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Cancelled! Local Author Series: Deborah Cross

February 16th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Events, Local Author Series, Local History, Main Branch

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We will be having an author meet and greet, book signing, and short movie highlighting “Remember When We…Wallis Sands Beach Revisited” by Deborah Cross this Thursday night (February 18th) at 7 PM in the Winchell Room. Deborah’s books will be available for sale (and signing) at that time. For more information, please contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 311.

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The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search For The Happiest Places in The World

February 16th, 2016 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch



For the month of February the Brown Bag Book Club is reading ‘The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search For The Happiest Places in The World’ by Eric Weiner.  This book uses a mixture of travel, psychology, science and humor to investigate not what happiness is, but where it is.  It is an insightful, enjoyable, informative, interesting, and often quite funny account that ponders many thought-provoking questions about happiness or the lack thereof.  Bring your lunch, and happily, dessert is on us!  Join us on Tuesday, February 24th at 12:15 in the Hunt Room as we discuss this fascinating novel. For more information contact Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 319.

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Happy Valentines Day!

February 14th, 2016 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch


i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
This has always been one of my favorite love poems, and let’s face it, being a big mush, there are many poems that get my heart racing. We hope you all have a very special and meaningful Valentines Day this year.  Spend some time with that special person in your life, it’s a better gift than candy or roses.  Say hello to someone you haven’t spoken with in a while. Pick up the phone and tell someone you care for them. Read a romance novel or read a love poem to your sweetie. For more love poetry and romance novels, visit us at the library and we’ll hook you up!  Happy Valentines Day.

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President’s Day

February 13th, 2016 · City Library, Events, Main Branch

flag day display

President’s Day is this Monday and the Manchester City Library will be closed for the day in observance of the holiday.

Did you know?

The term “First Lady” was used first in 1849 when President Zachary Taylor called Dolley Madison “First Lady” at her state funeral.  It gained popularity in 1877 when used in reference to Lucy Ware Webb Hayes. Most First Ladies, including Jackie Kennedy, are said to have hated the label.

Every member of Teddy Roosevelt’s family owned a pair of stilts, including the first lady.

Gerald Ford worked as a model during college. He also worked as a forest ranger at Yellowstone National Park directing traffic and feeding the bears.

We look forward to serving you on Tuesday and we will be open from 9:30 Am to 8:30 PM that day.  We hope that you all have a safe and happy holiday weekend.


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Blind Date With a Book!

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

blind date

Blind Date with a Book! If you love mystery and surprises then we have just the thing for you! Visit our Blind Date with a Book display in the library rotunda and select a mystery novel to read. Who knows, you just might find your next best literary love!

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Hearts on Fire – Adult Coloring Party

February 9th, 2016 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter


Hearts, love and Valentines! Will you be my coloring Valentine?  We’re having a coloring party on Tuesday, February 16th, at 11 am in the Winchell Room. Come on in and try out the hottest hobby trend for adults: adult coloring! Drop in, sit down, and relax with some quiet time and experience the benefits of coloring therapy. Studies show that coloring can be calming and have an almost zen like effect on the adult mind, encouraging relaxation and promoting overall wellness. The library will provide coloring pages from books designed especially for adults, as well as colored pencils, markers, and crayons. If you prefer, you can bring your own coloring materials to use and enjoy the company.  Sign up is requested, please! For more information or to register please call Yvonne or the information desk at 624-6550 ext. 320.

See you at the coloring club!

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The New Hampshire Presidential Primary!

February 7th, 2016 · City Library, Events, Main Branch


If you haven’t heard, Tuesday, February 9th, is the New Hampshire Presidential Primary!

We hope that you will be able to find time visit your voting location and cast your ballot. If you do not know where you need to go to vote or need to register to vote please call the library at 624-6550 Ext. 320 and we’d be glad to help you. Click on the link here to see a sample ballot. Sample ballots are also available by visiting City Hall during regular business hours.

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West Branch renovations are progressing nicely

February 3rd, 2016 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

westbranchrenovationsDear Library Patrons:

The branch building is a hive of activity and is swarming with contractors working hard to complete the renovations! Here is how the project is going:

  • HVAC unit installed, duct work run and the system is operational;
  • Electrical system repaired;
  • Elevator repaired and operational;
  • Computer networking re-wiring is done;
  • Fire alarm system installation ongoing on all three floors;
  • Sprinkler system installed in basement level, almost complete on main level, top floor is up next;
  • New wall board in the lower level is being prepped for painting;
  • Movers will be onsite soon to empty out the main floor of the building for the new flooring and painting to be done;
  • Painting schedule being worked on now to stagger work around the other projects;
  • Bathroom repairs have begun in lower level;
  • Final flooring decisions are in process for installation by early April;
  • Shelving and furniture selections are being finalized for installation in early April;
  • The large plate windows and new front doors are on order and should be installed in March;
  • New ceiling and lighting fixtures to be installed in lower level as soon as painting is completed;
  • All computer and office equipment has been ordered and are being stored for installation;
  • Security cameras will be installed as soon as painting is finished;
  • Library materials will be ordered and will be moved on site once shelving is scheduled for installation.

The schedule is progressing as fast as it can as we retro fit an 1870s building with modern fire alarm and sprinkler systems.   The contractors and our colleagues from the Facilities Division have been great to work with and everyone is excited to be providing a totally renovated branch library to our community.

We are still planning an open house during National Library Week (April 10-16) so the community can get a glimpse of the work that will be completed by then.  More details about the open house will be released as work progresses.  Our goal is to have the building ready for full operations by the end of April if not before.

Denise M. van Zanten
Library Director

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Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq

February 1st, 2016 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News


Our Thursday evening book group will be reading ‘Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq’ by Kirsten Holmstedt. This novel presents a dozen accounts of women in combat in Iraq, such as the first female pilot to be shot down and survive.  Plan to join us on February 11th at 7 PM in the Hunt Room. For questions or to reserve a copy please contact Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 319.

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The 2016 Tax Season Is Here

January 26th, 2016 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

The 2016 Tax Season Is Here

Find the Forms You Need at the Library



Forms At the Library

  • The library will print forms for free. Instruction booklets are 20 cents/pg.
  • 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and instruction booklets are or will be available at the library.
  • There will also be 1 copy of Pub 17 for reference use at the library.

Call the library at 624-6550 to get an update on what forms are available

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