Manchester City Library

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The Manchester City Library is reopening our main building once again to public access!

February 26th, 2021 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Teens

Building Access- Hours of operation starting on March 8th, 2021 are:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday:  9 am to 11 am, 12 pm to 2 pm, 3 pm to 5 pm

Tuesday and Thursday:  11 am to 1 pm, 2 pm to 4 pm, 5 pm to 7 pm

Curbside service hours are:       

Monday and Wednesday: 10 am to 12 pm

Tuesday and Thursday: 5 pm to 7 pm

Friday: 2 pm to 4 pm

What to expect when you visit the library:

  • Library visitors need to wear a mask. We will provide you with one if you don’t have one for your visit. Library staff will be wearing them as well.
  • Building will be cleaned during the daily closures for your safety and ours.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available and social distancing is expected in the building.
  • The library has new capacity limits. To assist us with capacity restrictions:
    • You may be asked to wait before you can enter.
    • Please visit for the service you need and then leave.
    • Visits are limited to once a day.
    • There is limited seating in the building to encourage short visits at this time.
    • Computer stations are limited and should be booked in advance by calling 624-6550 X3319 or e-mailing library@manchesternh.gov.
    • Materials on Hold are situated in the lower hallway so that you can “grab it and go”.
  • Please bring exact change to use our copiers or vended printing.
  • There is no charging of personal electronic devices.
  • Loan periods are still extended and fines are not being charged.
  • Programming remains online.
  • All meeting rooms remain closed to the public as they are being used by staff and for material quarantine.  
  • The Second Floor remains closed to the public, though you can make an appointment to use the NH Room for research. Call 624-6550 X3319 or e-mail library@manchesternh.gov to make an appointment.
  • All visitors are asked not to enter the building if you are feeling unwell. Please visit us when you feel better.

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Adult Crafts – Origami Fairy Lights

March 3rd, 2021 · Adult Take & Make Crafts, City Library, Main Branch

Brighten up any room with these colorful DIY Origami Fairy lights! Follow simple folding instructions to make origami boxes and string them on to a set of fairy lights for a bright and colorful decoration.

Kits will be available for pickup through curbside service starting March 9, 2021, at 10 AM while supplies last. These kits are for adults only. For more information about crafts for Teens and Children please visit our Library Calendar.

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A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear

March 1st, 2021 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Virtual Programs

Join the Manchester City Library for an evening of virtual entertainment via zoom on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7:00 PM. Author Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling will talk about his book, A Libertarian Walks into a Bear.

Once upon a time, a group of libertarians got together and hatched one of the most ambitious social experiments in modern American history—the so-called Free Town Project: a plan to take over an American town and completely eliminate its government. In 2004, they set their sights on Grafton, NH, a flyspeck town with only one paved road, buried in the woods of New Hampshire’s western fringe.

When freedom-focused libertarians across the US—from as far as California to as near as Massachusetts—descended on Grafton, state and federal laws became meek suggestions. Soon the wilderness-thick town lost public funding for pretty much everything: fire dept, the schoolhouse, library, and perhaps most importantly wildlife services. As the people were ignoring laws and regulations on hunting and food disposal, their newly formed off-the-grid tent city caught the attention of some unruly neighbors: the bears.

Armed with a pen and journalist’s notebook, Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling—a seasoned journalist who has covered everything from Maine’s stately Governor’s Mansion to the mud hut of a witch doctor in Sierra Leone—was drawn to Grafton in hopes of uncovering the truth behind this fantastical tale of bear vs. libertarian. In this book, Hongoltz-Hetling details how this tiny town became a radical social experiment—until the bear attacks started.

Join us on Thursday, April 1st at 7:00 PM via Zoom. For questions, call Susan Harmon at 603-624-6550 x3320 or email sharmon@manchesternh.gov

Signup for this program is required! You can sign up through our Library Calendar and receive a link to the zoom event after registration.

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendations for February

February 27th, 2021 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens

Check out some of our favorite fantasy graphic novels this February! We have lots of great new titles listed here, and several first volumes of series with new installments. These shorter reads are a great way to break up that never-diminishing TBR pile and re-energize yourself. And, if you enjoy art, take a moment to linger on some of these stunning illustrations!

 

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Brown Bag Book reads Club American Dirt

February 22nd, 2021 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

For February our Brown Bag Book Club will be reading  ‘American Dirt’ by Jeanine Cummins. ‘…Jeanine Cummins has given face to migrants everywhere who flee violence and near-certain death in search of only one thing: a chance at life…’ Join us on Tuesday, March 30th at 12:15 for the virtual discussion via e-mail. Please contact the Library to learn how you can be part of this book discussion at 624-6550 ext. 3319.

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Brown Bag Book Club reads The Giver of Stars

February 22nd, 2021 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

Our Brown Bag Book Club will be reading and discussing ‘The Giver of Stars’ by Jojo Moyes.  In the 1930’s a group of women, under the guidance of Eleanor Roosevelt and known as The Packhorse Librarians, overcame countless obstacles to deliver literacy to rural Kentucky. Join us online for a virtual discussion on Tuesday, February 23rd via e-mail. please contact the Library to learn how you can be part of the meeting at 624-6550 ext. 3319

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Introduction to Microsoft Word

February 20th, 2021 · City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Main Branch, Virtual Programs

Computer Classes are back! Virtually!

This easy, relaxed class will be 30-45 minutes. Participants will learn 5-8 basic tasks in the time allotted, and will be able to see the instructor’s screen to follow along. Questions will be taken via chat as all tasks are demonstrated.

For questions, call Amy H. at 603-624-6550 x3320 or email ahanmer@manchesternh.gov

Signup for this program is required! You can sign up through our Library Calendar and receive a link to the zoom event after registration. You will also be emailed the class handout which you can use during the class or for practice after the class.

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Taxes 101

February 19th, 2021 · City Library, Main Branch, Virtual Programs

Join AARP Tax Aide representative Stacey S. for a basic overview of how to file your taxes. She’ll cover the important documents you might need, how to fill out the 1040 form, electronic filing options, and resources for if you need help.

Join us on Friday, February 19, 2020 at 7pm via Zoom. For questions, call Susan Harmon at 603-624-6550 x3320 or email sharmon@manchesternh.gov Signup for this program is required! You can sign up through our Library Calendar and receive a link to the zoom event after registration.

Sign up here: https://bit.ly/3st5tSh

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Legends and Folklore of New England

February 18th, 2021 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Virtual Programs

The Manchester City Library invites you to an evening of virtual storytelling, featuring some of the most haunted locations in New England!

Author and Paranormal Investigator Tom D’Agostino joins us for an exciting presentation on Legends and Folklore of New England on Tuesday, March 23, at 6:00 pm via Zoom. We will go on a strange and educational trip across New England to encounter incredible characters, mysterious places and unexplainable occurrences! The truth, indeed, is stranger than fiction.

A Q&A session will follow.

For questions, call Caitlin Dionne at 603-624-6550 x3320 or email cdionne@manchesternh.gov. ] 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! Sign up here: https://www.libraryinsight.com/eventdetails.asp?jx=i1&lmx=%CF%60c%27%AB%AEs&v=3

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February’s Adult Take & Make Craft is “sold out”. March’s will be coming soon!

February 18th, 2021 · City Library, Main Branch, News, Teens

Clothespin Snowflake Kits

Get ’em while they’re still here! (’cause they’re hot)
We have a few of our February Snowflake Adult Take & Make Kits left but they’re going fast. So if you want one come and get it. Have fun putting it together during tomorrow’s snowstorm. Request a craft kit by phone through our curbside service here 624-6550 ext. 3314.

Don’t forget to stay tuned for information about our March Adult Take & Make Kit coming soon.

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