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Reading to help others: Groton children and young adults, we need your help with the Read to Feed program. If we reach our goals, the GPL Endowment will pay for a goat and a llama for Heifer International. Children have already read almost 6,000 hours (the goal is 8,608 hours). Young adults are getting near their goal of 2,011 books! With only days left until Aug. 19, we need you to keep reading to make a difference. One goat can supply a family with several quarts of milk a day, and extra milk is used to make cheese or yogurt. Llamas provide Heifer families with sources of transportation, income, and wool for blankets and ponchos.

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Magazine subscriptions at the library: Is there anything out there we’re missing which is fantastic? Call, email, or stop in with your suggestions this week.

Free Fun Fridays! Get free admission to cultural attractions on Fridays through August, thanks to the Highland Street Foundation.

Aug. 19: Boston Harbor Islands, Children’s Museum in Easton, USS Constitution Museum and Basketball Hall of Fame.

Aug. 26: Old Sturbridge Village, New Repertory Theater, Berkshire Museum, and Ecotarium.

SPOTLIGHT ON: Museum Passes — Davis Farmland is home to the largest sanctuary of endangered livestock in North America. The Farmland features award-winning discovery play and learning for children ages 1-8 and is a fun family outing. Book the pass at gpl.org. Sponsored by the GPL Endowment Fund.

Ever Running Man by Marcia Muller at the Mystery Book Group, Thursday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m. One reviewer at blogcritics.org says, “This mystery felt like sitting down to the table with an old friend…” Come join the conversation!

Spanish Conversation Group, Tuesday, Aug. 23, and Tuesday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m. Venga y practique su espanol!

Events for middle and high school students

* Game On! Super Smash Brothers Tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Drop in at the library with your friends for an exciting Wii game tournament. Other games will be available, plus DS Lites and laptops. Refreshments served. Grades 6-12.

* YA Movie Night: Around the World in 80 Days, Thursday, Aug. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Grades 5-10. (2004) Rated PG. Please sign up so there will be enough pizza and other refreshments.

* “Minute to Win It” Challenge, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Have fun playing games with your friends against the clock to win prizes. Grades 6-12. Light refreshments.

* Back-to-School Movie Night: Napoleon Dynamite, Thursday, Aug. 25, 6:30-8 p.m. Grades 6-12. Rated PG. Pizza and other refreshments will be served. Please register.

Programs for Children

* World Storytelling Safari,* Friday, Aug. 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The Tales & Trails Storytellers invite lively audience participation with their Tales from Near, Far, and Further!***

* Lego Club, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 4-5 p.m. LEGO fun for ages 6-12.

* One Heart/One World — Multicultural Music and Dance Program by Playtivity,** Wednesday, Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-noon. Kids will experience a Native-American ceremony, Hawaiian Hula rhythms, African drums and much more! Ages 4 and older.***

* Made possible by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust

** Made possible by the Town of Groton’s Trust Funds’ Lecture Fund.

*** Online registration begins one week before program. Preference given to Groton residents.

For more information on events, the art gallery, and museum passes, visit www.gpl.org.

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