Spring Ahead to Fun Times at the Library
April 2023
100 Programs at the Libray in April!
April is full of 100 great programs for all ages at the library, including many new ones. Head to the library for a live in-person music performance with Joshua Peckins, violinist, and Eliko Akahori, pianist, on April 8 at 2pm; a weekly ESL conversation group on Tuesdays at 10am; school vacation week activities, including a family magic show with Scott Martell on the 18th at 3pm and a giant Candyland game on the 19th at 3pm; and Earth Day festivities on the 22nd, 10am–2pm (more on that below).

And to kick off May, we have our annual fundraiser on May 5! Read on for details about how to purchase tickets and sponsorships. Thanks for your support, and we hope you can make it!
 
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Get Your Tickets for the GLF's Annual Fundraiser!
Fabulous Fifteen!
Friday, May 5, 5–8pm
Goodnow Library, 21 Concord Road, Sudbury
 
Join us at the library for the Foundation’s annual fundraiser, celebrating 15 years of supporting the Goodnow Library! Now back in the regular spring timing, the event includes generous hors d’oeuvres, live music, cash bar (and a tequila tasting bar), dessert, raffles, and more. Buy your tickets and family sponsorships by April 26.
Library Giving Day: April 4
Library Giving Day is a national one-day fundraising event with the goal of encouraging people who depend on and enjoy public libraries to donate to their individual library system. This year, Library Giving Day falls on Tuesday, April 4. Please consider donating to help support our Sudbury treasure!
The Book Nook
Thank you, Sudbury, for a successful book sale this past weekend! We had a constant flow of customers and it was so fun to see happy readers leaving with their special finds. Thank you to all who helped us pull off this event: our volunteers, the library staff, and everyone who came to buy books.
 
It’s time to replenish our inventory! We will be holding a book donation drive at the Earth Day celebration at the library on Saturday, April 22, 10am–2pm. Look for details on Facebook, Instagram, and our website.
Sudbury Earth Day will take place on Saturday, April 22, 10am–2pm, at the library. It will feature Mother Earth story time, electric vehicle touch-a-truck, recycled materials crafts, a farmer's market, and more. The library is also inviting local environmentally-focused organizations to educate attendees about opportunities to “go green(er)” in the community.
Museum Pass of the Month:
Garden in the Woods

The Garden in the Woods (Native Plant Trust) displays rare and common native New England plants in a naturalistic setting at its location in Framingham, Massachusetts, attracting visitors from all over the world. Set on 45 acres, it includes two miles of paths that meander over glacier-sculpted ridges and through narrow valleys. A pond, a wooded bog, several springs, and a brook bring a diversity of wildlife into the garden. The garden is maintained by the Native Plant Trust, which works throughout New England to monitor and protect rare and endangered plants, collect and bank seeds for biological diversity, control invasive species, conduct research, and educate the public.

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 library’s pass for Garden in the Woods admits 2 adults at 50% admission, and children ages 517 at $1 each. (Regular admission prices: Adults, $16; Seniors 65+, $12; Youth ages 517, $6; Children under 5, free.)
Save the Date: June 21 at 7pm
Soccer Grannies:
Multimedia Event and Author Visit
Join Jean Duffy, author of "Soccer Grannies," and Beka Ntsanwisi, founder of the South African Soccer Grannies team, for a special multimedia event on Wednesday, June 21 at 7pm at the library. This is one of those feel-good stories you won't want to miss!
 
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.
Did You Know?
Having a Goodnow Library card gives you access to lots of free things, including access to Consumer Reports! ConsumerReports.org is the sister product of the Consumer Reports print magazine–both published by the independent nonprofit Consumers Union, one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services. ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and recommendations on cars, appliances, electronics, and thousands of other products under the categories of Home and Garden, Babies and Kids, Money, and Food. Sudbury residents only.
Staff Spotlight
Meet Tony, the library's dedicated custodian for the last two years, who cleans everything everywhere (not all at once). He works six days each week, cleaning every shelf, book, and surface, both inside and outside of the building. He likes the quiet space, how everyone is relaxed, and seeing and talking to library visitors. "The Wedding Guest" is his favorite movie. Thank you, Tony, for keeping the space spotless and welcoming for everyone!
Sponsor Spotlight:
Elise Siebert, Realtor
Gibson Sotheby's International Realty
With nearly 20 years of experience, Elise Siebert specializes in representing buyers and sellers of residential properties throughout MetroWest. She is an award-winning and highly respected Realtor in the Boston area, and has been named among the "2022 Boston Real Estate Top Producers," featured in "Top Agent Magazine," and awarded "Who's Who in Boston Real Estate" for the last 5 consecutive years. She is the #1 Sudbury agent at Gibson Sotheby's International Realty and is consistently ranked among the top 5 agents in her marketplace. Elise lives in Sudbury with her husband and two children, and in her free time she enjoys going to the beach and traveling with her family. 
Learn more: EliseSiebert.com.

Thanks for supporting the businesses that support the GLF!
Thanks to Our Lead and Platinum Sponsors
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, museum passes, and much more—that are not funded by the state or town.