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Warming Centers

February 2nd, 2023 · Children, City Library, News, Teens

Warming Centers:

1269 Cafe:  Day services and recovery oriented warming station running daily.  Should we run into a capacity issue at 1269, we will open warming station overflow at the old Bus Station.  Fire Squad One and outreach partners are providing regular safety monitoring and checks to help folks access warming.

Fri. 2/3/23 update! Waypoint’s Drop-In Center will be operating as a Warming Center for young adults ages 18-24. The Drop-In opened this morning and will stay open until 7pm on Sunday evening. We have cots available for young people to sleep throughout the evening. If you’re connected to a young person who is in need of a safe, warm space, please send them to 298 Hanover Street in Manchester or connect them with our staff. We can help with transportation if needed. During business hours, staff can be reached at 603-518-4170. During the evening and weekend, staff can be reached at 1-800-640-6486.

Emergency Shelters:

Families In Transition continues to have open beds

The new emergency shelter run by the City at 39 Beech Street opens tonight, 2/2/23 at 7PM.  This will be managed by the fire department thru the weekend and will replace the services provided at the Cashin Center which will close for warming.  40 cots will be provided along with on-site storage and meals.  On Monday 2/6, the emergency shelter will transfer over to new staff and management and the space will be able to accommodate showers and service-enriched day space thru April 30th. 

The new YWCA emergency shelter for women at 15 Brook Street will open  Monday 2/6/23.  This will offer 14-16 beds for women and will prioritize partner agency referrals.  The space will provide also service enriched day space in the Annex on site.  Guest will have on site access to storage, meals, showers, and laundry.

Stay safe, everyone!

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Ten Works of Ancient Egyptian Art You Should Know About

February 3rd, 2023 · Art Room, Books, City Library, Library Displays, Main Branch, West Branch

Egyptian Stone Hieroglyphs

Ancient Egyptians believed that rather than creating art (for which they had no word), they were creating works of beauty that emulated from their profound reverence for the gods. It also reflected a great sense of order, giving rise to a distinct artistic style which remained virtually unchanged for over 3000 years. Here is a list of ten very important works of ancient Egyptian art.

Narmer’s Palette (31st Century BC): This 23 inch high palette is decorated on both sides and has the distinction of being one of the oldest known ‘canvases’ of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic writing as well as being the oldest historical document in the world.

Khufu’s Statue (26th Century BC): The small ivory statue of Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops) is the only Khufu’s portrait discovered so far. Next to the Great Pyramid, the 7.5 cm (3 inch) statue is the only physical evidence of Khufu’s two decade-long reign. When it was discovered by the archaeological team, however, there was a small problem. They uncovered the statue without its head. Luckily, they managed to find the missing head and the builder of the Great Pyramid finally got a face.

Egyptian Book of the Dead (16th Century BC): Known to ancient Egyptians as the ‘Book of Coming Forth by Day’, the scroll was entombed with various people who were wealthy enough to afford such vital guide through the Underworld. One of these scrolls, belonging to a woman named Anhai who died in about 1100 BC and is more than seventeen feet long when unrolled.

Astronomical Ceiling, Tomb of Senenmut (15th Century BC): Senenmut was the architect of the renowned Pharaoh Hatshepsut’s tomb complex although his own tomb is just as stunning. It features an astronomical map on the ceiling which is the world’s oldest map of its kind.

Thutmose III Statue (15th Century BC): A basalt statue of Thutmose III is an artistic masterpiece, immortalizing the sixth Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty. The stance of the statue and the gaze create an effect of a graceful yet powerful king.

Amarna Period Art (14th Century BC): During this period ancient Egyptian art takes a distinctly unique form. People are depicted more realistically and life-like, their movement fluid, showing them in more intimate situations. Art wasn’t idealistically stiff and rigid anymore although the Pharaoh was always depicted lovingly with his family.

Nefertiti Bust (14th Century BC): Although little is known about Nefertiti, the bust made her one of the most iconic figures of the ancient Egypt and antiquity as a whole.

Tutankhamun’s Golden Death Mask (14th Century BC): Tutankhamun died at the age of 19 years, most likely from an infection which he developed after breaking his leg. He was buried with a twenty-four pound golden death mask that was placed over his head and shoulders. The mask is made from solid gold and is inlaid with blue glass, lapis lazuli and various semiprecious stones.

Throne of Tutankhamun (14th Century BC): The overall style of the throne is one of the finest examples of the Amarna Period art which is reflected in the sun disc on the backrest (symbolizing Amun), more naturally styled birds and plants, scenes of the affectionate royal couple, and the physical features of the Pharaoh and his queen who are depicted with a high degree of realism.

Statue of Cleopatra VII Philopator (1st Century BC): The black basalt statue is one of the most pristine images of the last Egyptian pharaoh, Cleopatra VII, presenting her in the midst of a stride, wearing a long form-fitting dress.

Check out our display of gorgeous art books on the wonders of ancient Egyptian art in the Art Room and in the Art Room display case on the second floor of the library.

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While Justice Sleeps

February 2nd, 2023 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

Our Thursday Evening Book Club will be reading and discussing a thriller by Stacey Abrams.

 Plunged into an explosive role she never anticipated, Avery Keene, now the legal guardian of power of attorney for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, must unravel the clues he left behind in regards to a dangerous conspiracy that has infiltrated the highest power corridors of Washington.

You can join in person or via zoom if it’s more convenient. Registration is required. For more information call the Information Desk at 603-624-6550 ext. 7619 to register, or to reserve a print copy of the upcoming selection.

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The History of America’s Kitchens from the Colonial Period to the Present

January 30th, 2023 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Virtual Programs

The Manchester City Library, in partnership with the Rockport Library, invites you to a program about the history of the kitchen! This program will be held via Zoom on Monday, February 6 at 7pm. Come sink your teeth into a fascinating history of the heart of the house!
From the colonial period to the present, the kitchen has been a source of nourishment and comfort. The way Americans have lived with their kitchens has changed dramatically over the course of three centuries. Historic New England curator Nancy Carlisle will discuss how the American kitchen has evolved from the seventeenth-century to the present. Drawing on her book America’s Kitchens, co-authored with Melinda Narardinov, Ms. Carlisle will discuss the technological and social changes that have taken place in this room and suggest how these innovations have transformed kitchen work and changed women’s lives.

Nancy Carlisle is senior curator of collections for Historic New England. She has worked in museums for more than twenty years and received her master’s degree in early American culture from the Winterthur Museum and University of Delaware.

Register here

For questions, call Caitlin or Yvonne at 603-624-6550 x7620 or email [email protected]

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Get creative with Creativebug!

January 26th, 2023 · Art Room, Books, Children, City Library, Library Databases, Main Branch, Research Tip of the Week, Teens, West Branch

Calling all crafters!!! Did you know that the Manchester City Library offers our cardholders free access to Creativebug, an award-winning video arts and crafts online learning resource. Experience the joy of making with thousands of video classes taught by top designers and artists! Classes range from beginner to advance skill levels and include fiber, fabric, paper, food, and jewelry art and craft topics. You will need your library card number and account pin to access these online classes here. For more information or for help accessing this database please call the Information Desk at 603-624-6550 ext. 3319.

Happy crafting!

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Library closing early due to the snow storm

January 25th, 2023 · Children, City Library, Events, Library Closings, Main Branch

The Manchester City Library and Manchester West Branch Library will both be closing at 5:00 p.m. today (Wednesday, 1/25) due to the inclement weather. Stay safe, everyone.

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Brown Bag Book Pick for January!

January 21st, 2023 · Book Group, City Library, Events, Main Branch

The time: England between the wars. An aristocratic family, a house, a mysterious death, and a way of life that is vanishing forever. Told in flashbacks by a woman who witnessed it all and kept a secret for decades.

 For more information, please call the Information Desk at 603-624-6550 ext. 7619

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The History of America’s Kitchens from the Colonial Period to the Present

January 19th, 2023 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Virtual Programs

The Manchester City Library, in partnership with the Rockport Library, invites you to a program about the history of the kitchen! This program will be held via Zoom on Monday, February 6 at 7pm. Come sink your teeth into a fascinating history of the heart of the house!
From the colonial period to the present, the kitchen has been a source of nourishment and comfort. The way Americans have lived with their kitchens has changed dramatically over the course of three centuries. Historic New England curator Nancy Carlisle will discuss how the American kitchen has evolved from the seventeenth-century to the present. Drawing on her book America’s Kitchens, co-authored with Melinda Narardinov, Ms. Carlisle will discuss the technological and social changes that have taken place in this room and suggest how these innovations have transformed kitchen work and changed women’s lives.

Nancy Carlisle is senior curator of collections for Historic New England. She has worked in museums for more than twenty years and received her master’s degree in early American culture from the Winterthur Museum and University of Delaware.

For questions, call Caitlin Dionne or Yvonne Loomis at 603-624-6550 x7620 or email [email protected]

Register Here

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Cookie Cutter Birdfeeder Treats

January 17th, 2023 · Adult Take & Make Crafts, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, West Branch

Adult Take & Make Craft for February 2023!

I have always enjoyed bird watching and feeding the wild birds in my yard. It’s a hobby that I was fortunate enough to share with my grandmother. Many an afternoon she’d call me and tell me that her cardinal was back. I didn’t have a visiting bright red cardinal so it was fun to share that with her. 

Did you know that February is National Bird Feeding Month? This is a chance for bird feeding, bird watching, and for anyone who is feeling in the spirit to extend a helping hand (or wing) to our flying friends. So spread your wings this February! Take part in National Bird Feeding Month with us because this month we’re making cookie cutter birdfeeder treats for our feathered friends.

These adult take & make craft kits come with what you will need to make a cute hanging birdfeeder treat for them. These birdseed ornaments are very easy to make and they look gorgeous on the trees outside! These kits will be available on Tuesday, February 14th in the Library Rotunda. Take a kit home and make this craft with your sweetheart. For more information please contact Yvonne L. at 603-624-6550 ext. 7619 or e-mail [email protected].

Happy crafting!

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Book Sale $10 a Bag

January 14th, 2023 · Book Sale, Books, City Library, Main Branch

The next Manchester City Library book sale will be Saturday, February 11th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Main library at 405 Pine Street. The book sale will take place in the Winchell Room on the lower level. The pricing will be $10 per average sized grocery bag filled with materials. Bring your own bag or we can provide a paper grocery bag. Hardcover books are also available for $1.50 each and most other materials are $1 each.

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