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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.

Parking Lot Pick-Up: We will continue contact-free parking lot pick-up of library materials for the foreseeable future. Please see our short video explaining the process on YouTube. The hours available to pick-up are:

  • Monday-Friday, 10 am to 2 pm
  • Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, 5 to 7 pm

     
    Director's Message

Courageous Community Conversations: Can We Talk About Race?

 

Courageous Community ConversationsIn the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubery, and Breonna Taylor, incidents in NH such as the arrest of Jean Ronald Saint Preux, and numerous slights in our own Greater Goffstown community have caused many of us to examine our beliefs about discrimination and racial justice. After having elected an African American as President, many people thought racism was behind us. Yet recent events seem to prove otherwise. Join the Goffstown Public Library as we continue to explore these topics, facilitated by James McKim, Goffstown resident and President of the Manchester Branch of the NHNAACP.
 
Registration is required, these events will be held virtually via Zoom. To register, please visit http://bit.ly/CCCRace2020.
  • History of Racial Discrimination – Tuesday 8/11 at 7 pm – Do you know the real history of racial discrimination? Come discuss the 400+ years since slaves were first brought to these shores (including New Hampshire) and how that history shapes who we are today.
  • Microaggressions & White Privilege – Tuesday 8/25 at 7 pm – Implicit bias leads to white privilege and microaggressions. Why are they so difficult to recognize? Come discuss how to recognize these manifestations of implicit bias and what you can do to de-bias yourself.
  • Institutional Racism – Tuesday 9/15 at 7 pm – Racism exists at the individual, group, and institutional levels. What does that mean? Come discuss how discrimination manifests at those varying levels and shapes how we live today.
  • How to Be an Advocate – Tuesday 9/29 at 7 pm – You want to help dismantle racism and end the violence toward people of color that seems to have exploded into our conscience over the last few months. But you don’t feel like you know how. Or you are afraid to say anything because it might offend or do more harm than good. Come discuss how you can be an advocate for social justice, not just a silent by-stander.

 

Register to attend at http://bit.ly/CCCRace2020.

 

For more information, contact Dianne Hathaway at 603-497-2102 or contact@goffstownlibrary.com.

The Summer Experience

Monday, July 6 through Friday, August 14

The 2020 summer reading theme “Imagine Your Story,” is a celebration of fairy tales, folklore, mythology, and sharing your own unique story and voice.

Just like our fabulous in-house programs, our 2020 Summer Experience will feature great events and programming, and many opportunities for participation – this summer we’re taking it online and making it accessible for everyone!

Participants will be able to attend special online and virtual events, complete challenges, earn raffle tickets, track their reading and more in the new online platform hosted by READsquared.

Visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/summer2020 to sign up. You can even take it on-the-go with the READsquared mobile app.

There’s something for all ages, giving you the chance to explore new books, learn new skills, and make new discoveries as you “Imagine Your Story”.

To register for individual events, classes, and programs – please visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar.

Summer 2020

Details and more at www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar.

Experience interactive programming on Webex. Registered participants will receive email invites to join online events. Webex is a secure way to have a virtual video conference, and it’s easy to use on a computer or mobile device. For step-by-step instructions, please visit https://help.webex.com/en-us/nrbgeodb/Join-a-Webex-Meeting for details and frequently asked questions.

Watch the latest content on YouTube in weekly episodes. Subscribe at www.youtube.com/goffstownlibrary and tune in for STEAM activities, cooking demonstrations, Story Times, guest performances, crafts, and more!

Project supplies available for pick up. The 2020 Summer Experience events will be held online, but we’ve prepared the supplies for you to make it easy for you to participate. Packages will be available the week before each scheduled program, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. There will be adult and teen To-Go kits, kid’s Story Time & STEAM activity bags, and more! Most weeks you can stop by the Library lawn and pick up a bag with the supplies needed for the following week’s videos on: Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30pm OR Fridays 10-11am OR 3-4pm. Check the calendar to see what programs are available and to verify pick up times each week.

Details and more at www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar.

The state-wide READsquared subscription for New Hampshire public libraries is funded by the FY20 IMLS CARES Act grant, through the New Hampshire State Library.