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Manchester City Library closed Tuesday March 14th!

March 13th, 2023 · City Library, Library Closings, Main Branch, West Branch

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The Manchester City Library and West Manchester Branch Library will be closed on Tuesday, March 14th. We hope you all stay safe and warm, and we’ll see you on Wednesday.

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Faberge Imperial Easter Eggs program postponed!

March 13th, 2023 · City Library, Events, Main Branch

Due to inclement weather on Tuesday, March 14, we are postponing the Faberge Imperial Easter Egg program. New date to be announced soon. Keep an eye on our blog and facebook pages!

Stay safe and warm!

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The History of America’s Kitchens from the Colonial Period to the Present

March 13th, 2023 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Virtual Programs, West Branch

The Manchester City Library, in partnership with the Rockport Library, invites you to a program about the history of the kitchen! This program will be held via Zoom on Monday, March 20th at 7pm. Come sink your teeth into a fascinating history of the heart of the house!
From the colonial period to the present, the kitchen has been a source of nourishment and comfort. The way Americans have lived with their kitchens has changed dramatically over the course of three centuries. Historic New England curator Nancy Carlisle will discuss how the American kitchen has evolved from the seventeenth-century to the present. Drawing on her book America’s Kitchens, co-authored with Melinda Narardinov, Ms. Carlisle will discuss the technological and social changes that have taken place in this room and suggest how these innovations have transformed kitchen work and changed women’s lives.

Nancy Carlisle is senior curator of collections for Historic New England. She has worked in museums for more than twenty years and received her master’s degree in early American culture from the Winterthur Museum and University of Delaware.

Register here

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

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Remembering Together

March 13th, 2023 · City Library, Events, Remembering Together, William Cashin Senior Activity Center

Our lives are made up of stories.  The Remembering Together program offers seniors a unique opportunity to share with one another some of their memorable life stories. These stories are often a source of encouragement, mutual appreciation, perspective, and a sense of connection.  Of course, there are also times when a story gives everyone a good laugh.    

Please join The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester and the Manchester City Library for a conversational group at the Senior Center on Mondays at 10:30am, March 13 & 20, April 10 & 17, May 8 & 15. Virtual attendance is also available!

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

Signup for this program is encouraged! We will send you a reminder email before the meeting as well as a zoom link if you wish to attend virtually. Sign up here or visit and click on “Upcoming Events” to view the library calendar. You can also sign up by calling the library at 603-624-6550.

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Pi Day!

March 10th, 2023 · Books, City Library, Events, Library Displays, Main Branch

Celebrate (π) Pi day this March 14 with one of these delicious pie cookbooks!


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National Crayon Day: March 31st

March 9th, 2023 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, Library Displays, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

Do you have nostalgic feelings about crayons? March 31st is National Crayon Day, and National Crayola Day too. I remember getting a brand-new pack of Crayola crayons on the first day school and loving that new crayon smell as I opened the box. In fact, the smell of crayons is one of the most recognized scents in the nation. In a study conducted by Yale (University?), the scent of crayons ranks 18 out of 80 as recognizable scents. Back when the Crayola Company started selling crayons in 1903, an 8-pack only cost five cents. In 1998: the 64-pack of Crayola Crayons was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. There are more than 200 unique colors that have been manufactured by Crayola, from 1903 to the present day. To read more about how the Crayola Company started, how crayons were first made, and to see samples of all the various colors that have been produced over the years, check out Crayola: A Visual Biography of the World’s Most Famous Crayons, by Lisa Solomon. While you’re here, take a look at our display on the main floor, just outside the elevator, and get inspired to start a new art project today!

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March’s Brown Bag Book Club pick:

March 7th, 2023 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

For help locating a copy or for more information on our book clubs please conract the Information Desk at 603-624-6550 ext. 7619. See you at the book club!

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Spring 2023 Library Newsletter – MCL Notes

March 5th, 2023 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, NH Room, Teens, West Branch

The spring edition of MCL Notes 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.

MCL Notes – Spring 2023

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Manchester City Library closed Saturday March 4th!

March 3rd, 2023 · City Library, Events, Library Closings, Main Branch, News

The Manchester City Library will be closed on Saturday, March 4th. We hope you all stay safe and warm, and we’ll see you on Monday.

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MCL Seed Library

March 3rd, 2023 · City Library, Main Branch

Introducing the Manchester Seed Library! Interested in starting a garden? What about trying out a new type of produce? Whether you are a beginner or experienced gardener, the Manchester Seed Library will be a wonderful resource for many different varieties of seed options to try in your own garden each season.

How it works:

Seeds are available for check-out on the 2nd floor of the library, outside of the NH Room. Stop by the library to browse available seeds to take home and plant. If you have a successful growing season and would like to share your seeds with others, return any extra or new seeds to the Manchester Seed Library to keep our sustainable collection growing!

The Seed Library will be available April – August of 2023.

How to ‘Check Out’ seeds:

  • Available seeds are listed in the Seed Catalog, along with which drawer you can find packets in.
  • To help us know what kind of seeds you are interested in planting, sign out your seed packet(s) in the“Seed Library Check Out Sheet” located next to the catalog.
  • Take a picture or photocopy the growing instructions in the Seed Catalog, or use your phone to scan the QR code on the seed packet to pull up an electronic copy.
  • Take your seeds home to plant.
  • Seeds are limited to 10 packets per family and two packets of each seed type.

How to donate seeds:

We would love to see your thriving gardens! Share pictures with us on social media by tagging @manchlibrary or using #Manchesterseedlibrary.

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