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Brown Bag Book Club to meet soon!

September 22nd, 2014 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

brownbagOur Tuesday afternoon Brown Bag Book Club will start meeting once again to ‘do lunch’ and discuss and share their love for books and reading.  This book club will be starting up on Tuesday, September 30th and then meet at lunchtime on the last Tuesday of the month.  Here is the list of books that the group has selected to read this year:

September 30th Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane

October 28th The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

November 25th The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

December 30th Molokai by Alan Brennert

January 27th The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

February 24th The Simple Truth by David Baldacci

March 31st The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

April 28th Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

May 26th Philomena by Martin Sixsmith

June 30th Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience & Redemption by Laura Hildebrand

We welcome back our old readers and look forward to meeting some new readers, too.  All are welcome!  Please contact the information desk at 624-6550 Ext. 320 for more information or to locate a copy of a book for a discussion.

See you at the book discussion!

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Evening Book Discussion Group

September 19th, 2014 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch


Our Thursday evening book discussion group has made their reading list and checked it twice! Here is the list of books that the Thursday evening book discussion group has selected to read this year. This book group meets on the second Thursday evening at 7:00 PM at the main library. For more information or to locate a copy of a discussion book, please contact Sarah B. at 624-6560.

September 11th Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

October 9th Secret History by Donna Tartt

November 13th Americanah by Chimamanda Hgozi Adichie

December 11th Escape From Camp 14; One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden

January 8th Whistling Season by Ivan Doig

February 12th The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

March 12th Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

April 9th Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

May 7th Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

This book group is open to returning members and to new members alike! All are welcome!

See you at the book discussion!

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Arsenals of American Independence

September 15th, 2014 · Books, City Library, Events, Local Author Series, Local History, Main Branch, NH Room

600_323338822In the turbulent history of colonial New England, more than two hundred powder houses were built to store gunpowder, guns and armaments. Even the small spark from a metal shoe nail could ignite their contents, so they often sat in remote sections of town. These volatile storehouses played a vital role in earning and preserving American independence.  Author and historian Matthew Thomas explores these forgotten landmarks in his lecture and recent book, “Historic Powder Houses of New England.” The 192-page book explores the history of the more than 200 powder houses in which firearms, ammunition and barrels of gun powder were stored by colonists and sought by the British at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War.
Thomas said he’s always had a fascination with New England’s historical landmarks, but no definitive study had ever been done on the powder houses that once dotted the countryside.  Mr. Thomas will also share the story of a powder house that exploded in downtown Manchester during World War II, which caused over $25,000 worth of damage and hysteria among local residents. Plan to join us on Thursday, September 18th in the library auditorium at 6:30 PM.  For more information contact Cynthia O’Neil at 624-6550 ext. 306.

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September 11th, 2014 · Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch


The sale will take place in the Winchell Room, located on the lower level of Manchester City Library from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Bring empty average size grocery bags (cloth or paper) and fill them up from the 10,000 plus materials available.

We have a very wide variety of subjects available!  There are fiction books including Scfi, mystery, romance, young adults and children of all ages.  In the non-fiction sections; there are history, cook books, craft books, biography, religion, art, languages, self-help, literature, reference and so much more.  In addition, there are large print books, VHS tapes and DVDs, miscellaneous musical materials (scores, 33 1/3 long playing records, etc.), miscellaneous odds and ends, and some art prints (individually priced).

All proceeds go towards programs and projects at the library.

Contact Eileen Reddy at or by phone at 624-6550 ext. 320 (Information Desk), for questions or additional information.

Check it out.  You just never know what special treasure you will find.

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Career Change and Resume Help

September 9th, 2014 · Books, City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Main Branch


Whether you are currently unemployed or are looking to change careers, did you know the library has resources that can help you?

On September 16th the Manchester City Library will be holding a resume class where you can develop your resume and sign up for JobMatch, a resume service offered by NH Employment Security.  If you need help writing your resume, you should sign up soon as space is limited.

In the meantime, the library has a wealth of materials on career change, acing interviews, and going back to school.  Below are a couple of books to get you started.

Monster careers : how to land the job of your life by Jeff Taylor

Same-day résumé : write an effective résumé in an hour by Michael Farr

Unemployed, but moving on! : smart job searching in a web-based world and a sucky economy

by Cheryl Butler Long

When can you start? 2014 : ace the job interview and get hired by Paul Freiberger

Career quizzes : 12 tests to help you discover and develop your dream career by John J. Liptak

Life’s a bitch and then you change careers : 9 steps to get out of your funk and on to your future

by Andrea Kay

Career match : connecting who you are with what you’ll love to do by Shoya Zichy

How’d you score that gig? : a guide to the coolest jobs–and how to get them by Alexandra Levit

Reset : how to beat the job loss blues and get ready for your next act by Dwain Schenck

The smart guide to the perfect job interview by David Holmes

Are you ready to take the next step? Start working towards your future today!

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The Drop

September 8th, 2014 · Books, City Library, Events, Foundation, Local History, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Trustees, West Branch


“Dennis Lehane returns to the streets of Mystic River with this love story wrapped in a crime story wrapped in a journey of faith—the basis for the major motion picture The Drop, from Fox Searchlight Pictures directed by Michaël Roskam, screenplay by Dennis Lehane, and starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini.”

Dennis Lehane’s most recent book, The Drop, is hot off the press and ready for you to check it out! You can check out a copy here at the library or you can buy a copy at our gala library foundation fundraiser on September 23rd at the Palace Theatre.  As you know in life, timing is everything, so we are especially excited because The Drop is set to be released as a major motion picture  on September 12th.  Copies of this book will be for sale at our fundraiser and Mr. Lehane will be conducting a book signing to complete the evening. Be sure to check out this action packed adventure and plan to join us at our fundraiser.

See you at the book signing!

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Reading is Fundamental

September 5th, 2014 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, West Branch


A big thank you shout-out goes to Reading is Fundamental, customers and staff at the Macy’s/Bedford store for their generous donation of books to our children’s room.  During the summer, Macy’s at Bedford asked customers to donate $3.00 to the Reading is Fundamental campaign.  Macy’s also collected books donated by their customers and staff as well and the total came to about 100 books!  The books were delivered to the children’s room by Carrie and her daughter in August. Thank you again to Macy’s and Reading is Fundamental for a successful book campaign benefiting our youngest readers!

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New fiction coming soon!

September 4th, 2014 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Local Author Series, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


Here is a list of some of our upcoming new fiction titles just for you! Place your holds on them now by going to our library website or by calling the reference desk at 624-6550 Ext. 320.

The Drop, by Dennis Lehane

Eyes Only, by Fern Michaels

The Children Act, by Ian McEwan

Mean Streak, by Sandra Brown

Edge of Eternity, by Ken Follett

The Burning Room, by Michael Connelly

Havana Storm, by Clive Cussler

Pegasus, by Danielle Steel

Shopaholic to the Stars, by Sophie Kinsella

Revival, by Stephen King

Burn,   by James Patterson

Proof Positive,  by Archer Mayor

Winter Street, by Elin Hilderbrand

Perfect Witness, by Iris Johansen

The Blood of an Englishman, by M.C. Beaton

…and more!

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Get help with your resume!

September 2nd, 2014 · City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Main Branch




When:  Tuesday September 16, 2014 from 2:30-4:00

Where:  Winchell Room, Manchester City Library

  • Tips and hand-outs on how to develop an effective resume. 
  • Get help with your current resume.  
  • Let us help you sign up for JobMatch, NH Employment Security’s resume system. 
  • Take the next step in getting that job today!

Space is limited. Sign-up is required.
Please call the Library today at 624-6550.
Click Here to sign up for a NHWorks account now!

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Labor Day

August 29th, 2014 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch


The Manchester City Library will be closed on Saturday, August 30th, through Monday, September 1st, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.  We will reopen on Tuesday morning at our normal time.  We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday.

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