Rounding Out Summer

August 2023

Summer Wrap Up

As we head in to the last full month of summer, the Library has a jam-packed schedule, with lots of programs and events on the calendar. Highlights include making dirt pudding jars, a concert with Davis Bates, designing album covers, henna workshops, and an end-of-summer karaoke and ice cream party. And don’t forget about the weekly offerings available all year, including the job seekers networking group, Sara Sherman NOW Lab open hours, writing groups, book clubs, and the many children’s programs.

The Foundation is finalizing plans on our popular annual Be Bold speaker series, kicking off in October. More on that below!


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Be Bold Speaker Series:

Parenting Through the Years

We’re busy finalizing the fall schedule for our annual Be Bold speaker series, which will focus on parenting through the years—from parenting young kids to caring for senior parents. Topics will include learning to read, estate and financial planning, surviving the teenage years, and more.

The Foundation's first Be Bold evening program in early October will focus on the science of reading, 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 School (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.

Stay tuned for the October date and registration details!

A New Way to Buy Books and Support the Library

The Foundation's 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, an amazing website with a huge selection of books in many genres. 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, 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:

Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon has over 55 wildlife sanctuaries and centers throughout Massachusetts where visitors can learn about and interact with nature. More than 38,000 acres of protected land deliver inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms. Visit their website for a list of locations.


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 Mass Audubon pass admits 1 vehicle OR up to 4 people to a Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary. With the pass, admission is discounted to $2 per visitor over the age of 2. 

Check Out Available Dates and Reserve Passes

Library Card Freebies

Having a Goodnow Library card gives you access to lots of free things, including Ancestry Library, which includes thousands of family history databases, vital records, census records, ship passenger lists, military records, and lots more!

Learn More

Get to Know the Library Staff

Meet Kat Liddle, assistant head of Children’s Services at the Goodnow Library, where she has been working for 4 years!


Being a children’s librarian is the best job! Getting to hang out with kiddos and recommend books that I love reading—what could be better? (I also get to dress in costumes often and I LOVE dressing in costumes!)


Favorite children's book(s) and author(s): I love just about everything that Mac Barnett and Dan Santat have ever done. Mac Barnett's First Cat in Space Ate Pizza graphic novel is an all-time favorite (my family and I watched that being created during Covid lockdown and are official members of Mac's Book Club Show) and Dan Santat's latest graphic novel First Time for Everything is my current favorite. I recommend both all the time!

Most memorable experience in the Children's Room: One time I stepped over a live snake thinking it was a rubber toy, but it was alive!

Coming up in the Children’s Room: The end-of-summer karaoke and ice cream party on August 10! We can't wait to see all of the talent.

Sponsor Spotlight

Kenneth Vona and Son Construction

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