Goffstown Public Library's
Important Reminders

Requests for materials can now be made for items in any library in the GMILCS consortium through our catalog at www.goffstownlibrary.com/search , email goflib@goffstownlibrary.com , chat www.goffstownlibrary.com , or by phone 497-2102.

We are no longer charging overdue fines on all items owned by our Library.

Computer Reservations: We are now accepting appointments from the public to use our computers. To keep Library staff and visitors safe, we are limiting the number of PCs in use, so your appointment length may be restricted. Call us at 497-2102 to make an appointment. (Note: you will be required to wear a face covering while in the library building. Disposable masks are available in the lobby or wear one of your own.)

Parking Lot Pick-Up: We will continue contact-free parking lot pick-up of library materials for the foreseeable future. Please see our short video explaining the process on YouTube . The hours available to pick-up are:
  • Monday-Friday, 10am to 2pm
  • Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, 5 to 7pm
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 .
Can We Talk About Race?
Courageous Community Conversations:
Can We Talk About Race?

In the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubery, and Breonna Taylor, incidents in NH such as the arrest of Jean Ronald Saint Preux, and numerous slights in our own Greater Goffstown community have caused many of us to examine our beliefs about discrimination and racial justice. After having elected an African American as President, many people thought racism was behind us. Yet recent events seem to prove otherwise. Join us as we continue to explore these topics, facilitated by James McKim, Goffstown resident and President of the Manchester Branch of the NHNAACP.

These events will be held remotely via Zoom, for details and to register, visit http://bit.ly/CCCRace2020 .

  • History of Racial Discrimination - Tuesday 8/11 at 7pm
  • Microaggressions & White Privilege - Tuesday 8/25 at 7pm
  • Institutional Racism - Tuesday 9/15 at 7pm
  • How to Be an Advocate - Tuesday 9/29 at 7pm

Registration is required , we will meet virtually and all registered participants will receive an email invitation with details on how to join the discussion.
Summer Experience 2020
The 2020 summer reading theme “ Imagine Your Story ,” is a celebration of fairy tales, folklore, mythology, and sharing your own unique story and voice. All ages are invited to participate at www.goffstownlibrary.com/summer2020 .

Attend special online and virtual events, complete challenges, earn raffle tickets, track reading, and more, in the new online platform hosted by READsquared.

Raffle tickets can be entered to win prizes for each age group:
  • Children's prizes include Amazon gift cards, games, craft and cooking supplies, a Campfire Fun & Snack bundle, a Book to Movie bundle, Canobie Lake Park and Story Land tickets;
  • Teen program prizes are three $50 amazon.com gift cards;
  • Adults can enter raffle tickets to win one of three prize baskets that include $50 in gift cards to local businesses, each.

Visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/summer2020 to sign up - the fun continues through August 14 . You can even take it on-the-go with the READsquared mobile app.

The state-wide READsquared subscription for New Hampshire public libraries is funded by the FY20 IMLS CARES Act grant, through the NH State Library.
Calendar Highlights
Staff can be reached at 603.497.2102
Monday, Thursday, Friday, 9am - 5pm
Tuesday & Wednesday, 9am - 8pm
Summer 2020 Virtual Programs and Events

You can register right now for upcoming events, classes, and interactive programs at www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar .

Don't forget! Many YouTube programs have a "premiere" time on the calendar. If you can't make it for the first showing, don't worry! It will remain on our channel for you to view at any time. Subscribe at www.youtube.com/goffstownlibrary and never miss a thing!

Saturdays at 1pm: Book Talk with Michelle on YouTube

Tuesday 8/4 at 6:30pm: Evening Book Group The Bear by Andrew Krivak. Book is available instantly with no holds on hoopla . Registration required

Wednesdays 8/5 & 8/12 at 1pm: Let's Make! Craft with Michelle on YouTube*

Tuesday 8/11 at 6:30pm: Virtual Writer's Showcase , Registration is required for presenters and audience members.

Tuesday 8/18 at 6:30pm: Votes for Women: A History of the Suffrage Movement , Registration required . This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities , in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Wednesday 8/19 at 1:30pm: Afternoon Book Group The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes. Registration required

Tuesday 8/25 at 6:30pm: Knit & Crochet Club , Registration required

Subscribe to the Teen newsletter at www.goffstownlibrary.com/subscribe

Mondays 8/3 & 8/10 at 1pm: Cooking Corner ~ Teen Snacks on YouTube

Wednesday 8/19 at 6pm: Social Distance Friendly Teen Advisory Board on the lawn (RAIN DATE 8/26 at 6pm) Registration is requested

Thursdays 8/6 & 8/13 at 1pm: Let's Create ~ TEEN DIY on YouTube*

Mondays through 8/17: Simple STEAM Activity on YouTube*

Tuesdays 8/4 & 8/11 at 10am: Preschool Story Time with Ms. Patti , Registration required *

Wednesdays 8/5 & 8/12 at 11am: Preschool Story Time with Ms. Doreen , Registration required *

Thursdays 8/6 & 8/13 at 10am: Movers and Groovers for children 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 years old, Registration required *

Fridays 8/7 & 8/14 at 10am: Fairy Tale Fridays on YouTube

Wednesday 8/5 at 2pm: Fairy House Building on YouTube

Wednesday 8/5 at 6pm: Family Game Night on YouTube, Registration is requested

Wednesday 8/12 at 2pm: Cooking Adventures - Mini Lasagna Cups , Registration is requested

Through 8/28: Engineer a Fairy Tale with the Children's Museum of NH , Registration required

Through 8/31: Science Tellers - Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress! Watch at https://bit.ly/2zKyyCq

Through 8/31: StoryWalk® @ the Library Stroll around our lawn to read our summer StoryWalk® book Among a Thousand Fireflies by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.
* Check the calendar to confirm pick up times for supply bags - get yours at the Library the week prior to the scheduled event.
Stories on the Wild Side
Thursday, August 13 at 2pm

Presented by Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and their live animal ambassadors in a virtual classroom via Zoom.

Reading and science come together in this fun program blending storytelling with up close encounters with three live, native, New Hampshire wild animals.

Registration is required, all registered participants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting.
Museum Pass Program
Museum Pass Availability

Many of our Museum Pass partners are reopening their doors to the public, and library passes are being made available once again. One of the safety measures being taken by facilities is to require visitors to obtain advance reservations at their locations -- a library pass alone will not guarantee admission. Please read all information carefully when reserving a pass, and for the most up-to-date hours, closings, exhibit information, and facility calendars, please contact your destination directly.

Thanks go to the Friends of the Goffstown Public Library for fully funding the Museum Pass Program.
For virtual tours, activities, and more, please visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/stuck-at-home#moremuseums .
Borrow Read Repeat
Evening Book Discussion
Tuesday, August 4 at 6:30pm

The Bear by Andrew Krivak is available instantly, in e-book and e-audio formats in your hoopla app, or at www.hoopladigital.com . No holds, no waiting! You can read this title on a mobile device or computer.
OverDrive: Own Voices & Diversity Books for Students

The 50+ titles in this collection were provided courtesy of the vendor and publishers, and will be available through August 31, 2020 with no holds or waiting. Browse and start borrowing with the OverDrive or Libby app.
Adventure Begins with E-books and E-audiobooks

The OverDrive & Libby apps are easy to use and FREE with your library card. Check out these collections, and begin your reading adventure:

cover of the Darwin Affair by Tim Mason
The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason
August 3 - 17

"Get ready for one of the most inventive and entertaining novels of 2019—an edge-of-your-seat Victorian-era thriller, where the controversial publication On the Origin of Species sets off a string of unspeakable crimes."

The Darwin Affair will be available instantly, in e-book and e-audio formats in the OverDrive and Libby apps. No holds, no waiting

Visit  https://biglibraryread.com for similar title recommendations, and links to a discussion guide and author letter.
More Choices with cloudLibrary

Looking for more variety? Check out the e-books and e-audiobooks on cloudLibrary -- one of the great apps the Library offers to provide you with a wide selection of titles and publishers. It's FREE to download and FREE to use with your library card. With cloudLibrary there are no overdues, and no fines to worry about. See what's available today!
Featured Resource
Mango Languages

Mango Languages shared some of their favorite reads, each a classic originally written in a world language, infusing their love of language and culture into everything they do.

Take a crack at learning the language of your favorite classic with over 70 world languages and dialects to choose from in Mango Languages. Build conversational-ready skills with the easy-to-use mobile app, or on your desktop - FREE with your library card! Mango Languages can be found in the e-library .

Mango Languages guides you with personalized activities, interactive listening & reading, great features like Culture Notes, Study Reminders, and even learning through film. Try it today!
In the Community
Parks and Places

Go on an adventure this summer -- around town! Check out the Parks and Recreation spots with this simple and fun activity to help you familiarize yourself with the different facilities and what they offer. For the complete map, and to learn more, please visit https://www.goffstown.com/dept/pr/parks-and-recreation-programs/parks-and-recreation-summer-2020-activities/1431-parks-and-places .
U.S. Census 2020

The Census takes place every 10 years, and ...

  • It's quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.
  • It's safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected.
  • Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.
  • Results from the 2020 Census will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government.
  • Census takers will be following up in person with homes that have not responded to the 2020 Census.

Visit https://my2020census.gov/ and get started.
Need a Ride?
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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