Goffstown Public Library's
Director's Message

As I’ve shared previously, I have been working on a phased approach to reopening the Library. All decisions take into consideration the health and safety of the Library staff and are subject to change suddenly. While we will return to full service in the months to come, the Library building will not be open to the public until July, at the earliest, and not at full capacity. That decision will be made in June sometime and in dialog with the town’s Emergency Management Director.

As of Monday, June 1 , GPL staff will be back in the building Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We will be answering the phone to assist you, responding to email and chat, and preparing for our next phases of service. Holds on materials can be placed on items in our own collection. No state library or GMILCS holds and delivery will be active at this time.

Beginning on Monday, June 8 , we will start to receive returns in our book drop, so please be aware of your due dates to know what the timing is. Please do not return materials prior to your June due dates. All returned materials will be quarantined for a period of time and will not be checked in until after quarantine; no fines will accrue during this time. If you cannot access your library account for the return dates, please call us beginning June 1 at 497-2102 for assistance.

Our goal is to start contactless parking lot pick-up of library materials on Monday, June 15 . The hours available and procedure will be shared prior to that date and returns will only be accepted in our book drop so we can maintain our quarantine procedure.

Please email me at dianneh@goffstownlibrary.com if I can answer your questions.

What you can do now:
  • Log into your library account from home so you know when materials are due for return; get started at www.goffstownlibrary.com/account. If you need help, please email us at goflib@goffstownlibrary.com and one of our awesome librarians will help.
  • Pay attention to email and text communications from us; please add library@gmilcs.org to your email address book.
  • Plan to return materials on the exact day they are due if possible; we do not have the capacity to accept hundreds of items at once and quarantine them safely for our staff prior to reshelving. If you have multiple due dates, please give us a call after June 1 in case we can consolidate them for you, or pick one of those dates and bring all your items back then.

Even when closed, our staff is busy:

Up-to-date information will be posted at www.goffstownlibrary.com , and through social media. Information has been changing quickly during the time of COVID-19 so please understand when we can’t follow our pre-made planning.

Be well.

Dianne Hathaway
Library Director
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
Nutrition Classes
with Marilyn Mills, Registered Dietician

These events will be held remotely via Webex. Registration is required, and all registered participants will receive an email invitation to participate.

Evening Book Group
Tuesday, June 2 at 6:30pm

The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai is available instantly, in e-book and e-audio formats at https://www.hoopladigital.com . No holds, no waiting!

Registration is required at www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar . We will meet remotely via Webex and all registered participants will receive an email invitation to join the discussion.
Blank Page Writer's Group
Tuesday, June 9 at 6:30pm

The Blank Page is a writing group for the beginner to the experienced, and meets on the second Tuesday of every month. This month's meeting will be held remotely via Zoom.

On June 9, join the meeting hosted by Sandra Bixler at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88029705139 . Or connect with your Zoom app and meeting ID: 880 2970 5139.
Afternoon Book Group
Wednesday, June 17 at 1:30pm

Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson is available instantly, in e-book format at https://www.hoopladigital.com . No holds, no waiting!

Registration is required at www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar . We will meet remotely via Webex and all registered participants will receive an email invitation to join the discussion.
New Episodes Every Week

Live Story Times with Ms. Patti and Ms. Doreen
  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 9:30am

How-To for Adults
  • Wednesdays at 5pm

Book Talks at 1pm
  • Thursdays - Teen Book Talk with Stacey
  • Fridays - Kids' Book Talk with Ms. Patti - You can catch up on chapter readings of The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary at www.goffstownlibrary.com/children (you won't see these videos listed on our channel due to copyright restrictions).
  • Saturdays - Adult Book Talk with Michelle
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Knit & Crochet Club Meets Online
Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30pm

We'll meet remotely via WebEx. If you'd like to join us, please send your email address to friends@goffstownlibrary.com , and we'll add it to the Knit & Crochet Club email list. A few days before the event, you'll receive an email with a link to join the fun.

All knitters & crocheters are welcome, all ages, all levels of experience!
CANCELLED - June Book Sale
There will be no June 2020 Friends of the Library Book Sale. Donations of books and other materials will not be accepted until further notice.
New Hampshire State Parks
Park Pass Availability

You can now reserve library passes for NH State Parks. The Park system currently has only a selection of parks open, each at a limited capacity.

Online reservations must be made no later than up to one day in advance. Passes will be emailed by 8:30am Monday - Friday; you will receive your pass on the date of your reservation. Pass requests for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday must be received by Thursday at 5pm and will be emailed on Friday morning. Visitors are responsible for printing their pass for entry into the Park. Contact your specific destination for details; it is suggested visitors reserve their space ahead of their arrival, a library pass does not guarantee entrance into the park.

NH State Parks is following all guidelines set forth by the Governor to ensure visitor and staff safety. They have seen a large influx of visitors to the parks, which has resulted in some areas being closed and others being opened earlier than expected. At the parks that are now open, staff is present to collect fees, and relay COVID-19 messaging while helping to maintain a lower capacity and ensure guests have an enjoyable visit while following all recommended social distancing and other CDC recommendations.

For details about your Park visit, please contact your destination directly.

For the most up to day information on NH State Parks and their response to the COVID-19 crisis, please visit www.nhstateparks.org .
Borrow Read Repeat
No Holds, No Waiting!

When you borrow from the e-library, there's never any waiting, and no overdue fines to worry about - books are automatically returned by the app when they're due!
Cover of The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai
The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai
Now through June 30

"Expansive in scope and feeling, The Mountains Sing is a feat of hope, an unflinchingly felt inquiry into the past, with courageous storytelling of the present." - Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Available instantly on the hoopla app.

Visit the hoopla Book Club Hub for a discussion guide, author interview, and additional recommended titles for book club readers - http://theclub.hoopladigital.com .
cover of the Darwin Affair by Tim Mason
The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason
June 22 - July 13

The Darwin Affair will be available through the OverDrive and Libby apps.

Visit  https://biglibraryread.com for similar mystery title recommendations, and links to a discussion guide and author letter.
Cover of Marvel's the Runaways
Marvel's Runaways
Now through July 31

"The best original concept from Marvel in thirty years." - Wizard Magazine

Runaways Vol. 1: Pride & Joy is a fun, fast-paced read, and will appeal to teens and adult readers alike. This graphic novel is available instantly on the hoopla app.

Visit TheClub.HooplaDigital.com/GraphicNovel for a discussion guide and additional title recommendations for readers.
Duke Classics
OverDrive & Libby

These classic titles are always available! You won't have to wait for someone to return one of these 50+ books to start reading or listening. There's also a handful of Read-Alongs , narrated by professional readers accompanied by highlighted text. Check out titles like Pride and Prejudice, A Tale of Two Cities, Agatha Christie's The Mysterious Affair at Styles , or The Wonderful Wizard of Oz .
Magazines for All Ages

The RBdigital app is an easy-to-use app that lets you download and read magazines in full-color, on your computer or mobile device.

There are no holds, no waiting, and nothing to return. You can even access past issues. It's easy and FREE with your library card. Check out the selection, read online, or download the app today.
More Highlights on hoopla

hoopla also has Highlights e-books, e-audios, and Watch & Learn videos. Check them out at https://www.hoopladigital.com/collection/9196 . hoopla borrows are limited to 6 titles per month.
More Than Your Local Newspaper
Issues, Events, People, Government, Sports & more!

Information is at your fingertips with NewsBank and your library card. Search through full-text U.S. newspapers including The Union Leader and The Concord Monitor, including online-only content.

Videos to help you navigate NewsBank:

You can always find your link to current events at goffstownlibrary.com/elibrary .
There's more for you to choose from with TumbleBooks!

You now have unlimited access to read as many books as you want, on any device with TumbleBooks. There are no checkouts, holds, or downloads. Books are available instantly through August 31, 2020. You'll find a large selection of e-books, e-audio and math books for students in grades k-12, and romance novels for adults.

You can find these links anytime at www.goffstownlibrary.com/stuck-at-home.
variety of computer screens
Discover Something New

Updated weekly, our lists of things to do while you're at home keep growing! Recently added:

  • Poetry in America
  • New Author & Illustrator links - watch and listen as they share their craft
  • Story time sing-alongs
  • Virtual field trips around the world with the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire
  • Free online courses with museums,
  • and more!

You'll find links to these and more at http://www.goffstownlibrary.com/stuck-at-home . Please check back often to see what's new.

*Please evaluate these sites based on your needs and preferences. The Goffstown Public Library does not endorse any of these sites. Availability is subject to change.
Create and Craft
Would you like more emails about crafts and creating?

Creativebug has created a "Crafting at Home" series and we'd love to share it with you! To add your name to the email list and start receiving more crafty inspiration in your inbox (about once a week), just click the Creativebug image above (it will add your email automatically). Or, visit the "Update Profile" link at the bottom of this email and select the "Create and Craft" email list. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Creativebug is always available to you in the Education category of our e-library at  www.goffstownlibrary.com .

Links to previously sent emails are available at www.goffstownlibrary.com , in the footer of the desktop site, under "Subscribe & Stay Informed".
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
You can sign up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten at https://bit.ly/GPL1000books and print out your log sheets to get started counting the books you read with your child. Read more at www.goffstownlibrary.com/1000books .

1000 Books Before Kindergarten promotes reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers, and encourages parent and child bonding through reading. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is simple and attainable - read a book, any book to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten.
Be Counted
U.S. Census 2020

The 2020 Census is more than a population count. It's an opportunity to shape the future of your community. The 2020 Census marks the first time that you can respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail. Start at https://2020census.gov/ .

An accurate count is critical to communities across the country. Review basic facts about the 2020 Census at https://2020census.gov/en/what-is-2020-census.html , and learn how the Census Bureau protects your data at https://2020census.gov/en/data-protection.html .

If you have questions about something you've heard about the census, visit https://2020census.gov/en/news-events/rumors.html to get the most accurate information.

For recent Operational Updates, please visit https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases.html.
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