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“Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use our services. During the pandemic, libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs.

Today’s libraries can transform your life. From education to job resources to lifelong learning, your Library provides access to the programming and services you need to reach your potential and grow.

National Library Week Activity Bags

For kids in preschool up through grade 5.

WHILE SUPPLIES LAST: Stop by the Library foyer during April 5-10, 2021 to pick up your National Library Week Activity Bag, and a gently-used book that kids can keep.

Dianne holds up sign that says We Miss YouWays to Celebrate and Show Your Support

Visit the Library – Online & In-Person – The Library provides the opportunity to explore new worlds through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs. Take time to connect with us during National Library Week to see all we have to offer.

Share – Share what you love about the resources & services available at the library and post on social media about a book, audiobook, virtual story time, or book club, or how the library has made a difference while you’ve been social distancing at home. Don’t forget to tag us or use #goffstownlibrary. If you love your library, say it loud and proud: vocal community support helps libraries and reminds hardworking library staff that their efforts are appreciated.

Posts using #MyLibraryIs will be entered into a random drawing by the ALA for a $100 Visa gift card.

Tell a friend! – Share what you love about the library with friends and family and encourage them to stop in and get their own library card.

If you’d like to share your library story directly with us online, please submit it here:

Need a reminder of what’s available to you at home, from the e-library? Grab a copy of our takeout menu!

National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April.

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Join the Goffstown Public Library as we separate fact from fiction and foster a dialog to improve our town and planet for the future. The Library’s Community Conversations initiative is back with a full schedule of events for April and May 2021, exploring 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!

April – May 2021

The full schedule of events can be found at www.goffstownlibrary.com/communityconversation and include opportunities for engagement for all ages, along with book lists, resources for further learning, and links to informational websites. Experts in their fields have been invited to present at virtual events including the New Hampshire State Climatologist Mary Stampone, Ph.D., State Representative Peter Somssich, Ph.D., Adam Jacobs, Director of Goffstown Department of Public Works, Dr. Pamela Hunt, Avian Conservation Biologist of the NH Audubon, pollinator expert and beekeeping educator Jodi Turner, and others.

See all the Community Conversation programs and events, and register to attend at the Goffstown Public Library calendar at https://bit.ly/GPLCC2021

I'm excited to discuss environmental stewardship in a deep way. Popular discourse about what we can do as individuals to fight climate change is usually surface level, like how to recycle better, how to conserve electricity, etc. - but true change will come from political action and a robust understanding of the complex systems that influence our environment, in addition to recycling better and saving electricity. Community Conversation programs address the deep and the surface level.
Michelle Sprague
Adult Services Librarian
New Hampshire's wilderness is one of its defining characteristics, a source of pride and distinction for the state. We at the Goffstown Public Library are devoted to providing our community with information about how the impact of climate change on our environment could change this place we live in and what we love about it.
Elizabeth Weilbacher
Adult Services Librarian

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.

For more information about the events scheduled, please visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/communityconversation or contact Dianne Hathaway at contact@goffstownlibrary.com.

Town & School Candidate Information

2021 Candidate Information Brochure – view on your screen or print your own copy.

These booklets were compiled in collaboration with the Town Clerk’s office and Town Clerk Cathy Ball. All information was provided voluntarily by the candidates, and all spelling or grammatical errors are their own. Paper copies will be available at the Library and at Town Hall.

Elections will be held in Goffstown on March 9, 2021. For more information:


Candidate's Night 2020 at Goffstown High School
February 2020 Candidate's Night at Goffstown High School

What are the symptoms of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)? How does the virus spread? What to do if you are sick? Learn the facts, answers to frequently asked questions and get the latest information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

This situation is continually changing, please check these links for new information frequently.

About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
screenshot from CDC coronavirus about page

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

CDC – Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Dial 211 for Essential Community Services
Dial 211 on your phone or visit http://www.211.org/

New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services

NH Division of Public Health Services
FAQs – https://www.nh.gov/covid19/faqs/
Links for NH Residents including Self-Observation Guide, information about Financial and Food Assistance, and American Sign Language Videos – https://www.nh.gov/covid19/resources-guidance/residents.htm

NH Vaccine Phases
Information about New Hampshire COVID-19 vaccine phases, qualifications, and a link for registration – https://www.vaccines.nh.gov/

World Health Organization

Questions? Call 211, or visit https://www.nh.gov/covid19

Second Floor Browsing: Goffstown Public Library cardholders may reserve time to browse materials on the second floor for 20-minute appointments.

Children’s Room Browsing: The Children’s Room is open to one family at a time, for 20-minute appointments, with no ability to sit, play, etc. 

Appointments can be made at www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar or by calling the library at 603-497-2102 during business hours. There is a limited schedule for this service:

Monday 9-2
Tuesday and Wednesday 5-8 pm
Saturday 9-1

Foyer Browsing: Our foyer area is open for browsing and check out of materials during regular hours. We have moved a selection from all areas, mostly new materials, and includes materials for kids, teens, and adults. You can always place requests through our catalog if you prefer. Please maintain social distancing; a face covering is required and available in the lobby, along with hand sanitizer.

Parking Lot Pick-Up: We will continue contact-less parking lot pick-up of library materials for those who prefer that method. Just call us from the parking lot, open your trunk/back door, and we will place your items there.

Returns: Will no longer be quarantined, please use your own judgment when borrowing materials.

Computer Reservations: Call us at 497-2102 to make an appointment to use a computer. To keep Library staff and visitors safe, we are limiting the number of PCs in use, so your appointment length may be restricted. All users will be required to wear a face covering.

I am monitoring COVID numbers, along with the other town department heads, and there is still much concern. My goal is to maintain the current level of service; any changes by day are the result of a lack of staffing, that has been plaguing us since Thanksgiving. Please keep an eye on this space and our Facebook Page for changes in service hours, and please reach out to me with questions.

Staff is available Monday, Thursday & Friday, 9am to 5pm; Tuesday & Wednesday, 9am to 8pm; and Saturday from 9am to 2pm.

Be well.

Dianne Hathaway
Library Director