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Closing early at 3:00 PM on Thursday, May 2nd

April 30th, 2024 · City Library, Events, Library Closings, Library Hours, Main Branch, News, West Branch

The Manchester City Library and the Manchester West Branch Library will be closing at 3:00 PM on Thursday, May 2nd, for the “world’s largest taco tour”. For more information about the taco tour and for the taco tour map please visit the official website here.

See you at the taco stands!

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Adult craft kits available at the West Branch

April 17th, 2024 · Adult Take & Make Crafts, Art Room, City Library, Events, West Branch

Ever wonder what it’s like to make a photographic print without a camera? To make a handmade, colorful and vibrant print of your own? Well, look no further! This project will show you how to create a Cyanotype print, which is a blue-toned print created with the power of the sun! This technique is a beginner-friendly one and comes with an easy step by step process. Traditionally and most simply, the process is performed outside using sunlight.

We are offering a limited number of adult take and make craft kits at the West Branch Library. Pop on in for a free Cyanotype Print Making craft kit. These kits contain cyan dye that can stain clothing and furniture, so they are intended for adults only. For more information, please contact Yvonne at [email protected] or call the West Branch Information Desk at 603-624-6560 ext. 7691.

Happy crafting!

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Late Opening Friday April 19th!

April 17th, 2024 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

photo courtesy of Pixabay

The Manchester City Library will be opening at 11:00 AM on Friday April 19th, as staff participate in a special staff training workshop. We thank you for your patience as we strive to improve our services.

See you soon!

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendations for April

April 14th, 2024 · Book Recommendations, Books, City Library, Library Displays, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

There’s something so enticing about a profession where people are the absolute best at what they do. The best assassins are not just deadly weapons, but also masters of disguise, improvisation, and slight-of-hand. Their world is brutal and beautiful, and only the very best survive. Their stories are rich, tragic, and compelling, as are the moral choices they face during every job. 

Take a look at this month’s Fantasy book recommendations for stories about these versatile ki**ers for hire!

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Seed Library Restock!

April 12th, 2024 · Uncategorized

New seeds just dropped!

Thanks to a generous donation from Lowes, we have new seeds in the Seed Library! As we process these donations into smaller envelopes, we’ll be re-stocking the Seed Library weekly!

Did you buy seeds this year, but had some leftover? Why not donate them to the seed library? We’re always looking for more donations! For more information, visit

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National Pet Day: April 11

April 11th, 2024 · Books, Main Branch

Did you know that today is National Pet Day? A recent survey conducted by PetMD (Chewy), The 8 Most Popular Pets in 2023, found that most Americans–not surprisingly–favor dogs and cats, with dogs edging out cats 65.1% to 46.5%. A distant third place goes to freshwater fish, coming in at 11.1%. What about you? Are you more of a dog person or a cat person? Or something else? Myself, I love dogs. I thought it would be fun to create a Periodic Table of Dogs and Cats, following the same idea as the Periodic Table of Elements in chemistry. Like the original table there are rows and columns, with categories like popular names, smartest breeds, fictional dogs and cats from children’s books, comics/cartoons and Disney, National Dog Show Groups and different breeds. Come check out our National Pet Day display at the library, and see if your dog or cat breed is the smartest or has a popular name. Did your favorite fictionalized furry friend make it on the table, come find out? We hope to see you soon.

periodic table of dogs and cats

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National Library Week Resolution

April 10th, 2024 · Uncategorized

Click here for the National Library Week Resolution from Mayor Jay Ruais.

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Ready, Set, Library!  Celebrate National Library Week April 7-13, 2024 at Manchester City Library

April 8th, 2024 · Books, Children, City Library, Events, Library Displays, Main Branch, National Library Week, News, Teens

The Manchester City Library encourages everyone in the community to visit the library to take part in all the library has to offer.

Libraries give us a green light to experience something truly special: a place to connect with others, learn new skills, and pursue our passions through book clubs, children’s story times, teen movie nights, adult DIY crafts, music events and more. Your library offers a wide array physical and electronic materials, educational programs, and research resources for adults and children at two locations. 

Libraries play a pivotal role in economic development by providing resources and support for job seekers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Your library supports Manchester with services such as toddler story times, computer classes, tutoring, teen activities, writer’s clubs and much more.  See our calendar for a full list of library activities. 

No matter where you find yourself on the roadmap through life’s journey—preparing for a new career, launching a business, raising a family, or settling into retirement the library offers the resources and support you need and an inclusive and supportive community where you will feel welcome.

So, get ready to explore, become inspired, and connect with others this National Library Week. Your library is there for you, all the way to the finish line.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types across the country each April. #NationalLibraryWeek

For more information, visit the library’s website and social media pages at:


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Now available! Adult Take & Make Kit: Cyanotype Print Making

April 6th, 2024 · Adult Take & Make Crafts, Art Room, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

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Teddy Bear Picnic!

April 6th, 2024 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Main Branch, Teddy Bear Picnic

Come join us for the Manchester City Library’s Annual Teddy Bear Picnic.  Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 11:30 am, we will gather in the Children’s Room.  When everyone is ready, we will parade through the library and then outside to the side lawn for a picnic. Bring your own bag lunch and beverage to enjoy at the picnic. Beginning at 12:00 pm, Musician Mr. Aaron, will be on the south lawn for a foot stomping interactive concert  Don’t forget to bring your teddy bears!  Registration is not required.  For more information, please call 624-6550 ext. 7628.

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