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System upgrade: our library catalog will be unavailable.

June 10th, 2024 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Technology, West Branch

On Thursday, June 13th, our public catalog will be down for part of the day for a system upgrade. Access to the Internet, CloudLibrary, Overdrive, Kanopy and the Transparent Language databases will be available.

For assistance please call us at 624-6550 x 7620 or email us a [email protected].

We thank you for your patience as we work to improve our online resources.

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MCL Notes – Summer 2024 Newsletter

June 12th, 2024 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, West Branch

Hot off the press! The Manchester City Library’s summer newsletter, MCL Notes June/July/August 2024 edition, is now available. Check out all the new and exciting things we are offering this summer.

So catch up on what’s been happening at the libraries—there is plenty to read about! Get the scoop on the programs we have planned from now throughout the summer season.

MCL Notes – Summer 2024

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

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendations for June

June 12th, 2024 · Book Recommendations, Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

This Pride month, check out some of the past year’s publications in Science Fiction and Fantasy that feature Queer protagonists. With the backdrop of an imaginary world, or a hypothetical future, anything is possible: including representation! In the unlimited scope of our imagination, we can examine gender, sexual bias, and reconsider heteronormative cultural assumptions. Sometimes this becomes a central theme of the story, and sometimes the characters themselves model a normality that we can only hope will one day be the status quo.

Find the whole Pride 20203-2024 list on Aspen!

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The US, Iran, and the Middle East in 2024

June 11th, 2024 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

The Manchester City Library invites you to an informative session on the history and current events of the Middle East. This event will be held on Tuesday, June 18th at 6pm in the Auditorium and on Zoom.

This library talk, presented by Brandon Gauthier, will examine the history of US-Iranian relations since the 1950s, highlighting historical sources of tensions, as well as the effects of the Israeli-Hamas conflict on the Middle East in the present. This presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Brandon K. Gauthier completed his doctorate in Modern History at Fordham University in New York City. He is an Adjunct Professor of History for Fordham University and the Director of Global Education at The Derryfield School. He speaks passionately, and loudly, about his enduring interest in the lives of people–both ordinary and extraordinary–who find themselves caught up in the waves of history. 

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

Sign-up for in-person viewing is not required, but if you’d like a reminder email, you can sign up through our library calendar! Please sign up to receive the Zoom link. Visit and click on “Upcoming Events” to view the library calendar. Click here to be taken directly to the event or copy and paste the link below into your browser.

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Adult Craft Kits are dropping tomorrow!

June 10th, 2024 · Adult Take & Make Crafts, Art Room, City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

Don’t forget that tomorrow (Tuesday, June 11th) the adult take & make kits will be available for pick-up! This month we have two special kits available for you. At the Main Branch in the Library Rotunda starting at 9:00 AM is A Bevy of Bookmarks loaded with craft supplies to make a multitude of different types of bookmarks.

And another one at the West Branch starting at 1:00 PM featuring an art gallery vase. Kits will be available while supplies last and are one per person, per location.

For more information, please call the Information Desk at 603-624-6550 ext. 7620.

Happy crafting!

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Remembering Together

June 10th, 2024 · Books, City Library, Events, Remembering Together, William Cashin Senior Activity Center

Our lives are made up of stories.  The Remembering Together program offers seniors a unique opportunity to share with one another some of their memorable life stories. These stories are often a source of encouragement, mutual appreciation, perspective, and a sense of connection.  Of course, there are also times when a story gives everyone a good laugh.    

Please join The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester and the Manchester City Library for a conversational group at the Senior Center on Mondays at 10:30am, June 10 & 17, July 1 & 15, August 12 & 19. Virtual attendance is also available!

For questions, call Susan Harmon at 603-624-6550 x7620 or email [email protected]

Signup for this program is encouraged! We will send you a reminder email before the meeting as well as a zoom link if you wish to attend virtually. Sign up here or visit and click on “Upcoming Events” to view the library calendar. You can also sign up by calling the library at 603-624-6550.

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Celebrating LGBTQ+ Artists and Pride Month

June 4th, 2024 · Art Room, Books, City Library, Library Displays, Main Branch, West Branch

Celebrate Pride Month by exploring artists and artworks representing the LGBTQ+ community. From Andy Warhol to Zanele Muholi, discover art pioneers and new artists in our collections who have left their mark on art history. Visit the Art Room display case upstairs for a small selection of books featuring important LGBTQ+ artists to know.

Sunil Gupta

Ellsworth Kelly

Marie Laurencin

Andy Warhol

Robert Rauschenberg

Mickalene Thomas

Roni Horn

Zanele Muholi

Robert Indiana

Marsden Hartley

Gwen John

Nancy Andrews

Grant Wood

Frida Kahlo

Rosa Bonheur

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Adult Summer Reading Program: Adventure Begins!

May 31st, 2024 · Adult Summer Reading Program, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

Sign up starting June 1 to participate in the Manchester City Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program!

For the third year running, the Manchester City library is pleased to offer reading incentives for all adults, ages 18+! Registration can take place any time after June 1, and the program runs from June 17 to August 10. Keep reading for more information on how to register, participate, and win prizes!


Paperless: Sign up, log reading and activity, and exchange points for raffle tickets online at or download the ReadSquared app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Unplugged: Visit the Info Desk at the Library’s Main Branch on Pine Street! Keep track using the paper log sheets included in your welcome packet. Visit the Info Desk to submit your activity logs and exchange points for raffle tickets.

Earn Points

  • Keep track of the minutes you read!
  • You can log up to 300 minutes per day.
  • Complete Mission Activities for even more points!

Win Prizes

  • Read for 1000 minutes to earn a coupon from a local business!
  • Use earned points to purchase raffle tickets.
  • 1 raffle ticket = 100 points.
  • You can only win one raffle prize during the Summer Reading Program, so purchase your tickets carefully!
  • Raffle tickets will be drawn at 8:30am on the posted date of the raffle. All tickets must be claimed by that time to qualify for entry.
  • 21+ prizes require ID at pickup.

Raffle Prizes

Check out the prizes each week!

Start Reading!

Check out some recommendations in our catalog, and on display in the Main Library Rotunda!

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Adult Take & Make Kits – A Bevy of Bookmarks

May 29th, 2024 · Adult Take & Make Crafts, Art Room, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

For the month of June, we present to you a variety of beautiful bookmarks for you to assemble and decorate. These kits are intended for adults and will contain a variety of different styles of bookmarks for you to create. Use the art supplies we provide or use your own that you might have at home. These kits will be available on Tuesday, June 11th, in the Library Rotunda while supplies last.

For more information, please contact Yvonne at [email protected] or call the Information Desk at 603-624-6550 ext. 7620.

Happy crafting!

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West Adult DIY: Art Gallery Vase

May 29th, 2024 · Adult Take & Make Crafts, City Library, Events, West Branch

Description: Create your own decorative bud vase worthy of an art gallery.  Now that summer is here, you can put a couple flower stems into your own creation.  Use it for a beautiful center piece for summer picnics or to brighten up your desk or any space.  Use the included supplies to create your own vase.  Kits will include most of the material needed, including a small glass vase, spray paint, sandpaper, a self-adhesive foam sheet, and sheet of shape suggestions for your work of art.   

These creative kits will be available at the West Manchester Branch Library Information Desk starting June 11th. These kits are for adults only and are available while supplies last.  For more information, call Amy H at 603-624-6560 x 7691 or email [email protected].

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