Despite the challenging spring weather, members of the Friends Garden Committee gathered on a rare sunny day to plant the library entry gardens. Many new plants were added, and weather permitting we hope there will be a colorful display of flowers to greet patrons as they enter the library. This is just one of many volunteer opportunities offered by the Friends.
Thank you to Lynn Cunningham, Dorothy Daughterty, Maria Dawson, John Iberg, Alice Levine, Joanne Phillips, and Susan Pettit for their efforts to create a warm, welcoming, and beautiful garden space.
On Sunday, May 19, 2019, the Friends of the Goodnow Library hosted Kevin Manning, award winning astronomer and former NASA consultant, who presented his program Astronomy for Everyone-Size and Scale of the Universe to a large audience of library patrons. The multi-media 1 ½ hour program explored the universe from the very small to the very large. The audience was able to look at matter from subatomic particles to superclusters of galaxies and the entire universe and take a virtual journey throughout the cosmos as Kevin described celestial objects and how they were formed as well as their relative sizes compared with each other. Truly exciting images and video segments served to bring the point home.
The Friends of the Goodnow Library held their annual Summer Book Sale on Friday, May 31st and on Saturday, June 1st in the Community Meeting Room of the Goodnow Library.
The Friends offered a special opportunity to purchase great reading material for the whole family at bargain prices. The sale offered paperback fiction for adults as well as books for teens and children of all ages. In addition, there were also DVD’s, audiobooks, and CD’s for sale.
The sale was a great success and proceeds will be used to enrich the programs and resources of the Goodnow Library. Please check out the list of Friends offerings on this website.
Just in time for spring and summer, the Friends of the Goodnow Library are pleased to announce two new additions to their growing list of passes to local museums and attractions. The new additions are Historic New England and the Trustees of Reservations.
Historic New England
Explore the authentic New England experience from the seventeenth century to today. Visit Historic New England properties, browse collections, and more. Historic New England is a historic preservation organization which owns and operates historic house museums and properties open to the public throughout most of New England. The majority of the 36 properties are in Massachusetts, but locations exist in all NE states but Vermont. These include Castle Tucker (Wiscasset, ME), the Jackson House (Portsmouth, NH), the Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm, (Newbury, MA), Roseland Cottage (Woodstock, CT), the Otis House (Boston, MA), the Lyman Estate (Waltham, MA), Gropius House (Lincoln, MA), and the Arnold House (Lincoln, RI). Styles represented include Federal, Colonial Revival, Victorian, Queen Anne, Arts & Crafts, and Modern, among many others. The website provides much detail, including directions, contact information, and history of each property.
Please note that each property has its own schedule of days and hours open. Please check the Historic New England website before booking the passes.
The library pass admits up to 2 adults and their children under 18 free to any of the Historic New England properties.
The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of the Reservations preserve and protect more than 116 special properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value—nearly 25,000 acres—all around Massachusetts. Properties include historic mansions, estates, and gardens; woodland preserves; waterfalls; mountain peaks; wetlands and riverways; coastal bluffs, beaches, and barrier islands; farmland and CSA projects; and archaeological sites. From Crane’s Beach in Ipswich and World’s End in Hingham to The Old Manse in Concord and Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, visitors to Trustees sites enjoy local history and nature in its various forms: beaches, meadows, forests, swamps and more.
.Each pass admits two adults and children under 18 at the Family Membership admission price at the properties that charge admission. This varies from property to property; please check The Trustees website before booking a pass.
Passes may be reserved in advance in person, on the phone or by visiting www.goodnowlibrary.org .
On Thursday evening, April 25th, the Friends of the Goodnow Library hosted N Y Times bestselling author William Martin at their Evening with an Author Program Series. Martin discussed the writing of his newest book Bound for Gold with host Deborah Norkin and responded to audience questions. Copies of his book were for sale at the event.
You can help keep our library vibrant by volunteering your time and talent.
Volunteers help with activities like planning programs, organizing book sales, and maintaining the library’s entry gardens.