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April Adult Take & Make Craft – May Day Gift Cones

April 13th, 2021 · Adult Take & Make Crafts, City Library, Events, Main Branch

This fun spring craft is to meant to be given away and shared. So let’s put aside winter and brighten up someone’s day. Don’t forget to add a short note, poem, joke, well wishes or even a quote from a favorite book. Tie your note on your gift with a brightly colored piece of yarn or string.

Hanging May Day Baskets or Spring Gift Cones is a custom that is fun to add into your own family traditions for celebrating Springtime.  Lovely paper cones made from stock card paper with scalloped edges and ribbons are easy to make and are a wonderful surprise to find. These would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift.

April Adult Take & Make May Day Kits will be available for pickup starting April 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Reference Desk in the library rotunda. These kits are for adults and are available while supplies last. For more information about this crafty program please contact Yvonne Loomis at 624-6550 ext. 3319.

These May Day (Spring) traditions come from The Farmer’s Almanac

  1. Neighbors may leave baskets of flowers on each other’s doorsteps or doorknobs.
  2. Kids can go barefoot on May Day for the first time.
  3. People will crown a “May Queen” for the day’s festivities.
  4. Beekeepers will move bees on May 1st.
  5. Fishermen expect to catch fish on May Day.
  6. On May Day morning, if a maiden gathers dew before sunup and sprinkles her face with it, she will enjoy luck and youthful beauty for the rest of the year.
  7. Farmers often plant corn, cucumbers, and turnips on this day.
  8. Villagers may hold theatrical battles between “summer” and “winter” that banish the winter.
  9. The Kentucky Derby starts off the month of May (the first Saturday of the month).
  10. On May 1st, people in Britain welcome spring by “Bringing in the May,” or gathering cuttings of flowering trees for their homes.
  11. May 1st in Hawaii is called “Lei Day,” and people will receive prizes this day for wearing the prettiest handmade leis.

We wish you all a very healthy and Happy Spring however you choose to celebrate.

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Demtystifying Credit

April 12th, 2021 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Virtual Programs

The Manchester City Library has partnered with St. Mary’s Bank to bring you a virtual lesson on Credit! Watch this talk on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 6:00 PM via Zoom.

In this talk, Aimee Morin, Business Analyst at St. Mary’s Bank, will go over some core concepts about Credit Scores, how to improve your score, and the best strategies for choosing and using a credit card.  

For questions, call Sue Harmon at 603-624-6550 x3320 or email sharmon@manchesternh.gov

Signup for this program is not required, but if you’d like a reminder email and Zoom link, you can sign up through our library calendar! Visit www.manchesterlibrary.org and click on “Upcoming Events” to view the library calendar or copy and paste this link into your browser:

https://www.libraryinsight.com/eventdetails.asp?jx=i1&lmx=%CF%60c+%A2%ACq&v=3

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Vote for your favorite Book Spine Poem

April 12th, 2021 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, National Library Week, National Poetry Month

Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry challenge for National Library Week and National Poetry Month! We hope you had fun with the creative little activity. We’ve collected submissions into a photo album for your enjoyment. Comment below and let us know which one is your favorite!

Even though our contest is finished, National Poetry Month is still going strong. If you haven’t tried yet, pull together a few books and stack them up into a poem!

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendations for April

April 11th, 2021 · Books, City Library, Main Branch

Gaslamp Fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy that is usually set in some version of Victorian or Edwardian history. It differs from steampunk, though, because it’s missing the more scientific and mechanical elements. It’s also different form classic fantasy or high fantasy like J.R.R. Tolkein or Lewis Caroll, though they tend to share the same time period in setting. You’ll notice a lot of similarities to gothic literature: romantic and horrific traits designed to arouse fear, apprehension, and other intense emotions in the reader.  Happy reading!

 

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Adult Crafts – Painted Rock Cacti

April 10th, 2021 · Adult Take & Make Crafts, City Library, Events, Main Branch

Calling all black-thumb gardeners! Whoever said cacti were easy to take care of are darn liars. Stick to pothos plants if you want to start out with an easy plant. But, if you still love the cacti aesthetic, I have an adorable solution for you in this month’s craft kit! Paint your own tiny cactus to adorn your desk, night table, kitchen table, window sill, or wherever you need a little green. No care required!

These Painted Rock Cactus kits will be available for pickup starting May 11, 2021. These kits are for adults only and are available while supplies last. For more information, call Sue Harmon at 603-624-6550 x 3320 or email sharmon@manchesternh.gov.

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Music and Romance

April 9th, 2021 · Books, City Library, Main Branch

Music. Love. How Romantic!

 

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The Holocaust: Our Duty to Remember – But What?

April 8th, 2021 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Virtual Programs

Join the Manchester City Library on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 6:30 PM for a virtual presentation via zoom of an important part of our shared global history.

This presentation by author and history buff Mick Grzonka provides historical context of the events in Nazi Germany, the reasons behind the Nazi regime’s rise to power, and it sheds light on the background against which the “Night of the Broken Glass”, and later the Holocaust, took place. The talk is organized around dispelling four common myths which, if allowed to stand uncorrected, would make it all-too-easy to dismiss the events of the 1930s and 1940s as irrelevant for today’s world. The talk will cover how the Nazi regime came about, and the reasons for its atrocious deeds. In particular, it will take a close look at how common, “normal” people were induced to contribute to the industrialized murder as which we must understand the Holocaust today.

Signup for this program is required. To sign up, visit www.manchesterlibrary.org and click on “Upcoming Events” to view the library calendar. Or copy and paste the link below into your browser:

http://www.libraryinsight.com/EventSignUp.asp?t=197983275&jx=i1p&lmx=%CF%60c+%AE%AD%7D

For questions, call Tess Kimsey at 603-624-6550 x3320 or email tkimsey@manchesternh.gov.

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National Library Week proclamation

April 6th, 2021 · City Library, Main Branch, National Library Week, Uncategorized, West Branch

April 4th through April 10th marks National Library Week with the theme of “Welcome to your Library.” It is a week to honor what libraries around our country do for their communities every day. As we celebrate this week in 2021, many libraries are once again opening their doors to the public, while still providing digital and virtual services, ever mindful of the pandemic we are still fighting and the recovering communities and people we support.

I wish to thank my staff, our Trustees, our Mayor, our Aldermen, our community partners and most of all our library users for your support and well wishes over the past year. We have a lot to be proud of this year as we celebrate National Library Week 2021.

Be well,
Denise M. van Zanten
Library Director

view Mayor Craig’s National Library Week proclamation (PDF)

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Welcome to Your Library

April 4th, 2021 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, National Library Week, News

National Library Week runs from April 5-9th, and this year’s theme is: Welcome to Your Library

Your library is more than just the beautiful marble building on Pine street, or the repurposed firehouse on the west side. Your library is also more than the Libby app on your phone or tablet, the documentary you watched on Kanopy, or the graphic novel you downloaded through Hoopla.

Your library is the bookmobile, bringing free books to children to promote literacy.

Your library is the call to the curbside pick-up line from the library’s parking lot to get your books and other items.

Your library is the craft you picked up from the curbside pick-up table.

Your library is a call to the information desk to ask what day it is.

Your library is the chat feature on our website to ask a quick question.

Your library is the circulation clerk who pulls items on hold to be picked up through curbside.

Your library is the children’s librarian who holds countless story times, crafts, Lego challenges, and more on Zoom or Facebook.

Your library is the Zoom program on taxes, backyard birds, or New England folklore.

Your library is the podcast on fake news and media bias, and the blog post on nutrition.

Your library is the free wifi, left on even when we were closed to the public, for people to use from their car in the parking lot.

Your library is free access to Ancestry.com, to help you discover your family tree.

Your library is the free tax forms and information on where to get help with taxes.

Your library is the “help me find my next book” form on our website, to help you find your next read.

Your library is the genre displays in the library, changed each month to highlight a new theme or topic.

Your library is the free issue of BookPage, and the many bookmarks given out through curbside.

Your library is the people who come into the building to keep things running behind the scenes.

Your library is all of us, and everything we do to help the community.

Welcome to your library.

 

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Basic Genealogy

April 3rd, 2021 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Virtual Programs

The Manchester City Library invites you to learn more about genealogy as we learn how to make finding your family simple! Join us on May 3rd at 6 PM for a virtual program on Zoom.

Eric Migdal started doing genealogical research in hopes of finding information on his biological family. He has trained with and is a member of the National Genealogical Society.

He will be joining us on Monday, May 3rd at 6pm via Zoom for his presentation on Basic Genealogy. He will break down the very complex process into basic steps for locating family, building family trees and analyzing DNA results.

A Q&A session will follow. For questions, call Caitlin 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! Visit www.manchesterlibrary.org and click on “Upcoming Events” to view the library calendar. Or copy and paste the link below into your browser.

https://www.libraryinsight.com/eventdetails.asp?jx=i1&lmx=%CF%60c+%AE%AEr&v=3

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