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June 28 - August 13, 2021

The 2021 summer reading theme is Tails and Tales where we celebrate animals and stories about them. We have a Tales and Tails program for each age group – Adults 17+, Tweens and Teens ages 10-18, and Children preschool ages and up.

Sign Up

Registration for programs begins Friday, June 25 at www.goffstownlibrary.com/summer2021—that will take you to the READsquared website. You can also download and use the READsquared mobile app—it’s free! With READsquared, you can track your reading progress, complete “Missions”, and get points for attending events and programs.

Visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar to sign up for individual events and programs.

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 and virtual 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 new outdoor space. This summer, our programs will be hybrid to meet the needs of everyone.

Summer Concert Series

GPL & Parks & Recreation logosCap a perfect summer day with a live musical performance outdoors. The Goffstown Public Library and the Goffstown Parks and Recreation Department are proud to present four concerts on alternating Thursday evenings in July and August.

Bring a blanket, low-slung chairs, a picnic, and get ready for an early evening’s outstanding music making. Fun for all ages! No registration required. 

THURSDAYS at 6-7pm

July 1 at Barnard Park
The Quickfire Band, five seasoned musicians who play traditional country, classic rock, blues, rockabilly, and Western Swing.

July 15 at Roy Park
Real Fallu and Company! Relax to the sounds of this peerless acoustic duo, performing folk music at its finest.

July 29 at Barnard Park
Speed the Plough, three musicians that will play traditional music from the Celtic world.

August 12, 6-7p at Roy Park (Rain Date: August 19)
Anderson-Gram, Singer/songwriter husband and wife duo Anderson-Gram will bookend this year’s concert series with an acoustic hour of sensational guitar-playing and harmonizing vocals.

Offline Participation

The Tails and Tales Adult Summer Experience was designed as an online program using READsquared. However, you can participate offline with the printables below:

Contact Michelle Sprague or Elizabeth Weilbacher by email or phone at 603-497-2102 with questions, concerns, or a printed version of this packet.

These printables for those who cannot access the READsquared website, or wish to participate by using a paper version of the Summer Experience. Even if you’re signed into READsquared, you may find these printables useful.

To participate in the Summer Experience without going online and using READsquared, please stop by the Library and register with either Patti Penick or Liz Erickson, or ask for them at 603-497-2102.

IMLS logoThe state-wide READsquared subscription for NH public libraries has been funded by the FY20 IMLS CARES Act grant, through the New Hampshire State Library. In addition, our Summer Experience was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the New Hampshire State Library.

These titles from OverDrive are now available for everyone to enjoy with no holds or waiting! Unlimited copies are available to you to download instantly from the e-library and can be read on a mobile device or computer with the Libby or OverDrive app – FREE with your library card. The Libby app makes it easy to get started for first-time users and a streamlined experience. Need help with any of the apps available to Goffstown Public Library cardholders? Please visit https://www.goffstownlibrary.com/digital/ or give us a call at 603-497-2102.

Adult Fiction and Nonfiction

Now through December 31, 2021 – 150+ new Adult Fiction and Nonfiction titles

NEW Social and Emotional Learning Collection from OverDrive

Now through June 30, 2022 – 50 new titles are available for everyone to enjoy with no holds or waiting!

OverDrive’s COVID Response Collections and OverDrive Community Read initiatives are helping libraries meet the unprecedented demand for digital books. OverDrive has donated these growing collections of unlimited simultaneous use e-books and audiobooks at no cost to the library.

Speech Bubble with GPL Logo

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.

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:

Books often inspire curiosity and now there’s a podcast for that! Introducing The Curious Reader podcast, hosted by Stacey, Goffstown Public Library’s Teen Services Library Assistant, and Melissa Mannon, Goffstown High School Librarian and Certified Library Media Specialist. The Curious Reader logo art was created by Lorelei Mannon.

In their first episode, Stacey & Melissa discuss the young adult book “The Silence Between Us” by Alison Gervais and explore the questions that ignited their curiosity to seek information beyond the book such as Deaf Culture, Deaf President Now, Deaf Education, and Cochlear Implants.

Listen at https://thecuriousreader.podbean.com/, or on Spotify, Stitcher, Amazon Music/Audible, or in your favorite podcast app.