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Libraries Closed for Memorial Day Weekend

May 21st, 2024 · City Library, Events, Holidays, Library Closings, Main Branch, West Branch

Both the Manchester City Library and the Manchester West Branch Library will be closed Saturday, May 25th through Monday, May 27th in the observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday at our regular times. We hope that you all have a safe and happy holiday.

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City Owned Properties Public Auction

May 21st, 2024 · City Library, Events

There will be a public auction at the JFK Coliseum on Saturday, June 8th, at 10:00 AM. Fifteen city owned properties will be auctioned off. Contact the auctioneer for more information.

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The US, Iran, and the Middle East in 2024

May 21st, 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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Remembering Together

May 20th, 2024 · City Library, Events, Remembering Together, William Cashin Senior Activity Center

In-Person at the Senior Center, or Virtually via Zoom

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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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendations for May

May 17th, 2024 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Robots and AI offer readers an exciting way to explore the human experience and dive into complex themes of religion, morality, connection, communication, and the need for understanding. With Artificial Intelligence programming becoming more and more part of our lives and culture today, these books offer us a look into fictional accounts of sentient life, and what it could mean when a computer can mimic humanity.

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West Adult DIY: Art Gallery Vase

May 15th, 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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June Adult Take & Make Craft Kits – A Bevy of Bookmarks

May 14th, 2024 · Adult Take & Make Crafts, Art Room, City Library, Events, Main Branch

One of the questions that we are often asked at the Reference Desk is, “Do you have any bookmarks?” We often do have some on hand, usually paper bookmarks that advertise out services.

Would it surprise you to hear that a large number of people avidly collect vintage and antique bookmarks? Made from an assortment of materials, including paper, silk, silver, and plastic, these charming little collectibles range in value from $1 to $200+. Ever since books came into existence readers have needed to find a way to “save their place” whenever they had to take a break. Cheaters will fold down a page corner or leave the book open face down, but those are surefire ways to injure your books. Back in the day, the rarity of books made them almost invaluable, so readers (most often monks and the rich) had to find a safe way to mark their spot. 

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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What Are You Looking At? (Vogue, vogue – shhh)

May 8th, 2024 · Art Room, City Library, Events, Library Displays, Main Branch

2024 MET Gala – A Garden of Time and Sleeping Beauties

Borrowed from English writer J.G. Ballard’s 1962 short story, the night’s sartorial theme got its name from the story about a count who, to stave off an angry mob nearing his castle, cuts a rose from his garden to slow down time until there are no flowers remaining. The Met Gala 2024’s “Garden of Time” theme worked in conjunction with the Costume Institute’s spring exhibition, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.” Called “fashion’s biggest night,” the Met Gala is also a benefit for the Costume Institute, serving as the primary source of funding for the department. This year’s event did not disappoint. It was a glorious evening of glitz, glamour, beauty and art. We saw a red carpet filled with everything from romantic florals to techno-inspired fashion. There was even a Sleeping Beauty reference or two.

Want to learn more about fashion and the fascinating history of costuming? Visit our display on the second floor near the Art and Music Rooms. We have a fine collection of books devoted to fashion designers, high fashion, costuming and the history of dressing and clothing.

Stay fabulous, you!

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Regency Romance

May 4th, 2024 · Books, City Library, Library Displays, Main Branch

If you love Bridgerton and Pride and Prejudice, check out this month’s romance display! Right now, the Manchester City Library is displaying Regency Period romance novels. The Regency romances are set 1811 and 1820.  These novels often feature opulent balls, carriage rides, trips to the opera, courting, fake engagements, and aristocracy. There is something for everyone in these stories. Come take a peek!

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Adult Summer Reading Program 2024

May 1st, 2024 · Adult Summer Reading Program, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, West Branch

We are very excited to announce that this year, the Manchester City Library will be continuing our tradition of an Adult Summer Reading program! The Adult Summer Reading Program is open to anyone 18+. 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 17 – August 10. Signup starts June 1.

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