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Put Some HEART Into It.

March 20th, 2020 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, News, Teens, West Branch

These romance books really take their titles to “heart”.

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Please Do Not Return Library Materials Until Further Notice.

March 19th, 2020 · City Library, Main Branch, Uncategorized, West Branch

Dear Manchester City Library Patrons,

While the library is closed we ask you to please keep any and all library materials. Do not drop off any materials at either branch of the library until we are open to the public again. This will assist us greatly while the library is closed to the public as the book drops are not being checked regularly during the pandemic.

You will not be fined for any late returns and items are automatically renewing via our computer system.

We thank you for helping us by keeping library materials at home with you until we can reopen to the public.

Thank you for your assistance.

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Stuck at Home?

March 18th, 2020 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, News, West Branch

Stuck at home? Travel across the country and world with one of these historical fiction eBooks.


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The importance of sanitary precautions

March 18th, 2020 · Uncategorized

As situations unfold and infomation becomes available we will be sharing information to help you all stay safe. The information below reinforces the need to wash hands frequently, disinfect work or frequently used surfaces and don’t touch your face.

New research finds that the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces. Scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. This is according to a new study from National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Very Limited Holds Pick-up Service

March 17th, 2020 · Uncategorized

From Wednesday March 18th through Friday March 20th, from 10-12, we will be placing MCL patron’s holds on the shelves inside the glass children’s room vestibule at the entrance of the children’s room on the Concord Street side of the library. You will be able to pick up your holds then in a self serve manner. The library building will remain closed with no access to the building except in the vestibule for your holds. After March 20th the holds service will be suspended until we reopen.

Thank you for your patience and we hope that you and your families and communities may remain healthy and safe during this trying time.

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Read Across Ireland

March 17th, 2020 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Celebrate with a historical fiction novel set in Ireland. Read a book set in Ireland this St. Patrick’s Day!

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Libraries Closing due to COVID-19

March 16th, 2020 · Uncategorized

Effective Tuesday, March 17, all Manchester library locations will be closed to the public. For now we have removed fines on all adult materials (fines on child and young adult materials were eliminated in 2018), and we ask patrons to please keep any borrowed library materials at home until the library re-opens. In addition, we have made online services available to the public. For the latest news on library services, visit our website,

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Library programming and community meetings cancelled until further notice

March 14th, 2020 · Book Group, City Library, Computer Classes, Events, Kanopy film Series, Library Closings, Main Branch, Movies, Streaming Movies & Music, Uncategorized, West Branch, Yarn & Yap

Effective Monday March 16th the Manchester City Library will be cancelling all library programming as well as any community meetings to be held at our buildings until further notice. Our decision is based on the State of Emergency declared by the Governor as well on the advice of the City’s Emergency Operations Center. The library will continue normal operations of services for the immediate future. Please see previous library blog posts for more information about COVID-19 and safety tips.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

March 13th, 2020 · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

In hopes of answering questions you may have and calming some anxieties about the coronavirus, we would like to share a list of resources below from reputable organizations that can provide you with up-to-date information.

What is the COVID-19?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, causes respiratory illness in people. It can spread from person to person through “respiratory droplets” that occur when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Symptoms range from mild to severe. Common symptoms that present 2-14 days after exposure include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The virus was first reported from Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019, but is now confirmed in 70 locations internationally, including in the United States. The World Health Organization declared a global health emergency on January 30, 2020.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC is a federal public health institute of the United States. It offers current information about:

  • symptoms,
  • testing, and
  • prevention and treatment.

The CDC has frequent updates on new cases in the United States, risk assessments by country, and information for travel and travelers. Helpful sections include posters on how to prevent the spread of the virus within your community and an Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) page answering all of your questions.

The World Health Organization (WHO)

The WHO provides:

It also features myth buster graphics such as the one below to stop the spread of misinformation, that put people and their communities at greater risk.

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

For the latest on monitoring cases in New Hampshire be sure to visit the DHHS website on COVID-19. This state government website also includes:

  • information about the current situation
  • New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report
  • information about COVID-19 preparation in NH,
  • frequently asked questions about COVID-19
  • community information and resources for individuals and families on how to help stop the spread of misinformation and learn how to prepare and plan for public health emergencies.

Manchester Health Department

The Manchester Health Department has been following this public health issue since it was first reported in late 2019.  The Manchester Health Department and the City of Manchester are working with the CDC, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and city and state leaders. The Manchester Health Department’s website provides a timeline of COVID-19. Please follow this page for updates about COVID-19 and Manchester’s response to the disease..

Mental Health

The terms outbreak, epidemic, global health emergency, and quarantine often can be trigger words for many people creating anxiety, depression, fear, and distrust. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) created a Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks fact sheet that describes common signs of stress, how to recognize when to get help, and advice for coping.

Beware of scams!

The WHO has a dedicated page listing potential scams seeking to steal money or sensitive information from people. Improve your cyber security by reading the WHO’s information and tips.

If you have questions, look for answers at one of these resources, beware of scams, and wash your hands (for at least 20 seconds or sing “Happy Birthday” twice)! You can also call us at the Reference Desk at 624-6550 ext. 3319.

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Do You Know Where Your DNA Is?

March 12th, 2020 · City Library, Main Branch

Genetic DNA is becoming more intertwined into our lives, these days.  Professor Albert E. Scherr, professor of law at University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law in Concord NH will be discussing how genetic information is collected, stored and used, from forensics and medical research to genealogy.

Professor Scherr is the Chair of the International Criminal Law & Justice Program at Franklin Pierce School of Law.  He was also the president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Hampshire, for five years.

The presentation will take place on March 19th at 6:30 PM, in the Winchell Room at the Main Library.  For any question please call Eileen at 624-6550 ext. 3319.

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