The Welcoming Library
We have a new, temporary collection of books on loan through June 25 — The Welcoming Library from Neighborhood Books. These will be on display in the Library foyer.
The picture book collection of acclaimed immigration-themed picture books and their embedded discussion questions invites readers of all ages to explore literature as a means to celebrate our commonalities and differences and to create an environment of welcoming.
“We are pleased to share this unique and relevant collection with our community and encourage as many people as possible to explore it during its short time at the Goffstown Public Library. What makes this collection especially impactful are the discussion questions at the end of each book for families to use as a springboard to greater conversations about immigration, cultural diversity, and the wide world both within and outside of their own community.” -Patti Penick, Head of Youth Services
The Welcoming Library is a pop-up community conversation on immigration driven by a collection of acclaimed picture books. Readers of all ages “meet” these families on the page and explore the commonalities of all families with embedded discussion questions. It highlights the lives of New Arrivals and New Americans through the sharing of children’s literature. By reading and engaging with children’s books, readers of all ages and backgrounds can experience immigration, acculturation, and cultural celebration. Fiction, from picture books to novels, allows readers to see themselves and others in a way that changes the culture of welcoming and belonging.