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Support children’s literacy and Be Book Smart

June 25th, 2015 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees


Do you like to support reading and also love to shop?  Then we’ve got just the thing for you!  We have teamed up with Macy’s for this year’s Reading is Fundamental campaign.  When you shop at Macy’s between June 21st – July 12th you can get $10.00 off a $30.00 purchase at the Bedford Macy’s store. 

How, you might ask? When you make your purchase of $30.00 or more, just donate $3.00 at the register to provide a book for a child.  The Macy’s store we are teamed up with is the store at Bedford and their address is 125 South River Road Rt. 3 Bedford, NH 03110.

Be a part of our biggest children’s fundraiser of the year-and remember, Reading is Fundamental!



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Teen Summer Reading Program!

June 22nd, 2015 · Ages 6-13, Books, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Summer Reading Program, Teens

tumblr_inline_n5w7fuvDme1spgrq0Announcing the Manchester City Library Teen Summer Reading Program! When, you ask? June 22 – August 22, 2015.

Read books. Come to programs. Win prizes.

For every book you finish between June 22 and August 22, fill out one of the summer reading forms found in the Teen Area, or fill out the online form.

For every program you attend, fill out a program attendance form before you leave.

Each week, these forms will be entered into a raffle drawing for a $25 gift card from places like Barnes and Noble, Cinemagic, Game Stop, iTunes, Newbury Comics, and Water Country!

It gets better:

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. 345 or

Online Summer Reading Form

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Hands Off! The “Hands Free” Law goes into effect on July 1st.

June 19th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Main Branch

“Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:  RSA 265:79-c Use of Mobile Electronic Devices While Driving; Prohibition.”



The N.H. State Legislature has passed a law restricting the use of handheld devices while driving a motor vehicle.  Often called the “Hands Free” Law, this new law goes into effect on July 1st. The devices regulated by this law include:  cell phones, GPS devices, tablets, iPods, iPads or any other electronic device requiring data entry. There are exceptions for anyone making a 911 call, using a 2-way radio, or using a Bluetooth-enabled or other hands-free device. Anyone violating the general rule will be guilty of a criminal violation and be charged a fine.  Penalties for violations of the new driving law are as follows: 1st Offense : $100 fine; 2nd Offense : $250 fine; 3rd Offense within 2 years : $500 fine; AND penalty assessments will be added to the fines.

Driver’s under the age of 18 have different laws that will begin to be enforced.  Here’s is what you need to know to keep your younger drivers safe.  For drivers under the age of 18,  use of hand-held or hands-free electronic devices capable of providing voice or data communication while driving or halted at traffic lights or stop signs is against the law.  Teen drivers under the age of 18 will not be allowed to use any electronic devices (hand-held or not) except to report an emergency. Anyone violating this will be subject to penalties and license suspension or revocation.

Here are some handy resources you might wish to read:

New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated 2014 Chapters 259-269 (2014 Cumulative Supplement Insert pg. 58-59).

The Cellphone: The History and Technology of the Gadget that Changed the World by Guy Klemens

Android Phones for Dummies by Dan Gookin

iPhone: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

Overpowered: What Science Tells Us About the Dangers of Cell Phones and Other WiFi Devices by Martin Blank

Smartphones: Opposing Viewpoints edited by Roman Espejo

txtng: the gr8 db8 by David Crystal

To keep things simple, when the New Hampshire Hands Free Law goes into effect, use a bluetooth device if your car isn’t already set up with one – or simply avoid talking on the phone while driving in New Hampshire.  (Better get that bluetooth set up before the mad rush from it begins!) And never, ever text and drive!



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Touch-A-Truck Event

June 16th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Summer Reading Program

A fun, all ages event where kids get to explore a number of large vehicles! Swing on by the Harnett Lot on June 20th  from 10-12.

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‘Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience & Redemption’ by Laura Hillenbrand

June 14th, 2015 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch


This month the Brown Bag Book Club will be reading Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience & Redemption by  Laura Hillenbrand.  The crash in the Pacific Ocean of an Army Air Force bomber in 1943 left behind two survivors.  One of them was Louis Zamperini who survived 47 days in a raft in the Pacific along with one other survivor.  Both men were rescued by the Japanese Navy, but this is not the end of the story.  Pack your lunch and plan to join us at noon time on June 30th to discuss this inspirational novel. For more information or any questions please contact the Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 320.

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Exercising and Giving Combined: Librarian Embraces Her Inner Hippie at Color Me Rad Race. Film at Eleven!

June 11th, 2015 · Books, City Library

It was a dark, cold and stormy night – you know, winter in New Hampshire..  Sitting alone, staring at my computer, and hearing my flab spread across the chair in the dead of night, I noticed a brightly colored ad for something called Color Me Rad.  It’s a 5K race/walk to fight hunger, coming up in the Spring.  Running.  Ick.  Reading further, it seems they also throw dry and liquid corn starch at you as you run and by the end, you’re covered in color.  Sounds much more fun than staring out the window at 10 feet of snow on the ground.  I wrinkled my brow, put my finger to my chin Grinch style, considered the event, and read on.  You’re even urged to wear white to enhance the fuchsia, orange, blue, green, purple and red stuff they throw at you.  Intriguing.  Well, it would be great exercise.  Once you start the race with  3,000 people (right, like there will be 3,000 people) there is no turning back, right?.  I sat up straight from the glow of my computer and thought:

                Go For It

After registering, I began to prepare for the Big Day.  This consisted of going to Goodwill for inexpensive white clothing I consciously intended to destroy.  White pants, white hoodie top, white tennis shoes.  Check.  The day before the race, I picked up my participant number and felt compelled to purchase some Color Me Rad stuff they were marketing.  I bought a shirt (even though you’re given one for free for participating) white headband, a backpack and of course, Color Me Rad Elton Johnesque sunglasses.  Check.

Then came the day.  A beautiful, cloudless, crisp day in April.  Damn!  Seriously no turning back, now.  As I cautiously approached Veterans Park, I heard loud music and an emcee revving up the crowd.  Oh jeez, there actually were 3,000 people registered for this thing!  They had to start the race in 2 shifts!  There was music, an entertainment stage, and a lot of support!  Nervously, I sauntered up to the starting line on a closed-off  Elm Street like I owned the place.  Turning behind me, I asked a young wide-eyed couple if this was their first time doing this race.  Yes, they said, happy and a little nervous, too.  This helped relieve some of my jitters.  I’ll just sort of stay by them and it’ll be…suddenly someone shouted, ”ON YOUR MARKS!! GET SET!! GO!”.  Where were my safety buddies!?


Lost in a mass shuffle of humanity already getting pummeled with yellow, pink, blue, and green corn starch from volunteers on the sidelines.  The air above me was a purple, hazy mix of colors.  It was utter madness!  It was fun!!  People cheered us on, handing us water bottles at the half way point.  Full disclosure, I ran approximately 10% of the time.  So did pretty much everyone else.  The point is to support efforts to end hunger.  This is how you “win”.  However, I also won because I ran/walked 3.2 miles or 5K.   I was tired at the end but I felt good!  As the participants emptied back into the park, there were sort of rad raves going near the stage.  They gave you plastic packets of corn starch and at the count of 3 the crowd ripped open the bags and threw them into the air, yelling wooohooo!!! further enhancing the overall bedlam.  Swept up in the scene and feeling my “runners high” I, of course, had to do this too.  You gotta.  It’s part of the whole rad thing, man…


I would highly encourage anyone who can, to participate in the Color Me Rad run or other exercise-related charity events in New Hampshire.  Most are not too expensive, you don’t have to be a seasoned athlete and in the case of Color Me Rad, you get to do something certifiably crazy in broad daylight with the city’s blessing.  Beauty, eh?  Next year I’m wearin’ a tutu…

Check out the Color Me Rad website for more information.

Check out our catalog for a book that has a whole chapter on How to Talk About Giving to your kids.

Check out our catalog for information on running, intelligent giving, and a family’s global adventure in giving.

Check out upcoming forced exercise, I mean run/walk charity events in New Hampshire 

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Barnes & Noble Bookfair! Save the date!

June 9th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Events, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

untitledWe are pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Barnes & Noble Bookstore to “host” a bookfair benefiting the restoration of the West Branch Library.  Simply visit the Barnes & Noble bookstore at 1741 South Willow Street between June 18th -20th. Prior to making your purchases please mention the West Library and a portion of each purchase goes to give the library a Barnes & Noble gift card enabling us to purchase more books.  Titles will be available for purchase to replace books that were damaged in the flood.  Come meet some of New Hampshire’s finest authors and spend some money for a worthy cause!

(Can’t attend our bookfair at Barnes & Noble? Visit to support us online from June 18th-25th by entering Bookfair ID #11596343 at checkout.)

See you at the bookfair!


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New Fiction Coming Soon!

June 6th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Main Branch



Place your holds now for these up-coming titles!

Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs

X by Sue Grafton

The English Spy by Daniel Silva

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Silent Creed by Alex Kava

The Novel Habits of Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith

Dance of the Bones: A Beaumont and Walker Novel  by J.A. Jance

Code of Conduct by Brad Thor

Lord of the Wings by Donna Andrews

Deadly Election by Lindsey Davis

Badlands by C.J. Box

Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Long upon the Land by Margaret Maron

Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas

Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore

See you (reading) at the beach!

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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

We welcome you to sign up to receive this quarterly newsletter by email.


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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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