Part I, A Panel Discussion, Tues, Sept 30, 7 p.m. at Legion Hall. The Groton Historical Society will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Legion Hall, 75 Hollis Street in Groton, on How Does History Shape the Character of Groton?— A Conversation about the Future of Our Town Seen Through the Lens of History. The panel of Groton community members includes Peter Benedict, Al Collins, Katie Ferro, Kara Fossey, Tammie Reynolds, and Stuart Schulman, representing historians, preservationists, community activists, educators, with ages from teen to senior. The program is free and open to the public.
Part II, Author Visit, Oct 14, 7 p.m. at the Groton Public Library. At Part II, Howard Mansfield, author of In the Memory House and The Same Ax, Twice: Restoration and Renewal in a Throwaway Age, will present his ideas on how history shapes our approaches to community. Mansfield’s presentation will be followed by a book sale and signing, and light refreshments. Copies of both books are available for check out now at the library for those interested.
Art Gallery Reception: End of Summer Moods*, Tues, Oct 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. All are invited to meet artists Paul Schulenburg, Ann Gillespie, and Barbara Chaisson. The exhibit will be on display through Sunday, October 12.
Stories Only You Can Tell: Memoir Writing Workshop* starts Tues, Oct 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Instructor Zoann Guernsey leads this six-week series, designed to build confidence in beginning writers and re-energize more experienced writers. Preregistration required. Open to all, with preference given to Groton residents and first-time participants.
The French Conversation Group is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. on five Thursdays: Oct 9, 23, Nov 6, 20, and Dec 4. Registration is required.
Local authors are invited to participate in the Second Annual Authors’ Fair on Sunday, November 16, 1-3 p.m. If you have published a book in the last few years and are interested in more information, please contact Ann Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message for her at 978-448-8000.
Young Adult Programs
Magic the Gathering Club, Weds, Oct 1, 15, & 29, 3-5 pm. Come play Magic the Gathering in a fun, relaxed way with your friends. Prizes and refreshments provided by the GPL Endowment Fund. Grades 6 and up.
Crafternoon for Grades 6-12 (Minecraft &/or Arts & Crafts), Weds, Oct 8 & 22, 3-4:30 p.m. Sibley Hall is reserved for you, and laptops are available for your and your friends to play online games like Minecraft. Or, if you prefer to do manual, rather than digital crafting, a craft table will be set up with a project for the day. So stop by after school for some fun.
YA Anime Club, Thurs, Oct 9, 7-8:30 p.m. View episodes of your favorite animé shows downloaded from Crunchyroll. Drawing supplies and refreshments are provided. Grades 6-12.
The Fault in Our Stars: Read the Book, See the Movie, Tues, Oct 14, 3:15-5 pm. Come with a friend and see the movie based on the best-selling book by John Green. Rated PG-13. Grades 6-12.
Teen Book Chat, Wed, Oct 15, 7-8 pm. Each month we meet to talk about what’s new in young adult books (and movies). This month share your favorite World War II book with the group. Suggested titles are: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (recommended age 14+) or Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance and Rescue by Kathryn J. Atwood (recommended age 12+).
Llama Lounge for Young Adults, Thurs, Oct 23, 11:45 a.m. — 3 p.m. A Llama Lounge is a place for young adults in Grades 5-8 to spend the afternoon with friends on a half day of school. Play Wii games, board games, do a craft, enjoy some treats, listen to music and get your homework done.
Online registration begins one week before each program and preference is given to Groton residents, except for Drop-In Craft.
Creative Kids Drop-In Craft, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. — 3 p.m. Drop-in freestyle craft in the Children’s Room.
Mother Goose Story Time, Wednesdays, 10:30-11 am & 11:15-11:45 a.m. Babies & toddlers and their caregivers.
Read to Roly or Huggs, Wednesdays, 4-5 pm. These certified therapy dogs love children, books, and reading. Sign your child up for one 15-minute session with Roly or Huggs.
Story Time for 3, 4 & 5 Year-Olds, Thursdays, 10:30-11 am.
Minecraft for Grades 2 and Up, Wed, Oct 8, 7-8 pm. Play Minecraft together on the library’s dedicated server.
Chapter Book Read-Aloud with Jennie, Thurs, Oct 2 & 16, 4-4:30 p.m. Jennie Fitzkee reads aloud from some of the best children’s chapter books. Grades K-2.
Tales and Tunes for Tots, Fri, Oct 17, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
LEGO® Club, Tues, Oct 21, 4-5 pm. Bring your imagination! We’ve got the LEGO® bricks! Sign up online one week ahead.
Halloween Party for Ages 2-6, Thurs, Oct 30, 4-5 pm. Fun activities, crafts, games, and a costume parade! Sign up online.
Always free and open to all.