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Computer Class – Microsoft Excel 2010

September 22nd, 2016 · City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees



Come join us for the first ever Introduction to MS Excel Class.  We will create a spreadsheet and if time allows, create a chart from our spreadsheet.  Basic computer skills are required.  Join us on September 29th at 2:30 PM in the Winchell Room. Sign up by clicking ‘sign up’ on our library calendar or by calling the library at 624-6550.  Contact Amy H. at 624-6550 ext. 3320 if you have questions.




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September 21st, 2016 · Books, City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Library Databases, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, NH Room, Research Tip of the Week, Technology, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

What is genealogy?   It is the process of continuously tracing the line of descent from your parents, grandparents, great grandparents, great –great grandparents and so on.  How many greats or generations can you go back?  Depending on what material you reading, a generation can be somewhere between twenty and thirty years; thus for every one hundred years you can have about four generations.

Have you thought about taking a journey to discover what events in history played a part in your ancestors’ travels which resulted in being who you are today?  Do you know when and where your ancestors came to the United States or did they come before this land was the United States?

The library has two subscription databases that can help follow that legacy path backwards, like a time machine, to your earlier ancestors.  The databases are (library edition) and Heritage Quest.  On October 18th, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, there will be a demonstration on the workings on the two databases and a general discussion on the basics of searching for your ancestors.  Watch out the search can become addictive.  You need to register with the library, to participate in this demonstration. You can register by using the events calendar on the library’s home page, , or by calling the Information Desk at 624-6550 ext. 3320.  If you have questions about the demonstration, please contact Eileen Reddy at 624-6550 ext. 3320 (Information Desk).

Here are some of the books that the library owns which can help you understand the methods used in genealogy. You can find more on display in the library rotunda.

The Guide to Do-It-Yourself Genealogy (4th edition) by W. Daniel Quillen

Genealogy : DNA and the Family Tree (2nd edition) by James Mayflower

Organize Your Genealogy : Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher by Drew Smith

Unofficial Guide to by Dana McCullough

The library’s New Hampshire Room has some resources which might be able to help with your search.  Check the schedule to see when the room is open for research or make an appointment.  Resources include family histories, NH town histories which can include genealogies, records from some Manchester churches, older Manchester NH vital records, etc.

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Healthy Aging

September 21st, 2016 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Healthy aging in today’s environment involves many factors such as physical and financial health, personal relationships and connections, intellectual stimulation and community involvement.  Visit these websites for guidance as you craft your own healthy aging plan.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regularly gathers statistics and creates publications on the state of aging and health in America.         hiking

The United States Department of Labor has a comprehensive retirement planning publication that includes online interactive worksheets.

Enjoy intellectual stimulation by enrolling in moocs, (massive open online courses).  Many are free.  Take the class at your own convenience.  All you need is an internet connection!

And lastly, expand your personal connections by stopping by the library for assistance with selecting something to read or to attend a program.  We look forward to meeting you!  Materials on healthy aging will be on display during the month of September in the display case near the elevator.



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What shall we have for dinner?

September 21st, 2016 · Books, City Library, Main Branch

Do you enjoy experimenting with new recipes and ingredients in your home? Do you go out for dinner, try something different on the menu and wish you had that recipe so you could prepare it at home? Do you sample regional foods when you travel?

Let’s go back in time a few hundred years to when the Native Americans were joined by new settlers from the Old World. These small groups of immigrants tended to gather in certain areas, such as the English in what is New England, (The New England open-house cookbook: 300 recipes inspired by the bounty of New England” has a wonderful recipe for clam chowder), the Dutch in New York and Pennsylvania, the French in the South, and Scandinavian people in the Midwest. They brought their style of dress, architecture, and ways of cooking with them. All of these played a part in keeping their traditions alive.

Today we have people from all over the world bringing their favorite foods and methods of cooking those foods with them. There are also specialized markets where ingredients are readily available to help us re-create regional dishes.

If time does not permit you to spend a month or more traveling across and around the country sampling local and regional foods, then do come in to the library and choose some recipes from our extensive cookbook collection.

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Blackest of Fridays

September 19th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Events, Local Author Series, Main Branch


A master of thrillers. Local author Joe Smiga has published his latest nail biter, Blackest of Fridays. Joe will be at the library to discuss his latest novel and his experience as a published author. Join us on Tuesday night, September 20th in the Winchell Room for a local author meet & greet. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this time. For more information, contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 3311


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It’s Peter Rabbit!

September 19th, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

This weekend our library participated in the CHaD Storybook Ball. We have participated every year since the very first charity ball was held.  Our table featured a very cute Peter Rabbit theme, inspired by The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. We are thrilled and grateful to be able to participate in such a worthy charity event to benefit sick children.


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CHaD Storybook Ball

CHaD Storybook Ball


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Yoga for kids

September 16th, 2016 · Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, West Branch


We’re having a yoga class for children! Join Miss Nicole (trained by Childlight Yoga) for an energizing and relaxing afternoon session of yoga. Incorporating music, movement and meditation, this class will leave you feeling calm and balanced – a great way to end your school day!

Wear comfy clothes that you can stretch in and bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.  We’ll provide the yoga mats. This program is intended for ages 5-9 years.  No registration is required.  For more information, please call 624-6550 ext. 3328.

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Fall Afternoon at the Movies!

September 14th, 2016 · Events, Movies, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees


Here is the line up for our Fall 2016/Winter 2017 “afternoon at the movies” series. This season we are trying something different.  Our movie goers have suggested that we feature the films of a specific actor or actress.  This season we are starting out by offering movies featuring  Meryl Streep. All movies are closed captioned and show on Wednesday afternoon films at 1:00 PM. For more information please contact Ruth at 624-6550 ext. 3307.

September 14  In the Heart of the Sea  PG 13, 121 min.

September 21  Zootopia  PG, 108 min.

September 28  Bridge to Terabithia  PG, 95 min.

October 5  Julie & Julia  PG 13, 123 min.

October 12   Finest Hours  PG 13, 117 min.

October 19  Disneynature African Cats  G, 89 min.

October 26  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies  PG 13, 107 min.

November 2  Doubt  PG 13, 104 min.

November 9  U571   PG13, 116min.

November 16  Race  PG 13, 134 min.

November 23  What’s Cooking?  PG 13, 110 min.

November 30  Star Wars the Force Awakens  PG 13, 136 min.

See you at the movies!






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Outrageous Banjo!

September 12th, 2016 · Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees


Stop everything and see and hear the amazing music of Peter Mezoian. With influences such as Les Paul, Irving Berlin, Eddie Peabody, Harry Reser, Bing Crosby, Stevie Wonder, Don Reno, Django Rheinhard, Broadway show-tunes, bluegrass, swing, ragtime, and early American popular song you’ll understand why this guy isn’t normal. Or maybe it’s from two decades of touring the world on the main stage of over 50 different cruise ships, as well as theaters and music festivals in England, and the U.S. The American Song Book gets updated when plunk meets funk and Peter Mezoian jumps in leaving you wanting more and wondering just how outrageous one banjoist can be. Join us on September 13th at 6:30 pm in the library auditorium for a foot stomping great time!

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Last call for summer reading!

September 11th, 2016 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

The temperature is cooling down and fall is right around the corner. Don’t let the end of summer stop you from enjoying some great last minute ‘summer’ reading!  Here are some picks that we hope you’ll enjoy.


Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst

A must read for those loving fiction set in New Hampshire. Seeking help for their socially incompetent genius daughter, Tilly, after the latest in a series of school expulsions, the Hammond family moves to a spiritual compound in the New Hampshire woods, where they hope for a solution from a charismatic guru.

The Nix by Nathan Hill

This first time author was recently compared with author John Irving’s literary style; who in turn compared this author to Dickens.  A Nix can take many forms. In Norwegian folklore, it is a spirit who sometimes appears as a white horse that steals children away. In Nathan Hill’s remarkable first novel, a Nix is anything you love that one day disappears, taking with it a piece of your heart.

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich

This is not a Stephanie Plum novel, so be warned, Evanovich is entering new territory here. A fun and easy read and Evanovich doesn’t disapoint.


Bobby Kennedy : The Making of a Liberal Icon by Larry Tye

Award winning journalist Larry Tye presents us with a biography written using unpublished materials, previously unseen government documents and interviews with those close to Bobby Kennedy. The result is a fascinating biography of one of America’s beloved political icons.

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

Ever thought about life before the invention of light bulbs and lamps? Welcome to a world of invention and skulduggery, populated by the likes of Edison, Westinghouse, Tesla, and the novel’s hero, a young lawyer named Paul Cravath (a name that will resonate with ambitious law students everywhere). It’s part legal thriller and part tour of a magical time lost in the darkness.

Sweet Tomorrows by Debbie Macomber

This is the last novel of her beloved Rose Harbor series and sure to please. A must read for Debbie Macomber fans.


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