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May Thrillers Selections

May 27th, 2020 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

For May, we are highlighting some female authors in the Thriller genre.


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Memorial Day

May 25th, 2020 · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

 Memorial Day has a split personality. It is normally the unofficial day to start the fun of summer. However, it also has a very serious side.  Today, I am going to talk about the serious side.

 Memorial Day used to be known as Decoration Day.  Decoration Day evolved from various events during and after the American Civil War for honoring the service members who lost their lives in this war.  People would place flowers on the gravesites of the service members (Union and Confederate), to honor and remember their sacrifice.

The emphasis is to remember each individual service member, who served to protect our nation; and in the process lost their life, the ultimate sacrifice.

 Not all who passed away have been able to come back home, to be buried in a special place.  Some will not be able to return, because of the nature and location their death; or did come back as an unidentified causality and buried as an unknown.  Service members from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam are still being found today in many remote sites and are presently being identified.

 The Defense POW/Mia Accounting Agency is the government agency whose duty is to find the fallen and identify them.  The agency’s website is  On this website, there are listings of the people who have not been recovered to date and announcements on the recent identifications of these lost heroes with their basic stories.  Presently, most of the newer identifications are services members found in lost graves from the 1943 Tarawa Atoll battle and exhumed from gravesites marked as unknown, Korean War’s Chosin Reservoir Campaign and the unknown casualties of the USS Oklahoma sinking at Pearl Harbor.

 Take a pause this weekend to thank and remember those individuals who gave the ultimate sacrifice over the past decades, so that we can enjoy the American way today. 

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Celiac Awareness Month

May 24th, 2020 · Books, City Library, E-Books

There is nothing as heavenly as the aroma of fresh baking bread. But, being on a gluten-free diet can put a wrench into those plans. According to the Mayo Clinic, “70% remain exposed to gluten while on the gluten-free diet, putting their long—term health at risk.” If, you buy or make your bread, muffins, waffles, etc., it is important to use a new waffle maker or toaster, because even the tiniest crumb of gluten can cause major health problems. Getting back to bread, below are some of my family’s favorite gluten-free bread, muffins, rolls, popovers, and waffle recipes. We create our gluten free flour blend, following America’s Test Kitchen: 24 ounces (4 ½ cups plus 1/3 cup) white rice flour, 7 ½ ounces (1 2/3 cups) brown rice flour, 7 ounces (1 1/3 cups) potato starch, 3 ounces (3/4 cup) tapioca starch, ¾ ounce (3 tablespoons) nonfat milk powder. Precise measurements are essential, and to my knowledge most gluten-free flours require refrigeration. My sister makes the dinner rolls, and my mom uses them as the bread to make stuffing at Thanksgiving. I used the waffle recipe this year, to make waffles for Mother’s Day. The waffles toast up well the next day. Checkout our ebook platforms (Hoopla, Overdrive, Cloud Library) they have many different cookbooks for cooking gluten free.

–Susanna, Library Staff  #Celiac Awareness Month.

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Memorial Day

May 22nd, 2020 · Books, City Library

Memorial Day is coming up soon. Why not read an inspirational historical (war theme) fiction book? Below is a list of various books of this nature. They can be located on one of ebook platforms. My favorites is a series, Refiner’s Fire series by Lynn Austin. This series focuses on the Civil War. There are three books, with different perspectives, one for the North, the South, and the slave. My favorite book of the series is the second one: Fire by Night. Julia Hoffman is the main character of the book. She becomes a Union nurse after witnessing the first Battle of Bull Run. As my sister, aunts, and cousins are nurses this book resonates with me. As Memorial Day approaches, let us not forget the many people that have made many sacrifices so that we can have freedom.   – Susanna Library Staff

Tamera Alexander

A Lasting Impression: Hoopla, Overdrive, Cloud Library

A Beauty So Rare: Hoopla

With This Pledge: Hoopla, Overdrive

Lynn Austin

Candle In The Darkness: Hoopla

Fire By Night: Hoopla

A Light To My Path: Hoopla

A Woman’s place: Hoopla

While We’re Far Apart: Hoopla

Erin Bartels

We hope for better things: Hoopla

Kristy Cambron

The Butterfly and the Violin: Hoopla

A Sparrow in Terezin: Hoopla

Heidi Chiavaroli

Freedom’s Ring: Hoopla

The Tea Chest: Hoopla

The Hidden Side: Hoopla

Colleen Coble

Freedom’s Light: Hoopla

Melanie Dobson

Catching the Wind: Hoopla

Memories of Glass: Hoopla

Hidden Among the Stars: Hoopla

Chateau Of Secrets: Hoopla

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Media Literacy

May 19th, 2020 · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

There is a lot of confusing information out there. The Manchester  City Library will be posting a series of blog posts To help you develop some news and media literacy skills.

What is Media Literacy? 

Media literacy is the ability to critically analyze news and media content.

Media literacy can help you:

  • better understand how media is presented
  • better recognize bias, spin and misinformation
  • look at news and other sources with a more critical eye

When looking at media, ask yourself:

  • WHO wrote the story? WHO are the sources?
  • WHEN was it published/when did it happen?
  • WHERE is it published?
  • HOW is it being presented?
  • WHY is it being told? (is it news or is it meant to sway opinion?)

Is it news or an ad?

Advertisers are tricky. Keep an eye out for these clues:

Is it trying to sell you something?

Does it say ‘sponsored content’ next to the link?

Do you see the AdChoices symbol? 

If you said ‘YES’ to any of these, it’s an advertisement!

Test your media literacy knowledge with some quizzes courtesy of the News Literacy Project.

Concerned about COVID? The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) has compiled a list of resources to help fight the spread of misinformation:

Coronavirus Resources: Misinformation, Teaching, and Articles

Stay tuned for more Media Literacy tips.

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System upgrade – interrupted service

May 18th, 2020 · City Library, E-Books, Library Databases, Main Branch, West Branch

System upgrade: our library catalog will be unavailable.

On Tuesday, May 19th, our public catalog will be down for a system upgrade for about 5 hours. Access to eBooks, music, movies and access to our electronic resources (databases) will likewise be unavailable. For assistance please call us at 624-6550 x 3319, use our chat service or email us a

For assistance please call us at 624-6550 x 3319, use our chat service or email us a

We thank you for your patience as we work to improve our online resources.

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Learn a New Language with MCL

May 17th, 2020 · City Library, Library Databases, Main Branch, West Branch

Did you know that you can access Transparent Language through the library? Transparent offers over 100 languages to learn, including some with lessons designed for kids! Practice listening, speaking, reading and writing a new language today.

Simply sign up using the library’s link here:

Transparent Language

Log in with your active library card, create an account and start learning!

Transparent is available on Mobile devices as well as PCs

Check out this video for a quick walkthrough of Transparent:

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MCL Notes – Virtual Services (Issue 4)

May 16th, 2020 · City Library, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, West Branch

The latest edition of MCL Notes – Virtual Services is now available!  Find out what’s new at the Manchester libraries, and see what we have happening as the weather gets nicer…

For your convenience, you can also sign up to receive this quarterly newsletter by email.

Wishing you all health, peace and happiness.

MCL Notes – Virtual Services (Issue 4)

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Celiac Awareness Month

May 15th, 2020 · City Library

Being on a gluten-free diet can be challenging, finding foods that you once enjoyed, and realizing you can no longer have them is depressing. I have been on the gluten-free diet for seven years, and have learned how to adapt many different recipes, especially desserts. Chocolate desserts are some of my favorite things. My family and I enjoy baking together. Some people do not even know that these desserts are gluten-free. Below are some of our favorite chocolate dessert recipes. Checkout our ebook platforms (Hoopla, Overdrive, Cloud Library) they have many different cookbooks for cooking gluten free.

-Susanna Library Staff

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Free COVID-19 Tests for Greater Manchester Residents

May 14th, 2020 · City Library, Main Branch, News, West Branch

The City of Manchester Emergency Operations Center (EOC) announced today that continued testing will be offered through Wednesday, May 20th for Greater Manchester residents who are either symptomatic OR are in a high risk group. This test will tell you if you are currently positive for a COVID-19 infection. It is NOT an antibody test, which will tell you if you have previously had the virus.  

Call the Manchester COVID-19 Hotline at 603-668-1547 for a free screening and testing appointment. The Hotline is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 3:00pm.  

High risk groups include:        

People with chronic conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, asthma, kidney disease, liver disease)      

People who are immunocompromised (impaired or weakened immune system)      

People who are 60 years of age or older     

People who are primary caregivers of high risk individuals.  

NH residents who do NOT live in the Greater Manchester area should call 2-1-1 or visit NH DHHS Website at for an online testing registration form.

For additional COVID-19 information and resources: ·       

ANTIBODY TESTING, please visit ClearChoiceMD at for free antibody testing for all NH residents. ·       

MANCHESTER EOC UPDATES, please visit: ·       

NH DHHS’s COVID-19 webpage, please visit: for ongoing updates and information regarding the situation within NH.

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