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Main Library has re-opened Magic Show is still on!

July 13th, 2017 · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

We are pleased to report that the main branch has reopened !  We apologize for any inconvenience that this morning’s closing might have caused you.

This evening’s magic show is still on and it will be in the Library Auditorium at 6 PM.

Thank you for your patience.

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Presenting a little magic for you

July 11th, 2017 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Family Fare, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch

Pack your lawn chairs or grab a picnic blanket and bring the kids along for a really fun evening as we continue our summer Family Fare events.  We are proud to present magician extraordinaire,  Chris Herrick. Don’t miss this wonderful magic show that is sure to impress everyone in your family.  Join us on Thursday July 13th, at 6 PM on the library lawn for this free event.  Arrive early for a good spot.  In the event of rain the magic will move to the library auditorium. Call Mary G. at 624-6550 ext. 3311 for more information.

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Teens Create: Recycled Book Art

July 8th, 2017 · Books, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Summer Reading Program, Teens

Repurposing old books is a hot new craft and a neat way to create some fun book art. You’ll get to try out some different ways you can make an old book into a work of art. Join us on Tuesday July 25th at 3:00 pm at the Main Library.  For teens in grades 6-12. Contact Amy Graves, Teen Librarian, at 624-6550 ext. 3345 or for more information.

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Wildlife Encounters

July 5th, 2017 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Family Fare, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Teens

On Thursday, July 6th, we are kicking off our annual Family Fare Programming by welcoming back Wildlife Encounters.

For those of you who are new, Wildlife Encounters is a live animal show featuring a  diverse selection of amazing ambassador animals as they take you on an imaginary safari around the world in 60 minutes. Join us on the library lawn at 6 PM for your wildlife adventure. In the event of rain we will move to the library auditorium.  For more information please contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 3311.




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Happy Independence Day!

June 30th, 2017 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


Manchester celebrates Independence Day! The Manchester City Library and the West Manchester Branch Library will have special operating hours due to the holiday.  Both libraries will be closing at 5:30 on Monday, July 3rd, and remain closed through the 4th of July.  We will be re-opening on the 5th at our normal times and look forward to serving you then.  Here’s the scoop on the holiday festivites offered by the city to celebrate Independence Day.

The City of Manchester has announced a 2-day Independence Day celebration.

Sunday, July 2, 2017 the USAF Heritage of America Band will perform at 4:00PM at Veterans Park.

Monday, July 3, 2017 features the 39th Army Band performance & the fireworks display at dusk at Arms Park.

Admission is free for both events. A rain date of July 5th is set for the fireworks.

We wish you all a safe and happy 4th of July.


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Navigation for Home Buyers

June 28th, 2017 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News

It’s here!  Summer is home buying/selling season.  Whether you’re downsizing because your kids left for college, or you’re looking for more space for the kids to romp around in, doing research about the market is not something that’s optional these days.

What size house do you need?  Are you looking for something that’s move-in ready, or a fixer-upper?  Have you estimated whether you’ll be able to cover any renovation costs?  How do you know if the house is in good condition?  What should you do before you even start talking to a real estate agent?

One of the most important things you should do first is find out how much house you can afford.  You’ll need to take into account how much your current income is, how much you’ve saved towards a down payment (yes, you should do that!), what your credit score is, what the current mortgage interest rate is, and whether or not you’ll have to set aside funds for renovations apart from the mortgage.

Once you’ve found your budget, it’s suggested that you get a pre-approval letter from your bank for a mortgage loan.  This usually proves to be beneficial, as it gives you a slight edge over other buyers if there’s a bidding war.

Repeat homebuyers will have to do some additional work, since they’ll typically have to use some of the funds from the sale of their current home before buying the new one.  Often, sellers forget that there are closing costs they will have to pay when selling their current home.

Now you can begin scouring the market for your dream home.  Only look for homes within your budgeted range, or heartache will follow.  There’s nothing like pining over that amazing house which is just out of reach.  Figure out the neighborhood you want to live in, and take commute times, local school ratings, access to stores and highways, and community engagement into consideration.

Work with an experienced real estate agent who can give you tips on finding the right home for you and your family.  Don’t forget that they get a commission!  If they’re good at what they do, it will even payoff to stay in touch with them after the sale, for future market needs.

Planning to sell or buy without a realtor?  There are tips for that, and more, available to you in the books we have here at the library.  A few are listed below.  Don’t forget to search for and read up on home buying articles from our databases!

Dream home: the Property Brothers’ ultimate guide to finding & fixing your perfect house  (643.12 SCO) Jonathan & Drew Scott

Buying the best home  (643.12 BRE) Joe Breckner

Not one dollar more! : How to save $3000 to $30,000 buying your next home  (643.12 CUM) Joseph Eamon Cummins

100 questions every first-time home buyer should ask: with answers from top brokers from around the country    (643.12 GLI) Ilyce R. Glink

The Unofficial Guide to buying a home     (643.12 PER) Alan Perlis

The National Association of Realtors guide to home buying    (643.12 NAT) NAR

Nolo’s essential guide to buying your first home     (643.12 BRA) (New) Ilona M. Bray

The complete guide to locating, negotiating, and buying real estate foreclosures: what smart investors need to know explained simply    (332.6324 ORL) Frankie Orlando

Your eco-friendly home: buying, building, or remodeling green   (690.8 DAV) Sid Davis

Finding the uncommon deal: a top New York lawyer explains how to buy a home for the lowest possible price  (643.12 BAI)  Adam Leitman Bailey

Investing in fixer-uppers: a complete guide to buying low, fixing smart, adding value, and selling (or renting) high  (332.6324 DEC)  Jay Decima

Tips and traps when negotiating real estate     (333.33 IRW) Robert Irwin 

Your first home: the proven path to home ownership (643.12 KEL)  Gary Keller

How to buy foreclosed real estate for a fraction of its value  (332.6324 DAL) Robert Irwin

The complete guide to your real estate closing: answers to all your questions – from opening escrow, to negotiating fees, to signing the closing papers     (q643.12 GAD) Sandy Gadow

Sell your home now: the complete guide to overcoming common mistakes, selling faster, and making more money   (643.12 RID) Laura Riddle

The complete kit to selling your own home: smart, fast and for top dollar  (333.33 DIB) Joseph P. DiBlasi

How to buy or sell your home without a broker (333.33 TAN) Milt Tanzer

Dress your house for success: 5 fast, easy steps to selling your house, apartment, condo for the highest possible price!   (333.33 WEB) Martha Webb

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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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