November 28th, 2014 · City Library, Events, Main Branch
November 26th, 2014 · City Library, Main Branch, Uncategorized, West Branch
Due to the impending storm both libraries are CLOSING at 1:30 pm today. The afternoon movie is cancelled.
We will reopen at 9:30 am on Friday November 28th.
Happy Thanksgiving! Stay safe!
November 25th, 2014 · Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch
The Manchester City Library and the West Branch Library will be closing at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, November 26th. Both libraries will be closed on Thursday, November 27th in observance of Thanksgiving Day. We will open on Friday at our normal time. We wish you and yours a peaceful and joyful holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!
November 22nd, 2014 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies
Just in time for Thanksgiving! Our afternoon at the movies series continues with a screening of the movie “Plymouth Adventure”! Put on your Pilgrim hats and plan to join us this Wednesday at 1:00 PM in the library auditorium where we will be having some gobbledy good pilgrim fun! This week’s film explores a fictionalized version of the Pilgrims’ voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to North America aboard the Mayflower. During the long sea voyage, Captain Christopher Jones (Spencer Tracy) falls in love with Dorothy Bradford (Gene Tierney), the wife of William Bradford (Leo Genn). The love triangle is resolved in a tragic way at the film’s conclusion. The ship’s carpenter– said to be the first person to set foot on Plymouth Rock in 1620—catches the eye of Priscilla Mullins (Dawn Addams), one of the young Pilgrims following William Bradford. Alden ultimately wins Priscilla in another, if subtler, triangle with Miles Standish (Noel Drayton). Lloyd Bridges provides comic relief as the first-mate Coppin, and child star Tommy Ivo gives a touching performance as young William Button, the only passenger to die on the actual voyage across the storm-swept Atlantic, who, according to this film, wanted to be the first to sight land and to become a king in the New World. For more information please contact Ruth at 624-6550 ext. 307.
November 20th, 2014 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch
For the month of November the Brown Bag Book Club will be reading “The Light in the Ruins” by Chris Bohjalian. As World War II rages, the Rosati family lives quietly in their ancient Tuscan village. Their solitude is broken when two Axis soldiers request to see the ancient family burial ground, followed by a takeover of their property by Nazi soldiers. Fast forward ten years, the war is over, and a serial killer begins to target surviving family members. Critics describe this book as very intense, with beautiful prose and well-rendered characters. Join us at lunchtime on Tuesday, November 25th, at 12:15 to discuss this suspenseful page turner and perhaps answer the novel’s main question, “Did they have a choice?” Don’t forget to bring your lunch! For any questions please contact Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 320.
See you at the book discussion!
November 17th, 2014 · Book Group, City Library, Computer Classes, E-Books, Events, Main Branch, News, Technology, Teens, Trustees, West Branch
Got an e-reader and want to learn more about it? On Thursday afternoon we will be offering a technology class on e-readers! Learn how to download eBooks to your device and how to optimize the eBook services that the library has to offer our library card holders. Bring in your e-reader, tablet, or other device and learn how to download books, manage your account, place holds on the popular items and return them early. Registration is limited to ten people. To register for this class please call 624-6550 at extension #320 or for more information please contact Carlos at 624-6550 ext. 342.
November 16th, 2014 · 100th Anniversary, City Library, Main Branch
The main library will be closing at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, November 19th to prepare for our 100th Anniversary Open House. Our West Branch will be open normal hours: 12:30-8:30 that day. We thank you for your patronage and will re-open on Thursday, November 20th at 9:30 AM.
November 14th, 2014 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch
Our friends at the New York Public Library recently shared this information on their facebook page and we thought some of you might be interested.
“Monday marked the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice — fun fact: the book’s original title was the questionably sounding First Impressions — and the publishing world is awash in versions of the Jane Austen classic with which you might celebrate the monumental event. After all, Austen’s work has been in the public domain for nearly a century. How do you prefer your Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet star-crossed romance? Here’s a selection of covers from years past up through the present; the good, the bad, the jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and a few that pale in comparison to the book’s contents. First impressions are important! Jane Austen memory lane, let’s take a walk down …” (from The Wire).
November 13th, 2014 · Book Group, Books, Events
For the month of November, the Thursday evening book group will be reading Americanah by by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun. This is a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected. Join us on Thursday, November 13 at 7 PM and share your thoughts and opinions about this book. For more information please contact Sarah at 624-6560.
November 5th, 2014 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch
I know what you’re thinking…” I’ve just started my Halloween candy, how can we be talking about Christmas!” Well, I guess the publishers are anxious, as we’ve received several Christmas stories this week. So if you’re looking for a head start on getting in the Christmas spirit, check out titles by Nancy Thayer, Debbie Macomber, and Elin Hilderbrand. If you’re searching for a mystery, there’s Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (for you Jane Austen fans), and The Nightingale before Christmas (for you Meg Langslow fans). Or if you’re in the mood for a love story, enjoy A Frontier Christmas and This Holiday Magic. Click here for the complete list. While I won’t say “Let it snow” quite yet, I guess it’s cold enough to curl up in front of a delightful fire with a book! (Some are even available as an eBook.)