The Goffstown Public Library Community Conversations series is designed to help us understand issues affecting our community and provide a starting point to open up conversations. Community Conversations bring together resources, experts, and concerned community members to discuss complicated issues in a gracious, safe space.
The 2022 Community Conversations focus is Civics. We will investigate how citizens can and should work together to solve public problems. Our series of programs will include book discussions, trivia, events in partnership with the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College and the Geisel Library at Saint Anselm College, along with empowering explorations and conversations about how we the people can and should steer the ship of our democracy.
Schedule of Events
For virtual events, registration is required. All virtual events will be held via Microsoft Teams and once registered, all participants will receive an email link to join the discussions.
All pre-recorded video presentations will appear on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/goffstownlibrary
- Tuesday, 2/1/22 at 6:30pm – Evening Book Discussion – The Upswing by Robert Putnam, at the Goffstown Public Library. Please read the book before the discussion; e-audiobook is available with your library card through hoopladigital.com and print copies will be available to borrow at the Library.
- Tuesday, 2/8/22 at 7pm – Town Deliberative Session at Mountain View Middle School followed by Select Board meeting and Budget Committee meeting. Contact the Goffstown Town Clerk’s office, 603-497-8990, extension 100, for details.
- Tuesday, 2/15/22 at 7pm – How to Have Difficult Conversations with James McKim, managing partner of Organizational Ignition and president of the Manchester NAACP.
- Monday, 2/21/22 at 10am – NHIOP: Commemorating the U.S. Presidency, in partnership with the NH Institute of Politics and Saint Anselm’s Geisel Library at Saint Anselm College.
- Tuesday, 2/22/22 at 7pm – Candidate’s Night at Goffstown High School with Goffstown Lions Club. View the recording of this event at https://youtu.be/rIurjaLWRaY
- Saturday, 2/19/22 at 11am – Civics Trivia: Federal, State, and Municipal at the Goffstown Public Library. Registration required.
- Month of February – Share the Love – Stop by the Children’s Room to create a card, draw a picture or make a bookmark for someone in our community such as nursing home residents, community helpers or residents who receive home service from the Library.
- Saturday, 2/19/22 at 9:30am – Story Time theme is “Voting” at the Library, for families with children up through grade 5.
- Saturday, 3/5/22 at 11am – The Secret Sauce of Civic Life at Goffstown Historical Society with Dr. Quixada Moore-Vissing, a University of New Hampshire Carsey School of Public Policy Fellow with New Hampshire Listens. Registration required.
- Tuesday, 3/8/22 at 7am – 2022 Town and School Election, at Bartlett Elementary School or Goffstown High School. Register to vote and find out more at the Goffstown Town Clerk’s office, 603-497-8990, extension 100.
- Wednesday, 3/16/22 at 1:30pm – Afternoon Book Discussion – The Upswing by Robert Putnam, at the Goffstown Public Library. Please read the book before the discussion; e-audiobook is available with your library card through hoopladigital.com and print copies will be available to borrow at the Library.
- Monday, 3/28/22 at 6pm – The Upswing: Author Event at New Hampshire Institute of Politics with Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett. Registration is required with Saint Anselm College.
- Month of March – The Ultimate iCivics BINGO Bonanza – Pick up your BINGO board at the Goffstown Public Library.
- Saturday, 3/19/22 at 11am – Teen Book Discussion – Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone, at the Goffstown Public Library. Please read the book before the discussion; online access is available with your library card through the Libby app and print copies will be available to borrow at the Library.
- Month of March – Community Picture Book Read for children up through grade 5. Read one or more of the preselected civics-themed picture books and complete related activities to participate in a raffle drawing at the end of the month.
- Saturday, 3/19/22 at 9:30am – Story Time theme is “Community Helpers” at the Library, for families with children up through grade 5.
- American Dialogue: The Founders and Us by Joseph Ellis (2018)
- America: Imagine a World Without Her by Dinesh D’Souza (2014)
- American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why by Mark Stein (2014)
- Checks and Balances: The Three Branches of American Government by Daniel E. Brannan (2005)
- Citizen Power: A Citizen Leadership Manual Introducing the Art of No-Blame Problem Solving by Harry S.Pozycki (2020)
- Civics and Citizenship Tookkit: A Collection of Educational Resources for Immigrants U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (2019)
- Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It by David L. Bahnsen (2018)
- How to be an American: A Field Guide to Citizenship by Silvia Hidalgo (2018)
- I Think You’re Wrong (but I’m listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations by Sarah Stewart Holland (2019)
- If We Can Keep It: How the Republic Collapsed and How it Might Be Saved by Michael Tomasky (2019)
- The Infographic Guide to the American Government: A Visual Reference for Everything You Need to Know by Carissa Lytle (2019)
- Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy by Adam Jentleson (2021)
- Our First Civil War: Patriots and Loyalists in the American Revolution by H. W. Brands (2021)
- Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy by Jonah Goldberg (2018)
- Talking Across the Divide: How to Commnunicate with People You Disagree with and Maybe Even Change the World by Justin Lee (2018)
- The Time of Our Lives by Tom Brokaw (2011)
- Unrigged: How Americans are Battling Back to Save Democracy by David Daley (2020)
- A User’s Guide to Democracy: How America Works by Nick Capodice (2020)