Learn the basics of Microsoft Word 2010 an essential school or employment skill. We will create and save a file, learn basic functions such as copy/paste, tabbing and setting margins and have fun with enhancements (bold, italic, font size, and font color) - seating is limited to 12, so sign up is requested. Join us on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in the Winchell Room for this fun, hands on class. For more information contact Amy Hanmer at 624-6550 x 346.
October 25th, 2014 · City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Main Branch
October 23rd, 2014 · Books
I grew up during the early years of manned space exploration, an exciting concept that I regularly followed. My hometown was also the hometown of an astronaut who flew in the Gemini and Apollo programs. I went to both of his homecoming parades, the Gemini 12 flight and his Apollo 11 flight. There was a major difference in the parade size for Buzz Aldrin’s homecoming parades, from a couple of vehicles and few people watching to several vehicles and floats in a long parade with lots of people watching.
New Hampshire also had an important stake in exploring with Alan Shepard (1923 – 1998) being the first American in space. He flew in 1961 aboard the first manned flight in the Mercury program and later on played some golf on the surface of the moon. After the single seater Mercury program came the two seater Gemini program which included the first American to walk in space and two spacecraft maneuvering around each other. The Apollo program followed Gemini, and landed men on the moon.
It was a major competition between the Soviet Union and the United States in the late 1950s and the 1960s, to stake their technological hold on space. The Soviets had a lot of firsts in the early stages of the Space Race, with first satellite (1957 – Sputnik), first man in space, first man to walk in space and first woman in space. However, the United States prevailed by landing men on the moon.
After the race to get to the moon, there were several other programs to learn about living in space. These included Skylab (American) and Mir (Soviet), which lead to the International Space Station (ISS) which is still occupied today by interchanging astronauts from several nations. The Space Shuttle was a major factor in building and supplying the International Space Station, and used as an orbiting platform for many space experiments. Tragically there were two major disasters in this program, which included the lost of New Hampshire’s Christa McAuliffe in 1986.
There are so many stories available about mankind exploring space. Some of the stories can be found in the 629.4*** section of the Main Floor Non-fiction section, including:
Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil deGrasse Tyson
A Ball, a Dog and a Monkey: 1957 the Space Race Begins by Michael D’Antonio
Homesteading Space: the Skylab Story by David Hill
Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America’s Race to the Moon by Alan Shepard
October 20th, 2014 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News
This month the Brown Bag Book Club will be reading “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd. This is a very popular book club novel and is on the Oprah Book Club list. Oprah calls Sue Monk Kidd’s novel a conversation changer.
Hetty ‘Handful’ Grimks, aged 10, is an urban slave in early 19th century Charleston. The Grimke’s daughter Sarah, is given Handful to be her handmaiden on her 11th birthday. The book follows their remarkable journey over the next 35 years. This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved. Plan to join us on October 28th at 12:15 to discuss this wonderful novel and don’t forget to bring your lunch!
For more information or if you have questions, please contact the Information Desk at 624-6550 ext. 320. See you at the book discussion!
October 17th, 2014 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch
Like all, once “cutting-edge” and exotic things, yoga has now become as commonplace as an iPhone. Growing up in the late ‘60s, my first experience with yoga involved my hippie brother’s even hippier girlfriend. Having stayed overnight at their house we punctuated the following day with a Sun Salutation sequence. And to a flexible 17 year old, all that bending and stretching with no apparent purpose seemed bizarre. Why did we have to salute the sun anyway?
A couple of decades later and suddenly yoga classes started cropping up here and there. The media touted the health benefits of the practice, especially since studies had proven that yoga was a drug-free way to lower blood pressure, slow heart rate, reduce stress, increase bone and muscle strength, improve balance etc. So, what with all the good publicity, I gave it another try… and I liked it. I conquered the Downward Dog posture and I even slept better, thanks to the yoga nidra meditation at the end of each session.
Time marches on and I will admit that with age some of the postures become trickier as joints become creakier—Where I once could spring lightly to a standing position after a squat I now need to push myself upright with both hands. And my crossed legs can not now, nor will they ever, settle down flat into a seated lotus pose. Aiyyeee!
Ultimately, the time and effort of a yoga practice is worth it. Apart from discipline, yoga teaches you how to breathe, how to slow down, and how to have compassion for yourself and the less than perfect body that your spirit inhabits.
Yes, you can find a class to take around town. But if you prefer to ease into that Sun Salutation in the privacy of your own living room, check out our instructional DVD’s or books. Namaste.
Yoga for Stress Relief (book)
Beginner’s Guide to Yoga (book)
special thanks & attribution to Afseen Family on Flickr for super cute photo usage
October 11th, 2014 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Trustees
The library will be closed on Monday, October 13th in observance of Columbus Day. We will reopen on Tuesday morning at 9:30 and we look forward to serving you then. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday weekend.
October 7th, 2014 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, News
Our Thursday evening book discussion group will be reading “Secret History” by Donna Tartt. In this suspense thriller six brilliant college students are involved in two murders, one supposedly accidental and one deliberate, which leads to the disintegration of the group. Richard Papen arrived at Hampden College in New England and was quickly seduced by an elite group of five students, all Greek scholars, all worldly, self-assured, and, at first glance, all highly unapproachable. As Richard is drawn into their inner circle, he learns a terrifying secret that binds them to one another…a secret about an incident in the woods in the dead of night where an ancient rite was brought to brutal life…and led to a gruesome death. And that was just the beginning… Join us on Thursday, October 9th at 7:00 PM for a lively discussion of this fun novel. For more information please contact Sarah at 624-6560.
October 5th, 2014 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies
Our afternoon at the movies series continues with a showing of Spider-Man on Wednesday, October 8th at 1:00 PM in the library auditorium. Bring your spidey sense and a friend and join us as we screen this classic super hero movie.
Orphaned at an early age, Peter Parker lives in Queens, New York with his beloved Aunt May and Uncle Ben. Peter leads the life of a normal student, working as a photographer at the school paper, pining after the beautiful Mary Jane Watson and hanging out with buddy Harry Osborn. On a school trip, during which Peter and his classmates are given a science demonstration on arachnids, Peter is bitten by a genetically-altered spider. Soon after, he discovers that he has unusual powers: he is endowed with the strength and agility of a spider along with a keen, ESP-like ‘spider-sense.
For more information please contact Ruth Watts at 624-6550 ext. 307. 121 minutes
October 2nd, 2014 · 100th Anniversary, Books, Main Branch, West Branch
By 1800, tea had become the most popular drink in England. Almost all the tea in the world came from China and the British were unable to control the quality or the price. Around 1850, a group of British businessmen set out to create a tea industry in India.
This task required a botanist. Enter Robert Fortune, young, Scottish by birth, botanist. What he became in doing this task, was a botanist, a plant hunter, a thief and a spy. In 1845, Robert Fortune, when he was thirty, took a two year trip to China in search of new plants. When he returned to England, to help pay for his trip, he published a travelogue of his adventures. He had been attacked by pirates and bandits. He had encountered disease and severe storms. Once dressed in disguise as a wealthy Chinese merchant, he was allowed to see the tea gardens.
Robert Fortune’s travelogue changed his life. He was approached by a representative of the East India Trading Company. This representative asks Robert Fortune to return to China, to smuggle tea plants out of China and into India
Robert Fortune agreed to the undertaking. To jump start production in the East India Trading Company’s tea gardens he brought back living plants. He returned with 2,000 plants, 17,000 seeds, plus specialized techniques of Chinese tea growing and manufacturing. He somehow persuaded Chinese tea workers to leave their homes and accompany him to India. This entire undertaking took two years.
After this undertaking Robert Fortune was employed at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and in his later years at the Horticultural Society of London. Robert Fortune died in 1880. Little is known of his final years because his wife Jane Fortune burned his papers and letters, shortly before she died.
September 28th, 2014 · 100th Anniversary, Children, City Library, Events, Local History, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees
Each year the Manchester Historic Association produces an original, limited edition brass-plated ornament that celebrates Manchester’s history. These unique, detailed ornaments are handcrafted in the United States by the same company that makes the annual White House holiday ornament. The 2014 ornament will feature the Carpenter Memorial Library in honor of the building’s centennial celebration, and will be available for purchase at the library beginning in October! Stop by and pick one up while supplies last.