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Spinning Gold: Shaping Your Family Research Into Compelling Stories

August 6th, 2020 · City Library, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Virtual Programs, West Branch

Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 6:00 PM

Put your family research to creative use! Local author, Christine Halvorson of Peterborough, presents a lecture and workshop that will inspire attendees to dust off their boxes of family memorabilia and start mining them for golden stories—true or not! Attendees are encouraged to bring one memorabilia item or significant photograph from their family to help in the evening’s discussion.

This program is VIRTUAL, and will be hosted on Zoom.

Registration for this program is required! Sign up on the library’s Events Calendar! Once you have signed up, you will receive an email with details for joining the event.

For questions, email or call 603-624-6550 x3319

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Reopening Plans continued…

August 4th, 2020 · Art Room, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, NH Room

The library staff and I hope you are all doing well!  Our curbside contactless service is still being offered 10 am to 4 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 10 am to 7 pm on Tuesday and Thursday along with all our digital services and programs.

Our preparations to welcome you back continue and we should be able to announce our opening date soon!  It is important that we continue to share what the “new look” of visiting the library will be like when we reopen as we follow the Governor’s Task Force guidelines for libraries:

  • Hours of operation will include blocks of hours open to the public and then we will close for an hour. Yes, we will be asking all visitors to leave at specific closing times throughout the day so that we can clean for the next group of library visitors. 
  • Library visitors will be asked to wear a mask in our building out of respect for library staff and other visitors. We will gladly provide you with one if you don’t have one for your visit. 
  • To maximize access to the main building due to capacity limits it is very important that our visitors limit your time in the building by coming in for the service you need and then leaving so we can let others in for their turn to access services. Staff will be keeping a head count! 
  • Please only visit the library once a day, remember we want as many of you to have access as possible. Once you leave your “spot” will be given to another patron.
  • We also ask that if you use a library item and decide not to take it home that you please place it on the carts you will see about the library so that we can place it into quarantine. So don’t put the item back for us!
  • Social distancing is expected in the building.  Please follow the directional signs that have been provided to assist you.
  • Computer stations must be booked in advance by calling or emailing the library once we reopen.
    • It will be required that you check in at the Information Desk so that library staff can confirm your reservation. 
    • You will be offered wipes to clean your work station before you start your session.
    • The librarian will then direct you to your assigned computer station and they will log you in to your session remotely from their desk.  No need for a library card or guest pass.
    • Staff will assist you remotely if you need it by sharing your screen, with your permission.  For the time being staff will not be assisting you at your station.
    • The time limit will be 50 minutes. Please note that if you are late for your appointment you will not get the full 50 minutes as there will be others waiting for their allotted spot.  So be prompt!
  • There will be no recharging of personal electronic devices at the library when we first reopen.
  • The library staff will not be handling cash so please bring exact change to use our copiers or vended printing.  Any lost items or old fines can be paid by check or with a credit card online.
  • Access to the NH Room will be by appointment only. No more than 1 visitor will be allowed in the room at a time. 
  • The second floor will be kept closed for the time being. 
    • Materials from the Art/Music room can be requested for pickup as a hold or via curbside services.
  • Materials on Hold to be picked up will be situated in a new location so that you can “grab it and go”. 
  • Curbside services will continue if you choose not to enter the building to pick up your materials with different hours.
  • The Children’s Room area will have “pods” set up so that groups/families who are together can have their own spot in the room during your visit. 
    • These will be assigned to visitors as they enter the room by library staff. 
    • Once you leave your pod it will be cleaned for the next set of visitors to enter the room.
  • If you are not utilizing the children’s room and don’t need our accessible entrance-way, please plan on using the front entrance off of Pine Street to help us with managing the number of our visitors due to limited capacity.
  • All meeting rooms will remain closed to the public.   
  • All library programming will continue to be online.

Our new hours will be posted on our blog and social media as soon as preparations are finished and the Health Department has reviewed our new setup. 

Be well,

Denise M. van Zanten

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Kick Back!

August 3rd, 2020 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News, West Branch

Kick back with some great New Nonfiction titles! Enjoy summertime cooking with new titles from America’s Test Kitchen and Matt Moore, John Bolton’s highly anticipated tell-all, some fascinating deep-dives into Bees and Coffee, and more! 

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Bee a Hero – Take the Census

August 1st, 2020 · City Library, Government Documents, Main Branch, News, West Branch

Why are census results so important?  Why should you fill out your census?

Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. Census results also determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.  My favorite is that census results determine how many school lunches get dispersed.

It’s that important!

Several helpful events will be held right here in Manchester all this week (July 27 through August 2) at the following locations:

  • Centro Latino
  • Ben and Jerry’s
  • St. Augustin Parish
  • YWCA
  • ORIS Fresh Start Market
  • Manchester School District food box
  • Price Rite/Family Dollar
  • Embassy Laundromat
  • The Bridge Café

Please stop in to one of the locations above any time this week to have a representative with their tablet or on your own device help you fill out your Census.  Ready to take the census now? You can go here or here to take the census online and immediately help your community.  It doesn’t take that long and yes, It’s that important. 

Don’t have a computer and still want to be a hero?  Respond by phone.

The goal is to have more responses before the friendly Census folks come knocking at your door starting mid-August to October.

 ¡Responda Ahora!

If any organization or business would like to host a Census2020 a Census event after August 2 through September please contact Charles Nettleship

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Job Search Fundamentals – Libraries Lead with Digital Skills

July 31st, 2020 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Virtual Programs, West Branch

Searching for a job? This free virtual program will give job seekers access to
digital lessons via Google’s Applied Digital Skills.

Lessons will include how to create and edit a resume with Google Docs and how to use Google Drive to organize your documents. Also find how Google’s Primer app can provide time-crunched people relevant topics, tips, strategies, and tutorials on their phones. This will be a great opportunity to learn digital skills and meet other job seekers.

Friday, August 7, 2020 at 6:00 PM
Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 958 0235 6234
Password: 505932
Call-In: +1 (929) 436-2866
One tap mobile: +19294362866,,95802356234#,,,,0#,,505932#

Participants are encouraged to sign up for a free Google account before this event.

Participants wanting to learn more about Google’s Primer App will also require a smart phone.

We are hosting this event as part of the Libraries Lead with Digital Skills program in partnership with the American Library Association and Grow with Google.

Contact Caleb Moshier at for more information.

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Summer Reads from Susanna and Tess

July 28th, 2020 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, News, West Branch


Spending time with family is fun, especially in the summertime. When I was younger, camping and hiking were some of my favorite summer activities that we did as an extended family. At nighttime, we would toast marshmallows and make s’mores around the camp fire. Before bed, my mom would read to my sisters and I, and my dad would try to scare us, by tapping on the side of the camper. The summer might not be the same this year as in previous years, but books will always be here, whether a physical book or an ebook.


Summer was one of my favorite times of the year as a kid. Once school was out, I spent the whole summer playing outside and at the town beach with my friends. However, if it rained, I was stuck inside, usually reading a book. While I’d much rather have been outside running around and playing, I learned to experience that by proxy through reading. As many of us are stuck at home this summer, consider taking an adventure through a book. Check out one of the following summer ebooks or put one of these summer books on hold for curbside pick-up:

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Anxiety and COVID-19

July 22nd, 2020 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees, Virtual Programs, West Branch

Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 6:00 PM

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 967-7188-8511

Password: 566723

Call-In: +1 929-436-2866

One Tap Mobile: +19294362866,,96771888511#,,,,0#,,566723#

Are you feeling anxious or stressed? You’re not alone; join us for a conversation with licensed therapist, Ed Mahoney, of The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester and Bedford Counseling Associates. We’ll learn about common emotional behavioral responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, ways to cope, and when and how to get professional help. After an informative presentation, there will be a Q&A session. 

Ed Mahoney, D.Min, LPP, is a New Hampshire Licensed Pastoral Psychotherapist. He is also a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He has served close to 30 years as clinician, supervisor, and clinical director at both community mental health and private practice settings. He has taught graduate level courses for over 15 years, and served over 10 years as as Associate Professor and Director of Mental Health Counseling at both Notre Dame College and Springfield College. He currently practices at Bedford Counseling Associates in Manchester where he specializes in couple therapy and bereavement counseling.

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Virtual Book Discussion: The Spanish Flu Epidemic and its Influence on History

July 21st, 2020 · Book Group, Books, City Library, E-Books, Events, Main Branch, Virtual Programs, West Branch

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Zoom

On the second Monday of March 1918, the world changed forever. What seemed like a harmless cold morphed into a global pandemic that would wipe out as many as a hundred-million people: ten times as many as the Great War. German troops faltered lending the allies the winning advantage, India turned its sights to independence while South Africa turned to God. In Western Samoa a quarter of the population died; in some parts of Alaska, whole villages were wiped out. Civil unrest sparked by influenza shaped nations and heralded a new era of public health where people were no longer blamed for contracting disease. Using real case histories, we take a journey through the world in 1918, and look at the impact of Spanish flu on populations from America, to France, to the Arctic, and the scientific legacy this deadly virus has left behind. Email Steve Viggiano or call (603) 624-6550 x 3323 if you’d like to participate. Download The Spanish Flu Epidemic and its Influence on History ebook, or read in your web browser.

You will need:

A Manchester City Library card. Don’t have one? Register online for a library card!

A free Hoopla account. Requires a Manchester City Library card.

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Art Inspired Fiction

July 21st, 2020 · Art Room, Audiobooks, Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, Virtual Programs, West Branch

Here are a few light and colorful summer reading recommendations about art, artists, and their lifestyles. Full of passion, creativity, culture and intrigue, these downloadables are perfect for a lazy summer day at the beach, the pool, back porch or wherever you are. 

P.S. These are guaranteed to impress anyone who asks you, What are you “reading”?


The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud (AUDIOBOOK)

My Year of Rest and Relaxation: by Ottessa Moshfegh (AUDIOBOOK)

The Art Thief by Noah Charney (AUDIOBOOK)

The Beekeeper of Aleppo: A Novel by Christy Lefteri (AUDIOBOOK)

Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland  (EBOOK)

The Collector’s Apprentice: A Novel by B. A. Shapiro (EBOOK)

The Muralist: A Novel by B. A. Shapiro (EBOOK)

The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro (AUDIOBOOK)

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel (EBOOK)

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (EBOOK)

Stolen, Smuggled, Sold: On the Hunt for Cultural Treasures by Nancy Moses (EBOOK)

The Painted Girls: A Novel by Cathy Marie Buchanan (AUDIOBOOK)

Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland (EBOOK)

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova (AUDIOBOOK)

The Collector’s Apprentice: A Novel by B. A. Shapiro (EBOOK)

The Last Nude by Ellis Avery (AUDIOBOOK)

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel by Dominic Smith (AUDIOBOOK)

The Electric Hotel: A Novel by Dominic Smith (AUDIOBOOK)

Feint of Art: Art Lover’s Mystery Series, Book 1 by Juliet Blackwell (AUDIOBOOK)

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Birdspotting BINGO!

July 20th, 2020 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Virtual Programs, West Branch

The Manchester City Library and NH Audubon are teaming up to bring you Birdspotting BINGO! This fun event will last for 6 weeks, and is a challenge for YOU to notice the birds in your own back yard!

Click here for a complete list of rules, birds, and resources.

The images for this game were generously provided by Bob Basile, Pam Hunt, Walter Keane, Julia Kolias, David Pushee, Diana Stephens, Rebecca Suomala, NH Audubon Staff, and the Creative Commons.

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