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Library network is up again

January 12th, 2021 · Uncategorized

The city’s Information Systems department, after much hard work, has fixed the problem. There is still some work to be done, but you should be able to reach us now via email at

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Library network down

January 12th, 2021 · Uncategorized

The staff network is down temporarily. This appears to be a city-wide problem. You can still search our catalog, however. Call 603-624-6550 if you need help.

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Help Me Find My Next Book

January 8th, 2021 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens

Have you ever finished a book, but then were at a loss for what to read next? Or have an idea what kinds of books you want to read, but have a hard time narrowing down your choices? Well, we can help you with that! Try our new Help Me Find My Next Book service. You tell us what you’re interested in, and then we send you a list of recommendations. Choose the titles that you want from the list, and we’ll let you know when they’re ready to pick up using our curbside service.

Happy Reading!

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendations for January

January 1st, 2021 · Books

The weather outside, and in these books, is frightful! But hopefully you are toasty and warm! Check out this selection of Fantasy and Sci-Fi books that feature the coldest planets and realms in literature!


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Happy New Year

December 30th, 2020 · Children, City Library, Events, Library Closings, Main Branch, News, Teens

Manchester City Library services, including our curbside service, will be closed on Thursday, December 31st and Friday, January 1st for the New Year’s holiday. Library staff and Trustees would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. Farewell 2020. May you all enjoy a safe, healthy, happy and prosperous 2021.

Happy New Year!

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John le Carré

December 26th, 2020 · Books, City Library, Main Branch

In remembrance of late spy espionage author John le Carré, check out one of his books from our catalog here.

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Read the 12 Days of Christmas

December 23rd, 2020 · Uncategorized

Settle in with ‘one’ of these numbered historical fiction titles. Call us at the Information Desk at 624-6550 ext. 3319 to place your requests or for help finding a title.



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Christmas and New Years Closings

December 23rd, 2020 · City Library, Events, Holidays, Library Closings, Main Branch

The Manchester City Library will be closed Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th in observance of Christmas, and then Thursday, December 31st and Friday 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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In the Kitchen with MCL: Miniature Pumpkin Cheesecake

December 20th, 2020 · City Library, Holidays, Uncategorized

Enjoy the holiday season with a cheesecake for two.

Pumpkin cheesecake-



Graham crackers or Ginger snaps (about 4 oz.)

1 1/2 Tbls melted butter

1 tsp sugar


8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg, room temperature

1/2 can of pumpkin

½ tsp Cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger

1/8 tsp cloves

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. Place gingersnaps or graham crackers in a plastic bag and hit with a rolling pin until coarse crumbs form.
  3. Add the sugar and melted butter and mix to combine.
  4. Line a small spring form pan with parchment paper. This recipe uses a 5 inch pan, but other sizes may be used. Adjust the recipe if using a full sized pan by increasing ingredient amounts by 3 times. A pyrex dish, ramekin, or other oven safe dish can be used too.
  5. Press the crumb mixture evenly into the pan of choice and bake for about 5-10 minutes.
  6. When the crust is done, lower heat to 325.
  7. Mix the cream cheese and sugar until fluffy.
  8. Add eggs one at a time until fully combined.
  9. Mix in pumpkin and spices, and pour mixture into crust.
  10. If using a water bath, wrap the bottom of the spring form pan in tin foil. If using a regular pan, this step is not necessary.
  11. Place the cheesecake pan into a larger oven safe pan, and put them in the middle of the preheated oven.
  12. Pour boiling water into the larger pan until it comes up about halfway on the cheesecake pan.
  13. Bake for around 30 minutes (longer if using a larger pan), or until most of the cake is set, but the middle still jiggles a bit.
  14. Turn oven off and let sit for 20 minutes with the door shut.
  15. Open the oven door a crack and allow the cake to cool to room temperature.
  16. Once the cake is cool enough to touch, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool completely.
  17. Cover the cake and refrigerate for several hours or overnight until it is completely set.
  18. Enjoy!

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Festivus: A Holiday for the Rest of Us

December 18th, 2020 · City Library, Events, Holidays, Main Branch

Festivus is something many of us associate with episode 10, season 9, of the popular show Seinfeld, titled ‘The Strike’, but it was actually created nearly thirty years before that episode was written in 1997. The tradition was started by Daniel O’Keefe, father of ‘Seinfeld’ writer Dan O’Keefe, in 1966, initially as a sort of alternative holiday. The O’Keefe Festivus celebration differed from the Costanzas, but several key aspects, like the ‘Airing of Grievances’ and ‘Feats of Strength,’ carried over into the show.

One of the main differing features is the aluminum pole, described by Frank Costanza as having appeal due to its “high strength to weight ratio.” Instead, in the O’Keefe household, a clock was placed in a bag and nailed to the wall by the older Daniel O’Keefe. While the meaning behind this action is not clear, feel free to interpret it as you like, as the holiday is fluid and organic. It is not restricted to any specific rules, rather dictated by a feeling or an emotion, and can fit whatever is required by the celebrants.

Since the 2020 holiday season is going to look different this year, why not try something new and set up an aluminum Festivus pole, or nail a clock in a bag to the wall. Create your own Festivus tradition, whether it includes the standard ‘Feats of Strength’ or ‘Airing of Grievances’, or something entirely new. Perhaps watching the Festivus episode of Seinfeld with your family over Zoom will become a new part of your holiday celebration. Whatever it is, have a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season.

Read more about Festivus by reserving one of these books for curbside pick-up:

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