Groton Reads 2021

Groton Reads 2021

Groton Reads March this March!

The Groton Public Library kicks off its 17th annual community-wide reading event. We celebrate reading and community by coming together over one book: March, by John Lewis, with Andrew Aydin and art by Nate Powell.

For the first time, the Groton Reads selection is a graphic novel – a graphic novel trilogy in fact. We are excited to introduce this literary and visual format to many adults with this National Book Award-winner. Graphic novels can be comics, but they have expanded well beyond that into serious adult fiction and nonfiction. March is a historical memoir by John Lewis that uses sequential art along with narration to powerfully convey his personal experiences in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in the South.

Groton Reads events kick off with Graphic Novels 101 (Sunday, Feb. 28, 2 pm) and run all month long. For the grand finale event, we are honored to host co-author Andrew Aydin, who will zoom in live from Washington, D.C., to talk about John Lewis and the March trilogy on Sunday, March 28, at 2 pm.

Please join us for a wide range of book-inspired events and workshops. There are several events for kids and teens, too! Young adults in grades 6-12 can participate in book discussions, art, crafts, a leadership program, and zines. Kids and families can get involved in discussing books, art events, crafts, storytimes, and a scout fun patch program.

Download the entire program of events.

See our online events calendar to sign up for programs.

Events run throughout March and beyond. Registration is required for every event to receive the zoom link and space is limited for some programs. All events will be held on Zoom.

There will be a call for art inspired by the books and a bingo activity for teens and adults that encourages participation in the entire array of events and beyond. Each bingo will “earn” a small contribution to First Teachers in Boston (thanks to the GPL Endowment Trust), which helps parents and caregivers in Roxbury and Dorchester ready their children for kindergarten. (See Resource Lists below for activity ideas.)

Reserve a boxed set containing all three books:

March, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, art by Nate Powell.

Also available in ebook format on Hoopla!


What comes after March? Download our brochure with additional resources.

Ready to dig a little deeper? Explore more resources:

Groton Reads is an annual event coordinated by the Groton Public Library and sponsored by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust. Now in its 17th year. Click here to see a full list of Groton READS titles from years past. Events are free and open to all.