April 2024


Solar Eclipse Glasses


Pick up free solar eclipse viewing glasses. Limited supply; first-come, first-served. One pair per family. 

Funded by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation and the Space Science Institute, through its Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries program.

Eclipse Observation Day

MON., APR. 8, 1:30-5 PM

View the solar eclipse outside on the library grounds or watch NASA’s livestream indoors. The Thames Amateur Astronomical Society will have a solar telescope available.

Earth Day Events
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Junior Friends' Bottle & Can Drive: April 14-27

Drop off clean, empty bottles and cans at the Library and the Junior Friends will bring the recyclables to redemption centers. Proceeds will help fund their Annual Bumpers & Books event.

Photo of the Library entrance from the 2023 Earth Day Expo.

Earth Day Expo: Plastic vs. Planet

SAT., APR. 20, 11 AM- 4 PM

This family-friendly event will feature exhibitors, crafters, and food vendors sharing resources and information on sustainable initiatives, green living, and more! Join us for a fun-filled day of caring for our planet. This event will be held rain or shine.

Symbol of person throwing away trash.

Library Clean Up Day

MON., APR. 22, 3:30 PM

Celebrate Earth Day by helping us tidy up the grounds. Meet at the library entrance; bags and grabbers will be provided, but bring your own work gloves. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled.

Photo of a woman and teenage girl hiking up a grassy hill overlooking the mountains.

Outdoor Columnist Steve Fagin: Best Day Hikes in CT & RI

TUES., APR. 23, 6:30 PM

Steve Fagin, whose award-winning “Great Outdoors” column appears in The Day newspaper, will speak about his new book, AMC’s Best Day Hikes in Connecticut & Rhode Island. Copies will be available for signing.

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Passport to Connecticut Libraries

Over 100 public libraries are taking part in Passport to Connecticut Libraries during the month of April. Adults and children can pick up a passport at a participating library by showing a valid, in-state public library card. They will stamp it and give you a token gift to get you started.

Take your passport along as you visit other participating libraries. At each visit, you must show your library card to receive a stamp in your passport and a small gift.

Visit at least five participating libraries and return the stamped passport to a participating library by May 10 to be entered into a state-wide drawing for a chance to win a $200 Visa gift card for adults (18 and up) and a $100 Visa gift card for children (under 18). 

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A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Member of Youth Services!

Stop in and say hello to Julie Sedensky, our newest Children’s Librarian. Before joining our team, Julie worked at the SUBASE Library. She looks forward to storytimes and working with all of our patrons. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and listening to music. Please join us in welcoming Julie to our community!

Celebrating Cultural Heritage through Art

Hosted by Mystic & Noank Library, co-sponsored by Groton Public Library, Otis Library, Public Library of New London, Stonington Free Library and Waterford Public Library, and funded by the Groton Public Library Circle of Friends.

Painting SECT Surrealism

THURS., APR. 4, 6 PM

Create a painting that references Chagall’s famous colors and whimsy while rendering details of our own New London County. Led by Meredith Andrews of the Mystic Museum of Art. 


Marc Chagall: Joy, Color, and a Celebration of Jewish Culture (VIRTUAL)

MON., APR. 8, 6 PM

An introduction to artist Marc Chagall’s personal and professional resilience, his work, and favorite subjects.



Spice Club

Pick Up: MON., APR. 1

Meet Up: THURS., APR. 18, 6 PM

Pick up the featured spice, available while supplies last. Bring a dish that includes the spice to our Meet & Eat.

Book cover for "What You Are Looking For Is in the Library"

GPL Book Group

TUES., APR. 9, 6:30 PM

What You Are Looking For Is in the Library by Michiko Aoyama

Copies are available at the Library.

CT Foster Care Information Session (VIRTUAL)

TUES., APR. 9, 5 PM

Learn more about foster care and adoption in Connecticut in this virtual information session presented by the Annie C. Courtney Foundation.

Co-sponsored by the Public Library of New London, Groton Public, Otis, Stonington Free, and Waterford Public Libraries.


Let's Cook!

THURS., APR. 11, 5:30 PM

This cooking series takes you through recipes step-by-step and includes a tasting. Recipe: Eggs for every meal. Sponsored by the Circle of Friends.


Adult Craft + Create

TUES., APR. 16, 6:30 PM

Bring an art or craft project to work on and join us for a creative evening.

Not Your Mother’s Book Group

WED., APR. 24, 6:30 PM

Theme: “Transitions, Transformation, & Transcendence

Meet up with other Millennials and Gen Z-ers (ages 21-40) to socialize, play games, and talk about books!

Craft Supply Swap

TUES., APR. 30, 5:30-8 PM

April 22-29, drop off one bag or box of supplies in good, usable condition. Any leftover items will be used by the Library, donated, or discarded. 

Fresh Films

Join us for a movie, freshly-popped popcorn, and ice-cold lemonade.

Movie poster for "The Holdovers."

Morning Matinee

TUES., APR. 9, 9:30 AM

The Holdovers (Rated R)

Movie poster for "Poor Things."

Saturday Cinema

SAT., APR. 27, 2 PM

Poor Things (Rated R)

Upcoming Author Talks

Register for these events as well as view past author talks at

Photo of the book "Smithsonian American Table: The Foods, People, and Innovations That Feed Us."

Apr. 2: Paula J. Johnson

Photo of authors Colum McCann and Diane Foley.

Apr. 9: Colum McCann & Diane Foley

Photo of author Xochitl Gonzalez.

Apr. 17: Xochitl Gonzalez


Brought to you in partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium

and sponsored by the Circle of Friends.


Seeking applications for a student representative.

Student Representative to the Groton Public Library Board

Do you want to have a say in your library? The Library Board is seeking applicants for a student representative! This appointment requires a student to be a resident of Groton, an active library patron, and enrolled at a Groton school as a sophomore or junior in good academic standing by July 1. Students will earn volunteer hours for their time and contributions.

Applications and a description of the position will be available at the Library’s community board and on the website. Completed applications should be returned to a staff member or emailed to by April 30.

Teen Volunteer Sign Up

SAT., APR. 6, 9:45-11:15 AM

& MON., APR. 15, 6-8 PM

Help staff with program assistance and preparation. Must have a volunteer form on file to sign up.

Therapy Dog Meet & Greet

SAT., APR. 6, 11 AM

Stop by the Library to meet local therapy dog, Major.

Teen Art

TUES., APR. 9, 2 PM

& THURS., APR. 18, 6 PM

  • Apr. 9: Galaxy painting
  • Apr. 18: “Taylor's Version”   CD painting

Teen Study Hours

MON. & WED., 3-5 PM


The programming area will be open for students in grades 6-12 to study.

Teen Craft

TUES., APR. 16, 4-6 PM

DIY friendship bracelet.

Teen Book Box

FRI., APR. 19, 9 AM-5 PM

Pick up a “Taylor's Version” book box to celebrate her new album release. Registration begins April 1.

Programs to Go!

Teen Take & Make

THURS., APR. 11, 9 AM-5 PM

Pick up a space-themed craft, while supplies last. Ages 12+

Anime Take & Make

MON., APR. 15, 3-9 PM

Celebrate National Anime Day with a grab & go activity, while supplies last.

Teen Take & Make

MON., APR. 29, 3-9 PM

Pick up a bag of supplies to complete the mystery craft, while supplies last.

STEM in a Bag

TUES., APR. 30, 4 PM

Each bag has a hands-on experiment. Complete the STEM challenge at the Library or take a bag to go.


Crafty Kids

SAT., APR. 6, 10 AM

Make a fun craft, while supplies last.

Read with Major

SAT., APR. 6, 10 AM

Read to our local therapy dog, Major, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Anime Grab & Go

MON., APR. 15, 3-9 PM

Celebrate National Anime Day, while supplies last. Ages 5+

Preschool Story Art

THURS., APR. 25, 2 PM

Preschoolers ages 4-5 will listen to and create artwork inspired by a story. Register by phone or online starting at 12 p.m. one week prior to class. Sponsored by CT Humanities.

Children’s Grab & Go

MON., APR. 29, 3-9 PM

Pick up a bag full of fun! Includes instructions and most of the supplies you need, while supplies last. Ages 5+

Eclipse Week Programs

Children’s Art

TUES., APR. 9, 10 AM

Theme: Mixed Media Stars

STARLAB: Starlight, Starbright

WED., APR. 10, 10 AM & 2 PM

STARLAB is a portable planetarium. For students ages 5+. Registration begins March 25. Each family member must register individually.

Session 1: 10 AM
Session 2: 2 PM
Photo of a multigenerational family wearing eclipse glasses and looking up toward the sky.

Children’s Grab & Go

THURS., APR. 11, 9 AM-5 PM

Pick up a space-themed craft, while supplies last. Ages 4+

Mission to the Moon: Launch It!

FRI., APR. 12, 10-11:30 AM

Design and build an air-powered rocket. Ages 8-13. Registration begins March 28. Presented by the Society of Women Engineers - New England Shoreline Section.

Storytime Programs

Babies & Books

TUES., APR. 16-30, 10 AM

Storytime for ages birth-2. Register by phone or online starting at 12 p.m. one week prior to the class.

Toddler Time

TUES., APR. 16-30, 11 AM

Storytime for ages 2-4. Register by phone or online starting at 12 p.m. one week prior to the class.

Sing & Stomp

WED., APR. 17 & 24, 10 AM

Join us for a noisy half hour of songs, dance, and finger plays open to all.

Photo of a diverse group of young children excitedly listening to an off-camera person reading astory.
Photo of themed children's book bags.

Pressed for Time?

Request a book bundle and have up to 10 books picked out for you! Participants must have an active library card; call or reserve online.

Also, look in the bins in our Children’s room for premade, themed book bags, from dinosaurs to superheroes!


Open Hours Book Sale

WED., APR. 3, 9:30 AM-7 PM

The Circle of Friends Book Sale Room will be open for shopping. All items are "name your own price," and proceeds benefit the Library.

Circle of Friends Monthly Meetup

SAT., APR. 27, 9:30 AM

Learn about all of the things the Friends do to support our Library. We would love for you to become an active member—it's free to join!

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