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Learning doesn’t stop when one becomes an adult. We keep changing and growing, discovering new areas we’d like to study. Adult learners often learn for the love of it, not for the attainment of a degree or certificate. The Lifelong Learning @ GPL program seeks to bring together people who: 1) like to share what they know with others, and 2) like to learn new things together.

The group leaders of the program are experts who plan and facilitate short seminars. These seminars usually run for a number of weeks with one 90-minute session each week. Participation is limited to promote active involvement and discussion. It is hoped that participants can attend most, if not all, of the classes in a series.

Individuals may sign up for these programs online using the Calendar or by calling the library. Signup is handled on a first come, first served basis.

All materials and activities in Lifelong Learning are free of charge to participants. Books, films, and readings are available for check-out at the library.

Made possible with the support of the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust.

  • Culturally Curious, The Art of Controversy: Art Rivalries, Scandals, and Criminality

    Starts Wednesday, September 15, 2021

    September 15: Frenemies: The Art World’s Greatest Rivalries – This program will examine the ways some of the world’s greatest artists challenged and competed with each other for commissions, sales, and status. Learn about rivalries between da Vinci and Michelangelo, Constable and Turner and Matisse and Picasso and decide who history has treated most kindly.
    September 22: The Art of the Scandal: Thefts, Vandals, and Forgeries – This program explores some of the most brazen criminal acts in the art world and features works by artists including da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt. Learn more about works that were targeted and how they were recovered and restored for our enjoyment today.
    September 29: Caravaggio: Criminality and Baroque Drama – Caravaggio was the most famous painter in Italy in the 1600s. His dark, often violent images established a dominant style for decades and his own lawless lifestyle was reflected in the brutal scenes he painted. Find out more about the artist, his crimes and his incredible influence in the world of art.

  • Stories Only You Can Tell: Memoir-Writing

    Starts Wednesday, October 6, 2021

    Our life experiences are rich with stories. Here is the opportunity to record memories, write your family stories, or revise an earlier attempt at family history. This course is designed to build confidence in beginning writers and re-energize experienced ones. First time participants and Groton residents given preference.

  • Let's Talk About It: Race with Meghan Smith

    Starts Sunday, October 10, 2021

    LET’S TALK ABOUT IT is a new Lifelong Learning series that will focus on a different challenging topic each season. Learn, gain skills, and build community through small group, in-depth conversations facilitated by experts in the field.

    LET’S TALK ABOUT IT: RACE with Meghan Smith, meets weekly for 6 Sundays, October 10 to November 14, 2:00 - 3:30pm on Zoom

    Week 1: Listening
    Week 2: Speaking and Difficult Conversations
    Weeks 3-4: Discussing Race in General
    Weeks 5-6: Critical Race Theory: What it is & How it is Used

  • Spanish Conversation Group (year-round)

    Venga y practica su espanol!

    Group leader, Veronica Mazzu, is a native Spanish speaker from Chile and a public school Spanish teacher in Southborough. The Spanish Conversation Group meets twice monthly on Tuesdays (usually the first and third), 6:00 - 8:00pm. Runs September through July.

    Throughout the COVID-19 period, this group has been meeting on Zoom. 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 link to attend the group virtually! Please check the Calendar for individual dates and details.

    Generously supported by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust.

  • Great Decisions (returning January 2022)

    For the past several years, the library has participated in America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting in a weekly discussion group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. The Foreign Policy Associations' Annual Briefing Book comes out each January and are provided to participants thanks to the generosity of the GPL Endowment Trust.

    The next Library Great Decisions Discussion Series will begin in late January 2022.