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Halloween Party

October 19th, 2018 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, West Branch

We’re having two Halloween Parties and you’re invited! Children and parents should come in costume for our annual Halloween party and costume parade! This year, we welcome CactusHead Puppets and their Bremen Town Musicians puppet show. What can a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster do when they have to leave their farm? Become world famous musicians, of course! CactusHead Puppets brings to life the hilarious tale of four farm animals who set out on the road to Bremen to pursue their dreams of stardom. This production features lovable rod puppets, elaborate shadow scenes, and CactusHead puppets’ signature sense of humor. Refreshments will follow the show. So plan to join us on Monday, October 29th at 6:00 PM for the Main library party. The West Branch Halloween Party is on Tuesday, October 30th at 3:30 PM. All ages are welcome and seating is limited.  Happy Halloween!

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Au revoir, Fancy Nancy!

October 13th, 2018 · Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, West Branch

We’re sad to tell you that the Fancy Nancy picture book series is coming to an end, and we’re going to celebrate in flamboyant fashion. Bring out the boas, drip the glittering jewels and wear your finest and fanciest. Don’t forget to accessorize. Fine, noble gentlemen are most welcome. Proper posture, etiquette, snacks, and a craft will all be part of this elegant soiree. This program is intended for children in grades K-4. Registration is required.


We will be celebrating at the West Branch on Tuesday, October 23rd at 3:30 PM
And at the Main Library on Wednesday, October 24th at 3:30 PM.

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Haunted Hikes in NH

October 10th, 2018 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

Do you dare go hiking in the haunted forest?

Join us for an evening of fun and spooky ghost stories. Join us for a spooky slide show with creepy sound effects, ghostly specters and mysterious stories. This program is appropriate for young and old. Author Marianne O’Connor will be available to meet and her book will be available for sale and signing at this time. Join us on Tuesday October 16th at 7 PM in the Winchell Room for this haunting and fun program that will leave you spooked. For more information please contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 3311.


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

October 9th, 2018 · Books, City Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

A list dedicated to Urban Fantasy!

A Blade So Black, by L. L. McKinney: The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew. Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she’ll need to use everything she’s learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head … literally

Black City Demon, by Richard A. Knaak: Since he became the guardian of the Gate between our world and Feirie sixteen hundred years ago, Nick Medea, once Saint George, has battled to keep the darkest Feirie–the Wyld–from invading the mortal plane. With the dragon an unwilling part of him, Nick maintains balance between realms, often at great cost to himself and those nearest to him. Nick and his ragtag confederates–including the shape-shifter Fetch and Nick’s reincarnated love, Claryce–have battled not only the Wyld, but mortals as sinister as the darkest Feirie. Now, with Prohibition in full swing and bootlegger wars erupting in Chicago, a murderous evil born of the mortal world has turned its attention to the power of the Gate…and Nick himself. Nick must turn again to his most untrustworthy ally: the dragon within. Yet even together they may not be enough to face what was once a man…but is now a creature even dragons may fear.

Demons Not Included, by Cheyenne, McCray: The first novel in a red-hot urban fantasy series features Nyx, a half-human, half-dark elf–and the daughter of a king–who leaves behind the life of a princess to be a Tracker on the mean streets of New York City.

Firewalk, by Chris Roberson:  Izzie Lefevre was the newest investigator for the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit when she first came to Recondito, a coastal city that’s been shrouded in mystery and legend for centuries. Local law enforcement had requested the Bureau’s assistance in hunting a sword-wielding serial killer who’d left a dozen mutilated bodies in his wake. Patrick Tevake was a local homicide detective assigned to the taskforce, and together he and Izzie managed to track down and stop the killer before he claimed another victim. Five years later, Izzie and Patrick remain haunted by what the killer said before he fell in a hail of gunfire. Izzie’s ancestors were “mambos,” voodoo priestesses who claimed to communicate with the dead and protect the faithful from evil spirits. Patrick’s Polynesian great uncle told stories of Recondito’s supernatural menaces that lurk in flame and shadow. The killer’s last words have brought up a past both Izzie and Patrick thought they’d long since left behind, and neither has been able to shake the feeling that their case was never completely solved. So when Patrick, now working with the vice squad to investigate a dangerous new street drug, discovers a connection between the street drug and the serial killer’s victims, he realizes that their instincts were right: the threat is far from over.

The Dreaming Place, by Charles De Lint: When a manitou, a winter earth spirit that is withering and in need of blood, fastens upon Nina, her sixteen-year-old cousin Ash enters the Otherworld to stop the spirit.

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Closed on Columbus Day

October 4th, 2018 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

The Libraries will be closed on Monday, October 8th for the observance of Columbus Day. We will reopen at our normal time of 9:30 AM on Tuesday.  We hope that you and yours have a safe and happy holiday.

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Overdue fines on children’s and young adult collections are eliminated, starting today

October 1st, 2018 · Children, City Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

This morning, Manchester Library Staff and Trustees and Mayor Joyce Craig announced all Manchester public libraries will eliminate overdue fines on children’s and young adult collections, starting today.

“With this move, we can truly say any child in our community can afford to check out a book at our libraries,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “The libraries in Manchester are much more than a collection of books — they’re pivotal centers of our community. No child should be unable to engage in learning because of their family’s income level.”

The decision to eliminate overdue fines is part of a growing national trend in library policies to promote reading. Manchester library staff also noticed there was an issue once they held discussions with families who said they hadn’t been to a library in years due to their inability to pay late fees.

“We’ve recently begun working closer with the Manchester School District, and we realized we needed books to be as accessible as they can to our children and students,” said Denise van Zanten, Library Director. “Eliminating fines on materials for our young learners will continue to promote early literacy and drive our efforts forward.”

“By eliminating fines on children’s and young adult materials, we are taking down a barrier and opening a door to a critical resource for children and teens where they can continue to learn and grow,” added Karyn Isleb, Head of Youth Services and Alex Graves, Teen Librarian, Manchester City Library.

Library users will still be asked to pay for lost or damaged children and young adult items.

For more information about the Manchester City Library and our programs and activities please contact the Library at (603) 624-6550 or visit our website at

Karyn Isleb, Head of Youth Services,
Manchester City Library
603.624.6550 x3328

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Welcoming author Mohsin Hamid

October 1st, 2018 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, News


The One Book, One Manchester committee is pleased to announce that our partners at the New Hampshire Institute of Art will be hosting Exit West author Mohsin Hamid on October 2nd, 2018 at 7 pm at French Hall, 148 Concord Street.  Mr. Hamid is the author of Exit West, the book selected for the first annual One Book, One Manchester (#1Book1MHT) citywide reading program. This special event is open to the public. Tickets will be $5 at the door and you can reserve your space in advance at  Please join us for an evening of discussion!

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Intermediate MS Powerpoint 2010

October 1st, 2018 · City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Main Branch

We will be offering a free computer class on Thursday, October 11th from 2:30-4:00 PM

Learn how to:
Create a slide presentation and understand the components of a slide
Add new slides and apply design templates or themes
Copy/paste data from other programs into a slide presentation, including pictures!
Join us for this relaxed, hands-on class. Sign up by calling the Library at 624-6550, ext. 33120. Seating is limited so registration is required.

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Free Books! All the books in the Winchell Room must go!

September 28th, 2018 · Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

Yes, you heard right!
Free books!

All the books in the Winchell Room must go because we are cleaning out the Winchell Room at our Main Branch in preparation for our big children’s room renovation project this Fall. We will have free books for the taking in the Winchell Room on Saturday the 29th, from 10 AM to 1:30 PM. All the books from the Winchell Room that you can lug, carry or cart off will be yours for FREE! Come on in and take advantage of this very unusual event. For more information please contact Eileen Reddy at 624-6550 ext. 3320. See you at the free fall book give-away.

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New Fiction coming soon!

September 26th, 2018 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, West Branch

Place your holds now for these upcoming titles!

Heads You Win – Jeffrey Archer
Long Road to Mercy – David Baldacci
Dark Sacred Night – Michael Connelly
Celtic Empire – Clive Cussler
Time’s Convert – Deborah Harkness
Winter in Paradise – Elin Hilderbrand
Field of Bones – J.A. Jance
The Colors of All the Cattle –Alexander McCall Smith
Dark Tide Rising – Anne Perry
The Rain Watcher – Tatiana de Rosnay
Timeless – R.A. Salvatore
Every Breath – Nicholas Sparks

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