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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 American Art Series

    Started January 2022

    April 3: Georgia O'Keefe: Beyond the Blossoms – Flower painting has long been the realm of women artists, so it is not surprising that Georgia O’Keeffe is best known for her revolutionary floral still lifes. Of course, in her eight-decade-long career, O’Keeffe explored a variety of subjects, including the skyscrapers of NYC and the deserts of New Mexico. This program will shine a light on other subjects and examine the ways O’Keeffe employed abstraction to become known as the “Mother of American modernism.”

    May 15 - John Singer Sargent: Master with a Brush - John Singer Sargent, a masterful nineteenth-century artist, is celebrated for his Grand Manner portraiture of the European and American elite. This program will explore his most beloved as well as rarely seen images, including portraits, forays into Impressionism and stunning watercolors.

    June 5 - Keith Haring: AIDS, Advocacy and Art During his short life, Keith Haring had a meteoric rise from graffiti artist to the world of fine art to mainstream success. His iconic figures still function as familiar and beloved symbols in American culture. Learn more about the artist, the launch of his career and his advocacy around AIDS awareness.

  • 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 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.