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
Create a stunning garden that's buzzing with life this summer while making a positive impact on the environment. You'll be helping to support local wildlife and reduce your water and maintenance needs when you garden with native plants and keep pollinators in mind. Get started creating a garden that's bursting with color and life when you request titles from our collection of resources about native plants and pollinator gardening.
May Calendar Highlights
Saturday, May 27 - Monday, May 29
for Memorial Day Observance
Knight Moves: Teen Chess at the Library
Wednesday, May 3 & 10 at 6:00 PM

Grades 5-12 can drop in to play chess with other teens. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, all skill levels are welcome. Bring your own chessboard or use one of ours.
Crafturday: Mosaic Suncatchers
Saturday, May 6 at 11:00 AM

Catch some rays! Design a one-of-a-kind suncatcher using glass mosaic tiles—a perfect gift for Mother's Day.

Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 6 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Every year, on the first Saturday in May, the comic book industry comes together to give away free comics. Free Comic Book Day features an amazing selection of comic book titles where you can find your favorite characters or discover some new ones.

The Goffstown Public Library is proud to join in! Grades 5-12 can drop in and choose two FREE comic books per person, while supplies last. While you're here, don't forget to check out all the great graphic novels your library has to offer.
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Amateur Detective Night
Tuesday, May 9 at 6:00 PM

Do you have what it takes to catch a killer? Gather with other true crime aficionados and wannabe detectives in the Library to play Unsolved Case Files, the game where the stakes are (fictional) life or death.

This time we're investigating a 2001 case when the body of an unidentified woman was found at an island rehab center for the rich and famous. Although only five other people were on the island that day, the police have never been able to determine who killed the victim--or even discover her identity. Together we'll reopen this investigation and get justice for Jane Doe.

Old Gnome Day Crafts
Saturday, May 13 at 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Kids and teens, drop in during the Goffstown Historical Society's Old Home Gnome Day celebration and create a gnome-themed craft. While supplies last.
Nutritious Meals on a Budget
Tuesday, May 16 at 6:00 PM

True or False: Eating healthy is expensive. If you guessed false, you’re correct! Finding the right foods at the right price is attainable. In this class hosted by a Hannaford dietitian, you’ll learn which foods to buy and what shopping habits to practice, saving you time and money throughout the year. Join a Hannaford Dietitian and learn the inside tips from an expert on how to navigate the aisles for your health and your budget.

Revolutionary Design: Modern Architecture in New England
Thursday, May 25 at 7:00 PM

New England is known for its history and its traditions, but it is also home to some daring and inventive modern designs from some of the world’s leading architects. How do giants in the field like Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Louis Kahn, Philip Johnson, and Maya Lin combine the expected and familiar with the innovative and experimental?

Hosted by Jane Oneail of Culturally Curious, this program introduces audiences to each architect and walks you through their notable works in New England locales.

Registration required, before the event you will receive a Zoom link. Presented in partnership with GMILCS. Hosted by Manchester City Library.
Vanished Veterans: An Illustrated Introduction to NH’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials
Tuesday, May 30 at 6:30 PM

From Seabrook to Colebrook, Berlin to Hinsdale, New Hampshire’s towns, individuals, and veterans’ organizations erected a fascinating assortment of memorials to The War of the Rebellion. Beginning with obelisks of the 1860s and continuing to re-mastered works of the 21st century, historian George Morrison presents a diverse selection of New Hampshire’s commemorations and their stories.
This event is made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities.

Borrow • Read • Repeat
This Month's Book Groups - Join Us!
Pick up your copies at the Circulation Desk today.

  • Tuesday, 5/2 at 6:30 PM: Evening Book Group March - Book One by John Lewis
  • Wednesday, 5/17 at 1:30 PM: Afternoon Book Group Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
Big Library Read
May 3 - 17

Part food memoir, part sociological investigation, Tastes Like War is a hybrid text about a daughter’s search through intimate and global history for the roots of her mother’s schizophrenia. A TIME and NPR Best Book of the Year in 2021.

Tastes Like War by Grace M. Cho will be available instantly, in e-book & e-audiobook format in the Libby app. There are unlimited digital copies - no holds, no waiting!

For discussion board, read-alikes, and more, visit https://biglibraryread.com/
hoopla Book Club
Through June 30

‟This sweeping, multigenerational saga transports readers into the world of the Jahani family, Iranian immigrants grappling with the future of their traditions as an American-born daughter steps outside her expected role, shaking loose their foundations-and their secrets-in a novel that poses larger questions about the meaning of marriage, motherhood, and starting anew even as we long for the place we once called home . . ."

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
Kids' Graphic Novel Book Club
Tuesday, May 23 at 3:30 PM

This month, kids in grades 2-4 will be reading Cat Kid Comic Club Perspectives by Dav Pilkey. Come ready to talk about what you loved and what you didn't, and to learn more about reading and making comics!

Pick up your copy of the book at the Circulation desk.

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!
1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The single most important thing you can do to prepare your children to read is to read to them every day. Research proves that children need to hear 1000 books before they begin to learn to read independently.

Reading to children will: increase their vocabulary, increase their listening and narrative skills, help to instill in them self-awareness and confidence, and impart an understanding of their place in the world.

For more information, including how to sign up, rewards, and an Early Literacy Practices for Parents download, please visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/1000books.
Friends of the Library News
Beautification Day
Saturday, May 20 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Can you lend a hand? It's the Friends' annual cleanup day, and everyone is invited to pitch in. This will be a day outdoors, beautifying and cleaning up the grounds of the Library. No need to sign up, just drop by and please bring your rake, gloves, water bottle, and bucket/wheelbarrow (for weeds), or garden tools if you have them.

RAIN or SHINE. In the event severe weather causes us to cancel, we will make an announcement at facebook.com/friendsoftheGPL, please follow the Friends to stay up-to-date. See this event on Facebook.

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Book Sale
Saturday, June 3 at 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Volunteers for this event are needed, please let us know if you can lend a hand. Volunteer opportunities are:
  • Tuesday, May 30 at 10-2 - Set up tents
  • Wednesday, May 31 at 10-1 - Displaying books
  • Thursday, June 1 at 9-2 - Displaying books
  • Friday, June 2 at 9-12 - Displaying books
  • Saturday, June 3 at 2-4? - Packing up books

If you can assist, 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.

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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.
Get a Closer Look
Now available to check out with your Goffstown Public Library card - a new anti-glare LED 3x page magnifier. Place your request at https://bit.ly/GPLPACmagnifier23

From one of our home delivery clients: "Thank you again for thinking of me and providing me with the PAGE MAGNIFIER. It is very useful, not just for reading library books. It helps me to read small print on anything I receive in the mail or elsewhere."
Building Addition Information
Architectural rendering of the GPL building with proposed addition.
Statement from the Library Board of Trustees

The Goffstown Public Library Board of Trustees wishes to thank the Town Clerk's Office, our elected officials, and members of the community for hosting and supporting the March election.
While we are disappointed with the failure of Article 7, we are encouraged that with a renewed focus and an approach to planning that reflects community feedback, we can improve library facilities for current and future generations. 

The Library Board of Trustees meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. All meetings are held at the library and are open to the public. Please email us with questions, trustees@goffstownlibrary.com

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
Lifelong Learning
Language is an Adventure

Did you know that it's easy to take Mango Languages on the go? Hands-free features and offline mode make it convenient to fit a little language learning into any lifestyle. All you need is your Goffstown Public Library card to unlock over 70 world languages, plus more than 20 English courses!

Most popular languages our members have been studying:
  • Spanish, Latin American
  • French
  • Turkish
  • Japanese
  • Arabic, Iraqi
  • Finnish
  • German
  • Ukrainian
And there is a lot more, including:
  • Endangered and Indigenous Languages
  • English courses that accommodate over 20 source languages

Get started at the link below, or download the Mango Languages mobile app today!
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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