The Library will be CLOSED during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 16

This will be a staff training day.

2023 is the 28th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Established to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, it’s the only federal holiday that is also designated by Congress as a national day of service. On this day, we embrace the idea that citizenship involves taking an active role in improving communities.

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Looking for something new to read or listen to? We’ve compiled a list of staff favorites of 2022, we hope this inspires you to pick up something new! Place your request or check one out today and enjoy a good read.

Dianne's Favorites of the Year

Every December our Director, Dianne Hathaway, selects her favorite book of the year. In 2022, she read over 60 books, nine of which have been rated with 5 stars, the highest she rates any title. These are the finalists, in no particular order:

  • Dolphin Junction by Mick Herron
  • Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
  • Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
  • I Was Here by Gayle Forman
  • The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
  • Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas
  • The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
  • Walk the Blue Fields by Claire Keegan
  • The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager

Dianne’s favorite of 2022 was Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan.

Staff Picks

Books are displayed atop bookshelves, beneath the words Staff Picks at the library.

Staff Picks are on display year-round on the shelves at the center of the second floor, and they change often. You can also browse this selection when you visit our online catalog and scroll down to 'Staff Reads' at

Weekly Staff Picks on YouTube

Watch Librarian’s Pick of the Week episodes on our YouTube channel and see what the latest suggestions are for reading. Subscribe and never miss an episode!

You’ll find it easier to browse books, and enjoy more seating at Library events, thanks to the new mobile shelving on the first and second floors. These adjustable shelves provide room for books of all sizes, and extra space so they aren’t packed together too tightly. Stop by and check them out!

A library room filled with smiling, seated people watching a musician wearing a cap at the front of the room.

Mobile shelving provided space to host Celtic Fiddler, Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki, in a New Hampshire Humanities program on 11/29.

Spaces with Mobile Shelving - "After" Pictures:

Children's Room

Second Floor North Room

This project was funded through the Institute for Museum and Library Services’ “Grants to States” program, part of the American Rescue Act Plan of 2021, and was facilitated by the New Hampshire State Library. Read more about the ARPA grant and see ‘before’ photos of our space in this January 2022 post.

A smiling Dianne Hathaway sits in front of a bookshelf.

Goffstown Public Library Director, Dianne Hathaway, was selected for the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association’s (NHLTA) 2022 Director of the Year Award. The award will be presented by the NHLTA on Wednesday, November 9 at 6pm at the Goffstown Public Library.

The Library Director of the Year Award is given to a director that exhibits professionalism, leadership, and outstanding performance and has made notable contributions toward fulfilling the mission and goals of the library and demonstrates initiative in developing programs and services to meet community needs and enhance the quality of life.

The Goffstown Public Library Board of Trustees nominated Hathaway, with support from Selectwoman Kelly Boyer and the Friends of the Goffstown Public Library, citing her knowledge, professionalism, leadership, and community investment.

“Dianne, with the support of her outstanding staff, has done an exemplary job in realizing the mission of the Goffstown Public Library,” the nomination read. “Under her direction, the library provides a safe and welcoming space for people to explore and engage with important – and sometimes difficult – issues.”

“I have never met someone so passionate, thoughtful, and so driven to serve the community,” said Boyer. “Dianne is the kind of leader who empowers her staff fully. Working with her team to find innovative ways to hold true to the mission of public library service and providing services for residents, expanding outreach and accessibility, and bringing forward an in-depth summer program is a true testament to Dianne’s leadership and confidence in her employees.”

Hathaway has served as director of the Goffstown Public Library for more than 22 years. She received the Ann Geisel Award of Merit by the New Hampshire Library Association in 2018, in recognition for her outstanding contributions to the New Hampshire library community. She holds a BS from Southern Connecticut State University and a graduate degree from Simmons University. She was the 2013 NH Mentor to the New England Library Leadership Symposium and has served on the GMILCS board.

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


Dianne Hathaway holds a bouquet of pink flowers, standing besides a white and pink frosted cake.
Dianne celebrates with staff on September 28, 2022

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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