Books encourage boundless exploration and allow readers to spread their wings. Stories give flight to new ideas and perspectives. Reading—especially books that set us free—expands our worldview. Censorship, on the other hand, locks away our freedom and divides us from humanity in our own cages.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2021. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.

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Summer Experience Logos - Lighthouse, kids reading books on a fish, sea serpents coming out of books.

The 2022 summer reading theme was Oceans of Possibilities, celebrating the ocean with themed programs and activities to support a love of reading and learning. Participants enjoyed Oceans of Possibilities program for every age group – Adults 17+, Tweens and Teens ages 10-18, and Children preschool ages and up.

Fabulous! This summer you logged:

Participants = 179
Badges Earned = 1,731
Reading Minutes = 100,341
Activities Completed = 373

Tweens  & Teens
Participants = 60
Badges Earned = 775
Reading Minutes = 42,260
Activities Completed = 163

Participants = 63
Badges Earned = 373
Books Read  = 231
Activities Completed = 93

"Thank you for an amazing summer."

"It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end already. We did not think at the beginning of June that we would be having such an incredible three months. At the end of the school year my kids had the opportunity to visit the Goffstown Public Library. When they were there they learned about all of the exciting events the library would be hosting over the summer. They came home ecstatic to be done with school and begin their new adventures. In addition, my children had the chance to join Beanstack which rewarded them for reading. They were both already avid readers, but this incentive made them even more excited about going to the library.

Now that the summer has come to an end, my kids have read a combined 4,000 minutes. I couldn’t imagine my son or daughter ever reading that much, especially during the summer. Along with all of the reading they were able to attend events hosted by the library. They got to learn all about Whales & Seals, attended a movie matinee, enjoyed a family game night and got to be a pirate for a couple of hours. We were also invited to the Whale Mobile and mosaic art, tie dye and an underwater tea party, but couldn’t make it. They are all fun times we are sorry that we missed.

All in all, this is one of the best summers we ever had. We can’t thank the staff at Goffstown Public Library enough for all that they do. Patti was our main contact, but we are so grateful for everyone who works there. The effort and care you put into making each and every day an event filled one for my kids, is so appreciated. I can only hope that the library can continue these events every year and be able to expand their already beautiful library so more of the community can enjoy it."
childrens with date
Danielle F.


"Our kids had a great time at all of your events/activities this year, thank you for your efforts!"
childrens with date
Brandon and Stephanie R.

Summer Adult Prize Winners

Four smiling adults at the Library holding either tote bags, books, or t-shirt prizes.

Adults, kids, and teens read, participated, and completed challenges for their chances to win. Participants enjoyed a wide range of programs this summer — from crafts and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) activities to discovering more about our marine ecosystem.

Kids playing with bubbles on the grass under a tent on the Library lawn.
On teen poses as if she's being choked while others gather under a tent to solve the mystery.
Kids dressed as pirates with tattoos and eye patches search the lawn for treasure while our Director walks the plank.
Four paintings featuring a purple and red sunset with a silhouette of a dolphin jumping over the waters.

Pop-Up Book Club: Secrets of a Summer Night
Tuesday, August 16 at 6:30pm
Stark Hall, 3 Church Street

Whether you read romance novels by the score or are interested but not quite sure where to start with the genre, come together in community and give historic romance a whirl! Delight in and discuss the first book in Lisa Kleypas’ racy Regency-era Wallflower series, Secrets of a Summer Night:

“Proud and beautiful Annabelle Peyton could have her pick of suitors—if only she had a dowry. Her family is on the brink of disaster, and the only way Annabelle can save them is to marry a wealthy man. Unfortunately, her most persistent admirer is the brash Simon Hunt, a handsome and ambitious entrepreneur who wants her as his mistress.

Annabelle is determined to resist Simon’s wicked propositions, but she can’t deny her attraction to the boldly seductive rogue, any more than he can resist the challenge she presents. As they try to outmaneuver each other, they find themselves surrendering to a love more powerful than they could have ever imagined. But fate may have other plans—and it will take all of Annabelle’s courage to face a peril that could destroy everything she holds dear.” – HarperCollins

Copies of the book are available to check out from the Library. The e-audiobook and e-book are available in the hoopla app with no holds, and no wait necessary – there are unlimited digital copies.

No registration required.

August is Read-A-Romance Month, 31-days devoted to the pleasures of these ‘will they or won’t they?’ lighter reads. Romance is a multifaceted genre which can take place in the past or the present, featuring diverse settings like a modern medical milieu, school grounds, medieval castles or the everywhere and nowhere of time travel. Romance can be comedic, riff on religious tenets or perplex with the paranormal. In short, any story story set in any place or time can be a romance– it simply takes two people, a will and a way. Don’t wait until February or Valentine’s day to dip into these satisfying reads–dive in today!

A Romance for Every Reader

Before you dismiss all romance books as ‘bodice rippers’, take a look at some of the related subgenres:

African American Romance • American Romance • Category Romance
Christian Romance • Clean Romance • Comedy Romance
Contemporary Romance • Erotic Romance • Fantasy Romance
Fiction • Historical Romance • Interracial Romance
Lesbian Romance • Love Inspired Romance • M M Romance
Medical Romance • Paranormal Romance • Romantic Suspense
Science Fiction Romance • Time Travel Romance • Western Romance
Young Adult Romance • … and more!


Romance titles, like any other genre, are available in book format, Large Print, audiobooks, e-audiobooks, and e-books. You’re sure to find a great romance when you search the catalog or hoopla digital.

Read-A-Romance Month was conceived and launched in 2013 by Bobbi Dumas, a Kirkus Review and National Public Radio contributor.

The Library will be OPEN during the Juneteenth Observance holiday on Monday, June 20, 9am – 5pm

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Originating in Galveston, Texas, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has been celebrated since in 1865, and has since spread across the United States.

The day was recognized as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. Juneteenth’s commemoration is on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas – two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and two months after the Civil War ended.

During June, please visit & borrow from the book displays on the second floor and grab a “What is Juneteenth” bookmark.

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Two kids on a fish holding a book and a banner with text "Read More!" Oceans of Possibilities 2022 slogan for kids
A kayaker reads a book with Oceans of Possibilities 2022 slogan for teens
CSLP Lion, mouse, opossum reading books
Two kids on a fish holding a book and a banner with text "Read More!" Oceans of Possibilities 2022 slogan for kids
A kayaker reads a book with Oceans of Possibilities 2022 slogan for teens
A lighthouse emerges out of a book with Oceans of Possibilities 2022 slogan for adults

June 10 - August 19, 2022

The 2022 summer reading theme Oceans of Possibilities celebrates the ocean with themed programs and activities to support a love of reading and learning. We have an Oceans of Possibilities program for each age group – Adults 17+, Tweens and Teens ages 10-18, and Children preschool ages and up.

Please join us for our 64th year of providing exciting and fun special summer programs for all members of the Goffstown community.

Summer Experience for All Ages

Reading helps young children gain confidence and develop reading and language skills. Set your children up for success – visit the Library this summer! Teens will have a blast with fun in-person events and be motivated to read and discuss literature.

Adults look forward to summer as much as kids do. Summer is a great time to relax and catch up on reading—joining the Summer Experience is an opportunity to have fun, explore new interests, and interact with one another.

Our staff has a great Summer Experience planned for all ages, with many events to be held in our outdoor space, under the tents. Mark your calendars now and get ready for programs like Sky Watch on June 29 at Barnard Park with the NH Astronomical Society, a tour inside the life-size Whalemobile on July 21, Family Game Night and more!

Registration is required for many events and programs, visit our Library calendar to sign up:

a rocket appears on top of a calendar next to EVENTKEEPER text

Register for our new and engaging digital challenge at:

Download & install the Beanstack Tracker app by Zoobean, Inc., and get started today with Challenges and Activities (Beanstack is also easy to use in a web browser).

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This summer it’s even easier to track your reading and participate in the fun challenges we’ve prepared for you. When you sign up online you can earn raffle tickets to be entered for great prizes.

Summer Experience raffle winners can choose from

  • Children: $50 Amazon gift cards (2), or bundled prizes with themes of Ocean, Pokemon, Arts & Crafts, and LEGO.
  • Teens: 3D Doodler Pen set, a pizza and games gift basket, or a $50 Amazon gift card.
  • Adults: A tote bag & new book of your choice.
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