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Ladybug Girl & Bumblebee Boy Party!

July 11th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Summer Reading Program

Do you like bugs? What is your superhero power? Listen to Ladybug Girl stories
to find out what superhero bug you are. Crafts, games and refreshments will also be provided. This program is great for children from ages 2 to 5. Join us on Thursday, July 16th, at 10:00 AM for a buggin’ good time! Registration is required. To register please call the children’s room at 624-6550 Ext. 328.

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That All Men and Women Are Created Equal…

July 8th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Main Branch

Seneca Falls, New York, was a small town with a population of less than 5,000 when, in July of 1848, it was thrust into the national spotlight by hosting the first ever Women’s Rights Convention. Organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha Wright, Mary Ann McClintock and Jane Hunt, the convention drew a crowd of approximately 300 people, men and women, and changed the course of history.

Swayed by such influential speakers as Frederick Douglass and Elizabeth Cady Stanton herself, the attendees voted to accept eleven resolutions, drafted by Stanton, calling for women’s equality in all matters, including the right to vote. One hundred signed the Seneca Falls Declaration, although some later removed their names due to intense criticism.

The Seneca Falls Convention was followed by another in Rochester, New York, two weeks later, and in 1850, what became an annual National Women’s Rights Convention was held in Worcester, Massachusetts.

As the decades passed, women gained more and more rights under the law, thanks to the tireless efforts of women like Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth, yet not the right to vote.

It wasn’t until 1920 that the 19th Amendment was ratified, providing full voting rights to women. By this time, out of the 68 women who had signed the Declaration of Sentiments in 1848, only one was still alive. Charlotte Woodward had been a 19-year-old seamstress when she went to Seneca Falls; now, at age 91, she had finally seen that goal accomplished. Unfortunately, she was too ill to go to the polls, so she never actually got to cast her vote.

This year, the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, in Seneca Falls, is hosting a weekend long Convention Days, July 17-19, to celebrate the 167th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention, as well as celebrating what would have been Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 100th birthday this November.

As we start to see more and more political candidates come through New Hampshire in the upcoming months, take a moment to stop and think of what we’ve managed to accomplish since this historic convention. After working so hard, for so long, to get the right to vote in an election, what do you think these women would have to say about a female Presidential candidate?

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Superhero Academy!

July 6th, 2015 · Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Summer Reading Program

Learn to be your own hero! Each Thursday in June, July, and August there will be a different activity theme for your hero’s journey: Discover the Hero in you, Test of Strength, Hero Trivia, Test of Resilience, Everyday Heroes, Test of the Mind, Villain Takedown, and Superhero Graduation. Justice never sleeps at the
Our next superhero event is on July 9th at 2:30 in the Winchell Room.

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Independence Day

July 1st, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees


Celebrating Independence Day!
The library will be closed from Friday, July 3rd through July 5th in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

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New collection: 3M audiobooks!

June 28th, 2015 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Technology, Teens, Trustees

Whether you call them downloadable audiobooks, audio eBooks, or eAudios, we’ve got them! In addition to our selection in OverDrive, we are offering audiobooks through 3M. If you already listen to audiobooks from OverDrive, you now have another platform to find the bestsellers. 3M is completely integrated into the catalog, which means no going to another site, or you can search and download directly from the app on your device. Also, GMILCS is a smaller consortium than the NH Downloadable Books Consortium, so hold lists should be shorter for titles such as Girl on the Train, 14th Deadly Sin, and The Wright Brothers.

Granted, since this is a brand new collection, our list of titles is still small. We’re focusing on fiction and nonfiction bestsellers, and will be purchasing titles each week. If these audiobooks circulate well, we hope to continue the service. Those of you familiar with our 3M ebooks know how easy 3M is to use, so give it a try and let us know what you think! Click here to browse a list of titles.

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Support children’s literacy and Be Book Smart

June 25th, 2015 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees


Do you like to support reading and also love to shop?  Then we’ve got just the thing for you!  We have teamed up with Macy’s for this year’s Reading is Fundamental campaign.  When you shop at Macy’s between June 21st – July 12th you can get $10.00 off a $30.00 purchase at the Bedford Macy’s store. 

How, you might ask? When you make your purchase of $30.00 or more, just donate $3.00 at the register to provide a book for a child.  The Macy’s store we are teamed up with is the store at Bedford and their address is 125 South River Road Rt. 3 Bedford, NH 03110.

Be a part of our biggest children’s fundraiser of the year-and remember, Reading is Fundamental!



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Teen Summer Reading Program!

June 22nd, 2015 · Ages 6-13, Books, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Summer Reading Program, Teens

tumblr_inline_n5w7fuvDme1spgrq0Announcing the Manchester City Library Teen Summer Reading Program! When, you ask? June 22 – August 22, 2015.

Read books. Come to programs. Win prizes.

For every book you finish between June 22 and August 22, fill out one of the summer reading forms found in the Teen Area, or fill out the online form.

For every program you attend, fill out a program attendance form before you leave.

Each week, these forms will be entered into a raffle drawing for a $25 gift card from places like Barnes and Noble, Cinemagic, Game Stop, iTunes, Newbury Comics, and Water Country!

It gets better:

For every three books you finish, you will receive one entry into the grand prize drawing for an iPad Air!

The program is open to students entering grades 6 to 12. For more information, please contact Amy Graves, Teen Librarian, at 624-6550 ext. 345 or

Online Summer Reading Form

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Hands Off! The “Hands Free” Law goes into effect on July 1st.

June 19th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Main Branch

“Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:  RSA 265:79-c Use of Mobile Electronic Devices While Driving; Prohibition.”



The N.H. State Legislature has passed a law restricting the use of handheld devices while driving a motor vehicle.  Often called the “Hands Free” Law, this new law goes into effect on July 1st. The devices regulated by this law include:  cell phones, GPS devices, tablets, iPods, iPads or any other electronic device requiring data entry. There are exceptions for anyone making a 911 call, using a 2-way radio, or using a Bluetooth-enabled or other hands-free device. Anyone violating the general rule will be guilty of a criminal violation and be charged a fine.  Penalties for violations of the new driving law are as follows: 1st Offense : $100 fine; 2nd Offense : $250 fine; 3rd Offense within 2 years : $500 fine; AND penalty assessments will be added to the fines.

Driver’s under the age of 18 have different laws that will begin to be enforced.  Here’s is what you need to know to keep your younger drivers safe.  For drivers under the age of 18,  use of hand-held or hands-free electronic devices capable of providing voice or data communication while driving or halted at traffic lights or stop signs is against the law.  Teen drivers under the age of 18 will not be allowed to use any electronic devices (hand-held or not) except to report an emergency. Anyone violating this will be subject to penalties and license suspension or revocation.

Here are some handy resources you might wish to read:

New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated 2014 Chapters 259-269 (2014 Cumulative Supplement Insert pg. 58-59).

The Cellphone: The History and Technology of the Gadget that Changed the World by Guy Klemens

Android Phones for Dummies by Dan Gookin

iPhone: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

Overpowered: What Science Tells Us About the Dangers of Cell Phones and Other WiFi Devices by Martin Blank

Smartphones: Opposing Viewpoints edited by Roman Espejo

txtng: the gr8 db8 by David Crystal

To keep things simple, when the New Hampshire Hands Free Law goes into effect, use a bluetooth device if your car isn’t already set up with one – or simply avoid talking on the phone while driving in New Hampshire.  (Better get that bluetooth set up before the mad rush from it begins!) And never, ever text and drive!



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Touch-A-Truck Event

June 16th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Summer Reading Program

A fun, all ages event where kids get to explore a number of large vehicles! Swing on by the Harnett Lot on June 20th  from 10-12.

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‘Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience & Redemption’ by Laura Hillenbrand

June 14th, 2015 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch


This month the Brown Bag Book Club will be reading Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience & Redemption by  Laura Hillenbrand.  The crash in the Pacific Ocean of an Army Air Force bomber in 1943 left behind two survivors.  One of them was Louis Zamperini who survived 47 days in a raft in the Pacific along with one other survivor.  Both men were rescued by the Japanese Navy, but this is not the end of the story.  Pack your lunch and plan to join us at noon time on June 30th to discuss this inspirational novel. For more information or any questions please contact the Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 320.

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