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

All groups will meet in person during Fall 2021. However, the library WILL continue offering virtual access to all groups upon request. If you are unable to attend the group in person, contact adultprograms@gpl.org to arrange for a zoom invite 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 1 - This month we are joining forces with the Libraries’ Spice Club! Come and share interesting ways of cooking with spices. The spice club provides large spice samples and recipes for all lifestyles. We will discuss some of our favorite spices from the club over the last few months: Chinese five spice, coriander, Fenugreek, turmeric, and tamarind.

    October 6 - Is your kitchen the heart of your home? This October the Plant Based Eaters group will discuss organizing your kitchen to inspire plant based cooking and help make cooking easier.

    November 3 - Join us November 3rd for a special guest chef! We will explore Ayurvedic cooking and learn to cook and eat in a way that aligns with nature’s seasonal changes.

    December 1 - 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!

    January 5 - Food as Medicine with Kathy Yang (guest speaker)

    Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses natural foods as medicine for promoting health, preventing disease and maintaining or losing weight. A healthy diet depends on your individual body type and its balance of yin (cooling and wet) and yang (warming and dry) foods. Choosing the right diet for you begins with understanding what foods are healing and what foods are disruptive for your digestive system, i.e. digestion, absorption, and elimination.

    This discussion will address common questions about a healthy diet from a TCM perspective, such as:

    • What should I eat to be healthy?

    • How many vegetables should I be eating in a day?

    • Why should we eat more vegetables?

    • When should I eat my meals?

    • Can food affect my mood?

    • Is chocolate good or bad?

    Kathy is passionate about sharing her knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine to help people attain health and balance—spiritually, mentally and physically. Kathy received her Master’s degree with distinction in Chinese Medicine from Middlesex University in London, UK with a joint degree from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. She also holds a BSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Boston University and was honored with the Scarlet Key Award, one of the University’s highest academic honors. Kathy brings a wide range of clinical experience and knowledge working in a Beijing hospital and in neuroscience research at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

    Generously sponsored by members of the Plant Powered Group.

    February 2 - Creating Healthy Habits (guest speaker)

    Plant based eating is a lifestyle, not a diet. Lifestyle medicine coach and instructor Adriana Gambino is joining us for the New Year to help us with “Creating Healthy Eating Habits”.

    March 2 - Getting in your Greens

    Join us to discuss everything green! How many servings of greens do we need? We will share creative ways to get in your leafy greens and tips on preparing kale.

    April 6 - Spring Cleaning Your Body

    With the change in season, longer days, frost thawing, we will focusing this month on spring cleaning our body.

    May 4 - Smorgasbord of Vegetables

    Now is the time to plan ahead to ensure you have lots of vegetables available to you in the coming seasons. We will discuss spring planting, CSA's, Local Farm stands and everything Vegetable!

    June 1 - Plant Powered Meet and Greet

    Outdoor picnic and lawn games at the Groton Public Library (weather and Covid restrictions permitting)

    Generously sponsored by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust.

  • 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 22Roma (Mexico)

    October 20Cinema Paradiso (Italy)

    November 17Hunt for the Wilderpeople (New Zealand)

    December 15Jean de Florette (France)

    January 26About Elly (Iran)

    February 16Gloria (Chile)

    March 30Ballad of a Soldier (Russia)

    April 27The Lunchbox (India)

    May 25Raise the Red Lantern (China)

    June 22 - I Am Not a Witch (Zambia)

    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. One group meets the third Tuesday of every month as a virtual meeting from 6:00 - 8:00pm. The other group meets the fourth Wednesday of every month during the same time. To register and participate, contact Seven Bridge Writers' Collaborative at 7bridgewriterscollaborative@gmail.com.

    GPL currently offers three monthly critique groups: Bodies in the Library (for mystery writers) as well as two general writing groups. The Tuesday group is facilitated by Blue Catalano. The Wednesday group's leader is Ella Carson. Participants should choose one of the two groups to attend.

    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) with Seven Bridge

    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.

    Seven Bridge Writers Collaborative(SBWC) hosts this mystery writers' critique group. The group meets every other Wednesday as a virtual meeting from 5:00 - 6:30pm. 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.

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