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New Audio Books for the Ride to & on the Beach ☺

June 15th, 2014 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, News, Technology, West Branch

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It’s…drum roll….. BEACH TIME!!  Time to gather your pails, shovels and sunscreen and head out for some sun and sand.  We at the Library would like to suggest great stories for you to listen to on the way, or when you get there.  Please have a fun, safe summer y’all

1.  Letters from Skye  by Jessica Brockmole (Audio Book on CD or Ebook)

March 1912: Twenty-four-year-old Elspeth Dunn, a published poet, has never seen the world beyond her home on Scotland’s remote Isle of Skye. So she is astonished when her first fan letter arrives, from a college student, David Graham, in far-away America. As the two strike up a correspondencesharing their favorite books, wildest hopes, and deepest secretstheir exchanges blossom into friendship, and eventually into love. But as World War I engulfs Europe and David volunteers as an ambulance driver on the Western front, Elspeth can only wait for him on Skye, hoping he’ll survive. June 1940: At the start of World War II, Elspeth’s daughter, Margaret, has fallen for a pilot in the Royal Air Force. Her mother warns her against seeking love in wartime, an admonition Margaret doesn’t understand. Then, after a bomb rocks Elspeth’s house, and letters that were hidden in a wall come raining down, Elspeth disappears. Only a single letter remains as a clue to Elspeth’s whereabouts. As Margaret sets out to discover where her mother has gone, she must also face the truth of what happened to her family long ago. Sparkling with charm and full of captivating period detail.

2.  Furious Cool – Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him by Henry David (Audio Book on CD)

Richard Pryor was arguably the single most influential performer of the second half of the twentieth century, and certainly he was the most successful black actor/comedian ever. Controversial and somewhat enigmatic in his lifetime, Pryor’s performances opened up a new world of possibilities, merging fantasy with angry reality in a way heretofore unthinkable. He was both a brilliant comedian and an  astute judge of what he could get away with.  Now, in this groundbreaking and revelatory work, Joe and David Henry bring him to life both as a man and as an artist, providing an in-depth appreciation of his talent and his lasting influence.  It is also an insightful examination of the world he lived in and the influences that shaped his persona and his art.


3.  Z – The Life of Zelda Fitzgerald  by Therese Fowler (Audio Book on CD)

A tale inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald follows their union in defiance of her father’s opposition and her abandonment of her provincial upbringing in favor of a scandalous flapper identity that gains her entry into the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera.


4.  Becoming Mr. October  by Reggie Jackson (Audio Book on CD)

Reggie Jackson hit 563 home runs and drove in 1,702 runs over the course of his twenty-one-year career; he played three World Series-winning seasons with the Oakland Athletics, and two with the New York Yankees. He is a special adviser to the Yankees.

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Science Afternoons – Things that Get Gooey, Fizz, Fly and Go Boom!

June 13th, 2014 · Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Summer Reading Program


Join us this summer as we conduct our scientific experiments to see what gets gooey, and goes fizz, boom, or bang. We will be conducting a series of ‘Science Afternoons’ this summer, exploring lots of fun things in our “mad scientists lab” (ahem-the Winchell Room). Put on a lab coat as we create items that fizz and foam such as mini volcanoes.  We will dig into the science of flight as we create different styles of paper airplanes and parachutes and then get ready to get messy as we make our own quicksand and slime. Lastly we will explore the science of rockets using simple household materials.  For four Wednesday afternoons, we will put on our lab coats and goggles and do some simple experiments and other projects based on a weekly theme. We hope to see you in our lab this summer as we have loads of fun and explore the wacky and amazing world of science.

• June 25 – Things That Fizz
• July 2 – Things That Fly
• July 9 – Things That Are Gooey & Gross
• July 16 – Things That Go Boom!

This program is meant for children in grades 3-6.  Lab space is limited, so registration is required for our lab experiments.  For more information and to register, please contact the Children’s Room at 624-6550 ext. 328.

See you in the laboratory!


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Light Between Oceans

June 10th, 2014 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch


The Brown Bag Book Club will be reading Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. A lighthouse keeper’s wife discovers a baby in a row boat on the shore, along with the baby’s dead father. Her husband wants to report the incident immediately, but she insists the baby is a gift from God. When the baby is two, the couple returns to the mainland and the consequences of their decision test them both.  Join us on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, from 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM in the Hunt room of the Main Branch. For more information contact the Information Desk at 624-6550 ext. 319


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Teen Summer Reading Program

June 9th, 2014 · Books, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Summer Reading Program, Teens

We are pleased to announce our teen summer reading program from June 23rd through August 22nd. Read books. Come to programs. Win prizes.

For every book you finish between June 23rd and August 22nd, fill out one of the summer reading forms found in the Teen Area, or fill out the online form (

For every program you attend, fill out a program attendance form before you leave.

Each week, these forms will be entered into a raffle drawing for a $25 gift card from places like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Cinemagic, Double Midnight Comics, Game Stop, or iTunes!

It gets better:

For every three books you finish, you will receive one entry into the grand prize drawing for an iPad!

The program is open to students entering grades 6 to 12. For more information, contact Amy Graves, Teen Librarian, at 624-6550 ext. 345 or

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Touch A Truck Event

June 7th, 2014 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Summer Reading Program

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To kick off our summer reading program, we are hosting a Touch a Truck event on Saturday, June 21 from 11am-1pm on the library lawn and parking lot. National Machinery Movers will be here with trucks for the kids to explore. There will be face painting and other activities provided by Girl Scout Junior Troop 13103. There also might be a few surprise guests as well. For more information, please call 624-6550 ext. 328.

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New Fiction Coming Soon

June 4th, 2014 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Newsletter, West Branch


Just in time for that trip to the beach or a rest in the back yard hammock! Here is a list of new fiction coming soon to your library.

The Heist, by Daniel Silva
Severed Souls, by Terry Goodkind
Designated Daughters, by Margaret Maron
Invincible, by Diana Palmer
Strangers, by Bill Pronzini
An Unwilling Accomplice, by Charles Todd
Shots Fired, by C.J. Box
Haunted, by Randy Wayne White
The Long Way Home, by Louise Penny
Midnight in Europe, by Alan Furst
Swan Point, by Sherryl Woods
Private Down Under, by James Patterson
Bones Never Lie, by Kathy Reichs
Remains of Innocence, by J.A. Jance
Rise of the King, by R.A. Salvatore… and many, many more!

To place your holds now for these upcoming titles please call the reference desk at 624-6550 Ext. 320. or visit the online library catalog.

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Are You Curious? Get Ready for Fizz, Boom, Read!

June 4th, 2014 · Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Summer Reading Program, West Branch


14142420422_aaccc1a489Are you curious? Most people are, and nearly all kids are, especially when given a little encouragement! Finding answers to all of life’s “whys”and “hows” and the observations that lead to these questions is what science is all about! Explore and celebrate the ordinary wonders of everyday science with us during our summer reading program. Readers of all ages will explore science topics this summer as the West Side Library presents “Fizz, Boom, Read!” during our summer reading program. Activities may include science experiments, robot building, grossology fun, nature explorations, and more. We’ll kick off the program on Wednesday, June 25th with registration, games, crafts, and summertime snacks. This kickoff will jump start six weeks of a fun-filled reading club with storytimes, programs, crafts, and more. Children who join the summer library program keep their minds active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed. Sign-up starts from June 25th onward and is geared for children from preschool age to those who are in the 5th grade.  We hope you will plan to  join us this summer for Fizz, Boom, Read! Stop in the library for more information and a schedule of events.


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Summer Newsletter

June 3rd, 2014 · 100th Anniversary, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Local Author Series, Local History, Main Branch, Movies, News, Newsletter, NH Room, Summer Reading Program, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

The summer edition of the Manchester City Library’s newsletter, MCL Notes, is here! Catch up on what’s been happening at the libraries—there is plenty to read about! Get the scoop on the programs we have planned from now through August.

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

Have a great summer!

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Microsoft Office 2013 Instructional DVD’s

June 3rd, 2014 · City Library, Foundation, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

If you’re one of those people who learn best visually, then these DVD’s are for you. We have basic and advanced skills for Access, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point. There are also two separate DVD’s for Excel charts and graphs, and shortcuts. Here’s the complete list. Whether you need to learn the most updated version or are looking for tips you don’t even know exist, these DVD’s will surely deliver both and much more. Below, please find the link for the compete list of DVD’s available to you.

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If you have any questions or need help requesting or locating these materials please call us the the Information/Technology desk at 624-6550 and we will be at your service.


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Fizz, Boom, Read!

June 2nd, 2014 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch

Readers of all ages will explore all things scientific this summer as the Manchester City Library presents “Fizz, Boom, Read!” summer library program. Activities include storytimes, crafts, science afternoons, movies, and a kick-off party. All programs are free of charge. The 2014 summer reading program is open to young people, preschool to 5th grade. Registration for “Fizz Boom Read!” begins on Monday, June 23. Tell us about four books that you have read to earn special prizes. Volunteers will be available for booksharing Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays from 10:30AM to 7:30PM, and Wednesdays & Fridays from 10:30AM to 4:30PM. For more information, please call us at 624- 6550 ext. 328.

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