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A system upgrade – catalogs temporarily unavailable Thursday

November 28th, 2018 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Events, Main Branch, News, Technology, West Branch

On Thursday, November 29th, 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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Holiday Decorating with Jacques

November 26th, 2018 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – time for decking the halls with boughs of greenery! We are pleased to announce that we will once again be offering a holiday decorating program here at the library.  Join us as Nancy and Aimee from Jacques Flower Shop share some fun holiday decorating trends and techniques with us. Watch Nancy and Aimee make the holiday come alive with roping, wreaths, centerpieces and much, much more.  Plan to join us on Thursday, November 29th from 6-8:15 PM in the library auditorium!  Seats for this event fill up fast and registration is required.  Children 12 or under are welcome to attend with a parent.  For more information or to register please contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 3311.

See you decking the halls!

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Shop for books and help support your library!

November 24th, 2018 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Books, Children, City Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

Announcing a special Barnes & Noble Bookfair!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Barnes & Noble
1741 South Willow St.
Manchester, NH 03103

A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit the Manchester Bookmobile.

(Can’t make that date? Visit to support us online from 12/2/18 to 12/7/18 and enter Bookfair ID 12451001 at checkout.)

See you at the bookfair!

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 16th, 2018 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

Both branches of the Manchester City Library will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd in observance of Thanksgiving. We will re-open on Friday at our normal time of 9:30 a.m. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of you for your support throughout the year. The library staff wishes you and yours a peaceful and joyful holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.


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100th anniversary of the Armistice

November 11th, 2018 · City Library, Government Documents, Main Branch, NH Room, Uncategorized, West Branch

Today, November 11th, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, celebrated here in the United States as Veterans Day. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh month, in Compiègne, France,the Allied Powers and Germany signed the Armistice, marking the end of World War I, known then as The Great War.

parade photo from 1918, possibly Armistice Day

Copy photograph looking east up Lowell Street from Elm Street at a parade forming showing a large group of young men forming a long line with two to three abreast. The occasion is unknown but it is possibly Armistice Day. – photo credit: Manchester Historic Association.

Too much has been written on the war–its causes, the battles, the lives of the soldiers and civilians, and the reshaping of the world in its aftermath–to summarize here, so your best option is to check out the dozens of titles we have on World War I here in the library. When searching the catalog by subject, instead of searching for World War I, be sure to search for World War, 1914-1918.

We’re marking the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day with two displays in the library rotunda. One display honors all veterans, past and present. The second display focuses specifically on World War I and the Armistice. Read the newspaper headlines from 11/11/18 in The New York Times, as well as the more local papers, The Manchester Leader: ARMISTICE TERMS DISARM GERMANY, and the French language newspaper, L’Avenir National: VICTOIRE! You can also go beyond the headlines and read those newspapers in their entirety on microfilm in our NH Room.Armistice Day/WWI 100th anniversary display

The Manchester City Library is also a federal government document depository, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out all the government documents available on the subject as well.

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Important information during our renovation project.

November 9th, 2018 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees

To our Library Users,

Beginning on November 13th all visitors who need to utilize an accessible entrance to the library will need to go to the Amherst Street side of the building.  The double green doors will have a doorbell for those needing assistance to ring.  The door from our parking lot will be closed during construction for at least 4 months.

Parts of the library parking lot will be blocked off from time to time during the project so parking will be limited on site.  Children’s services began operations from their temporary location in the Winchell Room, lower level, on November 9th.

Thank you for your patience while we make these renovations to the Manchester City Library.  The project is scheduled for completion in late March of 2019.

This renovation project will assist the Manchester City Library with improving the quality of our services to meet the needs of our community.

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Closed for Veterans Day

November 8th, 2018 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

Both libraries will be closed on Monday, November 12th in observance of Veterans Day.  We will reopen on Tuesday at our normal times.  We wish you all a safe and happy holiday.  Thank you, veterans, for your bravery, dedication and service.

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Free Winter Movies

November 7th, 2018 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies, News, Teens

Our popular “afternoon at the movies” series continues on into winter. Here is our movie line up for the winter season!  In this series we will be featuring movies with ***Steve Martin.

***December 5th – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels PG, 110 min.
December 12th –  Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) G, 107 min.
December 19th –  Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War PG13, 149 min.
December 26th –  Cheetah G, 84 min.
***January 2nd –  Mixed Nuts PG13, 97 min.
January 9th –  That Was Then… This is Now R, 100 min.
January 16th –  Solo: A Star Wars Story PG13, 135 min.
January 30th –  102 Not Out (In Hindi with English Subtitles PG, 107 min
***February 6th –  Little Shop of Horrors PG13, 88 min.
February 13th –  Ocean’s 8 PG13, 110 min.
February 20th –  Overboard (2018) PG13, 112 min.
February 27th –  Destined to Ride G, 85 min.

All movies are in the library auditorium and start promptly at 1 PM. Closed captioning is available on request.  For more information please call Ruth at 624-6500 at Ext. 3307.

See you at the movies!

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Election Day – Where Do I vote?

November 2nd, 2018 · Children, City Library, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees

The Manchester City Library will be closed on Tuesday, November 6th, in observance of Election Day.  If you need to locate information regarding voter registration or for questions about where to vote in Tuesday’s municipal election here in Manchester please follow these links to the City of Manchester’s website.  If you have any questions regarding voting or sample ballots, please feel free to call the Information Desk at 624-6550 ext. 3320.

We will re-open on Wednesday at our normal times.

See you at the polls!

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We Dream

November 1st, 2018 · Books, Children, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees

“We Dream—it Is Good We Are Dreaming…” – Emily Dickinson

Float on upstairs to the display of these books and movies on dreams and dream interpretation.

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