In June, Goffstown and Portsmouth became the first members in New Hampshire of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.

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What does this mean for Goffstown?

“Well-designed, livable communities promote health and sustain economic growth, and they make for happier, healthier residents – of all ages.”aarp.org

An age-friendly community means adopting features like:

  • Safe, walkable streets
  • Better housing and transportation options
  • Access to key services
  • Opportunities for residents to participate in community activities

Our membership provides access to AARP Network’s global resources, information, and provides opportunities for partnerships, mentoring, and peer-review by member cities.


The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities targets improvements in eight areas that influence the health and quality of life for all as we age:

  • Outdoor spaces and buildings: Availability of safe and accessible recreational facilities.
  • Transportation: Safe and affordable models of private and public transportation.
  • Housing: Availability of home modification programs for aging in place as well as a range of age-friendly housing options.
  • Social participation: Access to leisure and cultural activities, including opportunities for older residents to socialize and engage with their peers as well as with younger people.
  • Respect and social inclusion: Programs that promote ethnic and cultural diversity as well as multigenerational interaction and dialogue.
  • Civic participation and employment: Paid work and volunteer activities for older residents and opportunities to engage in the formulation of policies relevant to their lives.
  • Communication and information: Access to communications technology and other resources so older residents can connect with their community, friends and family.
  • Community support and health services: Access to home-based care services, health clinics and programs that promote wellness and active aging.

Communities participating in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities commit to improving their livability through an assessment of needs, development of an action plan, implementation of new projects and programs, and ongoing assessment – all with the involvement of older residents – in three phases over a five-year period, with continued cycles of assessment and improvement thereafter.

For more information:

Nationwide, 263 communities representing 70 million residents have received the Age-Friendly designation from AARP.

This week’s “Take Time to Read” suggestions are for short stories – 2017 collections that can be read (or listened to!) in short periods of time:

Take Time to Read: 2017 Short Story Collections:

  • Always Happy Hour : stories by Mary Miller
  • Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
  • The Business of Dying : the complete western stories of Richard S. Wheeler
  • Cat Pictures Please and other stories by Naomi Kritzer
  • Complete Stories by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Continental Crimes (British Library crime classics; anthology)
  • Debriefing : collected stories by Susan Sontag
  • The Dinner Party : and other stories by Joshua Ferris
  • Dis mem ber : and other stories of mystery and suspense by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Doctorow collected stories by E. L. Doctorow
  • Entropy in Bloom : stories by Jeremy Robert Johnson
  • Five-carat Soul by James McBride
  • For a Little While : new and selected stories by Rick Bass
  • Fresh Complaint : stories by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Infernal Parade by Clive Barker
  • Infinite Stars : the definitive anthology of space opera and military SF stories
  • Invocations : an anthology of extreme horror
  • MatchUp (American suspense fiction anthology)
  • The Night Ocean by Paul LaFarge
  • No Middle Name : the complete collected Jack Reacher short stories by Lee Child
  • The Overneath by Peter S. Beagle
  • The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente
  • The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • The Relive Box and other stories by T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • Seven Stones to Stand or Fall : a collection of Outlander fiction by Diana Gabaldon
  • Signals by Tim Gautreaux
  • Sleep No More : six murderous tales by P.D. James
  • So You Want to be a Robot by A. Merc Rustad
  • Strange is the Night by S.P. Miskowski
  • Strange Weather : four short novels by Joe Hill
  • The Teton Bunch : a western duo by Lee Savage
  • Trajectory by Richard Russo
  • Uncommon Type : some stories by Tom Hanks
  • What Counts as Love by Marian Crotty
  • You Don’t Look Your Age : and other Fairy Tales by Sheila Nevins
Books are FREE entertainment!

You don’t have to go far if you’re looking for a nice mountain hike nearby. In Goffstown, the Uncanoonuc Mountains Hiking Trails provide hikers with beautiful scenic views of Goffstown and the Merrimack Valley. David Pierce, retired cartographer, has provided the Conservation Commission with a map highlighting the various paths hikers can take. The flyer is available:

  • to download,
  • posted near the beach at Uncanoonuc Lake, and at the Village bulletin board on Mountain Road,
  • and available at the Library.

Maps and Trails Information: https://goffstownrailtrail.org/rail-trail-maps

If the classics are not your cup of tea, try out some of these newer fiction and short story collections:

  • American Housewife by Helen Ellis, 188 pages
  • The Terrorist’s Son by Zak Ebrahim, 96 pages (biography)
  • Not so Much, Said the Cat by Michael Swanwick, short stories
  • The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred by Greg Egan, 89 pages
  • A Long Time Dead: a Mike Hammer Casebook by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins, short stories
  • Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World and Other Stories by Caroline M. Yoachim, short stories
  • Nutshell by Ian McEwan, 197 pages
  • Vampire in Love by Enrique Vila-Matas, short stories
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, 173 pages
  • November Storm by Robert Oldshue, 141 pages (Iowa Short Fiction Award)
  • Always Happy Hour by Mary Miller, short stories
  • Eternal Frankenstein edited by Ross E. Lockhart, short story anthology paying homage to Mary Shelley
  • Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes, short stories
  • Mosquito Rain : Alaskan Travel Essays by Dan Szczesny, 53 pages
  • Thunderstruck and Other Stories by Elizabeth McCracken, short stories
  • And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer : a novella by Fredrik Bachman, 76 pages
Books are FREE entertainment!

Find time to read with books you can read in under an hour; the infographic below appears with the estimated time it will take you to complete all of them. Most of these are available in short story collections in our catalog, or let us know if we can help you find them.

Via Ebook Friendly

When will you read? A few pages a day are easy when you are:

  • Relaxing
  • Waiting
  • Exercising
  • Commuting

Give it a try!


Books are FREE entertainment!