Lakeport Community Association

Junction of Elm Street and Union Avenue, Lakeport Square, NH

Summer Reading Program - One World, Many Stories

This year's summer reading program begins Tuesday, July 5. 

Sign up at the Goss Reading Room (Tuesdays and Thursdays 12pm-5pm.)  You'll receive a reading log. List the titles of the books that you've read or that have been read to you. Bring it in every week to the library and pick a prize. Prizes will be given until Friday, August 12th.

Music and dance from the Andes Mountains by Inca Son will start out the summer reading program Wednesday, July 6, at 1:00pm at the Laconia Community Center (306 Union Ave across from AutoZone.) Admission is free.

Don't forget, Storytimes are still Tuesday's at 3:30pm.

   Come one, come all to the . . .

    Goss Reading Room Summer Lawn Party!

   Goss Reading Room  188 Elm Street, Lakeport, NH

Saturday, June 25, 2-4pm (Rain date Sunday, June 26)

        Games, music, refreshments

           and all around fun for all!

Please join the Friends of the Goss Reading Room on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 6:30pm at the Goss Reading Room, 188 Elm St, Lakeport. We'll be getting together to talk about upcoming events at the library.

Remember, storytimes at the Goss are Tuesdays at 3:30. For more information, call 524-3808.

Welcome from the library on the hill!

The Goss Reading Room, 188 Elm St in Lakeport is celebrating National Poetry Month by having a poetry reading Thursday, April 21 at 6:00pm. Come out and recite, read or listen. Bring a friend or two. Poetry should not be longer than 10 minutes. Let's give everyone a chance to share their favorites. For more info or transportation, please call 524-7683.

  Storytime has been changed to Tuesdays at 3:30pm. Come over and hear your favorite stories.

Upcoming events:

April 10-16 - National Library Week
April 12 - National Drop Everything and Read Day
April 22 - Earth Day

A good time was had by all this past Thursday night at the Goss Reading Room. A presentation on maple sugaring was given by Armand and Ernie Bolduc. Here's a link to an article in the Laconia Citizen about the program:

Storytime will be this Tuesday, March 22 at 1:00pm.

Word of the Day


Friends of the Goss Reading Room,

 a branch of the Laconia Public Library,  

                    welcome all to

      "Sugaring Off with the Bolducs"

       on Thursday, March 17 at 6 pm,

           188 Elm Street, Lakeport.  Call 524-7683 for information or a ride.



Goss Reading Room

The Goss Reading Room was established in 1907 with funds bestowed by Dr. Ossian W. Goss. After the Great Lakeport Fire of 1903 destroyed 108 homes including his home at 188 Elm Street in Lakeport, NH, Dr. Goss intended to rebuild his home but in the event that his death preceded his plans, he signed his will in September 1903 proposing to replace the reading rooms his Lakeport community no longer had access to with a new building for reading rooms and bestowed the funds to maintain it.  Soon after, Dr. Goss died in 1903.

The Goss Reading Rooms were built and with little fanfare, opened on April 8, 1907.  This little gem was listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings in 1986.

Over the years, the Goss has served many generations in the Lakeport community.  Loyal fans celebrated the 100th Anniversary with a lawn party in 2007. 

Today it is a branch of the Laconia Public Library with their trustees managing Dr. Goss' funds.  It has become handicapped without accessible parking and struggles to serve its users.  In 2010, its still loyal fans organized Friends of the Goss Reading Room with a goal to promote and increase its use and users and to offer support in all ways possible.

Now that our Friends of the Goss Reading Room has been formed, we are seeking to plan monthly programs for the Goss. 

The Goss Reading Room, 188 Elm Street, Lakeport, NH  (603) 524- 3808 is located at the corner of Franklin and Elm Streets in Lakeport and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 - 5  p.m.

Friends of the Goss Reading Room invite all to a presentation on dog sled racing by Russ Armstrong, Vice-President of the Lakes Region Dog Sled Club at the Goss Reading Room, 188 Elm Street, Lakeport on Thursday, February 24 at 6 p.m. Call 534-7683 for more information or a ride.  Parking at Lady of the Lakes lot on Fairmont Street, along Franklin Street or two handicap spots in the driveway on the right of the Goss library.

Welcome to the Friends of the Goss Reading Room Blog. The Goss Reading Room is a branch of the Laconia Public Library and is located at 188 Elm St, Lakeport NH. Hours are 12pm - 5pm Tuesday and Thursday.

Check back often for updates.