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GROTON — Looking for local playgroups or family day care? Come to the Children’s Room and use the Groton community information notebook. It is just the resource for busy parents. Information includes important phone numbers in Groton, classes, museums, and playgroups in Groton and surrounding communities.

Also, Sunday hours begin Jan. 8. The previous two years of Sunday hours were a pilot project funded by an anonymous donor. Come enjoy the library from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays through April 9.

Tips, Tricks and Ideas to Reduce Stress in Your Life will take place Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m., in Sibley Hall.

If you need to relax, January is the time to do it. Groton’s Dr. Joseph Tansey will focus on ideas to reduce your daily stress. He will also discuss specific relaxation techniques and hands-on practice of a meditation technique. Sign up online or call the library.

Gallery Reception and Artists’ Talk will take place on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., in Sibley Hall.

A new exhibition, — Digital Art: Works by Richard Newman, Noredin Morgan and Gil Roeder — will be on display in the art gallery from Jan. 14 to Feb. 24, 2006.

Join us for a special reception with a talk by the artists at 1:30 p.m.

Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits will take place Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m., in Sibley Hall.

Come share some of the most memorable moments in dramatic literature. Don’t miss the essence of the world’s greatest wordsmith with actor Richard Clark. He will portray 12 different characters with monologues and soliloquies from Shakespeare’s most famous plays.

“I act because I love it. It’s fun, and you give people pleasure — no better job in the world,” said Clark.

Sign up online or call the library.

New CDs this week

Louis Armstrong: “25 Greatest Hot Fives and Hot Sevens”

Dirty Dozen Brass Band: “Funeral for a Friend”

Dirty Dozen Brass Band: “Voodoo”

Franz Liszt (Panorama Series)

Jean Sibelius (Panorama Series)

Fall Out Boy: “From Under the Cork Tree”

Enya: “Amarantine”

The Kinks: “Lola v. the Powerman, & the Money-Go-Round, Pt. 1”

The Kinks: “Misfits”

Joss Stone: “Mind, Body and Soul”

System of a Down: “Mezmerize”

System of a Down: “Hypnotize”

Kate Bush: “Aerial”

Gorrilaz: “Demon Days”

Dire Straits: “Dire Straits”

Dire Straits: “Brothers in Arms”

Madonna: “Confessions on a Dance Floor”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers”

Book groups

Come sample one of the library’s book groups. They are free and open to all, just read the book and show up.

Jan. 24, from 7 to 8:45 p.m., in Sibley Hall. This Book Discussion Group will discuss “Robinson Crusoe,” by Daniel Defoe, and “In Search of Robinson Crusoe,” by Tim Severin.

Jan. 19, from 7 to 8:45 p.m., in the Community Room. The Mystery Book Discussion Group will discuss “Blood Will Tell,” by Dana Stabenow.

Programs for children

Dec. 28, from 1 to 2 p.m., in Sibley Hall. Vacation Craft Time.

Note: This craft requires working with peanut butter.

Drop in any time between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.

Jan. 10, from 7 to 8 p.m., in Sibley Hall. Caribbean for Kids will warm up your family with Caribbean music! Sing, swing, limbo and sway as kids perform songs put to a Caribbean beat, plus traditional Caribbean tunes. This program is for all ages.

Sign-up for residents begins online on Jan. 3. Sign-up for non-residents begins on Jan. 6.

Wednesdays beginning Jan. 11, from 10:30 to 11 and 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. Mother Goose Story Times is a first library experience for babies and toddlers and their parents or caregivers, with nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays, puppets and an introduction to books.

No registration is required, and each program is limited to 15 children on a first come, first serve basis. Preference is given to Groton residents.

Thursdays beginning Jan. 12, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. 3- to 5-Year-Old Story Times combines stories, songs and fingerplays selected for the interests and attention span of the preschooler. Children must be at least 3 years old to attend this program.

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

Jan. 12, from 7 to 7:45 p.m., in Sibley Hall. Pajama Story Time is a great bedtime wind-down with stories, songs and puppets. For ages 3 and up. Online registration required beginning one week in advance. Preference given to Groton residents.

Jan. 20, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., in Sibley Hall. Tales and Tunes is a story and music time for infants and preschoolers featuring popular children’s entertainers. Online registration begins one week in advance. Preference is given to Groton residents.

Programs for young adults

Jan. 10, from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., in Sibley Hall. Hot Books, Hot Chocolate book group for teens will discuss “Airborn” by Kenneth Oppel. Chocolate treats always served.

January 19, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., in Sibley Hall. Young Adult Advisory Council helps plan year-round programs and select new titles for the young adult collection.

For information e-mail Mrs. Kulvete at gkulvete@gpl.org. Food and fun provided.

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Also, you can get a handy e-mail reminder that your checked out items are about to become overdue, or be alerted by e-mail that an item you put on hold has arrived.

As always, we respect your privacy and will not give your e-mail address to anyone.

Library hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday and Monday the library is closed.

For information call the main desk at (978) 448-1167, information at (978) 448-8000, the children’s room at (978) 448-1168 or visit www.gpl.org.