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Library Hours:

Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 8pm
Wednesday: 9am - 8pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday (September - June): 9am - 2pm
For seasonal and holiday closings, please see our online calendar.


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The GPL is expanding service!

Foyer Browsing: Our foyer area is open for browsing and check out of materials. We have moved a selection from all areas, mostly new materials, and includes materials for kids, teens, and adults. You can always place requests through our catalog, if you prefer. Please call us at 497-2102 from the parking lot prior to entering, since we must limit the number of bodies in our space: one person or family unit at a time. A face covering is required and available in the lobby, along with hand sanitizer.

Parking Lot Pick-Up: We will continue contactless parking lot pick-up of library materials for those who prefer that method. Just call us from the parking lot, open your trunk/back door, and we will place your items there. See the video here:

Expanded Foyer Browsing and Parking Lot Pick-Up Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Computer Reservations: Call us at 497-2102 to make an appointment to use a computer. To keep Library staff and visitors safe, we are limiting the number of PCs in use, so your appointment length may be restricted. All users will be required to wear a face covering.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions. Staff is available Monday, Thursday & Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday & Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Be well.

Dianne Hathaway
Library Director

Banned Books Week

Censorship limits exploration and creates barriers to access information. The path toward the freedom to read starts at the library. Learn more at

Did you know that 607 books, films, and newspapers have been challenged or banned in 2019? That’s a +14% increase from last year.

Censorship is a Dead End. Find Your Freedom to Read.

Over the years, the Library has celebrated the right to read with displays of banned and challenged books. Censorship is alive and well in the United States as evidenced by the hundreds of attempts to ban and challenge books across the country each year. Since the campaign began in 1982, over 11,000 books have been reported to the American Library Association as banned or challenged. We at the Goffstown Public Library do not support banning books. We support your Constitutional right to access the information you want and hope you will exercise that right by reading a challenged book.

Some people find the name “Banned Books Week” confounding. Banned Books Week doesn’t promote banning books, rather, its purpose is to alert readers everywhere aware that the struggle with literary repression is ongoing. Banned Books Week tips a hat to the continual vigilance and advocacy through which the number of challenged books far exceeds the number of books which are actually banned.

The origins of Banned Books Week lie in the 1982 Supreme Court (4-3) ruling in Island Trees School District v. Pico. The Court determined that the removal of books from a school library by a school board (in response to complaints about objectionable content) violated students’ first amendment rights by impinging on their freedom to read. The Court’s majority established libraries as places of “voluntary inquiry,” places which embrace the idea that there are no ideas so dangerous that they cannot be discussed or read about, even if many people find them unorthodox, unconventional, or distasteful. Protective covenants established in the Island Trees decision reverberated in public libraries, publishing, bookselling, and journalism. Candid dialogue between professionals in all of these fields led to the establishment of the coalition which created Banned Books Week. Their website is

Authors whose work has been challenged comprise a Who’s Who of the literary world while also making strange bedfellows; only in censorship would you find Stephen King, Harper Lee, L. Ron Hubbard, Toni Morrison, J.D. Salinger, Shakespeare, Danielle Steel, and William Faulkner keeping company. The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom has compiled an annual list of titles which have been most frequently challenged and/or banned since the 1990s, which can be found at These lists can be a reflection of imminent social sea change; eight of this year’s top ten banned and challenged titles feature LGBTQIA+ content. The ever-increasing popularity of e-books begs the question of whether censorship will become harder to defend against in future; while digital materials cannot be hidden, defaced or burned, it only takes destructive technological know-how, a software update or a power outage to render them inaccessible.

For those further interested in Banned Books Week, we suggest two informative videos on YouTube: Ask Me Anything About Censorship with Kristin Pekoll, geared towards adult public library patrons, and Banned Books 101, aimed at students in grades 6-12. As always, you can get more information at the Goffstown Public Library, or contact Director Dianne Hathaway directly through

List of Reasons for Challenges

What’s the difference between a challenge and a banning?

“A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection.”

Banned Books Week is an annual week-long event celebrating the freedom to read, highlighting the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

The American Library Association has been tracking challenges since 1990, for more information:

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month! For students heading back to school, a library card can be one of their most valuable resources for the upcoming year, and every year after.

Having a library card allows students to access more than 2 million items in our state’s libraries’ collections. If our library does not own a particular item that the student needs, it can be requested from another library in our consortium of 11 libraries or anywhere in the state.

Reasons to Have a Library Card:

  • Books, in many formats including large print, digital, and audio for your devices.
  • Movies on DVD and streaming digital for all ages -— free entertainment!
  • Video games! Music!
  • Classes and special events for every member of your family.
  • Online classes through Universal Class, Mango Languages, and Creativebug, free with your library card.
  • Free and discounted passes for museums and natural areas, including NH State parks, thanks to our Friends group.
  • Newspapers and magazines, some in a digital format.
  • High quality subscription databases free for cardholders, great for homework help, genealogical research, or other skill!
  • Request your own materials with our cutting edge library system.
  • Children who use the library (and read DAILY!) perform better in school.
  • Lifelong learning for all, regardless of age, gender, or financial ability.
  • The return on your investment in the Library is HUGE when used!

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Let’s talk about the money savings!

This library card user just saved:

$41.38 in one visit,
$1,531.03 in the past year,
and $10,199.42 since they began using the library!

Wow! And that doesn’t even include the use of some of our digital services.

Check your receipt or total your savings with the Library Value Calculator.

Need a library card? What about your friends or family members? Share the benefits of a library card with others and encourage them to sign up this month. It’s easy to get a card – just stop by the Goffstown Public Library during open hours. You’ll need to bring a current photo ID with Goffstown address, OR a photo ID and current mail to your Goffstown address. For detailed requirements see the “Circulation Policy: At-a-Glance / Library Card Requirements.” Please call us at 497-2102 or stop by with questions about getting a card with the Goffstown Public Library.

Help us spread the word about how wonderful it is to have a library card. Encourage your family and friends to get their own library cards and enjoy all the benefits one offers.

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#LibraryCardHero Social Media Promotion

Having a library card makes you feel like a superhero with all the amazing things it gives you access to, including technology, media resources, and educational programs. This Library Card Sign-up Month, strike your best superhero pose with your library card and post to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LibraryCardHero. One randomly selected winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card from

Entries can also be submitted by posting as a comment or wall post on the I Love Libraries Facebook Page.

The promotion begins Tuesday, September 1, at noon CT and ends Tuesday, September 22, at noon CT. All librarians and library lovers are encouraged to participate.

This promotion is not affiliated with the Goffstown Public Library. Please tag us in your entries, or use #goffstownlibrary, so we can see your submissions, too!