Books encourage boundless exploration and allow readers to spread their wings. Stories give flight to new ideas and perspectives. Reading—especially books that set us free—expands our worldview. Censorship, on the other hand, locks away our freedom and divides us from humanity in our own cages.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2021. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.

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Summer Experience Logos - Lighthouse, kids reading books on a fish, sea serpents coming out of books.

The 2022 summer reading theme was Oceans of Possibilities, celebrating the ocean with themed programs and activities to support a love of reading and learning. Participants enjoyed Oceans of Possibilities program for every age group – Adults 17+, Tweens and Teens ages 10-18, and Children preschool ages and up.

Fabulous! This summer you logged:

Kids
Participants = 179
Badges Earned = 1,731
Reading Minutes = 100,341
Activities Completed = 373

Tweens  & Teens
Participants = 60
Badges Earned = 775
Reading Minutes = 42,260
Activities Completed = 163

Adults
Participants = 63
Badges Earned = 373
Books Read  = 231
Activities Completed = 93

"Thank you for an amazing summer."

"It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end already. We did not think at the beginning of June that we would be having such an incredible three months. At the end of the school year my kids had the opportunity to visit the Goffstown Public Library. When they were there they learned about all of the exciting events the library would be hosting over the summer. They came home ecstatic to be done with school and begin their new adventures. In addition, my children had the chance to join Beanstack which rewarded them for reading. They were both already avid readers, but this incentive made them even more excited about going to the library.

Now that the summer has come to an end, my kids have read a combined 4,000 minutes. I couldn’t imagine my son or daughter ever reading that much, especially during the summer. Along with all of the reading they were able to attend events hosted by the library. They got to learn all about Whales & Seals, attended a movie matinee, enjoyed a family game night and got to be a pirate for a couple of hours. We were also invited to the Whale Mobile and mosaic art, tie dye and an underwater tea party, but couldn’t make it. They are all fun times we are sorry that we missed.

All in all, this is one of the best summers we ever had. We can’t thank the staff at Goffstown Public Library enough for all that they do. Patti was our main contact, but we are so grateful for everyone who works there. The effort and care you put into making each and every day an event filled one for my kids, is so appreciated. I can only hope that the library can continue these events every year and be able to expand their already beautiful library so more of the community can enjoy it."
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Danielle F.

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"Our kids had a great time at all of your events/activities this year, thank you for your efforts!"
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Brandon and Stephanie R.

Summer Adult Prize Winners

Four smiling adults at the Library holding either tote bags, books, or t-shirt prizes.

Adults, kids, and teens read, participated, and completed challenges for their chances to win. Participants enjoyed a wide range of programs this summer — from crafts and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) activities to discovering more about our marine ecosystem.

Kids playing with bubbles on the grass under a tent on the Library lawn.
On teen poses as if she's being choked while others gather under a tent to solve the mystery.
Kids dressed as pirates with tattoos and eye patches search the lawn for treasure while our Director walks the plank.
Four paintings featuring a purple and red sunset with a silhouette of a dolphin jumping over the waters.
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The Library will be OPEN during the Juneteenth Observance holiday on Monday, June 20, 9am – 5pm

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Originating in Galveston, Texas, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has been celebrated since in 1865, and has since spread across the United States.

The day was recognized as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. Juneteenth’s commemoration is on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas – two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and two months after the Civil War ended.

During June, please visit & borrow from the book displays on the second floor and grab a “What is Juneteenth” bookmark.

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Two kids on a fish holding a book and a banner with text "Read More!" Oceans of Possibilities 2022 slogan for kids
A kayaker reads a book with Oceans of Possibilities 2022 slogan for teens
CSLP Lion, mouse, opossum reading books
Two kids on a fish holding a book and a banner with text "Read More!" Oceans of Possibilities 2022 slogan for kids
A kayaker reads a book with Oceans of Possibilities 2022 slogan for teens
A lighthouse emerges out of a book with Oceans of Possibilities 2022 slogan for adults

June 10 - August 19, 2022

The 2022 summer reading theme Oceans of Possibilities celebrates the ocean with themed programs and activities to support a love of reading and learning. We have an Oceans of Possibilities program for each age group – Adults 17+, Tweens and Teens ages 10-18, and Children preschool ages and up.

Please join us for our 64th year of providing exciting and fun special summer programs for all members of the Goffstown community.

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 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 outdoor space, under the tents. Mark your calendars now and get ready for programs like Sky Watch on June 29 at Barnard Park with the NH Astronomical Society, a tour inside the life-size Whalemobile on July 21, Family Game Night and more!

Registration is required for many events and programs, visit our Library calendar to sign up:

www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar

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Register for our new and engaging digital challenge at:

www.goffstownlibrary.com/summer2022

Download & install the Beanstack Tracker app by Zoobean, Inc., and get started today with Challenges and Activities (Beanstack is also easy to use in a web browser).

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This summer it’s even easier to track your reading and participate in the fun challenges we’ve prepared for you. When you sign up online you can earn raffle tickets to be entered for great prizes.

Summer Experience raffle winners can choose from

  • Children: $50 Amazon gift cards (2), or bundled prizes with themes of Ocean, Pokemon, Arts & Crafts, and LEGO.
  • Teens: 3D Doodler Pen set, a pizza and games gift basket, or a $50 Amazon gift card.
  • Adults: A tote bag & new book of your choice.
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The Library will be closed from Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30 for the 2022 Memorial Day weekend.

We will reopen Tuesday, May 31 at 9am.

Since 1971, Memorial Day has been a national day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States, observed on the last Monday of May. Thank you to all who have served.

For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. There you’ll find more resources about this date, including links to veterans cemetery databases, and information about flag displays.

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