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Library closed for President’s Day

February 16th, 2018 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

The Manchester City Library will be closed on Monday, February 19th, in observance of President’s Day.  The Main Branch will reopen at our normal time of 9:30 AM on Tuesday morning and the West Manchester Branch Library will open at 12:30 Tuesday.

We hope to see you then!

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Celebrate Black History Month

February 10th, 2018 · Art Room, Books, Children, City Library, E-Books, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

Celebrate Black History Month with these noteworthy books and music CDs!
See our display on the second floor.


100 Amazing Facts About the Negro, by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Black Fortunes, by Shomari Wills.

Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing, by Stephanie Stokes Oliver.

Born a crime : stories from a South African childhood, by Trevor Noah.

Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies, by Dick Gregory.

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, by Brittney Cooper.

Encyclopedia of Black Comics, by Sheena C. Howard.

The Last Black Unicorn, by Tiffany Haddish.

The Mother of Black Hollywood, by Jennifer Lewis.

We’re Going To Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True, by Gabrielle Union.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge.


Behold the Dreamers, by Mbue, Imbolo, author.

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond, by Brenda Woods.

Bluebird, Bluebird, by Attica Locke.

The goddess of Mtwara and other stories : the Caine Prize for African Writing 2017

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas.

Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward.

The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin.


Sweetsexysavage, by Kehlani.

Did It For Love, by Leela James

4:44, by Jay-Z.

Let them fall in love, by CeCe Winans.

In it to win it, by Charlie Wilson.

Damn, by Kendrick Lamar.

Freedom Highway, by Rhiannon Giddens.

Trip, by Jhené Aiko.

Ctrl, by SZA

Luv is Rage 2, by Lil Uzi Vert

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Winter fun

February 9th, 2018 · Books, City Library, Uncategorized

When there is a Nor’easter roaring into town and the winds are so strong you can’t go outside, what can you do? The snow is drifting, the roads are impassable, and no one wants to go out, not even the dog. The opening ceremony for the PyeongChang Olympics is later tonight but what shall we do before that time?

Let’s get out a board game so all of us can play while we wait for the Olympic Games to start. We have several to choose from and there is sure to be at least one that we can all agree to play. Or perhaps a game of cards would be more fun? Whatever we decide to do, we have only to look at Hoyle’s rules of games: description of indoor games of skill and chance, with advice on skillful play if we need to check on rules. Find this book, and other books on indoor games, on display in the library rotunda.

So what shall it be? Monopoly, backgammon, or checkers?

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Olympians, Olympic History and Trivia Display at Manchester City Library

February 5th, 2018 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

Olympians, Olympic History and Trivia Display at Manchester City Library


Check out our display on the main floor, right outside the elevator.


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Manchester Youth Photovoice and Umap Project

January 23rd, 2018 · City Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Teens

Manchester City Library is proud to host the Manchester Youth Photovoice and Umap Project until the end of March.  This is a collection of photographs captured and captioned by 9- to 12-year-old Manchester residents.  Upmap is a mapping tool that plotted the specific areas where participants took their Photovoice photos.

This exhibit is the culmination of a collaborative project between Manchester Parks and Recreation, with the Foundation for Healthy Communities/HEAL NH, and the non-profit research organization, GP RED.

You can view the Manchester Youth Photovoice on the lower floor of the Manchester City Library in the hallway leading to the elevator.

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MCL $10 Bag Book Sale – January 27, 2018

January 18th, 2018 · Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, Main Branch, Uncategorized

book saleManchester City Library will be holding a $10 Bag Book Sale on January 27, 2018 (Saturday), from 10 AM to 1 PM. The sale will take place in the Winchell Room on the lower level of the Main Library (405 Pine Street).

Bring average size grocery bags and fill them up with the many, many available books, audio CDs, DVDs, musical CDs and older musical scores. There will be over 10,000 items to choose from at this sale, for children, young adults and adults. You pay only $10 per average grocery size bag, as you leave the sales area.

Have a tight budget or need a new supply of reading material for the next snowstorm? Check out what is being offered at this sale, for there is something for just about anybody. We have books on all types of non-fiction subjects and fiction genres, such as mystery, science fiction, adventure, romance, history, biography, cookbooks, religion, art, crafts, social sciences, sports, literature, foreign languages, science and many other subjects. In addition, we have large print books, mostly fiction.

All proceeds go to projects and programs at Manchester City Library.

Point of contact for the sale is Eileen Reddy, who can be reached at or by phone at 624-6550.

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Library closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. – Civil Rights Day

January 10th, 2018 · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Martin Luther KingThe Manchester City Library will be closed on Monday, January 15th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. – Civil Rights Day. We will reopen on Tuesday morning at our normal time.

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2018 Winter Olympics are almost here!

January 8th, 2018 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Uncategorized, West Branch

The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place from February 9-25 in PyeongChang, South Korea.  And once again New Hampshire will be well represented by a mixture of those who grew up here and enjoyed their sport from a young age to those who furthered their athletic talents while attending college in New Hampshire.  For the rest of us, the Manchester City Library has a broad collection of materials in print and electronic format to help us learn the fundamentals of skating/skiing, discover a new ski spot, read about past Olympics as well as a variety of other winter sports.  There are DVD’s on the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” hockey team and the scaling of Mount Everest.  The library’s digital collections provide options to read or listen to even more!

To whet your appetite a bit more check out these fun facts!


The first winter Olympics was held in 1924 in Chamonix, France.  The first gold medal of these games was won by the United States of America.  The host country, France, failed to win any gold medals; a first in Olympic history.  The first winter medals were awarded in the sports of:

Olympic rings

  • Bobsleigh
  • Curling
  • Ice hockey
  • Skating
  • Figure skating
  • Speed skating
  • Nordic skiing
  • Military patrol
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Nordic combined
  • Ski jumping

And finally, the first ski club in America was formed in Berlin, New Hampshire in 1872!

Did you know…?

  • The 1924 winter Olympics brought 11 year old Sonje Henie to the world. She did not win here but went on to win in three later Olympics.
  • Sixteen nations competed in the 1924 winter games.
  • Germany was banned from participation due to unresolved issues stemming from WWI that were not settled until 1925.
  • Manchester Parks and Recreation provides opportunities for skating at two locations: the JFK Arena on Beech Street and the West Side Ice Arena on Electric Street.
  • McIntyre Arena welcomes skiers, snowboarders and tubers to its Chalet Court location in Manchester.

It’s time to get ready for the winter games.  Begin by checking out the two displays in the rotunda.  Respond and let us know how you enjoy the winter!


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Recommended reading for Science Fiction and Fantasy lovers!

January 5th, 2018 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Uncategorized, West Branch

January 2018

Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby. Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.

Broken Monsters, by Lauren Beukes. Detective Gabriella Versado investigates after disturbing displays that fuse the bodies of murder victims with those of animals are uncovered in abandoned Detroit buildings.

Cuckoo Song, by Frances Hardinge. In post-World War I England, eleven-year-old Triss nearly drowns in a millpond known as “The Grimmer” and emerges with memory gaps, aware that something is terribly wrong, and to try to set things right, she must meet a twisted architect who has designs on her family.

Dark Run, by Mike Brooks. Captain Ichabod Drift attempts to make a dark run, delivering a special cargo to Earth aboard the Keiko, a ship full of smugglers, soldiers of fortune and adventurers, who are actually the good guys in a corrupt galaxy.

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club: A Novel, by Genevive Valentine. This reimagining of the “Twelve Dancing Princesses” traces the story of a family of flappers who work in a 1920s speakeasy until their suspicious father decides to marry them off, prompting a confrontation with a bootlegger from the eldest sister’s past.

My Life as a White Trash Zombie, by Diana Rowland. Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She’s a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she’s made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay ‘alive’.

Shadowshaper, by Daniel Jose Older. When the murals painted on the walls of her Brooklyn neighborhood start to change and fade in front of her, Sierra Santiago realizes that something strange is going on–then she discovers her Puerto Rican family are shadowshapers and finds herself in a battle with an evil anthropologist for the lives of her family and friends.

The Census-Taker: A Novella, by Chine Miéville.  In a remote house on a hilltop, a lonely boy witnesses a profoundly traumatic event. He tries–and fails–to flee. Left alone with his increasingly deranged parent, he dreams of safety, of joining the other children in the town below, of escape. When at last a stranger knocks at his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation might be over. But by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? What is the purpose behind his questions? Is he friend? Enemy? Or something else altogether?

Version Control, by Dexter Palmer. A woman deals with a strange and persistent sense of everything being slightly off, which may or may not be related to her scientist husband’s pet project, a “causality violation device” that might actually be working.


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Library closing early due to snowstorm

January 4th, 2018 · City Library, Main Branch, Uncategorized, West Branch

The Manchester City Library and our branch will close at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 4th due to the snowstorm. We plan on reopening for normal business hours on Friday January 5th.  Stay safe and warm!

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