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Songs of World War II with “Ramblin ’ Richard ” Kruppa

October 30th, 2015 · City Library, Main Branch


“Ramblin’ Richard” Kruppa will be at the library with an entertaining program of music that brings to light the fascinating and unfamiliar stories about some of our most beloved American songs from 1930-1945. Songs include “Beer Barrel Polka,” “Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover,” and “You are My Sunshine.” Join us on Thursday, November 5th at 7 PM in the library auditorium. For more information please contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 311.

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Happy Halloween!

October 28th, 2015 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2

Picture1It’s time for our annual Halloween Party!  Children and parents should come in costume.  Entertainment and refreshments will follow the parade. This year’s party marks the return of Toe Jam Puppet Band. Come trick or treat with Toe Jam’s all original Halloween songs & puppets.  You may ask, ‘What Can I Be For Halloween?”..well… Toe Jam will dress up the kids in the kooky Halloween gear and dance some spooky dances like ‘Do the Frankie!” (as in Frankenstein)  The show is full of Toe Jammy Monsters and silly string too.  Boo to You!  Plan to join us on Thursday evening (October 29th) at 6 PM. All ages are welcome and space is limited so arrive early!  For more information, please call the Children’s Room at 624-6550 ext. 328.

Halloween Trick or Treating in Manchester is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 31, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. For all other towns please follow this link to a list of N.H. towns holding trick-or treating.


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Take me out to the ballgame!

October 26th, 2015 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Local History, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees

“The trouble with baseball is that it is not played the year round.”

– Gaylord Perry, pitcher, 1991 Hall of Fame inductee, 5-time All Star

The Fall Classic. That time of year when the Boys of Summer look to wrap up the season and chase the dream of a championship ring. As we head into the pennant race and the start of the World Series, let’s take a look back at some memorable moments in the history of this pinnacle achievement of America’s pastime.


The first official World Series was held in 1903, pitting the Pittsburgh Pirates against the then Boston Americans (now the Red Sox). Boston won five games to three, in part due to the pitching of Cy Young.


No series was held in 1904, but during that winter, new rules were established and in 1905 the Series became an annual tradition.


One of the more infamous matchups was the 1919 Black Sox scandal, when seven players of the Chicago White Sox allegedly conspired to throw the World Series. Among the seven was Shoeless Joe Jackson, portrayed by Ray Liotta in the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams.”


Bill Wambsganss became the first and only player to make an unassisted triple play in a World Series in 1920. He was the second baseman for the Cleveland Indians that year and in their matchup with the Brooklyn Robins (later the Brooklyn Dodgers, now the LA Dodgers) Bill caught a line drive, stepped on 2nd for the putout and then tagged the runner coming towards him from 1st base.


While many regular season games had been played after dark since the first in 1935, the first scheduled night game of the World Series was October 13, 1971, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA. The Pittsburgh Pirates won that game 4-3 over the Baltimore Orioles. That year, Roberto Clemente, right fielder for the Pirates, became the first Spanish-speaking MVP.


Game 6 of the 1975 Series, held on October 21 at Fenway Park in Boston, is considered by many to be the greatest game ever played. Boston beat the Cincinnati Reds in the 12th inning due to a walk off home run by New Hampshire’s own Carlton Fisk. The footage of him waving the ball to stay fair is still shown as one of the greatest plays in baseball. Cincinnati would go on to win the Series the next night.


The San Francisco Giants were scheduled to host the Oakland Athletics for game 4 of the 1989 series when the game had to be postponed due to an earthquake. The 7.1 magnitude quake struck as the players were warming up. Commissioner Fay Vincent rescheduled the game for ten days later, and Oakland ended up winning the game and the series.


It wasn’t until 1992 that the World Series actually became an international event when the Toronto Blue Jays won the American League pennant and faced the Atlanta Braves. The Blue Jays won four games to two that year, as well as in 1993 when they beat the Philadelphia Phillies by the same margin.


For more trivia about the Fall Classic, check out the Eric Enders book 100 years of the World Series.


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Update on the West Branch

October 23rd, 2015 · Books, Children, City Library, West Branch


The Branch project is starting to ramp up and we are very excited to be moving forward!

  • Bid specifications are being finalized for the three major systems to be installed:
  • HVAC system
  • Modern fire alarm system
  • New sprinkler system

Bids for electrical work, new energy efficient windows and doors (to replace the 1980s renovations), lighting, flooring, replacing of walls and painting will be released once the intrusive work for the major systems is underway.

What still needs to be done:

  • Replace the computer network systems which were destroyed in flood
  • Repair the two restrooms in the lower level
  • Complete the security camera project
  • Order the shelving and furnishings for the lower level so they can be delivered once the space is repaired/renovated to hold them.
  • and of course restocking the shelves and putting back the public computers.

Construction should start in early December and we would like to have the building operational by early April, in time to celebrate National Library Week.  We are very thankful for the support of our Trustees and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen so that this project went from a one floor restoration at the time of the flood to a full and complete renovation of this historic building.

As the project progresses and the time frame is firmed up I will continue to update information on the library’s website as well as posting the information at both buildings.  We know many of our library users are anxious and we thank you for their patience and support as we work to reopen an improved branch to be utilized for many years to come.

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How the Light Gets In

October 14th, 2015 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Main Branch, NH Room, Teens, Trustees


For the month of October the Brown Bag Book Club will be reading ‘How the Light Gets In’ by Louise Penny. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is in the midst of a personal crisis when he is summoned by a friend to the village of Three Pines south of Montreal.  Someone is missing but the friend is reluctant to reveal the missing person’s identity.  As Gamache works on solving the mystery the village becomes a refuge and the means to resolve more than one injustice.  Join us at 12:15 on October 27th in the Hunt Room and remember to bring your lunch! Dessert is on us!  For more information please contact the Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 319.

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May I borrow a pen?

October 13th, 2015 · Books, Children, City Library, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, NH Room, Teens, Trustees


It happens all the time. As you’re working at one of the public service desks in the library someone asks to borrow a pen. A completely acceptable question given the environment and we’ll hand you a pen or three, and gladly! For people who collect pens and are members of the pen appreciation club, (ahem.. pen geeks), this is a charged request. You more than likely will get the reply, “What’s if for?” This query is not meant to be a smart comeback, but to a pen geek, there are many types of pens and what you might want to do with these inky objects d’art is quite diverse and requires a specific type of writing implement.

Here is an incomplete list of possibilities of what you might be up to when you ask a pen geek to borrow a pen:

The fine point Sharpie: Ideal for signing the backs of library cards, tattooing your unsuspecting friend or family member, or office pranking the sleeping co-worker with a new “temporary” tattoo. While this might not be the type of “ink” that your ex boyfriend or college roommate suggested years ago, it will get the job done.

The Sharpie mini: For cheerful and timely passive aggressive notes left for coworkers who might have “borrowed” your red Swingline stapler and not returned it. Use a bright and cheerful color and all capitals, but be sure to put a smiley face at the end of your message. (-:

A chisel point permanent marker in red: To be used for more serious office offenses like leaving moldy and stinky foods in the communal refrigerator or for leaving the employee photocopier programmed for 50 copies.  Use a bold red or black color with a large tip, all capitals, possible underscoring of important points in the message, no smiley faces, which imparts to all that you mean business.  This pen is built to withstand your tight grip and clenched fist.

Your loved one’s birthday or anniversary card: This job requires a pen that has built in rack and pinion steering. I recommend the Pilot precise roller-ball pen in a sedate blue color.  No splashes of red ink or neon scented glittery ink here, or your intentions might be misunderstood. Perfect for your cursive and finely penned well wishes and pleas for an invite to the recipients summer lake house (hint, hint).

Poster for your missing dog (or beloved mammal that has gone AWOL): This situation requires pens to be attention grabbing and covey the feeling of sentiment and emotional turmoil that losing your pet pooch Twinka has caused you. I recommend a set of Uni-posca markers with a medium tip. The use of color is not only eye catching but also gives your posting a homely, family crafted feel which will tug at the heart strings of any passer-by without a heart of stone.

Post-it note of affection (to be hidden in child’s/spouses lunchbox, book, Filofax, card catalog, windshield sun visor, etc): An unexpected little treat like this will benefit from a layered approach. Go tactile and multi-sensory with a scented glitter pen. If you’re going to get all cute and fluffy, you might as well embrace the concept fully. I recommend a set of tutti-frutti gel pens which leave a delightful smelling and colorful love note that your beloved will cherish forever (or at least until lunch is over).

I would like to draw your attention to some wonderful books we have here at the library on penmanship, calligraphy and pen collecting. And lastly, please remember the good old quote by Marcus Brody in the Indiana Jones movie, “You see Henry, the pen, the pen, is mightier than the sword.” Only a pen-geek would remember this line decades later and still find it hilarious.





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Columbus Day!

October 10th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees


The Library will be closed on Monday, October 12th 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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Author Ken Sheldon to visit!

October 8th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Events, Local Author Series, Main Branch, News, Newsletter

Ken Sheldon, also known as Fred Marple, will visit the library to discuss his book, Welcome to Frost Heaves, New Hampshire: You Can’t Get There from Here. Mr. Sheldon has also been featured on New Hampshire Chronicle and NPR. Join us as he takes us through the tales of Frost Heaves, NH. Copies of his book will be available for sale. Join us on Tuesday, October 13th at 7 PM in the Winchell Room to meet this fascinating local author.

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Its a Train Party!

October 5th, 2015 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch


All aboard for this great train adventure at the library.  Come listen to your favorite train stories, dance to the song “I was working on the Railroad”, play train games and make a simple craft.  This program is great for children who are from 2 to 5 years old and registration is recommended.  Plan to hop aboard the train with us on October 7th at 10 am in the Winchell Room. For more information and to register, please call the children’s room at  624-6550 ext. 328.

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Genealogical Database Demonstration

October 2nd, 2015 · City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Main Branch

Want to learn more about your family roots, but don’t know where to begin? Come see how Library Edition and Heritage Quest can help.

Learn how to navigate the databases and get a feel for the terminology. We’ll also discuss public websites for genealogical research. New to genealogy? We’ll have some basic forms you can use to help you organize your research. We’ll conclude with a general question and answer session.

Join us Thursday, October 22nd at 2:00 p.m. in the Winchell Room. Pre-registration is required.

To register, sign up on the library’s on-line calendar or call the Information Desk at 624-6550 ext. 320 or e-mail us at If you have questions, please contact Eileen Reddy at 624-6550 ext. 320 or e-mail her at

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