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4th of July Celebration in Manchester

June 29th, 2016 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News


The City of Manchester, NH will conduct its 2016 Independence Day Celebration at Arms Park on Sunday, July 3, 2016. The park will close for vehicular traffic at 6:00 PM. Commercial Street will be restricted to pedestrians only beginning at 8:00 PM.
Entertainment will be provided by the 39th Army Band beginning at approximately 7:30 PM and will play into the beginning of the fireworks. The fireworks display, provided by Atlas PyroVision Productions, will begin at dusk (approximately 9:30 PM). Food and beverage vendors will be available on site beginning at 6:00PM or bring your own. No alcoholic beverages and glass bottles will be allowed. No pets please. Admission is free.

Both the East and West bound spans of the Notre Dame (Bridge Street) Bridge will be closed to all traffic (foot and vehicular) at 8:00 AM.

See you at the fireworks!

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Boston Red Sox

June 25th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Baseball is the game of summertime.   In this region, the main major league team is the Boston Red Sox. They have been playing in the iconic baseball stadium, Fenway Field, for over a hundred years.

The Red Sox has a history of rivalry with the New York Yankees, especially in the 21st century.

After a long drought of World Series Championships, the Red Sox won three World Series championships (2004, 2007 and 2013).  The most spectacular championship was 2004; after the Red Sox was down by three games to the Yankees in the American League Championship Series.  The Red Sox won the next four games straight to take the American League Championship and go to the World Series.

Over the years, the Red Sox had many memorable players.  A complete list is way too long for this blog; but the list would include Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Fred Lynn and so on.  This season is the last playing season for Big Papi – David Ortiz.

When the Portland Sea Dogs come to play the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the fans are able to watch potential future Red Sox stars.

Presently, the Red Sox are playing very well with several new members on the team.  Are they going to go all the way this season?

To learn more about the Red Sox, their past and present; check out these books:

Big Papi : my story of big dreams and big hits

Fenway 1912 : the birth of a ballpark, a championship season , and Fenway’s remarkable first year

Miracle at Fenway : the inside story of the Boston Red Sox 2004 championship season

Ted Williams the biography of an American hero

Emperors and idiots : the hundred year rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox, from the very beginning to end of the curse

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Get in the game: read!

June 19th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Summer Reading Program, Teens, West Branch

Picture1Our teen summer reading program runs from June 13th to August 20th this year. Here’s the deal: read books, come to programs, win cool prizes!

For every book you finish between June 13th and August 20th, fill out one of the summer reading forms found in the Teen Area, or fill out the handy online form.

For every program you attend, fill out a program attendance form before you leave. Programs will be held weekly on Thursdays at 4:00 PM. The schedule of programs will be available on the library’s online calendar. Each week, these forms will be entered into a raffle drawing for a $25 gift card from places like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Cinemagic, Double Midnight Comics, Game Stop, or iTunes! For every three books you finish, you will receive one entry into the grand prize drawing for an iPad Air! The program is open to students entering grades 6 to 12. For more information, please contact Amy Graves, Teen Librarian, at 624-6550 ext. 3345 or

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On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!

June 17th, 2016 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Summer Reading Program, West Branch

Picture2This summer our young readers will explore all things sports and fitness as the Manchester City Library and West Manchester Branch Library present our annual summer reading program, “On Your Mark, Get Set… Read!” Activities will include story-times, crafts, Olympic games and challenges, Makerspace programs, LEGOS, reading dogs, scavenger hunts, and special guests. All programs are free of charge. The 2016 Summer Reading Program is open to children who are preschool age through 5th grade. We have set a group goal of 3750 books to be read during the 10-week program. Will you help us meet our goal? Registration for “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” begins on June 1st. You can either register in person or you can also register online.

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What’s all the Buzz?

June 16th, 2016 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

Queen Bee

The Queen Bee in her colony.

Beekeeping is experiencing a surge in popularity across the country.  This is partly in response to concerns about the loss of large numbers of honey bees over the past several years.  This honey bee loss is referred to as Colony Collapse Disorder.  The increased interest in beekeeping has some now saying that the danger has been averted.

If you are interested in learning more about Colony Collapse Disorder please check out the links throughout this article.  Feel free to comment on this blog.  We would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.

We need the bees!

According to the Greenpeace organization seventy out of the top 100 human food cropswhich supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutritionare pollinated by bees!

Where can you get more information?


  1. Manchester City Library ~ Borrow books from the honey bee display in the Rotunda at the Main Library.


  1. Are you tempted to don a fashionable beekeeper hat and raise your own honey bee colony? These sites provide information and support.  Check them out!



Suited up.

The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture


New Hampshire Beekeepers Association


Merrimack Valley Beekeepers


Capital Area Beekeepers Association

We’ll bee seeing you!


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New Fiction Coming Soon

June 13th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, West Branch


I can see you now!  Out there visiting your favorite beach. Maybe the kids are burying you in the sand, or the seagulls are making a play at the cooler that has your lunch.  You, relaxing outside in your lawn chair on the patio and reading your favorite new book that you just checked out from your library. Here are some of our more popular fiction titles that are on order and made to be that great summer read.

So place your holds now on these upcoming popular titles!

Falling, by Jane Green
The Innocents, by Ace Atkins
Dishonorable Intentions, by Stuart Woods
Insidious, by Catherine Coulter
Magic, by Danielle Steel
Private Rio, by James Patterson
Rise the Dark, Michael Koryta
Any Minute Now, by Eric Lustbader
A Time of Torment, by John Connolly
Three Sisters, Three Queens, by Philippa Gregory
Damaged, by Lisa Scottoline
The Swarm, by Orson Scott Card
Night and Day, by Iris Johansen
Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty
Sweet Tomorrows, by Debbie Macomber

We hope you’ll find something exciting to read this summer.  If there is a title that you are looking for that is not here please contact us and we’ll help you find what you’re looking for.

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Barnes & Noble Bookfair

June 10th, 2016 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


Please join us on June 17th and 18th at the South Willow Street Barnes and Noble for our second bookfair!  A portion of the sale proceeds will be donated to the libraries for new material purchases! For more information you can go to the bookfair website and to shop online. Here is the author schedule for the book fair:

Michael Hartigan – “Stone Angels” will be there Friday at 6:30

Dan Szczeny – “Mosquito Rain” will be there Saturday 1-3

Nancy Cowan – “Peregrine Spring” will be there Saturday 1-4 (With her falcon!)

Dorothea Jensen – “A Buss From Lafayette” will be there Saturday 3-5

Martha Wyatt-Rossignol  “My Triumph Over Prejudice” will be there Saturday 1-4

When you are shopping please remember to use our Bookfair ID number 11861085 at checkout.
We hope to see you there!

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Library catalog unavailable Thursday morning: June 9th

June 7th, 2016 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Technology, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


On Thursday, June 9th our library catalog is being upgraded and so it will not be available that morning.

During the upgrade:

  • The public catalog will not be available.
  • Downloadable books and audiobooks from OverDrive will not be available.
  • Databases like EBSCO will not be available.
  • Public Internet access and wifi will be available.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and look forward to serving you better.

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Tick Season

June 6th, 2016 · Books, Children, City Library, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


As spring makes its way into summer, everyone wants to be outside in the nice weather. And while we enjoy the outdoors, we have to contend with black flies, mosquitos, and ticks, all of which can transmit diseases.

While ticks are a nuisance, the Blacklegged Tick, commonly known as the deer tick, can actually cause you serious harm, as it can transmit Lyme disease. New Hampshire has one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the country, and June and July are the highest months of infection.

The Biology and Management of Ticks in NH, published by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, is a great place to start for information on tick diseases, how to protect yourself from ticks, and includes helpful links for additional information. The NH Department of Health and Human Services also has a Lyme and Other Tickborne Diseases page with lots of helpful resources, including Tick Bite Facts, and how to remove a tick. If you are interested in what NH is doing about this problem, read the State of New Hampshire Tickborne Disease Prevention PlanThe Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a plethora of information on Lyme disease, and news stations have reported on the issue, including a recent NHPR story. If you have Lyme disease, you may want to investigate one of several Lyme disease support groups in the area. You can also take a look at the display of resources in the library, or place requests online and we’ll hold the books for you.

It’s not only humans who are having issues with ticks. NH Fish and Game published an article in the November/December 2014 Wildlife Journal about a study they are conducting on how ticks affect the moose population.  While the study will last 6 years, preliminary results suggest ticks are increasing moose mortality in calves.

While you may be feeling rather itchy right about now, don’t let this post scare you away from enjoying the next few months. New Hampshire summers are short and sweet, so enjoy the outdoors as much as you can while staying informed and safe.

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Summer Movie Series

May 31st, 2016 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies, News, Teens, Trustees



Our Afternoon at the Movies series continues this summer and there are some hot ones that you don’t want to miss!  All movies are closed captioned and begin promptly at 1 PM in the library auditorium. Here is our summer movie line up.

June 1   Everest  PG13, 121 min.

June 8  To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar  PG13, 108 min.

June 15  Selma  PG13, 127 min.

June 22  Hunger Games Mockingjay  pt2  PG13,  136 min.

June 29  The Good Dinosaur  PG, 100 min.

July 6     Bad News Bears (1976)  PG13, 102 min.

July 13   Concussion PG13, 123 min.

July 20   Norm of the North  PG,  86 min.

July 27  Sneakers  PG13,  125 min.

Aug.3     Suffragette  PG13, 106 min.

Aug.10   Robin Hood  (1973) G, 83 min.

Aug.17   The 33 PG13, 127 min.

Aug.24   Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)  G, 98 min.

Aug.31   Library Closed Staff Development Day

See you at the movies!


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