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Libraries closed Monday due to weather

February 13th, 2017 · Children, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Both the Manchester City Library and The West Manchester Branch Library will be closed Monday, February 13th due to the snowstorm. Stay safe!

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Come One, Come All: Citizenship Resources for New Americans

February 11th, 2017 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens

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Manchester City Library is pleased to announce a new area for those seeking study materials for the U.S. Citizenship test and related items.  The display is located in the reading room and will feature:

  • Materials for studying for the U.S Citizenship test in at least 7 languages, including sample citizenship questions in Arabic, Spanish, Tagalog, Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese
  • Flash cards, DVD’s, books on the constitution, Bill of Rights, the 3 branches of government, and other symbols and anthems of the United States
  • Stories and memoirs about those coming to America
  • Books and DVD’s for children
  • Free information for immigrants to keep
  • Displays on what is available at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website

Such as where to fill out the online citizenship application.

 

 

To find Citizenship Resources in the Display:  Choose “more search options”, choose citizenship collection in the collections drop-down menu.  Put an asterisk in the keyword field to bring up all materials in the citizenship collection.  If you need help, please feel free to ask the Information & Technology department for assistance.

 

The display will grow, so keep an eye out for new resources.  We sincerely hope these items will be helpful to you as you become acquainted with your new country.  Welcome to the United States J

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Intro to e-books class

February 10th, 2017 · Books, City Library, Computer Classes, E-Books, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

 

 

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Have a tablet? Want to access free e-Books? Come to the library and learn about the e-Book services the
Manchester City Library offers, like Overdrive and Bibliotheca. Anyone with questions about e-Books or how their device works is welcome! Join us on February 14th at 2:30 PM in the Winchell Room for this easy and fun class. For questions or for more information please contact Carlos Pearman at 624-6550 ext. 3342 or at cpearman@manchesternh.gov for details.

 

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Let’s eat pie!

February 10th, 2017 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

What is a pie?

“a baked dish of fruit, or meat and vegetables, typically with a top and base of pastry: ‘a meat pie’”  https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/pie

Pies have been around for thousands of years, perhaps as early as the 2nd century. The Egyptians may have been the ones who first came up with the idea of filling dough with a mixture of fruit and a sweetener. The earliest pie crusts were not made to be eaten but were simply a way of putting a filling into a container that would serve as a baking and serving dish.

As the technique for  pie making spread from the Egyptians to the Greeks and then to the Romans, the recipe for the crust evolved from a simple flour and water crust that was virtually inedible to a more tender crust that was consumed with the filling. Early fillings were often meat-based and could be carried out to the field on a work day, down to the coal mines, or on a pilgrimage.

Between the 13th and 16th centuries the royalty had a rollicking good time with these pies. Remember “Sing a song of sixpence”, where four and twenty blackbirds were baked in a pie? Those poor birds were not the only things bakers put in pies. They also made pies big enough to hold a dwarf, a few small animals, or a little orchestra. And, no, those were not made to be eaten.

Pies made their way to America on the Mayflower and became very popular over the years. They became favorite foods served at home, at church suppers, and in diners as well as fine restaurants. There are pie eating contests, pie tossing games, and the famous cream-pie-in-the-face routine.

February is a short and cold month; why not warm it up with a nice piece of pie? Come visit the library and browse the cookbook section (641.5) to find a pie for every meal of the day.  You will find recipes for breakfast quiche, Cornish pasty for lunch, and shepherd’s pie for dinner. There are so many choices for your dessert pie, but you will surely find one that is just right for you in United States of pie: regional favorites from East to West and North to South by Adrienne Kane.  Look for books on pies and pastry under the call number 641.8652 in the non-fiction section, and in our rotunda display.

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Closing Early!

February 9th, 2017 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

The Manchester City Library and the West Manchester Branch Library will be closing at 1 PM today (February 9th) due to the winter storm.

Be safe, all!

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A world wide coloring event for you coloristas out there!

February 6th, 2017 · City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

 

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Color Our Collections!  Adult coloring around the world.

We’ve taken a break from offering coloring programs here at the library, but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped coloring or lost interest in it, not by any long shot!  We thought we’d share this information for those of you who are missing our coloring programs and want some new (free) materials to color.

From February 6-10, 2017, libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world are sharing free coloring sheets and books based on materials in their collections. Users are invited to download and print the coloring sheets and share their filled-in images, using the hashtag #ColorOurCollections.

All content is sourced from the collections of participating institutions. With participants from around the globe, this campaign offers an opportunity to explore the vast and varied offerings of the library world, without geographical constraints. Last year’s campaign included over 210 institutions and featured coloring sheets based on children’s classics, natural histories, botanicals, anatomical atlases, university yearbooks, patents, and more.

While the Manchester City Library has yet to participate in this annual event, we encourage you to check out the free coloring pages offered by some of the country’s most prestigious institutions.

Have fun!

http://library.nyam.org/colorourcoll…/category/institutions/

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Back to normal hours of service

February 3rd, 2017 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

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Well, the dust has settled, the movers have moved on, and the renovations at the Main Branch are complete.  Whew!

We want to be sure to thank you all again for your patience as we worked to maintain and renovate this beautiful historic building.  We’d also want to remind you all that we are back to our normal hours of operation at both buildings and we look forward to seeing you soon.

See you at the library!

 

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Second floor is now open

February 2nd, 2017 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens

The carpeting in the NH Room and the Art & Music Room is complete now, and so the second floor is once again open to the public. Here’s how it looks:

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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A Street Cat Named Bob

January 31st, 2017 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

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Our Thursday evening book discussion group will be discussing ‘A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life’ by James Bowen.  London Street musician James Bowen was living hand to mouth when he found an injured cat in his building.  The friendship that grew between the two changed his life.  Plan to join us on Thursday, February 9th at 7 PM to discuss this heartwarming book.  For more information, please contact the Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 3320.

See you at the book discussion!

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Main Branch Reopens on Monday

January 27th, 2017 · City Library, Events, Main Branch

 

The main library will reopen as planned on January 30th with new carpeting on the main floor, a newly re-tiled Rotunda and some restored marble as well!  Being a 104 year old building we did find some surprises which delayed working on the second floor until this week. So we are a little behind schedule and access to the second floor will be restricted to staff and contractors for a few extra days.  The Rotunda also will be blocked off until February 1st to let the grout completely set before we all start walking on it! We thank you for your patience and hope you enjoy the improvements!

 

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