I'M YOUR NEIGHBOR BOOKS logoWe have a new, temporary collection of books on loan through June 25 — The Welcoming Library from Neighborhood Books. These will be on display in the Library foyer.

The picture book collection of acclaimed immigration-themed picture books and their embedded discussion questions invites readers of all ages to explore literature as a means to celebrate our commonalities and differences and to create an environment of welcoming.

“We are pleased to share this unique and relevant collection with our community and encourage as many people as possible to explore it during its short time at the Goffstown Public Library. What makes this collection especially impactful are the discussion questions at the end of each book for families to use as a springboard to greater conversations about immigration, cultural diversity, and the wide world both within and outside of their own community.”  -Patti Penick, Head of Youth Services

The Welcoming Library is a pop-up community conversation on immigration driven by a collection of acclaimed picture books. Readers of all ages “meet” these families on the page and explore the commonalities of all families with embedded discussion questions. It highlights the lives of New Arrivals and New Americans through the sharing of children’s literature. By reading and engaging with children’s books, readers of all ages and backgrounds can experience immigration, acculturation, and cultural celebration. Fiction, from picture books to novels, allows readers to see themselves and others in a way that changes the culture of welcoming and belonging.

For more information and resources, please visit https://imyourneighborbooks.org/category/welcoming-library/

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Join the Goffstown Public Library as we separate fact from fiction and foster a dialog to improve our town and planet for the future. The Library’s Community Conversations initiative is back with a full schedule of events for April and May 2021, exploring the impact of our changing environment on the Goffstown community. Topics will include trash and recycling, stormwater, weather, global climate change, birds, bees, and much more!

April – May 2021

The full schedule of events can be found at www.goffstownlibrary.com/communityconversation and include opportunities for engagement for all ages, along with book lists, resources for further learning, and links to informational websites. Experts in their fields have been invited to present at virtual events including the New Hampshire State Climatologist Mary Stampone, Ph.D., State Representative Peter Somssich, Ph.D., Adam Jacobs, Director of Goffstown Department of Public Works, Dr. Pamela Hunt, Avian Conservation Biologist of the NH Audubon, pollinator expert and beekeeping educator Jodi Turner, and others.

See all the Community Conversation programs and events, and register to attend at the Goffstown Public Library calendar at https://bit.ly/GPLCC2021

I'm excited to discuss environmental stewardship in a deep way. Popular discourse about what we can do as individuals to fight climate change is usually surface level, like how to recycle better, how to conserve electricity, etc. - but true change will come from political action and a robust understanding of the complex systems that influence our environment, in addition to recycling better and saving electricity. Community Conversation programs address the deep and the surface level.
Michelle Sprague
Adult Services Librarian
New Hampshire's wilderness is one of its defining characteristics, a source of pride and distinction for the state. We at the Goffstown Public Library are devoted to providing our community with information about how the impact of climate change on our environment could change this place we live in and what we love about it.
Elizabeth Weilbacher
Adult Services Librarian

The Goffstown Public Library Community Conversations series is designed to help us understand issues affecting our community and provide a starting point to open up conversations. Community Conversations bring together resources, experts, and concerned community members to discuss complicated issues in a gracious, safe space.

For more information about the events scheduled, please visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/communityconversation or contact Dianne Hathaway at contact@goffstownlibrary.com.

Even when you can’t get to the Library, we have features that are always available with your internet connection. In the E-Library at www.goffstownlibrary.com/elibrary you’ll find:

• e-books • e-audiobooks • newspapers • magazines • online courses • craft classes
• Explora (encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, & more for homework help)
• language learning • streaming movies • and more!

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Get some help finding a good read with NoveList Plus, or NoveList K-8 Plus, they’re free to use with your library card.

Whatever your style, NoveList Plus can help you find your next great read. Looking for a gift for a book lover? Never fear, NoveList is here! NoveList can help you find recommended reading lists for everything from Christian fiction to science fiction, as well as unique author read-alikes, which allows you to find new authors based on the ones you (or your friends and family) already like.

NoveList has prepared how-to videos on YouTube if you’d like some help navigating the site –

Get Started with NoveList Plus today!

Need more help? Call the Library during open hours, or start a chat on our website (click the chat bubble on the bottom of your screen) and our trained staff would be happy to help you.

It’s the most wonderful time of year! We’re not talking about kids jingle-belling – we’re excited for couches, fuzzy blankets, cocoa, and holiday themed books we wait all year to read. Find seasonal books, movies & music on display at the Library
– and get your cozy on!

Search the catalog, or stop by and pick up something new today.

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Snowed in? Away for the holidays? You have lots of options when it comes to getting cozy with a good book. You can access our digital resources 24/7 at www.goffstownlibrary.com/247-library.

We’re very excited about streaming holiday music straight from www.hoopladigital.com – no holds, no waiting!

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With the Libby by OverDrive app, it’s easy to pick out a new e-book, e-audiobook, or magazine at anytime, anywhere. Even when school’s out or the Library may be closed, the e-library is always open. You can see what’s available on OverDrive, and get started right now at https://nh.overdrive.com/nh-goffstown/content.

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Read, learn, listen, and discover with CloudLibrary e-books and e-audiobooks, available at ebook.yourcloudlibrary.com/library/GMILCS/Featured

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Visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/digital for more information.

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