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It’s That Time of Year Again

January 13th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

January has arrived, and sure enough, it’s that time of year when everyone loves to decide on those all-important New Year resolutions. Naturally, it’s only fitting that January is “National Healthy Weight Awareness Month”. But did you know that it’s also “Mental Wellness Month”?

Without a doubt, most people include weight loss or fitness on their list, only to give up their resolve a few weeks, or even days, into their regimen. While pursuing a weight loss regimen/program, many people forget that there are psychological aspects that factor into each individual’s progress and success. Healthy weight management and emotional well-being always go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one without the other. Studies have shown that individuals who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other forms of chronic stress find it more difficult to lose weight, even though they might be following a strict diet. This is mainly due to emotional eating (Talbot et al, 2013). Most people don’t know that PTSD affects more than those in the military…it is often found in those who suffer from severe physical or psychological abuse, as well.

But even without extreme cases of stress, each one of us is more prone to weight gain if our minds are not at peace. Often times, societal ‘norms’ encourage us to think that we’re too fat, too skinny, or even unattractive. However, it’s crucial to remind ourselves that the most important thing is not a number, or what others think. Finding your ideal weight involves several factors including your physical and emotional health.

Do you have diabetes? If so, it’s going to be harder to lose the weight due to insulin production, so it will be important to eat foods helpful to your condition. Do you live in a stressful environment? Maybe you lost your job recently, or are dealing with various circumstances that worry you day and night. If your body is stressing out, you’ll need to find ways to help calm down before trying to lose the weight. Using techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, yoga, or journaling will help guide you to successful weight management that is relevant for your life.

This month, we’ll have several books on display in the Rotunda that will address both weight management and mental wellness. If you want to start the year off the right way, start now by looking into the materials we’ve selected for you. Remember, there are many factors involved in healthy weight loss, and managing your mental wellness plays a huge part in it, whether its relieving chronic stress, improving your self-esteem, or learning how to modify your diet due to a medical condition. So this time around, in 2016, don’t throw in the towel so easily. Come in and see all the resources that will help you keep your resolutions, so they become a new lifestyle for you, and not just a ritual that comes and goes.


Talbot, L. S., Maguen, S., Epel, E. S., Metzler, T. J., & Neylan, T. C. (2013). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is associated with emotional eating. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26(4), 521-525. doi:10.1002/jts.21824



Body Blues: weight and depression by Weeldreyer, Laura (616.852 WEE)

The Ultimate weight solution: the 7 keys to weight loss freedom by McGraw, Phil (WEST 613.25 MCG)

Within: a spiritual awakening to love & weight loss by Sadeghi, Habib (613.25 SAD)

Good girls don’t get fat: how weight obsession is screwing up our girls and what we can do to help them thrive despite it by Silverman, Robyn J.A. (J PA 649.133 SIL)

Love me slender: how smart couples team up to lose weight, exercise more, and stay healthy together by Bradbury, Thomas N. (613.25 BRA)

The pound a day diet: lose up to 5 pounds in 5 days by eating the foods you love by DiSpirito, Rocco (613.25 DIS)

Younger (thinner) you diet : how understanding your brain chemistry can help you lose weight, reverse aging, and fight disease by Braverman, Eric R. (613.25 BRA)

The feel-good diet : the weight-loss plan that boosts serotonin, improves your mood, and keeps the pounds off for good by Hart, Cheryle R. (613.25 HAR)

The 22 non-negotiable laws of wellness: feel, think, and live better than you ever thought possible by Anderson, Greg (158.1 AND)

Spontaneous happiness by Weil, Andrew (613 WEI)

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American Red Cross Blood Drive

January 10th, 2016 · City Library, Events, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Main Branch, News, Newsletter


The Manchester City Library will be hosting a blood drive run by the American Red Cross. The blood drive will be on Thursday, January 14, from 1:00-6:00 PM. Appointments can be set for whole blood or double red cell donations through the website.  The sponsor code “Manchester NH Public Library” can be used to make appointments for this specific drive from the home page. Any questions can be directed to David Basora by email at, or phone, 624-6550 ext. 324.

See you at the blood drive!

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Snowshoeing and Winter Hiking Safety!

January 9th, 2016 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch

Do you get cabin fever during the long New Hampshire winters? You may be able to quell some of those winter blues by getting out and enjoying the beauty of winter in your own back yard. John Williams, an AMC volunteer, will give a presentation on snowshoeing and winter hiking safety. Join us on Tuesday, January 12th at 7 PM in the warm and cozy Winchell Room. For more information please contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 311.

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Afternoons at the Movies!

January 8th, 2016 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies, Teens, Trustees


Here is our Winter movie line up!

All of our mid-week movies are shown in the library auditorium.

Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies at 1:00 PM
1/13 – Dirty Dancing (1987, PG-13, 97 min.)
1/20 – Runaway Bride (PG, 117 min.)
1/27 – The Rock (R, 136 min.)
2/3 – Seventh Son (PG-13, 102 min.)
2/10 – Fried Green Tomatoes (PG-13, 130 min.)
2/17 – Max (PG, 111 min.)
2/24 – Lego Movie (PG, 101 min.)

Fridays Matinees at 3:00 PM

12/25 – library closed
1/1 – library closed
1/15 – Mr. Holmes (PG, 105 min.)
1/22 – The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (PG-13, 116 min.)
1/29 – Descendants (G, 112 min.)
2/5 – The American President (PG -13, 114 min.)
2/12 – Shaun the Sheep (PG, 85 min.)
2/19 – WALL-E (G, 83 min.)
2/26 – Pixels (PG-13, 106 min.)

All movies are closed captioned and begin promptly on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM  and 3:00 PM on Fridays in the library Auditorium, located at 405 Pine St., Manchester, NH 03104.  For questions or for more information please call Ruth at 624-6550 ext. 307.

See you at the movies!

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System upgrade: library catalog unavailable

January 4th, 2016 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Technology

On Thursday, January 7th, 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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Happy New Year!

December 30th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch



The Manchester City Library will be closing at 1:30 PM on New Year’s Eve and remain closed over the holiday weekend. We will reopen on Monday, January 4th at 9:30 and hope to see you then!

We wish you all a safe and happy New Year!

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An update on the West Branch

December 28th, 2015 · City Library, News, West Branch

As we head into the end of 2015 we wanted to share the progress that is being made at our branch library to ready it for reopening.

  • New heating and cooling unit craned onto the roof on December 17th.
  • Heating and cooling unit to be connected and operational shortly.
  • Fire alarm and sprinkler system installation should start sometime in January.
  • New lighting and drop ceiling for lower level are on order with expected arrival and installation in February.
  • Computer cabling and electrical work to be scheduled early in the New Year.
  • Design plans are almost complete with new flooring and paint colors selected.
  • New windows and doors will be on order shortly.

The timeline for wall replacement, painting, flooring installation and deliveries of furnishing are still being determined as these are dependent on the intrusive work being done first. We appreciate all the support as our renovations and repairs continue!

Happy New Year!


Denise M. van Zanten

Library Director

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Children’s New Year’s Party

December 27th, 2015 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Children


Let’s celebrate the arrival of 2016 with a New Year’s Party. We will ring in the New Year at the stroke of
noon with noisemakers, balloons, and confetti. Children ages 1 to 7 are invited to this celebration. Please join us on Thursday, December 31st at 11:30 AM in the Winchell Room and help us ring in the new year. Registration is required so stop by the children’s room desk or call 624-6550 Ext. 328 to register!

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Special Christmas hours

December 21st, 2015 · Children, City Library, Foundation, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees


The Manchester City Library will be closing at noon on Thursday, Christmas Eve, and will remain closed during the Christmas holiday weekend. We will reopen on Monday, December 28th, at 9:30 and look forward to serving you then.

The library staff wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

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New Fiction Coming Soon!

December 21st, 2015 · Books, City Library, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Main Branch, News, Newsletter


Place your holds now for these upcoming titles!
Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz
Scandalous Behavior by Stuart Woods
The Guest Room by Christopher Bohjalian
The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag
The Forgotten Soldier by Brad Taylor
After She’s Gone by Lisa Jackson
Private Paris by James Patterson
Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin
Feverborn by Karen Moning
The Plague of Thieves Affair by Marcia Muller
Coconut Cowboy by Tim Dorsey
The Spring at Moss Hill by Carla Neggers
Best Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Doom of the Dragon by Margaret Weis
Darkness by Karen Robards

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