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Fall silent film schedule

August 23rd, 2014 · City Library, Events, Main Branch



Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, 6 p.m.: “Beyond the Rocks” (1922) starring Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. The only collaboration between silent screen icons Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson, a film thought lost until a copy turned up the Netherlands in 2003. Caught by circumstances in a loveless marriage, Theodora (Gloria Swanson) falls in love with the rich Hector (Valentino), neither of whom can resist — against their better judgment — each other’s company during their collective travels throughout Europe. This is part of a monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium.

• Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, 6 p.m.: “You’d Be Surprised” (1927) starring Raymond Griffith; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. One of the few surviving features from silent screen comedian Raymond Griffith; a who-done-it with a light touch that will keep you guessing.  This film is one of a monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium.

• Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, 6 p.m.: “The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg” (1927) starring Norma Shearer, Ramon Novarro; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. A cloistered, overprotected Austrian prince falls in love with a down-to-earth barmaid in this European fairy tale directed by Ernst Lubitsch.  A rarely screened silent film presented with live music in an a vintage 1913 auditorium.

See you at the movies!


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Art from A to …W

August 20th, 2014 · City Library, Foundation, Main Branch, Movies, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

What do The Rape of Europa and The Shock of the New have in common? They are both documentaries about art. While The Rape of Europa deals with the Nazis efforts to steal or destroy great European art (the real-life “Monuments Men”), The Shock of the New (BBC production) traces the history of 20th Century art and includes rare interviews with key artists.

These are only a couple of the new art DVDs that we recently added to our collection.

Here’s a sampling of some of the other titles:

Against the Odds: the Artists of the Harlem Renaissance illustrates the creative atmosphere of Harlem in the 20s and 30s.

Art from the Streets investigates an art program for the homeless.

Exploring the Da Vinci Code takes you on a tour of the French town steeped in Knights Templar and Holy Grail mythology.

Hidden Art of Islam describes an art tradition based on calligraphy and geometric patterns.

How Art Made the World takes you on a journey exploring the breadth of human creativity.

And since the title of this blog ends with ‘W’ I thought I’d mention Andy Warhol a Documentary featuring the complete range of Warhol’s works.

Here’s a more complete list of our latest art DVDs:

Mary Orzechowski

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Fall 2014 Afternoon at the Movies!

August 17th, 2014 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies


Wednesdays at 1 Pm in the Library Auditorium
Closed captioning upon request

September 3rd Monuments Men PG13, 112 min.
September 10th Hook PG,145 min.
September17th  The Blackboard Jungle NR,100 min.
September 24th The Sting PG, 129 min..
October 1st Frequency PG13 118 min.
October 8th Little Rascals Save the Day PG, 98 min.
October 15th Spider-Man (2002) PG13, 121 min.
October 22nd Cabaret PG, 128 min.
October 29th I Frankenstein PG13, 100 min.
November 5th Gimme Shelter PG13, 100 min.
November 12th Thor the Dark World PG13, 112 min.
November 19th The Bucket List PG13, 97 min.
November 26th Plymouth Adventure (1952) NR, 105 min.

See you at the movies!

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What is Going On at the Library?

August 13th, 2014 · 100th Anniversary, Book Sale, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

Lots of stuff is going on at the library these days, however there are ways of keeping track of what is happening today and in the future, at both the Main Library and it branch on the West Side. Want to know when the next book sale is happening, what movie(s) are playing in the Auditorium next week, what children’s crafts will be available, whether basic computer classes are available, what events are taking place in connection with the building’s 100th  birthday and so much more.

The Manchester City Library Notes is sent out four times a year, by e-mail.  The next issue is coming out around September 1st and will cover events taking place in September, October and November 2014. By subscribing to the newsletter, you will get the newest issue, hot off the press with tons of events going on at your library. To subscribe go to:

Back issues are available; just follow these steps to read them:

-         go to the homepage

-         look for “Site Navigation” section (left side of home page)

-         click on “About Us”

-         click on “Newsletter”

-         choose which newsletter you want to review

Want to know what is happening at the Main Library or the West Side Branch on a specific day, or sign up for a specific program that requires registration to participate? Our website has monthly calendars available to let you see what events are happening.

To view the calendar or register for an event:

-         go to the homepage

-         click on  “Upcoming Events” (right side of homepage)

-         look for a hand with a pen by the event you want to register for

-         click on the link and enter your name, phone number and e-mail address (optional)

If you have questions, please call us at 624-6550 at the Main Library or 624-6560 at the West Side Branch.

We are looking for ideas on what type of programs that you are interested in seeing.  You can send your suggestions to us at .

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Starry Night, Anyone?

August 10th, 2014 · Children, City Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


Are your walls looking a little drab lately? Wouldn’t a framed copy of Van Gogh’s swirling “Starry Night” liven up your living room? Or maybe the photograph “Big Ears, Baby Elephant” would fit perfectly on your kid’s bedroom wall. Those are just a couple of the latest additions to our popular Framed Print collection. You can browse through the prints in the hallway on the second floor, and with your library card you can check out 2 prints for 2 months at the Circulation Desks on the Main floor or in the Children’s Room. The print collection includes Still Lifes, Portraits, Landscapes, photos, and posters. Think of the artistic & conversational possibilities!


Mary Orzechowski


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A Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend Turns 60

August 7th, 2014 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

John Mayer plays one. So do Bonnie Raitt and Eric Clapton. Mike Myers’ character pined for one in the movie Wayne’s World. This writer has owned, broken and rebuilt several.

It’s a Fender Stratocaster, or Strat, and this year the iconic electric guitar turns 60.

Since its release in 1954, Strats have been seen in the hands of some of the most influential guitarists and musicians of the last half century: Buddy Holly, Buddy Guy, the Beach Boys, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Robert Cray, to name just a few.

The Strat has also been present at some of rock ‘n’ roll’s most pivotal moments. Bob Dylan boldly took the stage with a Strat at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, and was subsequently booed off the stage. Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. At Woodstock two years later, he used a Strat to play “The Star Spangled Banner.”

But where did the Strat come from? Who made it? Why does it look the way it does? Why is it called a Stratocaster? And why is it so popular? The story begins in Southern California, back in the 1930s and 1940s.

The Stratocaster is the invention of Clarence “Leo” Fender, a self-taught electronics enthusiast and radio repairman from Anaheim, CA. Fender made a name for himself building public address systems and amplification for big band leaders and guitarists, who were using hollow-bodied, arch-top guitars. After World War II, Fender teamed up with musician Clayton Orr “Doc” Kauffman and began building Hawaiian, or lap steel guitars. As musical tastes changed, with big band giving way to other genres like rhythm & blues, western swing and later rock and roll, so too did the demands on musicians and their instruments. Guitars needed to be louder, more affordable, roadworthy instruments that wouldn’t feed back at high volumes because of their hollow bodies. They also needed to survive the abuses of dance halls and roadhouses.

While several companies had produced solid-body electric guitars in the 1930s, Fender was the first to successfully mass-produce and sell such an invention. His first design, eventually named the Telecaster, debuted in 1950 and was popular with western swing musicians. Based on feedback from musicians like Bill Carson, Fender went back to work with steel guitarist and designer Freddie Tavares and associate George Fullerton to address some of the Telecaster’s problems, and produce an even better guitar.

The result was the Fender Stratocaster, which debuted in the spring of 1954. It looked like something right out of both the space age and the golden age of hot rods and custom cars, and indeed it was. Yet, its flashy innovations: horns that looked like car fins, a contoured body that fit like a shirt, a complicated vibrato system and bridge, and multiple tone and volume controls, all served a purpose: a better guitar that was more comfortable and easy to play, and met the needs of contemporary musicians. Sixty years later, with only a few minor adjustments, Stratocasters, and even Telecasters, are still doing that today.

To learn more, follow the links above to books, music CDs and DVDs available at your local library. You can also visit

Question: Fender named his first guitar the Telecaster in 1950, hoping to capitalize on the popularity of the new medium of television. What was going on back in 1954 that might have led him to name his second guitar the Stratocaster?

–Steve Viggiano

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Ice Cream Celebration

August 4th, 2014 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Children, City Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch

Picture1It’s creamy, cool, and delicious, so why not celebrate with ice cream during this hot time in the city. This yummy treat will set the stage for sensational stories, fantastic fun, games, and of course, ice cream! This program will be a scream! Come on in on August 18th at 10:00 AM to celebrate summer and yummy ice cream. Children ages 2 to 5 are invited and registration is required. For more information or to register please call the children’s room at 624-6550 Ext. 328.

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The Summer Triangle

August 2nd, 2014 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch


When I was growing up, especially in my teenage years, I spent a lot of time stargazing. I imagine that if I had been better at math then I might have tried to become an astronaut or a professional astronomer.  On many a hot summer evening I would head out to the back field armed with bug spray, a blanket, my star charts, binoculars and a special flashlight with a red light bulb affixed to it for easier chart reading.  Granted, I did brashly foray outside to star gaze in the winter time as well, but summer nights are very pleasant for star gazing. The heat of the day has waned, and you can comfortably stay outdoors for as long as you wish.  Add some fireflies to the canopy of jeweled stars and under this spell you will fall into the filmy gauze of Milky Way Galaxy, and you are off, lost in the beauty of the night.  So set up your star gazing spot, apply some mosquito repellant, and look to the east.  By late evening, the Summer Triangle has risen well above the horizon and dominates the Eastern sky with it’s brilliantly bright stars. The Summer Triangle is comprised of three very bright stars: Vega, Altair, and Deneb. They are the 5th, 12th, and 20th brightest stars in the night sky and this is one of the easiest constellations to locate. Perfect for beginners and experienced stargazers alike!

A neat bonus in late July and early August is the legendary Perseid meteor shower.  The Perseid meteors will appear to “rain” into the atmosphere from the constellation Perseus, which rises in the northeast in mid-summer. The Perseids are the oldest and brightest of the meteor showers that fall on and past the earth as she makes her orbital dance around the sun.  We know this because early Chinese writings dating as far back as 36 AD note the beauty of the Perseids. The shower is visible from mid-July and August of each year, with the peak in activity between the 9th and 14th of August, depending on the particular location of the stream. During the peak, the rate of meteors can reach 60 or more per hour and they can be seen shooting across the night sky.

Whether your goal is to view some meteors or locate the summer constellations, you can be sure that there are plenty of books available for your stargazing needs here at the Manchester City Library, AND we also have a telescope that you can borrow, too!

So when you venture out in the evenings this summer, look up at the night sky and enjoy the summer stars.



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The Majestic Theatre Presents the Frog Prince

July 31st, 2014 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch

frogprince.jpgAdapted from the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, The Frog Prince combines song, dance and comedy with the story of a young prince who has been turned into a frog by an evil witch. Add to the cast of characters a young princess whom no one can understand because she, too, lives under a witch’s spell, three singing frogs, a pet snake who has a taste for frogs, a solemn king and a silly court jester. Songs range from the haunting ballad, ‘How I Became A Frog,’ to the rousing finale, ‘Happy Ending.’ With a basic set and colorful costumes, The Frog Prince is enjoyable for everyone.  For more information contact the Children’s Room at 624-6550 ext. 328

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Happy 49th Birthday, Medicare!

July 27th, 2014 · Books, Children, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

July 30th, 2014 marks the 49th anniversary of the signing into law of the Social Security Act.  The law contains what is known today as Medicare, the law that guarantees healthcare to all Americans 65 and older.


President Lyndon Johnson signs the bill into law with Harry S. Truman seated next to him. President Truman’s participation in the signing recognized his effort while in office to establish a national health insurance program. Others present were Lady Bird Johnson, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, and Bess Truman.   July 30, 1965. Photo courtesy of Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, U.S. National Archives

President Truman and former first lady, Bess Truman, received Medicare registration cards numbers one and two.  This is the Medicare card believed to have been given to Harry Truman by President Johnson at the signing of the Social Security Act of 1965 in Independence, Missouri.  Photo courtesy of Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, U.S. National Archives.


Today, Medicare provides healthcare to 50 million Americans.  Check out for more information on this excellent program.  Happy Birthday Medicare!


Amy H.

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