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Groton Reads is an Annual Community-Wide Reading Event coordinated by GPL. It asks, "What if everyone in Groton read the same book?"

2021: Groton Read March this past March!

The Groton Public Library held its 17th annual community-wide reading event this past March, 2021. We celebrated 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 was a graphic novel – a graphic novel non-fiction trilogy in fact. We were 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 kicked off with Graphic Novels 101 and for the grand finale event, we were honored to host co-author Andrew Aydin in a live program on Zoom to talk about working with John Lewis and the decade of work it took to create the March trilogy.

Many people joined us for a wide range of book-inspired events and workshops. There were several events for kids and teens, too!

View the entire program of events for March. We have recordings of some events. If interested, please contact

We thank Owen Shuman for serving as volunteer co-coordinator of Groton Reads for March. Your contribution was essential; we couldn't have done it without you!

As always, we thank the GPL Endowment Trust for their support of this annual event.

See a full list of Groton Reads titles from 2005-present.

Watch this page for our next annual Groton Reads coming in March 2022!