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POSTPONED – Downtown Summer Movie Series – Honey I Shrunk the Kids

July 17th, 2024 · Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, Movies, Uncategorized

Due to the anticipated inclement weather later today and this evening, tonight’s Downtown Summer Series: Free Movie Night in Veterans Memorial Park featuring Honey, I Shrunk the Kids has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.

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Taste of the Olympics

July 17th, 2024 · Book Recommendations, Books, City Library, Library Hours, Main Branch, Uncategorized

Taste of the Olympics with the Olympics logo of 5 rings with a continent in each ring

France is hosting the Olympic games this year, which kicks off at the end of July. There will be 206 nations competing, each with their own unique cuisines, some of which you can check out in our Taste of the Olympics display. See what’s on display in our library catalog. In France, bread, wine and cheese are staples; they are essential to the culture and traditions in French food. For the Japanese, rice is their staple food, and it is common for them to eat rice for every meal of the day. What is considered American cuisine? What comes to my mind is cheeseburgers and fries, apple pie and Thanksgiving turkey dinner. What do you consider American cuisine? Visit us at the library, and peruse a variety of cookbooks from many different nations. While you’re here, check out our Adult Summer Reading Program mission: Eat Around the World. Happy cooking, and Bon Appetit!

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August Take & Make Craft Kits – Embroidered Baseball Caps

July 16th, 2024 · Adult Take & Make Crafts, Art Room, City Library, Main Branch

Keep it wild! Late summer and early fall are traditional times when families take vacations and road trips to enjoy the great outdoors before the winds of winter arrive. What better way to get ready for your outing than with this fun hand embroidered wildflower baseball cap! This is a very easy embroidery project for beginners. It’s also a perfect summer project to take with you on the go. These kits come with everything you will need to embroider one beautiful baseball cap. These kits are for adults, as these kits contain pins. They will be available on Tuesday, August 13th, in the Library Rotunda while supplies last. For more information about this fun little craft please contact Yvonne at 603-624-6550 ext. 7619 or e-mail [email protected].

Happy crafting and happy trails!

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Cancelled: Family Fare with Steve Blunt, July 11

July 10th, 2024 · Uncategorized

Due to illness, tomorrow’s (July 11) program “Family Fare with Steve Blunt” is cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Family Fare with Wildlife Encounters

July 10th, 2024 · Children, City Library, Events, Family Fare, Main Branch

Join us for a Global Tour Encounter! This live-animal presentation includes an amazing selection of their highest-end ambassador animals. 

Come meet some really wild animals! We welcome back Wildlife Encounters for our next Family Fare program. This live-animal education presentation is designed to be delivered over 45-60 minutes and generally includes a very diverse selection of our Ambassador Animals. Plan to join us on Thursday, August 1st, at 6:00 pm on the library lawn. We hope you can make it. This event will be held in the Library Auditorium in case of rain.

For more information, please call Mary Gallant at 603-624-6550×7611 [email protected]


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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendations for July 2024

July 8th, 2024 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

What better adventure to enjoy in Sci-Fi & Fantasy fiction than the heist? These stories have everything: twists, betrayals, problems, near-misses, and clever traps!  

These stories feature high-stakes, elaborate plots, and lovable criminals. If you’re ready to read some fantastical characters tackle some out-of-this-world missions, check out these books!

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Paris Olympics 2024

July 8th, 2024 · Book Recommendations, Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Did you know that the first Olympic Games took place in 776 BC? The first Olympics began in Ancient Greece and included games like chariot racing, boxing, wrestling, and the long jump. The Ancient Olympic games ended in 393 AD and didn’t begin again until 1896!

The Olympic and Paralympic medals this summer are made with scraps of iron which came from the original construction of the Eiffel Tower. The medals will also feature the image of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. Visit to learn more fun facts about the 2024 Paris games.

Come check out our Summer Olympics display at the Manchester City Library. Find out more on the history of the Olympic games and Olympic athletes in preparation for the Paris games. You can also view the books on display in our catalog.

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Downeast Connections: Artists Inspired by Maine

July 5th, 2024 · Art Room, Books, City Library, Culturally Curious Art Series, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

Join the Manchester City Library on August 1, 2024, from 7-8 pm via Zoom for the 2024 return of our Culturally Curious Art Series! This wildly popular art series, presented by Jane Oneail, is back for the third year with interesting surveys of three different artistic themes. Embrace summer in New England with a tour of the most picturesque seascapes!

Maine’s remote, rocky shoreline has been a beacon to American artists for generations. This program will survey the work of some of the most celebrated artists inspired by the state’s distinct landscape and way of life. The program features work by artists including Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, and Ashley Bryan.

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]

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My Travel Adventure

July 1st, 2024 · Adult Summer Reading Program, City Library, Events, Library Displays, Library Promotions, Main Branch, West Branch

Pick up a travel guide and plan your next adventure! Register for the Summer Reading Program and view all the ways you can win prizes by clicking the QR Code on the display. Learn more about the My Adventure Mission and have your submission be part of our display by visiting the Information Desk located in the Rotunda.  The Summer Reading program runs until August 10th. Happy travels.

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Celebrating Independence Day!

June 27th, 2024 · City Library, Events, Library Closings, Main Branch, News, West Branch

The libraries will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, for the Independence Day holiday. We will re-open on Friday at our normal times. Manchester’s celebration will take place at 9:30 PM on July 3rd at Arms Park. A rain date is set for July 5th. Here is a list of holiday events happening around the state. We wish you all have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday!

The City of Manchester, NH will conduct its Independence Day Celebration at Arms Park on Wednesday, July 3, 2024 (rain date Friday, July 5th).  Admission is free. Please feel free to bring your own chairs and picnic dinner for your family.  There will be food vendors on site.  No alcoholic beverages or glass bottles are allowed. No pets please.  Portable toilets will be available. We are excited to welcome the 39th Army Band back to the stage this year starting at 7:30 p.m. The fireworks display provided by Pyrotecnico will begin at dusk, approximately 9:30 p.m.

See you at the celebration!

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