The Goffstown Public Library is in the business of celebrating local authors! Books by local authors are on display on the second floor of the Library and available for checkout.

On August 7, the Library kicked off its inaugural Author Fair, an event in which published writers could read from their work, sell books, and meet the public.

Author Fair Book Covers

Peggy Jaeger, Suz Eglington, and Amber Cross came to town to dazzle us with their romance novels. Deb Jarvis, Michael D. Nadeau, and K. L. Jenks fabricated entirely new worlds from nothing, populating their high fantasy tomes with heroes, dastardly villains, mystical phenomena, and supernatural creatures of all shapes and sizes. Kathleen Clatanoff represented K.L. Jenks, the nom de plume adopted by Clatanoff and her sister when, in retirement, they finally had the time to set forth a trilogy of Kindle Book novels (these are not available in print) centered around a story they’d been talking about for years.

Nonfiction talent also had its place under the tent; Goffstown’s own Dr. Shanita Williams promoted her thought-provoking work on how to effectively give and deliver useful feedback, while herbalist and former hospice nurse Ellie Atherton proffered her two ruminative books about the lessons we can learn from those who are in the process of dying.

The library has added works into the permanent collection from all authors who had physical books to sell.

2021 Author Fair Titles

Click through to request your copy.

During the Author Fair, each author had the opportunity to read from their work aloud in the Speaker’s Corner. In addition to attending authors, Edgar-nominated Goffstown resident Tony Tremblay, also read from his most recent foray into fictional horror. G-TV camera operator Adan Pena captured footage from the event, and was a stalwart trooper, manning his camera in the blaring heat of the sun. Video coming soon!

2021 August Author Fair on Lawn
Local Authors prepare for event on August 7, 2021

Interested in seeing your book on our shelves? Please contact Dianne Hathaway, Library Director, at dianneh@goffstownlibrary.com

Are you a published author that would like to participate in upcoming author events? Please message Elizabeth Weilbacher, Adult Services & Outreach Librarian, at elizabethw@goffstownlibrary.com

Aspiring writers and lifelong learners – visit Universal Class in the e-library  for courses like “Writing Basics”, “Creative Writing for Beginners”, “Novel Writing”, “Poetry Writing 101” and more.

IMLS logoTents used during our Summer Experience were made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the New Hampshire State Library.

The Goffstown Public Library has received $2,979 in grant funding thanks to federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the New Hampshire State Library. The grant funds received will support our efforts to increase access to services and resources.

Using these grant funds, we’ve purchased two, ten-foot by twenty-foot canopies to provide shade and comfort for outdoor programs and events. We have scheduled many outdoor events for all ages as part of our annual Summer Experience to allow for more access to events. In addition, we purchased tables, a battery-operated microphone and speaker for story times, outdoor games, and other necessities to make our outdoor space an extension of our library building.

Outdoor space in use during Story Time event July 2021
Outdoor space in use during Story Time event July 2021.

Grant funds will also support the library’s hoopla streaming service, by providing additional content. hoopla is a platform available to our cardholders and offers thousands of e-books, e-audiobooks, comics, movies, and television programs. Those interested in accessing or learning more about the digital services should call and speak with a librarian at 603-497-2102, email goflib@goffstownlibrary.com, or check out our page at www.goffstownlibrary.com/digital.

To learn more about ARPA funding, visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/american-rescue-plan/.

One canopy on the lawn
IMLS logo

CSLP Blue Whale holding a book swimming in light blue sea
CSLP Piranha holding tablets swimming in blue sea
CSLP Lion, mouse, opossum reading books
CSLP Blue Whale holding a book swimming in light blue sea
CSLP Piranha holding tablets swimming in blue sea
CSLP Lion, mouse, opossum reading books

June 28 - August 13, 2021

The 2021 summer reading theme is Tails and Tales where we celebrate animals and stories about them. We have a Tales and Tails program for each age group – Adults 17+, Tweens and Teens ages 10-18, and Children preschool ages and up.

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 and virtual 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 new outdoor space. This summer, our programs will be hybrid to meet the needs of everyone.

Summer Concert Series

GPL & Parks & Recreation logosCap a perfect summer day with a live musical performance outdoors. The Goffstown Public Library and the Goffstown Parks and Recreation Department are proud to present four concerts on alternating Thursday evenings in July and August.

Bring a blanket, low-slung chairs, a picnic, and get ready for an early evening’s outstanding music making. Fun for all ages! No registration required. 

THURSDAYS at 6-7pm

July 1 at Barnard Park
The Quickfire Band, five seasoned musicians who play traditional country, classic rock, blues, rockabilly, and Western Swing.

July 15 at Roy Park
Real Fallu and Company! Relax to the sounds of this peerless acoustic duo, performing folk music at its finest.

July 29 at Barnard Park
Speed the Plough, three musicians that will play traditional music from the Celtic world.

August 12, 6-7p at Roy Park (Rain Date: August 19)
Anderson-Gram, Singer/songwriter husband and wife duo Anderson-Gram will bookend this year’s concert series with an acoustic hour of sensational guitar-playing and harmonizing vocals.

IMLS logoThe state-wide READsquared subscription for NH public libraries has been funded by the FY20 IMLS CARES Act grant, through the New Hampshire State Library. In addition, our Summer Experience was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the New Hampshire State Library.

The Goffstown Public Library is open:

  • Parking Lot Pick-Up remains an option for those who choose to maintain contactless pick-up. Call us at 603-497-2102 from the parking lot, open your trunk/back door, and we will place your items there.
  • Some seating will not be available, and computers may be limited to allow for social distancing. Computer usage is now back to a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The Children’s Room will not be available for play.

Be well.

Dianne Hathaway
Library Director
dianneh@goffstownlibrary.com

I'M YOUR NEIGHBOR BOOKS logoWe have a new, temporary collection of books on loan through June 25 — The Welcoming Library from Neighborhood Books. These will be on display in the Library foyer.

The picture book collection of acclaimed immigration-themed picture books and their embedded discussion questions invites readers of all ages to explore literature as a means to celebrate our commonalities and differences and to create an environment of welcoming.

“We are pleased to share this unique and relevant collection with our community and encourage as many people as possible to explore it during its short time at the Goffstown Public Library. What makes this collection especially impactful are the discussion questions at the end of each book for families to use as a springboard to greater conversations about immigration, cultural diversity, and the wide world both within and outside of their own community.”  -Patti Penick, Head of Youth Services
Some Welcoming Library Book Covers

The Welcoming Library is a pop-up community conversation on immigration driven by a collection of acclaimed picture books. Readers of all ages “meet” these families on the page and explore the commonalities of all families with embedded discussion questions. It highlights the lives of New Arrivals and New Americans through the sharing of children’s literature. By reading and engaging with children’s books, readers of all ages and backgrounds can experience immigration, acculturation, and cultural celebration. Fiction, from picture books to novels, allows readers to see themselves and others in a way that changes the culture of welcoming and belonging.

For more information and resources, please visit https://imyourneighborbooks.org/category/welcoming-library/