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Your West Branch Library is open!

May 5th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Events, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch



It sure feels like a long time coming, but it’s finally here!  We are pleased to announce that the Manchester West Branch Library is open for business!

Here are the new hours for the West Branch Library:

Monday-Thursday 12:30-5:30
Friday 9:30-1:30

Manchester West Branch Library
76 North Main Street
Manchester, N.H. 03102

We look forward to serving you at our newly renovated West Branch location. See you there!


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2016 Audiobook Award Finalists

May 5th, 2016 · Audiobooks, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch


What’s this I hear?? The Audie Awards will be May 11th!

Winners to be honored at the Audie Awards Gala in Chicago on May 11th hosted by award winning comedian and author, Paula Poundstone.

Cheer on your favorite audiobook and find new things to listen to.

Check out the 2016 Audiobook Award finalists here and listen to excerpts!

These are some of the 2016 Audiobook finalists in Manchester City Library’s collection:

Happy Listening!

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Party With Mom!

May 2nd, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News


Make memories of Mother’s Day by celebrating in a unique way with your child.  Dress up in your best finery, and have a time on the town!  Stories, a craft and tea with your special little people will make this your best Mother’s Day ever.  Our party starts on Saturday, May 7th at 10:00 AM in our cozy Winchell Room. This program is great for children ages 2-5 and their mothers. Space is limited so we ask that you register at 624-6550 ext. 3328.

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SOFA – Estate Planning

April 29th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News


Steve Pessotti, a local retirement planner and guest speaker from SOFA (the Society for Financial Awareness), will present two educational workshops on Advanced Retirement Planning Strategies. SOFA strives to create and maintain a national presence of excellence through its membership, working to eliminate financial illiteracy, enlighten the public through financial education, empower all individuals to take charge of their finances, and embrace communities by building relationships through trust, integrity, and public service. Mr. Pessotti offers these free seminars as a community service.

We are offering a day or an evening program for your convenience. Join us on May 10th at 1 PM or at 6:30 PM in the Winchell Room. Registration is requested.  For more information contact please call Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 3311.

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Much Ado Messy Art

April 23rd, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch


Join us as we celebrate the arrival of Spring AND Shakespeare’s Folio with messy art inspired by The Bard himself! In celebration of the special free exhibit at the Currier Museum of Art, First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare, will be creating a very special art project here at the library. Grades 1-5 are invited to come. Registration is required. Join us on Wednesday, April 27th at 3 PM in the Winchell Room. For more information, please call 624-6550 ext. 3328.

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Do you have a favorite poet?

April 19th, 2016 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees


This April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world! This month you can find a selection of poetry books in the display case near the elevator on the main floor. Featured in our catalog this month is just a small sample of the poetry available at your library. Have a certain poem in mind? Ask a librarian at the information desk for help.

Learn more at

Do you have a favorite poet?


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Much Ado About Coloring!

April 18th, 2016 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

Shakespeare colorista

We will be having an adult coloring party on Tuesday, April 19th at 11 am in the Winchell Room.  Come on in for some low key and relaxing coloring fun. We will provide basic coloring materials including coloring pages from select coloring books and even a few Shakespeare and Renaissance related coloring pages. We hope you’ll join us! For more information please call Yvonne at 624-6550 ext. 3320.

See you at the coloring party!

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Staff Picks

April 13th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Main Branch

displayHave you ever wondered what the library staff read in their spare time? Then visit our new “Staff Picks” display on the Main Floor of the Library. MCL staff members have chosen their favorite books and audiobooks to display, along with a brief recommendation about why they liked them. Check back often, as we will be adding new titles all the time. These items are available to check out, so come discover a great new writer, or rediscover an old favorite! Located on the Main Floor near the windows on the Concord Street side.

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National Library Week – Libraries Transform

April 11th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to let you know that this is National Library Week!  This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform”. Let me tell you, there have been some wonderful transformations going on at your libraries.

We hope that you will join us all week as we celebrate National Library Week because we have many programs planned for you to enjoy. Plan to come in to the Main Branch on Patron Appreciation Day, which is on on Friday (April 15th), for a small treat. We do greatly appreciate all your support and patronage every day. Thank you all!

Be sure to check out the marvelous renovations that have taken place at the West Branch Library at the end of the week. We are having an open house and tours at the West Branch on Friday at 3 PM and hope to see you there. Come on in and see how the West Branch Library has been transformed!

Happy National Library Week!


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Therapeutic Gardening

April 8th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees

Can you believe that we’ve survived another winter, albeit a mild one?  Now that the temperatures are slowly rising, it’s time to think about spring gardening, purchasing seeds, bulbs, and plants, and marking out plots.  Plant now and you’ll be able to harvest the benefits in a few months.

Hmm… not into gardening, you say?  Maybe reading this will change your mind.

According to Scott (2015), there are “…mental, physical, and emotional health benefits…associated with being in and appreciating nature.”  Some of these include reduced stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, and depression (Scott, 2015).  It can also help deal with grief.  The use of therapeutic gardens can be traced back to ancient restorative centers around the world in Greece, Persia, and Japan.  But these gardens can also be maintained in any public or private settings such as prisons, rehab centers, or even your backyard, as long as they promote movement, and provide a place of comfort for those experiencing difficult times.  Interestingly, these sites also promote sensory awareness, and help develop a sense of community (2015).

But gardening is more than just good feelings.  It’s also about overall health.  With all the latest news about deadly pesticides being used in agriculture, it’s no wonder that many are eating organic, and trying to grow the ingredients for their own meals.  However, for most of us, it’s not economically feasible to buy organic produce all the time.  This is where gardening can help.  Besides, it’s a great way to boost your spirit, knowing that your hard work paid off in the form of future meals you can confidently place in front of your family for dinner!

These are the things to keep in mind when planning a garden (Franklin, 2012):

  • Keep it green (layered landscapes at varying heights – 70%; concrete walkways – 30%)
  • Keep it real (sculptures are nice, but don’t soothe)
  • Keep it interesting (chairs for conversation, birds, etc.)
  • Engage multiple senses (sight, touch, sound, and smell, but avoid strongly fragrant plants)
  • Mind the walkways (gaps in the pavement can be a hazard for those with wheeled IV poles)
  • Water with care (the sound of water falling can vary, so aim for a waterfall, not a dripping faucet)
  • Make entry easy (not too far away, or behind heavy doors)

While our library has several books on gardening and horticulture, you can also explore all the articles available to you in our databases.  There are many periodicals and resources that provide numerous ideas on how to get started.  Moreover, there are different ways of gardening that can be suited to fit your lifestyle.  Don’t believe us?  Here’s an article to get you started:  “Grow Your Own Good Health” (MacMillan, 2006).  We also have several e-books available for checkout (see the resource list posted on our website catalog for more info).

You might not know how to search the online databases available to you through our website — don’t worry, we can show you how to find resources by walking you through the search process.  Just ask one of our Reference Librarians.  Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be well on your way to planning your first garden, or making your first trip out to visit one.

By the way, the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food has released a NH Garden Guide if you’re looking for where to find plants, gardens, events and garden learning opportunities throughout the state.  Ask a librarian at the Rotunda to see this!  If, for whatever reason, you can’t get out to one of these beautiful places, there are always the gardens you can admire through books, magazines, and websites.

We’ve compiled a list of resources for your entire family.  It’s listed on our catalog page (Therapeutic Gardening), so you can peruse the books available.

So what are you waiting for?  Come on in, and browse through what we have in store for you!

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