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Library phone system is down temporarily (4/5)

April 5th, 2016 · City Library, Main Branch, News, Technology, Uncategorized

We apologize for the inconvenience, and we’re working to fix it. You can reach us at in the meantime.

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Spring Book Sale!

April 1st, 2016 · Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees


Just like the freshness of the new season, we have many, many new offerings at this Spring’ s $10 Bag Book Sale on April 9th.   The sale will take place from 10:00  AM to 1:00 PM in the Winchell Room on the lower level of Manchester City Library.

Bring empty average size grocery bags (cloth or paper) and choose from the over 10,000 materials available.  They are a mixture of donated materials and items being weeded from the library collection.  There are fiction and non-fiction books for all ages and interests, including large print books.  In addition, there are DVDs, audio CDs, music CDs, 33 1/3 long playing records and individually priced prints.  Special to this sale will be a large collection of older musical scores

Check it out, you just don’t know what special treasure you will find!

If there are any questions about the sale, Eileen Reddy can be contacted by e-mail at or by phone at 624-6550 ext. 320 (Information Desk).

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Vehicle registration just got easier

March 30th, 2016 · News, Teens, Trustees


Are you looking to buy or register a new vehicle soon?  It just got a lot easier for you!  The City of Manchester’s Tax Collector is very excited to announce a new motor vehicle online price estimator for renewals and newly acquired vehicles including plate transfers.

This 24 hour service provides convenience to residents for multiple reasons:

1.   Easy accessibility

2.  Comparative analysis when deciding among multiple vehicles which is the best personal/family and financial fit for purchase or lease

3.  Personal finance budgeting

4.  Reduces waiting period (less than 24 hours) for a response from our office

5.  Reduces multiple trips to our office for an estimate and for actual registration

Here’s the link.  Please bookmark it and feel free to pass this news to your neighbors, friends and family!  Coming soon, it will be an addition to the City’s Mobile APP.  Here’s the link to the City’s vehicle registration website for motor vehicle registration. Should you have further questions or problems you can contact the Tax Collector here.


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Shakespeare’s First Folio

March 28th, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees

This spring something very special is happening all around southern New Hampshire! The Currier Museum of Art will be offering a very special exhibit featuring William Shakespeare’s First Folio. The Folio is the book that saved many of William Shakespeare’s greatest plays from being lost forever. One of those precious copies of the Folio will be on view at the Currier from April 9th to May 1st in the free exhibition, First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.
Here at the library, we have a wonderful collection of books and
movies relating to Shakespeare available for you to enjoy. We are also offering several special events to mark this important literary event. They are:

A screening of Forbidden Planet on Saturday, April 2nd at 11:00 AM. Forbidden Planet is a film adaptation of Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest”.

A screening of Hamlet starring Mel Gibson on Wednesday, April 6th at 1:00 PM.

“Much Ado” About Coloring on Tuesday, April 19th at 11:00 AM in theWinchell Room. A Shakespeare and Renaissance themed coloring event.
“Much Ado” Messy Art on Wednesday, April 27th at 3:00 PM in the
Winchell Room. This Shakespeare theme program is for children in grades 1-5. Registration is required. Contact the Children’s room at 624-6550 ext. 328 for more information.
We hope that you will join us as we bring William Shakespeare alive in southern New Hampshire this spring!


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From Page to Screen

March 23rd, 2016 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Movies, Teens, Trustees


Have you ever noticed how many great movies or TV shows there are that, when you read the small print, say they are based on a book? Some are well-known, based on classic pieces of literature, like the upcoming Johnny Depp version of “Alice Through the Looking Glass” based on Lewis Carroll’s Through the looking glass, or Disney’s “The BFG” based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl.

But sometimes the book isn’t as well-known, like “The Magicians,” the Syfy series based on the novel of the same name by Lev Grossman or “A Hologram for the King,” starring Tom Hanks, based on the book by Dave Eggers. Or the powers that be change the name for the movie – like they did with the film currently in theaters “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” which is based on the book The Taliban shuffle by Kim Barker.

For more examples of shows and movies that either have come out, or will be coming out, in 2016, check out the new display area near the start of the fiction collection. Remember that all items in our displays can be checked out – even the locked cases on the first and second floors. You can keep tabs on the various topics by clicking the “On Display @ the Library” link in our catalog. For help in finding the display you are interested in, just ask at one of the public service desks. And keep checking back, as we will be adding new displays around the building on a regular basis.

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The World of Cats

March 19th, 2016 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, NH Room, Teens, Trustees

I will admit it, I am a cat person. I find that cats are very self-sufficient and entertaining with their various antics. Each cat has their own unique personality. It is amazing all the different colors and sizes that cats come in. Check the books that we have on cats, mostly in the 636.8 area of the non-fiction section. These books will tell you the different type of cats, how to take care of them; along with some of their adventures. There are also stories about the effect cats can have on some peoples’ lives and personalities. Books include:

The Complete Cat Breed Book

Housecat: How to keep your indoor cat sane and sound

Living with a rescued cat

Becker, Marty. Your cat: the owner’s manual

You can find more books about cats on display in the library rotunda.

Some libraries have their own library cat, to help staff with their various duties and greet patrons. The website show lists of past and present library cats by state and by country. Did you check out the state of New Hampshire?

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An invitation to our West Branch Library Open House

March 18th, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch



Join us for the unveiling of the newly renovated Branch on April 15th from 3:00-6:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served. Please call Mary Gallant at 624-6550 est. 311 for reservations. We are very excited about our new West Branch Library and we hope to see you there!

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Free Introduction to MS Word 2010

March 15th, 2016 · City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Main Branch, News

Free Introduction to MS Word 2010

Tuesday March 29th, 2016

2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Winchell Room

Come learn how to create a flyer, resume, or form letter! We will create and save a file, learn basic functions such as cut, copy, paste, tabbing 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.

Sign up now by calling the Library at 624-6550. Seating is limited.

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New Fiction Coming Soon

March 12th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Foundation, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees


Place your holds now for these upcoming titles!

Waters of Eternal Youth, by Donna Leon
At the Edge of the Orchard, by Tracy Chevalier
The Steel Kiss, by Jeffery Deaver
Clawback, by Judith A. Jance
The Obsession, by Nora Roberts
Most Wanted, by Lisa Scottoline
Maestro, by R.A. Salvatore
Miller’s Valley, by Anna Quindlen
Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn, by Ace Atkins
Night Shift, by Charlaine Harris
The Apartment, by Danielle Steel
Hide Away, by Iris Johansen
Extreme Prey, by John Sandford
The Last Mile, by David Baldacci
15th Affair, by James Patterson

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March 9th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees


Hosting a cocktail hour for the boss?

Drinking coffee and tea throughout the day?

Cheering on your team with friends and some beers?

Mixing smoothies and shakes for your healthy lifestyle?

You’ll find plenty of books filled with recipe ideas here at the library!

During the month of March the library will be displaying a variety of books filled with great drink recipes, home brewing ideas, photos of special glassware to use, and other helpful information.

Take the opportunity to add a refreshing new drink idea to a family favorite dinner when you “check out” a book from the display located in the Adult Fiction Area.

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