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Media Literacy

May 19th, 2020 · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

There is a lot of confusing information out there. The Manchester  City Library will be posting a series of blog posts To help you develop some news and media literacy skills.

What is Media Literacy? 

Media literacy is the ability to critically analyze news and media content.

Media literacy can help you:

  • better understand how media is presented
  • better recognize bias, spin and misinformation
  • look at news and other sources with a more critical eye

When looking at media, ask yourself:

  • WHO wrote the story? WHO are the sources?
  • WHEN was it published/when did it happen?
  • WHERE is it published?
  • HOW is it being presented?
  • WHY is it being told? (is it news or is it meant to sway opinion?)

Is it news or an ad?

Advertisers are tricky. Keep an eye out for these clues:

Is it trying to sell you something?

Does it say ‘sponsored content’ next to the link?

Do you see the AdChoices symbol? 

If you said ‘YES’ to any of these, it’s an advertisement!

Test your media literacy knowledge with some quizzes courtesy of the News Literacy Project.

Concerned about COVID? The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) has compiled a list of resources to help fight the spread of misinformation:

Coronavirus Resources: Misinformation, Teaching, and Articles

Stay tuned for more Media Literacy tips.

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System upgrade – interrupted service

May 18th, 2020 · City Library, E-Books, Library Databases, Main Branch, West Branch

System upgrade: our library catalog will be unavailable.

On Tuesday, May 19th, our public catalog will be down for a system upgrade for about 5 hours. Access to eBooks, music, movies and access to our electronic resources (databases) will likewise be unavailable. For assistance please call us at 624-6550 x 3319, use our chat service or email us a

For assistance please call us at 624-6550 x 3319, use our chat service or email us a

We thank you for your patience as we work to improve our online resources.

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Learn a New Language with MCL

May 17th, 2020 · City Library, Library Databases, Main Branch, West Branch

Did you know that you can access Transparent Language through the library? Transparent offers over 100 languages to learn, including some with lessons designed for kids! Practice listening, speaking, reading and writing a new language today.

Simply sign up using the library’s link here:

Transparent Language

Log in with your active library card, create an account and start learning!

Transparent is available on Mobile devices as well as PCs

Check out this video for a quick walkthrough of Transparent:

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MCL Notes – Virtual Services (Issue 4)

May 16th, 2020 · City Library, Main Branch, News, Newsletter, West Branch

The latest edition of MCL Notes – Virtual Services 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.

Wishing you all health, peace and happiness.

MCL Notes – Virtual Services (Issue 4)

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Celiac Awareness Month

May 15th, 2020 · City Library

Being on a gluten-free diet can be challenging, finding foods that you once enjoyed, and realizing you can no longer have them is depressing. I have been on the gluten-free diet for seven years, and have learned how to adapt many different recipes, especially desserts. Chocolate desserts are some of my favorite things. My family and I enjoy baking together. Some people do not even know that these desserts are gluten-free. Below are some of our favorite chocolate dessert recipes. Checkout our ebook platforms (Hoopla, Overdrive, Cloud Library) they have many different cookbooks for cooking gluten free.

-Susanna Library Staff

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Free COVID-19 Tests for Greater Manchester Residents

May 14th, 2020 · City Library, Main Branch, News, West Branch

The City of Manchester Emergency Operations Center (EOC) announced today that continued testing will be offered through Wednesday, May 20th for Greater Manchester residents who are either symptomatic OR are in a high risk group. This test will tell you if you are currently positive for a COVID-19 infection. It is NOT an antibody test, which will tell you if you have previously had the virus.  

Call the Manchester COVID-19 Hotline at 603-668-1547 for a free screening and testing appointment. The Hotline is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 3:00pm.  

High risk groups include:        

People with chronic conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, asthma, kidney disease, liver disease)      

People who are immunocompromised (impaired or weakened immune system)      

People who are 60 years of age or older     

People who are primary caregivers of high risk individuals.  

NH residents who do NOT live in the Greater Manchester area should call 2-1-1 or visit NH DHHS Website at for an online testing registration form.

For additional COVID-19 information and resources: ·       

ANTIBODY TESTING, please visit ClearChoiceMD at for free antibody testing for all NH residents. ·       

MANCHESTER EOC UPDATES, please visit: ·       

NH DHHS’s COVID-19 webpage, please visit: for ongoing updates and information regarding the situation within NH.

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Antarctica, the White Continent

May 13th, 2020 · City Library, Events, Main Branch, West Branch

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 3:00 PM

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 968-7378-0583

Password: 532029

Call-In: Call-In: +1 929-436-2866 One Tap Mobile: +192943628666,,96873780583#,,1#,532029#

Award-winning photographer Ken Harvey shares his trip to Antarctica, with its stark beauty and extraordinary wildlife. White and blue icebergs glisten in the sunlight; seals, penguins, whales, and dolphins feed and play in frigid water; the albatross soars on its 10-foot wingspan. 

Ken Harvey received his initial formal training in art while studying architecture at Pratt Institute in New York City. His work tends to concentrate on landscapes and wildlife photography, but his images also include portraits, action, and creative images. His award-winning work has been featured in many venues, newspapers, magazines, and multiple solo exhibits. 

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Need help navigating health information online?

May 10th, 2020 · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

The Manchester City Library normally offers 1-on-1 tutoring sessions to individuals looking to learn basic computer skills. Though our doors are closed, we still want to offer the public resources on computer skills. 

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine and All of Us are partnering with the Public Library Association (PLA) to provide the public with resources to help access and understand health information available online.  

These resources include easy to follow modules on how to set up an email account, internet safety, and finding reliable health information online. These materials are available for free in both English and Spanish. 

CLICK HERE to access the email and health modules.

More in depth modules on computer use can be found HERE.

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Celebrating Mother’s Day while social distancing.

May 9th, 2020 · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Times are very strange and unsettling now and I admit that the thought of celebrating Mother’s Day without being close to my mother is very strange and challenging. What to do? How to do it while staying six feet away? And the return of winter weather doesn’t help, either. (Snow on May 9th?)

So if you’re like me you want to do something nice to show her that you care while keeping everyone safe. I made a small list and thought I’d share them with you, too. Most of my sources came from Martha Stewart, Forbes and Pinterest.

Send Mom a favorite meal from her favorite restaurant.

Have the family make a gratitude video to share.

Send a card or a care box that has crafts and goodies made for her by the children and grandkids.

Schedule a virtual party on Zoom for her or an online call on Skype. Martha suggests having photos of Mom set in the background to bring back good memories and set the atmosphere.

Plan and schedule a special trip out for a Sunday brunch, museum trip, or a trip together to the movies in the future. Who doesn’t like having something fun to look forward to?

Send her a gift. Flowers can’t be beat, but she might also want gift certificates to her favorite stores, restaurants and don’t forget that beauty salon she loves.

These are just a few ideas to get motivated. We’d love to hear how you are celebrating Mother’s Day this year.

Happy Mother’s Day.

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Romantic Comedies

May 9th, 2020 · City Library, E-Books, Main Branch, Technology, West Branch

In times like this we all need a good laugh. So get comfy and follow the hilarious and good humored twist, turns, and tumbles these romantic comedies will take you on

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