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
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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
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:

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Register for our new and engaging digital challenge at:

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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“I am so honored to serve as honorary chair of National Library Week for 2022. My mom was a librarian. She encouraged kids to read. So, the work of librarians and libraries has such a special place in my heart.

Libraries are places where communities connect—to things like broadband, computers, programs and classes, books, movies, video games, and more. But most importantly, libraries connect us to each other. Supporting National Library Week in this role allows me to connect to my mother’s memory and all the librarians out there. Thank you for everything you do.”

Connect with Your Library – join, visit or advocate for the Goffstown Public Library!

The theme for National Library Week 2022, “Connect with Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers, and other resources. Libraries also offer opportunities to connect with media, programs, ideas, and classes—in addition to books. Most importantly libraries also connect communities to each other.

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"Poetry surprises and deepens our sense of the ordinary. Poetry tells us that the world is full of wonder, revelation, consolation, and meaning."
Tracy K. Smith
U.S. Poet Laureate (2017- )

National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April. – from

Poetry Activities at the Goffstown Public Library

  • Take home a Blackout Poetry Kit – available on the second floor through April.

Blackout poetry is an easy way to flex your creative muscles by transforming the words on a random page of text into a poem of your own design. We’ll provide the materials, how-to guide, and inspiration–all you need is a black marker! Want to share your completed works? Return your poems to the library before the end of April to be part of a special display on the second floor.

  • NH Humanities logoStrange Terrain: How Not To Get Poetry and Let It Get You Instead

Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30pm
Alice Fogel, former New Hampshire Poet Laureate, takes you through seven simple steps, and one hard one, toward understanding and appreciating more elements of poetry than you ever thought you could. In the end, you’ll see that you already knew them all along. This workshop is your quick, self-help program for “getting” poems. Fogel helps you develop your own confident relationship with poetry’s shapes, words, images, sounds, emotions, mysteries, and more. This event is made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities.

Looking for more? Search the catalog, or give us a call at 603-497-2102 if you’d like staff suggestions. You can also visit the hoopla app for additional e-books and e-audiobooks titles.

Visit for 30 Ways to Celebrate the 25th Annual National Poetry Month at Home or Online, including suggestions for reading, inspiration for writing, and links to their Poem-a-Day sign-up.