Books encourage boundless exploration and allow readers to spread their wings. Stories give flight to new ideas and perspectives. Reading—especially books that set us free—expands our worldview. Censorship, on the other hand, locks away our freedom and divides us from humanity in our own cages.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2021. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.

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What is the status of our proposed building addition?

The Library Board of Trustees has been working diligently behind the scenes to prepare for an addition to our historic building. The bond vote for the money to break ground and start construction has not been requested of the voters as of March 2022.

What’s happening in 2022:

  • The funding feasibility study has been completed and received by the Library Board of Trustees.
  • The Goffstown Public Library Foundation is working on a plan for annual giving and is discussing the potential capital campaign.
  • Tours of the library building will happen regularly, the next one is on Saturday, June 4. Please check our calendar for future dates at goffstownlibrary.com/calendar.
  • Additional Listening Sessions will be scheduled to discuss the plans for the building addition and gather feedback from the public. The next one is scheduled for Saturday, August 13 at 10am at Stark Hall on Church Street.
  • Preliminary discussions about hiring a marketing professional for assistance.
  • Naming Policy will be completed, along with schedule of naming opportunities.

2021 Warrant Article-Geotechnical Investigation, Survey, Fundraiser–$95,000
The Library Board of Trustees requested the approval to spend $95,000 of their own privately held funds to pay for a fundraising consultant, a complete survey and geotechnical investigations of the property.

What was completed in 2021 and 2022:

2019 Warrant Article-Feasibility Study–$80,000
The Library Board of Trustees requested the approval to spend $80,000 of their own privately held funds to pay for a feasibility study and architectural design of a library addition. They contracted with McFarland Johnson, an engineering firm, and SMP Architecture, that has many years of experience with historic buildings.

What was completed in 2019 and 2020:

  • Schematic designs and specifications; pre-engineering.
  • Exterior concept images.
  • Interior concept design.
  • Hired Bauen Corporation, a construction management firm.
  • Hosted two community forums to discuss the proposed addition with the public.
  • The Goffstown Public Library Foundation was formed to handle a capital campaign for the building addition.

To see the schematics and concept images, and previous Community Forum presentations, please visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/building-addition

Questions? Contact Library Director, Dianne Hathaway, at 603-497-2102 or dianneh@goffstownlibrary.com

The Library will be OPEN during the Juneteenth Observance holiday on Monday, June 20, 9am – 5pm

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Originating in Galveston, Texas, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has been celebrated since in 1865, and has since spread across the United States.

The day was recognized as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. Juneteenth’s commemoration is on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas – two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and two months after the Civil War ended.

During June, please visit & borrow from the book displays on the second floor and grab a “What is Juneteenth” bookmark.

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Two kids on a fish holding a book and a banner with text "Read More!" Oceans of Possibilities 2022 slogan for kids
A kayaker reads a book with Oceans of Possibilities 2022 slogan for teens
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Two kids on a fish holding a book and a banner with text "Read More!" Oceans of Possibilities 2022 slogan for kids
A kayaker reads a book with Oceans of Possibilities 2022 slogan for teens
A lighthouse emerges out of a book with Oceans of Possibilities 2022 slogan for adults

June 10 - August 19, 2022

The 2022 summer reading theme Oceans of Possibilities celebrates the ocean with themed programs and activities to support a love of reading and learning. We have an Oceans of Possibilities program for each age group – Adults 17+, Tweens and Teens ages 10-18, and Children preschool ages and up.

Please join us for our 64th year of providing exciting and fun special summer programs for all members of the Goffstown community.

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 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 outdoor space, under the tents. Mark your calendars now and get ready for programs like Sky Watch on June 29 at Barnard Park with the NH Astronomical Society, a tour inside the life-size Whalemobile on July 21, Family Game Night and more!

Registration is required for many events and programs, visit our Library calendar to sign up:

www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar

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Register for our new and engaging digital challenge at:

www.goffstownlibrary.com/summer2022

Download & install the Beanstack Tracker app by Zoobean, Inc., and get started today with Challenges and Activities (Beanstack is also easy to use in a web browser).

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This summer it’s even easier to track your reading and participate in the fun challenges we’ve prepared for you. When you sign up online you can earn raffle tickets to be entered for great prizes.

Summer Experience raffle winners can choose from

  • Children: $50 Amazon gift cards (2), or bundled prizes with themes of Ocean, Pokemon, Arts & Crafts, and LEGO.
  • Teens: 3D Doodler Pen set, a pizza and games gift basket, or a $50 Amazon gift card.
  • Adults: A tote bag & new book of your choice.
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“I am so honored to serve as honorary chair of National Library Week for 2022. My mom was a librarian. She encouraged kids to read. So, the work of librarians and libraries has such a special place in my heart.

Libraries are places where communities connect—to things like broadband, computers, programs and classes, books, movies, video games, and more. But most importantly, libraries connect us to each other. Supporting National Library Week in this role allows me to connect to my mother’s memory and all the librarians out there. Thank you for everything you do.”

Connect with Your Library – join, visit or advocate for the Goffstown Public Library!

The theme for National Library Week 2022, “Connect with Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers, and other resources. Libraries also offer opportunities to connect with media, programs, ideas, and classes—in addition to books. Most importantly libraries also connect communities to each other.

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