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Silent Films – Cabiria

May 27th, 2014 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies


Cabiria is a silent film pioneering epic made in Italy just before World War I engulfed Europe. Set in Sicily, Carthage, and Cirta during the Second Punic War (218-201BC), the film follows a melodramatic main plot about an abducted little girl, Cabiria, and features an eruption of Mt. Etna. This movie will be showing on Tuesday June 3, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:15 PM in the main branch auditorium. For more information contact Jeff Rapsis at


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Memorial Day

May 23rd, 2014 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, West Branch

The Manchester City Library will be closed from Saturday, May 24th through Monday, May 26th for the observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday at our regular time. We hope that you all have a safe and happy holiday.

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System Maintenance

May 21st, 2014 · City Library, Main Branch, News, Technology, West Branch


On Thursday, May 22, our computer system will be down for an upgrade. During this  time, the library will be open, but our catalog, subscription databases and downloadable books will not be available. You will be able to check out library materials, but you must have your library card with you.

Public Internet computers and wi-fi will still be available.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.

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Framed Art for Check Out

May 15th, 2014 · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Looking for a way to spice up your living room for the spring and summer? Wish you had a nice piece of art for that dinner party you’re having? Look no further than the library, which has all types of framed art you can take home and hang on your wall…for 2 months!

Recently, we purchased ten new pieces, including works from Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Van Gogh. There are also some colorful flower images, one of a dragonfly, and a print entitled “Maple Trees” by Japanese artist Hiroshige. Next time you’re in the library, head upstairs. The prints are displayed on two racks heading toward the Art Room. You can check out two at one time.

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Thoughts on eBooks, publishers, and libraries

May 13th, 2014 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, West Branch

It’s quite obvious that eBooks are not the same as physical books. Physical books are made up of many pages that you can flip through, can easily be distinguished by their covers, and take up lots of space. eBooks on the other hand can be stored on a device, which means you can have dozens (hundreds!) of titles in something smaller than a paperback. You can also adjust the font size, color background, and alter other aspects to customize your reading experience. While some people prefer the physical book, a growing number of people enjoy each format for what it offers.

For the most part, borrowing an eBook from the library is a different experience than checking out a physical book. (If you’re on vacation miles away, all you need is an internet connection!) However, there is one thing that is the same: most eBooks may only be checked out by one person at a time, and you must put your name on the hold list if it’s checked out.  “But this doesn’t make sense!” you cry. Anything electronic has the ability to be available all the time, whenever we want it…that’s the whole point, right? So why doesn’t this work with library eBooks? In a nutshell, it comes down to the publishers, and how they view eBooks in libraries.

In some respects, publishers want an eBook to be treated just like a physical book, such as in the above example of one copy per user. On the other hand, libraries pay much more for eBooks than they do for physical books, often triple the cost. Some publishers don’t actually sell their eBooks to libraries, but rather lease them for a specific time frame, such as one year, or a certain amount of checkouts. A new copy must be purchased (or not) after it expires. This might explain why that eBook you borrowed 2 years ago is no longer in the collection. Other publishers will not even sell to libraries at all, so if you want a particular new title, you’ll have to borrow it in print or purchase the eBook yourself. And just when you thought there were no more scenarios, some publishers do not sell to consortiums, and Manchester is part of both GMILCS and the NH Dowloadable books consortiums.

Despite these hurdles, we actually do have quite a nice collection of eBooks! As the eBook market has evolved, publishers have altered their terms and many more sell to libraries now than in the beginning. The initial step of figuring out how to borrow an eBook might be daunting for some, but once you are set up, it’s really very easy. If you’ve had trouble in the past, give it another chance. There have been improvements to make the experience more seamless. We have two platforms, OverDrive, and 3M, and you can use one or both at the same time.

OverDrive is the NH Downloadable Books Consortium organized by the State, and has a large collection of eBooks and downloadable audiobooks. OverDrive works with Apple, Android, Nook, Sony, and Kindles, among other smaller brands. There is even a format that allows you to read in your browser. While the books do appear in the library catalog, you have to go to the OverDrive site to check them out. You can follow the NH Downloadable Books blog to see what new titles have been purchased, or search for troubleshooting issues.

3M is the GMILCS Consortium, and offers only eBooks (but downloadable audiobooks are coming very soon!). The collection is smaller, but there are also a lot less people using it, so often the wait time for popular books is much shorter. 3M works with Apple, Android, Nook, Sony, and the Kindle Fire, among other smaller brands. You can check them out in the app, but also from logging into your library account from the catalog. This feature makes 3M really easy to use; if you check out from the catalog, the book will automatically download to your device. No going to an extra site. The GMILCS 3M wiki has brochures with directions and other troubleshooting advice.

Our download eBooks page also has instructions for both services, but if you’re still having trouble, stop by the library and one of our reference staff can help get you set up. If you’re already set up, browse our list of 3M eBooks, or check out our extra copies of OverDrive Advantage titles for MCL cardholders.

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Power of the “Place Request” Button

May 11th, 2014 · Books, Children, City Library, E-Books, Foundation, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

Have you ever found something in the catalog that you wanted, but the library was closed or the item was at another GMILCS library? Did you want to get on the wait list for the next book by a very popular author? The “Place Request” button of the catalog may be helpful.

The “Place Request” option requires an up to date library card.  Please be aware that a Manchester City Library card is good for two years, and then it needs to be renewed.  You will need the 14 digit barcode number on the back of the library card and your PIN/password.  Your PIN number is the last four digits of your phone number on the library card registration, unless you have changed it to a different password.

To reach the catalog, just click on “search the catalog”; which is located near the top of the Manchester City Library’s homepage.  The catalog contains the listing for Manchester City Library, the branch on the West Side and 11 other libraries that belong to the GMILCS Consortium.

Once you find an item that you are interested in borrowing, click on the “Place Request” button.  The first screen will show the item title and the format; and ask you to log in.  To log in, so you can request the item, you will need the 14 digit barcode number (no spaces) on the back of your card and your four digit PIN number in the second line asking for a password.  The next screen will ask you to pick the library that you want to pick up the request from and to submit the request or cancel it.  The third screen is to log out or start the process to pick another item for hold.

Not everything in the catalog can be placed on hold or be sent from another library, such as reference materials, non-circulating special collections or local history collections.  If another library has a new material title that Manchester doesn’t have; it will most likely not be available for hold request for about its first six months in circulation.

Please contact Manchester City Library at or 624-6550, if you have any questions.

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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail!

May 8th, 2014 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail! For the month of May the Brown Bag Book Club will be reading “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed. A series of family tragedies left Strayed feeling she had nothing to lose when she set out on a trek over 1,000 miles along the Pacific Coast. In spite of hardships along the way, the journey ultimately healed her. Join us on Tuesday May 27, 2014, from 12:15 to 1:30 PM in the Winchell Room of the Main Branch. For more information contact the Information desk at 624-6550 ext. 319.

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Me Before You

May 7th, 2014 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch


Our Thursday evening book group will be reading “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes. Louisa Clark takes a badly-needed job caring for wheelchair-bound Will Traynor, who is acerbic, moody and bossy.  When she learns Will has shocking plans of his own,  she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.  “Me Before You”  explores the controversial issues of euthanasia.  For more information contact Sarah at 624-6560. Join us on Thursday May 8, 2014, from 7:00 to 8:15 PM at the Main Branch/Hunt Room.

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Life-Size Candyland

May 5th, 2014 · Children, City Library, Main Branch


We have a sweet event for you sweetie pies out there! We will be playing life size Candyland outside on the library’s  side lawn. Help us find the lost king of Candyland while learning your colors. Join us on Monday, May 12th at 10:00 AM for a very sweet time! This program is great for children ages 2-5 years old and registration is required for this event. In case of rain or snow, our rain location will be in the Winchell Room. For more information, please call 624-6550 ext. 328.

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Basic Demonstration of the Internet

May 3rd, 2014 · City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Main Branch

The Manchester City Library is pleased to be offering a computer demo about the Internet. The demonstration will show people how to navigate the Internet, explain general terminology and workings of the Internet, how to search the Internet for information, create a web based e-mail account and general use of the library’s on-line catalog.  If time permits at the end of the session, there will be a general question and answer period.

Join us on May 7th at 2:30 in the Winchell Room. If there are questions about this event, please contact Eileen A. Reddy at 624-6550 ext. 320 (Information Desk) or by e-mail

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