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We’re Going on a Bug Hunt

July 7th, 2014 · Children, City Library, Main Branch


If you like bugs, this is your party.  There will be bug stories, games and a craft.  Be sure to come dressed for outside activities.  Refreshments will be served.  This program is geared for children ages 2-5 years old and registration is required.  Join us on July 14th from 10:00-11:00AM for a fun bug hunt. For more information please call 624-6550 ext. 328



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A Triple Celebration!

July 5th, 2014 · 100th Anniversary, City Library, Events, Local History, Main Branch, NH Room

We have been celebrating the Centennial of the opening of the library’s Carpenter Memorial Building in 2014. But we also have more to celebrate! 

The Manchester Atheneum was established in 1844 by a group of gentlemen for their own reading pleasure.  Only members of this elite “club” were allowed to read the books and many also contributed books on varying subjects. The Amoskeag Manufacturing Company and other businesses also made monetary donations and the private library flourished.

Mayor Frederick Smyth, in his second inaugural address of 1853, proposed the establishment of a “free’ public library for the city residents.  On September 06, 1854 the Atheneum collection of 2,953 volumes was transferred to the City of Manchester thus the Manchester City Library was born.

 The library continued to grow and was located in the Patten Building on Elm and Stark Streets adjacent to City Hall.  A fire on February 04, 1856 destroyed the library and roughly 550 volumes were saved. The library moved to Hanover Street for a year and would later move to a new building on a lot donated by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company on Franklin Street in 1871 but it would out grow this space.

 Frank P. Carpenter, a wealthy businessman, donated the Carpenter Memorial Building to the City in Memory of his wife, Elenora Blood Carpenter. On November 18, 1914 the library building opened to the residents of Manchester.

 So, the library has three literary reasons to celebrate in 2014:  170 years for the founding of the Manchester Atheneum in 1844, the Manchester City Library established

160 years ago in 1854, and the Centennial anniversary of the Carpenter Memorial Building opened in 1914. 

 As we look forward to the future we can only imagine the library holding is celebration of two- hundred years of public library service in 2054.  

C. N. O’Neil  6/7/2014

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4th of July!

July 2nd, 2014 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch


Celebrating Independence Day!
The library will be open on Thursday, July 3rd from 9:30-5:30 PM and closed on July 4th and July 5th. We hope you all have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday!

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Get in the World Cup Spirit!

June 30th, 2014 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Are you a soccer fan? If you’re into the World Cup, you might enjoy these new books:

Why Soccer Matters, by Pelé;

Eight World Cups : My Journey Through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer, by George Vecsey;

Who Invented the Bicycle Kick? : soccer’s greatest legends and lore, by Paul Simpson.

Or you can browse a list of our other soccer books here. And don’t forget to make some time to get out on the field and play your own game in this great summer weather.


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Read the Book Before You Watch the Movie

June 27th, 2014 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Movies, West Branch

Maze Runner pic

I recently read The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner. It was action-packed and from the first page I was hooked. The main character, Thomas, wakes up in the dark with no memories.  Thomas finds himself living in an area surrounded by a maze with a group of boys, who like Thomas, also have mysteriously lost their memories. Besides trying to figure out who they are and how to get out of the maze, the boys are threatened by deadly monsters that come out at night. The Maze Runner film comes out this September and I can’t wait to see this novel come to life on the big screen.

There are so many other great novels that are being turned into films and I challenge you to read them before you see them.  Here is a list of some to try.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

Wild from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

You can find these and more at the Manchester City Library as: books, non-musical sound recordings, audiobooks, and e-books.  Come to the Information Desk and we can help you find them.

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Find the blue microscope!

June 23rd, 2014 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, Summer Reading Program

‘I spy with my little eye a blue microscope!’
Since hiding the Library Gnome was such a huge hit last year, we’ve  decided to do something similar again.  But this year, in keeping with the summer reading theme, Fizz Boom, Read!, we have hidden a blue microscope in the library somewhere.
Each week, it will be in a different spot in the library, hidden in the public areas.
When a child finds it, they should come to the children’s room reference desk to fill out on a piece of paper their name and phone number.  Their name will go into a hat with all the wining names of those who have found it that week.  The drawing for a weekly prize will be on Saturdays at the end of the day.  That is when we will move it to another location.  Good luck finding the blue microscope!

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New Library Hours!

June 23rd, 2014 · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Hours beginning June 30th for the Manchester City Library
405 Pine St. 03104 Tel. (603) 624-6550
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Wednesday & Friday 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Hours For July and August  West Manchester Community Library
76 N. Main St. 03102 Tel. (603) 624-6560
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

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2014 Manchester City Library Foundation Gala Fundraiser!

June 20th, 2014 · 100th Anniversary, Books, City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch, News

Mark your calendars for the Manchester City Library Foundation Gala Fundraiser on Tuesday September 23, 2014 with Guest Author Dennis Lehane at the Palace Theater.  Mr. Lehane has written Gone, Baby, Gone, Moonlight Mile, Mystic River, Live by night, Prayers for rain, Sacred and Shutter Island. He is also a writer-producer for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.  Tickets are $29.50 for both lower and upper level seating.  A select number of $100 VIP tickets will also be sold with the opportunity to meet Mr. Lehane.  Gibson’s Bookstore will be selling Mr. Lehane’s books for us and he will be available to sign them after his presentation.  Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at the Palace Theater!


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Ancestry Library Edition back online

June 18th, 2014 · City Library, Library Databases, Uncategorized is now working again after a disruption in service caused by hackers. Ancestry Library Edition is once again available for use in the library. Thank you for your patience.

See the following story on KSL for details on the hack.

Steve Viggiano
Head of Information & Technology

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Ancestry Library Edition temporarily down

June 17th, 2014 · City Library, Library Databases, Main Branch, Uncategorized

Ancestry Library Edition is temporarily unavailable for use here in the library. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s working again. We apologize for the disruption in service.

Steve Viggiano
Head of Information & Technology

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