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Classic video games!

December 18th, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, News, Technology, Teens, West Branch

retroevent29thClassic video games come to the West Manchester Branch Library!  Whether you enjoyed these games in the past or are looking to experience them for the first time this will be a fun event for all ages.  This event will focus on home consoles from the 80s and 90s.  Enter a raffle to win a certificate to Level Up Gaming!  Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by parents.  Games will be available from 3 PM to 5:15 PM Thursday Dec 29th in the West Manchester Branch Library 2nd floor meeting room.  Call (603) 624-6560 for more information.

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A bizarre holiday tradition

December 15th, 2016 · Books, Children, Events, News, Teens, Trustees

In the late 19th century there was an unusual holiday tradition called “The Christmas Side Hunt”.  The object of the hunt was to see who could shoot the most birds and small animals on Christmas Day. It was a very popular event and fiercely competitive.

The Audubon Society had recently been formed and one of their members, a young ornithologist named Frank M. Chapman (1864-1945), suggested replacing the Hunt with a “Christmas Bird Census”, counting birds rather than killing them.

The first Bird Count was conducted in 1900. There were 27 birders in 25 different locations or circles from Ontario to California who recorded seeing around 90 different species of birds. The birds were counted in the field, in the woods, and at bird feeders. In 2015, there were 59,039 birders in the United States alone, counting birds at 1902 different circles.  The birders recorded seeing around 50 million birds!

This year’s Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14, 2016 and ends January 5, 2017. For more information on the history of the Side Hunt or to find out how you can participate in this year’s count, you may visit

Should you wish to have birds in your own backyard, the library has a good selection of books that will help you to do that. Here are a few suggestions:

Audubon backyard birdwatcher: bird feeders & bird gardens by Robert Burton

Backyard bird identification guide by Jerry G. Walls

The complete backyard birdwatcher’s home companion by Donald S. Heintzelman

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Holiday Music with Harpist Lisa Washington Calvo

December 11th, 2016 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees


Come and join us and experience some wonderful holiday music with harpist extraordinaire, Lisa Washington Calvo.  Ms. Calvo will be performing in the library rotunda on Thursday, December 15th, at 1 PM.  This is a very special holiday treat, as the library rotunda serves as a magical space that resounds this gorgeous harp music throughout the library.  This program is free and open to the public.  For more information please contact Mary Gallant at 624-6550 ext. 3311.





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Movies at the West Manchester Branch Library

December 10th, 2016 · Children, City Library, Events, Movies, West Branch



This winter we will be showing movies at the West Manchester Branch Library on select Thursday afternoons.

December 22nd – Sully (PG13)
January 26th – Light Between Oceans (PG13)
February 16th – The Secret Life of Pets (PG)

All movies will begin promptly at 1 PM and will be shown in the Meeting Room of the West Manchester Branch Library.  For more information please contact Caleb at 624-6560.







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Winter MCL Notes is here

December 10th, 2016 · Audiobooks, Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, E-Books, Events, Main Branch, Museum Passes, News, Newsletter, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

Find out what’s going on at the Manchester libraries in the latest issue of MCL Notes!

Happy Holidays!

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Renovations at the Carpenter Memorial Library Building

December 5th, 2016 · Books, Children, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch


As part of maintaining this important historical structure the Manchester City Library Board of Trustees with the support of the City of Manchester are pleased to announce a major renovation of the Carpenter Memorial Building. The library will be receiving new flooring throughout all public areas on the 1st and 2nd floors as well new tiling in the Rotunda. The library building is now entering its 103rd year serving the citizens of Manchester.

During this major renovation the West Manchester Branch Library (76 N. Main Street) will be offering temporary extended hours to provide full library services.

From January 16th to January 29th the Carpenter Memorial Building will be closed to the public while renovations are completed. Temporary Branch hours during this time period will be:
Monday 9:30 am to 8:30 pm (Closed January 16th holiday)
Tuesday 9:30 am to 8:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am to 8:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

You will be able to pick up your holds, attend programs, use the Wi-Fi and access the Internet at the branch while we work on updating the main library building. If you wish to return materials during the project you can do so at the Branch or via the exterior book drops at the main library. No items will be due back during the project dates.

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Winter 2017 Afternoons at the Movies

November 28th, 2016 · City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Movies, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


Wednesdays @ 1 pm
Featuring Steve McQueen – Closed Captioned
December 7 The Rainmaker (136 min., PG13)
December 14 Bullitt (113 min., PG)
December 21 Christmas With the Kranks (98 min., PG)
December 28 Jungle Book (2016) (105 min., PG)
January 4 Captain America-Civil War (146 min., PG13)
January 11 Ghosts of Mississippi (130 min., PG13)

January 18 Magnificent Seven (1960) (126 min., NR)
January 25 Emma’s Chance (92 min., PG)

February 1 Miracles From Heaven (109 min., PG)
February 8 The Hunter (95 min., PG)
February 15 Now You See Me 2 (129 min., PG13)
February 22 Angry Birds (97 min., PG)

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Not your grandmother’s quilt!

November 25th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Quilts and quilting have been around for centuries as a practical as well as a decorative art. Over the years methods of cutting and assembling quilts have changed. The reasons for making quilts, however, are much the same as they were when our grandmothers made them.

Quilts were made to be used as bed covers but they were often designed to be pleasing to look at as well. They were given away as wedding gifts or made by a young woman to take with her when she married. Quilts were also made for new babies. A friendship quilt was made for people moving westward to remind them of the family and friends they were leaving behind.

Today we are still making those kinds of quilts but we also make smaller quilts created and used solely for decorations as wall hangings, table runners, bags, and garments. All kinds of fabrics and notions are available around the world. There are quilt shops from Australia to Japan, the United States to Malaysia. Visit to find one near you.

Grandmother might be surprised to find she could go to her public library and find hundreds of books on quilt making ranging from simple patchwork to more complex patterns and techniques. For example, Point, click, quilt: turn your photos into fabulous fabric art by Susan Brubaker Knapp introduces a modern technique while Vintage quilt revival: 22 modern designs from classic blocks by Katie Clark Blakesley, might inspire her to use familiar patterns to create a new keepsake.

Check out a small sample of quilting books and quilts on the main floor, near the elevator, for inspiration. For even more books on quilting, be sure to visit the Art & Music Room on the second floor.

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 22nd, 2016 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch


The library will be closed on Thursday, November 24th in observance of Thanksgiving Day. We will open on Friday at our normal time.  We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of you for your support throughout the year.  The library staff wishes you and yours a peaceful and joyful holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

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Miniature painting for beginners!

November 21st, 2016 · City Library, Events, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


Miniature Painting for Beginners -Learn the basics of miniature painting.  Beginner hobbyists of all types will find this program fun and informational.  Learn how to choose the proper tools and techniques for your own project.  Useful for enthusiasts of model trains, doll houses, board games and historical strategy games.  Thursday December 8th at 4 PM to 5:15 PM at the West Manchester Branch Library 2nd floor Meeting Room.  Call Caleb at (603) 624-6560 for more information.

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