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“Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use our services. During the pandemic, libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs.

Today’s libraries can transform your life. From education to job resources to lifelong learning, your Library provides access to the programming and services you need to reach your potential and grow.

National Library Week Activity Bags

For kids in preschool up through grade 5.

WHILE SUPPLIES LAST: Stop by the Library foyer during April 5-10, 2021 to pick up your National Library Week Activity Bag, and a gently-used book that kids can keep.

Dianne holds up sign that says We Miss YouWays to Celebrate and Show Your Support

Visit the Library – Online & In-Person – The Library provides the opportunity to explore new worlds through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs. Take time to connect with us during National Library Week to see all we have to offer.

Share – Share what you love about the resources & services available at the library and post on social media about a book, audiobook, virtual story time, or book club, or how the library has made a difference while you’ve been social distancing at home. Don’t forget to tag us or use #goffstownlibrary. If you love your library, say it loud and proud: vocal community support helps libraries and reminds hardworking library staff that their efforts are appreciated.

Posts using #MyLibraryIs will be entered into a random drawing by the ALA for a $100 Visa gift card.

Tell a friend! – Share what you love about the library with friends and family and encourage them to stop in and get their own library card.

If you’d like to share your library story directly with us online, please submit it here:

Need a reminder of what’s available to you at home, from the e-library? Grab a copy of our takeout menu!

National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April.

Town & School Candidate Information

2021 Candidate Information Brochure – view on your screen or print your own copy.

These booklets were compiled in collaboration with the Town Clerk’s office and Town Clerk Cathy Ball. All information was provided voluntarily by the candidates, and all spelling or grammatical errors are their own. Paper copies will be available at the Library and at Town Hall.

Elections will be held in Goffstown on March 9, 2021. For more information:

 

Candidate's Night 2020 at Goffstown High School
February 2020 Candidate's Night at Goffstown High School

February is Library Lovers’ Month, “a month-long celebration of school, public, and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone, especially library support groups, to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the Nation’s libraries will continue to serve.”*

February is Library Lovers’ Month

The Goffstown Public Library is more than a collection of resources. We’re a community fixture providing a comfortable place for everyone to access quality materials and programs, enhance cultural awareness and to explore issues of local, national and global interest. We grow and adapt as times change – providing you with internet services, digital books and magazine, streaming movies, and 24/7 resources that you can access anywhere you have an internet connection.

Whether you’re a regular through our doors, or haven’t visited in a while, we hope you’ll take some time this month to explore all that we have to offer.

Celebrate With Us!

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Highsmith, Carol M, photographer. Eagle float in the inaugural parade, Washington, D.C. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, .
Highsmith, Carol M, photographer. Eagle float in the inaugural parade, Washington, D.C. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/item/2011632685/.

On Inauguration Day, January 20 (or January 21 if January 20 falls on a Sunday), the president-elect and vice-president-elect are sworn in at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC.

The inauguration is planned by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC). Inaugural events include the swearing-in ceremony, the inaugural address, and the pass in review–a review of the military troops before leading a procession of ceremonial military regiments, citizens’ groups, marching bands, and floats down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

Learn more about each event from the JCCIC –  https://www.inaugural.senate.gov/inaugural-events/

Presidential Oath of Office

The vice-president-elect is sworn in first, and repeats the same oath of office, in use since 1884, as senators, representatives, and other federal employees:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

Around noon, the president-elect recites the following oath, in accordance with Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

book cover imageFor Kids

The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance has created an Inauguration Celebration Kit – with interactive and downloadable versions that can be found at OurWhiteHouse.org.

To Read

Learn More in the E-Library

Visit the Current Events and Education categories:
  • America’s News/NewsBank – search through full-text U.S. newspapers from credible news sources in our area and across the country. This includes The Union Leader and the NH Sunday News (since 1989) and The Concord Monitor (since 2002).
  • Explora – This research tool enables a quick search of articles, essays, and primary source documents including journals, abstracts, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, dictionaries, books, biographies, and historical essays. Includes 60,000 top videos from the Associated Press, and over 1 million relevant photos, images, and maps.
  • Universal Class – offers History courses including American Government.

Informational Links

Inauguration of the President of the United States https://www.usa.gov/inauguration

Inaugural materials www.loc.gov/exhibits/inaugural/exhibition.html

Inauguration Music of Yesteryear blogs.loc.gov/music/2017/01/inauguration-music-of-yesteryear/

Inaugurations: Stepping into History – A Teacher Resource from the Library of Congress blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2021/01/inaugurations-stepping-into-history-a-teacher-resource-from-the-library-of-congress/

Intriguing Facts about Presidential Inaugurations Past blogs.loc.gov/headlinesandheroes/2021/01/intriguing-facts-about-presidential-inaugurations-past/

National Portrait Gallery – American Presidents from the Smithsonian Institution americaspresidents.si.edu/
First Ladies of the United States firstladies.si.edu/

President-Elect Joe Biden’s Inaugural Poet, Amanda Gorman blogs.loc.gov/catbird/2021/01/amanda-gorman-selected-as-president-elect-joe-bidens-inaugural-poet/

Presidential Inaugurations Outside of Washington, D.C.: Law and Tradition blogs.loc.gov/law/2017/01/presidential-inaugurations-outside-of-washington-d-c-law-and-tradition/

Selected Resources for Parents on Inaugurations, the Presidency, and Civic Engagement blogs.loc.gov/families/2021/01/resources-civics-inaugurations/

U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: “I Do Solemnly Swear…” Resource Guide
The Library of Congress digital collections include a wide variety of primary source materials documenting presidential inaugurations. This Web guide includes diaries and letters written by presidents and those who witnessed the inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music. www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/inaugurations/index.html

Weathering the Weather on Inauguration Day blogs.loc.gov/inside_adams/2021/01/inaugural-weather/

Read More

Addressing America – On Inauguration Day, the newly sworn-in president delivers a speech outlining their intentions during their term in office. This interactive graphic enables you to explore the history of U.S. presidential inaugural addresses, compare how frequently specific words such as “power,” “progress” or “peace” are used, and look for trends in the language. Use the arrows at the top of every page to scroll through the speeches. https://projects.voanews.com/inaugural-comparison/

Breaking barriers: Madame Vice President Kamala Harris https://news.stanford.edu/2020/12/11/breaking-barriers-madame-vice-president-kamala-harris/

FAQs about the Presidential Inauguration, the swearing-in ceremony, the parade and more https://washington.org/DC-guide-to/inauguration-day-frequently-asked-questions-washington-dc

History of Unusual Presidential Inaugurations https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/politics/a34993100/presidential-inauguration-history-unusual/

Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States https://www.bartleby.com/124/

Kamala Harris will be first woman vice president. Meet the VP contenders who paved the way https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/08/at-least-11-women-have-run-for-vice-president/

The Oddities of Inauguration Day https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2021/01/a-look-at-the-long-odd-history-of-inauguration-day/

Looking for a good read? How about a suggestion from our staff? Read on…

So far in 2020 our Director, Dianne Hathaway, completed 58 books (there’s still time for a few more before the ball drops on December 31!). This year a few of them were randomly selected books when she wasn’t sure what to read, resulting in some great book this year, with Dianne’s 2020 favorite being a random pick, The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune.

Dianne’s Favorites of 2020:

  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • We Love Anderson Cooper by R. L. Maizes
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Staff Picks are a year-round display at the Library that you can browse when you visit our online catalog, too. Scroll down to Staff Reads whenever you visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/search. For further reading – Best of 2020 Lists: