The Summer Experience

June 17 - August 12, 2023

The 2023 summer experience theme All Together Now celebrates kindness, friendship, and unity with themed programs and activities to support a love of reading and learning. We have an All Together Now program for each age group – Adults 18+, Tweens and Teens ages 10-18, and Children preschool ages and up.

Please join us for our 65th year of providing exciting and fun special summer programs for all members of the Goffstown community.

Summer Experience for All Ages

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

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

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blue heart beanstack logoJoin the digital event 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).

Summer Experience raffle winners can choose from:

  • Children:
    • Amazon gift card (2 @ $50 each)
    • Chunky’s gift card ($50)
    • Fun City gift card ($50)
    • Bundled prizes with themes of “Pokémon,” “Outdoor Fun” and “Arts and Crafts”
  • Teens:
    • Outdoor discovery basket with a $25 Amazon gift certificate
    • Crafting basket with a $25 Amazon gift certificate
    • Bookworm basket with a $25 Amazon gift certificate
  • Adults: Three tote bags, each filled with goodies including gift certificates from one of the following: Cumberland Farms, Apotheca, and Bookery.

Community Reading Challenge

Calling all kids, teens, and adults – join our “Goffstown Reads: All Together Now” community reading challenge!

We have set a community-wide goal of reading 4,000 hours during the 8-week Summer Experience. Let’s work together to beat last summer’s record of 3,500 hours!

Kids and teens will count their reading time in hours and adults will earn 8 hours for each book read. This challenge encourages a healthy reading competition between age groups. Who will read the most—children, teens, or adults? To celebrate reaching our goal, the Friends of the Goffstown Public Library are generously funding an ice cream celebration for all participants on Tuesday, August 15 at 3:30 p.m.

All reading logs, activity logs, and prizes will be tracked in Beanstack.


GMILCS Library Hop

Hop to each library in the GMILCS Consortium this Summer! From June 1 – August 31, visit each participating library, complete each library’s unique challenge, and earn prizes along the way.

To get started, stop by your home library to pick up your passport book and set off on your journey. Inside your passport book, you’ll find each library’s information and challenge. After you complete a challenge, show it to a library staff member to receive a stamp or sticker in your passport book and a prize.

Once you complete all eleven challenges, present your completed passport book at your home library to be entered into a raffle for a gift card to Bookery in Manchester, NH. We can’t wait to see you this summer!


In March, Goffstown neighborhoods received neo-Nazi propaganda in their driveways. Because of that incident, we have developed “One Goffstown”, a series of discussions for teens and adults with the goal of encouraging communication and becoming a more welcoming, accepting community for everyone.

Five sessions will be held online in June, July, and August, all on Thursday evenings and open to the public. Sign up for events at to receive a link to the discussions. Read more at

Show your support, and your attitude of unity, when you share these events on social media, along with the hashtag

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 some great programs.

School Reading Lists

This section will be updated as new lists become available.

Themed Reading Lists

All Together Now (Adult Fiction and Non-fiction)
All Together Now Teen Reads

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