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 »

I am monitoring COVID numbers, along with the other town department heads, and there is much concern about the rate of infection. My goal is to maintain the current level of service, if possible, and please know any changes by day are the result of a lack of staffing. Please keep an eye on this space and our Facebook page for changes in service hours, and please reach out to me with questions.

Children’s Room Browsing: The Children’s Room is open to one family at a time, for 20-minute appointments, with no ability to sit, play, etc. Appointments can be made online at www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar or by calling us at 497-2102. There is a limited schedule for this service:

Monday 9-2
Tuesday and Wednesday 5-8 pm
Saturday 9-1

Foyer Browsing: Our foyer area is open for browsing and check out of materials during regular hours. We have moved a selection from all areas, mostly new materials, and includes materials for kids, teens, and adults. You can always place requests through our catalog, if you prefer. Please maintain social distancing; a face covering is required and available in the lobby, along with hand sanitizer.

Parking Lot Pick-Up: We will continue contact-less parking lot pick-up of library materials for those who prefer that method. Just call us from the parking lot, open your trunk/back door, and we will place your items there.

Computer Reservations: Call us at 497-2102 to make an appointment to use a computer. To keep Library staff and visitors safe, we are limiting the number of PCs in use, so your appointment length may be restricted. All users will be required to wear a face covering.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions. Staff is available Monday, Thursday & Friday, 9am to 5pm; Tuesday & Wednesday, 9am to 8pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm.

Be well.

Dianne Hathaway
Library Director
dianneh@goffstownlibrary.com

Dianne holds up sign that says We Miss You

“As the impact of the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve and change the work of libraries and library workers, libraries are proving resourceful and resilient, serving as a rich pipeline for content, delivering access to ebooks, movies, music, video games, virtual storytimes and activities, and so much more.”

Today’s libraries can transform your life. From education to job resources to lifelong learning, your Library provides access to the programming and services you need to reach your potential and grow.

Even when the building is closed, there is an abundance of online offerings for you to take advantage of – in the e-library, on our YouTube channel, and in the generous offerings of many library partners. Need a reminder? Grab a copy of our takeout menu!

More links are added weekly to the What To Do When You’re Stuck at Home page.

Some of our staff are sharing their message while working from home – READ! Join the fun and create your own READ® Poster with some help from ilovelibraries.org. If you post your own on social media, please share with us by tagging us, or using #CelebrateReading and #goffstownlibrary.

Thanks for being part of the GPL community.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April.

What are the symptoms of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)? How does the virus spread? What to do if you are sick? Learn the facts, answers to frequently asked questions and get the latest information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

This situation is continually changing, please check these links for new information frequently.

About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
screenshot from CDC coronavirus about page

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov

NH Division of Public Health Services – FAQs
https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/documents/covid-19-faq.pdf

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Self-Observation Guide
https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/documents/2019-coronavirus-self-observation-guidelines.pdf

World Health Organization
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers – CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

Dial 211 for Essential Community Services
Dial 211 on your phone or visit http://www.211.org/

2019 was a great year, check out these statistics! In July, we set a new record for the number of items checked out at 11,066. We also set a high mark for attendance at our programming and events, at 1,843 for that month. In October we were recognized and named as the New Hampshire Library Trustee Association’s 2019 Library of the Year.

Thanks for being part of our Goffstown Library Community and breaking records!

2019 GPL Annual Report Infographic
Click to see larger or download the .pdf.

July 2019 items borrowed and attendance graphs