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Sign Up for an Evening of Adventure and Chocolate!

January 27th, 2020 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens

Join us on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 6:30 in the Winchell Room for journey into the world of chocolate, presented by Richard Tango-Lowy, Master Chocolatier and owner of Manchester’s Dancing Lion Chocolate! Richard has dedicated his life to chocolate for over 20 years and has traveled all over the world to learn and develop his craft. In this one-hour presentation, he’ll share some of that expertise with you, as well as some delicacies he’s crafted!

To register, sign up on our library calendar, or call Sue Harmon 603-624-6550 x 3319.  This program is limited to 20 participants, so sign up today!

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Fake News

January 24th, 2020 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees

Fake News: What is fake news? It’s a term mentioned a lot lately, but what does it really mean? Fake news is the term used to describe news articles that intentionally spread misinformation. Fake news can be used to tarnish someone’s reputation or alter the public’s opinion on a subject, for example. It often happens when opinion is presented as fact, with nothing to back up the statement. Fake news is often used as propaganda, and can be very convincingly mixed in with factual news, so it’s hard to tell the difference. Social media has made spreading fake news easier than ever, so think twice before hitting post/like/share and get a second or third source. Not everything online is false, while not everything in print is accurate, either. To learn more about fake news and how to determine if something is fact or fiction, check out one of the following books found on display in the non-fiction section:

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$10 Bag Book Sale – 25 January 2020

January 21st, 2020 · Book Sale, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees

Start the New Year off with terrific bargains.  Manchester City Library will be holding a $10 Bag Book Sale on January 25th (Saturday), from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The sale will take place in the Winchell Room on the lower level of the library on Pine Street.

Just bring empty average size grocery bags (cloth or paper) and fill them up with the thousands of books, musical CDs, audiobook CDs, DVDs and other odds and ends.  As you exit the sales area, you pay just $10 per average size bag.

All types of fiction and non-fiction books will be available.  We have hardcovers, mass market paperbacks, large print (mostly fiction), children books, young adult books, cookbooks, art, history, social science, animals and so much more.

If you have questions, please contact Eileen Reddy at or by phone at 624-6550 ext. 3320 (Info Desk). @manchlibrary

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Be Safe, Be Seen

January 21st, 2020 · Children, City Library, Main Branch, Teens

The Queen City Bicycle Collective (QC Bike) is giving away light sets for bicycle safety illumination. Visit the Main Branch or the West Branch libraries (at the Reference Desks) to pick up a free set for your ride while supplies last.

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Martin Luther King Jr.

January 17th, 2020 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, West Branch

The Main Branch and the Manchester West Branch libraries will be closed on Monday, January 20th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will reopen on Tuesday at our normal times.

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American Heart Month

January 16th, 2020 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News, West Branch

I will never forget the voicemail my grandmother left on my parent’s answering machine my senior year of high school informing us that my grandfather had suffered a minor heart attack. She’s a nurse and has always been very straightforward in dealing with family medical issues, and this was no different. “Well,” she started, “your grandfather’s had a heart attack. He’s fine,” she added, in case that wasn’t clear from her blasé tone.  My mom called her right back to get the details and to confirm that he was in fact okay. However, he wasn’t as lucky with the next heart attack the following week.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, causing one in four deaths. But what exactly is heart disease? February is American Heart month, so this is the perfect time to answer that question. Heart disease, often called cardiovascular disease, includes problems with the heart and blood vessels. It can result in heart failure, heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke, or aneurysm, all of which are life threatening and life-altering. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, dizziness and lightheadedness, irregular heartbeat, and fatigue. 

This may sound daunting, but fortunately heart disease is preventable. A healthy diet and regular exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease. Eating a diet low in saturated fats, salt, and sugar can help lower cholesterol and help with weight loss. Smoking and other nicotine habits constrict blood vessels, and alcohol also increases risk, so cutting back on or eliminating alcohol and nicotine can help lower the chance of heart disease. Maintaining a healthy weight is also an important factor, as is getting enough sleep. When planning a New Year’s resolution, it might be a good idea to keep this information in mind, since it’s never too early to prevent heart disease.

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Pick up your holds in the Children’s Room!

January 15th, 2020 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Books, Children, City Library, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Teens, Trustees

You can now pick up your holds in the Children’s Room! Located in the
hallway as soon as you exit the Children’s Room on the lower level, this new pickup location is convenient and easy to get to. While this is a great improvement for families and children, anyone can take advantage of this option. All you have to do is change your preference when placing a request online, and you can also check a box to save this location for any future
requests.(see image on the left) If you are making a request at one of the
desks, just ask a staff member that you’d like to pick up your hold in the
Children’s Room. It’s that easy! We hope this change will make it more
convenient for children, families, and those wishing to pick up their materials without having to go upstairs to the main floor. Let us know what you think!

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Slow Cooker Meals Made Easy! Program cancelled.

January 14th, 2020 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

Due to low signups, the Slow Cooker Meals Made Easy! Program has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you were interested in this program and would like to see one hosted in the future, please contact Sue Harmon by email ( or phone (603-624-6550 x3319).

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Historical Fiction Novels Based on a True Story

January 12th, 2020 · Books, City Library, Main Branch

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Australia Day

January 10th, 2020 · Books, City Library, Main Branch

January 26th marks Australia’s national holiday, Australia Day. The date was picked to mark the arrival of the First Fleet of British ships to Australia in 1788. The British sought to establish a colony in Australia, known then as ‘New Holland’, after the loss of the American colonies. Australia Day is celebrated similarly to the Fourth of July, but it doesn’t mark the anniversary of Australia’s independence from Great Britain. Instead, it commemorates the day Captain Arthur Philip set foot in what he named ‘Sydney Cove’. The holiday has also been known as ‘Founding Day’, ‘Anniversary Day’, or ‘Invasion Day’ by the Aboriginals, and did not become a holiday until 1936 when planning began for the country’s 150th anniversary.  Australia Day did not become a national public holiday until 1994, and there have been discussions to change the date ever since. Some suggested the national day of Australia be moved to a different date so it is not associated with European settlement, such as Anzac Day on April 25 – similar to our Memorial Day— or May 8th, known simply as ‘Mate’ – a common Australian word meaning ‘friend’.

While the date of Australia’s national holiday may be in contention, it is still a good time to remember Australia’s culture and history. Australia is home to many unique species of animals, some of which have recently been displaced or had their habitats ruined by major bushfires. 80% of animals found in Australia are native to the country, such as kangaroos, koalas, and platypuses. Australia is the flattest and driest country, yet 90% of Australians live near the coast, and there are 10,685 beaches. For more interesting facts on Australia, check out this display:

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