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Abolitionists of the Noyes Academy

May 10th, 2021 · City Library, Main Branch

The Manchester City Library invites you to learn about abolitionist movements right here in New Hampshire. Come learn about the Noyes Academy in Caanan, NH, one of the first integrated co-ed schools in the country, and the abolitionists who founded it.

Lebanon, N.H., resident, journalist, and historian Dan Billin joins us on Monday June 7, at 7pm via Zoom to tell the story of Noyes Academy in an illustrated lecture, tracing the careers of indomitable young African-Americans who passed through fire in New Hampshire to become famous leaders and freedom fighters.

This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities.

For questions, call Becky White at 603-624-6550 x3320 or email

Signup for this program is not required, but if you’d like a reminder email, you can sign up through our library calendar! You’ll also receive an email with the Zoom meeting link! 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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April Showers Bring May Flowers

May 8th, 2021 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Uncategorized

Check out one of the flower themed historical fiction novels on display in the library.


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Adult Summer Reading Program

May 7th, 2021 · Adult Summer Reading Program, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

We are very excited to announce that this year the Manchester City Library will be running an Adult Summer Reading Program! The Adult Summer Reading Program is open to anyone 19+. Participants earn points for reading, attending programs, and completing missions and can use those points to purchase raffle tickets for 8 different raffles, to be drawn weekly. Mark your calendars! The program will run from June 19 – August 14. Signup starts June 1.

For more information please contact Sue Harmon at 624-6550 ext. 3319 or email

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New Hampshire Outdoors

May 7th, 2021 · Books, Children, City Library, Main Branch, Teens

Summer is coming, with Memorial Day being the unofficial kick off. Plan your summer adventures with the aid of the library. Growing up, camping and hiking were some of my favorite activities, especially with family. We would go camping together with our extended family, and hike and sit around the camp fire, toasting marshmallows. As the years went by, these activities became less frequent. Last year, we started to go hiking again, doing Tower Hill Pond Loop Trail and Welton Falls. You can also have fun in your own backyard. Bird watching is also another favorite activity. During the summer, you can see the little baby birds being hatched. Where I live, we see a variety of birds from the simple house sparrow to wild turkeys. Depending on where you live, you might be able to track critters. Our golden doodle loves to track, especially the deer. Check out our displays at the library, we have a variety of materials to help plan your summer adventures. From camping, to trail guides, to bird guides, and tracking manuals, the library has you covered for the summer. Also, check out passes we have available for more summer fun. Susanna & Lex: Library Staff

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May is Bike Month

May 2nd, 2021 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens

When I was a kid in northeast Ohio, I used to love biking on my sting ray with the flowered basket.  I’d ride around with my boyfriend over to the school yard and play four square or we’d ride to the park or his house to play basketball.  Then I got a used yellow 10 speed for Christmas one year, so I could take longer rides.  I’d ride a mile or so to where I went swimming every summer, going down the long steep hill and over the bridge, and taking in a great view of Lake Erie before heading to the pool.  On the weekends, I might get lucky and my parents would drive to the pool to retrieve me and my bike.  This saved me the ride back up that long hill after all of that hard work all day swimming, hunting for minnows and gar fish, eating creamsicles and ice cream sandwiches.  Oh yeah and washing it all down with a requested concoction of coke, orange crush, and root beer.  Remember the days when you could ingest literally anything?  Life was good. 

I’ve had some great times biking with friends in New Hampshire, too.  Lake Massabesic, Tower Pond, and the Goffstown Rail Trail are enjoyable rides which are close to home.  Now that warmer weather is finally here, it’s time to get out there, relive those great memories and make some new ones.  Check out the display in the Rotunda for information on general bike safety, bike maintenance, and great bike trails around the state. Also, feel free to stop by the Information/Technology Desk in the Rotunda for your free bike light.

Per, Bike to Work Week this year is May 17-23 with Bike to Work Day being Friday, May 21.  Go to #bikemonth for more information.


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The Holocaust: Our Duty to Remember – But What?

April 30th, 2021 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Virtual Programs

Join the Manchester City Library on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 6:30 PM for a virtual presentation via zoom of an important part of our shared global history.

This presentation by author and history buff Mick Grzonka provides historical context of the events in Nazi Germany, the reasons behind the Nazi regime’s rise to power, and it sheds light on the background against which the “Night of the Broken Glass”, and later the Holocaust, took place. The talk is organized around dispelling four common myths which, if allowed to stand uncorrected, would make it all-too-easy to dismiss the events of the 1930s and 1940s as irrelevant for today’s world. The talk will cover how the Nazi regime came about, and the reasons for its atrocious deeds. In particular, it will take a close look at how common, “normal” people were induced to contribute to the industrialized murder as which we must understand the Holocaust today.

For questions, call Tess Kimsey at 603-624-6550 x3320 or email

Signup for this program is required. Visit and click on “Upcoming Events” to view the library calendar. Or copy and paste the link below into your browser.


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That title doesn’t match the book!

April 29th, 2021 · Books, City Library, Main Branch

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but you shouldn’t judge a book by its title either. The Neverending Story does in fact end, How to Build a Girl isn’t a Dr. Frankenstein-esque instruction manual, and Animal Farm isn’t really about farm animals. The Catcher in the Rye isn’t about a baseball game in a field of rye, Baby’s First Felony isn’t about a murderous toddler, and there isn’t a single monkey, tiger, or panther found in The Jungle. Take a look at a few more books with misleading titles:


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Book Spine Poetry Contest Winner!

April 26th, 2021 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, National Poetry Month

Thank you to everyone who participated and voted in our Book Spine Poetry contest! Every single poem submitted was wonderful, and we had so much fun reading them and creating poems of our own. If you missed the submissions, you can check them out here.

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Demtystifying Credit

April 22nd, 2021 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Virtual Programs

The Manchester City Library has partnered with St. Mary’s Bank to bring you a virtual lesson on Credit! Watch this talk on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 6:00 PM via Zoom.

In this talk, Aimee Morin, Business Analyst at St. Mary’s Bank, will go over some core concepts about Credit Scores, how to improve your score, and the best strategies for choosing and using a credit card.  

For questions, call Sue Harmon at 603-624-6550 x3320 or email

Signup for this program is not required, but if you’d like a reminder email and Zoom link, you can sign up through our library calendar! Visit and click on “Upcoming Events” to view the library calendar or copy and paste this link into your browser:

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April 21st, 2021 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events

Piscataquog Rail Trail

New Storywalks are available for everyone to enjoy! We have been working with Parks & Recreation to set up 3 locations so you can walk the trails and read the stories page by page. Fun for the whole family! Here are the locations and stories.

Livingston Park/Dorr Ponds – Singing in the Rain by Tim Hopgood

Westside Piscataquog Rail Trail between Thibault Field and the West Side Ice Arena – When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes

Bakersville School on the fence near the playground – A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

Livingston Park/Dorr Ponds

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