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Best Bike Rides in New England

November 25th, 2022 · Author Talk, Books, City Library, Main Branch, Virtual Programs, West Branch

In conjunction with the Tewksbury Public Library, join us for a virtual presentation by author David Sobel on his new book, Best Bike Rides in New England. Sobel will reveal some of his favorite rides, discuss the variables he uses when designing a ride, explain how to design rides using online tools like “Map My Ride” or “Strava,” advocate for incorporating bike riding 3-5 times a week into your personal wellness goals, and suggest a great ride in or around your community. Join us on Wednesday, December 14th from 7-8 pm on Zoom.

About The Book: The Northeast provides some of the most exciting cycling in the United States: sweeping vistas, seaside towns, fall colors, and more. With this comprehensive guide, New Hampshire local David Sobel offers up rides in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. No matter the state, there’s a ride here for everyone, with a range of mileage and difficulty level so both beginner and experienced cyclists can enjoy. Take in the scenery and stop for surf and turf on a moderate 17-mile trip through Mystic, Connecticut. Challenge yourself on hilly vistas and cool off in Cold River while biking Walpole, New Hampshire. Or take it easy while travelling back in time through Concord, Massachusetts. In addition to detailed directions, each route features annotated maps, charming photography, elevation profiles, and suggestions for entertainment and dining along the way. This is a must-have guide to discovering New England’s hidden gems on two wheels.

About The Author: David Sobel is a professor emeritus in the education department at Antioch University New England. He consults and speaks widely on child development and place-based education with schools, environmental organizations, and the National Park Service. He lives in Harrisville, New Hampshire.

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

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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Decoding The Mysteries of Cats

November 22nd, 2022 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

In conjunction with the Hooksett Public Library, Wadleigh Memorial Library, Goffstown Public Library, and Rogers Memorial Library, the Manchester City Library welcomes you to join is via Zoom for a program on cat behavior with animal behaviorist Stephen Quandt. Join us on Tuesday, December 13th at 6:30 on Zoom.

Stephen Quandt is the feline behavior coordinator at the Animal Care Centers of NYC, and previously worked with the ASPCA. Join us for a 30-minute webinar on cat behavior, followed by a half hour of Q&A with participants.

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

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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November is National Native American Heritage Month!

November 19th, 2022 · Books, City Library, Library Displays, Main Branch

In 1990, President George H. W. Bush designated November of that year as the first National Native American Heritage Month. Prior to 1990, a week in the fall had been designated to recognize the original inhabitants of North America and their vast achievements and contributions.

New Hampshire is on the land of the Abenaki, often translated as “People of the Dawnland.” Many places and natural features of the state use the Native American names, including Amoskeag (at the fish land) and Merrimack (deep water).

Whenever possible, it is encouraged to learn from the people themselves. It is also important to use the language preferred by each group. The list below is provided by the National Park Service:

  • Alaska Native This term refers to the indigenous people of the area. Native Alaskan is anyone from Alaska (including non-indigenous).
  • American Indian Some tribes prefer Native American. Use specific tribal name(s) whenever possible, accurate, and appropriate. See also First Nations, tribal names.
  • First Nation, First Nations Refers to aboriginal people in Canada who are neither Inuit (people of the Canadian Arctic) nor Métis (descendants of First Nation people who married Europeans). The term is widely used in Canada but is not used in the US, except in connection with Métis whose homelands include northwest Minnesota, North Dakota, or other northern states. See also American Indian.
  • Native American Use if requested by specific tribes or parks. See American Indian.
  • tribal name Use specific tribal name(s) whenever possible, accurate, and appropriate.

New Hampshire is the only New England state without any federally or state-recognized tribes. This does not mean that there are no active groups within the state. The Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook Abenaki, for example, have filed for federal recognition. For more information on Native Americans in New Hampshire and New England, please see the following resources:

The Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook-Abenaki (

Indigenous New Hampshire Collaborative Collective (

Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation (

Abenaki Nation of New Hampshire (

Passamaquoddy Tribe (

Native American Organizations with ties to New Hampshire (

The library also has a selection of books on Native Americans, some of which can be found here:


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Christian Fiction Recommendations for November: Award Winning

November 18th, 2022 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Just like the movies have the Oscars and music has the Grammys, so too does Christian Fiction have awards. Each year, there are the Christy and Carol Awards given out for the best Christian Fiction books. The Christy Awards are presented for different genres within Christian Fiction including contemporary, historical, romance (contemporary and historical), mystery/suspense and visionary. This is also true for the Carol Awards. Come to the library to see if your favorite won an award this year.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 16th, 2022 · Children, City Library, Events, Holidays, Library Closings, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

The Manchester City Library will be closing at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, November 23rd, and remain closed on Thursday, November 24th in observance of Thanksgiving. The Manchester West Branch will be closed on Wednesday the 23rd and Thursday the 24th. We will re-open on Friday at our normal times of 9:00 am for the main branch and 1:00 pm at the Manchester West Branch Library.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of you for your support throughout the year. The library trustees and staff wish you and yours a peaceful and joyful holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

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Adult Take and Make Craft – Big Dipper Spirit Bear Ornament

November 15th, 2022 · Adult Take & Make Crafts, City Library, Events, Holidays, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, West Branch

Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have this wish I wish tonight.
Let this ornament grace my home tonight.

For December’s adult take & make craft we will be looking upwards to the North Star and the Big Dipper for inspiration. The Big and the Little Dipper constellations are very familiar starry companions to us all. And as winter stars shine brilliantly in the night sky, they are most welcome friends during the long dark nights. Bring a bit of that starlight and magic into your home this winter by making these Big Dipper felt ornaments.

These kits come with the materials needed to make one bear. These kits will be available on Tuesday, December 13th at the Information Desk in the library rotunda while supplies last. For more information please contact Yvonne L. at [email protected] or at 603-624-6550 ext. 7619.

P.S. A special thank you goes to Goffstown Library for inspiring this craft. You rock!

I wish you all happy crafting.

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Are you hungry for a good book?

November 12th, 2022 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

Feast on a good book this Thanksgiving. Come, join us for a three course meal. We have delicious book titles for everyone: children and adults alike. Start with an appetizer, then move to some bread and soup. We have different options for main courses: from seafood to poultry to beef to pasta and pizza. Finish your meal off with a dessert or two, indulge yourself, no guilt, no calories. No need to dress formally for the meal, and no reservations are required. So, be our guest, come to the library, grab a book, and enjoy.

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Libraries Closed for Veterans Day

November 4th, 2022 · City Library, Library Closings, Main Branch, West Branch

Both libraries will be closed on Friday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday. Thank you, veterans, for your bravery, dedication and service.

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Celebrate NaNoWriMo in our Writer’s Group!

November 2nd, 2022 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch, Writer's Group

Writing an entire novel in the span of one month seems daunting, but it’s possible. Find out more information on NaNoWriMo here:

Interested in joining a writers group at the library? Sign up here!

The writers group meets the third Wednesday of the month, so join us on November 16th, at 6:30 pm in the Hunt Room. For more information please contact Tess at 603-624-6550 ex.7620 or [email protected] for more information.

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November Adult DIY: String Art

November 2nd, 2022 · Adult Take & Make Crafts, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, West Branch

Take out your frustration on this month’s Adult DIY craft! String Art is done by winding embroidery floss around nails arranged in an image. Also called pin-and-thread art, this versatile form of art combines the therapeutic practice of hammering nails into a plank of wood with the soothing practice of creating geometric patterns with string. Decorate your house this holiday season with a festive image, or gift it to your host(ess)!

These therapeutic (it’s not real therapy) kits will be available starting November 9, 2022. These kits are for adults only and are available while supplies last. For more information, call Sue Harmon at 603-624-6550 x 7620 or email

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