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Beat the winter blues with the library’s many programs

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GROTON — Check out what’s new at the Groton Public Library.

* One Book, One Groton ‘06: As last year’s program confirmed, OBOG celebrates reading, community and the exchange of ideas among people of all ages. The library is excited about repeating this community-wide read with support from the Groton Public Library endowment fund. This time the book is “The Giver,” by Lois Lowry, a Newbery award-winning science fiction novel that raises complex ethical issues that are sure to promote lively discussion.

The library is now giving 100 free copies of “The Giver” at its circulation desk. Come pick up one today, and sign up for a group discussion. There will be four discussion groups in the library: Feb. 9, 10, 12 and 16.

All groups will provide refreshments, leaders, and are free and open to everyone.

* Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., in Sibley Hall, Cooking with Chocolate. Experience the savory side of chocolate with chef Liz Barbour. Barbour has been cooking professionally in the Boston area since 1992. She will share her culinary skills and a relaxed and humorous attitude toward food that simplifies the cooking process. Sit back and watch while Liz prepares various dishes for you to enjoy. For information visit www.thecreativefeast.com. To sign up call (978) 448-8000 or visit www.gpl.org. Groton residents are given preference.

CD review

Secret Museum of Mankind: “Ethnic Music Classics,” volumes 1 to 3.

If you like your folk music worldly or your world music folky, check out these discs.

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.

* Thursday, February 16, from 7 to 8:45 p.m., in the small conference room, Mystery Book Discussion Group. We will discuss “Amnesia,” by G.H. Ephron.

Programs for children

* 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, 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.

* Friday, Feb. 17, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., in Sibley Hall, Tales and Tunes. This is story and music time for infants and preschoolers featuring popular children’s entertainers.

Online registration begins one week before the program with preference given to Groton residents.

* Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m., in The Hall at The Groton School. Join us as we are entertained by Odds Bodkin, one of the country’s best storytellers.

* Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 1 to 2 p.m., in Sibley Hall, Vacation Craft Time. Shake those winter blues and come join us at craft time. We will be making jumping bunnies.

No registration is necessary, just drop in anytime between 1 and 2 p.m.

Programs for young adults

* Feb. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in Sibley Hall. Hot Books, Hot Chocolate book group for teens will discuss “The Giver” by Lois Lowry. Chocolate treats always served.

* Feb. 23, 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.

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

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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.