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The Good Earth

February 8th, 2015 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

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For the month of February our Thursday evening book group will be reading “The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck.  The Good Earth is a novel by Pearl S. Buck published in 1931 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1932. The best-selling novel in the United States in both 1931 and 1932, it was an influential factor in Buck’s winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938. It is the first book in a trilogy that includes Sons (1932) an A House Divided (1935).

The novel, which dramatizes family life in a Chinese village before World War I, has been a steady favorite ever since. It was included in Life Magazine’s list of the 100 outstanding books of 1924-1944. In 2004, the book was returned to the bestseller list when chosen by the television host Oprah Winfrey for Oprah’s Book Club. The novel helped prepare Americans of the 1930s to consider Chinese as allies in the coming war with Japan.

Join us on the evening of February 12th at 7 PM to discuss this classic American novel.  For more information contact Sarah at 624-6560.

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Go Red!

February 5th, 2015 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees

Go Red for Women National Casting Call
Go Red with the American Heart Association and the staff of the Manchester City Library this Friday (2/6)! Wear red on Friday February 6th, and support the fight to end heart disease and strokes in women. At 3 p.m. the Real NH Red Dress Women will be reading stories to educate children in heart healthy habits and decisions.

Bring the family and wear red to show your support for this cause. Kids and adults can create Valentines for their loved ones, a heart healthy snack will be served. We will also screen awareness videos for our busy Mom’s – as we are never to old to learn the signs of heart attack and stroke. For more information contact Karyn at 624-6550 ext. 328. Registration is requested.

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Reading with Mabel!

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

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We have some “paws”-itively great news! Reading Education Assistance for Dogs is coming to Manchester City Library. They will meet in a corner of the children’s room and you will have a chance to read to Mabel, a cuddly Corgi who loves books as much as you do.   Bring your favorite book, or choose one of ours. What could be more fun? All reading levels welcome.

Mabel will be visiting the Main Branch on February 9th from 3:30-4:40 PM.

Mabel will be visiting the WEST BRANCH on February 12th from 3:30-5:00 PM

Call us at the children’s room at 624-6550 ext 328 at the main branch OR 624-6560 at the West Branch to make reservations.

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Library closing early

February 2nd, 2015 · City Library, Main Branch, News, Uncategorized

Due to the snow, the library will close today, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. Stay safe!

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Lego Lab Postponed

February 2nd, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch

Due to the snowstorm, our Lego Lab that was scheduled for today will be postponed until tomorrow, February 3rd at 4:00 PM. Please stay safe, and we hope to see you tomorrow!

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Go Red!

February 2nd, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees

 

Go Red for Women National Casting Call
Go Red with the American Heart Association and the staff of the Manchester City Library this Friday (2/6)! Wear red on Friday February 6th, and support the fight to end heart disease and strokes in women. At 3 p.m. the Real NH Red Dress Women will be reading stories to educate children in heart healthy habits and decisions.

Bring the family and wear red to show your support for this cause. Kids and adults can create Valentines for their loved ones, a heart healthy snack will be served. We will also screen awareness videos for our busy Mom’s – as we are never to old to learn the signs of heart attack and stroke. For more information contact Karyn at 624-6550 ext. 328. Registration is requested.

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‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ by Mark Haddon

January 29th, 2015 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

1618The Brown Bag Book Club will be reading “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the night-Time” by Mark Haddon.  Christopher Boone is autistic.  He knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket.   Routine order and predictability shelter him from the wider world until his neighbor’s dog is found impaled on a garden fork and Christopher is blamed for the killing.  Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favorite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is deeply funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally. Join us at lunchtime on Tuesday, February 3rd, at 12:15 PM as we discuss this intriguing book.  For any questions please contact the Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 320.

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Museum Passes are hit and miss today!

January 28th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Museum Passes, News, Teens, Trustees

Towns and cities are still removing snow and trying to recover from yesterday’s blizzard. As a result, some museum pass venues are open and some are not. Here is a list of altered hours for some of the museum passes we offer.

Closed today:        Museum of Fine Arts
Boston Children’s Museum
House of Seven Gables
Peabody Essex Museum

Opening at Noon Today:   New England Aquarium
Currier Art Museum
Children’s Museum in Dover

Opening at 1:00 pm today: Imajine That

Open but with limited access (not sure what that means): Museum of Science in Boston

Open as normal:    SEE Science Center
Manchester Millyard Museum

Please call the library at 624-6550 Ext. 314 to reserve a museum pass or for more information about our museum pass program.

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Library Closed on Tuesday January 27th

January 26th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

map_specnewsdct-85_ltst_4namus_enus_485x273The Manchester City Library will be closed on Tuesday, January 27th due to the blizzard. We will reopen at our normal times on Wednesday: Main Branch at 9:30 and the West Branch at 12:30.  We hope that you and yours will remain safe and snug during the storm.

The following information is on the City of Manchester’s website. For emergency preparedness information, please check out this  Disaster Preparedness Pamphlet and refer to this Emergency Center Information page (http://info.manchesternh.gov).

Please monitor your local media outlets for timely updates. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

To report non-emergency storm-related situations (i.e. limbs or trees down), please call the Manchester Emergency Operations Center at (603) 668-1547.

Here is a media release from the Mayor at City Hall:

City of Manchester: January Blizzard Update (Monday, January 26, 2015 at 12:35pm)

MANCHESTER, NH – Please be advised the City of Manchester has made the following arrangements in preparation for the January Blizzard.

Snow Emergency: A snow emergency will be put into effect beginning this evening (Monday, January 26th) at 7:00pm through Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 12:00pm.

Overnight off-street parking: Overnight off street parking will be available free of charge at the following locations beginning this evening Monday, January 26, 2015 at 6:00pm through Wednesday at 12:00pm: Pearl Street Lot, Victory Garage (25 Vine Street).

On the west side the parking lots of Gossler Elementary (99 Sullivan Street) and Parkside Middle School (75 Parkside Ave.) will also be available.  Please note that the west side parking location needs to be cleared of vehicles by Wednesday, January 28th at 6:00pm or vehicles will be towed.

MTA: Bus service for the city is expected to run as scheduled but please be advised there could be delays.

Emergency Homeless Shelter: The City will open the emergency homeless shelter at 351 Chestnut Street this evening, Monday, January 26, 2015 and Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 5:00pm to 7:30am.

Manchester School District: The Manchester School District will be closed on Tuesday, January 27th and Wednesday, January 28th.

City Operations: On Tuesday, January 26, 2015 the city will operate with essential personal only.  City Hall will be closed in addition to all other city departments (i.e. welfare, health, tax collector, city clerk, ordinance violations etc.)

 

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Winter Storm Juno

January 26th, 2015 · Children, City Library, Foundation, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees

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The following library programs that were scheduled for Tuesday, January 27th, have been cancelled due to the impending winter storm.

Preschool Story Time at 10:00 AM

The Brown Bag Book Group at 12:15 PM. The Book Group meeting is rescheduled for Tuesday February 3rd at 12:15 PM.

Computer Comfort/Computer Basics at 2:30 PM

The following information is on the City of Manchester’s website. For emergency preparedness information, please check out this  Disaster Preparedness Pamphlet and refer to this Emergency Center Information page (http://info.manchesternh.gov).

Please monitor your local media outlets for timely updates. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

To report non-emergency storm-related situations (i.e. limbs or trees down), please call the Manchester Emergency Operations Center at (603) 668-1547.

We apologize for any inconvenience that these programming cancellations might cause, but your safety is our priority, and we hope that you all stay safe during the storm.

 

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