Community Conversations

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.

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April – May 2021

Our Community Conversations initiative is back in 2021 with a full schedule of events for April and May about the environment. Join us as we separate fact from fiction and foster a dialog to improve our town and planet for the future. This year’s Community Conversations will explore the impact of our changing environment on the Goffstown community. Topics will include trash and recycling, stormwater, weather, global climate change, birds, bees, and much more!

For more information, please contact Dianne Hathaway, Goffstown Public Library Director, 497-2102, contact@goffstownlibrary.com

March 2021 PRESS RELEASE

Schedule of Events

APRIL - MAY

CUT the CARBON! with the Kill-A-Watt Energy Detector

Save on your electric bills and reduce your carbon footprint by borrowing the CUT the CARBON! kit from the Goffstown Public Library. The CUT the CARBON! kit includes a Kill-A-Watt Energy Detector that you can use to calculate the monthly cost of your appliances and electric devices. Kill-A-Watt Energy Detectors are also great at determining which devices are using phantom energy, driving up your bill and using valuable resources.

Additionally, the kit includes instructions on using the device, calculation sheets to determine your monthly costs, and energy-saving tips to help you cut the carbon. Request the kit with your library card.

This kit is powered by NHSaves in partnership with the New Hampshire State Library and is being offered as part of the Goffstown Public Library’s 2021 Community Conversations about the environment.

For virtual events, registration is required at https://bit.ly/GPLCC2021, or visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar. 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

APRIL

ADULTS

  • Thursday, 4/1/2021 at 1pm – Let’s Make – Earth Bookmarks. Watch on YouTube at www.youtube.com/goffstownlibrary.
  • Saturday, 4/10/2021 at 11am – The Future of Energy in NH with State Representative Peter Somssich, Ph.D.
  • Tuesday, 4/13/2021 at 6:30pm – Climate Change and New Hampshire’s Birds with Dr. Pamela Hunt, Avian Conservation Biologist of the NH Audubon.
  • Tuesday, 4/20/2021 at 6:30pm – Well Water in a Time of Climate Change with Derek Skillings of Skillings and Sons, LLC.
  • Thursday, 4/22/2021 at 6:30pm – Blame it on the Rain with Adam Jacobs, Director of Goffstown Department of Public Works. Rescheduled – date TBA

TEENS

KIDS

MAY

ADULTS

  • Saturday, 5/1/2021 at 11am – For the Love of Pollinators with pollinator expert and beekeeping educator Jodi Turner of Imagine That Honey.
  • Saturday, 5/1/2021 at 1pm – Let’s Make – Soda Tab Keychains. Watch on YouTube at www.youtube.com/goffstownlibrary.
  • Tuesday, 5/4/2021 at 6:30pm – Evening Book Discussion – How To Be Alive by Colin Beavan. Please read the book before the discussion; online access is available with your library card through hoopladigital.com and print copies will be available to borrow at the Library.
  • Thursday, 5/6/2021 at 6:30pm – Reduce, Reuse, & Reflect with Adam Jacobs, Director of Goffstown Department of Public Works. Watch a recording of this event on YouTube at www.youtube.com/goffstownlibrary.
  • Tuesday, 5/11/2021 at 6:30pm – NHSaves Button Up Energy Workshop with Andy Duncan and Ted Stiles as representatives for the NHSaves Consortium. Rescheduled – date TBA
  • Saturday, 5/15/2021 at 9am – Beautification Day with the Friends. Meet on the Library lawn and please bring your own garden tools if possible.
  • Tuesday, 5/18/2021 at 6:30pm – Film Discussion : How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change. Registration required. Please watch the video before the discussion; access to online streaming will be available from Saturday, 5/15/21 through Monday, 5/17/21 and DVDs will be available to borrow at the Library.
  • Saturday, 5/22/2021 at 11am – A Conversation with the State Climatologist with New Hampshire State Climatologist Mary Stampone, Ph.D. Registration required.

TEENS

KIDS

Resources

Downloadable PDFs of these resources –

Further Reading

Goffstown Public Library Community Conversations Archive

2019-2020 Can We Talk About Race? www.goffstownlibrary.com/cccRace