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Read The Union Leader! Use your library card!

January 6th, 2020 · City Library, Library Databases, Local History, Main Branch, News, NH Room, West Branch

Did you know you can read The Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News online, using just your library card? Thanks to our partnership with NewsBank–a news database resource that provides archives of media publications as reference materials to libraries–anyone with a valid, up-to-date Manchester library card, or anyone visiting either of our locations, can read and search The Union Leader from a PC, tablet or phone.

Union Leader viewed through NewsBank

Read page by page as you would a paper copy, or search by keyword. Find something you want to keep? You can choose a complete page, or clip just a section of the page if you prefer. You can print it, download it as a PDF (Portable Document Format), or even save it to your Google Drive.

There are some restrictions on back issues. You can view PDF copies of the Union Leader, as described above, going back to January of 2018. For articles that appeared only online, you can search the web edition as far back as January of 2015. And you can search the text only version as far back as July of 1989.

Log in to NewsBank using your library card number and password, and give it a try! No library card required if you’re inside the library.

Obituaries and older news articles

microfilm drawerSearching for an obituary? Talk with us! For copyright reasons, not all obituaries that were published in print are available online. Don’t despair! We have microfilmed copies of The Union Leader going all the way back to its inception in 1863. You can view them in the NH Room along with our local history and genealogy collection.

Since there is no index to the Union Leader prior to 1989, searching for older obituaries can be a challenge. Fortunately, we have other research tools, like Ancestry Library Edition (library use only), and vital records, that can help you find a person’s date of death. Older news articles aren’t as easy as obituaries to pin down without an index, so you’ll need to gather as much information as you can before you begin your search of the microfilm.

If you’re unable to visit the library in person, you can ask us to locate an article for you. Simply complete a Request for Staff Research, and we will provide an hour of research free of charge. For searches taking longer than one hour, see our Research policies for details and prices.

Need help? Email or call 603-624-6550.

A note to our eBook savvy patrons and subscribers to the e-Edition: The digital copy of the Union Leader that we’re able to provide is in PDF, viewable page by page. While you can search an entire edition of the paper by keyword, you cannot download an entire day’s edition as a single PDF. It is not identical to the e-Edition. Likewise, while the paper can be viewed on a tablet, Kindle or eReader with a web browser, the paper is in PDF, not EPUB or Kindle format.

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Smithsonian Transcribe-athon

January 3rd, 2020 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens

Do you enjoy typing? Do you like reading historical documents? Then come to the Smithsonian Transcribe-athon hosted by the Manchester City Library. The Smithsonian Transcription Center is a crowdsourcing project developed as a way to digitally enable and increase public engagement with Smithsonian materials in a collaborative environment. The Manchester City Library will be hosting a community transcribe-athon to help the Smithsonian make their collections more accessible to facilitate research and exploration.

Transcription projects come from over 19 libraries, archives, and museum departments across the Smithsonian with new projects being added each week. Materials can date from as far back as the 15th century and can go up to present day. Patrons can transcribe documents from collections like the Freedmen’s Bureau Records at the National Museum of African American History or records from the United States National Herbarium or anything in between!

Come see what historical documents you can find on January 16th, 2020 from 3:30 pm-6:30 pm. Library laptops will be available for use on a first come first serve basis. Personal laptops may brought and used for this event.

Registration is required. Please call the Information Desk at 603-624-6550 ext. 3320 or email Becky White at

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendations for January, 2020

January 2nd, 2020 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

You wouldn’t want to meet these assassins in a dark alley! The characters in these books have trained for years at their craft, and now face their most difficult challenges yet! We’ve also got some assassins-in-training for your enjoyment, as well!

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New Year’s Eve

December 31st, 2019 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, West Branch

On Tuesday December 31st the Manchester City Library will be closing at 1:30 for New Year’s Eve. The West Branch will be closed all day, that day, as well.

Both the Manchester City Library and the West Manchester Branch Library will be closed Wednesday, January 1st in observance of New Year’s Day.

The library staff would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Closing Early December 30th @ 4:30

December 30th, 2019 · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

The Manchester City Library and the Manchester West Branch will close at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 30th, due to the snowstorm.  Stay safe and warm!

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Stream movies from the library during the dark winter months!

December 27th, 2019 · Children, City Library, Main Branch, Movies, News, Streaming Movies & Music, West Branch

Have you checked out our newest digital service, Kanopy, which offers
streaming movies?
There are 3 distinct divisions:
Movies: This includes documentaries, foreign films, local content, and
independent and feature films. Each month you get 5 play credits,
which are used up once you start watching a film. You have 72 hours to
watch a movie.
The Great Courses: Once you start watching a series, you get unlimited
access to that series for 30 days, and you do not use up any of your
play credits.
Kanopy Kids: Once you access this section, you get unlimited access for
30 days, and you do not use up your play credits. Kanopy Kids is a
tightly curated collection of the best programs for children aged 2-12,
launched in partnership with Common Sense Media, the leading rating/
review source for parents.
Two noteworthy features of Kanopy are:
Accessibility: Kanopy is the only platform to meet full accessibility
standards – (1) all films have captions and transcripts; (2) films are
compatible with visual impairment technologies; and (3) films provide
special disability settings for patrons.
Public Performance Rights: All content can be streamed in classrooms,
community groups, and other events.
And don’t forget about our other apps!
Hoopla: ebooks (including graphic novels), eaudiobooks, music, and
movies CloudLibrary: ebooks, eaudiobooks, Libby (through NH Downloadable Books): ebooks, eaudiobooks, and emagazines

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Nuevos Libros en Espanol

December 26th, 2019 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Check out some of our newest additions to our Spanish collection:
College para todos: una guía para que sus hijos alcancen sus metas
académicas en U.S.A. – Ana Maria Jaramillo
Come limpio: alimentación para el cuerpo, la mente y las emociones – Carla
La ecuación del amor – Helen Hoang
Largo pétalo de mar – Isabel Allende
La otra mujer – Daniel Silva

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Holiday hours

December 23rd, 2019 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

The Main Library will be closing at 1:30 on Christmas Eve and remain closed on Christmas Day. The Manchester West Branch will be closed on Christmas Eve (12/24) and Christmas Day (12/25). We will reopen on Thursday, December 26th, at our normal times.

For the New Year’s holiday the Main Library will be closing at 1:30 on New Year’s Eve and remain closed on New Year’s Day. The Manchester West Branch will be closed on New Year’s Eve (12/31) and New Year’s Day (1/1). We will reopen on Thursday, January 2nd, at our normal times.

The library staff would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Manchester City Library Requests Donations of New and Unopened Slow Cookers.

December 19th, 2019 · City Library, Events, Main Branch

The Manchester City Library is in need of five (5) slow cookers, new-in-box and unopened. Your generosity will support a participant in our upcoming program Slow Cooker Meals Made Easy!, in partnership with Nutrition Connections, UNH Extension. This program is serving a vital need in our community, teaching participants healthy eating strategies with limited resources. Each participant will take home a slow cooker, an extremely useful tool for busy parents trying to put healthy food on the table.

Donations made to the library are tax-deductible. Please donate only new-in-box and unopened 6-quart slow cookers, like this Hamilton Beach 6 Quart Silver Slow Cooker, Model #33665, available at WalMart. Unfortunately, we cannot accept donations of opened or used slow-cookers. Please contact Sue Harmon at or by phone 603-624-6550 x3319 with any questions.

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Happy Holidays

December 17th, 2019 · Books, Children, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

The coming of December means the start of many festive holidays and traditions around the world. Holiday traditions range from caroling to Christmas markets, from lighting a yule log to lighting the Menorah, family dinners or a cozy night watching Hallmark movies. Traditions are what you make them to be. This month, we recognize the variety of traditions with our rotunda displays.

Our display of Christmas themed fiction includes something for everyone! Indulge your holiday spirit with some feel-good stories about the magic of the season. These books will warm your heart and hopefully brighten your day!

These titles can be viewed in our catalog here.

On the other side of the rotunda, you will find our display of non-fiction holiday titles. We have included holiday cookbooks to help plan your Christmas or Hanukkah dinner, books on global traditions, songbooks, and even a few on holiday décor!

You can find the non-fiction items in our catalog here!

No matter your holiday or tradition, we hope you find something here for you!

Happy Holidays!

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