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Recommended reading for Sci-Fi and Fantasy lovers! March 2018

March 6th, 2018 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News, NH Room, West Branch

Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire. Children have always disappeared from Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children under the right condition–slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter. No matter the cost.

2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur Charles Clarke. This allegory about humanity’s exploration of the universe—and the universe’s reaction to humanity—is a hallmark achievement in storytelling that follows the crew of the spacecraft Discovery as they embark on a mission to Saturn. Their vessel is controlled by HAL 9000, an artificially intelligent supercomputer capable of the highest level of cognitive functioning that rivals—and perhaps threatens—the human mind.

A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller.  Many years after a nuclear war, scholars seeking the old learning come to a monastery where much knowledge has been preserved.

Influx, by Daniel Suarez. Jon Grady’s team achieves what they’ve been working toward for years: a device that can reflect gravity. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. Instead, his lab is locked down by the BTC, who uses the technologies they have harvested over the decades to fulfill their mission. Asked to join the BTC, Grady balks, and is put into a high-tech prison. Grady and his fellow prisoners must conceive of a way to usher humanity out of its artificial dark age.

The Last Policeman, by Ben H. Winters. When the Earth is doomed by an imminent and unavoidable asteroid collision, New Hampshire homicide detective Hank Palace considers the worth of his job in a world destined to end in six months and investigates a suspicious suicide that nobody else cares about.

Fool’s Assassin, by Robin Hobb. FitzChivalry–royal bastard and former king’s assassin–has left his life of intrigue behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married to his childhood sweetheart, Molly, and leading the quiet life of a country squire. Though Fitz is haunted by the disappearance of the Fool, who did so much to shape Fitz into the man he has become, such private hurts are put aside in the business of daily life, at least until the appearance of menacing, pale-skinned strangers casts a sinister shadow over Fitz’s past … and his future. Now, to protect his new life, the former assassin must once again take up his old one.

Half a King, by Joe Abercrombie. “I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath.” Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge. Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could. But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi finds that his path may end as it began–in twists, and traps, and tragedy.

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MCL Notes – March/April/May 2018

March 3rd, 2018 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, West Branch

The Manchester City Library and West Manchester Branch Library have a lot to tell you about! Learn about our plans to renovate the children’s room, this year’s One Book, One City program, our youth photo exhibit, programs for all ages, and more in the latest issue of MCL Notes!

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

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Eyes on Owls Program Pictures

March 2nd, 2018 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch

The Eyes on Owls program was amazing!

Here are some pictures of the event courtesy of Chantal Duval.

(all photos courtesy of Chantal Duval)

We hope you were able to attend!  Please take a look at our calendar and follow us on social media to find out about future programs.

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Winter break fun at your library

February 26th, 2018 · 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, Main Branch, Teens, Uncategorized, West Branch

Home with the kids this week? Looking for something to do? Here’s what’s going on at the library. All activities are free of charge. Hope to see you there!

At the Main library – 405 Pine Street. Call 624-6550 ext. 3328 for more information or to register.

MONDAY February 26: Join us at 2:00 pm in the Winchell Room for Owls of the World: Who’s Watching You? Meet six live owls (from small to huge) up close. Includes hooting lesson! Space is limited, and families are welcome.

MONDAY, February 26: Join us at 3:30 pm at Barnes & Noble for Maker Monday! Come make and build with new Makerspace activities. This month’s focus will be designing and creating your own buttons! For kids in grades 2-5. For more information contact David at 624-6550 ext. 3324.

MONDAY, February 26: Monday Night Movie: Wonder (PG), 6:00 pm, Auditorium. Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. 113 mins.

TUESDAY, February 27 is Gaming Afternoon and Evening. Drop in to the children’s area from noon to 8:30 for a broad selection games.

WEDNESDAY, February 28: Preschool Dance Party, 10:00-11:00 am, Winchell Room. Ages 3-5.

WEDNESDAY, February 28: Afternoon at the Movies: LEGO Batman Movie (PG), 1:00 pm, Auditorium. In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. 104 mins.

WEDNESDAY, February 28: Minion Party, 3:00-5:00 pm, Winchell room. The Minions are back! Join us for minion activities and refreshments. Make your very own minion pal. For grades K-5. Registration required.

WEDNESDAY, February 28: Read to Cody, 3:30-5:00 pm, Children’s Room. Reading Education Assistance for Dogs is back. Cody loves books as much as you! Bring your favorite book, or choose one of ours. What could be more fun? All reading levels welcome. Call to reserve a time slot.

THURSDAY, March 1: Join us for some messy fun at Messy Art Afternoon, 3:00 to 5:00 pm, Winchell Room. Ages 2-5.

FRIDAY, March 2: Lapsit Storytime, 10:00 am, Winchell Room. Parents & children 23 months & younger. Registration required. Continues every Friday through March 23rd.

FRIDAY, March 2: Drop in Legos, 1:00-5:00 pm, Winchell Room. Come meet, build and make a new LEGO friends using the 10,000 LEGO pieces donated by LEGO Systems.

At the West Manchester Branch Library – 76 N. Main Street. Call 624-6560 for more information or to register.

TUESDAY, February 27: Afternoon Storytime with Josh Judge,  WMUR meteorologist and author of “Be Nice to the Weatherguy,” 1:00-2:00 pm, Meeting Room. Families welcome. Judge’s books will be on sale. Don’t miss this chance to purchase an autographed copy!

THURSADY, March 1: Improv Puppet Workshop, 1:00-3:00 pm, Meeting Room. Make your own Sock Puppet and learn puppetry basics in this hands-on workshop. All materials will be provided. Two sessions, one hour each. Space is limited to 10 students per session. For grades 3-6.

THURSDAY, March 1: Read to Cookie, 3:30-5:00 pm, Periodicals Room. Reading Education Assistance for Dogs is back. Cookie loves books as much as you! Bring your favorite book, or choose one of ours. What could be more fun? All reading levels welcome. Call to reserve a time slot.

FRIDAY, March: Family Storytime, 10:00 am, Meeting Room. Ages 2-5. Registration not required. Stories and crafts. Continues every Friday through March 23rd.

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February 2018 recommended reading for Science Fiction and Fantasy Lovers

February 20th, 2018 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

The City of Brass, by S. A. Chakraborty. Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by–palm readings, zars, healings–are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to question all she believes.

The Stone Sky, by N. K. Jemisin. The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. The remarkable conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season.

Tomorrow’s Kin, by Nancy Kress. Follows the arrival of alien embassies who meet with the United Nations amid human fear and speculation before obscure scientist Dr. Marianne Jenner is secretly invited to visit the aliens and prevent an imminent disaster.

The Power: A Novel, by Naomi Alderman. A rich Nigerian boy; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. When a vital new force takes root and flourishes, their lives converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls and women now have immense physical power– they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And everything changes.

The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden. In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift – a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.

A Plague of Giants, by Kevin Hearne. Enter an unforgettable world…one that is forever changed when an army of giants invades. The kingdom’s only hope: the discovery of a magic that will call wondrous beasts to fight by the side of humankind

The Rise & Fall of the D.O.D.O., by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland. Boston, present day. A young man from a shadowy government agency shows up at an Ivy League university and offers an eminent professor a lot of money to study a trove of recently discovered old documents. The only condition: the professor must sign an NDA that would preclude him from publishing his findings, should they be significant. The professor refuses and tells the young man to get lost. On his way out, he bumps into a young woman–a low-on-the-totem-pole adjunct faculty member who’s more than happy to sign the NDA and earn a few bucks. The documents, if authentic, are earth-shaking: they prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for much of human history. But its effectiveness began to wane around the time of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment; it stopped working altogether in 1851 at the time of the Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in London.

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Library closed for President’s Day

February 16th, 2018 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

The Manchester City Library will be closed on Monday, February 19th, in observance of President’s Day.  The Main Branch will reopen at our normal time of 9:30 AM on Tuesday morning and the West Manchester Branch Library will open at 12:30 Tuesday.

We hope to see you then!

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Celebrate Black History Month

February 10th, 2018 · Art Room, Books, Children, City Library, E-Books, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

Celebrate Black History Month with these noteworthy books and music CDs!
See our display on the second floor.


100 Amazing Facts About the Negro, by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Black Fortunes, by Shomari Wills.

Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing, by Stephanie Stokes Oliver.

Born a crime : stories from a South African childhood, by Trevor Noah.

Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies, by Dick Gregory.

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, by Brittney Cooper.

Encyclopedia of Black Comics, by Sheena C. Howard.

The Last Black Unicorn, by Tiffany Haddish.

The Mother of Black Hollywood, by Jennifer Lewis.

We’re Going To Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True, by Gabrielle Union.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge.


Behold the Dreamers, by Mbue, Imbolo, author.

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond, by Brenda Woods.

Bluebird, Bluebird, by Attica Locke.

The goddess of Mtwara and other stories : the Caine Prize for African Writing 2017

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas.

Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward.

The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin.


Sweetsexysavage, by Kehlani.

Did It For Love, by Leela James

4:44, by Jay-Z.

Let them fall in love, by CeCe Winans.

In it to win it, by Charlie Wilson.

Damn, by Kendrick Lamar.

Freedom Highway, by Rhiannon Giddens.

Trip, by Jhené Aiko.

Ctrl, by SZA

Luv is Rage 2, by Lil Uzi Vert

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Winter fun

February 9th, 2018 · Books, City Library, Uncategorized

When there is a Nor’easter roaring into town and the winds are so strong you can’t go outside, what can you do? The snow is drifting, the roads are impassable, and no one wants to go out, not even the dog. The opening ceremony for the PyeongChang Olympics is later tonight but what shall we do before that time?

Let’s get out a board game so all of us can play while we wait for the Olympic Games to start. We have several to choose from and there is sure to be at least one that we can all agree to play. Or perhaps a game of cards would be more fun? Whatever we decide to do, we have only to look at Hoyle’s rules of games: description of indoor games of skill and chance, with advice on skillful play if we need to check on rules. Find this book, and other books on indoor games, on display in the library rotunda.

So what shall it be? Monopoly, backgammon, or checkers?

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Olympians, Olympic History and Trivia Display at Manchester City Library

February 5th, 2018 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

Olympians, Olympic History and Trivia Display at Manchester City Library


Check out our display on the main floor, right outside the elevator.


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Manchester Youth Photovoice and Umap Project

January 23rd, 2018 · City Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Teens

Manchester City Library is proud to host the Manchester Youth Photovoice and Umap Project until the end of March.  This is a collection of photographs captured and captioned by 9- to 12-year-old Manchester residents.  Upmap is a mapping tool that plotted the specific areas where participants took their Photovoice photos.

This exhibit is the culmination of a collaborative project between Manchester Parks and Recreation, with the Foundation for Healthy Communities/HEAL NH, and the non-profit research organization, GP RED.

You can view the Manchester Youth Photovoice on the lower floor of the Manchester City Library in the hallway leading to the elevator.

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