Goffstown Public Library's
Important Reminders

Children's Room Browsing: The Children’s Room is open to one family at a time, for 20-minute appointments with no ability to sit, play, etc. Appointments can be made online at www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar or by calling us at 497-2102. There is a limited schedule for this service:
  • Monday 9-2
  • Tuesday and Wednesday 5-8 pm
  • Saturday 9-1

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.

Foyer Browsing: Our foyer area is open for browsing and check out of materials during regular hours. You can still place requests remotely, and pick up contact-free.

Parking Lot Pick-Up: Just call us from the parking lot, open your trunk/back door, and we will place your items there.

Your returns are quarantined for 72 hours, and will not be checked in until after that quarantine period.

Computer Reservations: Call us at 497-2102 to make an appointment.

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
Saturday, January 23 at 2pm
Stark Hall, Church Street

The Library Board of Trustees will host this Community Forum. This is an opportunity to see 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.
Monday, January 18
for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


  • Friday 1/8 at 1pm: Let's Create ~ Teen DIY on YouTube. Pick up your To-Go bag with supplies in the foyer beginning 1/4.
  • Friday 1/22 at 1pm: Essential Teen Life Skills on YouTube.

Story Time 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. Wednesdays, beginning January 7 at 9:30am. Registration is required
Join the Board
Library Board of Trustees--Open Seats

The Library Board of Trustees is a seven-person, elected board that governs the Goffstown Public Library. We have two seats that need to be filled for three years, and the filing period is January 20-29, 2021. If you might be interested, please let us know by emailing Chair Aimee Huntemann at trustees@goffstownlibrary.com for more information; if you would like to attend the Board's next meeting on January 20 at 6:30pm to get an idea of what the Board does, please give a call to Dianne Hathaway, Library Director, at 497-2102 to receive an invitation to the online meeting.
Borrow Read Listen
Books about COVID-19 for Children

This is a list of books for children about the COVID-19 virus and the pandemic, with most free and available online – https://journals.ala.org/index.php/cal/article/view/7373/10142
What were your favorite reads of 2020?

Staff has narrowed down their most memorable books/movies/games of the year. Read more ..
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The Curious Reader Podcast

In the latest episode of The Curious Reader podcast, Stacey and Melissa discuss the young adult book A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown along with topics of music, storytelling, and symbolism. This episode also includes an interview with Goffstown High School music teacher, Josh Desrochers, who provides information related to musical instruments and music as a celebration.

To listen, and for additional links including a behind the scenes video to the book's cover shoot, please visit thecuriousreader.podbean.com or tune in on your favorite podcast app.
Learn Something NEW Today!
Ringing in the New Year Around the World

In some countries like Mexico and Spain, it's tradition to eat one grape with each strike of the clock at midnight of the New Year. From throwing plates in Denmark, to herbal cleansing in the baths of Sri Lanka; across the globe, different cultures ring in the New Year in different ways — and it doesn’t all happen on the eve of December 31st. Read more ..

Try sharing New Year's greetings in the language of your choice - with Mango Languages and over 70 languages to choose from, the start of your language learning adventure is just a few clicks away!
Learn something new in 2019 at the Library with Universal Class
Lifelong Learning

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  • Computer training
  • Personal finance
  • How to/DIY
  • General Education
  • Business
  • Pet & Animal Care
  • Career Training
  • Health & Medicine
  • Arts, Crafts & Hobbies
  • and much more!

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Book Discussion Groups 2021
Library has two monthly Book Groups - a.m. and p.m.
Read Something New Every Month

Interested in an afternoon or evening book group? Just give us a call at 497-2102 if you're interested, and we'll provide you with the upcoming month's selection.

2021 Afternoon Discussion Titles
Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30pm. Facilitated by Elizabeth Weilbacher

  • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, January 20
  • They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, February 17
  • This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger, March 17
  • Mudbound by Hillary Jordan, April 21
  • Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire, May 19
  • At Home by Bill Bryson, June 16
  • There There by Tommy Orange, July 21
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, August 18
  • A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza, September 15
  • In the Woods by Tana French, October 20
  • The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd, November 17
  • Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard, December 21

2021 Evening Discussion Titles
Meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm. Facilitated by Michelle Sprague

  • Educated: a Memoir by Tara Westover, January 5
  • Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson, February 2
  • Collected poems, 1957-1982 by Wendell Barry, March 2
  • The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis, April 6
  • How to be Alive by Colin Beavan, May 4
  • The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore, June 1
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, July 6
  • Chances Are… by Richard Russo, August 3
  • Canyon Dreams by Michael Powell, September 7
  • The Moment of Tenderness by Madeleine L’Engle, October 5
  • The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, November 2
  • City of Thieves by David Benioff, December 7

Schedules and availability are subject to change. Always visit our calendar at www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar for the latest titles and updates.
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.

Library Hours
Monday, Thursday, Friday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday, Wednesday 9am - 8pm
Saturday (September 8 - June) 9am - 2pm
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