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2019 New Hampshire Library of the Year

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The Goffstown Public Library has been recognized and named as the New Hampshire Library Trustee Association’s 2019 Library of the Year.

This award is given to a New Hampshire Library that has demonstrated expansion and improvement of services and technology, expanded services to previously under-served parts of the community, developed partnerships with other libraries and community organizations and has proven value to the community measured by relationships with and support from town officials and members of the community.

The efforts of our Library Director, Dianne Hathaway, were a major contributing factor in the Goffstown Public Library being selected for this award. Our involvement in bringing the Courageous Community Conversations programs to Goffstown, as well as our partnerships with the other community organizations that worked with us on these programs were also highlighted as reasons our Library was named NHLTA Library of the Year for 2019.

The award will be presented in a ceremony at the Library on October 10 at 6 p.m. The award ceremony is open to the community and all are invited to join us in celebrating this honor, cake and punch will be served.

 

 

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Banned Books Week

Light Bulb image Keep the Light On Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark

During Banned Books Week, please visit our special displays featuring books that have been targeted with censorship efforts.

Did you know that 483 books have been challenged or banned in 2018?

What if you couldn’t read a book you wanted because it had been banned?

“Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark”

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.

Books that Have Been Challenged Locally

Books Challenged at the Goffstown Public Library

Since 1999, these are the titles that have been challenged here at the Goffstown Public Library:

Reasons Materials are Challenged List Un-American Propaganda Politically Biased Gender Identity Religion and more

See the 2018 “Top 10 Most Challenged Books” as tracked by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom:

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: