (paper or cloth) and fill the bags with the great choices available for just $10 per bag. You will pay for your selected treasures as you exit the Winchell Room.

Please contact Eileen A. Reddy at or by phone at 624-6550 ext. 320 (Information Desk), if you have questions.


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IRS Tax Products Availability

January 14th, 2015 · City Library, Main Branch, News, West Branch


IRS appropriations were significantly cut in the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill recently passed by Congress.

IRS will offer the following printed forms ONLY. Please see the tax display for these items:

  • Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ
  • Publication 4604 (EN/SP), Use the Web for IRS Tax Products & Information

Please note that there will be no print copies of any 1040 product instruction booklets.

The following are available at the Information Desk for making COPIES only:

  • All Forms – 1 reference copy available
  • Publication 17 – 1 reference copy available

You may obtain copies of any forms, publications, or instructions through the following ways:

  • gov/Forms – to view and download
  • gov/orderforms – to order tax products to be delivered by mail
  • 1-800-829-3676 – to order tax products to be delivered by mail

Go Paperless:

  • You can also fill out your taxes online by going to: Taxes-for-Free

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Tea—The Finale

January 10th, 2015 · 100th Anniversary, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Government Documents, Local Author Series, Local History, Main Branch, Museum Passes, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


If you ever find yourself in London, England, try to go afternoon tea in one of the grand hotels. Reservations are required, dress is formal. Prices vary, Harrods Dept. 32 pounds, the Churchill Hotel on Oxford St. 30 pounds, the Metropolitan on Mayfair, 29 pounds and the Royal Garden Hotel on Kensington, 24 pounds.

Afternoon tea at The Ritz is known world-wide and is something everyone should try at least once in a lifetime. The venue is the Palm Court. The Palm Court epitomizes the elegantly frivolous comfort of late Victorian and Edwardian high life.   Tea is served daily, five sittings, two hours in length. Cost is 37 pounds per person. Dress is formal, proper shoes. Reservations are required, it is advisable to book 24 weeks in advance.   Photography and filming are not permitted. Music on the piano from Ian Gomes,     resident pianist performs classical favorites.

The Palm Court is on your left, in front of the old Piccadilly entrance. There is a mirrored backdrop and marble columns at the entrance to the room. The thick carpet shows no sign of wear. The glazed roof floods the room with light. The wrought iron chandeliers are like works of art with their painted metal flowers.

You are walked to your reserved table by a waiter wearing tuxedo tails. There is a helpful handbag shelf under each table. The chinaware is exclusive to the Palm Court, in a design of pale green and rose which complements the room. There are 17 types of tea, start with the Ritz Royal English Tea. This blend goes well the finger sandwiches. The sandwiches have classic fillings, smoked salmon, roast ham, chicken and of course cucumber sandwiches. These are served on very thin white and brown bread. There are raisin scones or if you prefer apple scones. These are served warm and with strawberry preserve and thick clotted cream. Lastly your cake stand will be placed on your table with a variety of small cakes. Your waiter will bring small plates and pastry forks. Then it ends.

Two additional items:

If you are celebrating a birthday and want a birthday cake, you must notify the hotel when making reservations. The cake will be an eight inch, two layer chocolate cake with vanilla frosting in a wide range of colors.

Do not tip your waiter.

Postscriptum: January is National Hot Tea Month.


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City of Manchester to Open Emergency Warming Shelter

January 7th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, News, Teens, Trustees

If you need a warm place to go after the library closes!

Today Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas announced that beginning this evening the City of Manchester will open an emergency warming shelter in response to the cold weather forecast. Gatsas began, “based on the frigid weather myself and city officials became concerned for queen city residents who are in need of warm shelter. With sub-zero temperatures predicted for the next few days we feel that the city must take these necessary precautions to protect our most vulnerable population of the city.”

The emergency warming shelter will open at 351 Chestnut Street. The shelter is being operated in conjunction with New Horizons for New Hampshire. Individuals in need of shelter are instructed to check-in at the New Horizons Shelter located at 199 Manchester Street. The emergency warming shelter will be staffed beginning this evening Wednesday, January 7, 2015 through Friday, January 9, 2015 from 6pm to 7:30am daily.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and keep the shelter open for additional days should the frigid temperature continue through the weekend,” concluded Gatsas.


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Lego Labs at the library!

January 4th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch


Announcing Lego Labs here at the Manchester City Library. Our first Lego Lab will take place on Monday March 2, 2015, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM in the library’s Winchell Room.

Join us on the first Monday of each month for a Junior Makerspace Lego Lab at 4:00 PM. Come meet, build and make new Lego friends using the 10,000 Lego pieces donated by Lego Systems. This program is for ages 4-6 years old and registration is required. For more information, please call the Children’s Room at 624-6550 ext. 328.

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‘The Whistling Season’ by Ivan Doig

January 2nd, 2015 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

262545Set in the early 1900s, this book is a coming -of-age story told in flashbacks about Rose, the untrained housekeeper hired sight unseen to care for 2 motherless boys and her brother Morris, who becomes the schoolteacher on the Montana Frontier.   “Can’t cook but doesn’t bite.” So begins the newspaper ad offering the services of an “A-1 housekeeper, sound morals, exceptional disposition” that draws the hungry attention of widower Oliver Milliron in the fall of 1909. And so begins the unforgettable season that deposits the non-cooking, non-biting, ever-whistling Rose Llewellyn and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris Morgan, in Marias Coulee along with a stampede of homesteaders drawn by the promise of the Big Ditch-a gargantuan irrigation project intended to make the Montana prairie bloom. When the schoolmarm runs off with an itinerant preacher, Morris is pressed into service, setting the stage for the “several kinds of education”-none of them of the textbook variety-Morris and Rose will bring to Oliver, his three sons, and the rambunctious students in the region’s one-room schoolhouse. A paean to a vanished way of life and the eccentric individuals and idiosyncratic institutions that made it fertile, The Whistling Season is Ivan Doig at his evocative best. Plan to join us on Thursday, January 9th at 7 PM to discuss this thoroughly diverting novel. For more information contact Sarah at 624-6560.

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Happy New Year!

December 30th, 2014 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch


The library will be closing at 1:30 on Wednesday, New Year’s Eve and remain closed over New Year’s Day. We will open at our normal time on Friday morning at 9:30 and look forward to serving you then. The staff of the Manchester City Library would like to wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.
See you next year!

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