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Barnes and Noble Bookfair

September 22nd, 2017 · Books, City Library, Events, Local Author Series, News, Newsletter, NH Room, Teens

To celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month, please join us on September 30th at the South Willow Street Barnes and Noble for a bookfair! Author appearances will include:

Jennifer Vaughn- “Last Flight Out”

Gene Brown – “Tyler’s Pumpkin Patch” “Upside Down Walter”

Carolyn James – “A Life By Request A Walk-in Soul’s Journey From Earth to Heaven, and Back Again”

Matt Forest Esenwine – “Flashlight Night”

Steven Szmyt – “The Kingdom”

Possible appearance by author:

Nancy Cowan – “Peregrine Spring”

A portion of the sale proceeds will be donated to the libraries for new material purchases!



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What can you do if you were affected by the Equifax Security Breach?

September 20th, 2017 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

  • Get a copy of your credit report from
  • Be on the lookout: Watch your mail for anything suspicious. Check your bank accounts for signs of fraud. Listen closely when applying for a loan or a government benefit for signs that someone else might be using your Social Security number. Get your annual Social Security benefits statement online and look for anything unusual.
  • Consider putting a security freeze on all your accounts — the most serious but most proactive step you can take. But take this step with great care. If you plan to shop for a car loan or a home loan any time soon, you probably shouldn’t do this, because security freezes lock credit report files so no one — not even you — can open a new credit account in your name.


Call for Credit Freeze:

TransUnion: 1-888-909-8872

Equifax: 1-800-349-9960

Experian: 1-888-397-3742


Further reading:

Credit repair, by Robin Leonard, 332.743 LEO

Swiped : how to protect yourself in a world full of scammers, phishers, and identity thieves, by Adam Levin, 364.1633 LEV

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¿Como se dice….?

September 18th, 2017 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

Why would you want to learn another language? Well, here are a few reasons.

Are you planning a trip to another country? You may want to know how to ask “Where are the toilets? Where is there an ATM?” Host countries appreciate it when you make an effort to greet and thank them in their own language.

Being fluent in a second language may help you in your current job or a future job.

You will discover new cultures and make new friends.

You will increase your brain power and keep you mind active.

And, my favorite, you will know what ingredients are in a dish when visiting an ethnic restaurant.

Did you know your library has all you need to start learning a new language?  Once you have decided what language you wish to study, you will want to learn about Transparent Language, an electronic resource that you may use here in the library, on your home computer, or your mobile device at the beach. All you need is your up-to-date library card and an internet-connected device. It is really that simple. Choose from 100 languages, Afrikaans to Zulu, and learn to speak, read, and write at your own pace.

Use our dictionaries and phrasebooks as well as fiction and nonfiction books from the foreign language collection to practice your newly acquired language. A few titles from our foreign language collection are listed below.

La cocina cubana de Vero

DinoPark : Roman Histoire de la peinture

Bonne chance!

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$10 Bag Book Sale – September 23, 2017

September 15th, 2017 · Book Sale, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

Manchester City Library will hold a $10 Bag Book Sale on Saturday, September 23rd from 10 AM to 1 PM.  It will take place in the Winchell Room on the lower level of the library.

Bring empty average size grocery bags (cloth or paper) and fill them up with the over 10,000 available items.  As you exit from the sales area, you just pay $10 per average size bag.

At this sale, we have books, DVDs, audiobook CDs, musical CDs, old musical scores and other odds and ends.  There are a wide range of books (fiction and non-fiction), for all ages and interests.  Available items include fiction (hardcover and mass market paperback), sci-fi, mysteries, romance fiction, history, biographies, religion, cookbooks, literature, art and crafts, large print books, children, young adult, sports, social science, foreign languages and so much more.

If there are questions, please contact Eileen Reddy at or by phone at 624-6550.




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New Driver’s Licensing System

September 13th, 2017 · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

We wish to make you all aware of this as it will effect services at the tax collectors office at Manchester City Hall.
New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles to Close Offices for Two Days During Software Upgrade

The NH Department of Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will implement a new driver licensing system in October to replace the current system originally implemented in the 1980s. Implementation of the new system will require the closure of all DMV offices on Monday, October 9th and Tuesday, October 10th and will temporarily limit some services.

“Although temporarily closing DMV offices is required during this transition time, we are aware of how the closure will impact our customers,” said DMV Director Elizabeth Bielecki. “Hopefully, by providing advanced notice, we will minimize the inconvenience this closure will cause.”

During the transition:

  • Town/City Municipal clerks will not be able to process the state portion of vehicle registrations from Friday, October 6, through Tuesday, October 10.
  • Online services, including Online Driver License Renewal and Online Ticket Pay, will not be available from Wednesday, October 4, through Wednesday, October 11.
  • Ticket pay by phone will not be available on Monday, October 9, and Tuesday, October 10. To pay a ticket by phone on another day during normal business hours, please call 1-800-272-0036.

Customers are encouraged to complete DMV transactions regarding driver licenses and registrations in advance of expiration dates if they expire during the transition period. In the days following implementation of the new system, customers may experience longer than usual wait times and are asked to plan their visit accordingly.

Save time by completing forms in advance of your visit. Answers to frequently asked questions and forms are available at the DMV website at

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Today’s Read to Cookie is cancelled (9/12)

September 12th, 2017 · Children, City Library, Events, West Branch

Today’s Read to Cookie program at the West Branch has been cancelled for today. We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please check our library calendar or call the library (624-6550 ext. 3328) for future dates.

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‘Check out’ an information and technology librarian

September 9th, 2017 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Technology, Teens, Trustees

Got a question? Need help setting up an e-mail or Facebook account? Writing a resume? Having trouble downloading that eBook to your tablet? We can help! Stop by the information desk from 6 to 8 p.m., any night we’re open, for drop-in, one-on-one tech help. Bring your device and their cables if you can. Each night is a different focus.

Monday: Microsoft Office, digital photography, language learning and basic computer skills

Tuesday: genealogy research online, basic computer skills, eReaders and tablets, Macintosh and other iOS devices

Thursday: cloud computing, basic computer skills, hardware troubleshooting, eReaders and tablets

While the information staff is always happy to help you with whatever question you have, our subject experts may not always be available on a given night. To check availability, or to schedule an appointment if you can’t make it to a drop-in, call the information desk at 624-6550 x 3320.

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Fall 2017 MCL Notes

September 5th, 2017 · Audiobooks, Book Group, Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Local Author Series, Main Branch, Movies, Museum Passes, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees, West Branch





The Fall issue of MCL Notes is now online! Catch up on what’s been happening at the libraries—there is plenty to read about!—and get the scoop on the programs we have planned from now through November.

We welcome you to sign up to receive this quarterly newsletter by email.

MCL Notes -Fall 2017

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Hoopla is Here!

August 31st, 2017 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Technology, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

We are proud to introduce hoopla digital to our library! Hoopla will launch on our website on September 1st. With Hoopla, you can stream music, videos, and audio books, and download eBooks and graphic novels! In the near future Hoopla will also be available to stream through your TV.


With hoopla, you will have immediate access to:           

ALL of this content will be available to our you in one all-inclusive mobile app or website. The platform is simple, intuitive and free to our patrons. BEST OF ALL? There is NO WAITING for titles, the collection contains half a million titles and is growing every day!

Here are some other great features of hoopla:
– Borrowed content is available for immediate streaming on a computer or mobile device
– On the digital app, borrowed content can be temporarily downloaded for offline use (yes, you
can watch movies and listen to movies and audio books while you are traveling!)
– Music albums can be listened in their entirety or shuffled between other checked out albums
– Hoopla’s eReader, Action View, is interactive, allowing a comic book to be read panel by panel!
– Hoopla has a Kid’s Mode setting, allowing young people access to content geared towards ages
12 and under.

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Labor Day Weekend

August 31st, 2017 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

The Manchester City Library will be closed on Saturday, September 2nd, through Monday, September 4th, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.  The West Manchester Branch Library will be closed that Monday as well. We will reopen on Tuesday at our normal times.  We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday.

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