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Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle! A family movie to kick off school vacation week.

April 20th, 2018 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, Movies

Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever. PG-13. Join us Monday, April 23rd at 2:30 for this super fun movie screening.


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Renovation of the Children’s Services Area

April 19th, 2018 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Books, Children, City Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch

We are very excited to announce the upcoming renovation of the Children’s Services area at the Carpenter Memorial Building! After renovating other areas of our buildings, our Children’s Services area has really begun to show just how worn (loved) it is from the numerous visits of our youngest library users. During National Library Week April 8th to the 14th, we will be putting up the conceptual plans for this redesign for your perusal. We plan on adding a toddler area, more computers, and reading nooks for children and their families to use. We will also be combining our public service desks to make more floor space available to expand our seating arrangements for all ages. Our Library Foundation is in the midst of fundraising and seeking grants to help us fund this project. Work will begin in late fall of 2018.
So be sure to stop in to see the plans for the upcoming renovation which are posted in the children’s room bulletin board.

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A Sampler of Stitches

April 14th, 2018 · Art Room, Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

The telephone call would often go something like this.

“I found these new colors of embroidery floss at the store. I thought you might like a few for your stash, but I couldn’t remember. What are you working on now?”

That was always a good question. You see, when I was growing up my mother and grandmothers made sure that I learned all sorts of “handiwork” in hopes that this learning would set me in good stead for my future as a homemaker. This education ranged from knitting, crocheting, wool rug braiding, latch hooking, sewing, embroidery, wreath making, candle making and stained glass working. Some of these crafts were embraced and enjoyed much more freely than others were.  To my family’s credit, I did manage to learn a lot and to enjoy a few of those crafts that they wanted to teach me.  Usually the larger of these projects had the added frantic and urgent necessity for completion in order to meet the deadline for a 4-H exhibit at the local fair. I’m sure you can imagine!

My question to you all is, “What are you working on?” Are you making jewelry, water color painting, sewing a dress, carving wooden toys, knitting a scarf or learning to play a musical instrument? I’d love to hear about your craft projects and where you get your inspirations from. Speaking of which, we are always adding new arts & crafts books here in the Art Room at the Manchester City Library.  Stop on by and take a look or make a suggestion.  Put away your tablets and cell phones and enjoy the satisfaction of creating something with your hands. Maybe you’ll find your next new hobby or spot something to peak your interest and curiosity as you explore in the library. We have an embroidery display featured in the Art Room display case in the upper hallway this month.  And if you do come by, don’t forget, we’d love to chat with you about what you’re working on.

See you at the library.


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Solo bicycle odyssey across America

April 12th, 2018 · Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, West Branch

Brian Phelps asked himself the question, “What have I done in my life to make a difference?” His answer inspired him to ride a 1982 yard sale bicycle, solo, 4,000 miles across America and Canada in 2011. Come meet Phelps and find out about his book, Fanny and Me. Join us on April 12th at 7 PM in the library’s Winchell Room for a meet and greet with this local author.  For more information call Mary G. at 624-6550 ext 3311.

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$10 Bag Book Sale – 14 April 2018

April 6th, 2018 · Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees

It is time to get ready for those fast approaching warm, lazy Summer reading days.  With the $10 Bag Book Sale on 14 April, you can stock up with paperbacks and more for those upcoming beach or hammock days.

The sale will take place in the Winchell Room of Manchester City Library, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on April 14 (Saturday).  Just bring empty average size grocery bags (cloth or paper) and fill them up from the over 10,000 books, DVDs, musical CDs and older musical scores.  You will pay only $10 per bag as you exit from the sales area.  All proceeds go towards projects and programs at Manchester City Library.

There are materials for all ages and interests.  We have lots and lots of children books, young adult books, mystery fiction, action fiction, romance fiction, science fiction, cook books, sports, religion, social science, gardening, crafts, literature, history, biography, large print (mostly fiction), foreign languages, reference and so much more to choose from.

Please contact Eileen Reddy at or by phone at 624-6550, if you have any questions.

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Recommended reading for Sci-Fi and Fantasy lovers! April 2018

April 1st, 2018 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

Lock In, by John Scalzi. Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves “locked in”–fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.

The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison. The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an ‘accident,’ he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment. Surrounded by sycophants eager to curry favor with the naîve new emperor and overwhelmed by the burdens of his new life, he can trust nobody. Amid the swirl of plots to depose him, offers of arranged marriages, and the specter of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor.

Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer. Area X has claimed the lives of members of eleven expeditions. The twelfth expedition consisting of four women hopes to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

The Peripheral, by William Gibson. Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran’s benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC’s elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there’s a job he’s supposed to do-a job Flynne didn’t know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her. The job seems to be simple: work a perimeter around the image of a tower building. Little buglike things turn up. He’s supposed to get in their way, edge them back. That’s all there is to it. He’s offering Flynne a good price to take over for him. What she sees, though, isn’t what Burton told her to expect. It might be a game, but it might also be murder.

The Shining Girls, by Lauren Beukes. In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and starts hunting him back. Working with an ex-homicide reporter who is falling for her, Kirby has to unravel an impossible mystery.

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Libraries Lead

March 28th, 2018 · Books, Children, City Library, E-Books, Events, Foundation, Main Branch, National Library Week, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

Since 1958, during the second full week of April, the U.S. has celebrated National Library Week.  This year’s honorary chair is ballet dancer, author and illustrator Misty Copeland.  Ms. Copeland is the principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, and the first African American woman to be promoted to that position.  She has served as the National Youth of the Year Ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as well as the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition under President Obama.

This year’s theme is “Libraries Lead.” Instead of talking about how libraries lead or what we do, let’s talk about what you can do: for yourself, your family, and your community. The library is here for you. The library staff—some of whom you can learn more about in librarian Sue Harmon’s display in the library rotunda—is here for you. The library is, at its best, all about you.  Isn’t that nice to hear for a change?

So, how can your library help you lead yourself?  There’s another display in the library rotunda—opposite Sue’s library staff display—featuring materials on topics you might not have thought about your library offering.  Looking for a new job? Want to study a new language? Planning a vacation or a business trip? Or maybe you’re trying to become a U.S. Citizen, or start a home improvement project. The library has tools you can use. Some are books you can check out or study during your visit. Some are resources you can use from home with your computer or on the go with your smart phone.  Ask a librarian at the information desk for more details, and don’t be afraid to take a book from the displays. We can always re-fill it!

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Fake news: what’s the real story?

March 19th, 2018 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees


Randall Mikkelsen will present this timely and thought provoking discussion addressing the problem of finding the truth in the fake news era. Join us in a nonpartisan discussion which is open to the public. White House press veteran Randall Mikkelsen, a managing editor at Thomson Reuters, will lead this forum as we strive to better understand what we are getting in the social-media driven news landscape and how to tell the real from the fake. This will be a free event. Plan to join us on Saturday, March 24th at 12:30 PM in the Winchell Room of the main library. For more information please call Caleb at 624-6560.

We hope to see you there!

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Growing fruit in small spaces

March 19th, 2018 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, West Branch

Homeowners with little experience will learn how easy and fun it is to grow quality fruit (table grapes, wine grapes, apples, peaches, plums, berries, etc.) at your home. You’ll discover you can grow fruit in even the smallest nook or cranny on your property and how rewarding a feeling it is to harvest your ever increasing fruit bounty each and every year.
Presenter D. Emerson Quigley has been growing and harvesting grapes and fruit on his property in Milford for more than 20 years. He has been in business helping homeowners build and maintain backyard vineyards and orchards since 2014.

Join us at 7:00 PM on Thursday, March 29th, to learn how easy and fun it is to enjoy the fruits of your labor at your own home. You’ll discover how easy it is for everyone to grow fruit in even the smallest nook and crannies of your property.

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New framed art for check out

March 14th, 2018 · Art Room, Children, Events, News, Newsletter

Looking for a way to spice up that spot above your couch for the spring season? Does your child want something unique to decorate their room? Look no further than the library, which has all types of framed art you can take home and hang on your wall! Both libraries have many brand new pieces of art for checkout, ranging from classics to colorful modern images to engaging photographs. You can check out two at a time, and enjoy them in your home for two months. If you’re looking for something more permanent, consider purchasing one of the pieces that was removed to make room for the new ones. The West Branch will be having a book sale, date to be determined, and we’ll be offering the prints for sale at reasonable prices. Until then, we hope you enjoy our new selection!

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