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Read the Book Before You Watch the Movie

June 27th, 2014 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Movies, West Branch

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I recently read The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner. It was action-packed and from the first page I was hooked. The main character, Thomas, wakes up in the dark with no memories.  Thomas finds himself living in an area surrounded by a maze with a group of boys, who like Thomas, also have mysteriously lost their memories. Besides trying to figure out who they are and how to get out of the maze, the boys are threatened by deadly monsters that come out at night. The Maze Runner film comes out this September and I can’t wait to see this novel come to life on the big screen.

There are so many other great novels that are being turned into films and I challenge you to read them before you see them.  Here is a list of some to try.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

Wild from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

You can find these and more at the Manchester City Library as: books, non-musical sound recordings, audiobooks, and e-books.  Come to the Information Desk and we can help you find them.

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Find the blue microscope!

June 23rd, 2014 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, Summer Reading Program

‘I spy with my little eye a blue microscope!’
Since hiding the Library Gnome was such a huge hit last year, we’ve  decided to do something similar again.  But this year, in keeping with the summer reading theme, Fizz Boom, Read!, we have hidden a blue microscope in the library somewhere.
Each week, it will be in a different spot in the library, hidden in the public areas.
When a child finds it, they should come to the children’s room reference desk to fill out on a piece of paper their name and phone number.  Their name will go into a hat with all the wining names of those who have found it that week.  The drawing for a weekly prize will be on Saturdays at the end of the day.  That is when we will move it to another location.  Good luck finding the blue microscope!

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New Library Hours!

June 23rd, 2014 · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Hours beginning June 30th for the Manchester City Library
405 Pine St. 03104 Tel. (603) 624-6550
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Wednesday & Friday 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Hours For July and August  West Manchester Community Library
76 N. Main St. 03102 Tel. (603) 624-6560
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

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2014 Manchester City Library Foundation Gala Fundraiser!

June 20th, 2014 · 100th Anniversary, Books, City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch, News

Mark your calendars for the Manchester City Library Foundation Gala Fundraiser on Tuesday September 23, 2014 with Guest Author Dennis Lehane at the Palace Theater.  Mr. Lehane has written Gone, Baby, Gone, Moonlight Mile, Mystic River, Live by night, Prayers for rain, Sacred and Shutter Island. He is also a writer-producer for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.  Tickets are $29.50 for both lower and upper level seating.  A select number of $100 VIP tickets will also be sold with the opportunity to meet Mr. Lehane.  Gibson’s Bookstore will be selling Mr. Lehane’s books for us and he will be available to sign them after his presentation.  Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at the Palace Theater!


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Ancestry Library Edition back online

June 18th, 2014 · City Library, Library Databases, Uncategorized is now working again after a disruption in service caused by hackers. Ancestry Library Edition is once again available for use in the library. Thank you for your patience.

See the following story on KSL for details on the hack.

Steve Viggiano
Head of Information & Technology

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Ancestry Library Edition temporarily down

June 17th, 2014 · City Library, Library Databases, Main Branch, Uncategorized

Ancestry Library Edition is temporarily unavailable for use here in the library. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s working again. We apologize for the disruption in service.

Steve Viggiano
Head of Information & Technology

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Reading is Fundamental

June 17th, 2014 · 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, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


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 18th - July 13th 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 fundraiser of the year-and remember, Reading is Fundamental!

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Good News!

June 16th, 2014 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

GOOD NEWS!    For all of you who have been wanting to pay your fines online, we are very pleased to announce that Manchester City Library fines can now be paid online with your credit card.  All you need to do is access your library account via the library’s online catalog, select fines and fees from the menu and hit “Pay Fines Now”.  If you aren’t sure how to log into your account please call the main library at 624-6550 or the west branch at 624-6560 for assistance.

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New Audio Books for the Ride to & on the Beach ☺

June 15th, 2014 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, News, Technology, West Branch

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It’s…drum roll….. BEACH TIME!!  Time to gather your pails, shovels and sunscreen and head out for some sun and sand.  We at the Library would like to suggest great stories for you to listen to on the way, or when you get there.  Please have a fun, safe summer y’all

1.  Letters from Skye  by Jessica Brockmole (Audio Book on CD or Ebook)

March 1912: Twenty-four-year-old Elspeth Dunn, a published poet, has never seen the world beyond her home on Scotland’s remote Isle of Skye. So she is astonished when her first fan letter arrives, from a college student, David Graham, in far-away America. As the two strike up a correspondencesharing their favorite books, wildest hopes, and deepest secretstheir exchanges blossom into friendship, and eventually into love. But as World War I engulfs Europe and David volunteers as an ambulance driver on the Western front, Elspeth can only wait for him on Skye, hoping he’ll survive. June 1940: At the start of World War II, Elspeth’s daughter, Margaret, has fallen for a pilot in the Royal Air Force. Her mother warns her against seeking love in wartime, an admonition Margaret doesn’t understand. Then, after a bomb rocks Elspeth’s house, and letters that were hidden in a wall come raining down, Elspeth disappears. Only a single letter remains as a clue to Elspeth’s whereabouts. As Margaret sets out to discover where her mother has gone, she must also face the truth of what happened to her family long ago. Sparkling with charm and full of captivating period detail.

2.  Furious Cool – Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him by Henry David (Audio Book on CD)

Richard Pryor was arguably the single most influential performer of the second half of the twentieth century, and certainly he was the most successful black actor/comedian ever. Controversial and somewhat enigmatic in his lifetime, Pryor’s performances opened up a new world of possibilities, merging fantasy with angry reality in a way heretofore unthinkable. He was both a brilliant comedian and an  astute judge of what he could get away with.  Now, in this groundbreaking and revelatory work, Joe and David Henry bring him to life both as a man and as an artist, providing an in-depth appreciation of his talent and his lasting influence.  It is also an insightful examination of the world he lived in and the influences that shaped his persona and his art.


3.  Z – The Life of Zelda Fitzgerald  by Therese Fowler (Audio Book on CD)

A tale inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald follows their union in defiance of her father’s opposition and her abandonment of her provincial upbringing in favor of a scandalous flapper identity that gains her entry into the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera.


4.  Becoming Mr. October  by Reggie Jackson (Audio Book on CD)

Reggie Jackson hit 563 home runs and drove in 1,702 runs over the course of his twenty-one-year career; he played three World Series-winning seasons with the Oakland Athletics, and two with the New York Yankees. He is a special adviser to the Yankees.

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Science Afternoons – Things that Get Gooey, Fizz, Fly and Go Boom!

June 13th, 2014 · Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Summer Reading Program


Join us this summer as we conduct our scientific experiments to see what gets gooey, and goes fizz, boom, or bang. We will be conducting a series of ‘Science Afternoons’ this summer, exploring lots of fun things in our “mad scientists lab” (ahem-the Winchell Room). Put on a lab coat as we create items that fizz and foam such as mini volcanoes.  We will dig into the science of flight as we create different styles of paper airplanes and parachutes and then get ready to get messy as we make our own quicksand and slime. Lastly we will explore the science of rockets using simple household materials.  For four Wednesday afternoons, we will put on our lab coats and goggles and do some simple experiments and other projects based on a weekly theme. We hope to see you in our lab this summer as we have loads of fun and explore the wacky and amazing world of science.

• June 25 – Things That Fizz
• July 2 – Things That Fly
• July 9 – Things That Are Gooey & Gross
• July 16 – Things That Go Boom!

This program is meant for children in grades 3-6.  Lab space is limited, so registration is required for our lab experiments.  For more information and to register, please contact the Children’s Room at 624-6550 ext. 328.

See you in the laboratory!


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