Goffstown Public Library's
Foyer Browsing & Parking Lot Pick-Up Hours:
Monday, Thursday, Friday 10am - 4pm
Tuesday, Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Saturday (September - June) 10am - 1pm
Important Reminders

You will be required to wear a face covering while in the library building. Disposable masks are available in the lobby, along with hand sanitizer.

Come Talk to Us! The Library Board of Trustees will host a Community Forum on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Stark Hall on Church Street. This is an opportunity to see the preliminary plans for an addition to the library building and ask questions about future services, planning, and facility. Jason LaCombe from SMP Architecture, will make a presentation and walk attendees through the plans, in addition to answering questions along with members of the Library Board of Trustees.

Foyer Browsing: Our foyer area is now open for browsing and check out of materials. You'll find a selection from all areas of the Library, mostly new materials, for kids, teens, and adults. Please call us at 497-2102 from the parking lot prior to entering, since we must limit the number of bodies in our space: one person or family unit at a time. You can still place requests remotely, and pick up contact-free, if you prefer.

Your returns are quarantined for 72 hours, and will not be checked in until after that quarantine period. When you check your account online at www.goffstownlibrary.com/account those materials will still appear in "Items Out" until they have been processed.

Computer Reservations: Call us at 497-2102 to make an appointment to use a computer. To keep Library staff and visitors safe, we are limiting the number of PCs in use, so your appointment length may be restricted.
For up-to-date information and announcements, please visit www.goffstownlibrary.com.
We are monitoring available information and guidance on COVID-19. For the most up to date information please visit the Department of Health & Human Services and Centers for Disease Control websites. For more resources and information: www.goffstownlibrary.com/covid-19.
Calendar Highlights
The History of Agriculture as Told by Barns
Tuesday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m.

This New Hampshire Humanities To Go Program is presented by John Porter, author of Preserving Old Barns.

According to Porter: "The evolution of barn architecture tells the story of New Hampshire agriculture. Barns changed from the early English style, to Yankee style, to gambrel and then pole barns to accommodate the changing agriculture. This presentation will be a chronological walk through time, with photo illustrations of barns around the state that are examples of these eras of agricultural history."

Got Barn? What examples of barn architecture exist within Goffstown? Do you know exactly how your barn was built and used? Where does your barn fall in John Porter's architectural chronology? Join us to answer these and other questions about barns, their purpose, and their history. Do you have a barn on your property you'd like to share? Where does your barn fall in the history of agriculture continuum? Send a photo to, or contact Elizabeth Weilbacher at elizabethw@goffstownlibrary.com, or ask for her when calling 497-2102.

This event is made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities.
Story Time

The gift of reading lasts a lifetime! Build skills, introduce vocabulary, and help children recognize what reading for enjoyment is all about.

These events will be held via our secure and interactive Webex platform. A secure Webex link will be emailed to all registered participants prior to story time.

Preschool Story Time - for 2 1/2 year olds through kindergarten.

Movers and Groovers - for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 year olds.

Don't forget! Many YouTube programs have a "premiere" time on the calendar. If you can't make it for the first showing, don't worry! It will remain on our channel for you to view at any time. Subscribe at www.youtube.com/goffstownlibrary and never miss a thing!
Closed for Columbus Day
Monday, October 12

Saturdays at 1pm: Book Talk with Michelle on YouTube

Tuesday 10/6 at 6:30pm: Evening Book Group This Tender Land: a Novel by William Kent Krueger. Registration required

Tuesday 10/13 at 6:30pm: Blank Page Writer's Group Join the meeting hosted by Sandra Bixler at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87819384222. Or connect with your Zoom app and meeting ID: 878 1938 4222

Wednesday 10/21 at 1:30pm: Afternoon Book Group The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. Registration required

Sunday 10/25 at 3pm: Meet Author Dr. Shanita Williams Join us for a book talk with Dr. Shanita Williams, New Hampshire author of Feedback Mentality: The key to unlocking and unleashing your full potential. Registration required

Tuesday 10/27 at 6:30pm: Knit & Crochet Club, Registration required

October: LitLoot - Teen Book Bundle Bags, Register to request

Friday 10/9 at 1pm: Let's Create ~ Teen DIY on YouTube. Pick up your To-Go bag with supplies in the foyer beginning 10/2.

Thursday 10/15 at 1pm: Book Browsing with Stacey on YouTube.

Friday 10/23 at 1pm: Essential Teen Life Skills on YouTube.

Wednesday 10/28 at 6pm: Cupcake Decorating - Bats & Owls, Registration required

October: Take & Make A monthly project for preschoolers & up - pick up a bag in the foyer.

Friday 10/30 at 9:30am: Spooky Virtual Halloween Party, Registration required to receive video link and craft-to-go bag.
Come Talk to Us!
Saturday, October 17 at 1 p.m.
Stark Hall on Church Street

The Library Board of Trustees will host this Community Forum giving the public the opportunity to see the preliminary plans for an addition to the library building and ask questions about future services, planning, and facility. Jason LaCombe from SMP Architecture, will make a presentation and walk attendees through the plans, in addition to answering questions along with members of the Library Board of Trustees.

All community members are invited and masks will be required; seating will be socially distanced. Mark your calendar!
Borrow Read Repeat
Binge Bundle Bags

Spice up your movie nights, or discover your new favorite TV show when you take a chance with Binge Bundles! These bags include five movies/television seasons based on your selected preferences. You won't know exactly what DVDs you are getting until you pick them up.

We'll also include some fun movie-themed goodies in each bag.
hoopla Book Club
Through December 31

"The Fixed Stars is a taut, electrifying memoir exploring timely and timeless questions about desire, identity, and the limits and possibilities of family."

The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg is available instantly, in e-book and e-audio formats in your hoopla app, or at www.hoopladigital.com. No holds, no waiting! You can read this title on a mobile device or computer.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!
September 15 - October 15

This month recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean.

In her latest Book Talk, Michelle shares five titles by Latinx Americans to add to your to-read list. Watch it on YouTube. These books span genres and cultures and offer a gateway to complex and beautiful Hispanic histories, achievements, and creations.

Find the books that Michelle mentioned and more, when you search the library catalog, or visit the e-library.

Find titles to help you celebrate or learn more about Hispanic culture and artists with hoopla's collections of audiobooks, e-books, music, comics, and videos. The hoopla app is easy to use and there are never any holds or waitlists. hoopla checkouts are limited to 6 titles per month per cardholder.
Featured Resource
Libby by OverDrive

Borrow e-books, e-audiobooks, and digital magazines instantly. Try Libby - the one-tap reading app available to use for free with your library card. It's quick and easy to use, and brought to you by OverDrive.

  1. Download the Libby app.
  2. Find Goffstown Public Library.
  3. Enter your library card number.
  4. Borrow a title & start reading.

It's that simple and easy!
The Friends of the Library
Friends' 2020 events, like the annual fall Book Sale, and the Once Upon a Pie competition, have been canceled.

Thanks to the Friends' fundraising throughout the year, they are able to fully sponsor the Goffstown Public Library's Museum Pass Program, and so much more!

Until public events resume, you can still help them out. They are accepting monetary donations - checks can be made payable to Friends of Goffstown Public Library and dropped off at the Library or mailed to: Friends of the GPL, c/o Goffstown Library, 2 High Street, Goffstown, NH 03045.

Friends of the Goffstown Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. You can learn more about the Friends at www.goffstownfriends.com.
Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program

The Friends of the Goffstown Public Library has been selected to be a part of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, making it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment.

During October, each time a $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased, $1 will be donated to Friends.

Spread the news to friends & family! The more people who learn about the program and purchase the Community Bag at the Hannaford located at 605 Mast Road during October, the more money the Friends will raise.
In the Community
Voting 2020

➣ General Election is November 3

For information about voting in Goffstown, or about absentee voting:

For 2020, Voting by Absentee is Allowed
New rules from the NH Secretary of State and NH Attorney General's office allow any NH voter concerned with COVID-19 to check a "COVID-19" box to apply for an absentee ballot for the 2020 elections.
Need a ride? 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, 9am to 2pm. Make a reservation directly with Manchester Transit Authority as early as 1 week prior, and at least 24 hours in advance.

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.

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