Goffstown Public Library's
Introducing the 2021 Community Conversation

Join us as we separate fact from fiction and foster a dialog to improve our town and planet for the future. The Library’s Community Conversations initiative is back with a full schedule of events for April and May 2021, exploring the impact of our changing environment on the Goffstown community. Topics will include trash and recycling, stormwater, weather, global climate change, birds, bees, and much more!

The full schedule of events includes opportunities for engagement for all ages, along with book lists, resources for further learning, and links to informational sites online. Experts in their fields have been invited to present at virtual events including the New Hampshire State Climatologist Mary Stampone, Ph.D., State Representative Peter Somssich, Ph.D., Adam Jacobs, Director of Goffstown Department of Public Works, Dr. Pamela Hunt, Avian Conservation Biologist of the NH Audubon, pollinator expert, and beekeeping educator Jodi Turner, and others.
Can We Talk About the Environment April Events

  • Thursday, 4/1 at 1pm – Let’s Make – Earth Bookmarks. Watch on YouTube.
  • Saturday, 4/10 at 11am – The Future of Energy in NH with State Representative Peter Somssich, Ph.D. Registration required.
  • Tuesday, 4/13 at 6:30pm – Climate Change and New Hampshire’s Birds with Dr. Pamela Hunt, Avian Conservation Biologist of the NH Audubon. Registration required.
  • Tuesday, 4/20 at 6:30pm – Well Water in a Time of Climate Change with Derek Skillings of Skillings and Sons, LLC. Registration required.
  • Thursday, 4/22 at 6:30pm – Blame it on the Rain with Adam Jacobs, Director of Goffstown Department of Public Works. Registration required.

  • Friday, 4/9 at 1pm – Let’s Create – Teen DIY Beeswax Food Wraps. Watch on YouTube.
  • Friday, 4/23 at 1pm – Essential Teen Life Skills – Grow Your Own Herbs. Watch on YouTube.

CUT the CARBON! with the Kill-A-Watt Energy Detector

Save on your electric bills and reduce your carbon footprint by borrowing the CUT the CARBON! kit from the Goffstown Public Library. The CUT the CARBON! kit includes a Kill-A-Watt Energy Detector that you can use to calculate the monthly cost of your appliances and electric devices. Kill-A-Watt Energy Detectors are also great at determining which devices are using phantom energy, driving up your bill, and using valuable resources.

The kit includes instructions on using the device, calculation sheets to determine your monthly costs, and energy-saving tips to help you cut the carbon. This kit is powered by NHSaves in partnership with the New Hampshire State Library.
Important Reminders

Browsing: Cardholders may reserve time to browse materials in the Children's Room and on the second floor for 20-minute appointments. For more details, and to make an appointment, visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar or call us at 603-497-2102. There is a limited schedule for our browsing service: Monday 9-2, Tuesday and Wednesday 5-8 pm, Saturday 9-1.

Face coverings are required 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.

Returns: Will no longer be quarantined, please use your own judgment when borrowing materials.

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
National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.

“Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use our services. During the pandemic, libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs.

Ways to Celebrate and Show Your Support
  • Visit the Library - Online & In-Person
  • Share what you love about the resources & services available at the library on social media about a book, audiobook, virtual story time, or book club, or how the library has made a difference while you've been social distancing at home. Don't forget to tag us or use #goffstownlibrary. If you love your library, say it loud and proud: vocal community support helps libraries and reminds hardworking library staff that their efforts are appreciated. Posts using #MyLibraryIs will be entered into a random drawing by the ALA for a $100 Visa gift card.
  • If you'd like to share your library story directly with us online, please submit it here https://forms.gle/MzayLsVYMHjvHvnM9
  • Tell a friend! Share what you love about the library with friends and family and encourage them to stop in and get their own library card.
  • Tuesday 4/27 at 6:30pm: Knit & Crochet Club Learn more
  • April 5-10: National Library Week Activity Bags WHILE SUPPLIES LAST: Stop by the Library foyer during April 5-10 to pick up your National Library Week Activity Bag, and a gently-used book that kids can keep.
  • Fridays at 9:30am beginning 4/9: Preschool Story Time Registration required
  • Fridays at 1pm beginning 4/9: Preschool Story Time Registration required
Borrow Read Listen
April Book Groups

  • Tuesday 4/6 at 6:30pm: Evening Book Group The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis Registration required
  • Wednesday 4/21 at 1:30pm: Afternoon Book Group Mudbound by Hilary Jordan

Get a head start on next month's books, see the titles at www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar
Big Library Read
April 5 - 19

"From a psychologist and stand-up comedian comes a practical, yet laugh-out-loud guide to embracing humor to reduce stress and live a happier, fuller life."

Beginning April 5, The Art of Taking It Easy by Dr. Brian King will be available instantly, in e-book format in the OverDrive and Libby apps. There are unlimited digital copies - no holds, no waiting!

NEW Always Available
Now through December 31, 2021

150+ new Adult Fiction and Nonfiction titles from OverDrive & Libby are now available for everyone to enjoy with no holds or waiting!

These are available to you to download instantly from the e-library and can be read on a mobile device or computer - FREE with your library card.

hoopla Graphic Novel Book Club
Through April 30

"In this startling twist on a familiar tale, a certain Kryptonian rocketship crash-lands on Earth, carrying an infant who will one day become the most powerful being on the planet. But his ship doesn't land in America. He is not raised in Smallville, Kansas. Instead, he makes his new home on a collective in the Soviet Union!"

Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar, with art by Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett, is available instantly, in e-book format 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 and more available at theclub.hoopladigital.com/graphicnovel
Queen's Gambit Book Cover
The Curious Reader Podcast

Curious about the history of chess, books made into movies, and Women's History? Then the latest episode of The Curious Reader Podcast is for you! Stacey and Melissa explore these topics as they discuss the New York Times Bestseller turned Netflix series The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis.
This episode also includes an interview with Goffstown High School English and Women's Perspectives teacher, Meagan Therriault.

To listen, please visit thecuriousreader.podbean.com or tune in on your favorite podcast app.
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
Job Opening
Library Assistant

This is a 25 hour/week position in our Youth Services department. Applications reviewed as received; position open until filled. For details and application information:
National Financial Capability Month
April is National Financial Capability Month

"In 2004, the U.S.Congress designated April as National Financial Literacy Month, which has evolved into National Financial Capability Month. Each April, federal and state agencies, credit unions, schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and other entities take part in this initiative to raise awareness about the importance of financial literacy education in the United States and the consequences that may be associated with a lack of understanding about personal finances." White House Proclamation on National Financial Capability Month, 2021

Universal Class offers 65 courses in its Financial Management category. From Investing 101 to Economics, Debt Reduction and Estate planning to courses in Excel and QuickBooks — there's something for everyone & it's FREE with your library card.

Universal Class offers unlimited access to over 500 courses, with many offering continuing education units (CEUs). Learn at your own pace with these instructor-led classes, and get feedback on your performance. Get started today with Universal Class at https://www.goffstownlibrary.com/elibrary
For more information about financial literacy, helpful guides, and learning opportunities:

In the Community
COVID-19 Vaccine Phases

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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