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June News

Summer Food Service Programs for Groton Kids

The Library is thrilled to be a site for Groton Public Schools' Summer Food Service Program. Nutritious meals are provided to all children 18 years and under, completely free of charge. Meals are served Monday through Friday from 6/19/17 until 8/18/17. For times and more information, check out our flyer here.

Calling all Artists - Upcoming Art Festival

Attention Artists! Art on Groton Bank, a one day outdoor art festival, showcases Artists and Artisans in a unique setting - and we want you to be there! The festival takes place on Saturday, July 15th on the Library grounds. To register, visit The Art on Groton Bank Webpage. For more information, check out our flyer here.

Build a Better World - Summer Reading Kickoff

Join us Tuesday, June 20 at 1:00 at the Bill Memorial Library for the kick-off of Build a Better World! the library’s 2017 Summer Reading Program. Our program features a Truck Extravaganza, with crafts on the Art Truck, Touch-A-Truck with construction equipment, a Construction Junction “Photo Booth”, games, contests, and refreshments. Register for our reading game and earn chances for prizes.

The Summer Reading Game is open to kids entering grades K-5, and preschoolers can participate in the Read-To-Me portion of the program. NEW THIS YEAR –Anyone age 18 and under who registers for the summer reading program will have any fines for overdue materials waived from their record. Fine forgiveness does not apply to lost or damaged items.

For more information, check out our flyer here.

TEEN Summer Reading Kickoff

Summer is here, and that means it's time for summer reading! Teens entering grades 6-12 in the fall are invited to the Kickoff of Summer Reading 2017 at the Bill Memorial Library on Thursday, June 22nd at 6:00pm. The evening will include pizza, video games, and make-your-own tie-dye t-shirts. Teens will also have a chance to register for our summer reading program and pick up their reading log. Participants are asked to bring their own white shirt for dying. This event is free and all other materials will be supplied. Registration is required. Please call the library at (860)445-0392 to reserve your space. For more information, check out our flyer here.

Adult Summer Reading Program - Read, Review, Win!

Grown-ups, summer reading is for you too! The summer reading program for you is simple - Fill out an entry form available at the front desk and earn a raffle ticket for each book review you submit. Adults can begin submitting reviews on Wednesday, June 21 through Saturday, July 29. The grand prize winner will receive a dinner gift certificate to Paul’s Pasta in Groton, and a runner-up will receive a gift card to Par Four in Groton. Open to adults age 18 and older. Winners of the prize drawing will be notified after August 1. The more you read the more chances to win! For more information, call the library at (860) 445-0392 or check out our flyer here.

Alpacas at the Library!

The alpacas are coming! Kids, come meet the alpacas of Six Paca Farm of Southeastern Connecticut on Tuesday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m. Get up close and learn all about these wonderful creatures. This program is part of the Build a Better World 2017 Summer Reading program; no registration is necessary.

Rain Date - Thursday, June 29th at 10:00 a.m. For more information, check out our flyer here.

Teen Cupcake Wars

Compete in the Bill Memorial Library's first ever Cupcake Wars! Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to the Library on Thursday, June 29th at 6:00 p.m. to participate in this culinary competition. Participants will race the clock and each other to decorate an award-winning cupcake using only the materials provided including a mystery ingredient. Winners will take home a sugary prize of their own! This program is free, but registration is required. To register, please call the Library at (860) 445-0392. For more information, check out our flyer here.

Summer Reading Special Activities Week!

Summer Reading Festivities continue during the week of July 3 through July 8 with special ongoing activities. Visit the library any time during regular hours and kids can earn a free prize and raffle tickets for our prize raffle by completing an activity sheet. Summer readers are encouraged to visit and take their turns on the summer reading board game. The library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. For more information, check out our flyer here.

T-Shirt Weaving

Help Build a Better World by giving back to our library! Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to a community service and crafting event wrapped into one. Join us on Thursday, July 6th at 6:00 p.m. as we weave mats for our children’s room using hula hoops and recycled t-shirts. This event counts as community service hours for school or scholarship requirements. All materials are free but registration is required. To register, please call the library at (860) 445-0392. For more information, check out our flyer here.

Food Truck Festival

The Bill Memorial Library, next to Fort Griswold in the City of Groton, invites everyone to leave their picnic baskets at home and visit our delicious gourmet food trucks available from 4 – 10 pm on July 8 th , 2017 in advance of the fireworks display on the Thames River. Participating food trucks in include Caseus Cheese Truck, EZStreEATS, Greekin’ Out, Hardcore Sweets Cupcakes, Kit Kats Ice Cream, Mamoun’s Falafel, Rollin Reds, and Spuds Your Way. Call the library at 860-445- 0392 for more information. For more information, check out our flyer here.

Summer Tai Chi

Discover the ancient Chinese practice of tai chi this July at the Library! Free classes will be conducted for 4 consecutive Monday evenings on July 10, 17, 24 and 31st from 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. A low impact exercise, Tai Chi helps circulation, balance and alignment and restores energy. The class is free and will be taught by certified instructor Tony Suarez. Class size will be limited to 15 people and registration is required. Call 860-445-0392 to secure a spot. For more information, check out our flyer here.

CT Author Trail - Lisa Saunders

As part of the Connecticut Authors Trail, Lisa Saunders will be at the Bill Memorial Library on Monday, July 10 th at 6:00 p.m. to share her book, After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child. She will take us through her research of out-of- print books and long-forgotten letters that revealed new information about how many famous (and not so famous) historical figures carried on with their lives after the death of their spouse. Some of the widow/ers featured include: Henry VIII, Julia Child, Mary Todd Lincoln, Mark Twain, George Palmer Putnam (Amelia Earhart), Norman Rockwell, Captain von Trapp, George Burns, Coretta Scott King and others. Registration is recommended by calling the Bill Memorial Library at 860-445- 0392. For more information, check out our flyer here.

Summer Storytime - Tuesdays in July

Summertime is the best time for Story Time! The Bill Memorial Library invites children and their families to Summertime Story Time on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in July. Registration is not required: the program begins July 11 and ends August 1. When the weather is favorable, we may meet outside under the shade trees so bring a blanket if you like. For more information, please call the library at 860-445-0392 or, check out our flyer here.

Art on Groton Bank

Our annual Art Festival is back! Art on Groton Bank returns on Saturday, July 15th from 10am to 3pm. The Festival will include art in all media, live music, food vendors, a book sale, a community-created flag line, and more! For more information, check out the AoGB Website or our flyer here.

Teens! FREE AUDIOBOOKS every week until August!

You read right! Starting April 27th, you can download 2 FREE Audiobook titles from Sync! To see which titles are available this week or receive text or email alerts about new titles, visit the Sync website or check out the program flyer here.

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Below the Belt
The Dangerous Ladies Affair
The Nowhere Man
The Spy
Her Every Fear
Killing Adonis
The Bear and the Nightingale
The Lady of the Lakes: The True Love Story of Sir Walter Scott
The Burning Page
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth
The Sleepwalker
The Midnight Bell
The Dry
The Old Man
Hey Harry, Hey Matilda
The Girl in Green
A Perilous Undertaking
Fever Dream
Burning Bright

Bill Memorial Library's favorite books »

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The Magnolia Story
Never Never
Different Class
Leopard At The Door
Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation
Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
L'art de la Simplicité: How to Live More with Less
The Drug Hunters: The Improbable Quest to Discover New Medicines
All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
Pogue's Basics: Money: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) About Beating the System
Framed: Why Michael Skakel Spent Over a Decade in Prison For a Murder He Didn't Commit
The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes
Rumi's Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love
The Mistress of Paris: The 19th-Century Courtesan Who Built an Empire on a Secret

Bill Memorial Library's favorite books »