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.

Sessions are held online through 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.
July Calendar Highlights
CLOSED Tuesday, July 4
All Together Now - The 2023 Summer Experience

The Summer Experience is underway — adults, teens, and kids can join in and participate in the digital event at www.goffstownlibrary.com/beanstack — now through 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.

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! Through August 31, visit each participating library, complete each library’s unique challenge, and earn prizes along the way.

To get started, stop by the GPL to pick up your passport then set off on your journey. When you complete each library’s challenge, you'll receive a stamp or sticker for your passport book and a prize.

Once you complete all eleven challenges, present your completed passport 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!
Simple STEAM Activity
Mondays through August 21 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Kids entering kindergarten through grade 5 can stop by the Library lawn and have fun with the activity of the week. STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. In the event of inclement weather, we'll meet in the Children's Room.
The State of New Hampshire's Birds
Saturday, July 8 at 11:00 a.m.

Presented by Dr. Pamela Hunt of the NH Audubon, discussing current issues affecting NH's bird populations. Almost 300 species occur regularly in the Granite State, and the NH Audubon's "State of the Birds" report outlines general population trends, major threats facing birds and their habitats, and some of the conservation strategies that might help them recover. Save your seat for this event.
Four paintings on tiny canvases.
Tiny Art Exhibit
July 11 - August 5

View the artistic talents of your fellow Goffstown Public Library patrons in this tiny art exhibit. Visit the first and second floor displays to see the entries submitted by kids, teens, and adults. Enjoy the show!
Author Talk with Annie Hartnett
Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Join celebrated author Annie Hartnett as we discuss her recent novel "Unlikely Animals", a heartfelt story of family, community, and life in New Hampshire past and present.

What is Bullying?
Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Kate Murphy, psychologist, and Plymouth State University professor will talk about bullying, including online bullying, the psychology behind this behavior, and what happens when we are bullied.

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.
Meditation for Beginners
Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Learn to combat stress and anxiety through the practice of meditation. Holly Janes of the Sithra Institute will teach techniques that can be used in everyday life, including deep breathing, visualization, and guided meditations. For adults (19+). Registration required.
Sky Watch Info
Wednesday, July 19

At 7:00 p.m. What's Up in Tonight's Sky
A member of the NH Astronomical Society will discuss what to look for in the night sky before the event at 8:30 p.m. Registration required, this event is indoors - rain or shine.

At 8:30 p.m. Sky Watch
All ages are welcome to join us and our friends from the NH Astronomical Society to see what is up in the night sky. Telescopes and expert stargazers will be available to help you explore. No registration required. Location: Barnard Park, 9 Barnard Lane, Goffstown. RAIN DATE is Wednesday, August 23 at 8:00 p.m.
How to be an Ally
Thursday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m.

James McKim from Organizational Ignition and the Manchester Branch of the NAACP returns to discuss how we can all be allies to those enduring bullying, abuse, and public humiliation.

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.
Touch a Truck
Friday, July 21 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

It’s back! After a several-year hiatus, kids up through grade 4 are invited to check out the cool trucks that do important work in our town. Location: Maple Avenue School parking lot. No registration required.
Borrow • Read • Repeat
Afternoon Book Group - Join Us!
Wednesday, July 19 at 1:30 p.m.

This month we're reading: The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende. Pick up your copy at the Circulation Desk today. Conversations are casual and supportive; new members are always welcome.
hoopla Book Club
Through September 30

The Lonely Hearts Book Club by Lucy Gilmore 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
Big Library Read
July 13-27

A Very Typical Family by Sierra Godfrey 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 Graphic Novel Book Club
Through July 31

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!
Our Human Library Needs Books!

In preparation for our 5th Human Library on Sunday, August 13, we are seeking volunteer books for the following topics:
  • Addiction (e.g., Former Drug User, Gambling, Recovering Alcoholic)
  • Ethnicity (e.g., Black, Mixed-Race, Asian, Indian, Native American)
  • Gender & Sex (e.g., Transgender, Intersex, Non-Binary)
  • Lifestyle (e.g., Body Modified, Polyamorous)
  • Social Status (e.g., Refugee, Homeless, Immigrant, Unemployed/Benefits, Working Class, Ex-Offender)
  • Victim/Survivor (e.g., Rape Survivor, Victim of Stalking/Bullying)

If you are an interested Goffstown resident and would like more information, please email Dianne Hathaway, dianneh@goffstownlibrary.com
In Case You Missed It
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.
In the Community
Grow a Row

Enjoy your garden while helping your community this summer by participating in Grow a Row! When you donate your extra row (or more) of your favorite vegetables from 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.

After harvest, you can drop off your surplus produce at Goffstown Network's Food Pantry or the Library during business hours. Learn more at goffstownnetwork.org. Food Pantry hours: Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. *If your items are delicate or perishable, please make your delivery directly to the Food Pantry.*

Need additional seeds to take part? Visit our Seed Library on the third floor!
Help Keep Goffstown Clean!

Borrow the new Litter Clean Up Kit from the library and get outside to help clean up your community! This kit includes everything you need to get started: five (5) XL adult-size vests and four (4) child-size to make sure everyone in your group is visible, two (2) 32" grabbers to help you pick up trash from the ground to put into the included trash bags, and latex-free gloves to keep your hands clean. Place your request today.
Take a Hike!

You don’t have to go far if you’re looking for a nice mountain hike nearby. In Goffstown, the Uncanoonuc Mountains Hiking Trails provide hikers with beautiful scenic views of Goffstown and the Merrimack Valley. Continue reading and download hiking paths at www.goffstownlibrary.com/take-a-hike
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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