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Introduction to Microsoft Word 2010

March 16th, 2015 · City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter

thCome learn how to create a flyer, resume, or business letter! We will create and save a file; learn basic functions such as cut, copy, paste, and setting margins; and have fun with text features such as bold, italic, font size, and font color. Come join us for this relaxed, hands-on class. For more information or to register contact Amy H. at the information desk at 624-6550 ext. 319.

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Spring 2015 Movies

March 16th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies

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We are continuing our “Afternoon at the Movies” series this Spring!  Here is our Spring movie line up!
Divergent PG-13 140 min. March 18
Jumanji PG 105min. March 25
Finding Neverland PG 106 min. April 1
Ghostbusters PG 107 min. April 8
Godzilla (2014) PG-13 103 min. April 15
Field of Dreams PG 106 min. April 22
Philadelphia PG-13 119 min. April 29
That Darn Cat (1965) G 116 min. May 6
Singin’ in the Rain G 103 min. May 13
Words and Pictures PG-13 111 min. May 20
Cool Hand Luke PG 126 min. May 27
Midway PG 120 min. May 27th

All movies are closed captioned and begining promptly at 1:00 PM in the library Auditorium, 405 Pine St., Manchester, NH 03104
For questions or more information please call  Ruth at 624-6550 ext. 307.
See you at the movies!

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Friday Afternoon at the Movies

March 12th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies, West Branch

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Here is a list of Friday Afternoon movies that are being shown here at the main library until further notice.  All movies start at 3:00 PM and are shown in the library auditorium at the main branch.

March 13th Back to the Future PG 116 min.

March 20th Annie (2014) PG 118 min.

March 27th The Theory of Everything PG13 124 min.

April 3rd Into the Woods PG 120 min.

April 10th Dolphin Tale 2 PG 107 min.

April 17th The Hunger Games- Mocking Jay part 1 PG13 123 min.

April 24th Unbroken PG13 138 min.

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Use ReferenceUSA? Give AtoZdatabases a try!

March 6th, 2015 · City Library, Library Databases, Main Branch, News, Research Tip of the Week, Technology, Uncategorized


If you rely on ReferenceUSA for research, marketing or job searching, we invite you to take part in our month-long trial of AtoZdatabases. You don’t even need a library card. Simply log in with the following credentials.

Password: march

Let us know what you think! Your feedback will help us decide which of these two services to offer in the future.

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Our Spring Newsletter is hot off the press!

March 4th, 2015 · Book Group, Books, Children, City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Foundation, Local Author Series, Local History, Main Branch, Movies, Museum Passes, News, Newsletter, Technology, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

Spring Green

Keep up with what is going on at the library with the spring issue of MCL Notes.

The Spring issue of the Manchester City Library’s newsletter, “MCL Notes” is here! Catch up on what’s been happening at the libraries—there is plenty to read about! Get the scoop on the programs we have planned from now through May.  Let’s hope the spring weather arrives soon, too!

We welcome you to sign up to receive this quarterly newsletter by email.

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American History

March 3rd, 2015 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

It has often been stated that fact is stranger than fiction. Take a stroll down the American History section of the non-fiction section, located in the 973–979 (Dewey Decimal call number) neighborhood and see what adventures and drama you can find.

American History books (call number 973) are ordered chronologically by time period, including the period prior to this land becoming known as the United States. The following gives you a basic call number outline:

973.1   Early history to the year 1607

973.2   Colonial Period, 1607–1775

Creating towns and governments with different beliefs, after surviving the dangerous and often deadly journey from Europe. European countries fighting each other for control of the land and resources.

973.3   Periods of Revolution and Confederation, 1775–1789

The colonies fight Great Britain for their independence and work on forming a working government.

973.4   Constitutional Period, 1789–1809

The creation of our present government based on the Constitution, and its evolution over time. The growth in the land size of the United States, including the Louisiana Purchase.

973.5   1809–1845

This time period includes the presidencies of James Madison, Andrew Jackson, along with other Presidents of the United States. The British invade American soil during the War of 1812, including the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore.

973.6   1845–1861

The swift settlement of additional lands in the Western part of the nation and increasing debates about slavery. The rush for gold in California took place in this time period.

973.7   Administration of Abraham Lincoln, 1861–1865

States leaving the Union and creating their own government, which was one factor that ignited the American Civil War.

973.8   Reconstruction period, 1865–1901

Presidents during this period included Andrew Johnson, Ulysses Grant, two separate administrations of Grover Cleveland and the assassinated William McKinley. The territory governed by the United States grew as result of the 1898 Spanish – American War.

973.9    1901 – Today

Presidents during this time period include Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Roosevelt. The 1920’s were the period of Prohibition, while the 1930s were the times of the Great Depression.

The 974 to 979 call numbers break the states up into regions, and books on specific states are usually found in this neighborhood. The regions are:

974   New England and Middle Atlantic States

New Hampshire call number is 974.2

975  South Atlantic States

976    South Central United States

  • North Central United States
  • Western United States
  • Great Basin and Pacific Slope region of United States

Enjoy your journey along the time line of America. You just down now what fascinating story you come upon.

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Branch Update

February 26th, 2015 · Books, City Library, News, West Branch

Here is our latest update on the West Branch. Work continues at the branch to remove and inventory damaged materials, furnishings and equipment. The whole lower level needed extensive demolition. There are currently many fans and one giant dehumidifier running non-stop to dry the lower level. Once that has been completed we can start evaluating what needs to be done to move us forward. We need to replace all the shelving, furniture, flooring, most of the walls, the window, the doors, the electrical, repair the elevator and purchase new materials to name just a few items on the to-do-list. Currently there is still no water service to the building. Please continue to return items in the west book drop or to the main library!

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Tax Season Is Here. Here’s How to Find the Forms You Need

February 26th, 2015 · City Library, Main Branch


Tax Season Is Here.  Here’s How to Find the Forms You Need.

  • You can request forms from the IRS here or have them mail forms to you by calling 800-829-3676.
  • Instruction booklets for 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ available here.  A limited supply of 1040 instruction booklets is available.  Ask at the information desk, if interested.  A reference copy only of all instruction booklets is available at the library.
  • 1040 form tax tables are available here.
  • We will print for you, for free, one copy of any tax form, not including instructions. Additional copies of forms, and all instructions, are 20 cents per page.
  • All forms and booklets are available at
  • If you have any questions about what forms the library has, feel free to call us at 624-6550.

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Silent Film Schedule for Spring/Summer 2015

February 22nd, 2015 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies


Here is the list of silent films that will be screening in the library auditorium here at the Manchester City Library. All movies are shown to live music by Jeff Rapsis.

Hula (1927) Tuesday March 3rd at 6:00 PM
Starring Clara Bow and directed by Victor Fleming, a romance set among the early Western settlers of the the Hawaiian islands.

The Prisoner of Zenda (1922) Tuesday April 7th at 6:00 PM
When the king is drugged and abducted by his ambitious brother, a lookalike relative must take his place to keep the evil sibling off the throne. Early silent adaptation of the famed Anthony Hope novel.

Three’s a Crowd (1927) Tuesday May 5th at 6:00 PM
Starring Harry Langdon. In his directorial debut, Harry stars as a slum-dweller who invites a freezing woman, pregnant with another man’s child, into his home. Nursing mother and child back to health, he achieves his dream of having a family… or so he hopes.

Manslaughter (1922) Tuesday June 2nd at 6:00 PM
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille.  Big early Paramount melodrama about a wild, wealthy woman brought to heel by a sermonizing district attorney after she accidentally hits and kills a motorcycle cop.

Open All Night (1924) Tuesday August 4th at 6:00 PM
Starring Adolphe Menjou, Viola Dana, and Raymond Griffith. A comedy about gender roles with a strong cast. A couple with a dull marriage want different things from each other. When they meet a macho professional bicyclist and his girlfriend, the wife becomes attracted to the muscular, if not particularly bright, athlete and the husband finds himself drawn to the girlfriend.

Sadie Thompson (1928) Tuesday September 8th at 6:00 PM
Starring Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, Raoul Walsh. An intense drama of a ‘fallen woman’ who comes to an island in the South Seas to start a new life, but encounters a zealous missionary who wants to force her back to her former life in San Francisco. One of the best performances of Swanson’s career.

For more information contact Jeff Rapsis. This is a monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in a 1913 auditorium. Admission is free and donations are encouraged.

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Manchester City Library’s West Branch Update

February 20th, 2015 · City Library, West Branch


On Wednesday February 18th Library staff and City officials met with our insurance adjustors to begin the process of addressing the massive flood which impacted the branch the evening before. The branch’s lower level, where the majority of our collection is housed, was under 5 feet of water. Books, tables, desks, chairs were floating.

Clean up started on Thursday February 19th and it will take quite some time to complete as we have to remove over 17,000 water damaged library materials, all the furniture, computer equipment, wall board, carpeting, and flooring. The elevator needs repairs and all the electrical panels were submerged as were our networking equipment. Nor does the building currently have water service.

We were able to save approximately 3,000 books and audiobooks which have been moved over to the main library for inventory for insurance purposes.

This cleanup is going to take a significant amount of time and then we have to plan reconstruction. We cannot offer any time frame as to when we’ll have the building back up and running but library staff will keep you posted via this blog.

To all of you have offered your support, services and donations I personally wish to thank you. This has been a stressful time but we look forward to rebuilding your branch.

Denise M. van Zanten

Library Director


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