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Afternoon at the Movies: Spider-Man

October 5th, 2014 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies


Our afternoon at the movies series continues with a showing of Spider-Man on Wednesday, October 8th at 1:00 PM in the library auditorium. Bring your spidey sense and a friend and join us as we screen this classic super hero movie.

Orphaned at an early age, Peter Parker lives in Queens, New York with his beloved Aunt May and Uncle Ben. Peter leads the life of a normal student, working as a photographer at the school paper, pining after the beautiful Mary Jane Watson and hanging out with buddy Harry Osborn. On a school trip, during which Peter and his classmates are given a science demonstration on arachnids, Peter is bitten by a genetically-altered spider. Soon after, he discovers that he has unusual powers: he is endowed with the strength and agility of a spider along with a keen, ESP-like ‘spider-sense.

For more information please contact Ruth Watts at 624-6550 ext. 307. 121 minutes

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Tea—Part 2

October 2nd, 2014 · 100th Anniversary, Books, Main Branch, West Branch

Fortune02By 1800, tea had become the most popular drink in England.  Almost all the tea in the world came from China and the British were unable to control the quality or the price.  Around 1850, a group of British businessmen set out to create a tea industry in India.

This task required a botanist.  Enter Robert Fortune, young, Scottish by birth, botanist.  What he   became in doing this task, was a botanist, a plant hunter, a thief and a spy.  In 1845, Robert Fortune, when he was thirty, took a two year trip to China in search of new plants.  When he returned to England, to help pay for his trip, he published a travelogue of his adventures.  He had been attacked by pirates and bandits.  He had encountered disease and severe storms.   Once dressed in disguise as a wealthy Chinese merchant, he was allowed to see the tea gardens.

Robert Fortune’s travelogue changed his life.   He was approached by a representative of the East India Trading Company.  This representative asks Robert Fortune to return to China, to smuggle tea plants out of China and into India

Robert Fortune agreed to the undertaking.  To jump start production in the East India Trading Company’s tea gardens he brought back living plants.  He returned with 2,000 plants, 17,000 seeds, plus specialized techniques of Chinese tea growing and manufacturing.  He somehow persuaded Chinese tea workers to leave their homes and accompany him to India.  This entire undertaking took two years.

After this undertaking Robert Fortune was employed at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and in his later years at the Horticultural Society of London.  Robert Fortune died in 1880.  Little is known of his final years because his wife Jane Fortune burned his papers and letters, shortly before she died.

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Holiday ornament to feature the library

September 28th, 2014 · 100th Anniversary, Children, City Library, Events, Local History, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees

2014 OrnamentEach year the Manchester Historic Association produces an original, limited edition brass-plated ornament that celebrates Manchester’s history. These unique, detailed ornaments are handcrafted in the United States by the same company that makes the annual White House holiday ornament. The 2014 ornament will feature the Carpenter Memorial Library in honor of the building’s centennial celebration, and will be available for purchase at the library beginning in October! Stop by and pick one up while supplies last.

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Tell us what you want!

September 24th, 2014 · Books, Children, City Library, E-Books, Foundation, Local History, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

New Picture

Here at the library, we read through hundreds of reviews to choose books, audiobooks, DVDs, and other items to purchase. Given the vast amount of titles published every month, it’s a tough job to select only a portion and also have enough variety for different reading and watching preferences.

But I’m curious…as a library user, what do you do when you can’t find a title in our catalog? Do you purchase it? Forget about it? Or put in a request, which we will either purchase or get from another library? This last option is probably the one that benefits us the most because it helps determine what you, our users, would like to see in your library.

So let us know what you think we’re missing, whether it’s a particular title, author, new format, or anything else.

Email Sarah St. Martin at

I’ll look forward to your suggestions!

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Come meet author Dennis Lehane!

September 22nd, 2014 · 100th Anniversary, City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch, West Branch


Mark your calendars for the Manchester City Library Foundation Gala
Fundraiser on 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 are also available which include 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 on sale now at the Palace Theatre box office! We hope  you will join us!

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Brown Bag Book Club to meet soon!

September 22nd, 2014 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

brownbagOur Tuesday afternoon Brown Bag Book Club will start meeting once again to ‘do lunch’ and discuss and share their love for books and reading.  This book club will be starting up on Tuesday, September 30th and then meet at lunchtime on the last Tuesday of the month.  Here is the list of books that the group has selected to read this year:

September 30th Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane

October 28th The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

November 25th The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

December 30th Molokai by Alan Brennert

January 27th The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

February 24th The Simple Truth by David Baldacci

March 31st The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

April 28th Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

May 26th Philomena by Martin Sixsmith

June 30th Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience & Redemption by Laura Hildebrand

We welcome back our old readers and look forward to meeting some new readers, too.  All are welcome!  Please contact the information desk at 624-6550 Ext. 320 for more information or to locate a copy of a book for a discussion.

See you at the book discussion!

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Evening Book Discussion Group

September 19th, 2014 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch


Our Thursday evening book discussion group has made their reading list and checked it twice! Here is the list of books that the Thursday evening book discussion group has selected to read this year. This book group meets on the second Thursday evening at 7:00 PM at the main library. For more information or to locate a copy of a discussion book, please contact Sarah B. at 624-6560.

September 11th Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

October 9th Secret History by Donna Tartt

November 13th Americanah by Chimamanda Hgozi Adichie

December 11th Escape From Camp 14; One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden

January 8th Whistling Season by Ivan Doig

February 12th The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

March 12th Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

April 9th Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

May 7th Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

This book group is open to returning members and to new members alike! All are welcome!

See you at the book discussion!

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Arsenals of American Independence

September 15th, 2014 · Books, City Library, Events, Local Author Series, Local History, Main Branch, NH Room

600_323338822In the turbulent history of colonial New England, more than two hundred powder houses were built to store gunpowder, guns and armaments. Even the small spark from a metal shoe nail could ignite their contents, so they often sat in remote sections of town. These volatile storehouses played a vital role in earning and preserving American independence.  Author and historian Matthew Thomas explores these forgotten landmarks in his lecture and recent book, “Historic Powder Houses of New England.” The 192-page book explores the history of the more than 200 powder houses in which firearms, ammunition and barrels of gun powder were stored by colonists and sought by the British at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War.
Thomas said he’s always had a fascination with New England’s historical landmarks, but no definitive study had ever been done on the powder houses that once dotted the countryside.  Mr. Thomas will also share the story of a powder house that exploded in downtown Manchester during World War II, which caused over $25,000 worth of damage and hysteria among local residents. Plan to join us on Thursday, September 18th in the library auditorium at 6:30 PM.  For more information contact Cynthia O’Neil at 624-6550 ext. 306.

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September 11th, 2014 · Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch


The sale will take place in the Winchell Room, located on the lower level of Manchester City Library from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Bring empty average size grocery bags (cloth or paper) and fill them up from the 10,000 plus materials available.

We have a very wide variety of subjects available!  There are fiction books including Scfi, mystery, romance, young adults and children of all ages.  In the non-fiction sections; there are history, cook books, craft books, biography, religion, art, languages, self-help, literature, reference and so much more.  In addition, there are large print books, VHS tapes and DVDs, miscellaneous musical materials (scores, 33 1/3 long playing records, etc.), miscellaneous odds and ends, and some art prints (individually priced).

All proceeds go towards programs and projects at the library.

Contact Eileen Reddy at or by phone at 624-6550 ext. 320 (Information Desk), for questions or additional information.

Check it out.  You just never know what special treasure you will find.

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Career Change and Resume Help

September 9th, 2014 · Books, City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Main Branch


Whether you are currently unemployed or are looking to change careers, did you know the library has resources that can help you?

On September 16th the Manchester City Library will be holding a resume class where you can develop your resume and sign up for JobMatch, a resume service offered by NH Employment Security.  If you need help writing your resume, you should sign up soon as space is limited.

In the meantime, the library has a wealth of materials on career change, acing interviews, and going back to school.  Below are a couple of books to get you started.

Monster careers : how to land the job of your life by Jeff Taylor

Same-day résumé : write an effective résumé in an hour by Michael Farr

Unemployed, but moving on! : smart job searching in a web-based world and a sucky economy

by Cheryl Butler Long

When can you start? 2014 : ace the job interview and get hired by Paul Freiberger

Career quizzes : 12 tests to help you discover and develop your dream career by John J. Liptak

Life’s a bitch and then you change careers : 9 steps to get out of your funk and on to your future

by Andrea Kay

Career match : connecting who you are with what you’ll love to do by Shoya Zichy

How’d you score that gig? : a guide to the coolest jobs–and how to get them by Alexandra Levit

Reset : how to beat the job loss blues and get ready for your next act by Dwain Schenck

The smart guide to the perfect job interview by David Holmes

Are you ready to take the next step? Start working towards your future today!

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