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Adult Summer Reading Program: All Together Now

June 1st, 2023 · Adult Summer Reading Program, Books, City Library, Events, Library Promotions, Main Branch, News, 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 20 to August 12. 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!

Ready to start reading? Check out a book that explores adult friendships and how kindness and compassion can leave a lasting impression on individuals and their community.


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George Tooker: Modern Life and Magical Realism

June 1st, 2023 · Art Room, City Library, Culturally Curious Art Series, Events, Main Branch, Virtual Programs, West Branch

Join the Manchester City Library on June 29, 2023, from 7-8 pm via Zoom for the third installment of our Culturally Curious Art Series! This wildly popular art series, presented by Jane Oneail, is back for the second year with a fantastic array of topics including popular artists and local art.

George Tooker often depicted the tensions of modern life and inhuman bureaucracies. As a gay man, active in the Civil Rights movement, Tooker explored boundary-breaking subjects in his work while also conjuring powerful scenes of quiet beauty. This program provides an introduction to the artist, his life, and his remarkable body of work.

Jane Oneail curates and delivers art appreciation programs to audiences throughout New England and beyond. Jane holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from Harvard University. A New Hampshire native, she has worked at some of the state’s most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane has also taught at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern New Hampshire University. For more information, visit

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

Register Here

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Summer MCL Notes Newsletter!

May 31st, 2023 · Author Talk, Bookmobile, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Family Fare, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, Summer Reading Program, Teen Summer Reading Program, Teens, West Branch

The summer issue of the Manchester City Library’s newsletter, “MCL Notes” is here! Catch up on what’s been happening at the libraries—there’s plenty to read about! We hope to see you at the programs we have planned from now throughout the summer season.

MCL Notes – Summer 2023

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

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June Adult Take & Make Kits: Granny Square Crocheted Cell Phone Bag

May 31st, 2023 · Adult Take & Make Crafts, Art Room, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter

Aren’t there are days when you could just use a pocket or two, but your chosen outfit for the day has no pockets? What to do? Whip up one of these little crocheted cell phone bags to carry it with you. Keep your cell phone safe and secure with this little crocheted bag. For June we are making crocheted cell phone bags. This small purse is lightweight and perfect for holding your mobile phone and a couple credit cards or other small items.
These kits come with everything you’ll need to crochet one small, crocheted bag. They are intended for adults and will be available at the Reference Desk in the Library Rotunda on Tuesday, June 13th, while supplies last. For more information, please contact Yvonne Loomis at 603-624-6550 ext. 7619 or e-mail [email protected].

Happy crafting!

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New Teen Wellness Kits Now Available

May 25th, 2023 · City Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Teens

The Manchester City Library is pleased to offer our new Teen Wellness Kits. Each kit contains resources related to one of seven different topics for teenagers: anxiety, bullying, coming out, finding your direction, grief, healthy relationships, and self-esteem. Inside the kit you will find a variety of fiction and nonfiction books, stress relief and mindfulness tools, coloring supplies, a booklist, and other helpful resources. The kits can be found in the Teen area of the Main Library and are available to be checked out with your library card.

You can view the kits in our online catalog here:

Teen Wellness Kits

For more information, contact Dori, Teen Librarian, at (603) 624-6560 ext. 7645 or email [email protected].

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Get Ready for the Library Hop!

May 25th, 2023 · City Library, Events, Library Promotions, Main Branch, West Branch

Hop to each library in the GMILCS Consortium this Summer! From June 1st – August 31st, visit each participating library, complete each library’s unique challenge, and earn prizes along the way. To get started, stop by your home library to pick up your passport book and set off on your journey. Inside your passport book, you’ll find each library’s information and challenge. After you complete a challenge, show it to a library staff member to receive a stamp or sticker in your passport book and a prize. Once you complete all eleven challenges, present your completed passport book at your home library to be entered into a raffle for a $100 gift card to The Bookery in Manchester, NH. We can’t wait to see you this Summer!

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Hoopla service is restored

May 24th, 2023 · City Library, Library Databases, Main Branch, News, Technology, West Branch

This morning’s scheduled hoopla Digital maintenance is complete and all hoopla service has been restored. Thank you for your patience as the hoopla team resolved the issue.

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Hoopla is undergoing some maintenance this morning.

May 24th, 2023 · City Library, Library Databases, Main Branch, News, West Branch

This morning’s scheduled hoopla maintenance is taking slightly longer than expected, but the hoopla team is working to get the service back up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience!

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Tenant Rights with 603 Legal Aid Postponed!

May 23rd, 2023 · Uncategorized

Due to a scheduling emergency, the scheduled in-person presentation of Tenant Rights with 603 Legal Aid on Wednesday, May 24 has been postponed.

New date to be announced.

Please check our blog or calendar for updates.

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Memorial Day Weekend!

May 22nd, 2023 · Children, City Library, Events, Holidays, Library Closings, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

The Manchester City Library will be closed Saturday, May 27th through Monday May 29th for the observance of Memorial Day. The Manchester West Branch Library will also be closed on Monday May 29th, as well. We will reopen on Tuesday at our regular service times. Here’s a list of events going on for Memorial Day Weekend. We hope that you and yours all have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

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