Goffstown Public Library's
Library Hours
Monday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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 two 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.

Show your support, and your attitude of unity, when you share these events on social media, along with the hashtag #OneGoffstown. Read more at www.goffstownlibrary.com/one-goffstown.
August Calendar Highlights
The Library is open Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
All Together Now - The Summer Experience

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!
Simple STEAM Activity
Mondays through August 21 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Kids entering kindergarten through grade 5 can stop by the Library lawn and have fun with the activity of the week. STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. In the event of inclement weather, we'll meet in the Children's Room.
Puzzle Night
Tuesday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Calling all puzzle enthusiasts! Join friends and neighbors as we gather for a relaxing evening of puzzling. Plus, do you have extra puzzles lying around the house you've long since completed? Bring them along to swap with other participants and leave with a new-to-you puzzle! Let us know you're coming.
How to Have Difficult Conversations
Thursday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Kate Murphy, psychologist, and Plymouth State University professor will join us to help us navigate difficult conversations with people in our community who have different beliefs, lifestyles, or political parties. We CAN speak civilly with each other, and Dr. Kate will teach us how.

Registration required. This event will be virtual and all registrants will receive a link to the event. This event is part of our #OneGoffstown series - please visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/one-goffstown/ for more information.
Flying High Dogs
Friday, August 11 at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Barnard Park, Goffstown

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.
The Human Library
Sunday, August 13 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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.

This event is part of our #OneGoffstown series - please visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/one-goffstown/ for more information.
Community Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, August 15 at 3:00 p.m.

The Friends of the Goffstown Public Library are generously funding an ice cream social for all ages on the Library Lawn for all 2023 Summer Experience participants in anticipation of us meeting the community reading goal.

Our community reading goal this summer is 4,000 hours (collectively among adults, teens, and children). The display in the Library lobby shows your progress! Registration required.
Seaside Escapes: The Art & Architecture of the New England Coast
Thursday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m.

From artist colonies to robber baron “summer cottages,” the New England shoreline has inspired countless creative works. Hosted by Jane Oneail of Culturally Curious, this program looks at seascapes by beloved American artists including Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper as well as the over-the-top elegance of Newport, RI summer homes designed for the titans of industry in the nineteenth century. Gloucester’s eccentric summer retreat Beauport is also featured.

Registration required, before the event you will receive a Zoom link. Presented in partnership with GMILCS, hosted by Manchester City Library.
Harvest Swap
Saturday, August 19 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Share and swap your bounty with the community! Too many tomatoes? Want to swap your squash? Come by and see what others have grown this summer and exchange some of your garden produce.

(This event is in addition to the Grow a Row donation program, and Seed Library projects. Grow a Row donations should continue to be delivered to the Library and the Goffstown Network Food Pantry during open hours. Donations to the Goffstown Seed Library can be dropped off on the third floor at any time.) Registration appreciated.
Staying in Your Home
Thursday, August 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Older Americans overwhelmingly want to stay in their homes as they age but sometimes this goal can seem like a challenge. Meet this challenge head-on by learning about steps that will help you be aware and prepared.

New Hampshire Legal Assistance attorney Judith Jones will discuss common issues faced by older adults and provide strategies to help you stay in your home. We will explore information from the pamphlets “7 Ways to Help You Stay in Your Home” and “Returning Home after a Hospital or Rehabilitation Stay” including how to prepare for a medical emergency, as well as understanding and maximizing public benefits, including Medicare and Medicaid. Presented by New Hampshire Legal Assistance.
Stark Decency: New Hampshire's World War II German Prisoner of War Camp
Tuesday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m.

During World War II, 300 German prisoners of war were held at Camp Stark near the village of Stark in New Hampshire's North Country. Allen Koop reveals the history of this camp, which tells us much about our country's war experience and about our state.This event is made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities. Registration appreciated.
Borrow • Read • Repeat
This Month's Book Groups - Join Us!
Pick up your copies at the Circulation Desk today.

  • Tuesday, 8/1 at 6:30 PM: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  • Wednesday, 8/16 at 1:30 PM: The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton
Family Book Discussion
Wednesday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m.

For this year's annual family book discussion, we will be reading/discussing Carry Me Home by Janet Fox. Each family who registers will be gifted a copy of the book to keep. Pizza will be served as a light supper. Registration required.
hoopla Book Club
Through September 30

The Lonely Hearts Book Club by Lucy Gilmore is available instantly, in e-book and e-audiobook formats in the hoopla app. There are unlimited digital copies - no holds, no waiting!

For discussion board, read-alikes, and more, visit http://theclub.hoopladigital.com
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 and don't miss a thing!
10 white circle frames with a smiling face of a library staff member in each, beside a book cover for each person, on a background of a sandy beach and blue sky.
What are YOU reading this summer? Here staff shares what they've been enjoying so far, and we'd love to hear about the books that are on your summer reading shelf. You can join in the conversation over on this recent Facebook post.

Please welcome our new Circulation staff members, Elizabeth Governanti and Jennifer Thé.

Elizabeth and Jennifer will be at the Circulation desk part-time, stop by and say "hi".
In Case You Missed It
Goffstown Seed Library

Seeds continue to be available so you can keep on gardening. The UNH Extension has more information about Fall Vegetable Gardening for those planning ahead.

"Borrow" seeds to start your gardens from the Seed Library on the third floor. Simply choose what seed varieties you want, fill out the sign-out sheet with your selections, and enjoy!

Happy gardening! The Goffstown Seed Library is made possible by the Friends of the Goffstown Public Library and the New Hampshire Free Seed Program.
Try our Book Reader

Now on the third floor - the Optelec ClearView Speech, an intuitive video magnifier to listen to, view and magnify text. Available to read your books in English, Spanish, and French!

Made possible thanks to a donation.
In the Community
Grow a Row

Enjoy your garden while helping your community this summer by participating in Grow a Row! When you donate your extra row (or more) of your favorite vegetables from your garden, your vegetable surplus will be used to stock the Goffstown Network Food Pantry with healthy and fresh food for our neighbors in need.

After harvest, you can drop off your surplus produce at Goffstown Network's Food Pantry or the Library during business hours. Learn more at goffstownnetwork.org. Food Pantry hours: Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. *If your items are delicate or perishable, please make your delivery directly to the Food Pantry.*

Need additional seeds to take part? Visit our Seed Library on the third floor!
Help Keep Goffstown Clean!

Borrow the new Litter Clean Up Kit from the library and get outside to help clean up your community! This kit includes everything you need to get started: five (5) XL adult-size vests and four (4) child-size to make sure everyone in your group is visible, two (2) 32" grabbers to help you pick up trash from the ground to put into the included trash bags, and latex-free gloves to keep your hands clean. Place your request today.
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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