Goffstown Public Library Monthly Newsletter
Library Hours
Monday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Congratulations to all the Summer Experience prize winners and the Goffstown community! 🥳 Adults, kids, and teens read, participated, and completed challenges for their chances to win. The Community Reading Challenge was a great success—our reading goal was 4,000 hours and we collectively read 7,592—exceeding the goal by 3,592 hours!

The 2023 summer experience theme All Together Now celebrated kindness, friendship, and unity with themed programs and activities to support a love of reading and learning.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Goffstown Public Library joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind everyone about the valuable resources available with a library card. From borrowing books, e-books, and audiobooks, to getting homework help, learning new skills, or attending a book club or story time, a library card helps everyone do more of what they enjoy. All without stretching your budget.

There’s something for everyone at the Goffstown Public Library and signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning for students and their adults. It's elemental, really—everyone should have one!

Need to replace your lost library card? During September, we will replace your missing GPL card and waive the replacement fee of $2.00! Stop in and start reading again!

National Good Neighbor Day

In honor of this special day on Thursday, 9/28 we have a month full of programs and events to help celebrate a day full of possibilities. Check out the calendar to see what's going on, including:
Add to our Community Rock Snake!

Help us "grow" our rock snake on the front lawn of the library throughout the month. Ms. Stacey has decorated the head, and your job is to decorate your own addition (with weather-proof materials) and add it; let's see how long we can grow the Community Rock Snake!

Kids in kindergarten through grade 5 can drop in for a Kindness Rocks Workshop on Tuesday, 9/12 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Personal Care Drive

Help the Goffstown Network to furnish clients of the Food Pantry with much-needed items that everybody needs yet few consider when thinking about pantry donations.

Please drop off your donations at the Library during business hours. Thank you!

PAPER: toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissues, dish detergent
HYGIENE: panty liners, maxi pads, disposable incontinence underwear [S,M,L]
TOILETRIES: shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, bars of soap, hand soap with pump, disinfectant wipes in tub or package, hand sanitizer with pump, body lotion; and for men and women - disposable razors, shaving cream, deodorant, and body wash.
Daffodil Bulbs for Your Neighborhood

Brighten up your neighborhood by planting daffodil bulbs this fall to welcome spring! We will supply you with ten bulbs to get you started. Registration required, quantities are limited.
Kindness Cards for Seniors
Saturdays in September from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Kids can drop in at the Children's Room and decorate greeting cards for the residents of the Hillsborough County Nursing Home. We will deliver the cards during the week of 10/2.
Special Crafturday: Centerpieces for Nursing Homes
Saturday, September 23 at 11:00 a.m.

We will be making flower centerpieces for The Villager on Mast Road. Registration required.
Good Neighbor Day Walk
Thursday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m.

Join staff from the Parks and Recreation Department for a walk along the Rail Trail and meet your neighbors. Who knows, this might become a regular activity! No registration required, we will meet at the Parks and Rec building at 155 So. Mast Street.
September Calendar Highlights
CLOSED
Saturday, 9/2 through Monday, 9/4
I Never Finish Anyth—: A Crafting Catch-Up Event
Saturday, September 9 at 11:00 a.m.

Join your fellow time-crunched craft enthusiasts to work on the projects we've been putting off and take turns reading aloud the stories we're most excited to share. Meet new friends, feel productive, and sample some of the library's best-loved books! Registration required.
Cyberbullying
Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m.
At the Church Street Fire Station

Do you want to understand cyberbullying and the effects it has on our mental health? Dr. Kate Murphy, psychologist, and Plymouth State University professor, returns to help us understand cyberbullying with some suggestions about how to prevent it and the harmful effects it has on all of us.

Registration required, no library card necessary. This event will be recorded and available to view on YouTube after the event. This event is part of our #OneGoffstown series - please visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/one-goffstown/ for more information.
One Pot and One Pan Meals
Tuesday, September 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Family time is precious, and we know you don't want to spend it doing the dishes after dinner. What if we told you it was possible to get a quick, easy, and nutritious dinner on the table with minimal cleanup required? Sound too good to be true? Join a Hannaford Dietitian for cooking demos at the Library to get tips and one pot (or pan) meal recipe ideas that the whole family will love! Registration required.
Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner & Abstract Expressionism
Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Jackson Pollock is the famous originator of the drip and splatter paintings that came to epitomize Abstract Expressionism in the middle of the twentieth century. Pollock served as the de facto leader of the movement, a masculine cowboy representing “action painting.” Only in recent years has the art world turned its attention to the contributions of women artists working at the same time, including Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock’s wife.

This program, presented by Jane Oneail of Culturally Curious, explores the relationships of the artists, their work, and the enduring legacy of this revolutionary movement. Registration required, before the event you will receive a Zoom link. Presented in partnership with GMILCS, hosted by Manchester City Library.
At the Sports Stadium with NBC Sports Boston/NBC 10's Sports Journalist, Trenni Casey
Thursday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m.

Meet Trenni (Kusnierek) Casey, on-air sports journalist for NBC Sports Boston/NBC 10. We'll be discussing how Trenni got to where she is, what it takes to be a sportscaster in New England, especially as a woman, and the current state of Boston sports.

Bring your questions—this is sure to be a fascinating and enlightening conversation! Registration required to receive your Zoom link. In partnership with the Ashland Public Library.
Borrow • Read • Repeat
This Month's Book Groups - Join Us!
Pick up your copies at the Circulation Desk today.

  • Tuesday, 9/5 at 6:30 p.m. - Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson
  • Wednesday, 9/20 at 1:30 p.m. - News of the World by Paulette Jiles
National Endowment for the Arts Big Read
September through November

Read The Bear by Andrew Krivak, available in book, CD, e-book, and e-audiobook formats, and join the Big Read. Experience book discussions, public programs, and a public Q&A with Andrew Krivak, all free and open to the public. Events will take place in all ten counties of the state. Read more...
Cookbook Club
Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Choose a recipe from The New England Orchard Cookbook to cook at home, then bring in your creations to share. We'll sample each other's dishes and chat about our favorites! Pick up your copy at the Circulation desk or check out one of the unlimited digital copies available in the hoopla app. Registration appreciated.
hoopla Book Clubs
Available instantly in the hoopla app.

There are unlimited digital copies - no holds, no waiting!
Librarian's Pick of the Week
Watch the Latest Episodes

What will you read next? Discover your next great read with suggestions from Goffstown Public Library Staff, also airing on GTV Community Channel 16. A special thanks to GTV for producing these videos! Watch & subscribe on YouTube.
Message From the Library Board of Trustees
The Library Board of Trustees (LBOT) will not be pursuing a warrant article in 2024 for the previously proposed expansion of the public library. The project has been removed from the town’s Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Matrix. It does, however, remain notated on the form for possible consideration at a later date.

The results of last year’s election were clear, and the short-term plan will be to focus our efforts on the renovations and repairs that are required immediately to maintain the building’s safety and to provide accessibility.

The Goffstown Public Library will continue to offer the award-winning service that our town has come to expect and enjoy. The LBOT will continue its dedication and service to the town and will continue to advocate for our public library.

We’re proud of the beautiful and historic building that has been the Goffstown Public Library’s home since 1909. Our beautiful and very old building needs some renovation and repair so that the library can continue to operate in a safe and accessible manner for its staff and visitors. The LBOT is seeking the town’s support in accomplishing these goals. The LBOT meets on the first and third Wednesday evenings of the month; all meetings are public. Dates are included at www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar.

Further communication should be addressed to the Library Board of Trustees at trustees@goffstownlibrary.com
In the Community
Beautification Day with the Friends
Saturday, September 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Can you lend a hand? The Friends couldn't do their annual spring cleanup due to rain, so they will gather now to trim the low bushes, do some weeding, and remove any invasive vines. Please join them to beautify and clean up the grounds of the Library.

No need to sign up, just drop by and please bring your own small pruners, hand weeders, gloves, water bottle, bucket (for weeds), or garden tools if you have them.
Adopt-a-Catch Basin in Your Neighborhood

The Goffstown DPW Adopt-A-Catch Basin program seeks to improve water quality, decrease localized flooding, and reduce maintenance costs by leveraging individual volunteers and organizations to clean drains and keep water flowing.

Program volunteers are asked to inspect their drains; remove leaves, trash, and other debris; and report damage or clogs at regular intervals. Volunteers can check on an adopted drain before a forecasted storm. This simple action has a big impact on the cleanliness of local waterways and reduces the chance of localized flooding during a storm.

Contact DPW at (603) 497-3617 today to adopt a catch basin!
New New New
Smart and savvy buying tips are just a few clicks away in the e-library.

The Goffstown Public Library now provides access to Consumer Reports, a buying advice tool that will ensure you get the best deal or product. Whether you’re looking to find the best deal on a new appliance or researching top-recommended cars, Consumer Reports can help you make the best choice. You can use it to find reliable ratings and reviews for thousands of products and help you make the most of your time and money, including:
  • Appliances
  • Babies and kids
  • Cars
  • Electronics
  • Health, fitness, and food
  • Home and Garden
  • Money

A New Look for the Catalog

Our consortium, GMILCS, Inc. (Greater Manchester Integrated Library Cooperative System) has contracted with Bywater Solutions to purchase Aspen Discovery, giving a new look and functionality to our online catalog.

www.goffstownlibrary.com/search will still take you directly to the catalog – take a look around and enjoy the new experience.
Need a Ride?
A red MTA bus with Goffstown appearing on the front lighted banner.
Let MTA pick you up!
Call 603-623-8801 (option "2") for free transportation options.

Manchester Transit Authority provides on-demand service now available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Make a reservation directly with Manchester Transit Authority as early as 1 week prior, and at least 24 hours in advance.

Rides to medical appointments, riders with disabilities, and those age 62+ receive priority booking. Service will be provided on a first come first serve basis and will be available "curb to curb" from any location in the Town of Goffstown to any other location in the Town of Goffstown or any medical facility in the City of Manchester or Town of Bedford. All buses are ADA-accessible.

For more information contact Planning and Economic Development Director Jo Ann Duffy at 603-497-8990 x118 or JoAnn.Duffy@goffstownnh.gov
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