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Outrageous Banjo!

September 12th, 2016 · Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees


Stop everything and see and hear the amazing music of Peter Mezoian. With influences such as Les Paul, Irving Berlin, Eddie Peabody, Harry Reser, Bing Crosby, Stevie Wonder, Don Reno, Django Rheinhard, Broadway show-tunes, bluegrass, swing, ragtime, and early American popular song you’ll understand why this guy isn’t normal. Or maybe it’s from two decades of touring the world on the main stage of over 50 different cruise ships, as well as theaters and music festivals in England, and the U.S. The American Song Book gets updated when plunk meets funk and Peter Mezoian jumps in leaving you wanting more and wondering just how outrageous one banjoist can be. Join us on September 13th at 6:30 pm in the library auditorium for a foot stomping great time!

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Last call for summer reading!

September 11th, 2016 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

The temperature is cooling down and fall is right around the corner. Don’t let the end of summer stop you from enjoying some great last minute ‘summer’ reading!  Here are some picks that we hope you’ll enjoy.


Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst

A must read for those loving fiction set in New Hampshire. Seeking help for their socially incompetent genius daughter, Tilly, after the latest in a series of school expulsions, the Hammond family moves to a spiritual compound in the New Hampshire woods, where they hope for a solution from a charismatic guru.

The Nix by Nathan Hill

This first time author was recently compared with author John Irving’s literary style; who in turn compared this author to Dickens.  A Nix can take many forms. In Norwegian folklore, it is a spirit who sometimes appears as a white horse that steals children away. In Nathan Hill’s remarkable first novel, a Nix is anything you love that one day disappears, taking with it a piece of your heart.

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich

This is not a Stephanie Plum novel, so be warned, Evanovich is entering new territory here. A fun and easy read and Evanovich doesn’t disapoint.


Bobby Kennedy : The Making of a Liberal Icon by Larry Tye

Award winning journalist Larry Tye presents us with a biography written using unpublished materials, previously unseen government documents and interviews with those close to Bobby Kennedy. The result is a fascinating biography of one of America’s beloved political icons.

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

Ever thought about life before the invention of light bulbs and lamps? Welcome to a world of invention and skulduggery, populated by the likes of Edison, Westinghouse, Tesla, and the novel’s hero, a young lawyer named Paul Cravath (a name that will resonate with ambitious law students everywhere). It’s part legal thriller and part tour of a magical time lost in the darkness.

Sweet Tomorrows by Debbie Macomber

This is the last novel of her beloved Rose Harbor series and sure to please. A must read for Debbie Macomber fans.


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$10 a Bag Book Sale!

September 8th, 2016 · Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees


Manchester City Library will hold a $10 Bag Book Sale on September 17th, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Winchell Room on the lower floor of the library.  All proceeds go to programs and project at Manchester City Library.

Bring empty average size grocery bags (cloth or paper) and fill them up from the over 10,000 items available.  A vast range of materials are available, for all ages and interests.  We have children books, young adult books, fiction (paperback and hardcover), art, religion, history, cooking, crafts, animals, biography, large print (mostly fiction), reference, foreign language, social science and much more.  In addition, there are CD audiobooks, DVDs, musical CDs and a few prints and frames that are individually priced.  In this sale, we will have many individual older musical scores.  The library is closing down the musical score collection; thus there will be a large group of well used scores to choose from.

Come and browse the rows and rows of books and other materials; you just never know what special treasures you will find at such a bargain rate.

Point of contact for the sale is Eileen Reddy, who can be reached at or by phone at 624-6550 ext. 3320 (Information Desk).



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The Brown Bag Book Club invites you!

September 4th, 2016 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News


Our library book clubs are forming up again!  Our Brown Bag Book Club meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 12:15-1:30 PM.  For more information or to reserve a copy of a book discussion book please call the Information Desk at Ext. 3320. Remember to bring your lunch – dessert is on us! Here is the list of books that the Brown Bag Book Club will be reading this year.

September – The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig

October – Breaking Wild By Diane Les Becquets

November – The End of Your Life Book Club By Will Schwalbe

December – Ordinary Grace By William Kent Krueger

January – The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

February – Did You Ever Have a Family By Bill Clegg

March – Nobody’s Fool By Richard Russo

April – The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend By Katrina Bivald

May – Walden By Henry David Thoreau

See you at the book club!


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Labor Day Weekend

September 2nd, 2016 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


The Manchester City Library will be closed on Saturday, September 3rd, through Monday, September 5th, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.  We will reopen on Tuesday morning at our normal times; 9:30 AM at the Main Branch as 12:30 PM for the West Branch. We wish you all have a safe and happy holiday.

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Thursday Night Book Group

September 1st, 2016 · Audiobooks, Book Group, Books, E-Books, Events, News


On September 8th our Thursday evening book discussion group will be starting up again.  This group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7 PM in the Hunt Room.  The group has selected a very interesting selection of titles to read this year.

September 8th – Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi

October 13th – Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

November 20th – A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman

December 8th – The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

January 12th – The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rowlings

February 9th – A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life by James Bowen

March 9th – Expats by Chris Pavone

April 13th – Wright Brothers by David McCullough

May 11th – The Orchardist by Amanda Copin

Anyone interested in joining this group is welcome to attend one or all of these book discussions. For more information or to reserve a copy of a book discussion book please contact the Information Desk at 624-6550 ext. 3320.

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Fall MCL Notes is here!

August 29th, 2016 · Audiobooks, Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, West Branch

IMG_4446The Fall issue of MCL Notes is now online! Catch up on what’s been happening at the libraries—there is plenty to read about!—and get the scoop on the programs we have planned from now through November.

We welcome you to sign up to receive this quarterly newsletter by email.

MCL Notes -Fall 2016

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Closed for Staff Development Day August 31st

August 28th, 2016 · City Library, Events, Main Branch

Act_48_wordle_2Both the main library and the West branch will be closed on Wednesday, August 31st, for our annual staff development day.  The will 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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Pearl That Broke Its Shell

August 20th, 2016 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch


To start the reading year off, our Thursday evening book group will be reading Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi.  This novel tells the stories to two young Afghan women–one from the last century and one from modern day Afghanistan which shows how women are treated in Afghanistan. For more information contact the Information Desk at 624-6550 ext. 3320.

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The Last Gasp of Summer

August 13th, 2016 · Children, City Library, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Main Branch, Museum Passes, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


It snuck up when you weren’t looking, didn’t it?  It’s the last gasp of summer! Don’t panic, we’ve got you covered.  The Manchester City Library has a slew of museum passes available to Manchester City Library card holders.  Don’t let summer slip away without one last family outing before they head back to school.

Here is our list of passes to local and regional museums:

The Currier Museum

Millyard Museum

Museum of Science

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Boston Children’s Museum

Canterbury Shaker Village

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

SEE Science Center

Zoo New England

Squam Lakes Science Center

Strawbery Banke

Castle in the Clouds

Passes may be reserved online with your Manchester Library Card or call us to make your reservation at 624-6550 ext. 3314.

See you at the museum.

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