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Our Library Trustees Recommend these Reads

March 28th, 2021 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Trustees

Ever wonder what our Library Trustees read? Here’s a recent list of books that they have enjoyed and we think you will enjoy them too. Many of them come in both e-book and audiobook format, so you have options!

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donaghue

Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen

Ordinary Grace & This Tender Land by William Kent Kruger

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times by David Reynold

Rage by Bob Woodward

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Little Lies by Helena Hunting

What it Takes by Richard Cramer

The Storm Before the Storm : The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic by Mike Duncan

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April Adult Take & Make Craft – May Day Gift Cones

March 25th, 2021 · Adult Take & Make Crafts, City Library, Events, Main Branch

This fun spring craft is to meant to be given away and shared. So let’s put aside winter and brighten up someone’s day. Don’t forget to add a short note, poem, joke, well wishes or even a quote from a favorite book. Tie your note on your gift with a brightly colored piece of yarn or string.

Hanging May Day Baskets or Spring Gift Cones is a custom that is fun to add into your own family traditions for celebrating Springtime.  Lovely paper cones made from stock card paper with scalloped edges and ribbons are easy to make and are a wonderful surprise to find. 

April Adult Take & Make May Day Kits will be available for pickup starting April 13, 2021 at 10:00 AM. These kits are for adults and are available while supplies last. For more information about this crafty program please contact Yvonne Loomis at 624-6550 ext. 3319.

These May Day (Spring) traditions come from The Farmer’s Almanac

  1. Neighbors may leave baskets of flowers on each other’s doorsteps or doorknobs.
  2. Kids can go barefoot on May Day for the first time.
  3. People will crown a “May Queen” for the day’s festivities.
  4. Beekeepers will move bees on May 1st.
  5. Fishermen expect to catch fish on May Day.
  6. On May Day morning, if a maiden gathers dew before sunup and sprinkles her face with it, she will enjoy luck and youthful beauty for the rest of the year.
  7. Farmers often plant corn, cucumbers, and turnips on this day.
  8. Villagers may hold theatrical battles between “summer” and “winter” that banish the winter.
  9. The Kentucky Derby starts off the month of May (the first Saturday of the month).
  10. On May 1st, people in Britain welcome spring by “Bringing in the May,” or gathering cuttings of flowering trees for their homes.
  11. May 1st in Hawaii is called “Lei Day,” and people will receive prizes this day for wearing the prettiest handmade leis.

We wish you all a very healthy and Happy Spring however you choose to celebrate.

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Black Oscars

March 24th, 2021 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Virtual Programs

Join the Manchester City Library for a lively virtual discussion about race and representation in the Academy Awards, led by Dr. Frederick Gooding, Jr. on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 6:00 PM on Zoom.

Second only to the Super Bowl in audience size and revenue, the Oscars are more than a mere ceremony; they are a phenomenon. Hosted by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for over ninety years, the Oscars have long been considered the pinnacle of fantasy, beauty, romance and high class. They are eagerly anticipated and are heavily discussed. It is only recently that movements such as #OscarsSoWhite have raised awareness around the more complicated legacy of the Oscars and African American participation in film. Join us as we take a look “behind the scenes” at racial patterns for African Americans that have both changed and stayed the same over time. After this presentation, you will NEVER see the Oscars the same way again!

Dr. Frederick W. Gooding, Jr. (PhD, Georgetown University) is an Associate Professor within the Honors College at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. Gooding critically analyzes race within mainstream media, effectively contextualizing problematic patterns based upon their historical roots.

For questions, call Susan Harmon at 603-624-6550 x3320 or email

Signup for this program is required! You can sign up through our Library Calendar and receive a link to the zoom event after registration.

Click here to sign up

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Legends and Folklore of New England

March 22nd, 2021 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Virtual Programs

The Manchester City Library invites you to an evening of virtual storytelling, featuring some of the most haunted locations in New England!

Author and Paranormal Investigator Tom D’Agostino joins us for an exciting presentation on Legends and Folklore of New England on Tuesday, March 23, at 6:00 pm via Zoom. We will go on a strange and educational trip across New England to encounter incredible characters, mysterious places and unexplainable occurrences! The truth, indeed, is stranger than fiction.

A Q&A session will follow.

For questions, call Caitlin Dionne at 603-624-6550 x3320 or email ] Signup for this program is not required, but if you’d like a reminder email, you can sign up through our library calendar! You’ll also receive an email with the Zoom meeting link! Sign up here:

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Got Test Anxiety

March 21st, 2021 · City Library, Main Branch, Teens

We’ve all been there.  Along with all the other wonderful anxieties out there right now, there is test anxiety, the age-old “favorite.”  Students and parents can take heart in the resources below.  These helpful tips for all ages are available at the library and online to prepare you for test success, not test stress.  Just a reminder, too, that there is a great selection of test preparation books with sample tests and test strategies for school, and private and public sector employment tests.  Good luck and may the force be with you.

Say goodbye to anxiety with these helpful books and resources for all ages on test anxiety and exam preparation.

101 Ways to Make Studying Easier and Faster for College Students

Praxis core : reading (5712), writing (5722), mathematics (5732)

Praxis Core study guide 2018 – 2019 : Praxis core academic skills for educators exam prep and practice test questions (5712, 5722, 5732)

Real estate license exams for dummies®

Bad Kitty takes the test

Bad Kitty

Online Resources from Trusted Sources for Exam Preparation

How Parents Can Help Their Kids Prepare for Exams from the Department of Education Basics of Online Exams from Accredited Schools Online

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National Nutrition Month

March 18th, 2021 · Children, City Library, Main Branch, News, Teens

March is National Nutrition Month! This annual campaign, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, was created to encourage everyone to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. This year, the focus is “Personalize your Plate”.

So what does it mean to Personalize your Plate? Well, a big part of healthy eating is to figure out what nutrition plan works best for you. Healthy eating is not a one-size fits all endeavor. Maybe your healthy eating plan must be built around a vegan or vegetarian diet, or maybe high cholesterol is a consideration. Or maybe you really hate beans and never want to see them on your plate. Personalize Your Plate promotes creating nutritious meals that meet an individuals’ cultural and personal food preferences.

To that end, we’ve put together some resources to help you get started. Check out the list of books below, or click this link to go directly to the catalog. There are also a number of websites that are full of helpful information to help you personalize your plate.

This is the home base of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and National Nutrition month. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides games, videos, tips, as well as a celebration toolkit with resources and ideas for school, work and home.

This USDA-sponsored website serves as a portal for food and nutrition information for the public. It contains information on dietary supplements, nutrition for different ages, nutrition for specific health conditions, and meal preparation.

This website is a portal to information about food safety from sources across the federal government. It contains information on safe storage and preparation of food and provides up-to-date information on food recalls and alerts.

Food Topics

This topic page on the FDA website contains a wealth of information on nutrition, including information on dietary supplements, tools for understanding food labels, food safety, case studies for health professionals, and the Education Resource Library.

Food and Nutrition Information Center

The Food and Nutrition Information Center contains information about diet for specific health conditions, dietary reference intakes, information on nutrition for populations (preconception, child, older adults) and links out to other resources presented in the first webinar.

Choose My Plate

USDA’s ChooseMyPlate provides nutrition infographics, a link to dietary guidelines, SuperTracker, Pregnancy weight gain calculator, preschooler growth charts, lesson plans for educators, and multilingual nutrition tip sheets.

Medline Plus: Food and Nutrition

This collection of pages in MedlinePlus is focused on the topic of Food & Nutrition. Check out some of these topics and get a feel for this resource!

Food for Thought Guide

This online guide contains a list of resources from the USDA, FDA, CDC and the National Library of Medicine on topics related to food and nutrition.

Healthy Living Guide 2020/2021

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has released a Health Living Guide that focuses on the unique challenges we face to stay healthy during a global pandemic. This free, downloadable issue includes information on the Immune system, strategies for eating healthy on a budget, diet reviews, and information on how stress and sleep affect eating patterns.


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Love of the Irish

March 13th, 2021 · City Library, Holidays, Main Branch

Love + March + Ireland = an amazing combo!


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Literary Land: The Legend of the Lost Librarians

March 10th, 2021 · Children, City Library, Main Branch

Do you remember playing Candy Land as a child? Did you know that there was a back story to it? The premise was the children were searching for the lost king: King Kandy. We created our own library version of Candy Land, but instead calling it Literary Land. Literary Land features different genres including Christian, Science, Mystery, Thriller Suspense, Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, and Romance Fiction. Below is our story: The Legend of the Lost Librarians, features the mystery behind Literary Land. What genre did you like from the story, did it matchup with your favorite genre? Check out our display at the library, or request a favorite genre thru curbside pickup.

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National Women’s History Month

March 9th, 2021 · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

Celebrate National Women’s History Month! Celebrate by reading one of these historical fiction titles with a female main character.


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Sci/Fi Fantasy Recommendations for March

March 7th, 2021 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens

If you loved the adventures of Ready Player One in a digital world, then you’ll definitely find something fascinating in one of these books featuring AR and VR worlds. Adventure, corporate espionage, and video game mechanics… there is something for everyone! The very rules of Science-Fiction are bent to the will of the author in a world where physics and science are at the mercy of whoever controls the digital world.


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