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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendations for July, 2019

July 5th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

This month, the Manchester City Library is pleased to bring you a host of suggestions for Fantasy books about “Magic Academy!” You’ll notice that Harry Potter isn’t on this list; it’s intentional, don’t worry! But if are a big fan of Harry Potter, you might like some of the books on this list. All of the characters in these books discover that they have magical powers, and must now learn how to use them. Either by formal institution or tutoring, these characters have a great destiny to fulfill!

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Libraries Closed for the 4th of July

June 27th, 2019 · Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Government Documents, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

The Manchester City Library and the West Manchester Branch Library will be closed on Thursday, July 4th in observance of the Independence Day holiday. We will reopen at our normal times on Friday.

Manchester’s Independence Day Celebration will take place on Wednesday, July 3rd, at Arms Park in downtown Manchester on Commercial Street. There will be live entertainment, food vendors and fireworks at dusk.   Here is a list of Independence Day activities going on across the state.

We hope that you and yours have a safe and happy holiday.

Happy 4th of July!

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June 19th, 2019 · Audiobooks, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

June is audiobook month.  Check out our audiobooks on display near the circulation desk.

Audiobooks help us by improving literacy, motivation, fluency, and reading speed.  Also check out how to download eaudiobooks via Libby, Hoopla and Cloud library.  Get started today here.

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New Fiction Coming Soon!

June 17th, 2019 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, News, West Branch

Place your holds now for these upcoming titles! Call us at 624-6550 ext. 3320 for assistance or visit our library catalog on our website.

Alpha and Omega by Harry Turtledove

The Bitterroots by C.J. Box

Eye Spy by Mercedes Lackey

The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz

Kingmaker by Margaret Weis

The Shameless by Ace Atkins

Skin Game by Stuart Woods

The Spies of Shilling Lane by Jennifer Ryan

Surfside Sisters by Nancy Thayer

Terns of Endearment by Donna Andrews

Wherever You Go by Tracie Peterson

Whiskers in the Dark by Rita Mae Brown

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Children’s Summer Reading Program

June 14th, 2019 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Summer Reading Program, Teens, West Branch

Readers will explore fun and exciting events this summer as our Library presents “A Universe of Stories” summer library program. We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Activities will include storytimes, crafts, science afternoons, makerspace activities, Legos, reading dogs, scavenger hunts, and special guests. All programs are free of charge and will be held at either library building. There will be weekly raffle drawings featuring 5-7 different prize bags that will include tickets to local family attractions. When you turn in your weekly reading record, you will be given a raffle ticket that you can place into bucket to win prizes from SEE Science Center, Candia Springs, Storyland, Lost River, Canobie Lake, Clark’s Trading Post, Butterfly Place, Currier Museum of Art, FunSpot, Krazy Kids, Children’s Museum of Dover, Polar Caves, Jay Gee’s Fun Center, Conway Scenic Railway, Mel’s Funway, Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum, and many more.

The 2019 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through 5th grade. We have set a group goal of 4,000 hours to be read during the 9-week program. Will you help us meet our goal?

Don’t forget to get your summer reading bag! Registration for “A Universe of Stories” began on Saturday, June 1st. You can either register in person or on-line at For more information, please call 624-6550 ext. 3320.

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New England Aquarium Pass is Now Available Year Round.

June 12th, 2019 · Children, City Library, Main Branch, Museum Passes, News, Teens

We have great news about our most popular museum pass! As of July 1, 2019 the New England Aquarium pass will be available in July and August; making it a year-round pass.   In addition, the discount it provides has changed as well.  The pass will still admit 4 people to the aquarium, but it will now be 50% off regular admission. Normal admission fees are $31.00 for adults, $ 22.00 for children 3-11 years old and $29.00 for seniors. Children under 3 are admitted free. To check out our complete list of available museum passes , go to our website

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Summer Afternoon at the Movies!

June 11th, 2019 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies, News

Here’s the list of our upcoming afternoon movies for the summer season. These movies are on Wednesdays at 1 pm in the library auditorium and are closed captioned. This series is featuring actor Christian Bale.

June 5 Green Book (130 min., PG-13)
June 12 American Graffiti (113 min., PG)
June 19 ***Newsies (125 min., PG)
June 26 First Man (141 min., PG-13)
July 3 God Bless the Broken Road (111 min., PG)
July 10 Bernie the Dolphin (100 min., G)
July 17 ***Empire of the Sun (152 min., PG)
July 24 Mr. Holland’s Opus (143 min., PG)
July 31 Searching (102 min., PG-13)
August 7 Small Foot (96 min., PG)
August 14 ***Rescue Dawn (126 min., PG-13)
August 21 Kin (102 min., PG-13)
August 28 Library Closed (Staff Development Day)

For more information please call Ruth at 624-6550 ext. 3307. See you at the movies!

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Meet Author Nancy-Ann Feren

June 9th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, West Branch

Author Nancy-Ann Feren will be here to do a presentation on her book
‘Not Your Average Travelers: 40 Years of Adventures in All the U.S. National Parks’.
In 1977 Nancy-Ann Feren discovered a lifelong love of national parks and camping when she spent a week at Acadia National Park in Maine with her two young sons and her husband, Dick. Since then, Nancy-Ann and Dick have explored all the sites in the National Park System, enjoying the history and nature, roasting marshmallows under the stars, and sleeping soundly each night in their two-person tent. This delightful book chronicles 40 years of their memorable adventures in the parks and preserves.

Nancy-Ann, a retired 5th grade teacher, has a BA from Wellesley College and an MA in teaching from the University of New Hampshire. She and her husband, Dick, live in Manchester, NH where they both grew up. Nancy-Ann loves spending time with her family, baking cookies with her grandchildren, reading, walking, camping, traveling, and sharing stories about their not-so-average travel adventures including the bear perched in a tree above their tent, canoe trips through mangrove swamps, and flights in bush planes to remote parks in Alaska. Join us on Tuesday, June 18th, at 7 PM to meet Nancy-Ann and to learn more about our National Parks. She will also have books for sale and she will sign them.
For more information please contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 3311.

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June 7th, 2019 · City Library, Events, Local History, Main Branch, News, West Branch

This June, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history and a major turning point in World War II. Many years in the planning, the British Empire, United States, France, Norway, and other Allied countries collaborated in secrecy to formulate the plan to invade German occupied Europe from the west, code named ‘Operation Overlord’. On June 6, 1944, the Allies landed at the beaches of Normandy to establish a western front to the fighting in Europe in an attempt to divert and divide the Axis powers from the eastern front in Russia. While D-Day was just the start of Operation Overlord, it was the turning point that led to the allied victory in Europe nearly a year later in 1945. 75 years later, we still remember the event that changed the outcome of WWII in favor of the Allies.

To celebrate this achievement, check out the following books set in WWII:

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Documenting Victory

June 6th, 2019 · Art Room, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

With the invention of the camera along came the possibility and responsibility for photographers to witness and document war and the experiences of soldiers through the lens of the camera. Photos of events during wartime were very important to keep the public informed of happenings on the front.

“On June 6, 1944, exactly 75 years ago, in perhaps the most seminal battle of World War II, the U.S., together with Britain and Canada, executed Operation Overlord, better known to us as D-Day, in which they, alongside other countries, invaded the coasts of Normandy, carrying out the largest seaborne invasion in history against Nazi-Germany.” One of the men who was there on those beaches was my Uncle Albert.

So it was that last year as I was preparing my list of subjects for display for the Art Room I thought and thought of what I could do that would be respectful and also serve as an offering of gratitude and pride.

Up on the second floor of the library near the Art Room for the month of June is a display of library materials dedicated to war photography. It is a small display to honor all of our soldiers and the men and women who bravely went in with them and took photos of combat and all other aspects of war.

Do you have any photos of your loved ones from D-Day or any other wartime photo that documents your family’s history? Bring them in to share – we’d love to see them and hear the stories of those photos.

The library staff are grateful for the honor, bravery, and sacrifices made on those distant beaches and at other places around the world where our troops have fought to protect the interests of the Unites States.

Thank you, brave ones, for your service.

See you at the library. ~Yvonne~

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