Fall for New Programs

September 2023

Summer Wrap Up

The last few weeks of summer are upon us, and we’re excited to shift to our fall programming at the Library. The Foundation's Be Bold speaker series is focusing on “Parenting Through The Years,” with programs that will share educational and inspiring information to support parents through the different phases and stages. From raising young children to caring for one's elderly parents, these programs are aimed at covering a range of topics for parents of all ages. We hope you can join us!

Read more below about our first program in October, and be sure to share with your friends.


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Be Bold Speaker Series:

Parenting Through the Years

"The Science of Reading"

Tuesday, October 3, 7pm

Join us for our first Be Bold program this fall on October 3 at 7pm! This presentation on "The Science of Reading" kicks off our fall/winter speaker series focused on parenting through the years.


This October program will focus on how young children learn to read and write and what parents should know about this exciting time. The presentation will include a short documentary, followed by a panel discussion with reading specialists and Sudbury Public Schools' (SPS) representatives. The community conversation will highlight several topics, including developing early literacy skills, the science behind reading instruction, and SPS’ approach to teaching reading and writing. As part of this, we'll introduce the Library's new collection of decodable books that are designed to support developing readers. The event will conclude with a Q&A. This program is geared towards families with children who are pre-readers as well as those who have already started their literacy journey.


Goodnow Book Nook

The Book Nook is hitting the road! Visit our table on Saturday, September 9, 4–7pm at Curtis Middle School for the Sudbury Police Association’s third annual Public Safety Day. Stock up on your favorite books while checking out fun activities for kids, police cars, fires trucks, and a medical helicopter. We'll also be at Park & Rec's Fall Fest at Haskell Field on Saturday, September 23, 12–5pm, along with food trucks, live music, fun games, and raffle prizes. Hope to see you there!

Save the Date: Fall Book Sale

November 2–4 in the Community Room

*Donations, including books in good condition and DVDs, are accepted at the circulation desk in the Library.

The Book Nook just added another way to buy books and support the Goodnow Library at the same time. You can now purchase new books through bookshop.org, an amazing website with a huge selection of books in many genres.

Bookshop.org began in 2020 with a mission to help independent book stores thrive, with over 80 percent of the profit margin going back to the partner bookshops.

Head over to bookshop.org, click on "Choose a Bookstore," type in Goodnow Book Nook (or put in 01776 and it will pop up), and start shopping! Every time you buy a book, the profits go to the Goodnow Library. The Book Nook is continuing to offer used books for sale in the Library, online, and at the two in-person book sales (March and November).

Shop to Support the Goodnow Library

Museum Pass of the Month:

Museum of Fine Arts

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, in existence since July 4, 1876, is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with a collection of almost 500,000 works of art, ranging from ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary painting, sculpture, and video. In addition, there are always special exhibitions on view, opportunities to take advantage of educational programs—some right in the galleries—and a contemplative Japanese garden.


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.


The MFA pass allows 2 adults for $10 each (special exhibition + general admission) and up to 4 children, ages 7–17, at $10 each (special exhibition + general admission). There is no discount for children 7–17 for general admission, as it is already $10. Children 6 and under are free.

Check Out Available Dates and Reserve Passes

Library Card Freebies

Having a Goodnow Library card gives you access to lots of free things, including LinkedIn Learning, an online educational site that includes over 6,000 courses (and over 180,000 videos) in popular fields like web design, web development, IT, education/instruction, media production, and business. Experts create and deliver all courses as well as provide supplemental materials like exercise files and relevant work samples. Users will be able to create accounts in order to track course progress, create playlists of potential coursework, and keep course notes. Sudbury residents only.

Learn More

Get to Know the Library Staff

Meet Joanne Lee, head of reference services at the Goodnow Library!

Being a librarian is a second career for Joanne, who used to work in the private sector. She wanted to make a change—the best decision she’s ever made—and has been at the Library for three years, working with people of all backgrounds and connecting them with information and resources that they need. She loves seeing the familiar faces of patrons who used to know her from working at other libraries, who are always surprised and happy to see her at Goodnow!

She loves reading mysteries, historical fiction, memoirs, and travelogues. She’s currently reading two books: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead and American Ramble: A Walk of Memory and Renewal by Neil King.  

Coming up in adult programming: Starting this month, the Library is hosting a series of nature talks on wetland wildlife that can be found along the Assabet River. There is also a program this month on the Basics of Hydroponics—join us if you want to learn how to grow plants and veggies in the comfort of your own home! Check out the calendar of events.

Sponsor Spotlights

Ti-SALES & Northern Bank

Ti-SALES is dedicated to having the fastest service and the most knowledgeable experts in the water and wastewater industry throughout all of New England and New York. Since 1963, they have worked with countless water utilities, contractors, consultants, and resellers to provide the highest quality products and solutions to meet their long-term needs. Learn more: tisales.com.

Northern Bank was founded and built by entrepreneurs more than 60 years ago. Privately held and family run, Northern Bank supports the entrepreneurial spirit of the community and helps individuals realize their personal dreams and entrepreneurs help their businesses grow. A neighborhood bank serving customers nationwide, the bank has a convenient location at the corner of Route 20 and Union Avenue in Sudbury. Learn more: nbtc.com.

Thanks for supporting the businesses that support the Goodnow Library Foundation!

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, museum passes, expanded digital collections, technology upgrades, capital improvements, and much more—that are not funded by the state or town.