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Transparent Language and Zinio for Libraries will be down for maintenance

June 26th, 2017 · City Library, Library Databases, Main Branch, West Branch










Both Transparent Language and Zinio for Libraries will be down for a major planned service update beginning at 8pm ET, Monday, June 26 and running through approximately 10am ET, Tuesday, June 27. We apologize for the disruption of service.

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The Hawaiian Lei

June 22nd, 2017 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News

The lei is a symbol with many meanings from  welcome to thank you to congratulations.  In Hawaii a lei is given to acknowledge a variety of occasions.  Often high school graduates can be seen wearing so many lei that their faces are hidden under them!

Traditional lei are made of materials from nature such as flowers, shells, nuts, seeds, leaves, and grasses.

Modern lei can be made from paper, plastic, candy, fabric, or anything one can imagine.

Custom lei are often made for family occasions and personalized for the recipient.

The history of the lei is that it was brought to Hawaii by Polynesian voyagers.  In 1927, a tradition was established designating May 1st as May Day/Lei Day complete with a lei festival now held annually at Kapiolani Park in Honolulu.

The library is hosting a small private collection of lei during the month of June.

A sampling of Hawaii travel books will be alongside the display for your borrowing pleasure.

Hōʻoia mai i ka lei, make kokoke i ka’eleweka!

(Check out the lei display near the elevator!)






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Teen Summer Reading Program

June 20th, 2017 · Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Summer Reading Program, Teens, West Branch

Teen Summer Reading is underway! Here’s how it works:

Fill out the online summer reading form here. For more information, contact Amy Graves, Teen Librarian, at 624-6550 ext. 3345 or And be sure to check out our summer programs for teens!

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New fiction! Get ’em while they’re hot.

June 19th, 2017 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, West Branch


Are you ready for summer?

Place your holds now for these upcoming super hot titles!

The Fallen by Ace Atkins
Paradise Valley by C. J. Box
The Late Show by Michael Connelly
Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich
Deadfall by Linda Fairstein
The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
Look Behind You by Iris Johansen
Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Initiative by Eric Lustbader
A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride
A Distant View of Everything by Alexander McCall Smith
Murder Games by James Patterson
Two Nights by Kathy Reichs
House of Spies by Daniel Silva
Use of Force by Brad Thor
Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani


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Touch a Truck Saturday

June 16th, 2017 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Summer Reading Program, Teens

This year’s summer reading program slogan is “Build a Better World”.  To kick off our summer reading program, we are hosting a Touch a Truck event in the Hartnett Parking Lot. Several city departments will be here with equipment for the kids to explore. There will be activities such as life-sized games on the library lawn. We might also have a few surprise guests as well. Join us on Saturday, June 24th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Harnett Lot next to the Main Library. This event is free to the public. For more information, please call 624-6550 ext. 3328.



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$10 Bag Book Sale – June 24th

June 13th, 2017 · Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Summer Reading Program, Teens, Trustees

A modified $10 Bag Book Sale will take place in the Winchell Room on June 24th (Saturday) from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  This “Off the Shelves” sale will take place on the lower level of the Library on Pine Street, as part of the Touch a Truck / Summer Reading Program kick-off.

Bring your own average size grocery bags, paper or cloth to fill up, for just $10 per bag.  Proceeds from the sale go to programs and projects at the library.

Fiction and non-fiction books for all ages and interest are available at this sale, in addition to Audiobook CDs, DVDs and some miscellaneous musical items.

Please contact Eileen Reddy at or by phone at 624-6550, if there are any questions about this book sale.

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Build a Better World Children’s Summer Reading Program

June 12th, 2017 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, Summer Reading Program, West Branch


Readers of all ages will explore fun and exciting events this summer with our “Build a Better World” summer library program. Activities will include storytimes, crafts, messy art, makerspace activities, Legos, reading dogs, scavenger hunts, and special guests. All programs are free of charge.
The 2017 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through 5th grade. We have set a group goal of 3,750 books to be read during the 10-week program. Will you help us meet
our goal? Registration for “Build a Better World” begins on June 1st.
You can either register in person or online at For more information, please call 624-6550 ext. 3328. To help us build a better world this summer, children are invited to
complete challenges as part of the summer reading program. Kids in Pre-K through 2nd grade can complete up to five challenges, and 3rd through 5th graders can complete up to ten challenges out of choices including reading a nonfiction book, going on a family hike, and sharing about a book here at the library, among others. Challenges completed will have their own prizes, including the chance to win a free book.




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Downtime for Transparent Language

June 9th, 2017 · City Library, Main Branch, News, Uncategorized, West Branch

Transparent Language will be unavailable for a few hours in the morning on Saturday, June 10, while the company moves its servers to a new location. Thank you for your patience.

Not using Transparent Language yet? Try it today!

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SOFA Retirement Planning Strategies

June 8th, 2017 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Trustees

Most people are so busy with the day to day job of living that they don’t have time to acquire the financial education necessary to secure a wealthy and prosperous future. SOFA is a 501c3 non- profit, educational speaker’s bureau, comprised of various professionals (financial, tax, real estate, mortgage, wellness, and estate planning) to provide overall financial education to various individuals and organizations. Through workshops and seminars, SOFA introduces keys to a successful and wealthy future. We’re offering two time slots for this  program. Join us on Tuesday, June 20th at 2:30 & 6:30 PM Main Library, George and Steve Pessotti, local retirement planners and guest speakers from SOFA (the Society for Financial Awareness), will present an educational workshop on advanced retirement planning strategies. For more information please call Mary G. at 624-6550 ext 3311.

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Manchester City Library Museum Passes

June 6th, 2017 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Museum Passes, News, Newsletter

Now that summer vacation is just around the corner, you might want to consider reserving and using one or more of our wonderful library museum passes. The library museum passes are a special service designed to offer access to local and regional museums and save families some money in the process. Our passes are a courtesy provided by proceeds from the Manchester City Library’s supremely popular book sales. Museum passes are available to Manchester City Library cardholders only.

As mentioned earlier, the passes to many popular local and regional museums, for example: The Currier Museum, Millyard Museum, Museum of Science, and Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Here is a full list of museums that we currently offer passes for. Passes may be reserved online with your Manchester Library Card or by calling the library at 624-6550 ext. 3314 to make your reservation.

Rules for borrowing a Museum Pass:

  • You must have a valid, fine-free Manchester City Library card, and be 18 years old or older.
  • You may reserve a pass up to two months in advance.
  • You must have your library card with you to borrow the pass.
  • You can pick the pass up either on the last day the library is open before the day of your visit or on the day of your visit by 11:00 a.m.
  • The pass must be returned to the Manchester City Library Children’s Room circulation desk the next day the library is open after your visit.
  • Coupon passes do not need to be returned to the library.
  • There will be a $5.00 charge if a museum pass is returned in the book drop.
  • There will be a $5.00 per day charge for an overdue museum pass.
  • If the pass is lost, a $25.00 minimum replacement fee will be charged.

Due to the limited number of passes available, a family can only borrow one pass per week, and a specific museum pass only once per month.

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