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Summer 2015 Newsletter!

June 5th, 2015 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Family Fare, Foundation, Library Databases, Main Branch, Movies, News, Newsletter, NH Room, Summer Reading Program, Teens, Trustees


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The summer issue of the Manchester City Library’s newsletter, “MCL Notes” is here! Catch up on what’s been happening at the libraries—there is plenty to read about! Get the scoop on the programs we have planned from now throughout the summer season.

MCL Notes – Summer 2015

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Free Movies for Summer of 2015

June 5th, 2015 · Book Group, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees

New PictureWe are continuing our “Afternoon at the Movies” series this Summer!  Here is our Summer movie line up!

June 3rd —  Get On Up! (PG 13) 138 Min.

June 10th – West Side Story (NR) 151 Min.

June 17th — You’ve Got Mail (PG) 116 Min.

June 24th — Karate Kid (1984) (PG) 126 Min.

July 1st — The Perfect Storm (PG 13) 130 Min.

July 8th — Mamma Mia (PG 13) 110 Min.

July 15th – Maleficent (PG) 97 Min.

July 22nd — Boxtrolls (PG) 100 Min.

July 29th – Flubber (PG) 93 Min.

August 5th — Guardians of the Galaxy (PG 13) 121 Min.

August 12th — Apollo 13 (PG) 140 Min.

August 19th — Neverending Story (PG) 94 Min.

August 26th — Library Closed for Staff Development Day

All movies are closed captioned and begin promptly at 1:00 PM in the library Auditorium, 405 Pine St., Manchester, NH 03104.  For questions or more information please call  Ruth at 624-6550 ext. 307.

See you at the movies!


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Every Hero Has a Story!

June 1st, 2015 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, Summer Reading Program



Be our hero and join us for our annual summer reading program.  This year’s theme is “Every Hero has a Story” and will run from June 22nd through August 15th!  You guessed it! We need young readers of superhuman character and strength to help us light the Bat Signal!  Sign up starts today (June 1st) and our goal is to read at least 3000 books.

Here are some highlights we are offering for this year’s reading program that you won’t want to miss!

Touch a Truck: A special kick off event on Saturday June 20th from 10-12 PM in the Harnett Lot.

Super Hero Academy (for grades 2-5): Wednesdays at 2:30 on June 24th, July 22nd, and August 1st.

Lego Lab (for ages 3-12): on Fridays at 2:30.

Science Afternoons (for grades 1-5): on Wednesdays at 2:30 on June 24th, July 22nd, and August 12th.

Craft Afternoons (for grades Pre-k to grade 5): every Tuesday at 2:30.

We have many more fun events planned including story times, book sharing times and our Family Fare summer events, and a summer reading program finale featuring the players from the Majestic Theatre.  For more information (and the secret location of the Hall of Justice summer camp) please call our heroes in the children’s room at 624-6550 Ext. 328. Every hero has a story and we want to hear yours!

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Construction around the Main Library!

May 29th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch

mapimage_mflags=MKY&appid=search&locale=en_US&imw=554&imh=180&poi=;,1-xs-gwsIf you haven’t visited us lately you may not know that the city is working on the water and sewer lines in our area.  This is a massive project and needs to be done to maintain our city’s infrastructure! Unfortunately it does add some challenges when you visit us and we thank you for your patience.   The week of June 1st Pine Street in front of the library will be closed.  Traffic will be directed up Amherst Street to Union Street and then down Concord Street alongside the library to continue north on Pine Street.  So if you do visit next week please note there may be an increase in traffic to get to our parking lot and book drops! 


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Library awarded Moose Plate Grant to preserve NH Writers Project Paper

May 29th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Foundation, Library Databases, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Technology, Teens, West Branch

mooseManchester residents and library patrons can now read the original hand- and type-written works of local history, oral history, musicology, etc. from the NH Writers Project, thanks to a grant from the NH Conservation and Heritage License Plate Program.

The NH Writers Project was part of a national effort called the Federal Writers Project, one of many programs falling under the Works Project Administration (WPA). In 1935, President Roosevelt, as part of the New Deal, initiated programs like the WPA to put Americans back to work during the Great Depression.

In 1942 the Manchester City Library was chosen as the recipient for the NH Writers Project material. Some of the completed manuscripts include the History of Lake Winnipesaukee, History of Music in New Hampshire, Iron Industry in New Hampshire, My Old Village in the Province of Quebec and New Hampshire and Manchester Architecture. There are also numerous incomplete publications and unpublished research notes.

While valuable, the papers and photographs are too delicate to make available to the public. Being original materials, they are also irreplaceable. If the library were to microfilm the original material, then it could make the material available to the public while preserving and protecting it from damage. A microfilm copy would also allow us to digitize the material so that we could at some future time make the material available on our website.

Thanks to the efforts of Cynthia O’Neil, who maintained the library’s NH Room collection for many years before her retirement last year, the library applied for and was awarded a Moose Plate Grant of $4,826, the amount required for New England Micrographics of Marlborough, MA to complete the filming. The NH Writers Project material took up nearly 6 linear feet of shelf space, and now resides on 15 reels of microfilm. Copies are available not only at the Manchester City Library, but also at the New Hampshire State Library, and the Dimond Library at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. The master negatives will be retained by the New Hampshire State Archives.

Visit for more information.

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System upgrade: library catalog unavailable

May 27th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Technology

On Thursday, May 28th our public catalog will be down for a system upgrade. During this time neither the staff catalogs nor public catalogs will be available. eBooks and remote access to our electronic resources (databases) will likewise be unavailable. The Internet will still be available to patrons. For assistance in locating materials please visit the information desk, or call us at 624-6550 x 319 or 320. We thank you for your patience.

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Letting Go of a few Online Resources

May 26th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Foundation, Library Databases, Main Branch, West Branch

Some of our online resources–which we call databases–like Ancestry Library Edition, NoveList Plus, Heritage Quest Genealogy Online, EBSCO Publishing, New Hampshire Newspapers (NewsBank) and Transparent Language, enjoy a lot of use from you, our patrons. Some do not. While we pride ourselves on offering a broad range of both print and online reference and research materials, we’ve had to make some tough decisions based on cost and usage, and discontinue some of the resources we offer.

Our subscriptions to the following online resources will run out at the end of June:

American History Online

Auto Repair Center

Issues & Controversies

Literary Reference Center

ReferenceUSA – replaced by AtoZdatabases

Science Online

We apologize for the loss of service. Please visit, call (603) 624-6550 x 319 or e-mail our information desk, and we will be happy to help you find alternate resources.

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Memorial Day!

May 22nd, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Local History, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, Uncategorized


The Manchester City Library will be closed from Saturday, May 23rd through Monday, May 25th for the observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday at our regular time of 9:30 AM.  Here is a list of events going on relating to Memorial Day celebrations. We hope that you all have a safe and happy holiday.

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May 20th, 2015 · City Library, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Library Databases, Main Branch, News, Technology, West Branch


Attention job seekers, researchers and marketers! The library is pleased to offer AtoZdatabases: the Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Database. The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business & executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

AtoZdatabases will take the place of our subscription to ReferenceUSA, which will run out in the middle of June. While we realize you may be quite comfortable with ReferenceUSA, we think you’ll find your experience with AtoZdatabases comparable.

Visit, give it a try and tell us what you think!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our AtoZdatabases trial back in March.


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What Dreams May Come

May 17th, 2015 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch

It was a grey, colorless day and I was driving my brand new car up a steep hill. Strangely, I was seated in the driver’s seat faced backwards—so as the car climbed upward all I could see in front of me was the road that I’d just traveled on. I woke up feeling queasy.

Maybe you’ve had the recurring dream that you are taking an exam that you haven’t studied for, or that someone is chasing you down a dark street, or that you suddenly become weightless, hop into the air and fly through your living room. What does it all mean, you wonder? Are dreams just a jumble of scattered thoughts, old memories and buried emotions with no purpose? Recent science suggests that dreaming “is thinking in a different biochemical state”—one that is more intuitive and visual than the way we think when we are awake. Dreams can become a tool for self-awareness, and a problem-solver, if you can decode the surreal landscape you often find yourself wandering in.

So, here’s where a book on dream interpretation can help you do some decoding. Dream on It: Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life, author Lauri Quinn Loewenberg explains, through many examples, various dream symbols. If you are a romantic sort you could check out: Nostradamus’ Dream Interpretation Guide. When bad dreams mar your sleep The Nightmare Dictionary shows you how to categorize, analyze and resolve these troubling visions. There are of course, plenty of websites that can be helpful too. Here’s a few:

So take some time and investigate your dreams. In doing so you may just find a new direction in your waking life. As for me, I’m going to turn around and face the road ahead.

“Who looks outside, dreams, who looks inside, awakes”—Carl Jung.

Mary Orzechowski

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