In addition to traditional book groups, GPL hosts many other gatherings and activities for adults of all ages. All are welcome!

Groups are self-determining how they meet during 2022/23. MOST groups WILL continue offering virtual access upon request. If you are uncomfortable or unable to attend the group in person, contact adultprograms@gpl.org to arrange for a zoom link to attend the group virtually! Please check the Calendar for individual dates and details.

  • Spice Club

    Each month will feature a different spice or spice mix from around the world. The spice kit will include a small amount of the spice, some recipes, and a bit of history or context around the spice's use around the world. There will also be additional resources from our collection listed for further exploration.

    This is a passive program. GPL will provide the resources for you to explore. There is not, however, a live or virtual meeting connected
    with this group at this time. Feel free to share about your experience via email to adultprograms@gpl.org or via our Facebook or Instagram accounts.

    Please check the Calendar for individual dates.

    Generously supported by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust.

  • GPL Knitting & Crochet Group

    The knitting and crochet group meets weekly, on Thursday afternoons throughout the year, between 1:30 - 3:30pm. Other needlecrafts or handcrafts are welcome. This is an informal gathering. Feel free to come and go within the time period as your schedule allows. This is a time for self-directed work on our own projects with casual conversation, but members are willing to share tips and ideas.

    Meetings are held in the library, usually in the Community Room on the lower level. In nice weather, the group may decide to meet outdoors, gathering in the garden behind the library. Check the Calendar for individual dates and any last-minute decisions about meeting location based upon the weather. Contact Susanne for more information.

  • Trivia Tuesday

    Answer weekly trivia questions with a different theme or focus each week! Please check the Calendar for individual dates.

    Signing up for this event signs you up for the entire series and allows for the questions to be emailed to you.

  • Plant Powered Group

    Interested in exploring plant-based eating? Trying to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet? Want to expand your vegetarian or vegan options? Join a group of Groton area locals to discuss plant-based eating each month. The group is welcoming of everyone, regardless of their place in the journey of plant-based eating.

    Each month the group will focus on a different topic to guide discussion.

    September 13, 2022- Special Guest Jeanne Schumacher discusses Whole Food Plant-Based Eating!

    October 11, 2022- Hiding Veggies for Picky Eaters

    November 8, 2022- Special Guest Judith Taylor leads us on Adventures in Microgreens!

    December 13, 2022 - Holidays are a time to connect with family and friends through quality time and EATING! This month we will discuss how to navigate the holidays as a plant based eater. People are encouraged to bring a holiday recipe to share with the group.

  • Foreign Film Favorites

    Explore cultures from around the world through award-winning, internationally produced films. This is a great opportunity to gather with others to watch the film and then stick around for a lively discussion after! Unfortunately, we can't share snacks at this time.

    September 27The Intouchables (France)

    In Paris, the aristocratic and intellectual Philippe is a quadriplegic millionaire who is interviewing candidates for the position of his career, with his red-haired secretary Magalie. Out of the blue, Driss cuts the line of candidates and brings a document from the Social Security and asks Phillipe to sign it to prove that he is seeking a job position so he can receive his unemployment benefit. Philippe challenges Driss, offering him a trial period of one month to gain experience helping him. Then Driss can decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. Driss accepts the challenge and moves to the mansion, changing the boring life of Phillipe and his employees.

    October 25Lunana - A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan) MEETS AT 2PM

    A young teacher in modern Bhutan, Ugyen, shirks his duties while planning to go to Australia to become a singer. As a reprimand, his superiors send him to the most remote school in the world, a glacial Himalayan village called Lunana, to complete his service. He finds himself exiled from his Westernized comforts after an arduous 8 day trek just to get there. There he finds no electricity, no textbooks, not even a blackboard. Though poor, the villagers extend a warm welcome to their new teacher, but he faces the daunting task of teaching the village children without any supplies. He wants to quit and go home, but he begins to learn of the hardship in the lives of the beautiful children he teaches, and begins to be transformed through the amazing spiritual strength of the villagers.

    November 29Identifying Features (Mexico)

    Months after Jesús (Juan Jesús Varela) set out on foot for the U.S. with a friend from their rural town in Guanajuato, Magdalena (Mercedes Hernandez) has lost contact with her beloved adolescent son. Determined to unravel his fate, Magdalena soon finds herself in over her head, entangled in an expansive crime syndicate and labyrinth of disorienting lies on an increasingly surreal journey to uncover the truth. At the mercy of those with the power and courage to help her find closure, Magdalena's path fortuitously converges with that of Miguel (David Illescas), a young man not unlike her son Jesús, returning from U.S. deportation. Ensconced within the realm of magical-realism while exhibiting remarkable restraint, IDENTIFYING FEATURES is an impressive, symbolic re-imagining of a culture adrift and seeking spiritual reunification. Winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Audience and Screenplay Awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

    December 27Departures (Japan)

    Daigo Kobayashi is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and now finds himself without a job. Daigo decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled "Departures" thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a "Nokanshi" or "encoffineer," a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art of "Nokanshi," acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he unco vers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living.

    January 31 – My Name is Salt (India)

    Year after year, for an endless eight months, thousands of families move to a desert in India to extract salt from the burning earth. Every monsoon their salt fields are washed away, as the desert turns into sea.

    February 28 – The Lives of Others (Germany)

    Gerd Wiesler is an officer with the Stasi, the East German secret police. The film begins in 1984 when Wiesler attends a play written by Georg Dreyman, who is considered by many to be the ultimate example of the loyal citizen. Wiesler has a gut feeling that Dreyman can't be as ideal as he seems, and believes surveillance is called for. The Minister of Culture agrees but only later does Wiesler learn that the Minister sees Dreyman as a rival and lusts after his partner Christa-Maria. The more time he spends listening in on them, the more he comes to care about them. The once rigid Stasi officer begins to intervene in their lives, in a positive way, protecting them whenever possible. Eventually, Wiesler's activities catch up to him and while there is no proof of wrongdoing, he finds himself in menial jobs - until the unbelievable happens.

    March 28 – Incendies (French Canada)

    A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to the Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep- rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.

    April 25 – Barley Fields on the Other Side of the Mountain (Tibet)

    Sixteen-year-old Pema lives in the remote mountains of Tibet. For generations her family has farmed their barley fields in peace. But when Pema's father is taken away by the Chinese authorities, her world is shattered. A Buddhist nun from the local nunnery walks into Pema's life and invites her to join a group of locals escaping persecution by walking over the Himalayas, into India. Pema is torn: can she leave her mother, grandmother and younger siblings at this time of crisis? Has she the right, or the courage, to join her friend and seek a new life for herself? As Pema struggles with her dilemma, there is no news about her imprisoned father. The clock is ticking, for everyone. Told through the eyes of a teenage girl, Barley Fields On The Other Side Of The Mountain is a film about the price of freedom, and who pays it. Shot entirely on location in the Himalayas with a non-professional cast, it is directed by a Chinese filmmaker determined to give a voice to the oppressed of Tibet through the story about the love of parents for their children

    May 30 – After the Wedding (Denmark)

    Jacob Pederson lives in shanty surroundings in Bombay, India, and assists in the running of Anand Orphanage and School. He had attempted a number of projects to assist orphans, including child prostitutes - all quite in vain. He has adopted a young male orphan, Pramod, and takes special care of him. With growing pressure on the facilities, which is on the verge bankruptcy, the orphanage receives an offer of funding from wealthy Danish citizen, Jörgen, which may put an end to its problems. In order to obtain the money, Jacob must travel to Copenhagen, meet with Jörgen, get financial assistance, and be back to celebrate Pramod's 8th birthday. He sets forth, is received by Christian Refner, an employee and future son-in-law of Jörgen. Jacob is shown all possible courtesy and even housed in a posh apartment. He subsequently meets with Jörgen, shows him video-tapes and submits that a few Kroner could really save several lives which would otherwise succumb to minor illnesses and infections. Jorgen views the videos, but does not display much interest. He invites Jacob to attend his daughter's wedding. Jacob does attend the ceremony, is introduced to Helene, Jorgen's wife; the bride, Anna; and Jorgen's twins - Martin and Morten. After the wedding ceremony, Christian makes a speech. Quite unconventionally, Anna also decides to make a speech - it is this speech that will shatter Jacob's world, slowly make him realize that this invitation to Copenhagen was a ploy to not only ensnare him but also prevent him from returning to India.

    June 27 - This is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (Lesotho)

    When her village is threatened with forced resettlement due to reservoir construction, an 80-year-old widow finds a new will to live and ignites the spirit of resilience within her community.

    Sponsored by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust.

  • Monthly Writers' Critique Groups with Seven Bridge

    Seven Bridge Writers Collaborative(SBWC) hosts this Monthly Writing Critique Group for all genre writers. The group meets the third Tuesday of every month IN PERSON from 6:00 - 8:00pm. To register and participate, contact Seven Bridge Writers' Collaborative at 7bridgewriterscollaborative@gmail.com.

    Critique, from the Greek kritike tekhne 'the critical art.'

    SBWC invites writers to contact us if they are interested in critique. SBWC both facilitates beginning groups and acts as a clearinghouse, connecting experienced writers looking for a new workshopping community. SBWC current has both day time and evening groups meeting in three different towns.

    The critique workshop is not about the writer's background, approach, or choice of subject matter, but about the work on the page. By closely examining the work of others in terms of craft (character, point of view, setting, action, dialogue, etc.) we are better equipped to revisit our own work—to see its successes and failures, and to improve as readers, editors, and writers.

    Allowing our work to be read by others involves risk, and, for some, considerable trepidation. Our goal is always to support the writer in the revision process. Comments are respectful, based on a thorough reading of the submission, and are supported with specific examples from the manuscript. Instead of speaking in negatives or positives, our comments strive to be helpful.

    Critique workshops are a collaborative effort, but remember, you are the final editor of your work. Ultimately, you, the writer, make the final decisions about whether or how feedback applies to the vision you have for your story.

    Seven Bridge Writers' Collaborative is a 501(c)3 non-profit creative writing organization that connects writers through educational programming, writers groups, and literary events to encourage, enrich, and support a literary community integral to the cultural life of central Massachusetts. For more information, please visit sevenbridge.org.

  • Bodies in the Library (Mystery Writer's Group)

    Are you writing a mystery? A thriller or suspense novel? Are you thinking about writing one? Join this group for helpful advice and encouragement from others who love all forms of mystery genre. Share your work in-progress and cheer on others.

    The group meets every other Wednesday as a virtual meeting from 5:00 - 6:30pm.

Looking for the Spanish Conversation Group? It's under Lifelong Learning.