In March, Goffstown neighborhoods received neo-Nazi propaganda in their driveways. Because of that incident, we have developed “One Goffstown”, a series of discussions for teens and adults with the goal of encouraging communication and becoming a more welcoming, accepting community for everyone.
Progress to become a more welcoming community can only happen when we talk to one another. That means understanding ourselves, and others, through programs like these, and continuing the work in hopes that it will spread from person to person, and from community to community.
Please join us for the last three events in August, details are below. A recording of the 7/20 "How to be an Ally" event will be available for a few more weeks on our YouTube channel.
Through August 12, Summer Experience participants have time to log all their reading and activities and apply their raffle tickets to the prize of their choice. Wrap up the summer's digital event at www.goffstownlibrary.com/beanstack.
GMILCS Library Hop
It's been really nice seeing all the new visitors to the Library, and folks have been telling us how much they've been enjoying the Library Hop so far!
Hop to each library in the GMILCS Consortium this Summer! Through August 31, visit each participating library, complete each library’s unique challenge, and earn prizes along the way.
To get started, stop by the GPL to pick up your passport then set off on your journey. When you complete each library’s challenge, you'll receive a stamp or sticker for your passport book and a prize.
Once you complete all eleven challenges, present your completed passport at your home library to be entered into a raffle for a gift card to Bookery in Manchester, NH. We can’t wait to see you!
Wednesday, August 2 at 9:00 AM.: Teen-To-Go Bags:A new craft bag will be available every month. Teen-To-Go bags are located on the second floor in the teen space. For grades 5-12. WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.
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Wednesday, August 9 at 3:00 PM: Comic Workshop: Everybody can make comics! Come create comics with award-winning cartoonist & graphic novelist, Marek Bennett. If you are ready to create epic comics, join the workshop. No experience needed!For grades 4-8. Registration required.
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Tuesday, August 16 at 6:00 PM: Teen Advisory Board (TAB): Suggest teen programs, improve the teen space in the Library, recommend materials for the teen collections, and make an impact on the community.For grades 5-12. Registration appreciated.
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Teen Tinker Tuesday
Select Tuesdays in August, 2:00 PM
Get ready to explore your inner inventor as you experiment with gadgets, gizmos, and everyday materials to create something awesome!
Join us for this high-energy, high-flying, educational, and interactive show for the entire family. Some of the most athletic Border Collies perform a variety of trick and frisbee stunts with audience participation. No registration required.
Breakfast Book Club
Saturday, August 12 at 10:00 AM
Rise and shine, book lovers! Join us at our breakfast book club where you can enjoy delicious donuts and refreshing juice while discussing your favorite books or the one you're currently reading.
This in-person, international event is the fifth Human Library we have hosted since 2014. At this event, neighbors from the Goffstown community will be open books, attendees will be “readers”, and open, civil discussions will occur to encourage acceptance and better understanding of difference.
“In the best sense of the word, The Human Library is a library of people and their experiences with prejudice. However, instead of paperback books, actual people are on loan for conversations. The concept is about acknowledging and challenging the prejudice that we all carry towards one another. For that reason, The Human Library creates a safe space for conversation where topics subject to taboo, marginalization, or stigmatization can be openly addressed without condemnation. The people acting as Books have directly or indirectly been exposed to prejudice, bias, or discrimination based on aspects of their person, heritage, or life experiences. At The Human Library, we invite in all questions and our Books engage in sharing their personal experiences with the Readers."
We hope you will join us to learn about different perspectives and experiences! No registration required, no library card necessary.
Our community reading goal this summer is 4,000 hours (collectively among adult, teen,and children). The display in the Library lobby shows your progress! Registration required
TAB: Teen Advisory Board
TAB is a group of tweens and teens that meets once a month. TAB collaborates with the Teen Services Librarian to help improve teen programs and the teen space, suggests materials such as books and games, and creates ideas to help connect the Library with the community. Join today! For grades 5-12.
Next TAB meeting: Wednesday, August 16 at 6:00 p.m.
Call 603-623-8801 (option "2") for free transportation options.
Ride with the Manchester Transit Authority to your next hair salon appointment, grocery store visit, social gathering, medical appointment, and more!
Manchester Transit Authority provides on-demand service now available Monday through Friday, 9am to 2pm. 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.
Connect with MTA Route #6 at Shaws Plaza for Manchester, Concord, and Nashua service.
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