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 2021 Community Conversations initiative is focused on 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!
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 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
- 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
- Friday, 4/9/2021 at 1pm – Let’s Create – Teen DIY Beeswax Food Wraps. Watch on YouTube at www.youtube.com/goffstownlibrary.
- Friday, 4/23/2021 at 1pm – Essential Teen Life Skills – Grow Your Own Herbs. Watch on YouTube at www.youtube.com/goffstownlibrary.
- 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. Watch a recording of this event on YouTube at www.youtube.com/goffstownlibrary.
- 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. 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.
- Friday, 5/14/2021 at 1pm – Let’s Create – Teen DIY Make Way for Butterflies. Watch on YouTube at www.youtube.com/goffstownlibrary.
- Friday, 5/28/2021 at 1pm – Essential Teen Life Skills – Being an Environmentally Responsible Citizen. Watch on YouTube at www.youtube.com/goffstownlibrary.
- May 1 – 27 – “Love our Earth” BINGO Board Challenge. Print your BINGO board here – http://bit.ly/GPLccBINGOkids
- Monday, 5/10/2021 at 9am – DIY Field Notebook.
- All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katherine K. Wilkinson (2020)
- The Arctic is Heating Up by National Geographic (09.2019)
- Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution by Peter Kalmus (2017)
- Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming edited by Paul Hawken (2017)
- The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption by Dhar Jamail (2019)
- The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions by Peter Brannen (2017)
- Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health by Jay Lemery (2017)
- False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet by Bjorn Lomborg (2020)
- Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion – and the Future of Clothes by Dana Thomas (2019)
- A Furious Sky: The Five-hundred-year History of America’s Hurricanes by Eric Jay Dolin (2020)
- Future Sea: How to Rescue and Protect the World’s Oceans by Deborah Rowan Wright (2020)
- The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres (2020)
- The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable by Amitav Ghosh (2016)
- Growing Good Food: A Citizen’s Guide to Backyard Carbon Farming by Acadia Tucker (2019)
- How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need by Bill Gates (2021)
- How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time by Will McCallum (2019)
- How to Prepare for Climate Change: A Practical Guide to Surviving the Chaos by David Pogue (2021)
- How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change: Turning Angst into Action by Harriet Shugarman (2020)
- Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have by Tatiana Schlossberg (2019)
- Losing Earth: A Recent History by Nathaniel Rich (2019)
- Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard by Douglas W. Tallamy (2019)
- The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet by Michael E. Mann (2021)
- One Last Chance by TIME Magazine (07.20.2020)
- Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght (2020)
- Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth A. Rush (2018)
- Sea Level Rise: A Slow Tsunami on America’s Shores by Orrin H. Pilkey (2019)
- Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet by Mark Lynas (2008)
- The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014)
- The Soil Will Save Us!: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet by Kristin Ohlson (2014)
- Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity by James Hansen (2009)
- The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren (2020)
- Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World edited by John Freeman (2020)
- This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein (2014)
- This is the Way the World Ends: How Droughts and Die-offs, Heat Waves and Hurricanes Are Converging on America by Jeffrey Asher Nesbit (2018)
- The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience by Rob Hopkins (2008)
- Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert (2021)
- The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells (2019)
- We are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer (2019)
- What Can I Do?: My Path from Climate Despair to Action by Jane Fonda (2020)
- With Distance in His Eyes: The Environmental Life and Legacy of Stewart Udall by Scott Einberger (2018)
- The World is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean’s Are One by Sylvia A. Earle (2009)