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Lego Labs at the library!

January 4th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch


Announcing Lego Labs here at the Manchester City Library. Our first Lego Lab will take place on Monday March 2, 2015, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM in the library’s Winchell Room.

Join us on the first Monday of each month for a Junior Makerspace Lego Lab at 4:00 PM. Come meet, build and make new Lego friends using the 10,000 Lego pieces donated by Lego Systems. This program is for ages 4-6 years old and registration is required. For more information, please call the Children’s Room at 624-6550 ext. 328.

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‘The Whistling Season’ by Ivan Doig

January 2nd, 2015 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

262545Set in the early 1900s, this book is a coming -of-age story told in flashbacks about Rose, the untrained housekeeper hired sight unseen to care for 2 motherless boys and her brother Morris, who becomes the schoolteacher on the Montana Frontier.   “Can’t cook but doesn’t bite.” So begins the newspaper ad offering the services of an “A-1 housekeeper, sound morals, exceptional disposition” that draws the hungry attention of widower Oliver Milliron in the fall of 1909. And so begins the unforgettable season that deposits the non-cooking, non-biting, ever-whistling Rose Llewellyn and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris Morgan, in Marias Coulee along with a stampede of homesteaders drawn by the promise of the Big Ditch-a gargantuan irrigation project intended to make the Montana prairie bloom. When the schoolmarm runs off with an itinerant preacher, Morris is pressed into service, setting the stage for the “several kinds of education”-none of them of the textbook variety-Morris and Rose will bring to Oliver, his three sons, and the rambunctious students in the region’s one-room schoolhouse. A paean to a vanished way of life and the eccentric individuals and idiosyncratic institutions that made it fertile, The Whistling Season is Ivan Doig at his evocative best. Plan to join us on Thursday, January 9th at 7 PM to discuss this thoroughly diverting novel. For more information contact Sarah at 624-6560.

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Happy New Year!

December 30th, 2014 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch


The library will be closing at 1:30 on Wednesday, New Year’s Eve and remain closed over New Year’s Day. We will open at our normal time on Friday morning at 9:30 and look forward to serving you then. The staff of the Manchester City Library would like to wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.
See you next year!

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WiFi is back!

December 29th, 2014 · City Library, Main Branch, Technology


Thanks to the techno elves from info systems, our WiFi service is back, and stronger than ever!

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Penguins of Madagascar

December 26th, 2014 · Children, City Library, Events, Movies, West Branch

thThink you might need to unwind after all your holiday festivities? Then join us for some penguin fun and high jinx! We will be showing Penguins of Madagascar: Operation Special Delivery at the West Branch on Friday December 26th at 3 PM.


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Christmas Holiday Hours

December 23rd, 2014 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, West Branch


The library will be closing at 1:30 on Christmas Eve and remain closed on Christmas Day. We will reopen on Friday, December 26th, at our normal time of 9:30. The library staff would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!



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December 23rd, 2014 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch


We will be discussing the book Molokai by Alan Brennert.  This is a heart-wrenching novel  set in Hawaii in the 1890’s in which  a young girl contracts leprosy and is forcibly removed from her family home to live in a leper colony.  Set in Hawaii more than a century ago and based on historical fact, Rachel Kalama is seventeen years old when a rose-colored mark appeared on her skin.  A diagnosis of Leprosy causes her to be taken from her family and sent to the leprosy settlement on the island of Molokai.  Here her life is supposed to end, but she discovers it is just beginning.  For questions, contact the Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 320. Copies of the book are currently available at the Manchester City Library Circulation Desk if you’d like to read this book and join us. Our discussion will be at lunchtime (12:15 PM) on Tuesday, December 30th in the Hunt room.  So bring your lunch and dream of tropical Hawaii.

See you at the book discussion!

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Christmas in Manchester

December 20th, 2014 · Books, City Library, Local History, Main Branch, NH Room, West Branch


Only a few decades ago Christmas in Manchester was a celebration from the day after Thanksgiving until January 06, or “Little Christmas” as it was known on the West Side. Snow never deterred anyone and seemed to make the season magical.

The lights on Elm Street were turned on at dusk on the Friday following Thanksgiving and drew a crowd of onlookers for this magnificent sight.

The stores were open every night and the shoppers who roamed Elm Street met their friends to window shop, then go to The Puritan, Mayflower, Verani’s, Pizza by Charles, Woolworth’s or Newberry dining on hot chocolate or the teenager’s favorite, French fries smothered in ketchup and a coke.

One could walk from Pariseau, Sears, and the Beauregard Sisters down to the Bell Shops, Hills, Lynch’s, McQuades, Machinists, and everyone’s favorite Leavitt’s. Purchase a skirt at Pariseau’s Basement and a matching blouse at Lynch’s or fabric at Machinist’s. If you couldn’t find the right gift the helpful clerks would offer suggestions and often offer to order the correct size and right color you just couldn’t do without. There was even a clerk or two for every department. Not all of them were needed for security purposes. They were there to help the customers.

Everyone tried every perfume imaginable and in the end still purchased their grandmother’s favorite soap to be used or kept as a sachet in her dresser drawer. Grandmothers were all alike! Carroll Cut Rate stocked nice gift packages at reasonable prices and everyone you met knew when you had shopped there!

This ritual went on for days.

Christmas cards were purchased with careful consideration and The Card Shop on Amherst Street was a busy place. If you wanted a good book you went to Goodman’s Bookstore or the Book Nook. Both stores also sold cards and stationary or note paper (no decorated computer paper back then!) and better grade “fountain pens”.

Santa had so many helpers. The children would often visit each one and receive a candy cane going home with a handful to decorate their tree. You wonder how they could keep track of what they asked for and how Santa didn’t return to the North Pole with a headache. It was a fun time!

And don’t forget Fanny Farmer, Van Otis, or the Puritan Candy Shop. They were always featuring a Holiday special and when purchased never seemed to last until the holiday.

Looking for a parking space was never a problem and there were no parking garages. The city buses were available to everywhere in Manchester running every hour during the daytime and evenings when the stores were open.

Manchester was once a magical and friendly place to live and even more magical when turned into a Winter Wonderland. Too bad you can’t go home again.

C. O’Neil 11/20/2014

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New Fiction Coming Soon!

December 17th, 2014 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, West Branch


Oh the weather outside is frightful-but reading a new book is delightful!

Place your holds now for these upcoming titles!
• Dogwood Hill by Sherryl Woods
• The Assassination Option by W.E.B. Griffin
• In Plain Sight by Fern Michaels
• Private Vegas by James Patterson
• Breaking Creed by Alex Kava
• Cane and Abe by James Grippando
• First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
• Insatiable Appetites by Stuart Woods
• Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
• The Body Snatchers Affair Marcia Muller
• Twelve Days by Alex Berenson
• Motive by Jonathan Kellerman
• Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb
• A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
• Crash & Burn Lisa Gardner
and more….

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Children’s Gingerbread Houses

December 14th, 2014 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch


Begin a holiday tradition anew by building a house that even Hansel and Gretel would be tempted to eat! On Tuesday, December 16th at 3:30 pm in the Winchell Room we will be making gingerbread houses. We provide the supplies-you provide your artistic talents! This program is just right for children in grades K-2. Since space is limited please register, please call the Children’s Room at 624-6550 ext. 328.

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