Goffstown Public Library's
February is Library Lovers' Month

Ways to Celebrate

Visit! Second floor browsing appointments are now available at the Library. While you're here, pick up a copy of the BookPage in the foyer, and discover your next great book in the pages of this monthly independent newsletter.

Join us Virtually Take some time to enjoy one of the great programs going on this month and join in on Webex. We'd love to see your smiling faces.

Share Your Love for the Library Leave a comment on a Facebook post, a Google Review, tell a friend about us (they can get a library card, too!), or drop us a note–spread the joy!

Discover Something New Take advantage of all the library has to offer–travel the world through books, learn a new language with Mango Languages, try your hand at an online course with Universal Class, pick up a movie to escape into, request a new cookbook, download the latest music album from hoopla, and so much more!

Support the Library, Literacy and Lifelong Learning Consider a donation, a memorial gift, or join the Friends - learn more at www.goffstownlibrary.com/support
Effective February 1

Second Floor Browsing: Library cardholders may reserve time to browse materials on the second floor for 20-minute appointments.

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 603-497-2102. 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.
"Couldn't ask for a better library. Staff are always working hard to make the best experiences for both adults and children. Have a question, the staff are quick and friendly to answer..." - Christen D
Calendar Highlights
I Never Finish Anyth
Saturday, February 6 at 11am

This mid-morning virtual gathering is devoted both to brushing the dust off abandoned handicrafts and to the ancient communal pastime of reading aloud. Crafters will resurrect defunct projects, readers will provide live audio; get your craft on track while listening to readings from our collections. We need crafters, and we need readers!

Attendees should ready their UFOs & WIPs (UnFinished Objects & Works In Progress) and can work on their projects while they listen.
Clothed in Injustice? The Ethics of Fast Fashion
Thursday, February 11 at 4:30pm

Have you ever wondered how it is possible that department stores and websites can offer clothing so cheaply? Why is it that the average cost of jeans today isn't much higher than it was 30 years ago? Why hasn’t the cost of producing jeans changed, and are there costs that aren’t being captured by the price consumers pay?

Join the Goffstown Public Library in partnership with Saint Anselm faculty for an in-depth discussion of the ethical, financial, theological, and environmental impacts of our modern-day, global fashion industry, inspired by the documentary, The True Cost. Registered attendees will receive a link to view the documentary. To learn more about the panelists visit: https://www.anselm.edu/ethics-governance/clothed-injustice-ethics-fast-fashion
The Duty to Remember–But What? The Holocaust 80 Years After
Tuesday, February 16 at 6:30pm

Join us for this virtual presentation as Dr. Mick Grzonka provides historical context to the rise of Germany’s Nazi party and to subsequent events which culminated in the Holocaust. How were common, "normal" people induced to contribute to industrialized murder? Dr. Grzonka dispels four common myths which, if allowed to stand uncorrected, would make it all-too-easy to dismiss the events of the 1930s and 1940s as irrelevant for today's world.
The Play’s the Thing: Or is it?
Saturday, February 27 at 11am

Join us for this Saturday morning virtual gathering where we analyze, act out, and thoroughly dissect Parents Night by Bathsheba Doran. Copies will be available at the circulation desk for all registered participants. The curtain rises on a mother and father as they get ready to attend parent-teacher conferences at their daughter’s school. The story concludes several hours later, after their return from the school. Please note that Parent’s Night contains strong language and adult topics.

Yakov Smirnoff famously said, “If you have something important to say, Broadway and New York are great places to say it.” Are important statements still being made on Broadway? Do plays produced on Broadway speak to the American experience outside New York City? Do they have long-term relevance? Are lives lived on Broadway’s stages pertinent to life lived in New Hampshire?
"Goffstown Public Library is a wonderful place. The staff are so helpful and flexible. I have saved thousands of dollars by borrowing books through them..." - Tracy W
Monday, February 15
for Presidents' Day


  • Friday 2/12 at 1pm: Let's Create ~ Teen DIY on YouTube. Pick up your To-Go bag with supplies in the foyer beginning 2/5.
  • Thursday 2/25 at 1pm: Don't be sus this winter – Make a crewmate handwarmer Registration required
  • Friday 2/26 at 1pm: Essential Teen Life Skills on YouTube.

"The Libby App has been a life altering reading option during COVID.
Grateful for a good read 😊" - Lee M
Borrow Read Listen
February Book Groups

  • Tuesday 2/2 at 6:30pm: Evening Book Group Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson Registration required
  • Wednesday 2/17 at 1:30pm: Afternoon Book Group They Called Us Enemy by George Takei.

Get a head start on next month's books, see the titles at www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar
hoopla Book Club
Through March 31

"Mysterious and delightfully quirky, this international bestseller explores an age-old question: What would you change if you could time travel?"

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi is available instantly, in e-book and e-audio formats in your hoopla app, or at www.hoopladigital.com. There are unlimited digital copies - no holds, no waiting! You can read this title on a mobile device or computer. Discussion guide, exclusive author Q&A, and additional recommended titles for book club readers are available at theclub.hoopladigital.com
Together We Read
February 10 - 24

Beginning February 10, Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn will be available instantly, in e-book and e-audio formats in the OverDrive and Libby apps. There are unlimited digital copies - no holds, no waiting!

Learn more, or get the Discussion Guide and Author Letter at https://togetherweread.com/us/current-title
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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 Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. They also explore the questions that ignited their curiosity to seek information beyond the book such as: Day of the Dead celebrations, LGBTQIA+, and Latinx. This episode also includes an interview with Senoras De Marco and McKinnon, from the language department at Goffstown High School.

To listen, please visit thecuriousreader.podbean.com or tune in on your favorite podcast app.
"This was an AMAZING podcast. Thank you so much for picking #TheSilenceBetweenUs to discuss! The interview at the end interesting too..."
- Alison Gervais (author of The Silence Between Us)
February is Black History Month

Celebrate Black history and culture with titles on hoopla
that the whole family can enjoy together! See the collection at https://www.hoopladigital.com/collection/11543
Books about COVID-19 for Children

A recent article from the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, has put together a list of books for children about the COVID-19 virus and the pandemic, with most free and available for you online – http://bit.ly/COVID19kidsBooks121
Coming in February
More Bonus Borrows From hoopla!

Keep an eye out for updates on our Facebook page, and in the hoopla app, about new Bonus Borrows.

Bonus Borrows are titles that do not count towards your hoopla monthly borrow limit of 6 titles per month. These include e-books, e-audiobooks, comics, movies, music, and television!
Learn Something NEW Today!
Are the Romance Languages Really More Romantic?

Learn to Fall in Love With Latin Languages! Mango has a few easy and fun Romantic Introduction mini-courses – a crash course in pick-up lines, flirty phrases, and romantic terms of endearment in Spanish, Italian, French, and Brazilian Portuguese (when you select any of these languages in Mango, scroll down to the "Specialty Units" and select "Romance"). Increase your love language IQ just in time for Valentine's Day and start learning!

See what Mango has to say about Romance Languages being more romantic at the Mango Languages blog.

"Great selection, amazing staff and fun programs for all ages!" - Tanya S
In the Community
https://www.vaccines.nh.gov/ has information about New Hampshire COVID-19 vaccine phases, information about qualifications, and a link for registration.

If you have questions, call 211, or visit https://www.nh.gov/covid19

Check out this graphic on Facebook about proof of residency requirements (no Facebook account required to view).
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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