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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.

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.

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!

Read more »

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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