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Fall 2018 MCL Notes

August 30th, 2018 · City Library, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees

The Fall issue of MCL Notes is now online! Catch up on what’s been happening at the libraries—there is plenty to read about!—and get the scoop on the programs we have planned from now through November.

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


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Labor Day

August 30th, 2018 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


The libraries will be closed from September 1-3rd, 2018 for the Labor Day Holiday.

We hope that you all have a safe and happy holiday weekend.


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Library closed for Staff Development Day August 29th

August 22nd, 2018 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Trustees, West Branch

Both the Main library and the West Branch will be closed on Wednesday, August 29th, for our annual staff development day. The Main Branch will reopen on Thursday morning at 9:30 and the West Branch will reopen at 12:30. We look forward to seeing you then.

We appreciate your patience as we strive to serve you better.

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Early College Planning

August 16th, 2018 · City Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Teens

Are you or a loved one planning to attend college soon? Have questions and concerns about it? Consider attending our upcoming “Early College Planning” program. This presentation is about sharing strategies for preparing for college academically. Helpful tips on researching colleges and majors will also be discussed. A preview of the financial aid process will complete the program. Attendees will receive a copy of the College Insider. Join us on Thursday, August 23rd at 6 PM in the library auditorium. Val Castonguay from Center for College Planning in Concord will be out guest speaker.

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The Majestic Theatre Presents “Toy Camp”

August 13th, 2018 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, West Branch


The Majestic Theatre is proud to present “Toy Camp” here at the libraries for the grand finale of our “Reading Rocks” summer reading program.

Enter into the world of make-believe, a place where toys learn to be good toys… at Toy Camp. Ted E. Bear, Princess Ann, Glow Toy, and others have come to Toy Camp to hopefully graduate and earn their price tags to be sold at toy stores. Not graduating from Toy Camp means certain doom at the Toy Dump! During their week at camp, our friends learn lessons in paying attention and practicing, overcoming both their fears and their weaknesses. With a subtle moral about liking yourself and having confidence if you want to be loved by others, each toy realizes that it is good at something. This award-winning, lighthearted show will have your audiences tapping their toes to a variety of songs, including the love ballad ‘I Go To Pieces” (sung by puzzle pieces Jig and Saw!), Cool Cat’s hip rap song, and ‘Things Are Ruff All Over, Rover,” sung by an Elvis-like hound dog. Book, music and lyrics by Paul Collette and Gary Fritzen. Families are welcome.  For more information, please call 624-6550 ext. 3328.

There will be two exclusive showings:

Thursday, August 16th at 11:00 AM (Main Library)
Thursday, August 16th at 3:00 PM (Cashin Senior Center/Manchester West Branch Library)

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Recommended reading for Sci-Fi and Fantasy lovers! August 2018

August 10th, 2018 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

A list dedicated to Angels and Demons!

The Dirty Streets of Heaven, by Tad Williams. Bobby Dollar, an angel who has taken part in the long battle between Heaven and Hell, must figure out why there are suddenly an unprecedented number of souls missing from both sides and who summoned a Babylonian demon to kill him.

The Enchantment Emporium, by Tanya Huff. Moving to Calgary to take over her late grandmother’s junk shop, charm-caster Alysha Gale learns that she will be serving the fey community, which proves to be deeply troubled with problems that may be more than Alysha’s family can solve. By the author of The Keeper’s Chronicles.

Midnight Crossroad, by Charlaine Harris. Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town. There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own). Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth….

This Savage Song, by Victoria Schwab. As the heirs to opposing sides in a warring city, Kate Harker and Augustus Flynn should never have met. A Romeo and Juliet-esque fantasy about the difference between good and evil and the blurry gray area in between.

This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It, by David Wong. As this sequel opens, we find our heroes, David and John, again embroiled in a series of horrifying yet mind-bogglingly ridiculous events caused primarily by their own gross incompetence. The guys find that books and movies about zombies may have triggered a zombie apocalypse, despite a complete lack of zombies in the world. As they race against the clock to protect humanity from its own paranoia, they must ask themselves, who are the real monsters? Actually, that would be the shape-shifting horrors secretly taking over the world behind the scenes that, in the end, make John and Dave kind of wish it had been zombies after all.

The Lovely Bones: A Novel, by Alice Sebold. This is the tale of family, memory, love, and living told by 14-year-old Susie Salmon, who is already in heaven. Through the voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and builds out of her family’s grief a hopeful and joyful story.

A Study in Sable, by Mercedes Lackey. Sent by Lord Alderscroft to the bachelor’s flat of a certain famous, and rather rude, detective, psychics Sarah and Nan are compelled to prove their powers to him before being asked to consult on behalf of his Elemental Masters associates, John and Mary Watson.

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Free Fall Movies

August 7th, 2018 · Children, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Movies, News, Teens, Trustees

We are continuing our popular “Afternoon at the Movies” series this Fall!  Here is our Fall 2018 movie line up!  This season we are featuring award winning actress Helen Mirren.

***Sept. 5  State of Play   PG-13 118 min.

Sept. 12 Black Panther PG13   135 min.

Sept. 19  Chappaquiddick PG-13 106 min.

Sept. 26 Wrinkle in Time PG 109 min.

Oct. 3 15:17 to Paris PG-13 94 min.

Oct. 10  The Post PG-13 116 min.

Oct. 17  7 Days in Entebbe PG-13 106 min.

Oct. 24  Forever My Girl PG 104 min.

***Oct. 31  Winchester PG-13 99 min.

Nov. 7  The Commuter PG-13 105 min.

Nov. 14 Courage Under Fire R 117 mins.

Nov. 21 Grumpier Old Men PG-13 100 min.

***Nov. 28 Calendar Girls PG 109 min.

All movies are closed captioned and begin promptly at 1:00 PM 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. 3307.
See you at the movies!

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Brown Bag Book Club

August 2nd, 2018 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Trustees


Our Brown Bag Book Club has met and decided upon their most recent reading list for the upcoming 2018-2019 reading season. This book group meets at lunchtime on the last Tuesday of each month at 12:15 PM in our cozy Hunt Room. If you choose to join us please remember to bring your lunch and that dessert is on us!

Most of these books are also available as audio-books or downloadable eBooks, so you have several options for enjoying these titles.  Please call the Information Desk at 624-6550 at ext. 3320 for more information.  The sign-ups and discussion books are kept at the circulation desk of the main library.

Lastly, to find out more about upcoming book club meetings, check out the scheduled readings and discussion dates on our new Book Discussions page. Or click on the link for “Book Discussions” under “Find” in the Site Navigation menu.


September 25, 2018
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen  By Hendrik Groen
Groen’s novel shares a year of an octogenarian’s journal entries. Engaging and hilarious, Hendrick’s diary gives dignity and respect to the elderly, and provides readers with a look into the importance of friendship and the realities of modern senior care.


October 30, 2018
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  By Maya Angelou
This autobiography of poet Maya Angelou published shortly after she turned 40 is the story of her horrific childhood and how she managed to emerge from it as an adult capable of coping in the world. Angelou writes beautiful prose and is very in touch with both emotional stunting and growth.


November 27, 2018
Snow in August By Pete Hamill
Set in a working class Brooklyn neighborhood in 1947, this poignant tale revolves around two endearing characters—an eleven year old Irish Catholic boy and Rabbi Judah Hirsch, a refugee from Prague.


December 18, 2018
Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury
“Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel… published in 1953. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and ‘firemen’ burn any that are found… The lead character is a fireman named Montag who becomes disillusioned with the role of censoring works and destroying knowledge, eventually quitting his job and joining a resistance group who memorize and share the world’s greatest literary cultural works.” Wikipedia


January 29, 2019
Far From the Madding Crowd  By Thomas Hardy
The story of beautiful Bathsheba Everdeen, a fiercely independent woman, who inherits a farm and decides to run it. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy, and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life.


February 26, 2019
Educated: A Memoir By Tara Westover
Tara Westover was seventeen when she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, a family so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education. Her longing for a way out caused her to begin educating herself. Her persistence was rewarded with admission to Brigham Young University and later to Cambridge University in England where she earned a Ph.D. Random House


March 26, 2019
The Life We Bury By Allen Eskens
Joe Talbert is a college student with an addicted mother, an autistic brother he loves, and a desire to get a college degree. His assignment for English class is to write about someone he doesn’t know. Simple, he thinks, until he meets a Vietnam veteran in a nursing home who is dying. His writing and life problems pile up as this story unravels.


April 30, 2019
Lilac Girls  By Martha Hall Kelly
Based on the life of Caroline Farriday, a New York socialite who championed a group of WWII concentration camp survivors. The three women in the novel represent part of a group of Polish women brought by Farriday for treatment of the painful, debilitating experiments conducted at Ravensbruk concentration camp. Through this novel an injustice that might have been overlooked or forgotten is brought to light. Cosmopolitan


May 28, 2019
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
A complex story involving the quest to marry well, an abundance of suitors, the embarrassment of diminished circumstances, and a beautiful woman named Lily Bart. The restraints placed upon Lily by the society she hopes to embrace collide with her own integrity in her pursuit of a “suitable match.”  Good Reads


June 25, 2019
What She Left Behind By Ellen Marie Wiseman
A book composed of two interwoven stories. Clara, a woman who lived in the 1930’s, was committed to a mental institution by her wealthy father who opposed her relationship with her immigrant boyfriend. Izzy is a contemporary teenager who lived with numerous foster parents before moving in with a couple who is researching the records of Clara’s mental institution. Here is where the stories come together.

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Evening Book Discussion Group

July 27th, 2018 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Trustees


Our Thursday Evening Book Discussion Group has made their reading list and checked it twice!  Here’s the scoop on what the Evening Book Group has chosen to read this year.  As always, their choices cover an interesting and wide range of reading material.  This book discussion group meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 PM in our cozy Hunt Room. Everyone is welcome to join, or you can “read along” on your own if you can’t make it to the meetings.  Most of these books are also available as audio-books or downloadable eBooks, so you have several options for enjoying these titles.  Please call the Information Desk at 624-6550 at ext. 3320 for more information.  The sign-ups and discussion books are kept at the circulation desk of the main library.

Lastly, to find out more about upcoming book club meetings, check out the scheduled readings and discussion dates on our new Book Discussions page. Or click on the link for “Book Discussions” under “Find” in the Site Navigation menu.

Sept. 13, 2018
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Manchester’s One Book, One City selection follows a young couple who use magic doors to escape an unnamed city beset by bombings and militants and get caught up in the modern- day refugee crisis.


Oct. 11, 2018
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Presents a true account of the early 20th century murders of members of the wealthy Osage tribe and law enforcement officials and highlights a chilling conspiracy uncovered by the fledging FBI.


Nov. 8, 2018
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
In this novel Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced by the Bolsheviks to house arrest in a grand hotel in early 20th century Moscow.


Dec. 13, 2018
A Piece of the World by Christine Baker Kline
Interweaves fact and fiction in a novel about the woman who inspired Andrew Wyeth’s famous painting Christina’s World.


Jan 10, 2019
Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Death and Surprising Afterlives of our Nation’s Leaders by Brady Carlson
Author takes readers on a funny and entertaining trip to gravesites, monuments and memorials and explores the death stories of our greatest leaders.


Feb. 14, 2019
Half-Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeannette Walls
Walls, author of The Glass Castle, based this novel on the life of her grandmother, who grew up on the ranges of the Southwest in the early 1900s.


Mar. 14, 2019
1984 by George Orwell
Imagines life in a totalitarian regime where Big Brother is listening.  The New York Times calls this classic a must read for modern- day America.


April 11, 2019
Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
During World War I women working in military factories fell mysteriously and often fatally ill from the effects of a new substance called radium.  Highlights one of America’s biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights.


May 9, 2019
American Marriage by Tayari Jones
How the marriage of Celestial and Roy is affected when Roy is sent to prison for a crime they both know he didn’t commit.

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Trolley Night July 26th

July 23rd, 2018 · City Library, Events, Local Author Series, Main Branch, News, West Branch

On the evening of Thursday July 26th the Manchester City Library is proud to be a part of Trolley Night! Library staff have put together a self-guided tour for visitors to explore our Italian Renaissance style building. The Carpenter Memorial Building took two years to build and has had recent renovations.  For some literary stimulation there will be local authors in the building to share their creations with visitors, please join authors Dan Szczesny, Martha Wyatt, Terry Farish, Ellen Alden, and John Tuohey in the library’s Rotunda.  And for families there will be “creatures” on the library’s lawn as part of our Summer Family Fare program at 6 pm. We hope you stop in to visit us!

For more information about the Manchester City Library go to or check us out on Facebook!

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