November 11 may be behind us on the calendar, but our memory lives on. Remembrance Day is a memorial day to remember and honor the men and women of the armed forces who lost their lives during WWI. In the United States, this date was formerly known as Armistice Day, and renamed in 1954 to Veterans Day to honor all veterans, reminding us to honor and thank those who are serving or have served in the military.

November 11, 2018 commemorated 100 years since the end of the “War to End All Wars” on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

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Dianne Hathaway, Goffstown Public Library Director
Dianne Hathaway, Goffstown Public Library Director

On Friday, November 2, 2018, Goffstown Public Library Director Dianne Hathaway was presented the Ann Geisel Award of Merit by the NH Library Association in recognition for her outstanding contributions to the New Hampshire library community.

As a Librarian, and Director of the Goffstown Public Library, Dianne has provided leadership, served the community, encouraged innovation, and mentored professional librarians throughout her career.

Nominated by her peers, a past president of NH Library Association (NHLA), the State Librarian, a current officer of NHLA, and three past recipients of the Ann Geisel award, Dianne was presented the award at the NH Library Association’s fall business meeting. When announcing the award, Marilyn Borgendale, past-president of NHLA had this to say about Dianne: ” … she’s not only an excellent Librarian for her community, she has clearly gone above and beyond in her demonstrated contribution to the profession. She has been a mentor to many …” Marilyn continued, listing Dianne’s work throughout the New England library community, noting her involvement ranging from secretary, to committee chair, and executive board membership of organizations such as the New England Library Association (NELA), New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS), through to her position as past-president of the Greater Manchester Integrated Cooperative Library System (GMILCS), the largest automation cooperative in the state serving more than one quarter of New Hampshire’s population.

The Ann Geisel Award of Merit is given to an individual, group or organization that has made significant contributions to the New Hampshire library community. An overwhelming number of nomination letters naming Dianne were submitted this year, and a unanimous vote from the NHLA Executive Committee selected her for the award. Nomination letters included comments like:

“Many of us in NH watch the goings-on at the Goffstown Public Library to see what new service Dianne and her team have come up with, or to see what twist they’ve put on an existing service to keep it fresh.”
“I can’t tell you the number of times she has stepped forward to take on a project or position when there is a need – just because she believes so strongly in what public libraries provide for our communities.”
“I can truly think of no colleague more deserving of the Ann Geisel Award of Merit than Dianne Hathaway. .. as the Assistant Director under Dianne at the Goffstown Public Library … I knew by the end of my first week that I had lucked-out professionally, even before I started she had signed me up to serve on the READS (Reference and Adult Services Section) programming committee, and explained the importance of serving our state association and networking with colleagues. Also from the beginning of my tenure, she set about creating a plan to ensure that I would have the opportunity to develop the skills that I would need in my next job. And I know that I’m not the only young professional who has had the benefit of her tutelage. She truly has an unparalleled commitment to mentoring young professionals. At any stage in your career, Dianne will always take the time to suggest a course of action, or share an example, policy, or document, or just lend an ear during a challenging time.”
- Amherst Library Director Amy Lapointe's letter summed up what Dianne has done for young librarians as a colleague, friend and mentor.

Upon accepting the award, Dianne acknowledged the honor of being a recipient of the Ann Geisel Award of Merit, and pointed out how “It has been a joy to work with all of you as we strive to make our libraries the best they can be, serving our communities and their residents.” She tasked the current generation of librarians to mentor the next group coming up and reminded everyone that “We are NEVER too experienced to accept the advice and guidance of our colleagues and I believe this is an obligation to our profession. I have been mentored by so many remarkable librarians, some now retired, and I am still being mentored and guided by you in this room today.”

In attendance were Dianne’s daughters, and a couple of her grandchildren, who drove up to Plymouth, NH to attended the award presentation. Dianne was thrilled that they could attend and share the recognition with her and emphasized that “Being a mom has been a great motivator throughout my career, especially as a mom to young women.”

Dianne Hathaway has been the Director of the Goffstown Public Library for over 19 years where she leads a stellar staff, working to make a difference in the Goffstown community. Dianne holds a BS from Southern Connecticut State University and a graduate degree from Simmons College, and was the 2013 NH Mentor to the New England Library Leadership Symposium. She is particularly interested in public libraries as community partners and believes libraries are at the heart of service for the greater good through outreach to the community. Dianne has served on many Boards and is currently active with GMILCS, Inc. a consortium of 12 libraries in southern New Hampshire, the New England Library Association and the Goffstown Historical Society.

For additional information, please contact: Dianne Hathaway, 603-497-2102,

“The Ann Geisel Award of Merit recognizes librarians, libraries, and other individuals or organizations that have contributed to the New Hampshire Library Association (NHLA) or the New Hampshire library community.  Past Ann Geisel Award of Merit recipients have improved all New Hampshire libraries through their efforts as library professionals, by providing library services or advocating for library issues within and beyond the state level.

This award is named in the memory of Ann Geisel (1947-1999).  Ann personified “distinguished service to the New Hampshire library community.”  In addition to serving for many years as the Director of the Peterborough Town Library, she served the New Hampshire library community through her service as a member of NHLA, the Nubanusit Library Coop, and the NH State Library Advisory Council, including a term as its Chair.  She was active in regional and national library issues as a member of the Advisory Board of the Northeast Document Conservation Center, the American Library Association, and the New England Library Association.” –


Press Release, November 5

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.”

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: