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Manchester City’s Master Plan

August 22nd, 2019 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, West Branch

The library is working with the City’s Planning Department to gather feedback from the community to include in our city’s new Master Plan.  We invite you to be a part of Manchester’s future by taking part in facilitated sessions to be held here at the library:

  • On Monday August 26th at 7 pm we will host an “On the table: Your City” discussion in the Winchell Room.  The focus of this discussion will be to solicit feedback on the city as a whole.
  • On Monday September 9th at 7 pm we will host an “On the table: Your Library” discussion in the Winchell Room.  The focus of this discussion will be to solicit feedback on library services.

We also encourage members of the community to host your own “On the table” discussions with family and friends to provide feedback. More information can be found at

Come join the discussion to help make Manchester’s Future even brighter!

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The White Mountain by Dan Szczesny

August 22nd, 2019 · Author Talk, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

Over the course of one calendar year, journalist Dan Szczesny explored the history and mystique of New England’s tallest mountain. But Mount Washington is more that just a 6,288 foot rock pile; the mountain is the cultural soul of climbers, hikers, and tourists from around the world looking to test their mettle against some of the most intense natural beauty. Join us on September 3rd at 7 Pm in the Winchell Room to meet Dan and hear his stories. His book ‘The White Mountain” will be available at this time to get signed. For more information, contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 3311.

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Staff Development Day – Libraries Closed August 28th

August 21st, 2019 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Staff Development Day, West Branch

Both the Main library and the West Branch will be closed on Wednesday, August 28th, for our annual staff development day. The Main Branch will reopen on Thursday morning at 9:30 and the West Branch will reopen at 12:30. We look forward to seeing you then.

We appreciate your patience as we strive to serve you better.

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Bookmobile Visit with Congressman Chris Pappas

August 19th, 2019 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch

Rep. Chris PappasCome listen as Congressman Pappas reads some of his favorite children’s stories. Afterwards, you can take home a free book from the Bookmobile!

Join us Tuesday, August 20, from 11:30 am – 12:15 pm in the Library Parking Lot.


The Bookmobile, “Manchester is Driven to Read,” is a joint venture of the Manchester City Library and the Manchester School District.


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Library Catalog Upgrade – Unavailable Thursday 8/22

August 19th, 2019 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

On Thursday, August 22nd, our public catalog will be down for a system upgrade. During this time neither the staff catalogs nor public catalogs will be available. eBooks and remote access to our electronic resources (databases) will likewise be unavailable. The Internet, including WiFi, will still be available to patrons. For assistance in locating materials please visit the information desk, or call us at 624-6550 x 3319 or 3320. We thank you for your patience

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Computer Class: Office 365 MS Word

August 17th, 2019 · City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Main Branch

Join us for relaxed hands on introduction to Office 365 Microsoft Word. Learning outcomes: concept of shared documents, page set-up, formatting text, spellcheck, and more. Please bring a laptop that has Office 365, if you wish. So mark your calendars for August 22nd at 2:30 pm in the library’s Winchell Room. Space is limited so sign-up now. For more information please contact Amy at 624-6550 ext. 3346.

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Woodstock at 50

August 16th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens

Summer of ’69 – Woodstock at 50
Looking to reflect on or celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock? Swing by the library and check out our Woodstock display near the Art Room. All the books and music in the display are available to borrow.
Can’t make it in? Then consider checking out Hoopla for a list of Woodstock music you can download with your Manchester library card. New to using Hoopla to download music? Call us at 624-6550 ext. 3320 and we’d be glad to help you.

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August 16th, 2019 · Books, Children, City Library, Main Branch, News, Teens

Interested in learning the art of origami? Learn how to craft interesting and intricate paper figurines with one of these books, found on display on the second floor of the library:

  1. Amazing Origami
  2. Get Started With Origami
  3. Mind-Blowing Modern Origami
  4. New Expressions in Origami Art
  5. The Origami Home
  6. Origami Jewelry
  7. Origami Odyssey
  8. Tomoko Fuse’s Origami Boxes

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Road closures Thursday, 8/15/19

August 14th, 2019 · City Library, Events, Government Documents, News

If you plan to visit the library this Thursday afternoon or evening, please keep in mind that some roads will be closed to accommodate President Trump’s visit to the SNHU Arena.

As posted on Nixle:

Expect Road Closures in the hours leading up to the President’s rally this Thursday 8/15. Avoid downtown if possible.

The Manchester Police are preparing for a rally at SNHU Arena for President Trump on Thursday, August 15, 2019. In coordination with federal, state and other local assets, there are going to be street closures throughout most of the afternoon and evening in the areas immediately surrounding the SNHU Arena. Those closures at this time are as follows;

2 pm

Elm St closed from Central St to Auburn St. Limited access to Elm St from Auburn St to Valley St. will be for local business traffic only.

Lake Ave closed from Elm St. to Pine St.

Chestnut St closed from Central St to Auburn St.

Granite St. closed from Elm St. to Canal St. with Parking Garage access at the Doubletree Hotel coming from Granite St Eastbound.


There may be additional closures as the day progresses and as the needs of the Secret Service dictate. There will be intermittent closures for the Presidential motorcade as the beginning and closing of the event.

Barricades will be utilized in and around the SNHU Arena to cordon off areas that will be restricted to law enforcement personnel only.

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Thursday Evening Book Discussion

August 13th, 2019 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

Ta Da! here are the books that our Thursday evening book group has selected to read and discuss this year.

September 12th: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year’s Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multimillionaire, an Upper East Side ne’er-do-well, and a single minded widow. (2011. 335 p.)

One Book One Manchester selection October 10th: KooKooLand by Gloria Norris After her father—a wise-guy who relies on charm, snappy wit and un-yielding belief that he is above the law—commits an unspeakable act of violence, young Gloria Norris, in an unconventional coming-of-age-memoir, sets herself on a path away from the cycle of violence whirling around her to carve out a good life on her terms. (2016. 355 p.)

November 14th: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
A socially awkward, routine-oriented loner teams up with a bumbling IT guy from her office to assist an elderly accident victim, forging a friend-ship that saves all three from lives of isolation and secret unhappiness. (2017. 327 p.)

December 12th: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn By Betty Smith
Born in 1901 in the slums of Brooklyn, Francie Nolan has grown up under the burden of suffering that is the lot of the city’s poor. Romantic like her father, an Irish singing waiter, yet pragmatic like her mother, a house cleaner and fierce survivor, Francie uses her imagination and tenacity to thrive in the world in spite of harsh conditions. (1947. 420 p.)

January 9th: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
“As a leading researcher in the field of biology, Robin Wall Kimmerer understands the delicate state of our world. But as an active member of the Potawatomi nation, she senses and relates to the world through a way of knowing far older than any science. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she intertwines these two modes of awareness-the analytic and the emotional, the scientific and the cultural-to ultimately reveal a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature. (2013. 390 p.)

February 13th: Becoming by Michelle Obama
An intimate memoir by the former first lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago through her setbacks and achievements in the White House. (2018. 426 p.)

March 12th: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The evolution and eventual decadence of a small South American town is mirrored in the family history of the Buendias. (1970. 422 p.)

April 9th: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Viewed with suspicion in the aftermath of a tragedy, a beautiful hermit who has survived for years in a marsh becomes targeted by unthinkable forces. (2018. 370 p.)

May 14th: Dubliners by James Joyce
In this collection of masterful stories, steeped in realism, James Joyce creates an exacting portrait of his native city, showing how it reflects the general decline of Irish culture and civilization. (1926. 288 p.)

Everyone is welcome to join the book club, whether it is for the whole year or for one or two meetings. For more information please call Steve at 624-6550 ext. 33223. See you at the book discussion!

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