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/.

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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.

Sign Up

Registration for programs begins Friday, June 25 at www.goffstownlibrary.com/summer2021—that will take you to the READsquared website. You can also download and use the READsquared mobile app—it’s free! With READsquared, you can track your reading progress, complete “Missions”, and get points for attending events and programs.

Visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar to sign up for individual events and programs.

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.

Offline Participation

The Tails and Tales Adult Summer Experience was designed as an online program using READsquared. However, you can participate offline with the printables below:

Contact Michelle Sprague or Elizabeth Weilbacher by email or phone at 603-497-2102 with questions, concerns, or a printed version of this packet.

These printables for those who cannot access the READsquared website, or wish to participate by using a paper version of the Summer Experience. Even if you’re signed into READsquared, you may find these printables useful.

To participate in the Summer Experience without going online and using READsquared, please stop by the Library and register with either Patti Penick or Liz Erickson, or ask for them at 603-497-2102.

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:

  • Face masks are encouraged and appreciated but not required for the fully vaccinated. (Per vote of the Library Board of Trustees, June 16, 2021) 
  • 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
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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/

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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.