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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.

Book Discussion Groups

The library hosts two book discussion groups each month. All discussions take place in the 3rd floor conference room and are open to any teen or adult who is interested. To reserve a copy of the current selection, call 497-2102. Books below are rated, up to 5 stars, based on group participant opinions.

See previous year’s book lists and ratings.

See 2018 Book Lists.

“Literary Ladies, Etc.” 2017 Schedule

“Literary Ladies, Etc” is our afternoon book discussion group that meets the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. and is facilitated by Sandy Whipple.

  • 1/18 Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave, group discussion rating: 4.5.
  • 2/15 Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, group discussion rating: 3.9.
  • 3/15 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty, group discussion rating: 4.6.
  • 4/19 The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by Anand Giridharadas, group discussion rating: 4.7.
  • 5/17 Her Own Vietnam by Lynn Kanter, group discussion rating: 4.5.
  • 6/21 Still Alice by Lisa Genova, group discussion rating: 4.8.
  • 7/19 Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • 8/16 The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes, group discussion rating: 4.4.
  • 9/20 The Red Bandanna: a life, a choice, a legacy by Tom Rinaldi, group discussion rating: 4.8.
  • 10/18 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, group discussion rating: 4.7.
  • 11/15 When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, group discussion rating: 4.1.
  • 12/20 News of the World by Paulette Jiles

“Discussions at Dusk” 2017 Schedule

“Discussions at Dusk” is our evening book group that meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. and is facilitated by Michelle Sprague.

  • 1/3 The Reader by Bernard Schlink, group discussion rating: 4.25.
  • 2/7 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, group discussion rating: 4.3.
  • 3/7 The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel, group discussion rating: 1.75.
  • 4/4 Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver, group discussion rating: 4.25.
  • 5/2 This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz, group discussion rating: 1.7.
  • 6/6 Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, group discussion rating: 2.66.
  • July – no discussion, Library closed.
  • 8/1 Her Own Vietnam by Lynn Kanter, group discussion rating: 4.0.
  • 9/5  World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne, group discussion rating: 4.0.
  • 10/3 Ghost Story by Peter Straub, group discussion rating: 2.125.
  • 11/7 We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Jay Fowler, group discussion rating: 3.1.
  • 12/5 The Finest Hours : The true story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s most daring sea rescue by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman, group discussion rating: 2.75.

“Check Out What’s Cookin’ Book Club” 2017 Schedule

Join our bi-monthly cookbook club for talk, tips & tasting! Each participant prepares their favorite recipe from the month’s selected cookbook to share. Goffstown Public Library cardholders who wish to participate must register for each meeting separately. Registration for each meeting will begin on the date of the previous meeting.

  • 2/18 Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen
  • 4/22 Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion cookbook

View past book discussion titles and group ratings:

2018 Book Lists

“Discussions at Dusk” Evening Book Discussion 2018 Schedule

  • January 2 – What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmon
  • February 6 – Aimless Love by Billy Collins
  • March 6 – Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • April 3 – Thunderstruck and Other Stories by Elizabeth McCracken
  • May 1 – The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
  • June 5 – Miss Jane by Brad Watson
  • July 3 – Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • August 7 – Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
  • September 4 – A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton
  • October 2 – Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
  • November 6 – We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Cotes
  • December 4 – End of Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

“Literary Ladies” Afternoon Book Discussion 2018 Schedule

  • January 17 – Small, Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  • February 21 – Hidden Figures: the American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • March 21 – The Radium Girls: the Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
  • April 18 – Chilbury Ladies Choir: a novel by Jennifer Ryan
  • May 16 – Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis
  • June 20 – A Piece of the World: a novel by Christina Baker Kline
  • July 18 – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • August 15 – KooKooLand: a memoir by Gloria Norris
  • September 19 – Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
  • October 17 – Miss Jane: a novel by Brad Watson
  • November – No discussion. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • December 19 – The Stranger in the Woods: the Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel