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November Adult DIY: String Art

November 2nd, 2022 · Adult Take & Make Crafts, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, West Branch

Take out your frustration on this month’s Adult DIY craft! String Art is done by winding embroidery floss around nails arranged in an image. Also called pin-and-thread art, this versatile form of art combines the therapeutic practice of hammering nails into a plank of wood with the soothing practice of creating geometric patterns with string. Decorate your house this holiday season with a festive image, or gift it to your host(ess)!

These therapeutic (it’s not real therapy) kits will be available starting November 9, 2022. These kits are for adults only and are available while supplies last. For more information, call Sue Harmon at 603-624-6550 x 7620 or email sharmon@debh.gov.

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Closed for Election Day

November 1st, 2022 · City Library, Events, Library Closings, Main Branch, West Branch

The Manchester City Library and the Manchester West Branch Library will be closed on Tuesday, November 8th in observance of Election Day.  If you need to locate information regarding voter registration or for questions about where to vote in Tuesday’s election here in Manchester please follow these links to the City of Manchester’s website.

We will reopen at our normal times on Wednesday, November 9th, and look forward to serving you then.

See you at the polls!

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Libations for the Library – A Library Foundation Fundraiser

October 28th, 2022 · City Library, Events, Foundation, Main Branch, News

Join Manchester City Library Foundation for our third annual ring toss to raise money for the Manchester City Library. Land a ring around a bottle, and take it home {1 ring for $5, 5 for $20}! Libations for the Library is on November 2nd from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Main Library on 405 Pine Street.

The main branch library will be closing at 3:00 pm that day to set up for the event. Please contact [email protected] for more information about the wine toss.

We hope to see you there.

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Main Branch Closing early at 3:00 PM on November 2nd

October 27th, 2022 · City Library, Events, Foundation, Library Closings, Main Branch

The main branch library will be closing at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, November 2nd to set up for the Manchester City Library Foundation fundraiser event.

Join Manchester City Library Foundation for our third annual ring toss to raise money for the Manchester City Library. Land a ring around a bottle, and take it home! 1 ring for $5, 5 for $20. For questions about the Foundation Fundraiser please contact them at [email protected] for more information. For questions about library services please call the Information Desk at 603-624-6550 ext. 75619. Thank you everyone for your support of the Manchester City Library.

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How Informed Are You? Take Our Fun Online Quiz

October 27th, 2022 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Program runs now through November 18th

You may know who you’re voting for this election season, but how informed are you on other current events?  The Manchester City Library has prepared a fun online quiz on current events.  The program runs now through November 18.  Some questions are local news; others are national news.  Work alone or with a friend, family member, classmate, anyone you’d like. 

  • Answer all 10 questions correctly and win an awesome prize!
  • Get started now by accessing the quiz below, or on our Facebook and Twitter pages. 
  • Copies of the quiz will also be located at the Information Technology desk. 
  • Turn in completed quizzes to the information desk or email them to [email protected].  Good luck!
  • Questions?  Call Amy at 603-624-6550 x7620 or email [email protected]

The How Informed Are You Fun 10 Question Quiz Program runs now through November 18th

1. On August 4th of this year, a freezer washed up on Nantucket beach.  What was in the freezer?

2. This year, the best infrared pictures were taken of the early universe so far, according to NASA.  What was the name of the high-powered telescope that took these amazing pictures?

3. Many movies have been filmed in New England over the years.  Which of these released or soon-to- be released movies was not filmed in New England?

A. Black Panther
B. Boston Strangler
C. Don’t Look Up
D. Marmalade
E. The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

4. Which well-known tennis player retired this year?

5. 15 year old Daniel Wei, from Waxhaw, N.C., won a national newspaper’s summer reading contest for week 5 last summer with his essay, “‘One Small Step for Democracy in a “Live Free or Die” Town’.  Which New Hampshire town did Daniel applaud?

6. Britain’s longest running monarch of 70 years sadly passed away this year at age 96.  What was her full name?

7. In 2021, a Swedish company named Cake, along with an African wildlife college, invented something that would help Africa protect its endangered species from poachers.  What was it? 

8. According to Hindustan Times, as of September, 2022, which U.S. city contains the most millionaires in the world?

9. OK all you travelers, Travel and Leisure Magazine recently named the 10 best airports in the world.  Name one of them.

10. What team, since 1970, is still considered the rival of the New England Patriots?

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendations for October

October 24th, 2022 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

Whether you believe ghosts are real or not, many of our favorite fantasy authors call on us to suspend our disbelief and imagine worlds where ghosts can play critical roles in storytelling. One of my favorite aspects of ghosts in Fantasy and Sci-Fi fiction is how differently they can be portrayed. There are few shared characteristics of ghosts between books, and authors often invent new and conflicting rules of the afterlife. Ghosts can also serve many different purposes in narrative, including witness testimony in a paranormal murder investigation, a star-crossed romantic interest, a metaphor for the past, or a weapon to fight the living. 

This spooky season, we’re highlighting books that feature ghostly characters, apparitions, and the afterlife! Specifically, each book in this list has a ghost as a main protagonist, or major character, or features interaction with ghosts in a major way. These stories are NOT horror, which is a whole related-but-different genre to Fantasy. Have you read any books in the list? Let us know what you thought in the comments!

 

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There’s Been a Murder!

October 21st, 2022 · Books, City Library, Library Displays, Main Branch, West Branch

Get into the Halloween spirit with one of these murder novels!

 

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We Don’t Have to Like Each Other…We Just Have to Get Married

October 18th, 2022 · Books, City Library, Library Displays, Main Branch

What is “Married in name only” fiction?  Did you ever see the movie Green Card with Gerard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell?  Ok, so for some, this came out in the dark ages (1990!) but it’s a good example of this fun and unique genre. People get married for the darnedest reasons and in married in name only fiction, love may or may not be part of the plan.   As with all things, William Shakespeare was one of the first to take on the theme in his work Taming of the ShrewVinegar Girl (2016) by Anne Tyler is a great contemporary version of Shakespeare’s theme.  Check out “Married in name only” fiction at the display on the 2nd floor.

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“War is a stern teacher”: Understanding the Russian invasion of Ukraine

October 17th, 2022 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Virtual Programs, West Branch

The Manchester City Library invites you to an informative discussion on the conflict in Ukraine presented by Brandon K. Gauthier on Tuesday, October 18th at 6:30 pm. This program will be held at the Manchester City Library and on Zoom

This talk will explain the motives behind Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine. The event will discuss the larger historical context surrounding Vladimir Putin’s decision-making as well as the most recent military developments on the ground.  In the process, we will examine how Ukrainian journalists are reporting on the war from the frontlines. The discussion will involve audience participation.

Brandon K. Gauthier completed his doctorate in Modern History at Fordham University in New York City in 2016. He is an Adjunct Professor of History for Fordham University and the Director of Global Education at The Derryfield School. He speaks passionately, and loudly. He lives with his wife and two daughters in New Hampshire. BEFORE EVIL is his first book. 

For questions, call Caitlin at 603-624-6550 x7620 or email [email protected]

Signup for this program is recommended! Visit www.manchesterlibrary.org and click on “Upcoming Events” to view the library calendar. Click here to be taken directly to the event, or copy and paste the link below into your browser.

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Indulge in Some Pasta this Month

October 13th, 2022 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

Did you know that there are two pasta holidays in October? National Pasta Day is October 17th and World Pasta Day is October 25th. Pasta is the Italian word for dough or paste. Originally, “pasta was eaten plain (with no sauce), or sprinkled with sugar, cinnamon and soft cheese, served as a dessert. It wasn’t until around the 1700s that tomato sauce was added.” Did you know, that there are 600 pasta shapes with 1300 different names, some of these names don’t’ sound particularly appetizing, such as vermicelli, meaning little worms in Italian. According to Google Trends, in 2021, people in New Hampshire favor ravioli, and as a nation, people favor fettuccine alfredo, followed by gnocchi, spaghetti, tortellini, and spaghetti with meatballs. Celebrate these holidays by learning a new pasta dish, or simply learning what pasta shapes go best with what sauces. Be adventurous, learn how to make pasta, we even have a book called Pasta Reinvented, for Gluten-Free eaters. What is your favorite pasta dish or shape? Come to the library grab a book from the display. Mangia!

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