It's hard to resist a good comic book, and we have a lot of new ones to choose from!
From perennial favorites like Dog Man (his latest is titled Grime and Punishment) to new arrivals on the scene like InvestiGators, we're 100% positive you'll find something great to read!
Shereen Jog’s The East African Cookbook is a mouth-watering introduction to the cuisine of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Zanzibar and the Indian influences that have given this region a unique place in the continent’s cookery. Fish Masala Curry is a rich accompaniment to steamed rice, pita breads, or chapatties. Learn how to make it yourself today at 11am on our Facebook page!
Want to cook along with us? Gather the following ingredients!
BOO! It's going to be a delightfully spooky day here at the library! First up, we have Spooky Stories Club on the lawn (or in the Blocher Room if the bad weather holds!) so join us at 3:30pm for a haunting good time!
We've been waiting all month for our Drive-Thru Trick 'o Treat event tonight from 6pm to 8pm! To join us for this special spooky event, just drive to the library and follow the signs in the parking lot to pick up your Halloween goodie bags! Costumes are encouraged!
(In order to keep our staff safe, we request that all patrons stay in their vehicles as you pass through the goodie bag line.)
The American Library Association featured the NMPL Boo Banners on their ProgrammingLibrarian.org website in an article about ideas for a Social-Distanced Halloween! Thanks so much for the shout out ALA! If you missed picking up the kit for the Boo! Banners, you can still gather supplies and make your own by watching our instructional video on Facebook.
It's almost November! The month of dark, cozy evenings, delicious food, and thankfulness... so we're celebrating with new Binge Boxes!
Get in the Thanksgiving spirit by checking out one of our two Thanksgiving Binge Boxes to enjoy on your next family movie night. (That's right, now you have a way to watch the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Classic!) Visit the world from the comfort of your living room with our Kid's Culture Binge Box, transporting yourself to New Zealand, Paris, Afghanistan, Mexico and Ireland! Lastly, animal-lovers will want to snap up our Family Animal Movie Binge Box, featuring five films guaranteed to keep your whole family laughing!
Come in today to check these out, or call the library to place a hold!
Teen Circle will be today at 3:30pm on the library lawn - come hang out after school!
It's Cowabunga Week at Crazy 8's Math Club, and we can't wait! Throw on your favorite cowboy gear and join us as we use our math skills to figure out how many fences we'll need for our pasture and play some fun games! Today's program is at 3:45pm and is for K-2nd grades. (Registration & masks are required!)
How many pounds of candy corn are produced each year? What was the original title for Disney’s Hocus Pocus? Test your spooky Halloween Knowledge by gathering your family and joining us on Facebook tonight at 6pm for Halloween Trivia!
Alan Gratz plunges readers into the chaos and split-second, life-altering decisions of an Okinawa battlefield in Grenade.
7-year-old Bana used Twitter to alert the world to the plight of Syrian families caught in the crossfires of a civil war. Her incredible story is now in book form (Dear World).
Many have sighed for the chance to rocket into outer space - but could you spend an entire year there? Astronaut Scott Kelly did, and shares his experience in Endurance.
Large print titles are a fantastic resource for kids who are struggling to read but don't want to be seen with "little kid books." Larger font size and more white space make it easier to detect and decode individual words. Look for the books with green tape along the top of the spine!
If you're anything like us, you're a huge fan of our e-libraries, Hoopla and Libby! Unfortunately, due to Covid, we are adjusting our library budget, and as such, have made the decision to only use one e-library going forward. Sadly, we will be parting ways with Hoopla for the time being... it was a fantastic app that we LOVED, and we're sad to see it go!
However, we are SO excited to encourage all patrons to embrace Libby, our FANTASTIC free e-library by Overdrive!
Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines for FREE to read on your phone or tablet using the Libby app by OverDrive.
Simply download the app, and follow the steps to create an account with your library card number. NMPL users can check out 10 books at a time, and all borrows will automatically return at the end of the lending period - saving YOU the trouble of remembering due dates! Books and audiobooks can also be placed on hold, and users will be notified when their book is ready for downloading!
Getting Started & Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why did you get rid of Hoopla?
A. Sadly, due to Covid, we had to make some budget decisions, and decided to only use one e-library instead of two. As of October 31st, Hoopla will no longer be a service that NMPL offers.
Q. Why did you choose Libby over Hoopla?
A. Libby allows 10 borrows at a time, instead of the 4 borrows per month that Hoopla allowed. If you checked out a book from Hoopla, finished it, and returned it, that borrow would still be used up until a new month began. With Libby, once you return an item, you get that borrow space back - allowing you to check out as many books a month as you want, as long as you are returning items!
Q. Hoopla had movies and TV shows... does Libby offer those types of items?
A. Sadly, it does not. We encourage you to check out DVDs from our own collection!
Q. I'm an Overdrive app user. Do I need to switch to Libby?
A. Libby and Overdrive both access the EXACT same collection. The only difference is the Libby app is MUCH more user friendly. If you are happy with the Overdrive app, there's no reason to switch! If you struggle with Overdrive, you'll find the switch to Libby much more beneficial.
Q. What do I need to access Libby?
A. Just a valid library card! New users should allow at least a week before accessing Libby, so that we can get new accounts added to our system.
Q. How do I get started with Libby?
A. Simply grab your library card and click THIS LINK for a step by step guide - we promise you, it's EASY! The app walks you through each step and provides helpful instructions along the way!
Q. The item I want is on Libby, but the app says it's not available. What do I do?
A. Much like a physical library, Libby does not allow concurrent downloads - so if someone else has the item checked out, it's not available for another user at the time. But no worries! You can simply place a hold and Libby will notify you when the item is available!
Have additional questions? See a clerk at the front desk!
Looking for that finishing touch to your autumn décor? Look no further! Join us for our Watercolor Tutorial: Autumn Tree program tonight at 7pm on the NMPL Facebook page. All the kits have been taken, but you can still participate by grabbing some watercolors and watching the video!
We had so much fun hosting our first ever Virtual Costume Contest! We had some FABULOUS entries, which made it really difficult to choose the winners! Congratulations to the winning patrons and thanks to all who entered!
* Each winner will receive a trophy and coupons for McDonalds and Grand's Ice Cream which are available for pick up at the Children's Desk!
Director's Choice Winner
Scariest Costume Winner
Silliest Costume Winner
Best Duo Winner
Best Group Winner
Other Amazing Entries
The mission of the North Manchester Public Library is to provide materials, programs, and services necessary to meet the recreational and educational needs of the community in an easily-accessible facility, which is a community center of activity and information.