National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April.
The Road Not Taken: Artistic Interpretations of the Poetry of Robert Frost
Experience the magic of Robert Frost's poetry brought to life through art. Throughout April, the Library will be hosting a traveling art exhibit of works inspired by the poetry of Robert Frost. This display of over 30 pieces includes drawings, paintings, and prints by local artists Corinne Dodge, Ingeborg V. Seaboyer, and Judy Krassowski. Visit the exhibit on the second floor of the Library and step into the world of one of the greatest American poets.
Present Moment, Prolific Moment: Using Mindfulness to Write Poetry
Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 PM
NH State Poet Laureate Alexandria Peary presents this poetry writing workshop for all skill levels, focusing on tapping into our creativity and letting go of self-consciousness. Writing can become much more fulfilling if we think of it as happening right Now. Much is lost when we overlook the present moment because we forfeit rewarding writing experiences in exchange for stress, frustration, boredom, fear, and short-change invention and creativity (it's a poor bargain). Through mindfulness, we can reduce our writing apprehension and the writing blocks that come from future- or past-oriented thinking. Every moment can become a prolific moment: we can write more quickly and with greater ease of mind. This event is made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities. Registration required.
Kids' Blackout Poetry
Saturdays in April
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Kids in grades 1-5 are welcome to stop by the Children's Room to create "blackout poetry" from book pages.
The Art of Redaction: Creating Blackout Poetry
Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30 PM
Join us for a fun and inspiring program where we'll turn ordinary book pages into unique works of art. Blackout poetry is a great way to express yourself and explore new ideas. Registration required.
Family Drop-In Story Times
Saturdays at 9:30 AM
Families can drop in to enjoy stories and activities together now through April 29.
Keeping Chickens 101
Tuesday, April 18 at 6:00 PM
Learn how to care for and house chickens, presented by Goffstown’s own Templeton Family Organics. There will be a presentation by Christine Templeton, and then, weather permitting, there will be a chance to meet their chickens out on the lawn. Registration appreciated.
Meet with a Medicare/Medicaid Expert
Thursday, April 27 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Do you have questions about Medicare or Medicaid options? Meet with a Medicare/Medicaid expert from WellSense to assist you in navigating the complex world of healthcare and insurance. Registration appreciated.
Most people know about the wealth of stories available at the library, from picture books and large print to audiobooks and e-books. But there's so much more to the story of libraries!
Libraries are welcoming spaces that bring communities together for entertainment, education, and connection through book clubs, storytimes, movie nights, crafting classes, lectures, and more. The Goffstown Public Library offers a wide array of programs, classes, and resources, including museum passes, online learning, a telescope, and literacy kits.
And libraries play a critical role in the economic vitality of communities by providing internet and technology access, literacy skills, and support for job seekers, small businesses, and entrepreneurs.
If you haven't checked out the Goffstown Public Library lately, you're missing the full story. Stop by for a visit to celebrate National Library Week.
Pick up your copies at the Circulation Desk today.
Tuesday, 4/4 at 6:30 PM: Evening Book GroupDevotions by Mary Oliver
Wednesday, 4/19 at 1:30 PM: Afternoon Book GroupPersepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
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!
This month, kids in grades 2-4 will be reading The Secret Garden adapted by Mariah Marsden, and illustrated by Hanna Luechtefeld. 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.
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!
In the Community
National Volunteer Week
At the Goffstown Public Library, we are honored to work with many dedicated and impassioned volunteers: Joan, who brings her dog Candy to us for children to read aloud and improve their skills; the Friends of the Goffstown Public Library, a small and mighty group of volunteers who raises money to fully fund our Museum Pass Program, gingerbread decorating workshops, and so much more; and members of the Goffstown Public Library Foundation, whose mission it is to work on a capital campaign for a much-needed building addition. Finally, the Library Board of Trustees, who spend many personal hours meeting, advocating, and planning for the future of our Library. We applaud you all!
National Volunteer Week is celebrated annually to: recognize those individuals who give of themselves, and to promote volunteerism in every community. This week was established in 1974 by a proclamation signed by President Richard Nixon, and the Points of Light Foundation encourages volunteerism, with this poignant statement: "Volunteerism empowers individuals to find their purpose, to take their passion and turn it into meaningful change. When each of us, in our own way, answers the call to make a difference, we make progress in solving our most persistent problems, and create stronger communities and a more just society."
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 yesterday's 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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!
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