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Curbside Refresher

December 2nd, 2020 · City Library, Curbside Piok-Up, Main Branch, News

The Library has returned to curbside and online services only for the next few weeks due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our community.  To utilize curbside services, please come to our Concord Street Parking lot. Curbside services will run:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 10 AM to 4 PM
Tuesday & Thursday: 10 AM to 7 PM

§  When you are parked please call us at 624-6550 x3304 or x3314 to let us know you are here. 

§  We will get your holds and place them on the table in the library’s vestibule! 

§  If you are just picking up craft kits for our children’s programs, those are also on the table, so please take what you need. There’s no need to call us! For more info about craft kits and children’s programs dial x3328.

§  Please be mindful that multiple patrons may be calling at the same time so please be sure to check the names/initials on the item receipt(s) before you take the materials on the table!

§  Please give other patrons time and space to get their items.

§  If you have an accessibility issue and cannot leave your car, let us know and we’ll bag your materials and get them out to you.

§  If you don’t have a cell phone give us a call from home before you leave with your approximate time of arrival, and we’ll have your items on the table for you by the time you arrive.

§  Please put all returns in the outside book drops just like last time.      

§  There are still no fines and items are checked out for three weeks.

If you need assistance with a library card issue call us at 624-6550 and we will help you as we can renew your card over the phone. You can also apply for a new card online.     

If you miss browsing call 624-6550 x3320 (adults) or 624-6550 x3328 (kids) and tell us what you are looking for. We’ll pull some items based on your requests and have them ready for you on next business day.

If you need help with homework, call 624-6550 x3328. For other research call 624-6550 x3320.  Our librarians are here to assist you with picking up resources via curbside and assist you with our online resources.  

Please continue to place returns in the outside bins for us to empty. The Library Staff and Trustees are sorry for the inconvenience for the step back in services.

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Adult Crafts – Clothespin Snowflakes

January 26th, 2021 · Adult Take & Make Crafts, City Library, Events, Main Branch

Adult Crafts – Clothespin Snowflakes

Did you know that February is traditionally known as the snowiest month of the year? Why not take home a kit to create your own snowy winter magic by making and decorating a clothespin snowflake? They are easy to make and you can get as creative as you want decorating them.

Kits will be available for pick-up through curbside service starting February 9, 2021, at 10 AM while supplies last. These kits are for adults only. For more information about crafts for Teens and Children please visit our Library Calendar.

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Winter Backyard Birds

January 23rd, 2021 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Virtual Programs

Join us via Zoom for an evening of virtual bird-watching with Dr. Steve Hale of Open World Explorers! This engaging and interactive presentation will feature common and not-so-common winter birds frequenting the backyards in New England. Steve Hale will offer ID tips on some challenging birds and test your knowledge of New England winter birds with a quiz! You’ll also get some great advice on attracting and feeding birds. Join us on February 25, 2021 at 7:00 PM.

Presented by Steve Hale of Open World Explorers

February 25, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Dr. Hale holds university degrees in marine biology, evolutionary biology, and ecology. He has lived in New Hampshire for over 20 years and has explored most of the state. An avid hiker, birder, and experienced naturalist, Steve loves to share his experience and knowledge with others.

For questions, call Sue Harmon at 603-624-6550 ext. 3320 or email

Signup for this program is required!

Please visit our Library Calendar to sign up! You’ll receive a link to the Zoom event after registration. For more information about Library Events, visit and click on “Upcoming Events”!

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Phase 1B COVID-19 vaccinations

January 21st, 2021 · Uncategorized

Starting Friday, January 22, the State is accepting online registrations for Phase 1B vaccinations. This group includes:

  • New Hampshire residents 65 and over
  • New Hampshire residents who are medically vulnerable at significant risk – including family caregivers for those under 16 **
  • New Hampshire residents with developmental disabilities that receive services in a congregate residential setting, as well as staff in those settings
  • Corrections officers and staff
  • Populations that experience health disparities

Anyone who is in these groups can register starting tomorrow (1/22) at or by calling 2-1-1 if you do not have internet access.

More information regarding NH’s vaccination phases and eligible participants (PDF)

For general vaccine questions, please visit

** Definitions of medically vulnerable: For purposes of vaccinations in this phase, NH defines medically vulnerable as having two or more of the following underlying conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart Conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Obesity
  • Severe Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Other high risk pulmonary disease
  • Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

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Library Catalog Maintenance – January 22

January 20th, 2021 · City Library, Events, Library Databases, Main Branch, News, Technology

On Friday, January 22nd, our public catalog will be down for system maintenance. During this time neither the staff catalogs nor public catalogs will be available. eBooks and remote access to our electronic resources (databases) will likewise be unavailable. For assistance in locating materials for curbside pick-up please visit the information desk, or call us at 624-6550 x 3319 or 3320. We thank you for your patience.

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Library card not working over the weekend?

January 19th, 2021 · Audiobooks, Books, City Library, E-Books, Library Databases, Streaming Movies & Music

A fire on the Queen City Bridge over the weekend took down some of the cables belonging to our consortium’s internet service provider. As a result, services like OverDrive, Kanopy and Hoopla were unavailable to Manchester City Library patrons over the weekend. You may have received an error message telling you that your card was invalid or could not be authenticated. We apologize for the disruption in service. Your card should be working properly now. Please give us a call at (603) 624-6550 or email if you run into any more problems.

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Taxes 101

January 19th, 2021 · City Library, Main Branch, Virtual Programs

Join AARP Tax Aide representative Stacey S. for a basic overview of how to file your taxes. She’ll cover the important documents you might need, how to fill out the 1040 form, electronic filing options, and resources for if you need help.

Join us on Friday, February 19, 2020 at 7pm via Zoom. For questions, call Susan Harmon at 603-624-6550 x3320 or email Signup for this program is required! You can sign up through our Library Calendar and receive a link to the zoom event after registration.

Sign up here:

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New Year’s Resolutions

January 16th, 2021 · City Library, Main Branch

Do have any New Year’s resolutions? Is one of your resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle? There are many different diets out there to follow, but which one to choose? Below is information on three diets: Vegan, Autoimmune Paleo, Ketogenic. The information describes some of the benefits from each diet, and the guidelines for each of them. In January 2017, I decided to follow the Autoimmune Paleo diet. This was an easier step for me because I was already gluten-free, and limiting how much dairy I had. My family follows this diet also, but each in their own way.
The library has many different resources that describes the science behind these diets, and recipe books to go along with them. One of my favorite cookbooks that the library has in its collection: Bakerita, by Rachel Conners. You can still be on a diet, and have dessert too. Bakerita has many Paleo and Vegan recipes, I have made several of these recipes. Recently, I made an orange cake with coconut yogurt frosting. This cake was delicious, it was moist, and the frosting had the consistency of “whipped cream.”
Search our catalog for recipe books on these various diets. Request materials and pick them up through curbside. Also, visit our ebook platforms for additional resources. Have a safe and healthier New Year! Susanna: Library Staff

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Martin Luther King Day

January 14th, 2021 · City Library, Events, Library Closings, Main Branch

Manchester City Library services, including curbside pick-up service, will be closed on Monday, January 18th, in observance of Martin Luther King Day. We will reopen on Tuesday morning at our normal time.

We wish you all a happy and healthy holiday.

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Top Thrillers of 2020!

January 13th, 2021 · Books

Did you miss out on some of the hottest Thrillers of 2020? Well, now is your chance! Here are 20 of the top circulated thrillers from last year.

Happy Reading!


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Adult Crafts – Scratch-Off Calendar

January 12th, 2021 · Adult Take & Make Crafts, City Library, Curbside Piok-Up, Events, Main Branch

It’s time to start 2021 off with a little fun. Let’s begin the year with a crafty adventure by making your own Scratch-Off Calendar!

The kits are easy, customizable and your finished calendar can be enjoyed any time, shared with family and friends or given as a gift.

Kits will be available for pickup through curbside service starting January 12, 2021, at 10 AM while supplies last. These kits are for adults only. For more information about crafts for Teens and Children please visit our Library Calendar.

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