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The Moon and Her Melodies

April 18th, 2017 · Art Room, Books, City Library, Main Branch


One of my fondest childhood memories is of being outside at night star gazing with my grandfather.  We were sitting on the back porch and the night sky was showing off all of her spectacular summer stars.  I had just learned the story of the Milky Way and some of the myths of the summer constellations.  Grampy pointed to the bright summer moon and said, “Can you see the moon rabbit?”  Of course THAT got my attention and yes, for the first time I noticed that there was, indeed, a rabbit in the moon.


Our beautiful moon has inspired mankind for thousands of years. Can you imagine a world without the song ‘Moon River’ or Vincent van Gogh’s painting ‘Starry Night’?  I can’t.

I recently visited the Peabody Essex Museum and saw their exhibit Lunar Attraction, which is what has started all this talk about the moon in the first place.  On the drive home I wondered if I could create a small display featuring prints and artwork of the moon from the art collection of the Manchester City Library.  Well, when I got started I can tell you that putting together the display was both easy and difficult.  It was easy to find beautiful Japanese prints, and paintings of the moon painted by some of the great masters.  What was difficult was trying to decide what to include and what to pass by.

Vincent van Gogh painted his Starry Night the way he did, with those funny ripples around his moon and stars, because he believed that the moon, the stars and planets make music as they move through space. I’m not sure if he was right, but I do know that the spell of the moon and her “music” has inspired me to seek out some of the art that she has inspired and to share a little bit of it with you.


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April is Jazz Appreciation Month

April 15th, 2017 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

Jazz: a blend of African, Caribbean and European music traditions and performing styles, with an emphasis on improvisation, born in New Orleans in the early decades of the 20th century by predominantly African American artists. Since then, it has branched in so many different directions, and been performed by such a diverse group of musicians, that’s can be difficult to arrive at an exact definition. No matter. We can still enjoy it!

This April, the birth month of so many jazz greats, like Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Billy Holiday, Charles Mingus and Herbie Hancock, the National Museum of American History invites you to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. Every year since 2002 the Smithsonian has been celebrating this distinctly American art form. This year’s spotlight is on “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald. Ms. Fitzgerald entertained audiences for over half a century, winning 13 Grammy awards and selling over 40 million albums.

The library’s Art & Music room has a great collection of jazz recordings, histories, songbooks and biographies. We’ve put some on display in the rotunda on the main floor. We hope you give them a try, and come back for more.

Do you have a favorite jazz artist, song or album?





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Manchester City Library $10 Bag Book Sale

April 12th, 2017 · Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees

Manchester City Library will hold a $10 Bag Book Sale on April 15th, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the library’s Winchell Room, on the lower level.  Just bring empty average size grocery bags (cloth or paper) to fill with the over 10,000 items available.  You pay just $10 per average bag, as you leave the sales area.

There is a very large selection of materials available for all ages and interests, including fiction and non-fiction.  We have children books, large print books, lots of paperback and hardcover fiction, history, biography, art, literature, social science, crafts, cook books, religion and so many more subjects.  This sale will also have CD audiobooks, DVDs, musical CDs and musical scores.

All proceeds go to programs and projects at the Manchester City Library.

Check it out; you never know what special treasures you will find.

If there are questions, please contact Eileen Reddy at or by phone at 624-6550.

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Closing early (April 12@3:30) for the MCL Foundation Fundraiser

April 12th, 2017 · City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch

The Main branch will be closing at 3:30 today, April 12th, in order to prepare for this evening’s Wine Toss.

Join the Manchester City Library Foundation for the 2nd semi-annual Wine Toss with beer and spirits too on Wednesday, April 12th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Carpenter Memorial Library’s newly renovated Rotunda at the Manchester City Library at 404 Pine Street, Manchester, NH! We’ll be tossing rings to hook a bottle to raise funds to help us renovate the main library’s children’s room in the near future.

Participation is simple! You will be able to purchase your rings once you arrive at the event. Once purchased, you will toss the rings at the bottles of wine set up across from you. If your ring lands on the neck of the bottle, it’s yours to keep! There will be reds, whites, and bubblies to compete for. You must, of course, be 21 or over to participate. Rings will be 3 for $10 or 7 for $20. Please note this event is cash or check only!

Light refreshments will be served while you cheer on your friends as they compete in the Wine Toss!

Thank you to our sponsors: Charter Trust, Ledyard Financial, Patch, Fitzgerald + Ward, Devine Millimet, St. Mary’s Bank, Insured Workers Pharmacy, and MacWilliam Financial!

The Foundation is actively seeking sponsorships for the event as well. If you are interested in being a sponsor for the event please contact the library and please RSVP to Mary Gallant at 624-6550 X3311 so we have a head count!


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Libraries Transform! National Library Week 2017

April 11th, 2017 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Main Branch, National Library Week, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch




An official proclamation.





Mayor Ted Gatsas with Deputy Director Dee Santoso




Libraries Transform!

It’s official!  This week is “National Library Week” in Manchester!  Today Mayor Ted Gatsas visited the library and issued a proclamation making it so.  Every year there is a different theme for National Library Week, and this year the theme is “Libraries Transform”.

Libraries all across the country have been working hard to stay relevant in today’s rapidly changing environment and the Manchester City Library is no exception to that trend.  Not only have we transformed and renovated the physical buildings of both the Main Branch and the West Branch libraries, we are also constantly working to provide you, our public, with access to new services, new technology, online resources, and that new bestseller  or Blu-Ray DVD you’re looking for.

This week let this encourage you to visit the library at one or more of our locations: the Carpenter Memorial Library Building on Pine Street, the West Manchester Branch Library at 76 Main Street on the West Side, or our online branch library on the Internet.

Tuesday April 11th – National Library Workers Day (We get to wear jeans.)

Wednesday April 12th – Manchester City Library Foundation Wine Toss, Beer and Spirits Fundraiser (contact Mary G. at 624-6550 to RSVP)

Friday April 14th – Patron Appreciation Day (Stop by for a snack and say hello.)

Saturday April 15th – The Spring 10$ a Bag Library Book Sale (The line forms early!)

We are glad to have you along with us for the ride, working together, as libraries transform.

See you at the library!


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Tax Time Draws Near, but Not as Near as You Might Think

April 11th, 2017 · City Library, Main Branch, News, West Branch

Tax Day is Tuesday April 18,  2017.  Per the IRS Website:

April 18 Filing Deadline – The filing deadline to submit 2016 tax returns is Tuesday, April 18, 2017, rather than the traditional April 15 date. In 2017, April 15 falls on a Saturday, and this would usually move the filing deadline to the following Monday — April 17. However, Emancipation Day — a legal holiday in the District of Columbia — will be observed on that Monday, which pushes the nation’s filing deadline to Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Under the tax law, legal holidays in the District of Columbia affect the filing deadline across the nation.

Here is the IRS page for Information on Extension of Time to File Your Tax Return

Get Tax Forms and Publications right from our website

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Have a Laugh on Us!

April 6th, 2017 · Books, Children, City Library, E-Books, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

The month of April typically brings to mind happy thoughts about flowers, rain, gardening, and Easter.  But it can also be a stressful time for many due to tax season.  Why do we mention that dreadful thing known as taxes?…because they’re due in April, which happens to be National Stress Awareness month.   Current events have been attributed to increased stress levels for many, even driving some to withdraw from social media.  Friends have parted ways, and family members haven’t been on speaking terms at the dinner table.  We have just the remedy for this precarious situation: humor!

April also happens to be National Humor Month.  Have you heard the saying that laughter is the best medicine?  It’s true!  Studies have shown that laughter and humor can alleviate stress levels, decrease stress hormones, increase immune system defenses, and increase pain tolerance (Mayo Clinic Health Letter, July 2015).

So, this month, come in and enjoy some of the books on display about this topic, as well as how to alleviate stress.  Live a little, and lighten up!


Texts From Mittens (818.5402 BAI) by Bailey, Angie

Laughter Really is the Best Medicine (818.6 LAU) by Readers’ Digest Association

Furiously Happy:  A Funny Book About Horrible Things   (B Lawson, J.) by Lawson, Jenny

Dad is Fat  (814.6 GAF) by Gaffigan, Jim

Food: a Love Story  (814.6 GAF) by Gaffigan, Jim

Dog Shaming  (636.7 LEM) by Lemire, Pascale

Ultimate Signspotting   (910.2 LAN) by Lansky, Doug

Me Talk Pretty One Day  (814.54 SED) by Sedaris, David

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers   (616.98 SAP) by Sapolsky, Robert M.

Seeking Serenity  (155.9042 ENA) by Enayati, Amanda

Success Under Stress  (158.72 MEL) by Melnick, Sharon

One Nation Under Stress  (155.9042 BEC) by Becker, Dana

Good Stress, Bad Stress  (155.9042 LEN) by Lenson, Barry

The Superstress Solution  (616.98 LEE) by Lee, Roberta


Children’s Books

Greatest Goofiest Jokes   (J 793.7 PIE) by Pierce, Terry

Super Goofy Jokes   (J 793.7 HOR) by Horsfall, Jacqueline

Ha! Ha! Ha!: over 350 very funny jokes  (J 793.73 ARC) by Archbold, Tim



The Coloring Book:  a comedian solves race relations in America    (SR 818.6 QUI) by Quinn, Colin

Stress Relief: relax the body, calm the mind, restore balance, resolve difficult situations

(SR 155.9042 ROS 1 disc) by Rossman, Martin L.



Stress: Portrait of a Killer              (DVD 155.9042 STR)

Yoga for Stress Relief                     (DVD 613.7046 YOG)



Born a Crime      (Cloud Library) by Noah, Trevor

The Everything Kids’ Knock Knock book jokes guaranteed to leave your friends in stitches            (Overdrive) by Weintraub, Aileen


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The Wright Brothers – Book Discussion

April 4th, 2017 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

For April, our fabulous Thursday evening book group with be discussing ‘Wright Brothers’ by David McCullough.  McCullough gives us a narrative featuring the human sides of Wilbur and Orville Wright, their work discovering flight, and the little-known contributions of their sister Katherine.  Join us on Thursday evening, April 13th as we uncover some hidden secrets and little known facts about America’s two most famous brothers, Wilbur and Orville. All are welcome! For more information or to locate a copy of this book please contact the Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 3320.

See you at the book discussion!

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Free digital magazines! Introducing Zinio

April 1st, 2017 · City Library, E-Books, Library Databases, Main Branch, News, Technology, Uncategorized, West Branch

Complete digital copies of your favorite magazines, available to download for free with no holds, no checkout periods and no limit to the number of magazines you can download!

The service is provided by Zinio, the world’s largest online magazine subscription service. Using your library card and smartphone, tablet or personal computer, you can gain access to popular magazines like Cosmopolitan, HGTV Magazine, Men’s Health, Taste of Home and many more. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and, unlike print magazines, digital magazines don’t need to be returned.

Service begins Saturday, April 1. No fooling. Sign up for an account, give it a try & let us know what you think!

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Spring Celebration

March 31st, 2017 · Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch


Let’s celebrate the arrival of Spring with a celebration.  We will read spring stories, make a simple craft and go on a small egg hunt on the library lawn.  Children ages 2-7 years old are invited to this celebration and registration is recommended.  Join us on Saturday, April 8th, at 11 AM.  For more information, please call 624-6550 ext. 3328.

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