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Wine Toss for WiFi

November 15th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch, News


Wine Toss for WiFi!
The Manchester City Library foundation cordially invites you to attend our Fall fundraiser here at the library. Win wine for Thanksgiving dinner and help us upgrade our WiFi! We hope you will plan to join us on Wednesday, November 18th, from 5-7 PM. Please contact Mary G. at 624-6550 ext. 311 to make reservations to attend.

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Winter Snow Emergencies and Winter Parking

November 12th, 2015 · City Library, Events, Foundation, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees

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Yes, it might seem a tad bit early to be thinking about winter, winter parking, and winter snow emergencies, but we thought you might need this information. Hopefully not in the very near future!

Here are the Winter Parking Ban rules for the 2015/2016 Winter season:

The City of Manchester Department of Public Works would like to advise all operators and owners of all motor vehicles odd/even overnight winter parking will go into effect December 1, 2015 at 1:00 a.m. and will remain in effect until April 15, 2016.

As of December 1, 2015, parking will only be permitted on the odd numbered side of a street on odd numbered calendar month and only on the even numbered side of a street on even numbered calendar months beginning at 1:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. This means that you should park your car on the even side of the street during the month of December and you should park on the odd side of the street during the month of January, etc. etc.  If parking is presently allowed on only one side of the street during the day, parking will be permitted on that side of the street every night. 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.

To receive winter parking ban notification please sign up here.


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Veterans Day

November 9th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News


This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.  Elmer Davis

Thank you to the veterans on our staff, and to family, friends, neighbors, and all who have served.  The Manchester City Library will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th for the observance of Veterans Day. We will reopen at our normal hours on Thursday morning.

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New Hours for the N.H. Room

November 8th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, NH Room


Starting Monday, November 9th, the New Hampshire Room will be closed on Monday nights, but open on Tuesday nights. The NH Room’s full schedule for the week will be as follows:

Monday: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Tuesday: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Thursday: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Friday: By Appointment Only

Saturday: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Sunday: Closed

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The Golden Hour

November 4th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, NH Room



Driving home from work last week down Route 28 I chanced to fall into a beautiful golden hour. The orange and gold leaves on the trees had a fine back-light to them and then when the trees finally gave way to fields, I saw the sky. It felt like one of those skies that Maxfield Parrish might have painted. He, too, lived in New Hampshire after all! It pleases me to think that my home state inspired such a renowned and respected artist and that we share sunrises and sunsets like this, albeit across time and space.

And speaking of time and space, I encourage you to shake off the stresses and blues of fall and winter by visiting the Maxfield Parrish exhibit at the Currier Museum of Art. And if you can’t visit the Currier, then plan to visit the art room in the library. We have a wonderful collection of Maxfield Parrish art books available for borrowing. If Maxfield Parrish’s art isn’t your thing, then we can find a different artist to inspire you.

I hope the beauty and stillness of Parrish’s works might warm your heart and help chase the autumn chills away. See you in the art room!


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Election Day – Where Do I Vote?

November 2nd, 2015 · City Library, Main Branch


The Manchester City Library will be closed on Tuesday, November 3rd in observance of Election Day.  If you need to locate information regarding voter registration or for questions about where to vote in Tuesday’s municipal election here in Manchester please follow these links to the City of Manchester’s website.

We will reopen at 9:30 on Wednesday, November 4th, and look forward to serving you then.

See you at the polls!

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Songs of World War II with “Ramblin ’ Richard ” Kruppa

October 30th, 2015 · City Library, Main Branch


“Ramblin’ Richard” Kruppa will be at the library with an entertaining program of music that brings to light the fascinating and unfamiliar stories about some of our most beloved American songs from 1930-1945. Songs include “Beer Barrel Polka,” “Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover,” and “You are My Sunshine.” Join us on Thursday, November 5th at 7 PM in the library auditorium. For more information please contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 311.

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Happy Halloween!

October 28th, 2015 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2

Picture1It’s time for our annual Halloween Party!  Children and parents should come in costume.  Entertainment and refreshments will follow the parade. This year’s party marks the return of Toe Jam Puppet Band. Come trick or treat with Toe Jam’s all original Halloween songs & puppets.  You may ask, ‘What Can I Be For Halloween?”..well… Toe Jam will dress up the kids in the kooky Halloween gear and dance some spooky dances like ‘Do the Frankie!” (as in Frankenstein)  The show is full of Toe Jammy Monsters and silly string too.  Boo to You!  Plan to join us on Thursday evening (October 29th) at 6 PM. All ages are welcome and space is limited so arrive early!  For more information, please call the Children’s Room at 624-6550 ext. 328.

Halloween Trick or Treating in Manchester is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 31, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. For all other towns please follow this link to a list of N.H. towns holding trick-or treating.


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Take me out to the ballgame!

October 26th, 2015 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Local History, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees

“The trouble with baseball is that it is not played the year round.”

– Gaylord Perry, pitcher, 1991 Hall of Fame inductee, 5-time All Star

The Fall Classic. That time of year when the Boys of Summer look to wrap up the season and chase the dream of a championship ring. As we head into the pennant race and the start of the World Series, let’s take a look back at some memorable moments in the history of this pinnacle achievement of America’s pastime.


The first official World Series was held in 1903, pitting the Pittsburgh Pirates against the then Boston Americans (now the Red Sox). Boston won five games to three, in part due to the pitching of Cy Young.


No series was held in 1904, but during that winter, new rules were established and in 1905 the Series became an annual tradition.


One of the more infamous matchups was the 1919 Black Sox scandal, when seven players of the Chicago White Sox allegedly conspired to throw the World Series. Among the seven was Shoeless Joe Jackson, portrayed by Ray Liotta in the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams.”


Bill Wambsganss became the first and only player to make an unassisted triple play in a World Series in 1920. He was the second baseman for the Cleveland Indians that year and in their matchup with the Brooklyn Robins (later the Brooklyn Dodgers, now the LA Dodgers) Bill caught a line drive, stepped on 2nd for the putout and then tagged the runner coming towards him from 1st base.


While many regular season games had been played after dark since the first in 1935, the first scheduled night game of the World Series was October 13, 1971, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA. The Pittsburgh Pirates won that game 4-3 over the Baltimore Orioles. That year, Roberto Clemente, right fielder for the Pirates, became the first Spanish-speaking MVP.


Game 6 of the 1975 Series, held on October 21 at Fenway Park in Boston, is considered by many to be the greatest game ever played. Boston beat the Cincinnati Reds in the 12th inning due to a walk off home run by New Hampshire’s own Carlton Fisk. The footage of him waving the ball to stay fair is still shown as one of the greatest plays in baseball. Cincinnati would go on to win the Series the next night.


The San Francisco Giants were scheduled to host the Oakland Athletics for game 4 of the 1989 series when the game had to be postponed due to an earthquake. The 7.1 magnitude quake struck as the players were warming up. Commissioner Fay Vincent rescheduled the game for ten days later, and Oakland ended up winning the game and the series.


It wasn’t until 1992 that the World Series actually became an international event when the Toronto Blue Jays won the American League pennant and faced the Atlanta Braves. The Blue Jays won four games to two that year, as well as in 1993 when they beat the Philadelphia Phillies by the same margin.


For more trivia about the Fall Classic, check out the Eric Enders book 100 years of the World Series.


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Update on the West Branch

October 23rd, 2015 · Books, Children, City Library, West Branch


The Branch project is starting to ramp up and we are very excited to be moving forward!

  • Bid specifications are being finalized for the three major systems to be installed:
  • HVAC system
  • Modern fire alarm system
  • New sprinkler system

Bids for electrical work, new energy efficient windows and doors (to replace the 1980s renovations), lighting, flooring, replacing of walls and painting will be released once the intrusive work for the major systems is underway.

What still needs to be done:

  • Replace the computer network systems which were destroyed in flood
  • Repair the two restrooms in the lower level
  • Complete the security camera project
  • Order the shelving and furnishings for the lower level so they can be delivered once the space is repaired/renovated to hold them.
  • and of course restocking the shelves and putting back the public computers.

Construction should start in early December and we would like to have the building operational by early April, in time to celebrate National Library Week.  We are very thankful for the support of our Trustees and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen so that this project went from a one floor restoration at the time of the flood to a full and complete renovation of this historic building.

As the project progresses and the time frame is firmed up I will continue to update information on the library’s website as well as posting the information at both buildings.  We know many of our library users are anxious and we thank you for their patience and support as we work to reopen an improved branch to be utilized for many years to come.

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