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CANCELLED – Basic Demonstration of the Internet

February 19th, 2015 · City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Main Branch, News, Uncategorized, West Branch

To accommodate the temporary storage of books we salvaged from Tuesday’s flood at the West branch, we need to cancel today’s computer class in the Winchell Room. We will make arrangements to reschedule the class at a later date.

Steve Viggiano
Manchester City Library

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Manchester City Library’s West Branch Closed

February 18th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


On the evening of February 17, 2015 the Manchester City Library’s West Branch suffered a burst pipe that flooded the entire lower level of the building. As staff work with Facilities Division staff and ARS Restoration Specialist the branch will remain closed. At this time we do not know how much damage was incurred and we need to do a full evaluation of our collection, furnishings, equipment and the structure.   We ask that all of our loyal west side users please return your materials to the Main Library at 405 Pine Street and you can pick up your holds at this location as well. If you cannot come to the main library please use the branch’s book drop which we will check once a day. We will try to reschedule as many west side events as we can at the Main Library over the course of the next few weeks. Please watch the library’s blog for more announcements as we progress with the cleanup process.

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Brown Bag Book Club – ‘The Simple Truth’ by David Baldacci

February 17th, 2015 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

The-Simple-Truth-recropped-277x449For the month of February the Brown Bag Book Club will be reading “The Simple Truth” by David Baldacci.  Michael Fiske broke the law, and sealed his own fate when he took Rufus Harris’s prison letter from the Supreme Court.  Michael’s brother, a cop turned attorney, wants to know why his brother was murdered, and what it had to do with crime committed by Harris twenty-five years ago.  Plan to join us on Tuesday, February 24th, at 12:15 and don’t forget to bring along your lunch! For any question contact the Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 320.

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Closed for President’s Day!

February 15th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees


The Manchester City Library will be closed on Monday, February 16th in honor of President’s Day. We will reopen on Tuesday at 9:30 and look forward to serving you then. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday.

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Science Afternoons – Ice Breakers

February 13th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch

800px-Icicles_on_my_roofJust in time for the ongoing deep freeze of 2015!  Our  children’s “Science Afternoon” series continues with Ice Breakers! We will put on our lab coats and explore the winter world and the physics of ice.  The fun will begin at 4pm in the Winchell room.  We will do simple experiments  and projects with ice.  Children in grades 1-5 are invited to the lab and registration is required as space is limited.  For more information, please call David in children’s room at 624-6550 ext. 328.

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Book Discussion cancelled due to weather

February 12th, 2015 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Uncategorized

Tonight’s book discussion on The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck, has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

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Winter Madness

February 11th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees

When I was a kid, preparing for a winter adventure was a simple but bulky affair. First, you pulled on your long johns & wool socks. Next came the squeaky nylon snow suit, with handmade wool mittens pinned to the coat sleeves, the rubber boots adorned with a band of fake fur at the top, and on your head, a heavy wool hat that made your scalp itch. Grandma’s crocheted scarf to cover your neck and lower face were all the protection needed to embrace the task of shoveling your sloping, never-ending, driveway.

But that was another century. Nowadays, a trip to the great outdoors requires a wardrobe that is not so homespun and inexpensive. On a recent snowshoe trip to Sugarbush, Vermont my younger sister showed me the error of my old-fashioned ways. First, she donned compression pants and shirt to maintain core body temperature. Next came ski pants. These were not the hideous, ballooning ones of yesteryear, but were body-hugging, bright-colored and sexy. Her lime-green jacket was of the discreetly puffy Northface variety. Gloves were thermal lined, her hat, fitted and fashionable. The boots she had bought were sturdy, insulated and water proof. Even her ski poles and snowshoes were crisscrossed with designs and jewel-like colors.

As we stood there on the silent trail, me with my 25 year old ankle-cinched ski pants and dull black jacket I felt a wave of nostalgia and longed for the days when a walk in the winter woods didn’t require a fashion statement. I doubt the squirrels would care.

Mary Orzechowski


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The presence of wonder

February 10th, 2015 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


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Library Closing Early 2/9/2015

February 9th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees

The Manchester City Library will be closing at 5:30 this evening (Monday, February 9th) due to the snowstorm.  Stay safe, folks!

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The Good Earth

February 8th, 2015 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch


For the month of February our Thursday evening book group will be reading “The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck.  The Good Earth is a novel by Pearl S. Buck published in 1931 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1932. The best-selling novel in the United States in both 1931 and 1932, it was an influential factor in Buck’s winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938. It is the first book in a trilogy that includes Sons (1932) an A House Divided (1935).

The novel, which dramatizes family life in a Chinese village before World War I, has been a steady favorite ever since. It was included in Life Magazine’s list of the 100 outstanding books of 1924-1944. In 2004, the book was returned to the bestseller list when chosen by the television host Oprah Winfrey for Oprah’s Book Club. The novel helped prepare Americans of the 1930s to consider Chinese as allies in the coming war with Japan.

Join us on the evening of February 12th at 7 PM to discuss this classic American novel.  For more information contact Sarah at 624-6560.

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