A Huge Success

June 2023

Oh, What a Night!

Our Fabulous Fifteen event was a HUGE success! It was so great to be back in the library after four years, and amazing to have more than 250 people showing their support for the library. Longtime Sudbury residents and brand-new ones enjoyed the delicious food and tequila tasting bar, while listening to the mariachi band and two L-S students perform on the piano. Whether you were able to make it or not, check out a selection of photos from the night (thank you, Sara Colket Photography and Gavin Hill!): goodnowlibrary.smugmug.com/Gala-2023/.


Thanks to the money raised from sponsorships, tickets, donations, and raffles for the event, the GLF will be funding an expansion of the library's digital collection. More and more people are using e-book and e-audio formats (these have higher pricing than any other format) for reading, which creates a lot of demand. Survey results and library patrons have indicated frustration with long wait times for digital formats, and the GLF's funding for the expanded digital collection will help reduce those times and will give first priority to Sudbury residents for the most popular titles.


Even though we just finished this year’s event, work is already underway for next year’s gala. Mark your calendars for Friday, May 3, 2024 for our Kentucky Derby-themed event!


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Multimedia Event and Author Visit: Jean Duffy

June 21 at 7pm

Soccer Grannies

Join us for a feel-good story you won't want to miss! Jean Duffy, author of Soccer Grannies, and Beka Ntsanwisi, founder of the South African Soccer Grannies team, are coming to the Goodnow Library for a special author visit and multimedia event on Wednesday, June 21 at 7pm.


Soccer Grannies: The South African Women Who Inspire the World tells the story of a team of 40- to 80-year-old women in rural South Africa who defy social convention to play soccer for the companionship and health benefits it provides. Their strength and resiliency help them face life’s challenges with dignity, humor, and hope. They teach the rest of us that age, gender, and expectations cannot define an athlete.


Jean, a soccer player herself, will recount how their shared love of soccer brought the two teams together on both sides of the Atlantic. Beka will share why she formed the team, the struggles she faces, and her dreams for the future. The event also includes a screening of a short documentary about the Soccer Grannies team. Books will be available for purchase. The author is donating books proceeds to the Beka Ntsanwisi Foundation.

This is an in-person event at the Goodnow Library. Recommended for ages 12+; the documentary film includes mention of domestic violence.

Sponsored by the Goodnow Library Foundation, with support from

Kenneth Vona and Son Construction

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Museum Pass of the Month:

The Trustees of Reservations

The Trustees of Reservations preserve and protect more than 100 special properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value—nearly 25,000 acres—all around Massachusetts. From Crane's Beach in Ipswich and World's End in Hingham to The Old Manse in Concord and Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, visitors to Trustees sites enjoy local history and nature in its various forms: beaches, meadows, forests, swamps, and more.


In the summer of 2019, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the largest park of its kind in New England, became part of the Trustees. The museum, located in Lincoln, MA, encompasses nearly 30 conserved acres and presents contemporary art from New England—and beyond—with sculptures in the landscape and museum exhibitions. For a full list of locations, please visit thetrustees.org.


The Goodnow Library Foundation funds the museum pass program at the library, which provides discounted rates at many local museums and attractions in the region. Passes can be reserved up to eight weeks before the date of use. Each pass admits two adults and children under 18 at the Family Membership admission price at the Trustees' properties that charge admission. This varies from property to property; please check the Trustees' website before booking a pass.

Check Out Available Dates and Reserve Passes

Library Card Freebies

Having a Goodnow Library card gives you access to lots of free things, including Creativebug, the number-one inspirational resource for DIY, crafters, and makers, which offers offers online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screenprint, and more. The site has thousands of award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

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Get to Know the Library Staff

Meet Esmé Green, the Library's amazing director! Born to bibliophile parents and named after J.D. Salinger’s For Esmé—with Love and Squalor (her brother was named after another Salinger favorite: Holden), Esmé was destined for a life in the library. But she didn’t know it until after college, a trip around the world, and looking at jobs that all required an “MLS,” which she was quick to discover meant a Master of Library Science. After graduating with her MLS from Simmons University, Esmé worked in libraries in Reading, Westfield, and Cambridge before landing here in Sudbury, where she’s been the director for twelve years! Her favorite genre of books is true crime, which she listens to almost exclusively on audiobooks (and also follows on various podcasts, in addition to being part of the Library's True Crime Book Club). She’s currently listening to The Luminaries by Susan Dennard.

Sponsor Spotlights

Logan Construction

Chris Logan has been in the construction business for more than 30 years. Logan Construction’s team specializes in kitchen, bathroom, basement, and mudroom renovations, as well as outdoor spaces, porches, decks, and home additions. They oversee your project from start to finish, working with architects, designers, and specialty subcontractors to plan, manage, build, and bring your vision to life! Learn more: logan-construction.com or contact Chris at 978-660-6475.

The Semple & Hettrich Team

Coldwell Banker Realty

Laura Semple and Beth Hettrich are full-time realtors. They both grew up in Sudbury and each have three children they are raising in Sudbury. They have always been involved in volunteering and sponsoring Sudbury activities for the schools, sports, and community. Since 2012, Laura and Beth have sold more homes in Sudbury than any other realtor or real estate team each year. They have consistently been awarded a Coldwell Banker Award for sales volume each year since 2008. Last year they were awarded the Presidents Elite Award for sales volume for top 1% in the country. Learn more: semplehettrichteam.com.

Thanks for supporting the businesses that support the GLF!

Thanks to our 2023 Business Sponsors






Business Supporters

20West Legal

AchieveCoach College Consulting

Blodgett Consulting LLC

Child Therapy Boston

Jeffrey Dietz, MD & New England Hand Associates

HarborOne Mortgage

H. Ivan Orup, Jr. DMD, MMSc

Pure Solutions

Dana Roth Educational Consulting

Starz Salon

Sudbury Orthodontics

Sudbury Pharmacy

Sustainable Sudbury

Target Painting

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The Goodnow Library Foundation is the only nonprofit organization committed solely to supporting the Goodnow Library’s priorities through fundraising and advocacy, providing an extra margin of excellence. The Foundation offers an additional source of support for the Library’s growing needs—such as programs for all ages, technology upgrades, capital improvements, expanded digital collections, museum passes, and much more—that are not funded by the state or town.