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Library Hours:  Monday, Thursday, Friday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday, Wednesday 9am - 8pm
Saturday (September - June) 9am - 2pm
Build a Better World

Summer Reading Fun

For All Ages


This is the Library’s 59th year of summer reading fun, and we have something planned for all ages - events, competitions and prizes. Read more:


Kids   |   Teens   |   Adults 


Many Library events are planned to be off-site during Main Street construction. Please note locations when planning your participation.

Bread, library books, eggs - one stop!
  • When requesting materials online, you’ll have an option to request pick-up on Tuesdays in July & August between 12 – 12:30 p.m. at Hannaford Supermarket, 605 Mast Road. For this option, please type “Hannaford” where indicated when making requests.
  • Attending an off-site event and have items waiting for you at the Library? Give us a call, and we’ll save you a trip by bringing them along.
  • For more information about the Goffstown Village Rebuild Project, please visit goffstown.com.
Personal Care Item Drive
When you drop off needed items at the Library, we'll deliver them to the Goffstown Network Food Pantry.

The list: soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste/mouthwash/dental floss, toothbrushes, razors for women and men, shaving cream, moisturizers, feminine hygiene products, diapers, and baby wipes.

Calendar Highlights
Japanese Taiko Drumming
Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m.

All ages welcome to this demonstration by Hokuto Taiko Dojo from Concord, NH.

Experience the ancient art form of Japanese drumming known as "Wadaiko" or "Taiko". With a history that goes back 2,000 years, these drums were used throughout Japanese culture and still hold an important connection to the old ways of Japan. They have evolved to a beautiful and powerful stage art, requiring a combination of focus and technique.

This event will take place outdoors, please bring a chair or a blanket. RAIN DATE: Tuesday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Adults
  • Coffee and Coloring: Friday 7/7; 10am.
  • Books at the Beach: Thursdays 7/13 & 7/27; 11:30am at * Glen Lake Beach * - more details.
  • Salad in a Jar: Friday 7/14; 10am. Registration required.
  • Quest for Happiness: Tuesday 7/25; 6:30pm - more details.
  • Open Mic Night: Friday 7/28; 7pm.


Teens - Registration is appreciated for these events:
  • Building Bridges: Thursday 7/6; 4-5pm at * Grasmere Town Hall *Registration required.
  • Breakout Club: Friday 7/14; 3pm. 
  • Book Talk: Friday 7/21; 3pm.
  • Fandom Frenzy - Guardians of the Galaxy: Wednesday 7/26; 5:30pm. Ages 13-18, watch the film from © Marvel Studios.


Kids

  • Simple STEAM: Mondays; 10am-12pm. Drop-in for a new activity each week.
  • Movie Matinee: Mondays; 2pm. See calendar for movie titles.
  • John Higby Yo-Yo Master: Friday 7/14; 10am, at * Barnard Park *.
  • River Builders with Children's Museum: Tuesday 7/18; 2pm. Registration required.
Summer Sky Watch
Wednesday, July 19 at 8:30 p.m.

All ages welcome to join us and our special friends from the NH Astronomical Society to see what's up in the summer sky.

** Location: Goffstown Village Water Precinct Field on Rt. 114. RAIN DATE: Wednesday, 8/16
Meet Your Library Trustees
The More Libraries Change, The More They Stay The Same - It’s All About The Staff
Reflections by Kathy Holt, Library Board of Trustees

"Study halls were just torture for me when I was in high school. Kids were always talking too loudly, or passing notes (you were expected to hand them on) about who they liked – or didn’t like. It certainly wasn’t a place to study. Instead of sitting there, I sought refuge in the school library where the awesome librarian let me “work.”   She taught me to shelve books according to the card catalog system (at the time it actually had cards in drawers in old wooden cabinets) or to use a date stamp on old, used cards which were slipped into little pockets in the front of the books to let students know when their books were due back in the library.
 
Most important of all – she taught me about the value of libraries.  I learned that there was so much more than the encyclopedia for papers or a book for my book report. There were books on space stations, articles about Hadrian’s Wall, and even teen magazines. I started begging to go to the town library at night to study, where there were even more books and a place to meet up with my friends. That last part was really important because I didn’t live near them. Moms dropped us all off, and while they did their errands, we talked. Quietly, of course. But the librarian always encouraged us to be there and to learn, grow, and enjoy. It was social time as well as study time.
 
When I got to UNH, I found the Resource Librarian. That man knew everything. You could ask him a question, he’d stop for a just second, and then drawl, “Weelllll, come with me, I think I might have something.”  Six floors to the UNH Library and he’d find just the right book, journal, magazine, or microfiche (old technology… seriously!) for your research. I wouldn’t have graduated without him!
 
I thought retirement would mean I could spend hours in the library. I’m so busy I don’t have time to go to the library and browse the shelves. But that’s fine as the shelves of the Goffstown Public Library are right at my fingertips on my laptop. Or I can check out books on Cloud Library; videos through Hoopla; and magazines through Zinio - plus more!  Of course, libraries are still places to meet up with your friends; and there are programs of all types for children, teens and adults. I just learned about black bears last month.
 
The best part though that hasn’t changed? The staff! Someone there helped me load Cloud Library onto my iPad (thank you!). There are great librarians who can help you find just what you are looking for. And the children’s room – You definitely won’t hear 'Quiet please!'”
Featured Resource
Movies: Free With Your Library Card

hoopla - Enables you to borrow and download movies and television shows straight from your browser, tablet, or smartphone with no waiting.


InstantFlix - Enjoy over 7,000 high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV shows and Web series from 85 countries, and hits from major festivals all over the world, including Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more!

Museum Passes for
School Vacation Enjoyment

Now is the time to think about visiting a museum or natural area during summer vacation to keep the kids engaged and busy!


We offer different passes to local NH and Boston museums that are wonderful for families anytime. All the passes are provided by the Friends of the Goffstown Public Library who use the proceeds from their fundraising to provide this valuable service to the community. The passes are all different and the museum’s policies and hours vary, sometimes by season.


View the next two weeks availability, and reserve a pass online with your library card:

You Heard it Here First
In addition to the 600,000 titles already on hoopla, you now have access to 15,000 award-winning and acclaimed titles from HarperCollins, including works from bestselling authors like Neil Gaiman, Louise Erdrich, and Dennis Lehane.
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