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MCL $10 Bag Book Sale

September 10th, 2015 · Book Sale, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

Fall is coming fast; it is time to stock up on your new supply of reading materials, experiment with new recipes or just do something totally new and intriguing. You just never know what you will find! There is no cost to browse and see the possibilities on September 19th.

Manchester City Library’s $10 Bag Book Sale will take place on September 19th (Saturday), from 10 AM to 1PM in the Winchell Room on the lower level of the library at 405 Pine Street. Just bring empty average grocery bags (cloth or paper) and fill them up from the over 11,000 items at the sale. You will pay for your new treasures, at $10 per bag, as you exit the sales area.

We have an extremely broad range of materials at this sale for all ages and interests; although there are larger groups of fiction (hardcover and paperback), cook books and children books. We also have large print books, musical odds and ends, DVDs, audiobook cds and a few prints (individually priced).

All proceeds from the sale are used for library programming and projects.

If you have questions, please contact Eileen A. Reddy by e-mail or by phone at 624-6550 ext. 320 (Info Desk).


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Summer Wrap Up!

September 9th, 2015 · 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, Summer Reading Program, Teens

We would like to thank the following organizations for helping to make our summer reading program, Every Hero Has a Story, a great success. Over 553 readers read 3,621 books this year! Congrats to all our “hero” readers and sponsors.
Cremeland Drive
Duracell Disaster Relief Team
Legends Golf & Family Recreation
Manchester City Library Foundation
Manchester Fire Department
Manchester Police Department
Manchester Public Works
Mel’s Funway Park
New Hampshire Fishercats
Papa Gino’s
See Science Center
Water Country
Thank you all for helping to make this year’s summer reading program such a success!

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Family Search Basic Primer

September 8th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, NH Room

Have you ever wondered who your ancestors were and what they did in their lifetimes? Would you like to go on a journey to see what you can discover about them?

I started my search of my family’s history about 12 years ago. I have run into dead ends on some family lines, but found really neat stories on other family lines. Searching your family history is like being a detective trying to solve mysteries. It is both exhilarating and frustrating

So you want to know how to get started on your adventure?

To begin, have a system to record information and then start asking questions. There are forms called Family Group Record and Pedigree Charts / Family Trees to help keep the information you find in order. You can find examples of these forms and other possible record forms at It is very important that you document your sources, especially if you want to join a family group or organizations such as the Daughters or Sons of the American Revolution.

The Manchester City Library has two subscription databases to assist with your exploration. (Library Edition) can only be accessed in the Library. I call it a database of databases. HeritageQuest can be accessed from the library computers and from home or on your mobile device if you have a valid Manchester City Library card. HeritageQuest includes informatiom from census records, phone directories, and copies of many family histories and geographical histories, which can have genealogical information about families in the area.

Vital Records are an important tool to establishing the leaves of your family tree, as you work backwards from your parents, to your grandparents, great grandparents, great-great grandparents and so on. The three types of vital records are birth records, marriage records and death records. They can help establish geographical locations, dates in the life of an ancestor and who the parents are; including the surname of the mother. However, there is one word of caution! Two people with the same name can be born in the same year and in the same county or town; and have no relation to each other. The Family Group Record that you build as you research can help you double check which person is the correct person; by knowing who the parents are, who brothers and sisters are and the locations of key events in a person’s life.

The New Hampshire Room at the Manchester City Library is a place where you can do research about your family ancestry, especially if they are connected to Manchester NH, or find books about how to research your ancestry, using different research tools and databases. The NH Room is open during the following hours:

Monday         9:30 AM – 12:30 PM and 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Wednesday   9:30 AM – 12:30 Pm

Thursday       1:30 – 4:30 PM

Saturday       9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Tuesday and Friday           By appointment only

The New Hampshire Room collection includes Manchester telephone directories, microfilm on older Manchester newspapers, older Manchester vital records, New Hampshire town histories which include genealogical information, some Manchester church records, census microfilm for New Hampshire, New England Historical & Genealogical Record, books on family histories and more. The materials in the New Hampshire can only be used in the New Hampshire Room. For more information about the New Hampshire Room call 624-6550 ext. 320 (Information Desk).

The following books are part of the library’s non-fiction collection and can be checked out:

Allen, Desmond Walls.   First Steps in Genealogy: A Beginner’s Guide to Research Your Family History

Croom, Emily Anne.   Unpuzzling Your Past: The Best Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy

Crowe, Elizabeth Powell.   Genealogy Online

Hendrickson, Nancy.   Discover Your Family History Online: A Step-by-step guide to Starting Guide to Starting Your Genealogy Search

Each person’s journey of discovery will be different, depending on the time period and the geographical location of their ancestors. Different research tools / databases will be needed, depending on the information you develop over time. Warning, once you get into the search you will be hooked. Enjoy the journey.

Check future programming schedules for an introductory class on using our two genealogical databases and some aspects of basic genealogy. The class will most likely take place in October.

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Fall Newsletter!

September 4th, 2015 · Book Group, Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, Computer Classes, E-Books, Events, Grades 6-12, Local History, Main Branch, Movies, Museum Passes, News, Newsletter, NH Room, Technology, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

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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 Weekend

September 3rd, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees


The library will be closed Saturday, September 5th through Monday, September 7th for Labor Day weekend. We will reopen on Tuesday morning at 9:30 and look forward to seeing you then! We wish you all a safe and happy holiday weekend.

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The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

August 31st, 2015 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch


For the month of September our Thursday evening book club will be reading ‘The Secret Scripture’ by Sebastian Barry. Roseanne, a 100 year old woman living in a mental institution, begins writing about her life in Ireland during the turbulent 1920-30’s.  The institution’s senior psychiatrist also begins writing about Roseanne’s admission and time there, which often differs from Roseanne’s account.  Plan to join us on Thursday evening, September 10th at 7 PM to discuss this award winning book. For more information contact Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 319.

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A Minions Party!

August 27th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Main Branch

IMG_4742We invite you to a minion party! Come take over the library and the world!

A Minion Reasons to Love….. Let’s get silly with our Minion friends.  Not only do they love bananas but they also love their library.  There will be minion activities and refreshments on hand to entertain you.  The best part is that you will make your very own minion pal to take home and command.  This ‘despicable’ minion  party is being held on Wednesday, September 9th, at 4 PM and is perfect for little minions in grades K-5.   Space is limited, so registration is required.  For more information, please contact David, the local minion master, in the library’s Children’s Department at 624-6550 ext. 328.

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Staff Development Day

August 24th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Main Branch

Act_48_wordle_2The library will be closed on Wednesday, August 26th, for our annual staff development day.  We will reopen on Thursday morning at 9:30 and look forward to seeing you then. We appreciate your patience as we strive to serve you better.


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Free Fall Movies

August 18th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies, News, Teens, Trustees


We are continuing our popular “Afternoon at the Movies” series this Fall!  Here is our Fall 2015 movie line up!

Sept. 2 Into the Woods   PG 124 min.

Sept. 9 World Trade Center PG13   128 min.

Sept. 16 Long Walk Home PG 97 min.

Sept. 23 Jesus Christ Superstar G 107 min.

Sept. 30 Star Trek 1 – the Motion Picture PG 132 min.

Oct. 7 Hunger Games, Mockingjay pt. 1 PG13 123 min.

Oct. 14 The Hunt for Red October PG 135 min.

Oct. 21 Forrest Gump PG13 142 min.

Oct. 28 Spare Parts PG13 83 min.

Nov. 4 Cry Havoc (1943) NR 97 min.

Nov. 11 Library Closed

Nov. 18 Unbroken PG13 137 min.

Nov. 25 WarGames PG 113 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. 307.
See you at the movies!

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