Manchester City Library

Manchester, NH's Online Library

Manchester City Library header image 1

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

→ No CommentsTags: ······

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?

→ No CommentsTags: ········

‘Orphan Train’ by Christina Baker Kline

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

08-Orphan Train

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.

→ 1 CommentTags: ·······

West Library Branch Update

May 4th, 2015 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, West Branch

Picture1Work continues behind the scenes to finalize numbers with the insurance company. Library staff have been busy, alongside our colleagues in the City’s Facilities Division, gathering quotes from contractors for the various repairs to be done. Once we have our funds in place we can schedule the repair to the elevator and the electrical system which will be a major step in the restoration process.

In the meantime library staff continue to organize the spaces on the upper two levels and the Aramark custodial crew is busy cleaning the meeting rooms on the top floor. They are also in the process of resealing the floors on that level. In the coming weeks we hope to be able to give you more details about the scope of the work to be done!   Thank you to all our west side library users who have been visiting us at the main library!   We appreciate your patience as we improve the branch for you.

→ No CommentsTags: ·····

May the fourth be with you!

April 30th, 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, News, NH Room, Technology, Teens, Trustees


May 4, 2015, is Star Wars Day! It’s hard to believe that the Star Wars franchise has grown as large as it has since it’s humble beginnings in 1977. This epic space opera, created by George Lucas, has enthralled fans for thirty eight years, and will continue to do so for some time. The Star Wars universe has expanded to include books, comic books, movie sequels (and prequels), video games, merchandise, television series, and theme parks.

Star Wars fans celebrate year-round, but the 4th of May is a special day when everyone can feel the force. How will you celebrate Star Wars day? Maybe with a movie marathon? Throw a party? Make some crafts with your friends and family? Attend a Star Wars trivia program? Share your plans with us on Facebook and Twitter (hashtag #MayThe4thBeWithYou and #manchestercitylibrary)!


→ 1 CommentTags: ·······

Steve Blunt Laugh-A-Lot musical fun!

April 29th, 2015 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch


Vacation week fun continues here at the library because Steve Blunt will be entertaining us on April 30th at 2 PM!
Join us in the library auditorium for some sing-along, laugh-a-lot musical fun for the whole family! Steve’s performance features award-winning songs & stories that warm the heart, tickle the funny bone, and delight the imagination-with lots of audience participation. This is a show for all ages. Seating is limited so plan to arrive early. For more information, please call the Children’s Room at 624-6550 ext. 328.

→ 1 CommentTags: ······

Frozen Sing-Along!

April 29th, 2015 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch


This Friday “let it go” because we will be showing (and singing) a ‘freezing’ Friday Family Movie, “Frozen Sing-Along“!

Join in the act and bring your singing voices on in and help us break in our new movie projector as we screen the hit sing-along movie version of Frozen. Sing along to your favorite Frozen songs with your friends!  Join us on May 1st at 3:00 PM in the library auditorium-mittens and hats are optional. This program is free and open to everyone. For more information please contact the Children’s Room at 624-6550 ext. 328.

See you at the movies!

→ No CommentsTags: ·······

Teddy Bears’ Picnic & Parade!

April 27th, 2015 · Ages 0-2, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch


It’s time for our annual teddy bears’ picnic and parade. Join us tomorrow (April 28th) at 11:30 with your favorite teddy bears as we celebrate spring with our annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic and Parade! After our parade we will watch an awesome Mad Science program Up, Up & Away. Registration is not required, but seating is limited. If you have questions, please contact the Children’s Room at 624-6550 ext. 328.

→ 2 CommentsTags:

May the Force be with you!

April 27th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees

250px-Star_Wars_Logo.svgCalling all young Star Wars fans! We’re having a Star Wars afternoon! Come test your Star Wars knowledge with our trivia game.  Questions will cover the movies, books and television shows.  All Jedi knights from all school ages are welcome.  Join us on May 1st from 3-4:30 PM For more information please contact our staff in the children’s room at 624-6550 ext. 328.

→ 1 CommentTags: ·····

The 15 Minute Resume Coach!

April 24th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter

indexGet help where you are in your resume development! In only 15 minutes, you’ll get:
Helpful handouts on resume development, including:
• Resume examples best suited to your situation
• Resume and cover letter do’s and don’ts
• Word ideas that catch a perspective employer’s attention
• Resume worksheet if you don’t have a resume
• Directions for signing up for the New Hampshire JobMatch System
• Websites where you can learn word processing free of charge
Help registering for the JobMatch program, time permitting

This is a win-win for you job-seekers! Call now to set up an appointment. Simply call Amy H. at 624-6550 and have her paged, or leave a message at extension 346.

→ No CommentsTags: ·······