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Institute of Museum and Library Services

June 5th, 2017 · Audiobooks, Books, City Library, E-Books, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, West Branch

Did you know that the Institute of Museum and Library Services directly impacts your library? This organization provides funding to over 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums across the country.
Here in New Hampshire, via the State Library, it provides our public libraries with research tools online, access to the statewide Overdrive digital collection, and funds to move library materials around the state for inter-library loan.

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When my mom asks where all my money went

June 2nd, 2017 · City Library, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

Kapusta, cabbage, clams, bones, doubloons. Whatever you want to call it, money is always a hot topic.  Understanding how to save it and what to spend it on (and perhaps more importantly, what not to spend it on) is an important skill for kids to learn early.  Teach them good money habits now or regret it later!  The good news is there are resources here at the library and also at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that can help parents teach their kids these important life skills.


Make Your Kid a Money Genius (even if you’re not): a parents’ guide for kids 3 to 23

Making Allowances: a dollars –and-sense guide to teaching kids about money

Smart Money Smart Kids: raising the next generation to win with money

Your Kids are Your Own Fault: a guide for raising responsible, productive adults

The Everything Kids’ Money Book


In Spanish:

Padre rico, padre pobre (Rich Dad, Poor Dad)



The Opposite of Spoiled: raising kids who are grounded, generous, and smart about money



The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

For Parents:  Here are resources to help you teach your young child, middle schooler or teen how to save, spend, and develop an understanding of money.

And just remember,
“If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.” – Journalist, Earl Wilson

Good luck!
Amy Hanmer

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Summer newsletter is hot, hot, hot!

May 30th, 2017 · Audiobooks, Book Group, Books, Children, City Library, Computer Classes, E-Books, Events, Family Fare, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Movies, News, Newsletter, Summer Reading Program, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


Our summer issue of the Manchester City Library’s newsletter, “MCL Notes”, is hot off the press!

The Manchester City Library and our West Branch will be busy this summer with all the programs we have planned for you. And of course we will have plenty of summer reading material for you to enjoy at the beach, the park, the pool, or at home.

So catch up on what’s been happening at the libraries—there is plenty to read about! Get the scoop on the programs we have planned from now throughout the summer season.

MCL Notes – Summer 2017

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

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Closed for Memorial Day weekend

May 26th, 2017 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

The Manchester City Library will be closed Saturday, May 27th through Monday, May 29th for the observance of Memorial Day. The West Manchester Branch Library will also be closed on Monday May 29th, as well. We will reopen on Tuesday at our regular times: 9:30 at the main library and 12:30 at the Branch. We hope that you all have a safe and happy holiday.

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Art or fashion? Why not both?

May 24th, 2017 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees

If you pay any attention to entertainment news, you probably heard about the Met Gala, which was held on May 1, 2017 this year. The annual fundraising gala benefits the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City and marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. This year’s theme celebrates Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo and her iconic style and company Comme des Garçons.

If you missed it, you can catch up with the May issue of Vogue, or this article in the New York Times.

Baffled by fashion? Check out our Opposing Viewpoints expose on the Fashion Industry.

Want to design and make your own fashion? Take a look at some of our books on Fashion Design, or this one, with patterns of some Famous Frocks.

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Black Bear Happenings in New Hampshire

May 19th, 2017 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees

We can bearly contain ourselves!

Wildlife stewards from the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department will be visiting the library to present a discussion about the natural history of our beautiful and majestic native wildlife.  Join us as they present “Black Bear Happenings in New Hampshire” on Tuesday, June 6th at 7pm at the Manchester City Library. This program is free and open to the public. These presentations offer a chance to learn more about the natural history of our native wildlife, related research and management activities in New Hampshire, and the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program that makes the work possible. For more information please contact Mary G. at 624-6550 ext. 3311.


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Digital libraries: Meet your new data plan (and your education plan, and your entertainment plan…)

May 12th, 2017 · Audiobooks, Books, City Library, E-Books, Library Databases, Main Branch, Museum Passes, West Branch

We love greeting, talking with, and serving the hundreds of thousands of patrons who visit our libraries each year. But what about those days when you just can’t make it to the library? Can you still take advantage of our services? Of course you can! Got your library card? A smart phone, tablet or PC? Let’s take a look at what you can do from home, on the road, or even halfway around the world.

The collection at your fingertips

Let’s start with the basics. You can search our online catalog any time by visiting the library’s website: Request titles, browse for books by your favorite authors, or search for materials on any topic you like. You can also renew books you’ve checked out, and even pay fines for overdue materials—we know, it happens—using a credit or debit card.

Digital downloads

Interested in checking out something you don’t have to renew, and never have to pay fines for? Got a smart phone, tablet or PC? Check out the latest issues of some of today’s most popular magazines with Zinio for Libraries. Create an account, download the app, and you’re on your way. We also have eBooks for your Nook, Kindle or tablet, and digital audiobooks you can listen to on your phone or mp3 player, provided by OverDrive and CloudLibrary. Visit the Downloadable Books & Magazines page on the library’s website for more information.

Free or discounted trips to local attractions

Want to visit a local museum? Our museum passes might save you money, or get you in for free. View our list of passes and calendar to see what’s available.

“Learn a new language and get a new soul”—Czech proverb

Studying a new language for school, your own enjoyment, or a vacation or business trip? Transparent Language gives you over 100 languages to choose from, including English in over 25 native languages. Practice your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and connect with other language learners.

Get book recommendations

Not sure what to read next? NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus allow both fiction and nonfiction readers to enter a favorite author, title, topic, or genre (for example: mystery, science fiction, or horror) to learn about other books they might enjoy reading. It’s the next best thing to asking a librarian for a recommendation. Okay, don’t tell anyone, but it might actually be better. We librarians read a lot, but we can’t read everything.

Research you can trust

Need to research a topic for school? Of course you can Google it, or look it up on Wikipedia. They’re great places to start, but when you’re ready for more, try EBSCOhost. With your library card and EBSCOhost, you can search for full-text articles in popular magazines—like Consumer Reports—peer-reviewed journals and newspapers, with special sections for health, business, education and professional development. Looking for something more local, like the New Hampshire Union Leader? NewsBank gives you access to the text of most articles going back to 1989. Unfortunately, this doesn’t include all obituaries, but we do have a way around that. Read on.

What’s Your Story?

Researching your family history? Do you enjoy watching Who Do You Think You Are? We have genealogy resources you can use to discover your own story. Heritage Quest Genealogy Online provides easy access to US Federal Census Records from 1790-1930; more than 25,000 family and local history books; an index to many local history and genealogy periodicals published since 1800, and selected records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files.

Looking for someone? Trying to get someone to look for you?

Looking for a new job? Don’t have a phone book for a distant city, but are looking for an individual’s phone number? Are you in sales, and looking for demographic data to generate leads? What do all these questions have in common? AtoZdatabases can handle them all. Give it a try!

Who needs a printer?

Printer at home broken? Out of toner? No problem. Print it out here at the library. Oh, the document is saved in your e-mail, but you can’t remember your password because your smart phone does it for you? Well, now you can print to the library’s printers from your phone, tablet, laptop, even from your PC at home. Simply sign up for wireless printing with your e-mail address and location, and then upload or e-mail a print job. Our server will hold it for up to six hours for you. Pages are $0.20 each for black and white, $0.35 for color. Available at the main library only.

This is just an overview of what you can do with your library without even setting foot inside our buildings. Watch our newsletter, blogs and Facebook page for more detailed tutorials and demos of all our digital offerings.

IMPORTANT: To take advantage of these great resources, you’ll need a current Manchester City Library card, as well as a PIN/password. Call 624-6550 or e-mail for information on obtaining a library card, updating your existing card, or obtaining or resetting your PIN/password.

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Knock on Wood!

May 11th, 2017 · City Library, Events, Main Branch

Knock on Wood is a high-energy acoustic folk-rock duo, featuring singer-songwriter Howie Newman.

Combining acoustic guitar with fiddle, mandolin andpleasing vocal harmonies, the duo performs covers and funny original music (suitable for all ages).  It’s a very lively show with great musicianship and a little humor here and there. When appropriate, they play children’s songs and music for senior citizens.

This is a free concert open to the public. Join us on Thursday, May 18th at 7 PM in the library auditorium for a foot stomping fun time.  For more information please call Mary G. at 624-6550 ext. 3311.

See you at the concert!

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Classrooms aren’t the only places where better readers are made.

May 10th, 2017 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, West Branch

While some people think that children don’t develop reading skills until they start school, research shows that reading, singing and playing with children can impact their brain development and help provide them with the pre-reading skills they need before they enter the classroom. Instilling a love of reading in children from the very beginning is one of the most important things that an adult can do for a child.

But trying to do this without help from an expert can seem daunting. Luckily, in New Hampshire, we have literacy experts all over the state – right at our public libraries.

New Hampshire public libraries are wonderful resources that help children develop a love of reading and strengthen the literacy skills that they’ll need to succeed. The children’s sections of our libraries have books for young readers of all ages and interests. Visit and you’ll find classic picture books you remember from when you learned to read, like “Where the Wild Things Are,” right up through newer classics like “Pete the Cat” – often alongside colorful artwork, puppets or other activities that help children become involved in storytelling in a very personal, meaningful way.

Librarians strive to help parents nurture their children’s early literacy skills through a variety of age-appropriate programs, including baby lapsits for their youngest patrons and story times for toddlers and preschoolers. Parents and kids learn songs, finger plays and nursery rhymes that they can use at home between visits to the library.

A new program in New Hampshire, “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten,” makes it a goal for children to have had 1,000 stories read to them before they start school, helping them be better prepared for formal reading instruction. Thousands of children across the state have already signed up and, although the program is only a year old, dozens have already completed the challenge.

As children grow and their skills develop, libraries have early readers, chapter books, series fiction, nonfiction titles, magazines and audiobooks to hold their interest. There are also children’s DVDs and music CDs – a world of choices that engage children, helping them strengthen their reading skills and expand their worlds.

Public libraries have literacy activities for school-aged children as well, helping them strengthen their skills as readers and users of information resources. Throughout the school year, most New Hampshire libraries feature a variety of programs for youth, including book discussion groups, LEGO clubs, drop-in crafts, gaming tournaments and other special events that tie in with reading.

None of this ends with the close of the school year. Each summer, libraries around the state have special summer reading programs that encourage children to read recreationally, helping prevent what has become known as the “summer slide” in reading skills. This past year’s theme focused on sports and saw libraries holding reading marathons, karate and fencing demonstrations, children’s yoga, juggling performances, hula hooping, mini golf, storytelling and more. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World”; be on the lookout for everything from “Touch a Truck” events to environmental programs to community awareness projects at your public library.

Whether your children attend public or private school, are home-schooled or won’t be in school for a few years, you can find resources at your public library that will help them develop the literacy skills they need to be become better readers. Be sure to check out your community’s library today – and remember to take your kids with you when you go.

NOTE: This is the fifth in a series of articles that will be released monthly throughout 2017 as part of the celebration of the N.H. State Library’s 300th anniversary. The State Library was founded in Jan. 25, 1717 and is the first state library in America.

Michael York
Acting Commissioner, NH Department of Cultural Resources

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The Art of Remembering Names

May 8th, 2017 · City Library, Events, Main Branch

Do you have a problem remembering people’s names?  Where you placed those keys?  What’s the cost of not remembering? Embarrassment, missed opportunities, lost business, poor grades, forgotten ideas and maybe fewer pursuits.

Join us for a program where you can learn four steps to develop an extraordinary memory.  Learn tricks to make everything become more vivid and interesting, making it easier and faster to remember.  Remember to join us on Thursday evening, May 11th, at 6:30 PM.  For more information contact Mary G. at 624-6550 ext. 3311.

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