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Bake Something Delicious

May 20th, 2021 · City Library, Main Branch

Baking is always something fun to do. Whether you are craving something sweet or want to make something nice for your friends and family, baking can be a great activity for everyone. There are recipes for every kind of treat out there. You can find baking recipes for vegan diets, baking without gluten and so much more.

Or maybe you have the baking done but want to improve your decorating skills? Both during and before the pandemic I watched quite a few baking shows. One in particularly was Kids Baking Championship and I thought if kids can do it than so can I! I found these tips for cake decorating and cooking decorating to be very helpful and easy to follow. You do not have to go to culinary school to make some amazing deserts.


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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 19th, 2021 · City Library, Library Displays, Main Branch

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this is more important now than ever. The last year or so has been very hard on everyone, and the COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on mental health in many ways. The stress, isolation, and radical changes faced since the pandemic began in March of 2020 have tested everyone’s mental health, and it is important to know that help is available. We have many resources here in the library, from the books pictured in the display below, to the multiple health databases found on our website. However, it never hurts to ask your doctor or healthcare provider for help. Lifestyle changes like getting enough sleep, practicing mindfulness, exercise, and yoga can help, but will not cure all mental health issues, so it’s important to talk to a professional to find the best route to healing for you.


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Senior Storytelling Group

May 18th, 2021 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Uncategorized, Virtual Programs

Research has shown evidence that storytelling is an effective way of maintaining a healthy mind in old age. This summer, the Manchester City Library and the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester invite seniors 60+ to share their stories or just listen to the fond and interesting memories of their peers.

Reconnect via zoom or phone in this 4-part conversational group led by Dr. Ed Mahoney, D.Min., LPP. Ed Mahoney is a New Hampshire Licensed Pastoral Psychotherapist. He is also a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He has served close to 30 years as clinician, supervisor, and clinical director at both community mental health and private practice settings.

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

Signup for this program is required! Visit 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. You can also sign up by calling the library at 603-624-6550.

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Introduction to Microsoft Word

May 18th, 2021 · City Library, Main Branch

Please join the Manchester City Library on Tuesday, June 8, at 5:30 pm for an evening of virtual instruction on Microsoft Word, a very important life and job skill.

This easy, relaxed class will be 30-45 minutes. Participants will learn 5-8 basic tasks in the time allotted, and will be able to see the instructor’s screen to follow along in Microsoft Word. Questions will be taken via chat as all tasks are demonstrated.  Depending on time, I will answer any questions and demonstrate requested tasks.

For questions, call Amy H. 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. You will also be emailed the class handout which you can use during the class or for practice after the class. Sign up here:

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendations for May

May 15th, 2021 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Uncategorized

A very common theme in Science Fiction is First Contact, characterized by the meeting of humans and extraterrestrial life, or of any first encounter between sentient species of different planets/satellites. The term may have first appeared in 1945 in “First Contact” by Murray Leinster, although it wasn’t the first time anyone had written about it. While there are many fantastic examples, this is a small selection of some great titles that feature first contact.


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June Adult Take & Make Craft Kit – Button Card Crafts

May 14th, 2021 · Adult Take & Make Crafts, City Library, Events, Main Branch

Buttons aren’t just for sewing onto shirts anymore! They’re great to use in all sorts of crafts and the added benefit is that you get to reuse any old buttons you have hanging around in your button jar. Your family and friends will love these beautiful button cards.

These Button Card Craft Kits will be available for pickup starting June 8, 2021. These kits are for adults only and are available while supplies last. For more information, call Yvonne Loomis at 603-624-6550 x 3320 or email

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Christian Fiction

May 13th, 2021 · Books, City Library, Main Branch

As Memorial Day is fast approaching, let’s not forget the true meaning of the day. Why not read an inspirational Christian Fiction book with war-based stories? There are many different books to choose from, including stories about the American Revolutionary War to World War II. Let us not forget the many people that have made many sacrifices so that we can have freedom.


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Extended Hours of Operation

May 12th, 2021 · City Library, Main Branch

The Library Staff and Trustees are happy to announce that we are expanding hours of operation at the main library starting May 17th.   

Main Library Hours will be:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9 am to 12 pm, 1 pm to 5 pm. Closed 12 to 1 pm.

Tuesday & Thursday: 10 am to 2 pm, 3 pm to 7 pm. Closed 2 to 3 pm.

The Branch building reopening date will be announced by the end of June as we complete the project of moving the Office of Youth Services in to share some of our space. 

Saturday hours will also return with a start date to be announced in June.

When you visit the library the following will still apply

  • Library visitors will be asked to wear a mask.  We will provide you with one if you don’t have one for your visit.  Library staff will be wearing them as well.
  • Building will be cleaned during the daily closure.
  • Hand sanitizer is available and social distancing is expected in the building.
  • Curbside services are still available during open hours.
  • Computer stations are limited and can be booked in advance by calling 624-6550 X3319 or e-mailing Staff will log you in to a station so please check in at the Rotunda desk.
  • Access to the NH room remains by appointment only.  Please book in advance by calling 624-6550 or e-mailing
  • Materials on Hold are still situated in the lower hallway so that you can “grab it and go”.  
  • The Children’s area will continue to have limited seating.  Toys and other items are still not available during your visit.
  • Unless visiting together we still encourage only one person in the elevator at a time.
  • There is no charging of personal electronic devices.
  • All meeting rooms will remain closed to the public as most are still being used as staff workspaces.     
  • Library programs will continue on our online platforms with some in person programs being planned for the summer

Other changes effective May 17th:

  • There is now limited seating available on the main floor.
  • Library materials can be returned to the inside book drops.
  • Loan periods are returning to “normal” but fines are still not being charged.  We are billing for items not returned to the library so if you became attached to an item its time to share it with the community again by returning it.
  • The Art & Music Rooms on the second floor will now be open for browsing. There is no seating in these rooms at this time.

We look forward to offering expanded services as we continue to create a safe, welcoming environment for all visitors.  

Denise van Zanten
Library Director

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Abolitionists of the Noyes Academy

May 10th, 2021 · City Library, Main Branch

The Manchester City Library invites you to learn about abolitionist movements right here in New Hampshire. Come learn about the Noyes Academy in Caanan, NH, one of the first integrated co-ed schools in the country, and the abolitionists who founded it.

Lebanon, N.H., resident, journalist, and historian Dan Billin joins us on Monday June 7, at 7pm via Zoom to tell the story of Noyes Academy in an illustrated lecture, tracing the careers of indomitable young African-Americans who passed through fire in New Hampshire to become famous leaders and freedom fighters.

This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities.

For questions, call Becky White 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! 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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April Showers Bring May Flowers

May 8th, 2021 · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Uncategorized

Check out one of the flower themed historical fiction novels on display in the library.


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