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

June 7th, 2018 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

A list dedicated to Dragons. Sorry, Sci-Fi fans, I’ll do a dedicated list next month!

Quillifer, by Walter Jon Williams. Quillifer is young, serially in love, studying law, and living each day keenly aware that his beloved homeport of Ethlebight risks closure due to silting of the harbor. His concerns for the future become much more immediate when he returns from a summery assignation to find his city attacked by Aekoi pirates, leading to brigands in the streets and his family and friends in chains. First, he has to survive the night. Then, he has to leave his home behind and venture forth into the wider world of Duisland, where he can find friends and allies to help avenge his losses and restore Ethlebight to glory.

The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende. The story begins with a lonely boy named Bastian and the strange book that draws him into the beautiful but doomed world of Fantastica. Only a human can save this enchanted place–by giving its ruler, the Childlike Empress, a new name. But the journey to her tower leads through lands of dragons, giants, monsters, and magic–and once Bastian begins his quest, he may never return. As he is drawn deeper into Fantastica, he must find the courage to face unspeakable foes and the mysteries of his own heart.

Dragonmark, by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Centuries ago, Illarion was betrayed- a dragon made human against his will, then forced to serve humanity as a dragonmount in their army, and to fight for them in barbaric wars, even while he hated everything about them. Enslaved and separated from everyone he knew and from his own dragon brothers, he was forced into exile in a fey realm where he lost the only thing he ever really loved. Now he has a chance to regain what’s been lost– to have the one thing he covets most. But only if he gives up his brothers and forsakes the oaths he holds most dear.

The Great Zoo of China: A Thriller, by Matthew Reilly. Attending the opening of a magnificent zoo in China where a newly discovered animal species is being housed, National Geographic expert Dr. CJ Cameron confronts unexpected dangers posed by the mysterious creatures.

The Buried Giant: A Novel, by Kazuo Ishiguro. “You’ve long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it’s time now to think on it anew. There’s a journey we must go on, and no more delay. . .” The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war.

Dragon Champion, by E. E. Knight. High in the mountains, deep in the safety of a cave, a brood of dragons is born. The four young ones are among the last of a dying breed—the last hope for dragons’ survival. But hope shatters when a murderous group of slave-trader dwarves breaks into the cave, leaving a wake of death and destruction. After escaping those who killed his siblings, Young Auron, a rare, defenseless gray dragon, might be the last of his breed. Armed with nothing but his claws and a determination to survive, he sets off in search of his kind. But to find other dragons-or, at least, find out who’s killing them off-Auron will have to search a world of mercenary elves, vicious humans, and dangers of all kinds. Finding allies in the strangest places-and himself along the way-Auron is about to make the trek of a lifetime.

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Our Summer Newsletter

June 4th, 2018 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, West Branch




Our summer issue of the Manchester City Library’s newsletter, “MCL Notes”, is hot off the press!

The Manchester City Library and our West Branch will be busy this summer with all the programs we have planned for you. And of course we will have plenty of summer reading material for you to enjoy at the beach, the park, the pool, or at home.

So catch up on what’s been happening at the libraries—there is plenty to read about! Get the scoop on the programs we have planned from now throughout the summer season.

MCL Notes – Summer 2018

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

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System upgrade: our library catalog will be unavailable.

May 30th, 2018 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, West Branch

On Thursday, May 31st, our public catalog will be down for a system upgrade. During this time neither the staff catalogs nor public catalogs will be available. eBooks and remote access to our electronic resources (databases) will likewise be unavailable. The Internet, including WiFi, will still be available to patrons. For assistance in locating materials please visit the information desk, or call us at 624-6550 x 3319 or 3320. We thank you for your patience.

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Let Me Recommend

May 29th, 2018 · Art Room, Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees

Break out your mod podge and your scissors, folks! We’re about to get crafty.

I’d like to recommend a new book that we’ve just added to our arts & crafts collection at the library: “The Ultimate Papercraft Bible” by Marie Clayton.

If you’ve ever wanted to make a special card or a letter for a friend or family member that is different and cool but easy to make, then this is the book for you.  It also might come in handy on one of those rainy summer days when the kids are home and you need something to do together.

“Learn how to design stunning cards, to personalize gifts with handmade envelopes, giftwrap, and boxes, and to put together a beautiful scrapbook. Instructions on decorative techniques, papier maché, decoupage, quilling, origami, and more make this book an indispensable guide to all things paper.”

We hope you’ll enjoy this gem and the many other wonderful art and music books we are always adding to the collections. If there is something relating to arts & crafts or music that you’d like to explore please feel free to contact us in the Art & Music Room (624-6550 ext. 3334) at the library and we’ll be happy to help you.

ART 745.54 CLA

See you in the Art Room

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Closed for Memorial Day – May 26-28th

May 21st, 2018 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, West Branch

The Manchester City Library will be closed Saturday, May 26th through Monday May 28th for the observance of Memorial Day. The West Manchester Branch Library will also be closed on Monday May 28th, as well. We will reopen on Tuesday at our regular times: 9:30 at the main library and 12:30 at the Branch. We hope that you all have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

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Free Summer Movies

May 13th, 2018 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies, Uncategorized

Below, you will find our list of summer movies that we are offering free to the public.  All of these movies will be shown on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM in the Main Branch Auditorium.

***Featuring Denzel Washington           (Movies are Closed Captioned)

June 6 ***Glory (122 min., R)
June 13 Darkest Hour (125 min., PG13)
June 20 Labyrinth (1986) (101 min., PG)
June 27 1776 (166 min., PG)
July 4 Library Closed (Independence Day)
July 11 Coco (109 min., PG)
July 18 ***Philadelphia (125 min., PG13)
July 25 Star Wars: the Last Jedi (152 min., PG13)
August 1 Despicable Me 3 (90 min., PG)
August 8 Wonder (113 min., PG)
August 15 ***Remember the Titans (114 min., PG)
August 22 NeverEnding Story (94 min., PG)
August 29 Library Closed (Staff Development Day)

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

May 11th, 2018 · Books, City Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson. In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients, dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups, from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif, the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the State’s electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line. Then it turns out his lover’s new fianceé is the head of State security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground. When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen.

The Killing Moon, by N. K. Jemisin. In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers – the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe . . . and kill those judged corrupt. But when a conspiracy blooms within Gujaareh’s great temple, Ehiru – the most famous of the city’s Gatherers – must question everything he knows. Someone, or something, is murdering dreamers in the goddess’ name, stalking its prey both in Gujaareh’s alleys and the realm of dreams. Ehiru must now protect the woman he was sent to kill – or watch the city be devoured by war and forbidden magic .

The Rook: A Novel, by Daniel O’Malley. A high-ranking member of a secret organization that battles supernatural forces wakes up in a London park with no memory, no idea who she is, and with a letter that provides instructions to help her uncover a far-reaching conspiracy.

Caliban’s War, by James S. A. Corey. On Ganymede, breadbasket of the outer planets, a Martian marine watches as her platoon is slaughtered by a monstrous supersoldier. On Earth, a high-level politician struggles to prevent interplanetary war from reigniting. And on Venus, an alien protomolecule has overrun the planet, wreaking massive, mysterious changes and threatening to spread out into the solar system. In the vast wilderness of space, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante have been keeping the peace for the Outer Planets Alliance. When they agree to help a scientist search war-torn Ganymede for a missing child, the future of humanity rests on whether a single ship can prevent an alien invasion that may have already begun .

Pirate Cinema, by Cory Doctorow. In a dystopian, near-future Britain, sixteen-year-old Trent, obsessed with making movies on his computer, joins a group of artists and activists who are trying to fight a new bill that will criminalize even more harmless internet creativity.

Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed. The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron- fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. It is up to a handful of heroes to learn the truth behind these killings.

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Infinity War

May 8th, 2018 · Children, City Library, Main Branch, Movies, West Branch

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest super-hero movie of the summer, and this what you need to know before watching it: Infinity War is the next film in the ‘Avengers’ series, so it has the usual ‘Avenger’ super-heroes like Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, the Hulk, Hawkeye, Captain America, and many more. In Infinity War, the Avengers will also team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Ant Man, Black Panther, and others, to battle the titan Thanos and other villains, to keep them from collecting all of the infinity stones and becoming all-powerful. Below is a list of the movies leading up to Infinity War and the approximate order they should be watched in order to fully understand the movie:

  1. Iron Man 1
  2. Incredible Hulk
  3. Iron Man 2
  4. Thor 1
  5. Captain America 1: The First Avenger
  6. Avengers 1: Assemble
  7. Iron Man 3
  8. Thor 2: The Dark World
  9. Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy, volume 1
  11. Avengers 2: Age of Ultron
  12. Ant Man
  13. Captain America 3: Civil War
  14. Guardians of the Galaxy, volume 2
  15. Doctor Strange
  16. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  17. Thor 3: Ragnarok
  18. Black Panther

Avengers: Infinity War (in theaters April 27) (On DVD possibly in August)

It looks a little overwhelming, but luckily the library has most of these movies, and the rest can easily be requested from GMILCS libraries. The most important movies to watch are listed in bold, since they explain how the superheroes got their powers or how they came together to form the Avengers, or the Guardians of the Galaxy. Most of these titles are organized by the date they were released; the only two movies that can be watched out of order or at any time are Guardians of the Galaxy volumes 1 and 2. The rest of the movies are all connected somehow, through crossover characters, or appearances in post credit scenes (or post-post credit scenes!), so it is important to watch them in order before seeing Infinity War.

The Avengers Infinity War storyline differs from the comic books and graphic novels they are based on, which have their own story and plot lines. However, the movies are somewhat based on these stories, so there are some movie tie-ins and read-a-likes. For example, the Infinity series available on Hoopla by Jonathan Hickman and illustrated by Jim Cheung and Jerome Opena, is a somewhat similar story to Infinity War, but contains some different characters and a different plot. It is not necessary to read the comic books and graphic novels to understand the films, but they are fun to read, and it can be interesting to explore the characters outside of the movies.

The library has a wide selection of graphic novels in its collection, and many more available online via Hoopla. Hoopla is an excellent resource for digital materials and, as well as graphic novels and comics, offers music, movies, audiobooks, and e-books. Using your library card, you can check out up to three items a month from Hoopla. Visit the Infinity War display in the library rotunda for more information.

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What’s all the “Hoopla” about?

May 4th, 2018 · City Library, Library Databases, Main Branch, News, Technology, West Branch

Are you one of our patrons who uses our Hoopla service? If so, we would like to make you aware of some changes coming to Hoopla.

New to Hoopla

Hoopla will now be offering support for Amazon Alexa devices! This includes support for the Echo, Dot, Spot, and Show. We expect this “skill” to be available to install on your Alexa in just a few weeks.

Streaming devices continue their climb in popularity for hoopla. In addition to those already supported,  support for the Amazon FireTV 3rd Generation as well as the Chromecast Ultra device have recently been added.

Leaving Hoopla

As part of the natural life-cycle of technology,  support for older browsers or devices has to be phased out occasionally. As such, support for Apple iOS9 devices (such as the iPad Mini and the iPhone 4s) will be ending. While hoopla will continue to work on these Apple devices for the immediate future, they will not receive future app updates.

Similarly, support for Internet Explorer 11 will be ending. While IE11 accounts for only a tiny fraction of hoopla browser usage, we understand that this may impact some folks who are still using a Microsoft operating system that predates Windows 10. The best alternative for this will be to utilize a different browser, such as Chrome or Firefox.

If you have any questions about these changes or how to use our Hoopla service please give us a call at the Information & Technology Desk at 624-6550 ext. 3320.

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The commissioning of the U.S.S. Manchester

April 30th, 2018 · Children, City Library, Events, Local History, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Technology, Trustees, West Branch


U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) was given the honor of naming the new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 14 “USS Manchester,” in recognition of Manchester, New Hampshire. This is the second ship to be named after the Queen City!

The first, CL 83, was a Cleveland-Class light cruiser of the United States Navy, laid down 25 September 1944 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporations’ Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts. CL 83 was launched 5 March 1946, sponsored by Mrs. Ernest J. Gladu and commissioned 29 October 1946, Capt. Peter G. Hale in command.

The Navy’s LCS program aims to develop a multi-role ship which can operate in littoral water, which here means water close to the shore of a sea or lake. This ship is designed to engage enemy submarines, clear mines, destroy fast attack boats, deploy unmanned vehicles and be adaptable enough to perform other missions. It has a pumpjet propulsion, which gives them very high speeds upwards of 40 knots. The US Navy plans to replace its remaining fleet of Perry Class frigates and Avenger class minesweepers with this ship!

The commissioning of the USS Manchester LCS 14 will be held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on 26 May, 2018 at the State Pier on Market Street. Mayor Joyce Craig has asked the library to help spread the word about this historic event. Please call 603-288-0435 or visit for more information and FREE tickets!



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