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.

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

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

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 stop by and explore all that we have to offer.

Celebrate With Us!

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2013 NH Mentor Librarian, Dianne Hathaway

In a press release from the New Hampshire Library Association, it was announced that our Director, Dianne Hathaway, has been chosen to be the 2013 New Hampshire Mentor Librarian by the New Hampshire Library Association.

Dianne will be attending the upcoming 2013 New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS). Founded in 2002, NELLS is an intensive one week symposium for early to mid-career librarians, library staff members, Friends and Trustees.

Each year at least one Mentor Librarian is chosen from each participating state, and for 2013, Dianne Hathaway has been chosen as one of the “outstanding library professionals” for this role.