Mar 162015
This entry is part 25 of 26 in the series Check It Out

Craig John, Groton resident and Professional Mountain Guide, will speak about his expeditions in “The Road to Everest” as part of this year’s Groton READS events. All are invited to attend on Thursday, March 26 from 7-8:30 pm at the Groton Public Library.

Craig John, Groton resident and Professional Mountain Guide, will speak about his expeditions in “The Road to Everest” as part of this year’s Groton READS events. All are invited to attend on Thursday, March 26 from 7-8:30 pm at the Groton Public Library.

This year’s Groton READS book is Following Atticus: Forty-Eight Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan, a 2011 memoir. All are invited to read the book (copies are available for check out) and take part in the many Groton READS 2015 activities. All Groton READS events are made possible by the GPL Endowment.

Groton READS Book Discussion of Following Atticus, Fri, March 20, 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon. Join friends, neighbors, and library staff for a lively book discussion.

                Groton READS Play Again: What Are the Consequences of a Childhood Removed from Nature? Documentary Film and Discussion, Sun, March 22, 2-4 p.m. This film follows six teenagers “unplugged” from electricity, cell phones, and virtual reality, as they take their first wilderness adventure.

Groton READS: Craig John, Professional Mountain Guide, “The Road to Everest,” Thurs, March 26, 7-8:30 p.m. Groton resident Craig John describes his adventures as he transformed from recreational hiker to professional mountain guide.

Groton READS Service Dog Panel with GPD Officers Lola & Nick Beltz, Operation Delta Dog, & Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, Sun, March 29, 2-3:30 p.m. Meet service dogs and their human partners.

GPL Book Group Celebrates Groton READS! Tues, March 31, 7-8:30 p.m. All are invited to join this discussion of Following Atticus!

Groton READS: Nick Wilder “10,200 Reasons to Go Off-the-Grid: A Semester in the Colorado Rockies,” Wed, April 8, 7-8:30 pm. Groton resident and senior at Concord Academy, Nick will share stories and photos of his semester off the grid, including expeditions through Utah’s Moab canyons and summiting 13,000 foot peaks in sub-zero conditions.

Groton READS Grand Finale “An Afternoon with Tom and Atticus” on Sunday, April 12, 2 pm at the Performing Arts Center. Register at and click on “Calendar” for April 12. For adults and mature teens.

3 4 U 2 C at the Owen Smith Shuman Gallery, Feb 3 – March 29. Artists’ Reception on Sat, March 28, 2-5 pm. The exhibit features the work of Groton artists Heather Aziz, Christine Brooks, and Rebecca Ranney, each using graphic mediums to take inspirations, often rooted in nature, on dramatic flights of fancy.

Young Adult Programs

Magic the Gathering Club, Wednesdays, March 18 & April 1, 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.

Lego® Mindstorms® Club for Grades 6-12, Thursdays, March 19, April 9 & 23, 7-8:30 p.m. This is a club for members to learn and practice robotics skills, using Lego® Mindstorms® EV3 kits.

Stress Less – Mindful Tools for High School Students,** Sat, March 21, 2-3:30 p.m. Registered Yoga Teacher Jen Mast will give you tools to create more calm and less stress for yourself. For Grades 9-12.

Crafternoon for Grades 6-12 (Minecraft &/or Arts & Crafts), Wednesdays, March 25 & April 8, 3-4:30 p.m. Sibley Hall is reserved for you, and laptops are available for you 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, Wed, April 8, 7-8:30 p.m. View episodes of your favorite anime shows downloaded from Crunchyroll. Drawing supplies and refreshments are provided. Grades 6-12.

Groton READS: Orienteering Workshop* for Teens: Part I, Tues, April 21 (rescheduled from Tues, March 3) 7-8:30 pm. This is a two-part program with instructor Deborah Humiston of Ultimate Treasure Hunts, LLC. Participants must attend Part I in order to attend Part II on Sun, April 26 from 2-4 at Town Forest. Parents are welcome to register with their teenagers. Limited to 25 participants.

Children’s Programs

Online registration begins one week before each program and preference is given to Groton residents, except for Drop-In Crafts.

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 a.m. & 11:15-11:45 a.m. For babies & toddlers and their caregivers.

Story Time for 3, 4 & 5 Year-Olds, Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m.

Chapter Book Read-Aloud with Jennie, Thursdays, March 19, April 2, 4-4:30 p.m. (Please note: On April 9 the Read-Aloud is from 4:30-5 p.m.) Jennie Fitzkee reads aloud from some of the best children’s chapter books. Grades K-2.

LEGO® Club, Tuesdays, March 17 & April 21, 4-5 p.m. Bring your imagination! We’ve got the LEGO® bricks! Sign up online one week ahead.

Minecraft for Grades 2 and Up, Wed, March 25, 7-8 p.m. Play Minecraft together on the library’s dedicated server.

Tales & Tunes for Tots with Ed Morgan, Friday, March 27, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Always free and open to all.

GPL Hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs 10-9; Fri 10-6; Sat 10-5; Sun 1-5 Sept-Apr; closed Mon.

Telephone: Main: 448-1167, Info: 448-8000, Children’s: 448-1168 Website:

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