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Happy Holidays! Holiday hours: Open Friday, Dec. 31 until 5 p.m. Closed Jan. 1.

Start the New Year with these magazines now at the library: Cooking Light, Faces (a multicultural magazine for kids), Game Informer (about video games for teens), Pets Magazine, Self, Orion, and Yes! Journal of Positive Futures. Check out up to 10 magazines at a time for one week.

GrotonREADS 2010 Kickoff Event! Sunday, Jan., 9, 1 to 3 p.m. This year’s selection is “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures” by Anne Fadiman. Pick up a copy of the book and some traditional green tea, listen to music played by a Hmong musician and share your immigrant stories. GrotonREADS is a community-wide program now in its seventh year, presented by the Groton Public Library through its Endowment Fund, which has donated 75 copies for distribution and 25 copies for circulation. Adults and teenagers are invited to read the book, while middle school students will read the refugee story, “Home of the Brave,” by Katherine Applegate. Younger children will have many opportunities to read books based on a similar theme.

GrotonREADS Author Visit: Anne Fadiman, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2 to 4 p.m., Sibley Hall. Come hear Fadiman speak about the book and answer your questions. There will also be a book signing. We’ll have many wonderful GrotonREADS programs in March, including a Multicultural Family Festival, an alternative medicine series, a panel of speakers from the Groton area and more. Please check the library website for updates. www.gpl.org.

The Groton Channel’s Bob Colman to show his film “Follow the Broccoli,” Tues., Jan. 18, from 7 to 8:30 pm. From Internet Movie Database: “In his first full-length film, director Robert Colman successfully weaves together musical talent, comedy, and a deeper message.” 1999. Not rated.

SPOTLIGHT ON: Museum Passes – Boston Children’s Museum. Boston Children’s Museum has been building innovative, meaningful, and fun exhibits for over 96 years. Their emphasis on “hands-on engagement and learning through experience” has inspired museums worldwide. Climb a three-story structure, explore Science Playground, get inspired by KidPower, visit an authentic Japanese house, make art, and much more! To book this pass, or a pass to any of our other museums and attractions, visit gpl.org

and click on Museums, or call 978-448-1167.

Book Groups – Open to all!

* “Six Characters in Search of an Author” by Luigi Pirandello is this month’s selection at the Great Books meeting on Thurs., Jan. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

* “The Janissary Tree” by Jason Goodwin, winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Novel, will be discussed at the GPL Mystery Book Group, Thurs.,

Jan. 20, from 7to 8:30 p.m.

* “The Wild Trees” by Richard Preston will be discussed at the GPL Book Group on Tues., Jan. 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Spanish Conversation Group, Tuesdays, Jan. 11 and Jan. 25, 7 p.m. Venga y practique su espanol!

Events for Middle and High School Age (Young Adults in Grades 6-12)

* Hot Books, Hot Chocolate, Tues., Jan. 6, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Grades 6 through 8. We will discuss “The Alchemyst” by Michael Scott. Fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, are caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists for a powerful ancient book holding the secrets for alchemy and everlasting life.

* Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Read the Book, See the Movie! Thurs., Jan. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., Grades 6 through 12. Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect escape from the Earth moments before its destruction and search for the ultimate question in the sci fi comedy adventure based on the book. MPAA rating: PG.

Please sign up so we can order enough pizza!

Programs for Children

* The Groton Public Library Children’s Department will be starting a Lego Club for 6-12 year olds, and we need your help! Please consider donating gently used Legos, which will remain a permanent part of GPL’s Lego Club (please no Duplos or Bionicles). Call the Children’s Room with questions: 978-448-1168.

* Story time with Rolly, Sat., Jan. 8, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Drop-in story time for ages 3 and older. Come and enjoy fun stories told by Rolly Willis.

* Mother Goose story time for children 2 years and younger, Wed., Jan. 12 & 19,

at 10:30 & 11:15 a.m.

* Story time for children ages 3 through 5, Thurs., Jan. 13 & 20, from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

GPL Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday.

Telephone: Main: 448-1167, Info: 448-8000, Children’s: 448-1168 ~ gpl.org

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