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Cloud Library Service Issues

July 11th, 2018 · City Library, Main Branch, News, Technology, West Branch

Library patrons may have some issues using the Cloud Library website catalog right now. You can avoid those issues by using the Cloud Library app instead.

Download this link for the app.

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Recommended reading for Sci-Fi and Fantasy lovers! July 2018

July 11th, 2018 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

A list dedicated to Robots!

Cinder, by Marisa Meyer. As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi. What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits? And what happens when this forces humanity to the cusp of post-human evolution? This is a tale of Bangkok struggling for survival in a post-oil era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, by Douglas Adams. Further adventures of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, and the all new voidoid gang upon returning to Earth after eight years of crazed wanderings around the galaxy in this science fiction spoof which continues the “Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe.”

Saturn’s Children: A Space Opera, by Charles Stross. Sometime in the twenty-third century, humanity went extinct leaving only androids behind. Freya Nakamichi 47 is a femmebot, one of the last of her kind still functioning. With no humans left to pay for the pleasures she provides, she agrees to transport a mysterious package from Mercury to Mars. Unfortunately for Freya, she has just made herself a moving target for some very powerful, very determined humanoids who will stop at nothing to possess the contents of the package.

More Human than Human: Stories of Androids, Robots, and Manufactured Humanity, edited by Neil Clarke. The short stories in More human than human demonstrate the depth and breadth of artificial humanity in contemporary science fiction. Issues of passing, of what it is to be human, of autonomy and slavery and oppression, and yes, the hubris of creation; these ideas have fascinated us for at least two hundred years, and this selection of stories demonstrates why it is such an alluring and recurring conceit.

Sea of Rust: A Novel, by Robet C. Cargill. “In this post-apocalyptic “robot western,” critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic C. Robert Cargill brilliantly chronicles the tale of a scavenger robot wandering in the wasteland left after the war that destroyed humanity.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick. By 2021, the World War has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can’t afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacra: horses, birds, cats, sheep. They’ve even built humans. Immigrants to Mars receive androids so sophisticated they are indistinguishable from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans can wreak, the government bans them from Earth. Driven into hiding, unauthorized androids live among human beings, undetected. Rick Deckard, an officially sanctioned bounty hunter, is commissioned to find rogue androids and “retire” them. But when cornered, androids fight back—with lethal force.

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Hokuto Taiko Drum Group

July 8th, 2018 · Children, City Library, Events, Family Fare, Main Branch

Our annual Family Fare series opens with a bang this year! We are pleased to welcome the Hokuto Taiko Drum Group to Manchester.  Taiko drumming, whose origins date back to the 6th century, is a unique musical art form that is an integral part of the Japanese culture, and has been appreciated by people throughout the ages. Join us on July 12th in Victory Park at 6 pm. This performance will be followed by a short workshop where you’ll have the opportunity to try your own hand at the drums! This event is great for families and people of all ages. This event is sponsored by Brady Sullivan Properties, LLC.

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How Far Have We Come? 50th Anniversary of The Civil Rights Act of 1968 also known as The Fair Housing Act

July 5th, 2018 · City Library, Government Documents, Main Branch, News, West Branch

How Far Have We Come?

50th Anniversary of The Civil Rights Act of 1968 also known as The Fair Housing Act

On April 11, The Fair Housing Act turned 50.  This is a great achievement for the United States.  How did the Civil Rights Act of 1968, a.k.a., The Fair Housing Act, come to be?  Well, we need to go back about a century before the Civil Rights Act of 1968, to the Civil Rights Act of 1866.  This Act provided that all citizens should have the same rights “to inherit, purchase, lease, sell, hold, and convey real and personal property.” However, the law was never enforced. Instead, such federal agencies actually supported segregated housing until 1962.  Thankfully, President John F. Kennedy stopped this practice.  However, it wasn’t enough, as discrimination still continued, most notably in housing, where anyone of color and others could be turned away from access to housing.  It was also a time of civil protest.



“The National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders released a report on racial discrimination and unrest in the United States. President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed an advisory commission in 1967 after a series of riots took place in the ghettos of many of America’s largest cities, including Los AngelesChicago, Newark, and Detroit. The president asked the commission to investigate the cause of the riots, the deeper causes of racial unrest, and potential remedies.” Source:  Add to that the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1968 and continued widespread rioting, and this quickly made The Fair Housing Act a top priority for Congress.

On April 10, Titles VIII and IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act or Open Housing Act were adopted.  The legislation was signed by President Johnson the next day. The law prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin.

So now it’s 2018 and you’d think everything would be ok after this act was signed into law, right?  Not so much.  In a recent NPR interview, former Vice President Walter F. Mondale said the law would be sufficient if it were being enforced.  Mondale was a co-signer of the bill and is also pictured standing over LBJ as he signed the Fair Housing Act, (see first photo above).  There is much more work to be done, but congratulations to the Fair Housing Act on turning 50.  Check out the display in the Rotunda to learn more on the anniversary of The Fair Housing Act or check out the new materials below on housing and segregation:

The fight for fair housing: causes, consequences, and future implications of the 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act

Beginner’s guide to the Fair Housing Act

The color of law: a forgotten history of how our government segregated America

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Libraries Closed for the 4th of July

June 29th, 2018 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

The Manchester City Library will be closing at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, July 3rd for the Independence Day holiday. Both the Manchester City Library and the Manchester West Branch Library will also be closed on Wednesday, July 4th for Independence Day. We will reopen at our normal times on Thursday. Manchester’s Independence Day Celebration will take place on Tuesday, July 3rd, at Arms Park in downtown Manchester on Commercial Street. There will be live entertainment, food vendors and fireworks at dusk.   Here is a list of Independence Day activities going on across the state.

We hope that you and yours have a safe and happy holiday.



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4th of July Celebration

June 27th, 2018 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

Manchester, NH will be celebrating Independence Day at Arms Park on Tuesday, July 3rd. The park will close for vehicular traffic at 6:00 PM. Commercial Street will be restricted to pedestrians only beginning at 8:00 PM. Entertainment will be provided by the 39th Army Band beginning at approximately 7:30 PM and will play into the beginning of the fireworks. The fireworks display, provided by Atlas PyroVision Productions, will begin at dusk (approximately 9:30 PM). Food and beverage vendors will be available on site beginning at 6:00 PM or bring your own. No alcoholic beverages and glass bottles will be allowed. No pets please. Admission is free.

Both the East and West bound spans of the Notre Dame (Bridge Street) Bridge will be closed to all traffic (foot and vehicular) at 8:00 AM.

See you at the fireworks!

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New Fiction!

June 23rd, 2018 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

Place your holds now for these upcoming titles!

The President Is Missing – Bill Clinton
Before and Again – Barbara Delinsky
The Perfect Couple – Elin Hilderbrand
The Bookshop of Yesterdays – Amy Meyerson
Clock Dance – Anne Tyler
Cottage by the Sea – Debbie Macomber
The Other Woman – Daniel Silva
Pale as Death – Heather Graham
Stay Hidden – Paul Doiron
Feared – Lisa Scottoline
The Money Shot – Stuart Woods
The Mark – Janet Evanovich

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Let’s Go Swimming!

June 20th, 2018 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Mom said I could swim before I could walk.  I spent many summers at an Olympic-sized pool – and loved every minute of it.  We’d play blind tag, Marco Polo, or race to see who could get to the other end of the pool first under water without taking a breath.  Yes, those were the days of serious lung capacity.  We’d bring scuba gear to the pool complete with goggles and flippers and awkwardly flap around the deck like Lloyd Bridges in the TV show Sea Hunt.

In July, all the kids looked forward to the big pool show filled with swim races, hilarious stunts by the life guards and other entertaining and lucrative events.  The night always drew a big crowd of kids who’d been in their bathing suits since 10am that morning.   We loved the contest where they would throw tons of quarters into the shallow end of a pool, lit only with dim, yellow stadium lights.  Even though our eyes were bloodshot from hours of chlorine exposure, we had razor-sharp focus as we watched the lure-like glitter of quarters spiral their way to the bottom.  Then on the count of three, about 50 of us kids would dive in, making a huge splash, and head straight for the bottom and scoop up all the quarters we could get our grubby little hands on.

After that was the greased watermelon contest – but that one was for the older kids.  This consisted of greasing up a huge watermelon with Crisco, throwing it into the deep end and whichever team managed, after thoroughly getting slimed by the watermelon, to push it out of the pool, would win.  Not as easy as it sounds!

The final entertainment would be the beautiful and sophisticated water ballet show.  This involved a bunch of 12 year old girls in our standard issue paisley or vertical striped Jantzen bathing suits, wearing sailor hats, and doing a few choreographed moves to music.  Moves painstakingly taught to us over weeks of rehearsal by the High School life guard.   We basically followed the one girl who knew what she was doing.  I actually participated in the event one year and am happy to share an incriminating photo..



Ahh, Summer.  Enjoy the magic while you can…

During rest period or if you just ate a piece of cherry pie a la mode and can’t go back in the water for an hour, check out some of the fun books on swimming below.  And remember when at the pool: “Waaaaaalk!!”

Captain Awesome Takes a Dive                     The Young Swimmer               Swimming With Giants

Stink and the Freaky Frog Freakout                Splashdance 



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Teen Summer Reading registration is open!

June 12th, 2018 · Books, City Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Summer Reading Program, Teens, West Branch

Teens can register now for the annual Teen Summer Reading program! The first 50 teens who sign up will receive a gift bag and a free book!

Once you are registered, you can log the number of hours you read starting 6/18 by:

If you need a way to track your hours, you can use our reading log, but it is not required.

For every hour you read and every program you attend, you earn points toward a weekly raffle for a $25 gift card for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Newbury Comics, or Target. At the end of the summer, your total points will be entered into a grand prize raffle for one of three $75 Visa gift cards.

Be sure to check out our summer events for teens as well. Attending these events will give you points toward raffle prizes, too!

Questions? Contact Alex Graves at (603) 624-6550 ext. 3345 or

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Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program

June 7th, 2018 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, Summer Reading Program, Uncategorized, West Branch

Libraries Rock!Readers of all ages will explore fun and exciting events this summer as Manchester and West Manchester City Library presents “Libraries Rock!” summer library program.  Activities will include storytimes, crafts, Science Afternoons, Maker Space activities, Legos, reading dogs, scavenger hunts and special guests.  All programs are free of charge.

We will be having weekly raffle drawings.  Each week, we will feature 6-7 different music bags that will include tickets to family attractions.  When you turn in you’re a completed reading record, you will be given a raffle ticket that you can place into bucket to win prizes from Canobie Lake Park, Water Country, Santa’s Village, Currier Museum of Art, Launch, Polar Caves, Lost Canyon, Storyland, Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Flume/Cannon Mountain, Funspot, Jay Gee’s Ice Cream & Fun Center, Mount Washington Valley’s Children’s Museum, Legend’s golf, the Butterfly Place, Candia Spring Adventure Park, Mel’s Funway, Clark’s Trading Post, Conway Scenic Railway, Seacoast Science Center, Brookstone Park and many more.  You can earn up to 3 raffle tickets each week.

We have hidden a toy guitar at each building. Each week, come to the library to find out where it is hidden.  If you find it, you will be entered into a weekly drawing for a prize Libraries Rock! backpack that has a POP Figure and a gift card from the Puritan Backroom. And don’t forgot the candy box, if you get a purple candy you win a free book!

The 2018 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through 5th grade. There will be reading incentives to earn from Friendly’s, McDonalds, Cowbungas and many others. Families are invited to join the Read to Me portion of the program.  We have set a group goal of 2500 hours to be read during the 9-week program.  Will you help us meet our goal? Don’t forget to get your summer reading bag!  Registration for “Libraries Rock” begins on Monday, June 4th.  You can either register in person or on-line.  For more information, please call 624-6550 ext. 3328.

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