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Braille Family Story-time for Children

July 14th, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch


On July 28th Manchester City Library’s Children’s room will welcome Stephanie Hurd, the community coordinator for N.H. Association for the Blind. Ms. Hurd will present a special Braille Family Story-time with an inter-generational blindfold coloring activity for children who attend.  For more information please contact Dee at the Manchester City Library at 624-6550 ext. 3340.

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Presenting Judy Pancoast! Rain or Shine!

July 13th, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Family Fare, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees


Join us on Thursday, July 14th at 6 PM on the library lawn of the Main Branch as we present Judy Pancoast. This Family Fare event will feature lots of music, singing and dancing sure to please all ages. In the event of rain this program will be held in the library auditorium. For questions or for more information please call Mary at 624-6550 ext. 3311.

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Pokémon Go at the Library!

July 12th, 2016 · Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

indexHas the Pokémon Go phenomenon caught up to you yet? If not, then you’re missing out on a lot of fun!
We wanted to let you all know that we’re having a Pokémon program on Monday, July 18th and we’ll review Pokémon Go with you all. And if you visit the library, you might find a special something waiting to be caught! Visit the West Branch and you’ll find something doubly rewarding!
If you should have a Pokémon Go or any other Pokémon question, feel free to ask us or call David in the Children’s Room at 624-6550 ext. 3328. We hope you have fun out there and please remember to play and train safe!

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Ronald McDonald’s Journey to Read! Show

July 11th, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch


This special, interactive performance led by Ronald McDonald offers kids and families the opportunity to take part in a fun-filled literacy event.  Throughout the show, summer readers will help prepare Ronald for an exciting journey to read.  Together they will discover how reading is the best part of the journey!  The 30-minute performance will be filled with magic, music, audience participation and lots of fun!  Seating is limited.  For more information, please call Mary Glavin at 624-6550 ext. 3328.

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Incredible India

July 8th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

india symbolsHave you ever heard of a country that has only 28 states, yet 20+ official languages?  Well, look no further, as we explore Incredible India.  In honor of this country’s upcoming 69th anniversary of its independence, we are going to take a look at this incredibly diverse subcontinent, and highlight some of its fascinating facts.


Overview: (India, 2016)

Official name:  Republic of India

Population:  1,147,995,898 (estimated as of 2008)

Official language:  None

National languages:  22 scheduled languages + English

Bordering countries:  China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Burma

Bordering bodies of water: Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea

Largest city:  Mumbai

Climate:  diverse; mostly tropical, excluding elevations; varies seasonally & regionally

Year of Independence:  1947

National symbol: the lion Ashoka

Currency: Rupee (1 USD = approximately Rs. 67)

Anyone who has traveled to this country, can tell you that its diversity is incredible.  Traveling from one state to the next is like being transported to another world, complete with different languages.  When most people think of India, they think Bollywood, the Taj Mahal, poverty, or Gandhi.  But there’s another side to India involving exotic palm and coconut tree-lined waterways, lush tropical foliage, and the amazing aromas of home cooked meals wafting through the air.

Travel & Weather: Travel to India can nearly take an entire 24 hours, depending on where you’re going, and where you’re flying from.  The country has tropical monsoon weather in the south, temperate weather in the north, and much colder temperatures near the Himalayas.

Government & Law:    India is a Federal Parliamentary Republic with Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches.  In the Executive Branch, there is a President as the Chief of State, as well as a Prime Minister as the Head of Government, each serving a 5-year term.  The Legislative Branch consists of the Council of States, also known as the “Rajya Sabha”, with members serving a 6-year term.  The Judicial Branch consists of the Supreme Court (whose justices are appointed by the President), as well as three subordinate courts: the High Courts, District Courts, and Labour Courts.  Unlike the U.S., India has dozens of national and regional political parties (CIA World Factbook).

Topography:  If you’re looking for an array of landscapes, India is the country for you.  From rivers, mountains, valleys, seashores, deserts, and flatlands, it has it all.  The country can be divided into the following areas (CIA World Factbook):

  • The northern mountains of the Himalayas
  • The Indo-Gangetic Plain
  • The Peninsular or Deccan Plateau
  • Central Highlands
  • West Coast (Kankara, Konkan, and Malabar coasts)
  • East Coast (The Coromandel coast to the south)
  • The Great Indian Desert (also named as Thar Desert in Rajasthan) and Rann of Kutch
  • The Northeastern mountain ranges bordering Assam Valley
  • The Brahmaputra River Valley in Assam
  • The Islands of the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea.

Traditional Clothing:  There are many types of ‘traditional’ Indian clothing, but the most well-known one is perhaps the saree, a single piece of cloth varying in length from 5 to 9 yards, that is wrapped around a woman’s body in drapes and folds, and accompanied by a short, cropped blouse.  There are also several other types of Indian clothing for women & men, which are also featured in our Indian Couture display in the 2nd Floor Rotunda case.  Don’t forget to stop by to check it out! The Couture display will be on exhibit through the end of August.


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Family Fare 2016!

July 5th, 2016 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Family Fare, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees


One of the long standing traditions here at the Manchester City Library is to offer our public our annual family friendly summer programming called Family Fare.  This series has been sponsored by the generosity of our community and by the Library Trustees for many years. This year’s Family Fare programs are sure to please all ages! All programs will be held outside on the Library South Lawn, and in the event of rain will be held in the Library’s Auditorium.

July 7th at 6 PM – Wildlife Encounters featuring seven amazing animals – three from the Wildlife collection and four from the Interactive collection.  Sponsored by Charter Trust Company.

July 14th at 6 PM – Judy Pancoast will entertain you with music, singing and dancing. Sponsored by the Library Trustees.

July 21st at 6:00 PM- Dan Grady and His Marvelous Marionettes – A fast-paced, stringed puppet production comprised of routines that have that special something which is sure to tantalize, captivate, enchant and delight all those whom attend. Sponsored by Brady Sullivan Properties.

July 28th at 6 PM – Singer & Storyteller Steve Blunt – On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! is the theme for Steve Blunt, promising fun for all ages.  There will be stories and songs to sing and just plain silliness. Sponsored by Demoulas’ Market Basket.

August 4th at 6:00 PM – Wildlife Encounters – Come see what animals Derek will  bring this month! Sponsored by Anagnost Investments.

We hope that you will plan to attend our annual Family Fare Series this summer. For questions or more information please call Mary G. at 624-6550 ext. 3311.

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Happy Fourth of July!

July 1st, 2016 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees, West Branch


In observance of Independence Day the Main Branch will be closed on Saturday, July 2nd and both library buildings will be closed on Monday July 4th. We will reopen at our normal times on Tuesday morning. Manchester’s Independence Day Celebration will take place on Sunday, July 3, 2016, at Arms Park in downtown Manchester on Commercial Street. Live entertainment, food vendors and fireworks at dusk.   Here is a list of Independence Day activities going on across the state.

We hope that you and yours have a safe and happy holiday.


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4th of July Celebration in Manchester

June 29th, 2016 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News


The City of Manchester, NH will conduct its 2016 Independence Day Celebration at Arms Park on Sunday, July 3, 2016. The park will close for vehicular traffic at 6:00 PM. Commercial Street will be restricted to pedestrians only beginning at 8:00 PM.
Entertainment will be provided by the 39th Army Band beginning at approximately 7:30 PM and will play into the beginning of the fireworks. The fireworks display, provided by Atlas PyroVision Productions, will begin at dusk (approximately 9:30 PM). Food and beverage vendors will be available on site beginning at 6:00PM or bring your own. No alcoholic beverages and glass bottles will be allowed. No pets please. Admission is free.

Both the East and West bound spans of the Notre Dame (Bridge Street) Bridge will be closed to all traffic (foot and vehicular) at 8:00 AM.

See you at the fireworks!

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Boston Red Sox

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

Baseball is the game of summertime.   In this region, the main major league team is the Boston Red Sox. They have been playing in the iconic baseball stadium, Fenway Field, for over a hundred years.

The Red Sox has a history of rivalry with the New York Yankees, especially in the 21st century.

After a long drought of World Series Championships, the Red Sox won three World Series championships (2004, 2007 and 2013).  The most spectacular championship was 2004; after the Red Sox was down by three games to the Yankees in the American League Championship Series.  The Red Sox won the next four games straight to take the American League Championship and go to the World Series.

Over the years, the Red Sox had many memorable players.  A complete list is way too long for this blog; but the list would include Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Fred Lynn and so on.  This season is the last playing season for Big Papi – David Ortiz.

When the Portland Sea Dogs come to play the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the fans are able to watch potential future Red Sox stars.

Presently, the Red Sox are playing very well with several new members on the team.  Are they going to go all the way this season?

To learn more about the Red Sox, their past and present; check out these books:

Big Papi : my story of big dreams and big hits

Fenway 1912 : the birth of a ballpark, a championship season , and Fenway’s remarkable first year

Miracle at Fenway : the inside story of the Boston Red Sox 2004 championship season

Ted Williams the biography of an American hero

Emperors and idiots : the hundred year rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox, from the very beginning to end of the curse

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Get in the game: read!

June 19th, 2016 · Books, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Summer Reading Program, Teens, West Branch

Picture1Our teen summer reading program runs from June 13th to August 20th this year. Here’s the deal: read books, come to programs, win cool prizes!

For every book you finish between June 13th and August 20th, fill out one of the summer reading forms found in the Teen Area, or fill out the handy online form.

For every program you attend, fill out a program attendance form before you leave. Programs will be held weekly on Thursdays at 4:00 PM. The schedule of programs will be available on the library’s online calendar. 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! For every three books you finish, you will receive one entry into the grand prize drawing for an iPad Air! The program is open to students entering grades 6 to 12. For more information, please contact Amy Graves, Teen Librarian, at 624-6550 ext. 3345 or

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