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Letting Go of a few Online Resources

May 26th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Foundation, Library Databases, Main Branch, West Branch

Some of our online resources–which we call databases–like Ancestry Library Edition, NoveList Plus, Heritage Quest Genealogy Online, EBSCO Publishing, New Hampshire Newspapers (NewsBank) and Transparent Language, enjoy a lot of use from you, our patrons. Some do not. While we pride ourselves on offering a broad range of both print and online reference and research materials, we’ve had to make some tough decisions based on cost and usage, and discontinue some of the resources we offer.

Our subscriptions to the following online resources will run out at the end of June:

American History Online

Auto Repair Center

Issues & Controversies

Literary Reference Center

ReferenceUSA – replaced by AtoZdatabases

Science Online

We apologize for the loss of service. Please visit, call (603) 624-6550 x 319 or e-mail our information desk, and we will be happy to help you find alternate resources.

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Memorial Day!

May 22nd, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Local History, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, Uncategorized


The Manchester City Library will be closed from Saturday, May 23rd through Monday, May 25th for the observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday at our regular time of 9:30 AM.  Here is a list of events going on relating to Memorial Day celebrations. We hope that you all have a safe and happy holiday.

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May 20th, 2015 · City Library, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Library Databases, Main Branch, News, Technology, West Branch


Attention job seekers, researchers and marketers! The library is pleased to offer AtoZdatabases: the Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Database. The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business & executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

AtoZdatabases will take the place of our subscription to ReferenceUSA, which will run out in the middle of June. While we realize you may be quite comfortable with ReferenceUSA, we think you’ll find your experience with AtoZdatabases comparable.

Visit, give it a try and tell us what you think!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our AtoZdatabases trial back in March.


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What Dreams May Come

May 17th, 2015 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch

It was a grey, colorless day and I was driving my brand new car up a steep hill. Strangely, I was seated in the driver’s seat faced backwards—so as the car climbed upward all I could see in front of me was the road that I’d just traveled on. I woke up feeling queasy.

Maybe you’ve had the recurring dream that you are taking an exam that you haven’t studied for, or that someone is chasing you down a dark street, or that you suddenly become weightless, hop into the air and fly through your living room. What does it all mean, you wonder? Are dreams just a jumble of scattered thoughts, old memories and buried emotions with no purpose? Recent science suggests that dreaming “is thinking in a different biochemical state”—one that is more intuitive and visual than the way we think when we are awake. Dreams can become a tool for self-awareness, and a problem-solver, if you can decode the surreal landscape you often find yourself wandering in.

So, here’s where a book on dream interpretation can help you do some decoding. Dream on It: Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life, author Lauri Quinn Loewenberg explains, through many examples, various dream symbols. If you are a romantic sort you could check out: Nostradamus’ Dream Interpretation Guide. When bad dreams mar your sleep The Nightmare Dictionary shows you how to categorize, analyze and resolve these troubling visions. There are of course, plenty of websites that can be helpful too. Here’s a few:

So take some time and investigate your dreams. In doing so you may just find a new direction in your waking life. As for me, I’m going to turn around and face the road ahead.

“Who looks outside, dreams, who looks inside, awakes”—Carl Jung.

Mary Orzechowski

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Let There Be Love

May 14th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

Let there be love.  And wedding planning books!

All the harsh winter snow mountains have melted away and finally, FINALLY, warmer weather is here! Bring on the visits to the beach, the 4thof July celebrations, the family barbeques involving Auntie Gail’s toxic potato and macaroni salad (it’s one dish, really!), and lastly, bring on the brides!

After binge watching episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress” and “I Found the Gown” you might be swirling down the drain of pre-wedding panic and subliminally channeling your inner bridezilla. But don’t fret! Consider stopping in and checking out one or two of the many wedding planning books we have here at the Manchester City Library! Here’s a small list of brand new books to lead you into the halls of wedded bliss!

A to Z Wedding Style by Kate Bethune. K is for killer heels and don’t forget, G is for the groom!

Style Your Perfect Wedding by the editors of Random House Publishing. This is a gorgeous book. So pretty it’s almost a qualifier for a coffee table book. The photographs are, well, gorgeous. Pick this one if you want some help with visual style and some quirky special touches at your wedding.

The Wedding A-Z : Everything You Need to Know—And Stuff You Never Thought to Ask by Linda Hampshire. Here are all the answers to every one of your burning bridal questions!

The Wedding Expert : 400 Things You Need to Know to Plan Your Big Day by Bettie Bradley. Only 400 things, you ask? After browsing this book, I suspect Ms. Bettie has covered every possibility with several contingency plans and you will be in good hands with this book!

Lastly, Matthew Robbins’ Inspired Weddings : Designing Your Big day With Favorite Objects & Family Treasures by none other than Mr. Matthew Robbins. Who could go wrong with a foreword by Martha Stewart and oodles of luscious photographs?

I hope these books will offer you some help and comfort in planning your big day. One thing of advice that I’d like to share is that no matter what kind of wedding you are planning, remember to keep your sense of humor throughout the whole process. That’s the best advice that I received and now I can share it with you.

Let there be love!


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Library book drops during construction

May 11th, 2015 · City Library, Main Branch, News

Due to construction around the library there will be times when our exterior book drops may not be accessible. We hope this inconvenience will be short in duration. Please return materials inside the library when the drops are blocked by heavy equipment.

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Got duct tape?

May 11th, 2015 · Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch

220px-Duct-tapeIt isn’t just for fixing things anymore, and comes in a wide variety of colors. Think you’re handy with a roll of duct tape? Then we’ve got a program for you! We’re having a duct tape lollapalooza on Wednesday, May 13th.  Come find out what you can create with a simple roll of duct tape.  This is a children’s program (but dad’s are welcome!) for youngsters from grades 1-5.  Registration is required so we can plan how much duct tape to supply. Join us at 4 PM in the Winchell Room for some sticky fun. For more information, please call David in the children’s room at 624-6550 ext. 328.


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American Women in the Military

May 9th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

The Women in Military Service for America Memorial (WIMSA) was dedicated on 18 October 1997, to honor women who have served and are serving in the branches of the United State military. The memorial is located in the Ceremonial Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery by Memorial Bridge at the end of Memorial Drive. The website for WIMSA is

American women and their involvement with the military have evolved over the centuries. During the American Revolution women were not allow to join the military units as soldiers. However wives and others, known as camp followers, traveled along with the troops as they moved from one position to another. One camp follower wife became well known during the 1778 Battle of Monmouth in New Jersey. She is known as Molly Pitcher. She helped her Army husband, serving with an artillery unit, by providing water on a very hot June day. When her husband was wounded, she started to help load the cannon and keep it in action against the British Army. Another female, Deborah Sampson, disguised herself as a man and enlisted as a Continental Army member to fight.

Women assisted the military during the American Civil War, by giving medical assistance to the men wounded in battle and spying on opposing forces. The Medal of Honor was created in 1861, for actions great bravery. The Medal of Honor was awarded in 1865 to Dr. Mary Walker for actions as a Contract Surgeon with the Union Army. She was also held as a Prisoner of War towards the end of the Civil War by the Confederate forces. After an early 1900s review of Medal of Honors that were awarded, 911 awards were revoked including the one awarded to Mary Walker. Her Medal of Honor was reinstated in 1977. She died in 1919 and was buried in Oswego, New York.

When America entered WWI, there was need for an increased amount of manpower especially in the Navy. Secretary of the Navy, Josephus Daniels, utilized a clause of The Naval Act of 1916 to have women become members of the United States Naval Reserve, to assist with the manpower situation. Their official name was Yeoman (F) but some people preferred to call them Yeomanettes. The majority of the women served in administrative positions, freeing up males for duty on ships and in other combat roles.

At the start of America’s official involvement in World War II, members of the Army and Navy Nurse Corps were stationed in the Philippines. When the nation was invaded by the Japanese in the 1941-42 period, several were captured and interned by the Japanese until American forces freed them in 1945. Some nurses were able to escape the Japanese aboard a submarine, from Corregidor.

World War II saw the creation of the Women’s Army Corps (WACs), Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) and the Coast Guard SPARS which stood for Sempter Paratus Always Ready. The women were trained in a wide number of occupational fields to take the place of males, for service in combat. They worked in the motor pools, administrative duties, communications and so on.

To free up pilots, the Women Air Service Pilots (WASPs) was formed in 1943 as a semi- military unit. It was not until 1977 that they succeeded in gaining veteran status, for their WWII services. Their duties were to ferry military planes from the factories to where they were needed, even across the Atlantic Ocean and other non-combat associated aviation duties. There participation freed up males to be used on the front lines of the war.

The 1948 Women Armed Services Integration Act gave females a permanent status in the armed services. The 1970’s saw many changes for female members of the armed forces, including the entrance of females into the military academies. The first female cadets and midshipmen graduated in 1980. Today, there are female Navy officers serving on combat submarines and soon there will also be enlisted females on submarines.

There are so many other stories and historical information about women have served or are serving in the United States Military. You can find additional information in the following books:

Serving Proudly: a History of Women in the U.S. Navy by Susan H. Godson

Sound Off!: American Military Women Speak Out by Dorothy & Carl J. Schneider

Changing the Rules of Engagement by Martha LaGuardia-Kotite

Men Women & War: Do Women Belong in the Front Line? By Maring Van Creveld

American Daughter Gone to War: On the Front Lines with an Army Nurse by Winnie Smith

Women in Vietnam: The Oral History by Ron Steinman

First Class: Women Join the Ranks at the Naval Academy by Sharon Hanley Disher

They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War by DeAnne Blanton

A Few Good Women: America’s Military Women from World War I to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by Evelyn Monahan

WAC Days of WWII: A Personal Story by Dorothy Millard Weirick

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Do You Haiku?

May 8th, 2015 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees

Frog_GetsujuOne of my assignments here at the library is to reach out to the public using social media tools like Facebook and Twitter. I try to tweet or post something about the library or some sort of interesting fact almost every day. I try to keep it lively and interesting, but you might imagine that it is not so easy to do this every day and have it be something new and different.
Tweets are text-based posts composed of up to 140 characters. So what you want to say has to be short and sweet! Enter the haiku!

Haiku poems are forms of poetry that originated in Japan over 300 years ago. Haiku poems are very short sets of words that often express a unique thought or feeling. Traditional haiku consist of 17 on (also known as morae), in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 on respectively. It is a short poem that records the essence of a moment, cutting right to the chase. One of the most famous haiku poets was the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho. Here is one of his most famous haiku, called “Old Pond”.  First, read the translation from the Japanese.


old pond . . .
a frog leaps in
water’s sound

Now, a modern translation for you:

an old silent pond…
a frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.

Writing haiku can be fun and maddening at the same time.  We have plenty of books on the subject.

an aging willow
its image unsteady
in the flowing stream

So I ask you, do you haiku?

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‘Orphan Train’ by Christina Baker Kline

May 5th, 2015 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Trustees

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Our Thursday evening book discussion group will be reading “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline.  Vivian was one of the many abandoned children sent by train from the East Coast to the Midwest between 1854 and 1929 in search of a new home. This historical novel juxtaposes her life with the life of the troubled foster child tasked with helping the now elderly woman clean out her attic.  Join us on Thursday evening, May 7th to discuss this book and for some fellowship. This is the last Thursday evening book discussion for the summer. For more information, please contact Sarah at 624-6560.

See you at the book discussion.

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