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Road closures Thursday, 8/15/19

August 14th, 2019 · City Library, Events, Government Documents, News

If you plan to visit the library this Thursday afternoon or evening, please keep in mind that some roads will be closed to accommodate President Trump’s visit to the SNHU Arena.

As posted on Nixle:

Expect Road Closures in the hours leading up to the President’s rally this Thursday 8/15. Avoid downtown if possible.

The Manchester Police are preparing for a rally at SNHU Arena for President Trump on Thursday, August 15, 2019. In coordination with federal, state and other local assets, there are going to be street closures throughout most of the afternoon and evening in the areas immediately surrounding the SNHU Arena. Those closures at this time are as follows;

2 pm

Elm St closed from Central St to Auburn St. Limited access to Elm St from Auburn St to Valley St. will be for local business traffic only.

Lake Ave closed from Elm St. to Pine St.

Chestnut St closed from Central St to Auburn St.

Granite St. closed from Elm St. to Canal St. with Parking Garage access at the Doubletree Hotel coming from Granite St Eastbound.


There may be additional closures as the day progresses and as the needs of the Secret Service dictate. There will be intermittent closures for the Presidential motorcade as the beginning and closing of the event.

Barricades will be utilized in and around the SNHU Arena to cordon off areas that will be restricted to law enforcement personnel only.

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Thursday Evening Book Discussion

August 13th, 2019 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

Ta Da! here are the books that our Thursday evening book group has selected to read and discuss this year.

September 12th: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year’s Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multimillionaire, an Upper East Side ne’er-do-well, and a single minded widow. (2011. 335 p.)

One Book One Manchester selection October 10th: KooKooLand by Gloria Norris After her father—a wise-guy who relies on charm, snappy wit and un-yielding belief that he is above the law—commits an unspeakable act of violence, young Gloria Norris, in an unconventional coming-of-age-memoir, sets herself on a path away from the cycle of violence whirling around her to carve out a good life on her terms. (2016. 355 p.)

November 14th: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
A socially awkward, routine-oriented loner teams up with a bumbling IT guy from her office to assist an elderly accident victim, forging a friend-ship that saves all three from lives of isolation and secret unhappiness. (2017. 327 p.)

December 12th: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn By Betty Smith
Born in 1901 in the slums of Brooklyn, Francie Nolan has grown up under the burden of suffering that is the lot of the city’s poor. Romantic like her father, an Irish singing waiter, yet pragmatic like her mother, a house cleaner and fierce survivor, Francie uses her imagination and tenacity to thrive in the world in spite of harsh conditions. (1947. 420 p.)

January 9th: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
“As a leading researcher in the field of biology, Robin Wall Kimmerer understands the delicate state of our world. But as an active member of the Potawatomi nation, she senses and relates to the world through a way of knowing far older than any science. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she intertwines these two modes of awareness-the analytic and the emotional, the scientific and the cultural-to ultimately reveal a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature. (2013. 390 p.)

February 13th: Becoming by Michelle Obama
An intimate memoir by the former first lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago through her setbacks and achievements in the White House. (2018. 426 p.)

March 12th: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The evolution and eventual decadence of a small South American town is mirrored in the family history of the Buendias. (1970. 422 p.)

April 9th: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Viewed with suspicion in the aftermath of a tragedy, a beautiful hermit who has survived for years in a marsh becomes targeted by unthinkable forces. (2018. 370 p.)

May 14th: Dubliners by James Joyce
In this collection of masterful stories, steeped in realism, James Joyce creates an exacting portrait of his native city, showing how it reflects the general decline of Irish culture and civilization. (1926. 288 p.)

Everyone is welcome to join the book club, whether it is for the whole year or for one or two meetings. For more information please call Steve at 624-6550 ext. 33223. See you at the book discussion!

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Touch A Truck – Summer Reading Event

August 12th, 2019 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Main Branch, News, Summer Reading Program, Teens, Trustees


Touch a Truck
Visit with us on Saturday, August 17th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Hartnett Lot for our Touch A Truck event!
As the summer reading program is coming to an end, let’s celebrate. There will be trucks from City departments to explore, fun activities to enjoy and a delicious snack. We also might have a few surprise guests as well. Families are invited to enjoy a fun afternoon. For more information, please call the Children’s Room at 624-6550 ext. 3328

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Beach Reads

August 10th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News, Teens

Looking for a good book to read on the beach this summer? Stop by the historical fiction display to pick one up!

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Celebrate Stieg Larsson’s 65th Birthday this August 15th with a book from his Millennium series!

August 6th, 2019 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Main Branch

While Larsson passed away in 2004 at the age of 50, his Millennium series, starring journalist Mikael Blomqvist and computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, has lived on posthumously. All three of his novels were published after his death, and recently the story has continued with another author. David Lagercrantz wrote the latest two books in the series, with a third, The Girl Who Lived Twice, set to come out in late August.

  1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  2. The Girl Who Played With Fire
  3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  4. The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  5. The Girl Who Takes an Eye For an Eye
  6. The Girl Who Lived Twice

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Brown Bag Book Club 2019/2020

July 29th, 2019 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

Here is the list of books that the Brown Bag Book Club will be reading this year. This book discussion group meets om the last Tuesday of the month from 12:15 – 1:30 pm in the Hunt Room. Bring your lunch – Dessert is on us!

September 24: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman Eleanor’s life could be described as predictable until she meets Raymond from IT, described as bumbling and unhygienic. The unlikely pair save an elderly man who has fallen on the sidewalk. The three become friends and through their friendship manage to rescue each other. But in the end it is Raymond’s big heart that helps Eleanor find her way. Read it and find out how.    (Good Reads)

October 29: Kookooland, a Memoir, by Gloria Norris The One Book, One Manchester selection “… Written on the edge of a knife blade. Chilling, intensely moving and darkly funny. It cuts to the heart and soul of a troubled American family and announces a startlingly original voice.” Simon & Schuster

November 26: Nora Webster, by Colm Toibin Widowed in her forties, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. Now she fears she may be sucked back into it.  (Simon & Schuster)

December 31: Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott The story of four devoted sisters, loosely based on the life of the author. Follow the sisters from innocent adolescence to sage adulthood with all the joy and sorrow of life in between. Nominated as a best-loved novel by the Great American Read on PBS.

January 28: The Song of Achilles, a Novel, by Madeline Miller If your copy of the Illiad has been gathering dust since high school, this book is a different twist on an old story. Prince Patroclus is exiled to the court of King Peleus where he meets the King’s son, Achilles. The two boys become friends. As they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper. Told against the backdrop of the Trojan War.  (Good Reads)

February 25: The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, by Andrew G.  McCabe The mission of the FBI is to “…protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States. . .”   The Threat tells what the FBI is, how it works, and why it will endure as an institution of integrity that protects America.

March 31: Killers of the flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann After being squeezed off nearly 400 million acres in Kansas in the early nineteenth century, the Osage settled in what became Oklahoma. A provision that “oil, gas coal and other minerals” would be owned by the tribe made the Osage very rich. However, between 1920 and 1924   mysterious illnesses followed by shooting deaths went unsolved by local law enforcement.   The case finally was solved through the intervention of a nascent FBI.   (New York Times)

April 28: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones   Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are settling in to their life together when Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years in prison for a crime Celestial knows he did not commit. “A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African American couple.”      (Barack Obama)

May 26: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah Trevor Noah was born to a white Swiss father and a black African mother at a time when their union was a criminal act. Trevor was kept indoors during his earliest years to hide him from a government that could steal him away. A series of essays chronicles his and his mother’s lives through a damaged world in a dangerous time.   (Good Reads)

June 30: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith   Dreaming big dreams in the land of opportunity is at the heart of this coming of age story set in Brooklyn in the early 1900’s. The Nolans are an immigrant family making their uncertain way. Their struggles and triumphs come alive through Francie, the resourceful and determined daughter, as she grows into womanhood.

Everyone is welcome to join the book club, whether it is for the whole year or for one or two meetings. For more information please call the Information Desk at 624-6550 ext. 3320. See you at the book discussion!

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New and Updated Cloud Library

July 25th, 2019 · City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, News, Technology, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

The CloudLibrary app is getting a major update on July 31. There have been many improvements made to the app, including an updated interface. If you have version 4.0 or later, then you’ll see the changes next time you use the CloudLibrary app. Users with earlier versions, or if you’re using CloudLibrary on a Kindle Fire, will need to uninstall and re-install the new app to see changes.

If you’d like a tour of the changes coming to your CloudLibrary app, you can watch this video. Check out more resources on our Downloadables page.

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$5 Bag Book Sale – July 27th

July 22nd, 2019 · Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees

 There will be an inventory reduction $5 Bag Book Sale, with great bargains, on July 27th (Saturday), from 10 AM to 1 PM.  The sale will take place in the Winchell Room, on the lower level of Manchester City Library.

 Bring empty average grocery size bags (cloth or paper) and fill them up from the wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books, on the Winchell Room shelves. Take advantage of this great opportunity to re-stock your summer reading supply.  The fiction selection includes adult, large print, young adult and children books.

Please contact Eileen Reddy at or by telephone at 624-6550 ext. 3320 if you have any questions.

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Heat Advisory! Library Staying Open Later to Keep You Cool

July 19th, 2019 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

Due to the high temperature and humidity expected for Saturday, the Manchester City Library will remain open until 5:00 pm instead of 2:30 pm on Saturday, July 20th.

The National Weather Service is forecasting an extended period of continued hot temperatures and high humidity from mid-week through the weekend. Heat Advisories are likely during this period. These conditions may pose a health danger to the public, especially young children and elderly adults. Stay updated on local weather forecasts so you can plan activities safely when it’s hot outside. Check local media outlets for heat advisories and warnings issued by the National Weather Service.
The three municipal pools and the Splash Pad are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. Livingston Pool provides a zero-entryway, and Raco-Theodore Pool and Hunt Pool are each equipped with hydraulic lifts for pool access. For more information about handicapped accessibility please call 624-6444.

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Books about Books

July 19th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News

Ever wonder about the history of books or need tips to buying and selling used or rare books? Learn how one man’s love of books led a crime spree worth more than hundred thousand dollars or embark on a journey to discover if lost books are truly lost. Whatever you choose these reads will certainly be booktastic!

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