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.

Five sessions will be held online in June, July, and August, all on Thursday evenings and open to the public. Sign up for events at www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar to receive a link to the discussions. Read more at www.goffstownlibrary.com/one-goffstown.

Show your support, and your attitude of unity, when you share these events on social media, along with the hashtag #OneGoffstown.
Goffstown Seed Library

"Borrow" seeds to start your gardens! Located on the third floor, the Seed Library is now available for "check out". The steps are simple: choose what seed varieties you want, fill out the sign-out sheet with your selections, and enjoy!

This project is based on the honor system, so a staff member is not needed to "check out" seeds. When using the Seed Library, take what you need but remember to leave enough for others.

Happy gardening! The Goffstown Seed Library is made possible by the Friends of the Goffstown Public Library and the New Hampshire Free Seed Program.
✺ NEW ✺ The Friends of the Goffstown Public Library have fully funded a pass to Bedrock Gardens, in Lee! Bedrock Gardens is an emerging public garden that integrates unusual botanical specimens and unique sculptures into an inspiring landscape journey. This 30-acre site is transitioning from a historic farm and private garden to a public oasis of art, horticulture, and inspiration. Visit a garden that the Boston Globe described as "one of the most beautiful and intriguing landscapes in New Hampshire."

✺ Reserve your museum pass today at www.goffstownlibrary.com/passes

Thanks go to the Friends of the Goffstown Public Library for fully funding the Museum Pass Program, enabling library patrons free or reduced entry fees to various museums, state parks, and science institutions in NH and the Boston area. Be sure to check out the Friends Book Sale on the lawn on Saturday, June 3 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
June Calendar Highlights
All Together Now - The 2023 Summer Experience
June 17 - August 12

The 2023 summer experience theme All Together Now celebrates kindness, friendship, and unity with themed programs and activities to support a love of reading and learning. We have an All Together Now program for each age group – Adults 18+, Tweens and Teens ages 10-18, and Children preschool ages and up.

Please join us for our 65th year of providing exciting and fun special summer programs for all members of the Goffstown community.

Learn about the digital program to track reading, the exciting prizes that participants have a chance to win, the Community Reading Challenge, and more at www.goffstownlibrary.com/summer
GMILCS Library Hop

Hop to each library in the GMILCS Consortium this Summer! From June 1 – August 31, visit each participating library, complete each library’s unique challenge, and earn prizes along the way.

To get started, stop by your home library to pick up your passport book and set off on your journey. Inside your passport book, you’ll find each library’s information and challenge. After you complete a challenge, show it to a library staff member to receive a stamp or sticker in your passport book and a prize.

Once you complete all eleven challenges, present your completed passport book 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 this summer!
What are Hate Crimes and Hate Speech?
Thursday, June 8 at 6:30 PM

Goffstown Police Chief Eric Sereno will discuss hate crimes that have occurred in Goffstown and update us about the neo-Nazi propaganda left in local driveways. Seth Aframe from the US Attorney's Office and Sean Locke from the NH Attorney General's Office will educate us about hate crimes and hate speech and will explain the different federal and state hate crime violations. Timothy DeMann will share how the FBI investigates hate crimes, including the receipt of information, and the coordination with other agencies.

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.
Hiking Safely: Tips and Advice for Getting There and Back
Tuesday, June 13 at 6:00 PM

Join in for a casual, relaxed, and informative conversation with freelance writer, hiker, and guidebook author Ken MacGray, about the basics of hiking safely in New Hampshire's forests and mountains.
Concert: North River Music
Tuesday, June 20 at 6:00 PM

Celebrate summer with a concert outside on the Library lawn! Bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the sounds of North River Music.

North River Music is an Americana band with strong harmonies and expressive musicianship. Playing familiar songs with their own roots/bluegrass sound, a North River set is fun to listen to with something for everyone. From Crosby Stills and Nash, The Eagles and Dylan to traditional American standards come to listen--you'll like what you hear!

The band features long-time New England area musicians; guitarist and singer Dan Poland, bassist Tom Kesel, multi-instrumentalist Pete Leavenworth playing pedal steel/dobro/banjo, percussionist Bob Thibodeau, Carolyn Hutton on mandolin and vocals, and singer Vicky Poland.

No registration required. Parking at the Library may be limited. Additional parking is available in the two town lots next to Town Hall and next to the Common as well as street parking on High Street.
Author Talk: Sasha Issenberg
Thursday, June 22 at 7:00 PM

Join author Sasha Issenberg for a discussion of his book The Engagement: America's Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage.

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state bans on gay marriage were unconstitutional, making same-sex unions legal across the United States. But the road to that momentous decision was much longer than many know. In this definitive account, Sasha Issenberg vividly guides us through same-sex marriage’s unexpected path from the unimaginable to the inevitable.

Registration required. This event will be virtual and all registrants will receive a link to the event.
What is Implicit Bias?
Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 PM

James McKim from Organizational Ignition and the Manchester Branch of the NAACP will help us understand implicit bias and how it affects our behavior and how we treat others.

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.
Community Litter Cleanup
Friday, June 30 at 9:00 AM

Families are invited to join us as we partner with Goffstown’s Litter Critter Street Squad to clean up a portion of the Goffstown Rail Trail. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and bug spray; all other supplies will be provided.

No registration required. We will meet in the parking lot of the Goffstown Parks & Recreation Department on Mast Road and head out from there at 9:00 a.m.
The Goffstown Public Library Foundation is taking part in this year’s NH Gives! Save the Date! NH Gives is a powerful, statewide 24-hour online fundraising event to celebrate and support all the amazing nonprofits in New Hampshire. NH Gives is an initiative of the NH Center for Nonprofits to help raise money and awareness in the 24 hours between June 6 at 5:00 p.m. and June 7 at 5:00 p.m.

Thank you in advance for supporting their work during NH Gives by sharing or forwarding this message and, if you’re able, supporting them with a gift of any amount, large or small.

Read more, including about prizes the Foundation could win based on donations received during this event at www.goffstownlibrary.com/nh-gives
Borrow • Read • Repeat
This Month's Book Groups - Join Us!
Pick up your copies at the Circulation Desk today.

  • Tuesday, 6/6 at 6:30 PM: Evening Book Group - What The Constitution Means To Me by Heidi Schreck
  • Wednesday, 6/21 at 1:30 PM: Afternoon Book Group - West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge
hoopla Book Club
Through June 30

In the Time of Our History by Susanne Pari 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
hoopla Graphic Novel Book Club
Through July 31

"Balancing school, friends, family, and super-heroing has never been easy for Miles, but when the rampaging Rhino and a cadre of mysterious criminals start plaguing Brooklyn, things take a dark turn for the young Spider-Man!"

Eisner Award-winning writer Saladin Ahmed, and artist Javier Garrón, bring you the spine-tingling adventures of the coolest character in the Marvel Universe with Miles Morales Vol. 1: Straight Out of Brooklyn. The e-book is available instantly in your hoopla app, and there are unlimited digital copies - no holds, no waiting!

Visit theclub.hoopladigital.com/graphicnovel/ for a Discussion Guide, Author Q&A, "Why We Love Miles Morales", and additional recommended titles for readers.
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!
Friends of the Library News
Book Sale
Saturday, June 3 at 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Volunteers for this event are needed. Join the Friends on the Lawn if you can help out displaying books:
  • Thursday, June 1 at 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 2 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • On Saturday, June 3 beginning at 2:00 p.m., we'll be packing up books.

If you can assist, or have questions, please call Bill Babine, President of the Friends at 603-497-4738, or the Library at 603-497-2102, or email bilbine@comcast.net and let the Friends know when you're available.

Book donation collections will resume Monday, June 12.

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Fundraisers like the Book Sale help the Friends of the Goffstown Public Library fully fund the Museum Pass Program.
In the Community
Grow a Row

Do you have a green thumb? Enjoy your garden while helping your community this summer by adding an extra row (or more) of your favorite vegetables to 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. So get planting!

When it's harvest time, you can drop off your surplus produce at Goffstown Network's Food Pantry or the Library during business hours. Learn more at goffstownnetwork.org.

Need additional seeds to take part? Visit our Seed Library on the third floor!
Building Addition Information
Architectural rendering of the GPL building with proposed addition.
Building Addition

The Goffstown Public Library belongs to the community and that has been our focus for over 100 years. For more information, details, specs, plans, and frequently asked questions, visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/building-addition
hoopla Upgrade
hoopla Minimum Operating System Upgrade

To allow for future enhancements to hoopla, they will be updating their minimum operating system support for mobile devices in July. After that time, hoopla users must be running Android 7.1 or higher or iOS 15 or higher to access the latest version of hoopla. Affected patrons will be notified beginning this month. Questions? Please visit www.hoopladigital.com/help
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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