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Black Bear Happenings in New Hampshire

May 19th, 2017 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees

We can bearly contain ourselves!

Wildlife stewards from the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department will be visiting the library to present a discussion about the natural history of our beautiful and majestic native wildlife.  Join us as they present “Black Bear Happenings in New Hampshire” on Tuesday, June 6th at 7pm at the Manchester City Library. This program is free and open to the public. These presentations offer a chance to learn more about the natural history of our native wildlife, related research and management activities in New Hampshire, and the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program that makes the work possible. For more information please contact Mary G. at 624-6550 ext. 3311.

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Digital libraries: Meet your new data plan (and your education plan, and your entertainment plan…)

May 12th, 2017 · Audiobooks, Books, City Library, E-Books, Library Databases, Main Branch, Museum Passes, West Branch

We love greeting, talking with, and serving the hundreds of thousands of patrons who visit our libraries each year. But what about those days when you just can’t make it to the library? Can you still take advantage of our services? Of course you can! Got your library card? A smart phone, tablet or PC? Let’s take a look at what you can do from home, on the road, or even halfway around the world.

The collection at your fingertips

Let’s start with the basics. You can search our online catalog any time by visiting the library’s website: www.manchester.lib.nh.us. Request titles, browse for books by your favorite authors, or search for materials on any topic you like. You can also renew books you’ve checked out, and even pay fines for overdue materials—we know, it happens—using a credit or debit card.

Digital downloads

Interested in checking out something you don’t have to renew, and never have to pay fines for? Got a smart phone, tablet or PC? Check out the latest issues of some of today’s most popular magazines with Zinio for Libraries. Create an account, download the app, and you’re on your way. We also have eBooks for your Nook, Kindle or tablet, and digital audiobooks you can listen to on your phone or mp3 player, provided by OverDrive and CloudLibrary. Visit the Downloadable Books & Magazines page on the library’s website for more information.

Free or discounted trips to local attractions

Want to visit a local museum? Our museum passes might save you money, or get you in for free. View our list of passes and calendar to see what’s available.

“Learn a new language and get a new soul”—Czech proverb

Studying a new language for school, your own enjoyment, or a vacation or business trip? Transparent Language gives you over 100 languages to choose from, including English in over 25 native languages. Practice your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and connect with other language learners.

Get book recommendations

Not sure what to read next? NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus allow both fiction and nonfiction readers to enter a favorite author, title, topic, or genre (for example: mystery, science fiction, or horror) to learn about other books they might enjoy reading. It’s the next best thing to asking a librarian for a recommendation. Okay, don’t tell anyone, but it might actually be better. We librarians read a lot, but we can’t read everything.

Research you can trust

Need to research a topic for school? Of course you can Google it, or look it up on Wikipedia. They’re great places to start, but when you’re ready for more, try EBSCOhost. With your library card and EBSCOhost, you can search for full-text articles in popular magazines—like Consumer Reports—peer-reviewed journals and newspapers, with special sections for health, business, education and professional development. Looking for something more local, like the New Hampshire Union Leader? NewsBank gives you access to the text of most articles going back to 1989. Unfortunately, this doesn’t include all obituaries, but we do have a way around that. Read on.

What’s Your Story?

Researching your family history? Do you enjoy watching Who Do You Think You Are? We have genealogy resources you can use to discover your own story. Heritage Quest Genealogy Online provides easy access to US Federal Census Records from 1790-1930; more than 25,000 family and local history books; an index to many local history and genealogy periodicals published since 1800, and selected records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files.

Looking for someone? Trying to get someone to look for you?

Looking for a new job? Don’t have a phone book for a distant city, but are looking for an individual’s phone number? Are you in sales, and looking for demographic data to generate leads? What do all these questions have in common? AtoZdatabases can handle them all. Give it a try!

Who needs a printer?

Printer at home broken? Out of toner? No problem. Print it out here at the library. Oh, the document is saved in your e-mail, but you can’t remember your password because your smart phone does it for you? Well, now you can print to the library’s printers from your phone, tablet, laptop, even from your PC at home. Simply sign up for wireless printing with your e-mail address and location, and then upload or e-mail a print job. Our server will hold it for up to six hours for you. Pages are $0.20 each for black and white, $0.35 for color. Available at the main library only.

This is just an overview of what you can do with your library without even setting foot inside our buildings. Watch our newsletter, blogs and Facebook page for more detailed tutorials and demos of all our digital offerings.

IMPORTANT: To take advantage of these great resources, you’ll need a current Manchester City Library card, as well as a PIN/password. Call 624-6550 or e-mail library@manchesternh.gov for information on obtaining a library card, updating your existing card, or obtaining or resetting your PIN/password.

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Knock on Wood!

May 11th, 2017 · City Library, Events, Main Branch

Knock on Wood is a high-energy acoustic folk-rock duo, featuring singer-songwriter Howie Newman.

Combining acoustic guitar with fiddle, mandolin andpleasing vocal harmonies, the duo performs covers and funny original music (suitable for all ages).  It’s a very lively show with great musicianship and a little humor here and there. When appropriate, they play children’s songs and music for senior citizens.

This is a free concert open to the public. Join us on Thursday, May 18th at 7 PM in the library auditorium for a foot stomping fun time.  For more information please call Mary G. at 624-6550 ext. 3311.

See you at the concert!

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Classrooms aren’t the only places where better readers are made.

May 10th, 2017 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, West Branch

While some people think that children don’t develop reading skills until they start school, research shows that reading, singing and playing with children can impact their brain development and help provide them with the pre-reading skills they need before they enter the classroom. Instilling a love of reading in children from the very beginning is one of the most important things that an adult can do for a child.

But trying to do this without help from an expert can seem daunting. Luckily, in New Hampshire, we have literacy experts all over the state – right at our public libraries.

New Hampshire public libraries are wonderful resources that help children develop a love of reading and strengthen the literacy skills that they’ll need to succeed. The children’s sections of our libraries have books for young readers of all ages and interests. Visit and you’ll find classic picture books you remember from when you learned to read, like “Where the Wild Things Are,” right up through newer classics like “Pete the Cat” – often alongside colorful artwork, puppets or other activities that help children become involved in storytelling in a very personal, meaningful way.

Librarians strive to help parents nurture their children’s early literacy skills through a variety of age-appropriate programs, including baby lapsits for their youngest patrons and story times for toddlers and preschoolers. Parents and kids learn songs, finger plays and nursery rhymes that they can use at home between visits to the library.

A new program in New Hampshire, “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten,” makes it a goal for children to have had 1,000 stories read to them before they start school, helping them be better prepared for formal reading instruction. Thousands of children across the state have already signed up and, although the program is only a year old, dozens have already completed the challenge.

As children grow and their skills develop, libraries have early readers, chapter books, series fiction, nonfiction titles, magazines and audiobooks to hold their interest. There are also children’s DVDs and music CDs – a world of choices that engage children, helping them strengthen their reading skills and expand their worlds.

Public libraries have literacy activities for school-aged children as well, helping them strengthen their skills as readers and users of information resources. Throughout the school year, most New Hampshire libraries feature a variety of programs for youth, including book discussion groups, LEGO clubs, drop-in crafts, gaming tournaments and other special events that tie in with reading.

None of this ends with the close of the school year. Each summer, libraries around the state have special summer reading programs that encourage children to read recreationally, helping prevent what has become known as the “summer slide” in reading skills. This past year’s theme focused on sports and saw libraries holding reading marathons, karate and fencing demonstrations, children’s yoga, juggling performances, hula hooping, mini golf, storytelling and more. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World”; be on the lookout for everything from “Touch a Truck” events to environmental programs to community awareness projects at your public library.

Whether your children attend public or private school, are home-schooled or won’t be in school for a few years, you can find resources at your public library that will help them develop the literacy skills they need to be become better readers. Be sure to check out your community’s library today – and remember to take your kids with you when you go.

NOTE: This is the fifth in a series of articles that will be released monthly throughout 2017 as part of the celebration of the N.H. State Library’s 300th anniversary. The State Library was founded in Jan. 25, 1717 and is the first state library in America.

Michael York
Acting Commissioner, NH Department of Cultural Resources

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The Art of Remembering Names

May 8th, 2017 · City Library, Events, Main Branch

Do you have a problem remembering people’s names?  Where you placed those keys?  What’s the cost of not remembering? Embarrassment, missed opportunities, lost business, poor grades, forgotten ideas and maybe fewer pursuits.

Join us for a program where you can learn four steps to develop an extraordinary memory.  Learn tricks to make everything become more vivid and interesting, making it easier and faster to remember.  Remember to join us on Thursday evening, May 11th, at 6:30 PM.  For more information contact Mary G. at 624-6550 ext. 3311.

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“Run for the Roses” – 2017

May 5th, 2017 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

May 17, 1875 marked the debut of what some call “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” known to us as the Kentucky Derby. The Derby is now in its 142nd year and is as much a cultural event as a sport. Each year thousands of people gather at Churchill Downs to take part in all of the traditions surrounding this race.

It all began when Meriwether Lewis Clark traveled to England to attend the Epsom Derby. This trip inspired him to create a similar horse racing event in the United States. His uncles, John and Henry Churchill, gave Clark land for a racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. The racetrack, later known as Churchill Downs, opened on May 17, 1875 and the first Kentucky Derby was held with a field of 15 Thoroughbred horses which raced 1 ½ miles. Aristides was the first winner of the Derby.

There have been many changes over the years but some traditions have endured and are well-known to all, not just horse race fans. The Kentucky Derby brings us mint juleps, women in beautiful big hats, a garland of roses for the winning horse, and the huge crowd singing “My Old Kentucky Home”.

This year’s race will take place on May 6th. Post time is approximately 6:30 EDT. Fix yourself a nice pitcher of mint juleps and enjoy the show!

Also, check out our display of books related to the Kentucky Derby in the library rotunda.

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Mother Goose Party!

May 1st, 2017 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Children, City Library, Main Branch

We’re having a Mother Goose Party! We will help the Three Little Kittens find their mittens; search for Little Bo Peep’s lost sheep and jump over the moon with Hey Diddle Diddle.  There will be activities and a craft based on these popular nursery rhymes.  Refreshments will be served and children ages 2-5 years are invited.  Join the fun on Thursday, May 11th at 10:00 AM. Registration is required, so to register or for more information, please call us at 624-6550 ext. 3328.

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The Orchardist

April 28th, 2017 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

Our Thursday evening book discussion group will be discussing ‘The Orchardist’ by Amanda Copin.  A historical novel about a solitary orchardist who provides shelter to two runaway teenage girls in the untamed American West at the turn of the 20th century and the dramatic consequences of this action.  Join us at 7 PM on May 11th. For more information, contact the Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 3320.

See you at the book discussion!

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Puppet fun at the West Branch!

April 26th, 2017 · City Library, Events, West Branch

Looking for something to do with your family during school vacation week?  Let us help! Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals will be performing in the lower level of the West Manchester Branch Library on Thursday (April 27th) at 2 PM.  All ages are welcome, so come on in and share the fun!  Space is limited, so plan to arrive early for a great seat.  For more information, please call us at 624-6560.

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Star Wars Day!

April 26th, 2017 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch

It’s not May the Fourth yet, but that’s not stopping us from having some Star Wars fun a little early.  We’re having a Star Wars Day on Friday, April 28th at 3 PM. Come test your knowledge of a galaxy far, far away.  Refreshments will be served and all school ages are welcome to test their skills.  Registration is recommended.  For more information, please call the library at 624-6550 ext. 3328.

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