The BIG Celebration
May 2023
Our annual fundraiser is a few days awayand we are sold out! What a tremendous event this will be with live music (a mariachi band and two student musicians from LS), food, drinks, and community. We're looking forward to seeing you and celebrating 15 years of supporting the Goodnow Library!
Following our May 5 event, we are hosting three authors, including New York Times bestselling author Jarrett Krosoczka on May 10, Sami Greenfield on May 23, and Jean Duffy on June 21. Read more about each of these visits below, and please register if you are able to attend.
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Raffle Tickets!
Support the Goodnow Library Foundation by purchasing raffle tickets for a bundle of gift cards or a summer farm share at Siena Farms! Raffle tickets will be drawn at our Fabulous Fifteen event on Friday, May 5, after 7pm. We will notify all winners! You don't need to be present to win.
Two raffle choices: 
  1. Gift card boards: Win one of three gift card boards, including gift cards to local restaurants and shops. Each board is valued at more than $500. Three winners!
  2. Small Flex Summer Vegetable Farm Share from Siena Farms. Valued at $250. One winner!
Raffle tickets can be purchased at the circulation desk on the first floor of the library. Cash, check, and Venmo are accepted.  

Gift cards include 110 Grill, The Book Nook, Bullfinchs, Buttercup Boxes Of Love, Chili Basil Thai, Chill Kitchen & Bar, CJ's Gourmet Pizza & Grill, Colonial Gardens, Coach Grill, Coast & Country, Duck Soup, Dunkin, Farmer's Daughter, Giacomo’s, Karma, Karma Coffee, Kith & Kin, Learning Express, The Local, Max & Leo's, Mullahy’s Cheese Shop, New City Microcreamery, Oak Barrel Tavern, Paani, Paper Store, Point Grill, Russell’s, Selections, Sobre Mesa, Soul of India, Sudbury Craft Beer, Uber Eats, UK Nails, Verrill Farm, and Wayside Inn.
Author Visit: Jarrett Krosoczka
May 10 at 2pm
Jarrett Krosoczka, the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator behind more than forty books for young readers, including the Lunch Lady graphic novels, select volumes of the Star Wars™: Jedi Academy series, and Hey, Kiddo, a National Book Award Finalist, is coming to the Goodnow Library for a special author visit and presentation on Wednesday, May 10 at 2pm!

Ages 5 & up; parents/caregivers must stay with their children during this event. Registration is required (please indicate the total number of kids and adults attending). Once registration is full (and we're pretty close), add your name to the waitlist by emailing [email protected].

Brought to you by the Goodnow Library Foundation
Sponsored by Kenneth Vona and Son Construction and the Loring PTO
Author Visit: Sami Greenfield
May 23 at 7pm
Bury Me In My Bathing Suit
Gathering the courage to write a eulogy, or a wedding, bar mitzvah, graduation, or birthday toast can be challenging. Making your audience laugh through their tears is typically the goal. Sami Greenfield’s stories on grief, love, infertility, fear, and gratitude are meant to inspire readers to share their own bursts of joy when they raise a glass. In Bury Me in My Bathing Suit, Greenfield speaks to readers in a funny, deeply personal and relatable manner, inspiring conversations about difficult subjects.

Join Sami on May 23 for an uplifting visit as she brings sunshine and laughter while sharing some of her great lessons and stories.

Brought to you by the Goodnow Library Foundation
Sponsored by Kenneth Vona and Son Construction
Multimedia Event and Author Visit: Jean Duffy
June 21 at 7pm
Soccer Grannies
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.

This is an in-person event at the Goodnow Library. Recommended for ages 12+; the documentary film includes mention of domestic violence.

Brought to you by the Goodnow Library Foundation
Sponsored by Kenneth Vona and Son Construction
Museum Pass of the Month:
Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture is a partnership of museums on the Harvard University Cambridge campus dedicated to the natural world, science, and human cultures. They include the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, the Harvard Museum of Natural History (comprised of the Harvard University Herbaria, Mineralogical and Geological Museum, and Museum of Comparative Zoology), the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, all located between Oxford St./Divinity Ave area. Of particular note are the famous glass flowers, models commissioned by Harvard in 1886 to aid in the teaching of botany (and made in Germany over the course of more than eight decades), on display in the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
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 offers admission for up to four visitors at 50% off the regular admission price to visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, as well as other two free museums: the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. Please be prepared to show the physical library pass and proof of Massachusetts residency. Only one member of the party must be a MA resident.
Library Card Freebies
Having a Goodnow Library card gives you access to lots of free things, including Kanopy, an on-demand video streaming service that works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer thousands of critically-acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films, and more. With your library card, you can enjoy an ad-free experience on your TV, mobile phone, tablet, and online. Visit
Get to Know the Library Staff
Meet Laurie Ensley, the Goodnow Library’s new Teen Librarian! After working in circulation and getting to know all age groups over the last twelve years, Laurie is now finishing up her master’s degree in Library Science. She loves the Sudbury community and is looking forward to moving into the teen realm, including developing new programming, launching new events and activities in the Sara Sherman NOW Lab, adding to the teen collection, and revamping the teen space to make it an even more vibrant spot for teens to hang out, study, and connect. Next up on her teen reading list: Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley, which is the sequel to Firekeeper’s Daughter.
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Do you have a Donor Advised Fund (DAF)? Please consider making a grant through your DAF to the GLF to help us continue our mission to the support the Goodnow Library.
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.