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GROTON — Did you know that the Groton Public Library subscribes to 110 different magazines? This includes titles of interest to children, young adults and adults.

Do you need to relax or find some good ideas? Check out Body & Soul or Real Simple. Looking for a project to do with your children? Try Family Fun or Nick Jr. Or if you crave the great outdoors you might like to read AMC Outdoors or Bike Magazine. The magazines released before the current issue circulate for one week and are renewable!

Glimpses of Chinese Culinary Customs and History:

On Thursday, Dec. 8, from 7 to 8:45 p.m., in Sibley Hall, Ms. Show Yang of the Cider Mill of Groton will present the fabulous history and culture of Chinese cuisine. She will show stunning photographs of China as she describes the eight major regional cuisines.

Pictures with Santa:

Santa Claus is coming to town — and he’s making a stop at the Groton Public Library!

Join us on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., in the Community Room, as the Friends of the Groton Public Library sponsor the annual “Pictures with Santa.” Each child will have a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a picture taken, and receive a book and goodies from the Friends.

Registration for this special holiday tradition began Nov. 22 in the Children’s Room. A $10 donation is requested for the first picture, $5 for additional photos. Make your appointment with Santa early, as his schedule fills up quickly!

CD of the Week:

If you’ve seen the new Honda ad featuring a red Civic bouncing off the rooftops, you’ve also heard the infectious single, “Galang,” from M.I.A.’s album “Arular.”

A Londoner by way of India and Sri Lanka, M.I.A., whose real name is Maya Arulpragasam, collaborated with Philadelphia DJ Diplo to create a bouncy, jangly, beat-filled mix of hip-hop, electro, dance hall, grime and baile funk. It’ll get you moving.

Book groups:

Interested in reading and talking? Ever thought about joining a book group and didn’t know what it was like? Come sample the library’s book groups.

They are free and open to all-just read the book and come to the meeting:

* GPL Book Discussion Group, Thursday, Dec. 13, 7 to 8:45 p.m., in the Community Room. The group will discuss “Pig Earth” by John Berger.

* Mystery Book Discussion Group, Thursday, Dec. 15, 7 to 8:45 p.m., in the Community Room. The group will discuss “The Last Kashmiri Rose” by Barbara Cleverly.

Programs for Children:

* Mother Goose Story Times, Wednesdays, 10:30 to 11 a.m. and 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Mother Goose is a first library experience for babies and toddlers and their parents or caregivers, with nursery rhymes, songs, finger plays, puppets and an introduction to books. No registration required. Each program is limited to 15 children on a first come, first serve basis. Preference is given to Groton residents.

* Three- to 5-year -old Story Times, Thursdays, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Stories, songs, and finger plays selected for the interests and attention span of the preschooler. A child must be at least 3 years old to attend this program.

No registration required. The weekly program is limited to 20 children on a first come, first serve basis. Preference is given to Groton residents.

* Tales and Tunes, Friday, Dec. 9, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., in Sibley Hall.

Join us as the All Together Now Chorus regales us with songs and stories.

Online registration begins on Dec. 2. Preference given to Groton residents.

* Pajama Story Time, Thursday, Dec. 15, 7 to 7:45 p.m., in Sibley Hall. Come for a great bedtime wind down in your pajamas with stories, songs and puppets! Ages 3 and up.

Online registration required beginning one week in advance. Preference given to Groton residents.

Programs for young adults in middle and high school:

* Hot Books, Hot Chocolate book group for teens, Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., in Sibley Hall. Pick up a copy of So Yesterday by Scott Westerfield at the library today. Chocolate treats always served.

* Young Adult Advisory Council meets on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., in Sibley Hall.

Help to plan year round programs and select new titles for the young adult collection.

E-mail Mrs. Kulvete at if interested. Food will also provided.

* The library is currently looking for adult volunteers to assist in chaperoning the Llama Lounge on half days. Ideally this person will be interested in helping with craft activities designed for teens. Please contact Mrs. Kulvete at (978) 448-1167, ext. 15, or e-mail her at

* Check our Web site for other upcoming young adult programs.

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The library is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and is closed Sunday and Monday.

For information call (978) 448-1167, (978) 448-8000, or the Children’s Room at (978) 448-1168.