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Pizza and Movie

Friday, August 24 @ 5:30pm

There will be a pizza party and a movie on August 24 for children 10 years old and older. Sign up by August 22 by email or phone to make sure we have enough pizza as we hang out and watch the movie Rock Dog! Bring your friends and enjoy the good company!


Wednesdays, Starting in August 29 @ 3:30pm

Groton Library Teen Art Meet Up’s will be starting officially on Wednesday, August 29th at  3:30pm-4:30pm. Prior to the official start, we will be meeting on Wednesday, August 22nd to discuss materials we need, things we would like to learn about, and what activities we would like to plan. Please come to the meeting on the 22 at 3:30pm to plan what we all would like these meetups to be like!  Come and create art! Ages 12 and up.

NEW~Make Musical instruments and gadgets
Mondays, 8/27, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24 @ 4:00pm

Join us in using lots of neat stuff to make music, musical noises, instruments and gadgets that make simple sounds to several real notes. You will make things to hit, slap, or bang together (percussion); things to blow over, into, or thru (wind); and things that vibrate by plucking, scraping, bowing and rubbing. If you are 7 years old or older sign up soon, we are only offering this program for 10 people.

For all library supporters with “stuff” to recycle, we could use: long toothpicks, rubber bands, tape, duck tape, balloons, old flip flops, bicycle spokes (or a whole wheel), plastic pipe (white colored, or clear), card board or paper tubes (6″-48″), and even old circuit breaker boxes can be used. If you have any questions about what is needed, call Richard Montague @ 802-584-3486

Bread and Roses, Too

Wednesday, August 29 @ 3:00pm

Please join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, August 29, at 3:00 in the library.  We’ll be discussing Bread and Roses, Too , an historical novel about the 1912 strike in the Lawrence, Massachusetts textile mills.  We see it through the eyes of an Italian-American girl and a boy who has left his job at the mill with the strikers.  During the strike they are taken in by the family of a stone cutter in Barre, Vermont.  This book is the Vermont Humanities Council’s “Vermont Reads” selection for 2018.

The book provides many topics for discussion: the experience of immigrants in America, the labor movement, how this strike captured hearts all over the states, and the history of Barre.  Students and adults will have much to talk about. This book is the Vermont Humanities Council’s “Vermont Reads” selection fro 2018.

Copy of the book is available at our library.



Dave Rosane and the ZOOKEEPERS
for the successful library benefit CONCERT! on

Saturday, August 4 at 7:00pm @Groton Community Building

It was a success, the Zookeepers played good music, the friends of the library baked delicious pies, Artesano sold Ice cream and people had fun.

Thank your for your constant support!

Vermont Communities Rock!!

Story Hour
Wednesdays @ 10:30am

The GFPL is excited to announce our Summer Reading Series surrounding the theme of Music!!!  This series is part of our Libraries Rock Summer Reading Program. Our fabulous volunteers will be reading music themed stories.  Come let your imagination soar as our dynamic volunteer readers personalities and passion for literature leads you through new worlds found only in books at your local public library!

For more information on our story time, please call the library at (802) 584-3358 or email at grotonlibraryvt@gmail.com





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All of our programs are free and open to residents of all towns.



Fun Passes available

Fun Passes Available

We now offer numerous passes for free & reduced admission:

  • Billings Farm & Museum
  • Birds of VT Museum
  • Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium
  • Echo Center
  • VT State Parks
  • VT Historic Sites
  • Shelburne Farms

Many thanks to the Department of Libraries and our Friends of the Library group & the sponsoring institutions for these opportunities!


Crafts & Conversation Group

Meets every Wednesday from 1:00-3:00pm

Crafts and conversation group-Afghan Raffle

Stop in or stay a while during this friendly DIY craft and conversation time.  All levels of crafty folks welcome to share tips, ideas & good cheer!

TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly)
Thursday from 4:30 to 6:00pm

 Our library is happy to host our local weekly TOPS group.  TOPS is a nonprofit organization that provides a support group for weight loss. Meetings are held in Groton every Thursday from 4:30 to 6:00pm.

To learn more, contact Barb Frost @ 603-638-4416 or Brenda Powers @ 802-584-3386.



Upcoming Book Discussions

Wednesday, June 27 at 3:00pm

All discussions take place on the last Wednesday of the month at 3:00pm

book disscusion_the german girl

The next monthly meeting of the book club will be on Wednesday, June 27, at 3:00.  We will discuss “The German Girl” by Armando Correa.  This novel tells the story of a family fleeing Germany in 1939, shortly before the outbreak of World War II.  The ship, the St Louis, was bound for Cuba, but on arrival the passengers were not allowed to land. The United States and Canada also refused admittance, and the refugees were forced to return to Europe.  This is a story that is relevant to our own times.

Copies of the book available to loan by request.  New members always welcome!


Our VALENTINE’S Painting class for Kids was very successful!

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On Monday February 12th @ 4:00pm, we offered a free painting class for kids. Our library was packed with kids and their parents; we counted 37 kids and 15 adults. It was a wonderful afternoon!

Thank you, Clarissa Elliott Kendall for facilitating this class and Jodi Wohlleb from Rusted Feather Farm for baking the delicious sweet treats.


 New Years Raffke winner-Phylllis Burke.jpgNEW YEAR’S RAFFLE Winner!

Congratulations to Phyllis Burke, the lucky winner of our January FREE Raffle.

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors! We extend our sincere appreciation to our sponsors, without whom our free raffle would have not been possible. We invite you to support these community-minded organizations and community members.Artesano, Copies and More, Kim Goody & Jhon Munson, Chris Hall and the Friends of the Library.



hablo espanol


Immerse yourself in Spanish as if you were in a Spanish speaking country!Join our NEW conversation group to improve your speaking and listening skills in Spanish in a relaxed and natural way. Everybody is welcome.  Facilitated by a Native Spanish speaker from Peru. To register email Luisa at grotonlibraryvt@gmail.com

Classes will be held Fridays at 4:00pm in the GFPL for a five week session beginning Feb. 2nd – March. 2nd    

Yoga Meditation Calm

NEW~Meditation Group

Sundays @ 10:30am

Practitioners of all levels are invited to join sitting meditation. After the meditation the group explores their experience with the facilitator’s guidance. Beginners welcome. Free.



Our HOLIDAY PARTY with SANTA was wonderful

The library 1st holiday party had a wonderful response, the attendance was higher than we expected it, we had a total of 61 people (38 adults and 23 kids) . All attendees enjoyed the music, the kids craft table, Santa, and the sweet treats and hot chocolate. It was wonderful to see the library full and alive, people chatting and connecting, and checking out books of course, for sure Eric Volk was busy taking care of our circulation desk.
Monday event was very successful, and none of this events would be happening without the support of our wonderful volunteers, friends of the library and board of trustees. THANK YOU!

Kindly. ~Luisa Lindsley/Librarian



 Library Services

Audio-books for our youngest patrons!-  We are pleased to offer the beginning of our picture book collection with matching audio CDs, thanks to funds raised by our Friends of the Library group.  We now have audio-books available on CD and for download for all ages.

Wifi – Our library  offers free public access Wi-Fi, 24 hours a day even when the library is closed you can access high speed internet on your laptop or device from our parking lot.

Free Downloadable E-Books & Audio Books are available to all patrons through our library’s membership to www.listenupvermont.org.  Call or stop by the library for more information, or check out our “Online Services” tab here on our website.

Free Online Courses in Finance, DIY Projects, Cooking, Foreign Languages & More: Available to all patrons through our library’s membership to “Universal Class.”  Call or stop by the library for more information.

Attraction Passes Available for Loan – We now offer numerous passes for free & reduced admission: Billings Farm & Museum, Birds of VT Museum, Echo Center, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Shelburne Farms, VT State Parks, & VT Historic Sites.  Many thanks to our Friends of the Library group & the sponsoring institutions for these opportunities!

Online catalog: grotonlibrary.kohavt.org.

Did you know that all Groton Library cardholders can log in to see their accounts online from any computer?  See what items you have checked out, renew those that you’d like to keep longer, or place a “hold” on the most popular new-release titles.  Go to grotonlibrary.kohavt.org.  Your “login” is your full barcode, starting with “2vtk+”  Your password is your last name, starting with a capital letter.  (You can change your password if you like after logging in.)

Interested in helping to check in & out books at the library?  We are looking for folks who can come help out at the front desk during our open hours twice a month.

Consider making a contribution to the Groton Library

Make a donation to the library, and you’ll give a gift to the whole community. You will make an impact through your donations in free programs and events, children services, and community connections. If you make a donation, you and your community will benefit at the same time.

With your support 2018 will be an even greater year.

Thank you for your generosity!