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Brown Bag Book Club rescheduled!

January 25th, 2017 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News


Brown Bag Book Club update!
Our Brown Bag Book Club gathering for January 31st has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 7th at 12:15. The Book Club will be discussing The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel By Dominic Smith. This is a novel described as straddling the line between contemporary and historical fiction. Based on the forgery of a 17th century painting, which turns up forty years later to haunt the forger, who is now an established art historian.
Bring your own lunch – dessert is on us! For more information please contact the Information Desk at 624-6560.







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A Pleasant Surprise!

January 25th, 2017 · City Library, Main Branch, News


While tearing up the old carpeting in the Microfilm Reading Room workers made a very pleasant discovery.  After the old carpet was removed and then a layer of battleship linoleum gone, workers discovered that the original marble flooring was still there, hidden away for ages and waiting to be enjoyed again. As you can imagine, the library staff was very pleased with this discovery and the marble flooring is going to be cleaned, restored and brought back to its original glory for all of you to enjoy when you visit the library. All of the restoration projects are proceeding well and we will keep posting more updates for you as the work progresses.

Thank you again for your patience as we work to preserve and renovate your library.






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Renovation Update

January 23rd, 2017 · Children, City Library, Events, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

Here are some recent renovation photos for you. Our ongoing library renovation projects are going along wonderfully. Just look at the lovely new carpet and newly tiled rotunda floor! It appears that the upstairs Music Room is next up for carpeting now.  This is so exciting!

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Winter Tale Puppet Show

January 23rd, 2017 · Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Children, City Library, Events, West Branch


Brr…it’s cold and snowy outside.  Come in where it is warm, enjoy a puppet show.  You will make your own puppet and enjoy the refreshments that will be served.  This program is great for children ages 2-5 years.  Plan to join us on January 26th in the Meeting room of the West Manchester Branch Library. Registration is required so to register or for more information please call the library at 624-6560.

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Branch open this Saturday (1/21/17)

January 19th, 2017 · Books, Children, City Library, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


Our West Branch library will be open this Saturday, January 21 2017, from 9:30-2:30! Stop on by for a DVD or that new book you’ve been wanting to read.



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Renovation updates

January 17th, 2017 · City Library, Main Branch

Our library renovations are underway!
The majority of the library furniture on the main floor has been removed, electronics packed up and put away, tables and chairs and many of the book cases and their book collections stored in the hallways and aisles. The old tiles in the library rotunda have been removed and the floor is being prepped for the new tiles to be put down. Old carpeting is being torn up and the ‘surprise’ cork flooring underneath chiseled away. The electricians are here and they are replacing our ancient electrical panels with new top of the line ones. As you can imagine, some projects unearth the necessity for unexpected work needed.
The library staff is excited about the prospect of all these updates and are gallantly working behind the scenes.  Such work consists of  completing large projects necessary to keep the library collections organized and accessible. One such project is the digitization of historic photographs found in the New Hampshire Room. We are working with the Manchester Historic Association to make these materials accessible and to preserve them for future generations.
We are blessed to be able to work in this gorgeous and historic library building and we want to thank you, our patrons and public, for your patience as we work to keep this building in tip top shape for you and for future generations of Manchester and New Hampshire residents.

Lastly, the West Manchester Branch Library has extended hours during these renovations.  Please see our previous post regarding the hours of service or call us at 624-6560.  Stop by the Branch to visit and if you need assistance we are here to help.

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Library Renovations Means Special Operating Hours

January 14th, 2017 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

As we enter the winter months the Carpenter Memorial Library will be undergoing a face lift! We will be replacing the flooring on the first and second floors of the building to blend with our existing original marble flooring to preserve this historic gem! During the renovations the main building at 405 Pine Street will be closed to the public from January 17th to January 28th, but our West Manchester Branch will be open extended hours to maintain library services. You will be able to pick up your holds, attend
programs, use the Wi-Fi, and access the Internet at the branch while we work on updating the main library building.
Temporary Branch Hours for January 16th to January 28th:
Monday, January 16th–Closed for Martin Luther King Day
Tuesday, January 17th–9:30 AM to 8:30 PM
Wednesday, January 18th–9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Thursday, January 19th–9:30 AM to 8:30 PM
Friday, January 20th–9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Saturday, January 21st–9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Monday, January 23rd–9:30 AM to 8:30 PM
Tuesday, January 24th–9:30 AM to 8:30 PM
Wednesday, January 25th–9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Thursday, January 26th–9:30 AM to 8:30 PM
Friday, January 27th–9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Saturday, January 28th–9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
The main Library will reopen for normal hours on January 30th, 2017. Please watch this library blog for more details about the project. We thank you for your patience as we undertake this large project to
enhance the Carpenter Memorial Building.



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Nook Periodicals through OverDrive to be discontinued

January 12th, 2017 · City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, West Branch

To our OverDrive users who enjoy digital magazines, Nook Periodicals will be discontinued this winter. Barnes & Noble, the company providing the digital magazines, is no longer partnering with OverDrive, our eBook and audiobook vendor. About half of the titles will expire in early January and the rest of the titles will expire in March. Your Nook eReader should continue to work as it always has with eBooks and audiobooks.


For other options accessing digital magazine content, speak with a librarian at the information desk, call 624-6550 x3319, or e-mail

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Books, Movies, and More…Oh My!

January 9th, 2017 · Audiobooks, Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

With the holiday season just behind us, many of you might have received tablets, e-readers, or smartphones as gifts from loved ones.  Maybe you spent time cozying up on your couch with them, watching movies together, or hid in your room under the covers with a nice print book.  Despite which form of entertainment you prefer, we’re here to tell you that we’ve got them all…for free.

But wait…you say you don’t like waiting for the latest material out there since we only have a couple of copies?  Then we have good news for you!  There are 13 libraries in the surrounding area who may also own copies of what you want, and they’re willing to share those materials with you.  These libraries belong to what we call the GMILCS Consortium, and include Amherst, Bedford, Danforth (New England College), Derry, Goffstown, Hooksett, Kelley (Salem), Manchester City, Manchester West, Merrimack, Nesmith (Windham), Teti (New Hampshire Institute of Art), and Wadleigh (Milford).

While the circulation policies of these libraries may vary, due to the Common Borrower  program, you are free to borrow materials from all of them, either by visiting any participating location with your active Manchester City Library card, or by asking your Information Staff to request that certain materials to be shipped over to your home library for you.

Don’t forget that one of the benefits of your library being in GMILCS is that you have access to many downloadable e-books, right in the comfort of your home through two digital book services:  New Hampshire Overdrive and the Cloud Library.  To use, simply download the free apps from your app store to your tablet, smartphone, or computer, log in with your library card number, then browse for books and audiobooks.  When you find what you want, click to download, or place a request if the item is out, and you’ll be notified when the item is ready for you.  Do you know what the best part about downloadable books is?  They are automatically returned for you after your lending period, which means, no fines!

So what are you waiting for?  Start browsing our catalogs, and see all that’s awaiting you courtesy of the cooperating libraries of the GMILCS consortium.

Please note that certain restrictions may apply.  The common borrower program excludes museum passes and registration for children’s events.  Likewise, all interlibrary loan requests for items outside the consortium must be made from your home library.  Requested items may take anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks to arrive, depending on the status of the item, delivery schedule, and participating library hours.

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Happy New Year!

December 30th, 2016 · Children, City Library, Events, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

The Manchester City Library will be closing on Saturday, December 31st through Monday, January 1st. New Year’s Eve and remain closed over the holiday weekend. We will reopen on Tuesday at our normal times and hope to see you then!

We wish you all a safe and happy New Year!picture1

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