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March Madness adult coloring party

March 6th, 2016 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter

marchmadnesscoloringparty Drop in, sit down, and relax with some quiet time and experience the benefits of coloring therapy. Studies show that coloring can be calming and have an almost zen like effect on the adult mind, encouraging relaxation and promoting overall wellness. The library will provide coloring pages from books designed especially for adults, as well as colored pencils, markers, and crayons. If you prefer, you can bring your own coloring materials to use and enjoy the company.  Join us on March 21st at 6 PM in the Winchell room for some coloring fun! Sign up is requested, please! For more information or to sign up call the library or contact Yvonne at 624-6550 ext. 320.

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“Coffee House for a Good Cause”

March 3rd, 2016 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees


On Saturday, March 19th at 5 pm the Manchester City Library Foundation will be teaming up with Hope Worldwide ’s Granite State Chapter for “Coffee House for a Good Cause” fundraiser. The event will include live music and light fare. The event will be held at the Woodlands Country Club, 3024 Countryside Blvd., Manchester, NH. All proceeds from the event will be used to help the libraries expand our children’s foreign language collection to help assist our newest young residents acclimate to their new community. A $20 minimum donation will be collected at the door and checks can be made out to the Manchester City Library Foundation. Please RSVP to April Bigelow at by March 12, 2016 to assist with a head count. On behalf of the Library Foundation we hope you can attend this worthy event!

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Spring Afternoons at the Movies

March 1st, 2016 · Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch, Movies, News, Newsletter, NH Room, Teens, Trustees


We are continuing our popular “Afternoon at the Movies” series this Spring!  Here is our Spring movie line up featuring movies shown on Wednesdays and Fridays! As an added bonus, there are two special Saturday showings on April 2nd and May 21st at 11 AM.

Wednesdays at 1:00 PM
March 2 – Ricki and the Flash (PG-13, 101 min.)
March 9 – Pitch Perfect (PG-13, 112 min.)
March 16 – The Wiz (1978, G, 133 min.)
March 23 – Inside Out (PG, 95 min.)
March 30 – Jurassic World (PG-13, 124 min.)
Saturday April 2nd at 11 AM Forbidden Planet
April 6 – Hamlet (1990) (PG, 135 min.)
April 13 – Terminator Genisys (PG-13, 119 min.)
April 20 – An Inconvenient Truth (PG, 94 min.)
April 27 – Minions (PG, 91 min.)
May 4 – On the Waterfront (NR, 108 min.)
May 11 – Rocky (PG, 119 min.)
May 18 – Ant Man (PG-13, 117 min.)
Saturday, May 21 at 11:00 AM – Taking Chance (TV-PG, 78 min.)
May 25 – Batkid Begins (PG, 87 min.)
Fridays at 3:00 PM
March 4 – Bridge of Spies (PG-13, 141 minutes)
March 11 – Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG, 89 minutes)
March 18 – Darby O’Gill and the Little People (G, 91 minutes)
March 25 – Freeheld (PG-13, 103 minutes)
April 1 – Spare Parts (PG-13, 83 minutes)
April 8 – Max (PG, 111 minutes)
April 15 – Father of the Bride (1950) (NR, 94 minutes)
April 22 – Ant Man (PG-13, 117 minutes)
April 29 – Goosebumps (PG, 103 minutes)
May 6 – 5 Flights Up (PG-13, 93 minutes)
May 13 – Pan (PG, 111 minutes)
May 20 – Minions (PG, 91 minutes)
May 27 – Inside Out (PG, 95 minutes)

All movies are closed captioned and beginning promptly at 1:00 PM on Wednesdays and 3:00 PM on Fridays in the library Auditorium, 405 Pine St., Manchester, NH 03104. For questions or more information please call the library 624-6550 ext 320.
See you at the movies!

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Microfilm – a Time Machine

February 29th, 2016 · City Library, Foundation, Grades 6-12, Library Databases, Local History, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Research Tip of the Week, Teens, Trustees

Newspapers, for so many years, have recorded what’s happened on the local and national fronts, just like a daily diary of life events. With microfilm, we can easily go back in time and see what the local neighborhood, or the world, was like on a given date—your birthday, for instance—from articles, drawings and photographs.

It’s interesting to read what daily life consisted of during the various eras of history. I read about a time in the early 1900s where people sat on a board, attached like a swing to a tethered hot air balloon, and were able to take in an overhead view of Lake Massabesic.

The Manchester City Library has quite a collection of microfilm. Some of it is kept on the main floor, and some in the New Hampshire Room.

On the main floor we have the Union Leader going back to 1863. It is really neat to explore local history as it happened. There is no index for the Union Leader prior to 1989, however, so you need to know what you’re looking for. We do have an on-line subscription database called NewsBank which provides an index for the Union Leader from 1989 to the present.

Also on the main floor are The New York Times and Boston Globe (1988-early 2013). With The New York Times, you can follow the events from fifty years ago (the 1960s) or a hundred years ago (World War I, or as it was called then, the Great War), as they happened day by day.

You can print an 8 ½” x 14” copy for $0.25, though you won’t be able to fit the entire front page on a single sheet of paper.

To get a better image, and for additional newspapers, visit our New Hampshire Room. Thanks to a donation from the Manchester City Library Foundation, we now have a digital microfilm reader and printer. Old film that has seen better days comes to life on this machine! You can even save an article as a PDF, or an image as a JPEG file, then e-mail it to yourself.

Newspapers kept in on microfilm in the New Hampshire Room include:

  • L’Avenir National (Oct. 1896-Dec. 1926), in French
  • Manchester Mirror and Farmer (1867-1917)

Several titles with shorter time spans during the 1800s and 1900s, such as:

  • The Granite Farmer
  • The Gleaner
  • Amoskeag Representative
  • American & Messenger
  • The Emerald
  • Manchester Weekly Budget
  • New Hampshire Farmer & Weekly Union, to name a few.

To view microfilm located in the New Hampshire Room, please check the schedule of open hours, or schedule an appointment. Note the New Hampshire Room’s hours, listed in gray, which are different from those of the rest of the library.

If you have questions, please call 624-6550 ext. 320 (Information Desk), or contact us via e-mail.

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You say it’s your birthday?

February 26th, 2016 · Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Trustees


Happy birthday to you!

It’s Dr. Seuss’ birthday and we are having a party to celebrate!  We will listen to our favorite Dr. Seuss stories, play some silly games and make a fun craft.  And of course, there will be some birthday cake.  The celebration takes place on Saturday, March 5th at 11 am in the Winchell Room. This program is perfect for children ages 2-5 years old.  Registration is required, please.  For more information, please call 624-6550 at ext. 328.

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MCL Notes Spring 2016

February 24th, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, Main Branch, Movies, News, Newsletter, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

Spring Green

The spring edition of MCL Notes is now available!  Find out what’s new at the Manchester libraries, and see what we have happening as the weather gets nicer…

For your convenience, you can also sign up to receive this quarterly newsletter by email.

MCL Notes – Spring 2016

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Proud Manchester!

February 23rd, 2016 · Children, City Library, Local History, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Technology, Teens, Trustees, West Branch



“Manchester is not just a 19th-century industrial city, it’s the 19th-century industrial city, the ultimate expression of the New England establishment’s vision for reconciling the ideals of the American Revolution with the realities of the Industrial one.”

Here’s an wonderful article about Manchester which you might be interested in reading. Rock on, Manchester!

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A Minion Party!

February 20th, 2016 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch

minions.jpgThe Minions are back! We invite you to our minion party! Come in and take over the library and the world! Not only do they love bananas but they also love their library!

There will be minion activities and refreshments on hand to entertain you.  The best part is that you will make your very own minion pal to take home and command.  This ‘despicable’ minion  party is being held on Monday, February 22nd, at 2 PM and is perfect for little minions in grades K-5.   Space is limited, so registration is required.  For more information, please contact the library’s Children’s Department at 624-6550 ext. 328.

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Winterfest 2016

February 19th, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch


Winterfest is almost here! This year Winterfest is from February 21-27th and we are participating in this fun city wide festival.
Here is the schedule for this year’s Winterfest. We also have copies of the schedule available in the children’s room if your youngster didn’t get one at school. You can also check the City of Manchester’s website for a listing of events.
See you at Winterfest.

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Woof! Woof! Woof!

February 17th, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Books, Children, City Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees

Picture1Reading Education Assistance for Dogs have been visiting the Manchester City Library in order to encourage and support reading. We currently are visited by two very special pooches, Cody and Hazel. They will meet you in a corner of the children’s room and they love to listen to anyone read to them.   They also like to just be friendly and enjoy good company.  If you or a family member would like to meet and read to either of these friendly pups, you can bring your favorite book along or choose one of ours. So come on in and make a new four legged friend and have a barking great time! All reading levels are welcome, especially beginners or the shy. Call 624-6550 ext 328 for their visiting schedules and to reserve your time slot today.

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