January/February 2017


Manchester Public Library

586 Main St. Manchester, CT 06040




• JobNow!


Card Making Party


African Drumming and Dancing Program


Cutting the Cord


Best Books of 2016




Looking for a job? Wish there was a way to practice your interview skills and get resume assistance? The library is here to help.

JobNow! is the library’s one stop shop for all things career. Here you have access to resources for help writing your resume, interview practice, and job coaching. Using JobNow! will allow you to use resume templets, guides, and workshops. You can also receive live assistance and submit your finished resume to be reviewed by experts and get feedback. By using this service you will also have access to interview tips, online resources to help you to prepare, and the opportunity to practice your skills with a live interview coach. Sessions are available between 3pm and 11pm 7 days a week and written transcripts of the interview can be saved. No appointment is necessary. Once you have perfected your resume and interview skills you can use the national and local resources for job seekers and get advice from a live job coach on searching, applying, and preparing for jobs. All you need is your home or library computer and a valid Manchester Public Library card to sign up. To get started go to library.townofmanchester.org and click on the “Online Databases” link on the homepage. For more information call Reference at 860-645-0821.


Save the Date!

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 6:30pm at Cheney, MPL will be hosting a card party. Choose from three designs (or one of each!) and create a homemade Valentine’s Day card. All materials will be provided. This is a free program and registration required. For more information and to register call 860-645-0821.


African Drumming and Dancing Program

On February 11, 2017 the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center at Wesleyan University will conduct an African Drumming and Dancing program at Cheney from 10:30am-11:30am. This high- energy family event will feature music from West African cultures, especially Guinea. This is a free program and no registration is required. For more information call 860-645-0577.




Cut the Cord! How to End the High Cost of Your Cable TV and Phone Service

Presenter James Gifford of NitroPress Communications has more than 30 years of experience in consumer electronics, home entertainment systems and Internet computing. He's also a writer whose current focus is on practical consumer electronics. His household cut the cord years ago.

On January 12, 2017 at 6:30pm at Whiton, learn about the basic and TV entertainment system needed to get the most from Internet providers and the inexpensive equipment needed to connect to these sources. The world of Internet-based entertainment can replace costly cable (and phone) service for a fraction of the price...and give you more choices.

  Bring your questions! Although this seminar will focus on Manchester and cover the special issues and problems of "getting good TV” locally, anyone will be able to use the general information.

No registration is required but come early to be guaranteed a seat. Call Reference and Adult Services for more information at 860-645-0821.

* Snow date is January 19th, 6:30pm at the Whiton Auditorium.*


Best Books of 2016

The following is MPL’s staff picks for the best books published in 2016. Check them out for yourself!

Jennifer Bartlett: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
Terry Carter:
Miss Julia Inherits a Mess by Ann B. Ross
Ashley Donecker:
Fellside by M.R. Carey
Lynn Dufour and Eileen Colwell:
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Mona Elson: The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright
Lynn Jacobs:
As Close to Us as Breathing by Elizabeth Poliner
Barbara King:
One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood
Kathleen Lee:
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Krystal Makusevich:
Booked by Kwame Alexander
Doug McDonough:
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Rob Nankin:
The Girls by Emma Cline
Norma Nevers:
Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
Eileen Rotchford:
To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
Jessica Sweetland:
A Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage
Karen Vallee:
Isabella for Real by Margie Palatini
Ed Wilson:
The Dark Talent by Brandon Sanderson




Find out more

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Manchester Public Library

586 Main St. Manchester, CT 06040
Phone: Front Desk: 860.643.2471

Reference: 860.645.0821

Children's Room: 860.645.0577


Monday-Thursday 9:00-9:00

Friday-Saturday 9:00-5:00

Sunday 1:00-5:00

Whiton Branch Library

100 North Main St. Manchester, CT 06042

Phone: 860.643.6892


Monday-Thursday 10:00-8:30

Friday 9:00-5:00

Saturday: 9:00-5:00

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