Goffstown Public Library's
Library Hours
Monday, Thursday, Friday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday, Wednesday 9am - 8pm
Saturday (September 8 - June) 9am - 2pm
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.
Building Addition Update
From Aimee Huntemann, Board of Library Trustees Chairperson:

The Library Trustees are close to wrapping up phase 2 of our feasibility study. So far we have preliminary draft designs and concepts that you can view on the Library’s website. In December we will see updated drafts that include more engineering work. New drafts will be added to the Library website once reviewed by the Library Board. A charitable foundation, the Goffstown Public Library Foundation, has been formed to prepare for a capital campaign to support the Library addition project.
Calendar Highlights
Celebration of Animation
Saturday, December 5 at 10am

All ages welcome!

Join us in this Saturday morning cartoons salute with Marty Gitlin, author of A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History.

Marty's presentation will feature clips and trivia devoted to the animated characters who've made their mark on television history.

Registration is required, we will meet remotely via Webex and all registered participants will receive an email invitation to join.
At 2pm on Thursday, December 24
Christmas Day Friday, December 25
At 2pm on Thursday, December 31
New Year's Day Friday, January 1

  • Saturdays at 1pm: Book Talk with Michelle on YouTube
  • Tuesday 12/1 at 6:30pm: Evening Book Group The Warehouse by Rob Hart Registration required
  • Thursday 12/3: Healthy, Homemade Holiday Gifts Special Video Event Learn more
  • Friday 12/11 at 10am: Eat This, Not That: Healthy Holiday Swaps Registration required
  • Wednesday 12/16 at 1pm: Take-and-Make Paper Lights Garland on YouTube.
  • Wednesday 12/16 at 1:30pm: Afternoon Book Group Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers, and Why it Matters by Ben Goldfarb
  • Tuesday 12/22 at 6:30pm: Knit & Crochet Club Webex meeting details

  • Friday 12/11 at 1pm: Let's Create ~ Teen DIY on YouTube. Pick up your To-Go bag with supplies in the foyer beginning 12/4.
  • Thursday 12/17 at 1pm: Book Browsing with Stacey & Local Author Jason McIntosh on YouTube.

  • Wednesday 12/16 at 6:30pm: Pop-Tarts® "Gingerbread" House on YouTube. Registration is required to receive a decorating kit.

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
Borrow Read Listen
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The Curious Reader Podcast

Indulge your curiosity with Stacey & Melissa as they seek information beyond the book. The Curious Reader podcast is hosted by Stacey, Goffstown Public Library's Teen Services Library Assistant, and Melissa Mannon, Goffstown High School Librarian and Certified Library Media Specialist.

In episode #2 they discuss the young adult book Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe along with topics of Immigration, Students & Stress, and Food & Culture. This episode also includes an interview with Goffstown High School Psychologist, Sheehan Gendron, who provides information to help teens deal with stress.

To listen, and for additional links including the Haitian Orange Cake recipe mentioned, please visit thecuriousreader.podbean.com or tune in on your favorite podcast app.
Bring Home a Bundle!

Whether you're looking for DVDs to binge, new books for a tween or teen, or a bunch of children's books to read with the little ones - we've got the bundle for you! Take a chance with staff picks, or let us know your theme preferences - you won't know exactly what you'll be getting until you pick them up.

  • To request a Children's Book Bundle, please give us a call at 497-2102 and speak to one of our staff members who can prepare a bundle for pick-up.
  • To request a Binge Bundle of DVDs, please fill out a request.
  • To request a tween/teen LitLoot Bag, please fill out a request.
More Digital Magazines
Until now we've been able to offer you digital magazines through the RBdigital & OverDrive/Libby apps. Moving forward, all magazines, including a new collection of popular magazine titles, will only be available in the OverDrive/Libby apps. We're expecting this upgrade to roll out over the next week - look for the new titles, better organized, in your OverDrive/Libby app soon!

RBdigital users - The RBdigital app will be discontinued. Please download and start using the Libby app to read magazines.

All new magazine issues will be available with "Article View" in Libby - more readable on small devices.

Some popular titles - just a small number of the over 3,000 coming soon:
Architectural Digest • Bon Appetit • Cook’s Illustrated • Family Handyman • Family Tree • House Beautiful • Macworld • National Geographic • Newsweek • Ok! • PCWorld • Popular Science • The New Yorker • This Old House • Us Weekly • Yoga Journal
Choosing A Great Book
Get Some Help Finding a Good Read
NoveList Plus: Free With Your Library Card

Looking for your next great read, or the perfect one to gift? Whatever your style, let NoveList Plus help you find it!

NoveList Plus can help you find recommended reading lists for everything from Christian fiction to science fiction, as well as unique author read-alikes, which allows you to find new authors based on the ones you (or your friends and family) already like.

NoveList Plus is always available in the e-library.
Create Something Special
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Craft Some Holiday Cheer with Creativebug

Get into a crafty, festive mood with classes like:

  • Simple Holiday Cards
  • 25 Days of Gift Wrap
  • Holiday Card Display
  • Mitten Garland
  • Post-It Holiday Wreath
  • ... and more! Just search for "holiday".

Enjoy these and so much more - with Creativebug you have unlimited access to explore 1000+ online art and craft classes produced by renowned artists and creative experts. Watch classes anytime, anywhere FREE with your library card. Since classes never expire, you can start and stop projects at your own pace. No pressure, just possibilities!

Creativebug is always available to you in the Education category of our e-library at www.goffstownlibrary.com.
The Season's Best Deals Are at the Library!
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Gifting or receiving a new device this holiday season? Check out the digital apps the library provides FREE with your library card. From e-books, movies, and magazines, to online classes--there's an abundance of content available to library card holders.

Learn more when you visit:
In the Community
Toys for Tots
Deadline: Tuesday, December 15 at Noon

Add a child in need to your shopping list this year!

The Goffstown Public Library continues its proud partnership with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation by providing a Toys for Tots dropbox for the Goffstown community.

A large box in the foyer awaits your new, unwrapped toys, and is accessible during the Library's operating hours.
Winter Resiliency Essentials
QPR Suicide Prevention Training
Tuesday, December 15 at 10-11:30am

Makin’ It Happen is bringing this Free QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Suicide Prevention Training to our community. It is so important during today's times to take care of ourselves. Now more than ever our well being and self-care is crucial.

For more details, and to register for this virtual training, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/qpr-suicide-prevention-training-for-community-members-tickets-128546757813

The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training.

For questions or more information please contact Deb Baird at dab@mih4u.org, or call 603-717-5408.
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.
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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