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Silent Film Schedule for Spring/Summer 2015

February 22nd, 2015 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies


Here is the list of silent films that will be screening in the library auditorium here at the Manchester City Library. All movies are shown to live music by Jeff Rapsis.

Hula (1927) Tuesday March 3rd at 6:00 PM
Starring Clara Bow and directed by Victor Fleming, a romance set among the early Western settlers of the the Hawaiian islands.

The Prisoner of Zenda (1922) Tuesday April 7th at 6:00 PM
When the king is drugged and abducted by his ambitious brother, a lookalike relative must take his place to keep the evil sibling off the throne. Early silent adaptation of the famed Anthony Hope novel.

Three’s a Crowd (1927) Tuesday May 5th at 6:00 PM
Starring Harry Langdon. In his directorial debut, Harry stars as a slum-dweller who invites a freezing woman, pregnant with another man’s child, into his home. Nursing mother and child back to health, he achieves his dream of having a family… or so he hopes.

Manslaughter (1922) Tuesday June 2nd at 6:00 PM
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille.  Big early Paramount melodrama about a wild, wealthy woman brought to heel by a sermonizing district attorney after she accidentally hits and kills a motorcycle cop.

Open All Night (1924) Tuesday August 4th at 6:00 PM
Starring Adolphe Menjou, Viola Dana, and Raymond Griffith. A comedy about gender roles with a strong cast. A couple with a dull marriage want different things from each other. When they meet a macho professional bicyclist and his girlfriend, the wife becomes attracted to the muscular, if not particularly bright, athlete and the husband finds himself drawn to the girlfriend.

Sadie Thompson (1928) Tuesday September 8th at 6:00 PM
Starring Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, Raoul Walsh. An intense drama of a ‘fallen woman’ who comes to an island in the South Seas to start a new life, but encounters a zealous missionary who wants to force her back to her former life in San Francisco. One of the best performances of Swanson’s career.

For more information contact Jeff Rapsis. This is a monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in a 1913 auditorium. Admission is free and donations are encouraged.

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Manchester City Library’s West Branch Update

February 20th, 2015 · City Library, West Branch


On Wednesday February 18th Library staff and City officials met with our insurance adjustors to begin the process of addressing the massive flood which impacted the branch the evening before. The branch’s lower level, where the majority of our collection is housed, was under 5 feet of water. Books, tables, desks, chairs were floating.

Clean up started on Thursday February 19th and it will take quite some time to complete as we have to remove over 17,000 water damaged library materials, all the furniture, computer equipment, wall board, carpeting, and flooring. The elevator needs repairs and all the electrical panels were submerged as were our networking equipment. Nor does the building currently have water service.

We were able to save approximately 3,000 books and audiobooks which have been moved over to the main library for inventory for insurance purposes.

This cleanup is going to take a significant amount of time and then we have to plan reconstruction. We cannot offer any time frame as to when we’ll have the building back up and running but library staff will keep you posted via this blog.

To all of you have offered your support, services and donations I personally wish to thank you. This has been a stressful time but we look forward to rebuilding your branch.

Denise M. van Zanten

Library Director


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Cure your children’s cabin fever at our winter break events!

February 20th, 2015 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees


Has the “Dreadful Winter of 2015″ lead to cabin fever in your household?  You are not alone and we have just the cure for it–celebrate your winter break at your library!  We have some nifty events planned to help cheer you and your families up.  Let us entertain you!  Here’s a list of events:

MONDAY: On Monday, February 23rd we will be welcoming back Critters & Creatures at 3:00 PM in our auditorium. Meet some creatures and find out how they adapt to the winter’s snow and cold. This program promises fun for all ages. Registration is not required.

TUESDAY: Do you like to play board games? Have you ever played life-sized Scrabble or Connect 4? On Tuesday, February 24th the Giant Game Company will be here in the Winchell Room from 2:00-5:00 PM with a variety of life-sized games. Registration is not required.

WEDNESDAY: February Vacation Program — Get creative with Legos in our Lego Club! Join us from 2-4 PM in the Winchell Room and get creative!

THURSDAY: The Toe Jam Puppet Band!  Shake off the winter blues and groove to the music.  Enjoy hand’s on children’s entertainment with original songs, shadow puppetry and storytelling.  Their performance encourages kids and parents to sing along with the band.  This program will take place in the Library Auditorium on the Main Branch Library

FRIDAY:  On February 27th at 3:30 in the Winchell Room, we will have a Minecraft Afternoon. Play with friends at the library. Registration is required to use our computers. Please bring your own laptop/tablet if you have one due to a limited number of library computers. This program is great for children in grades 3-5.

SATURDAY: We’re getting messy! Calling all young artists! Join us at our Messy Art Storytime on Saturday, February 28th at 10:00 AM in the Winchell Room. We’ll make a cool, messy project for you to take home. This program is geared for ages 3 to 7 and registration is required.

We hope to see you at our Winter Break festivities! For any questions or to register please call the children’s room at 624-6550 Ext. 328.

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Winter Parking Prohibition

February 19th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Local History, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


In addition to snow removal on Elm street there is now a new parking directive.  A winter parking prohibition is now in effect.

Per City Ordinance 71.08 (B), the Public Works Director has determined that the snow has accumulated to a point that creates a hazard. Therefore a prohibition limiting parking to only the even numbered side of City streets will go into effect as of 8:00 A.M., Friday February 20, 2015 and will continue 24 hours per day until further notice. If parking is presently allowed on only one side of the street, parking will be permitted on that side of the street. Streets exempted from this parking ban are as follows: – Elm Street – Commercial Street – Pine Street – Chestnut Street – Bedford Street THE CURRENT ODD-EVEN PARKING RESTRICTION IS HEREBY RESCINDED AND WILL BE REPLACED BY THIS PROHIBITION. In addition, there is no overnight parking permitted on the circular portions of dead-end cul-de-sacs. Those in violation of this ordinance will be subject to a $25.00 fine. Upon declaration of a Snow Emergency, vehicles must be removed from both sides of all City streets. Snow Emergencies take effect from the time determined by the Director, typically 10:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. Earlier start times and later end times may be set during unusually heavy storms. Any vehicle parked in violation of a Snow Emergency Declaration will be removed and impounded.

Well, this should prove interesting!

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Snow Removal. Heads up, people!

February 19th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

snow removal

This is just in from the city and you might need to be aware of this.

Snow Removal Operations will be underway on Elm Street and the adjacent side streets from 10:00 p.m. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19th until 7:00 a.m. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20th.  All Surrounding side streets involved will be marked with “No Parking” signs prior to snow removal.


Vehicles parked on Elm Street and marked areas will be subject to towing and impounding.  Vehicles that are impounded will be stored at the City’s Vehicle Impoundment Area, located in Derryfield Park off of Bridge Street.  In order to recover an impounded vehicle, the owner will be required to present proof of ownership and make a payment of $110.00 in cash.  This must be done within 24 hours of the time when the vehicle was towed.  Vehicles not recovered within 24 hours will be subject to additional towing and storage charges.

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Alexander and the terrible….very bad day (PG)

February 19th, 2015 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Movies


Well we know we’re not the only ones to be having a “terribly bad day” lately, and the irony of the timing of this movie is not lost on us!

This Friday we will be showing Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Join us in the auditorium of the Main Library at 3:00 PM as we screen this book made into movie classic.

See you at the movies!

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CANCELLED – Basic Demonstration of the Internet

February 19th, 2015 · City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Main Branch, News, Uncategorized, West Branch

To accommodate the temporary storage of books we salvaged from Tuesday’s flood at the West branch, we need to cancel today’s computer class in the Winchell Room. We will make arrangements to reschedule the class at a later date.

Steve Viggiano
Manchester City Library

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Manchester City Library’s West Branch Closed

February 18th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


On the evening of February 17, 2015 the Manchester City Library’s West Branch suffered a burst pipe that flooded the entire lower level of the building. As staff work with Facilities Division staff and ARS Restoration Specialist the branch will remain closed. At this time we do not know how much damage was incurred and we need to do a full evaluation of our collection, furnishings, equipment and the structure.   We ask that all of our loyal west side users please return your materials to the Main Library at 405 Pine Street and you can pick up your holds at this location as well. If you cannot come to the main library please use the branch’s book drop which we will check once a day. We will try to reschedule as many west side events as we can at the Main Library over the course of the next few weeks. Please watch the library’s blog for more announcements as we progress with the cleanup process.

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Brown Bag Book Club – ‘The Simple Truth’ by David Baldacci

February 17th, 2015 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

The-Simple-Truth-recropped-277x449For the month of February the Brown Bag Book Club will be reading “The Simple Truth” by David Baldacci.  Michael Fiske broke the law, and sealed his own fate when he took Rufus Harris’s prison letter from the Supreme Court.  Michael’s brother, a cop turned attorney, wants to know why his brother was murdered, and what it had to do with crime committed by Harris twenty-five years ago.  Plan to join us on Tuesday, February 24th, at 12:15 and don’t forget to bring along your lunch! For any question contact the Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 320.

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Closed for President’s Day!

February 15th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees


The Manchester City Library will be closed on Monday, February 16th in honor of President’s Day. We will reopen on Tuesday at 9:30 and look forward to serving you then. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday.

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