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$10 Bag Book Sale – 24 January 2015

January 15th, 2015 · Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees

Start the year off with great bargains. The Manchester City Library’s $10 Bag Book Sale will take place on January 24th, a Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. There will be over 10,000 items to select from in the Library’s Winchell Room, on the lower floor.

A wide range of fiction and non-fiction materials are available. There are books for all ages, including large print books (mostly fiction). We have craft books, science fiction hardcover, cook books, art books, hardcover and fiction paperbacks, children’s books, self improvement, biographies, reference and so much more. Musical odds and ends, DVDs, audio books and a few framed prints (individually priced) are also available.

Bring empty average size grocery bags (paper or cloth) and fill the bags with the great choices available for just $10 per bag. You will pay for your selected treasures as you exit the Winchell Room.

Please contact Eileen A. Reddy at or by phone at 624-6550 ext. 320 (Information Desk), if you have questions.


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IRS Tax Products Availability

January 14th, 2015 · City Library, Main Branch, News, West Branch


IRS appropriations were significantly cut in the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill recently passed by Congress.

IRS will offer the following printed forms ONLY. Please see the tax display for these items:

  • Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ
  • Publication 4604 (EN/SP), Use the Web for IRS Tax Products & Information

Please note that there will be no print copies of any 1040 product instruction booklets.

The following are available at the Information Desk for making COPIES only:

  • All Forms – 1 reference copy available
  • Publication 17 – 1 reference copy available

You may obtain copies of any forms, publications, or instructions through the following ways:

  • gov/Forms – to view and download
  • gov/orderforms – to order tax products to be delivered by mail
  • 1-800-829-3676 – to order tax products to be delivered by mail

Go Paperless:

  • You can also fill out your taxes online by going to: Taxes-for-Free

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Tea—The Finale

January 10th, 2015 · 100th Anniversary, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Government Documents, Local Author Series, Local History, Main Branch, Museum Passes, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


If you ever find yourself in London, England, try to go afternoon tea in one of the grand hotels. Reservations are required, dress is formal. Prices vary, Harrods Dept. 32 pounds, the Churchill Hotel on Oxford St. 30 pounds, the Metropolitan on Mayfair, 29 pounds and the Royal Garden Hotel on Kensington, 24 pounds.

Afternoon tea at The Ritz is known world-wide and is something everyone should try at least once in a lifetime. The venue is the Palm Court. The Palm Court epitomizes the elegantly frivolous comfort of late Victorian and Edwardian high life.   Tea is served daily, five sittings, two hours in length. Cost is 37 pounds per person. Dress is formal, proper shoes. Reservations are required, it is advisable to book 24 weeks in advance.   Photography and filming are not permitted. Music on the piano from Ian Gomes,     resident pianist performs classical favorites.

The Palm Court is on your left, in front of the old Piccadilly entrance. There is a mirrored backdrop and marble columns at the entrance to the room. The thick carpet shows no sign of wear. The glazed roof floods the room with light. The wrought iron chandeliers are like works of art with their painted metal flowers.

You are walked to your reserved table by a waiter wearing tuxedo tails. There is a helpful handbag shelf under each table. The chinaware is exclusive to the Palm Court, in a design of pale green and rose which complements the room. There are 17 types of tea, start with the Ritz Royal English Tea. This blend goes well the finger sandwiches. The sandwiches have classic fillings, smoked salmon, roast ham, chicken and of course cucumber sandwiches. These are served on very thin white and brown bread. There are raisin scones or if you prefer apple scones. These are served warm and with strawberry preserve and thick clotted cream. Lastly your cake stand will be placed on your table with a variety of small cakes. Your waiter will bring small plates and pastry forks. Then it ends.

Two additional items:

If you are celebrating a birthday and want a birthday cake, you must notify the hotel when making reservations. The cake will be an eight inch, two layer chocolate cake with vanilla frosting in a wide range of colors.

Do not tip your waiter.

Postscriptum: January is National Hot Tea Month.


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City of Manchester to Open Emergency Warming Shelter

January 7th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, News, Teens, Trustees

If you need a warm place to go after the library closes!

Today Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas announced that beginning this evening the City of Manchester will open an emergency warming shelter in response to the cold weather forecast. Gatsas began, “based on the frigid weather myself and city officials became concerned for queen city residents who are in need of warm shelter. With sub-zero temperatures predicted for the next few days we feel that the city must take these necessary precautions to protect our most vulnerable population of the city.”

The emergency warming shelter will open at 351 Chestnut Street. The shelter is being operated in conjunction with New Horizons for New Hampshire. Individuals in need of shelter are instructed to check-in at the New Horizons Shelter located at 199 Manchester Street. The emergency warming shelter will be staffed beginning this evening Wednesday, January 7, 2015 through Friday, January 9, 2015 from 6pm to 7:30am daily.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and keep the shelter open for additional days should the frigid temperature continue through the weekend,” concluded Gatsas.


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Lego Labs at the library!

January 4th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch


Announcing Lego Labs here at the Manchester City Library. Our first Lego Lab will take place on Monday March 2, 2015, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM in the library’s Winchell Room.

Join us on the first Monday of each month for a Junior Makerspace Lego Lab at 4:00 PM. Come meet, build and make new Lego friends using the 10,000 Lego pieces donated by Lego Systems. This program is for ages 4-6 years old and registration is required. For more information, please call the Children’s Room at 624-6550 ext. 328.

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‘The Whistling Season’ by Ivan Doig

January 2nd, 2015 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

262545Set in the early 1900s, this book is a coming -of-age story told in flashbacks about Rose, the untrained housekeeper hired sight unseen to care for 2 motherless boys and her brother Morris, who becomes the schoolteacher on the Montana Frontier.   “Can’t cook but doesn’t bite.” So begins the newspaper ad offering the services of an “A-1 housekeeper, sound morals, exceptional disposition” that draws the hungry attention of widower Oliver Milliron in the fall of 1909. And so begins the unforgettable season that deposits the non-cooking, non-biting, ever-whistling Rose Llewellyn and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris Morgan, in Marias Coulee along with a stampede of homesteaders drawn by the promise of the Big Ditch-a gargantuan irrigation project intended to make the Montana prairie bloom. When the schoolmarm runs off with an itinerant preacher, Morris is pressed into service, setting the stage for the “several kinds of education”-none of them of the textbook variety-Morris and Rose will bring to Oliver, his three sons, and the rambunctious students in the region’s one-room schoolhouse. A paean to a vanished way of life and the eccentric individuals and idiosyncratic institutions that made it fertile, The Whistling Season is Ivan Doig at his evocative best. Plan to join us on Thursday, January 9th at 7 PM to discuss this thoroughly diverting novel. For more information contact Sarah at 624-6560.

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Happy New Year!

December 30th, 2014 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch


The library will be closing at 1:30 on Wednesday, New Year’s Eve and remain closed over New Year’s Day. We will open at our normal time on Friday morning at 9:30 and look forward to serving you then. The staff of the Manchester City Library would like to wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.
See you next year!

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WiFi is back!

December 29th, 2014 · City Library, Main Branch, Technology


Thanks to the techno elves from info systems, our WiFi service is back, and stronger than ever!

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Penguins of Madagascar

December 26th, 2014 · Children, City Library, Events, Movies, West Branch

thThink you might need to unwind after all your holiday festivities? Then join us for some penguin fun and high jinx! We will be showing Penguins of Madagascar: Operation Special Delivery at the West Branch on Friday December 26th at 3 PM.


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Christmas Holiday Hours

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


The library will be closing at 1:30 on Christmas Eve and remain closed on Christmas Day. We will reopen on Friday, December 26th, at our normal time of 9:30. The library staff would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!



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