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Indiana Jones Digital Escape Room

April 3rd, 2020 · City Library, Main Branch, Technology, Uncategorized, West Branch

Bored at home? Looking for an “escape”? Try our digital escape room. Help Indiana Jones acquire an idol for the museum and make it safely back to the museum.

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April 3rd, 2020 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, West Branch

Keeping your mind busy is one of the best ways to cope with stress and anxiety. While you’re stuck at home social distancing, try learning a new craft or trying out a new recipe to keep yourself busy!”

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Recommended Sci-Fi/Fantasy reading for April

April 2nd, 2020 · Audiobooks, Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

Look-a-likes, doubles, doppelgängers, and genetic clones! These books explore various ways in which humans try to take control of genetic science! Enjoy these digital offerings from the comfort and safety of your home!


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Manchester Launches COVID-19 Volunteer Website

April 1st, 2020 · Uncategorized

The City of Manchester has received numerous phone calls and emails from citizens that want to know what they can do to help their community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to this widespread community support, the City of Manchester developed a form for people to fill out who if people want to help with either a donation of time, money or resources.

If a need arises that fits your options, someone will reach out to you.

“The support we’ve seen from across our community is incredible,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “I want to thank everyone for all they’ve done over the last week. We are facing an unprecedented time in our city’s history, and many things are unknown. But, residents across the Queen City have stepped forward and offered help to our health care providers, our first responders, our students and more. It makes me so proud to be from Manchester.”

Individuals looking to donate time, services, resources or funding can visit the Manchester Emergency Operations Center Page

Residents with questions surrounding COVID-19 can direct them to

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Doing the 2020 Census With Amy

March 30th, 2020 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

Ok, it’s time to do the Census.  This is one thing that actually won’t be canceled, postponed, re-scheduled, or Zoomed.

Here’s a play-by-play of my adventure filling out the 2020 Census online.

Time:  1:54pm – opened invitation letter from the Census (actually, they sent two invitation letters – guess they really want me to fill out this thing.).  I have until April 1st to do so online.  The invitation contains the website for filling out the Census and gives your unique Census I.D. # which you’ll enter to start the questionnaire.  So, I went to, clicked start questionnaire, and put in the I.D. # on the Census letter.  Here I go.

Time: 1:55pm – Answering basic address questions, doing great.

Time: 1:57pm – Answered “Household Questions”. Going on to the “People Questions” (seriously, these are the actual category names…).  Oh, a snag!  Asked year of birth.  Took 5 minutes to scroll all the way down to the year…ok moving on.

Time:  2:01 – Done with the people questions.  I’m feeling pretty comfortable about this whole thing at this point.  “Does Amy stay anywhere other than the address given?”.  Well, no, but I’d really like to stay somewhere else during bike week…

Time:  2:03 – Done and submitted!  That’s really all there is to it.  Unless you have a more complicated living arrangement, it might take you 15 minutes instead of nine.   

The end.  Whew!  Now I can rest up until the next Census in 2030.

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New Hampshire State Documents

March 30th, 2020 · City Library, Government Documents, Main Branch, News, West Branch

The New Hampshire state depository provides state documents to New Hampshire libraries.  They send the Manchester City Library current legislation from the house and senate.  They also send magazines, newsletters and other items pertaining to New Hampshire.  Most items can now be found online.  As the new State Documents Coordinator, I’ve been tasked with breathing new life into state documents.  Upon looking through dozens of House Bills introduced in 2019, inspiration was found.  Some bills are serious and very timely, some just made me chuckle.  The list starts with my favorite bill.  Please see the websites at the end for more information.  Enjoy!

A Sample of House Bills and
Concurrent Resolutions Introduced in 2019
Bill #
1147 Prohibiting municipalities from requiring a license for a lemonade stand operated by a person under the age of 18   
1227 Requiring the renovation of the smoker’s lounge in the legislative office building
1382 Establishing April 8, 2024 as Solar Eclipse Day
1242 Establishing every 4th Thursday in August as Jamaican Appreciation Day
1133-FN Relative to violations of constitutional rights
House Joint Resolution Urging Congress to enact legislation or propose a constitutional amendment to grant statehood to the District of Columbia
1163 Requiring schools to update documents and software to include the option of identifying a student as non-binary
1213 Repealing the prohibition on hunting with a ferret
1123 Relative to reporting a collision between a cat and a motor vehicle
1387 Prohibiting the declawing of cats
House Concurrent Resolution Celebrating August 26, 2020 as the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees that the right to vote shall not be denied on the basis of sex.
1132 Establishing a committee to study the establishment of a multi-state agreement to phase out corporate giveaways
1268 Establishing a committee to study student loan forgiveness on the basis of volunteer work, including service in the legislature.
1272 Prohibiting prison privatization
1166 Establishing a committee to study obtaining health insurance for those persons who are uninsured in New Hampshire

To learn more about New Hampshire senate and house bills please visit this handy website.

Please also check out physical copies of house and senate calendars, letters, weekly bulletins, magazines and other materials published by the State of New Hampshire.

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Meet the Librarian

March 28th, 2020 · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

My name is Caitlin. I am a life-long New Hampshirite with a love of travel. I studied history in my undergrad classwork with a focus on Medieval England before going to library school. Some of my favorite genres to read (and watch) are historical fiction, sci-fi and some non-fiction. I am trying to keep cabin fever at bay by maintaining a routine while also moving around. Taking walks, cooking, and getting a little sewing in has helped to keep me sane when I get tired of looking at a computer screen.

Current read: Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic by Michael McCreary

Current listen: The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

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Federal Tax Time Delayed

March 27th, 2020 · City Library, Government Documents, Main Branch, West Branch

On March 18, 2020, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2020-17 providing relief under section 7508A(a) of the Code, which postponed the due date for certain Federal income tax payments from April 15, 2020 until July 15, 2020. This notice restates and expands upon the relief provided in Notice 2020-17. III. GRANT OF RELIEF The Secretary of the Treasury has determined that any person with a Federal income tax payment or a Federal income tax return due April 15, 2020, is affected by the COVID-19 emergency for purposes of the relief described in this section III (Affected Taxpayer). The term “person” includes an individual, a trust, estate, partnership, association, company or corporation, as provided in section 7701(a)(1) of the Code. For an Affected Taxpayer, the due date for filing Federal income tax returns and making Federal income tax payments due April 15, 2020, is automatically postponed to July 15, 2020. Affected Taxpayers do not have to file Forms 4868 or 7004. There is no limitation on the amount of the payment that may be postponed.

For more tax information and tax forms please go to

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Temporary Library Cards Available!

March 26th, 2020 · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Don’t have a library card? Had a card, but it expired? Sign up for a temporary library card! You’ll receive a confirmation e-mail with a library card number that will let you download books and movies while we’re closed.

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Stay-At-Home Homework Help Databases

March 24th, 2020 · Children, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

If you’re looking for additional digital content to enhance your child’s at-home instruction, Gale is now providing open access to the below interdisciplinary, curriculum-aligned resources that support online learning from pre-K through undergraduate. 

  • Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an interactive kindergarten-readiness program that introduces children ages three to six to key concepts in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music. It’s as challenging as it is fun!
    • Kids InfoBits introduces elementary schoolers to database searching with easy-to-use resources featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics.
    • Gale In Context: High School supports student papers, projects, and presentations while empowering the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills with content aligned to national and state curriculum standards.
    • Gale In Context: College offers interdisciplinary content that reinforces the development of skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.
    • Gale In Context: Canada is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a broad range of Canadian topics, people, places, and events.

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