Ann Wilson

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 gpl.org 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:  gpl.org


Feb 202015
 

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. The first two programs are:

Randy Pierce, moving upward

Randy Pierce, moving upward

Groton READS: Local Journalists Panel Discussion, Thurs, Feb 26, 7 p.m.. Panelists: Art Campbell, Editor and Publisher of The Groton Line; Russell Harris, Editor, and Deborah Johnson, Publisher and Editor of The Groton Herald; Gina Marini, Reporter for Groton Channel News; and Kate Walsh, Managing Editor of Nashoba Publishing, which publishes the Groton Landmark. A discussion of Tom Ryan’s Undertoad Newburyport newspaper as described in Following Atticus, the importance of the vital “fourth estate,” and the future of local journalism.

Groton READS: “Reaching Your Peak Potential” by Randy Pierce, Wed, March 4, 7 p.m.. Randy Pierce accomplished his goal to be the first blind hiker to summit all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-footers — in the summer and again in the winter — which he accomplished after being told he would never walk again because of a debilitating neurological condition He has also run a marathon, will run the Boston Marathon in April, and he is planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro later this year. Randy will be accompanied by his guide dog Autumn. Don’t miss this inspirational event!

Visit gpl.org for more scheduled Groton READS programs! And, Groton residents, don’t miss the opportunity to register now for the grand finale with TOM RYAN & amp; amp; ATTICUS on Sunday, April 12, at 2 p.m. Registration will be open to Tom’s enormous fan base starting Tuesday, February 24 at 10 a.m., so be sure to guarantee yourself a seat before then!

Best of (Mae) West Fest: Sunday Cinema at the Library, 2-4 PM, Sunday, Feb 22 (My Little Chickadee). Enjoy the movie, and then be our guest for “W.C. Fields and Mae West” an original play written and performed by the Delvena Theatre Company on Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m.. (Snow date: Sunday, March 8) The play is co-sponsored by the Groton Woman’s Club and the library.

Spring 2015 Lifelong Learning Courses start up the second week of March. Please see details at gpl.org.

Stories Only You Can Tell: Memoir Writing Workshop meets Tuesdays, March 3 — April 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m..This course, now in its 15th year, is designed to build confidence in beginning writers and re-energize more experienced writers. Facilitator Zoann Guernsey has led the workshop for the past five years. Preregistration is required at gpl.org (Click on “Calendar”) or by calling the library at 978-448-8000. Open to all, but preference given to Groton residents.

Chinese Language Group, 1-2:30 p.m., Wed, Feb 25.

3 4 U 2 C at the Owen Smith Shuman Gallery, Feb 3 — March 29. Artists’ Reception on Sat, March 28, 2-5 p.m.. 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:

LEGO® Mindstorms® Club for Grades 6-12, Thursdays, Feb 19 & amp; amp; March 19, 7-8:30 p.m.. This is the first of what we hope will be a monthly club for members to learn and practice robotics skills, using LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 kits.

Young Adult Winter Reading Program. Young adults in Grades 6-12: there is still time to log the books you read between December 19 and February 24 and earn prizes! Open to any Massachusetts young adult with a valid library card and PIN. Made possible by the generous support of the GPL Endowment.

Groton READS: Orienteering Workshop* for Teens: Part I, Tues, March 3, 7-8:30 p.m.. 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, March 8. Parents are welcome to register with their teenagers. Limited to 25 participants.

Magic the Gathering Club, Wednesdays, March 4 and 18, 3-5 p.m.. 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.

Women’s History Month Celebration: Journal Making with Jess Satnick,** Thurs, March 5, (two sessions) 4-6 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.. Grades 6-12. Please register, as space is limited.

Crafternoon for Grades 6-12 (Minecraft & amp; amp;/or Arts & amp; amp; Crafts), Wednesdays, March 11 & amp; amp; 25, 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.

Llama Lounge for Young Adults, Thurs, March 12, 11:45 a.m. — 3 p.m..

YA Anime Club, Wed, March 12, 7-8:30 p.m.. View episodes of your favorite animé shows downloaded from Crunchyroll. Drawing supplies and refreshments are provided. Grades 6-12.

Children’s Programs (Online registration begins one week before each program and preference is given to Groton residents, except for Drop-In Craft):

Rock Out & amp; amp; Read! Winter Reading Program for Children in Grades K-5 runs from February 1-28!Signup in the Children’s Room.

Author/Illustrator Talk with 3-Pound Therapy Dog, Norbert,* Tues, Feb 17, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Meet the real therapy dog who inspired the award-winning picture book Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? Norbert’s owners, Julie and Virginia Freyermuth, will also be there to talk about writing and illustrating the book together.

LEGO® Club, Tues, Feb 17, 4-5 p.m.Bring your imagination! We’ve got the LEGO® bricks! Sign up online one week ahead.

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

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

Preparing and Growing Food with Jodie Gilson, Thurs, Feb 19, 2-4 p.m. Ages 8-11

Game Night, Thurs, Feb 19, 7-8 p.m. Grades K-5

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

Mini-Motions,** Fri, Feb 27, 10:30-11:15 a.m.. Children ages 2 ½ to 5 years old can participate in this lively creative movement program with Karyn from Mini-Motions which includes dance, music, stretching, and creative skills with hoops and beanbags.

Book Worms, Kids Groton READS Book Discussion of Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer. Grades 4-5, Tues, March 3, 4:15-4:45 p.m..

Chapter Book Read-Aloud with Jennie, Thursdays, March 5, 12, & amp; amp; 19, 4-4:30 p.m.. Jennie Fitzkeereads aloud from some of the best children’s chapter books. Grades K-2.

Book Bears, Kids Groton READS Book Discussion of Ellie’s Long Walk by Pam Flowers. Grades 2-3, Thurs, 4-4:30 p.m..

Always free and open to all.

* Made possible by the GPL Endowment Fund.

**Made possible by a grant from the Town of Groton’s Trust Funds’ Lecture Fund.


Feb 082015
 
This entry is part 24 of 26 in the series Check It Out
Come visit with W.C. Fields and Mae West in a dressing room on the set of their production of My Little Chickadee when the Delvena Theatre Company presents “W.C. Fields and Mae West” at 2 p.m.on Sunday, March 1 at the Groton Public Library.Delvina Theatre Company

Come visit with W.C. Fields and Mae West in a dressing room on the set of their production of My Little Chickadee when the Delvena Theatre Company presents “W.C. Fields and Mae West” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 1 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. Visit gpl.org for details!

Lifelong Learning Courses will be starting up again the second week of March. Please see details at gpl.org.

Best of (Mae) West Fest: Sunday Cinema at the Library, 2-4 p.m., Sundays, Feb 8 (She Done Him Wrong); Feb 15 (I’m No Angel); Feb 22 (My Little Chickadee). Enjoy the movies, and then visit with W.C. Fields and Mae West in a dressing room on the set of their production of My Little Chickadee when the Delvena Theatre Company presents “W.C. Fields and Mae West” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 1. The play is co-sponsored by the Groton Woman’s Club and the library with the support of the GPL Endowment.

Young Adult Programs

YA Anime Club, Wed, Feb 5, 7-8:30 p.m. View episodes of your favorite animé shows downloaded from Crunchyroll. Drawing supplies and refreshments are provided. Grades 6-12.

Young Adult Winter Reading Progra.m.— Warm Up to a Good Book! Young adults in Grades 6-12 are invited to join our Winter Reading Program! Log the books you read between December 19 and February 24 and earn prizes. Open to any Massachusetts young adult with a valid library card and PIN. Made possible by the generous support of the GPL Endowment Trust.

Magic the Gathering Club, Wednesdays, Feb 4 & amp; 18, 3-5 p.m. 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 & amp;/or Arts & amp; Crafts), Wednesdays, Feb 18 & amp; 25, 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.

*NEW* Lego® Mindstorms® Club for Grades 6-12, Thurs, Feb 19, 7-8:30 p.m. This is the first of what we hope will be a monthly club for members to learn and practice robotics skills, using Lego® Mindstorms® EV3 kits.

Children’s Programs

(Online registration begins one week before each progra.m.and preference is given to Groton residents, except for Drop-In Craft):

* NEW * Rock Out & amp; Read! Winter Reading Progra.m.for Children in Grades K-5 runs from February 1-28! Sign up in the Children’s Room.

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

Story Time for 3, 4 & amp; 5 Year-Olds, Thursdays, 10:30-11 am.

LEGO® Club, Tues, Feb 17, 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, Feb 25, 7-8 p.m. Play Minecraft together on the library’s dedicated server.

Mini-Motions,** Fri, Feb 6 & amp; 27, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Children ages 2 ½ to 5 years old can participate in this lively creative movement progra.m.with Karyn from Mini-Motions which includes dance, music, stretching, and creative skills with hoops and beanbags.

Chapter Book Read-Aloud with Jennie, Thurs, Feb 5, 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 with Amy Conly, Fri, Feb 13, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Amy Conly performs music for children and their grown-ups!

Author/Illustrator Talk with 3-Pound Therapy Dog, Norbert,* Tues, Feb 17, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Meet the real therapy dog who inspired the award-winning picture book Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? & nbsp; Norbert’s owners, Julie Freyermuth and Virginia K. Freyermut, will also be there to talk about writing and illustrating the book together.

Cooking Class with Jodie Gilson, Thurs, Feb 19, 2-4 p.m.

Always free and open to all.

* Made possible by the GPL Endowment Fund.
**Made possible by a grant from the Town of Groton’s Trust Funds’ Lecture Fund.

For more information on events, the art gallery, and museum passes, visit www.gpl.org.  
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: & nbsp; gpl.org


Jan 092015
 
This entry is part 23 of 26 in the series Check It Out

Chef Liz Barbour returns with “Feasting from Literature!” on Tuesday, February 3 at 7 pm at the Groton Public Library. She will prepare two recipes inspired by her favorite novels, with samples for all. Registration is required.

Chef Liz Barbour returns with “Feasting from Literature!” on Tuesday, February 3 at 7 pm at the Groton Public Library. She will prepare two recipes inspired by her favorite novels, with samples for all. Registration is required.

The Groton Historical Society and GPL present Medical Practice in Early Small American Towns, Tues, Jan 13, 7 p.m. (Snow date: Jan 20, 7 p.m.) See Explore the “Good Old Days” of Small Town Medicine for details.

“Feasting from Literature” with Chef Liz Barbour,* Tues, Feb 3, 7-8:30 p.m. Sample two delicious recipes that Liz Barbour has found hidden in favorite novels she has read. Cooking demonstration, plus fun cooking tips for creating great meals at home. Registration required.

We’re sorry, but our “Learn Traditional Rug Hooking” Workshop on Sunday, January 11 is full. (Snow date January 25).

Young Adult Programs

Young Adult Winter Reading Program — Warm Up to a Good Book! Young adults in Grades 6-12 are invited to join our Winter Reading Program! Log the books you read between December 19 and February 24 and earn prizes. Open to any Massachusetts young adult with a valid library card and PIN. Made possible by the generous support of the GPL Endowment Trust.
Magic the Gathering Club, Wed, Jan 7 & 21, 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.
YA Anime Club, Wed, Jan 8, 7-8:30 p.m. View episodes of your favorite animé shows downloaded from Crunchyroll. Drawing supplies and refreshments are provided. Grades 6-12.
Crafternoon for Grades 6-12 (Minecraft &/or Arts & Crafts), Wednesdays, Jan 14 & 28, 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.
*NEW* High School Finals Study Café, Wed, Jan 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Need a place for your group to study for finals? Our two large meeting rooms have been reserved for you! Wi-Fi and laptops will be available. Pizza, coffee, and snacks will be served. Grades 9-12.
*NEW* Lego® Mindstorms® Club for Grades 6-12, Thurs, Jan 22, 7-8:30 p.m. This is the first of what we hope will be a monthly club for members to learn and practice robotics skills, using Lego® Mindstorms® EV3 kits.

Children’s Programs

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. (resumes Jan 7). For 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 (resumes Jan 8).
Chapter Book Read-Aloud with Jennie, Thurs, Jan 8 at 4:30-5 PM (A DIFFERENT TIME FOR JAN 8 ONLY) & Thurs, Jan 15, 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, Jan 9, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Online registration begins one week before the program and preference is given to Groton residents.
Printmaking with a Pasta Machine Press for Ages 7-10,** Tues, Jan 13, 4-5:30 p.m. Artist Suzanne Hauerstein teaches children how to make a beautiful print by etching Styrofoam, rolling it with ink, and sending it through a pasta machine! Registration required.
LEGO® Club, Tues, Jan 20, 4-5 PM. Bring your imagination! We’ve got the LEGO® bricks! Sign up online one week ahead.
Mini-Motions,** Fri, Jan 23 & 30, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Children ages 2 ½ to 5 years old can participate in this lively creative movement program with Karyn from Mini-Motions which includes dance, music, stretching, and creative skills with hoops and beanbags.
Minecraft for Grades 2 and Up, Wed, Jan 28, 7-8 PM. Play Minecraft together on the library’s dedicated server.


Nov 132014
 
This entry is part 21 of 26 in the series Check It Out

Singer and songwriter Ed Morgan, also known as “The Music Man,” promises to delight kids and their grown-ups at Tales and Tunes for Tots on Friday, November 21 from 10:30-11:15 a.m. at the Groton Public Library.

Singer and songwriter Ed Morgan, “The Music Man,” promises to delight kids and their grown-ups at Tales and Tunes for Tots on Friday, November 21 from 10:30-11:15 a.m. at the Groton Public Library.

Our Second Annual Local Authors’ Fair is this Sunday November 16, from 1-3 pm. Meet many of the talented authors in our area at a casual open house with delicious treats from Bliss Bakery. You can meet Cal Armistead, Richard Feitelberg, Betsy Fitzgerald, Connie Hambley, Dale Phillips, Caroline Poser, Emil Rechsteiner, Joe Ross, Marcia Synnott, Vlad Vaslyn, and Ursula Wong. Plan to stop by the library to chat with all these local authors, buy their books (maybe as holiday gifts), and enjoy live music by harpist Rebecca Swett — all on a cozy Sunday afternoon at GPL.

Betsy Fitzgerald, one of the charter exhibitors last year and a returning fan this year, said, “I love getting together with other local authors, and where better than our wonderful Groton Public Library? It was a lovely event last year with a lot of people shopping for holiday gifts, and a nice time to meet readers in a relaxed setting. You can grab some cookies from our great Bliss Bakery, grab some books and support local art.” (Fitzgerald is also Executive Editor of The Groton Line. — Ed.)

Knit nice at GPL

All are welcomed to take part in the new GPL Knitting Group which will meet every Thursday from 2-3:30 p.m. Bring your self-directed knitting project or other handicraft project. Open to all.

Boston Film Noir

The public is invited to view the films covered in the Lifelong Learning course on Boston Film Noir (whether or not you take the class). Registration is requested but not required to view the films. (The group will discuss the films during their classes on Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, and 10. Registration required for the course.) Film viewing schedule:
The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Thursday, November 6, 10:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
Monument Ave., Friday, November 14, 10:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
Mystic River, Thursday, November 20, 10:30 a.m. — 1 p.m.
The Town, Thursday, December 4, 10:30 a.m. — 1:15 p.m.

It’s A Wrap!

Gift Wrapping Workshop on Wednesday, December 3, 7-8:30 p.m. Bring up to four wrappable items and join us for an evening of fun and fresh gift wrapping ideas! Materials are supplied free of charge, but feel free to bring paper and ribbons to share. Led by Meg Riggs of the GPL staff. Please register, as space is limited.

The Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Series* will meet each Friday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. from December 5 through January 2. Join us for a formal English-style afternoon tea while watching one episode of Downton Abbey, Season 4 each week, in anticipation of the Season 5 premiere on January 4! Please register for each tea you plan to attend.

Young Adult Programs

Crafternoon for Grades 6-12 (Minecraft &/or Arts & Crafts), Wednesdays, November 19 & December 3, 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.
Magic the Gathering Club, Wednesday, November 12 and December 10, 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.
YA Anime Club, Wed, November 12, 7-8:30 p.m. View episodes of your favorite animé shows downloaded from Crunchyroll. Drawing supplies and refreshments are provided. Grades 6-12.
Llama Lounge for Young Adults, Thurs, November 13 & Wed, November 26, 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 school half-day. Play Wii games, board games, do a craft, enjoy some treats, listen to music and/or get your homework done.
YA Painting Workshop with Debra Banna, Fri, November 14, 3-5 p.m. Ms. Banna will bring several designs to choose from, and the group will pick on to do together. Free. Please register. Grades 6-12.
Teen Book Chat, Wed, November 19, 7-8 p.m. Each month we meet to talk about what’s new in young adult books (and movies). This month we will discuss books by Scott Westerfeld. His latest book Afterworlds explores the world of teen author Darcy and the world she creates in her first YA novel. Westerfeld’s Leviathan is a fun alternate history adventure, and Uglies was one of the first-ever dystopian YA novels.

Children’s Programs

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. (except 11/26). For 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.
Chapter Book Read-Aloud with Jennie, Thursdays, November 20, 4-4:30 p.m. Jennie Fitzkee reads aloud from some of the best children’s chapter books. Grades K-2.
Minecraft for Grades 2 and Up, Wed, November 12, 7-8 pm. Play Minecraft together on the library’s dedicated server.
LEGO® Club, Tues, November 18, 4-5 pm. Bring your imagination! We’ve got the LEGO® bricks! Sign up online one week ahead.
Tales and Tunes for November with Ed Morgan, “The Music Man,”* Friday, November 21, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Online registration begins one week before the program and preference is given to Groton residents.


Oct 102014
 
This entry is part 20 of 26 in the series Check It Out

Artist Nancy French provides felted wool from worn-out sweaters to teach felting and making mittens at her hands-on workshops October 22 and November 9Art Campbell | The Groton Line

Artist Nancy French provides felted wool from worn-out sweaters and teaches felting and making mittens at her hands-on workshops October 22 and November 9

OK, winter’s coming. And that means mittens. The Groton Public Library is letting you get a head start on the season, feel good about recycling old wool clothes, and maybe get a jump on your holiday gift list with unusual felting and mitten-making workshops late this month and in early November.

Lifelong Learning

Sign up now for four courses starting in November. Each course meets for five sessions. Lifelong Learning is made possible by Mary Jennings and our wonderful volunteer facilitators!

   Telling Your Story: Discover, Practice, Perform. Led by Owen S. Shuman, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., starting Nov 4.

   Immigrant Voices Speak Through Short Stories. Led by Mary Jennings, Tuesdays at 1 p.m., starting Nov 4.

   Women Hold Up Half the Sky: Part II. Led by Arlene Townes, Wednesdays at 1 p.m., starting Nov. 5.

   Boston Film Noir, led by Jon Glazier, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., starting November 5.

The French Conversation Group is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. on Thursdays: Oct 23Nov 6Nov 20, and Dec 4. Registration is required.

How Does History Shape the Character of Groton?** Tues, Oct 14, 7 p.m.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. Co-sponsored with the Groton Historical Society.

Making Herb or Salad Container Gardens for Winter*, Sun, Oct 19, 2 p.m.Set up a container garden for winter with Master Gardener Jodie Gilson. Registration is required.

Long Term Care: Myths, Facts & amp; Options, Tues, Oct 21, 6:30 p.m.All are invited to a panel discussion presented by the Groton Council on Aging with Director Kathy Shelp.

Felt Workshop: Mittens, Wed, Oct 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. & amp; Sun, Nov 9 from 2-4 pmCome to one of two workshops led by Nancy French and create a beautiful pair of mittens. They make great gifts!

Caption: Artist Nancy French provides felted wool from worn-out sweaters and teaches the process of felting and making mittens at her hands-on workshops on Wed, Oct 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and on Sun, Nov 9 from 2-4 pm at the Groton Public Library. Made possible by the GPL Endowment Fund. Please register and plan to attend just one workshop. Free and open to all.

Please sign up at gpl.org’s online calendar.

Sublime Sunflowers: Pastel Painting Like the Masters*, Wed, Nov 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.Artist Greg Maichack provides materials for this hands-on class. Please register as space is limited.

Local authors are invited to participate in the Second Annual Authors’ Fair on Sunday, November 16, 1-3 pmIf you have published a book in the last few years and are interested in more information, please contact Ann Wilson at awilson@gpl.org or leave a message for her at 978-448-8000.

Young Adult Programs:

The Fault in Our Stars: Read the Book, See the Movie, Tues, Oct 14, 3:15-5 pmCome with a friend and see the movie based on the best-selling book by John Green. Rated PG-13. Grades 6-12.

Magic the Gathering Club, Wed, Oct 15, 29 & amp; Nov 12, 3-5 pmCome 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.

Teen Book Chat, Wed, Oct 15, 7-8 pmEach 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+).

Crafternoon for Grades 6-12 (Minecraft & amp;/or Arts & amp; Crafts), Wed, Oct 22 & amp; Nov 53-4:30 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, Nov 12, 7-8:30 p.m.View episodes of your favorite animé shows downloaded from Crunchyroll. Drawing supplies and refreshments are provided. Grades 6-12.

Llama Lounge for Young Adults, Thurs, Oct 23 & amp; Thurs, Nov 1311:45 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 school half-day. Play Wii games, board games, do a craft, enjoy some treats, listen to music and/or get your homework done.

Children’s Programs (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 & amp; 11:15-11:45 a.m.For babies & amp; 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 & amp; 5 Year-Olds, Thursdays, 10:30-11 am.

Chapter Book Read-Aloud with Jennie, Thurs, Oct 16 & amp; Nov 6, 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 pmBring 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 pmFun activities, crafts, games, and a costume parade! Sign up online.

Minecraft for Grades 2 and Up, Wed, Nov 12, 7-8 pm. Play Minecraft together on the library’s dedicated server.

Always free and open to all.


Sep 152014
 

Enjoy the fun and challenge of Language Conversation Groups this fall at GPL! Free and open to all, thanks to the GPL Endowment Fund. Please see information below on how to register.

Spanish Conversation Group starts Tuesday, September 16 at 7 pm: Facilitator Veronica Mazzu is a native Spanish speaker from Chile and will be on hand every other Tuesday through June 2015 to share her love of her language and culture with you.

Chinese Language Study Group Exploratory Meeting on Wednesday, September 17 at 7 pm: Would you be interested in learning and practicing conversational Chinese? All levels from beginner to advanced are welcome. Native speakers would be especially welcome as ongoing participants or occasional mentors.

French Conversation Group: The French Conversation Group is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m.on five Thursdays: Oct 9, 23, Nov 6, 20, and Dec 4. These dates alternate with the weeks when the Spanish Group meets. Registration is required to help us plan.
 
If you are interested, please register with your name, email address, and phone number. To register, visit gpl.org and click on “Calendar” click on the hand icon for the date. You may also call to register at 978-448-8000. Please let us know if you will not be able to attend a meeting for which you registered.

The library will be closed from 10 a.m.– 12:15 p.m.on Thursday, September 18 for town employee training.

For more information on events, the art gallery, and museum passes, visit www.gpl.org.  
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:  gpl.org

 


Aug 082014
 
This entry is part 18 of 26 in the series Check It Out

Summer Reading

The Reading Programs for Children, Young Adults and Adults continue through August 22. Enjoy the fun of reading, along with prizes and programs for everyone who registers. Made possible by the GPL Endowment Fund.

Young Adult Programs:
Magic the Gathering Club, Tues, Aug 12, 6:30-8:30 pm.
YA Pizza & Movie Night: Divergent, Wed, Aug 13, 6-8:30 pm.
YA End of Summer Sundae Social, Wed, Aug 20, 7-8 pm. Come to the library for a sweet treat this last week of summer reading. Grades 6-12. 
Robots on the Run,* Thurs, Aug 21, 6-8 pm. This workshop aims to explain basic circuits and instructions on building a simple robot. Learn about interactive software called “Arduino.” Bring your broken electronics, and we’ll take them apart with you to learn about circuits. Supported by IEEE-USA K-12STEM Literacy Committee’s outreach program. Grades 5-12.
Minecraft, Wed, Aug 27, 7-8:30 pm.

Glass Painting Class** for Grades 5-8, Thurs, Aug 14, 7-8 pm. Make a sun catcher or a trivet when Magic Brush Pottery travels to the library for this hands-on class.

Children’s Programs (Online registration begins one week before each progra.m.and preference is given to Groton residents, except for Drop-In Craft):
Make a Super Ball,** Wed, Aug 6, K- Grade 2 from 1-1:45 pm; Grades 3-5 from 2-3 pm. Kim from Catch the Science Bug shows you how to make a super ball from a kit and test it against the store-bought version.
Flumpa and Friends,* Tues, Aug 12, 10:30-11:30 am. This lively interactive family adventure featured the six-foot-six, blue-eyed tree frog and his creator, Wendy Whitten, “The Singing Scientist.”
Sciencetellers Present Dragons & Dreams,** Fri, Aug 15, 10:30-11:15 am. Learn about the science of fire and ice through this interactive presentation. K-5.
Tanglewood Marionettes Presents Cinderella,* Thurs, Aug 21, 7-7:45 pm. Set in the 18th century and  featuring a dozen lavishly costumed 30” marionettes, this production of Cinderella is a Tanglewood Marionettes showpiece. All ages. To be held in the Performing Arts Center, Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School in Groton. No sign-up needed.

Always free and open to all.

* Made possible by the GPL Endowment Fund.
** Made possible by a grant from the Groton Trust Funds’ Lecture Fund.

For more information on events, the art gallery, and museum passes, visit www.gpl.org.  
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:  gpl.org

The Groton Public Library and the GPL Endowment invite the public to the Tanglewood Marionettes’ production of Cinderella on Thursday, August 21, from 7-7:45 p.m.in the Performing Art Center, Groton Dunstable Regional Middle School. This presentation of the classic fairy tale is the grand finale of the Children’s Summer Reading Program. No registration. All are welcomed.
 

Jul 102014
 
This entry is part 17 of 26 in the series Check It Out

Nate Ball, host of PBS’s award-winning series Design Squad and Design Squad Nation and author of the Alien in My Pocket Series, will speak at the Groton Public Library on Thursday, July 24 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children in Grades 2-5 will be inspired by this exciting and engaging presentation.

Nate Ball, host of PBS’s award-winning series Design Squad and Design Squad Nation and author of the Alien in My Pocket Series, will speak at the Groton Public Library on Thursday, July 24 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children in Grades 2-5 will be inspired by this exciting and engaging presentation.


Adults! There’s plenty of time to join the Adult Summer Reading Program! Adults: Register for our Adult Summer Reading Program which runs from June 19 — August 22. Read! Have fun! Win prizes! The more you read and play library BINGO, the greater your chances of winning! Weekly prizes will be gift cards for $50 to popular Groton businesses and the grand prize will be $250 to Gibbet Hill! Made possible by the GPL Endowment Fund.

The Summer Reading Programs for Young Adults and Children also run from Thursday, June 19 to Friday, August 22. Enjoy the fun of reading, along with prizes and programs for everyone who registers. Made possible by the GPL Endowment Fund.

Gardening Get Together: Coping with the Unwanted: Weeds and Pests, Tues, July 8, 7-8 pm. Cindy Sweezey will offer helpful tips to gardeners.

Young Adult Programs

Sign up for the SRP, and pick up some reading materials, films, and computer games.

  • YA Pizza & Movie Night: The Book Thief, Tues, July 8, 6-8:15 p.m.
  • YA Anime Club, Wed, July 9, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Museum of Science presents: Super-Cold Science (Grades 5-12), Thurs, July 10, 8-8:30 p.m.
  • YA Pizza & Movie Night: Divergent, Wed, July 16, 6-8:15 p.m.
  • Minecraft Club, Wed, July 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • YA Pizza & Movie Night: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Thurs, July 24, 5:45-8:30 p.m.
  • Science in the Kitchen for Grades 4-6, Wed, July 30, 7-8 pm.
  • Henna & Art Party, Thurs, July 31, 7-8:30 p.m.

Children’s Programs

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

  • Lego Movie, Tues, July 8, 10:30 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.
  • Drop-In Craft, Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Museum of Science presents: Super-Cold Science (Grades 1-4), Thurs, July 10, 7-7:30 p.m.
  • The Nightingale Musical Play,*** Fri, July 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The Little Red Wagon’s play is a re-imagined telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s story. Grades Pre-K to 4.
  • Mad Science-Spin, Pop, & Boom Show,*** Tues, July 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join the fun and marvel at exciting science demonstrations. All ages**
  • Sparky’s Puppets,* Fri, July 18, 10:30-11:15 a.m. A scientist builds a time machine and sets the dial for the past … then the future in this delightful puppet show. Ages 3-10**
  • Barn Babies,*** Tues, July 22. Please sign up for only one of these time slots: 10-10:30 a.m.; 10:30-11 am; 11-11:30 a.m.; or 11:30-12 noon. A little potbellied pig, a diapered goat, bunnies, puppies, kittens … Children are welcomed to pet and hold baby animals. All ages**
  • Nate Ball,* Thurs, July 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Meet Nate Ball, the host of PBS’s series Design Squad and Design Squad Nation and author of Alien in My Pocket series. Grades 2-5**
  • Musician David Grover, *Fri, July 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Lively, interactive concert for all ages.**
  • Fizz, Foam, Bubble, Pop! Hands-On Science with Kosmic Kelly, Tues, July 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3+**

Always free and open to all.

* Made possible by the GPL Endowment Fund.
** Online registration begins one week before program and preference is given to Groton residents.
*** Made possible by a grant from the Groton Trust Funds’ Lecture Fund.


Jun 112014
 
This entry is part 16 of 26 in the series Check It Out

Experienced actor and drama teacher Jape Payette will lead a Teen Improv Acting Class at the Groton Public Library on Thursday, June 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Made possible by the GPL Endowment Fund.
 

Summer Reading

Programs for Adults, YAs, and Children!

Adults are invited to join the Adult Summer Reading Program! Adults: Register for our Adult Summer Reading Program beginning Thursday, June 19! Read! Have fun! Win prizes! The more you read and play library BINGO, the greater your chances of winning! Weekly prizes will be gift cards for $50 to popular Groton businesses and the grand prize will be $250 to Gibbet Hill! Made possible by the GPL Endowment Fund.

The Summer Reading Programs for Young Adults and Children also begin on Thursday, June 19 and run to Friday, August 22. Enjoy the fun of reading, along with prizes and programs for everyone who registers. Made possible by the GPL Endowment Fund.


Singularity: The Unique Print: The Owen Smith Shuman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibit of monotypes and monoprints from printmakers Justin Campaniello, Catherine Kernan, and Jan Cadman Powell. & nbsp; The exhibit is on view in the gallery from June 6-August 1, 2014 and there will be a reception with the artists on Tuesday, June 24th from 6:30-8PM. This will be Deborah Santoro’s last exhibit as curator for the GPL, and she will give a brief talk about the exhibit at 7 p.m.

An Introduction to Bee Keeping by John Kelly, Tuesday, June 10, 7-8:30 p.m. Learn about the basics: from hive to honey! & nbsp; Registration requested, but not required.

New Retirement Planning Strategies Seminar, Tues, June 17, 6:30-8 pm. Groton Council on Aging and the library present a free seminar by guest speakers George and Steve Pessotti. The program will be held in Sibley Hall on the 2nd floor of the library. To RSVP, please call Groton Council on Aging at 978-448-1170.

Young Adult Programs:
YA Anime Club, Wed, June 11, 7-8:30 p.m. Grades 6-12.
Magic the Gathering Club,* Wed, June 18, 3-5 pm. Grades 6-12.
Last Day Llama Lounge, Thurs, June 19, 11:30 a.m. — 3 p.m. It’s the last day of school and the first day of the YA Summer Reading Program. Sign up for the SRP, pick up some reading materials, enjoy playing games, use craft materials, and snack & amp; relax with your friends. Grades 5-8.
Minecraft Club, Wed, June 25, 7-8:30 p.m. Minecraft fans gather every month (including July and August) to play on the library’s dedicated server. Grades 6-12.
Teen Improv Acting Class,* Thurs, June 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Experienced actor & amp; drama teacher Jape Payette will share games in the style of TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Grades 6-12.

Special Program for Grades 3-8: iRobot, Fri, June 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m. iRobot Corporation of Bedford will give a demonstration on robots. iRobot’s fascinating research has expanded what robots are able to do. The program is part of the company’s outreach program. Free.

Children’s Programs:
Bryson Lang: The Cure for the Common Show!* Wed, June 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m.** Children’s Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Event. Bryson Lang mixes original comedy, audience participation, juggling, improv, giant beach balls, and a few surprises, too! All ages
Read to Roly or Huggs, Wednesdays, 4-5 pm. & nbsp; These certified therapy dogs love children, books, and reading. Sign your child up for one 15-minute session with Roly or Huggs. & nbsp;

Always free and open to all.

* Made possible by the GPL Endowment Fund.
** Online registration begins one week before program and preference is given to Groton residents.

For more information on events, the art gallery, and museum passes, visit www.gpl.org.  
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: & nbsp; gpl.org