Join us on Sunday afternoon November 30 at 2:00 pm as Dianne Cole, an expert on John Greenleaf Whittier, informs us about the lifelong anti-slavery involvement of the poet Whittier (of Haverhill and Amesbury) and the journalist William Lloyd Garrison (of Newburyport), in the years 1829 to 1892.
Garrison did not mince words. His statue on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston bears this declaration: “I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch. And I will be heard.”
Whittier is claimed by the Unitarians, but most sources call him a Quaker.
It will be a stimulating afternoon at the bookstore. There will be cider and cookies, and 10% off all the books.
Join us on Friday November 14 at 7:00 pm as a traveling troubadour and a local poet make a stop at Second Hand Prose Books in Groton.
Songwriter and poet Tom Begich tells stories. He also speaks truth to power in song and poetry. Tom hails from Alaska and spends much of the year touring the lower 48. He is a modern-day troubadour.
Cambridge poet Timothy Mason collaborated with Tom on the album Bone Collectors.
Their performance together rings with power and authenticity. Download and listen to Rainforest and you'll hear for yourself.
This event has a $10 cover charge at the door.
Join us on Sunday, November 2 for Molly’s journaling workshop! 4:00 to 6:00 pm at 30-A Hollis Street, Groton. Molly writes: “Through meditation, poetry, writing prompts, and shared storytelling, I will guide you into a safe, conscious, and creative atmosphere for this wondrous exploration!” Email or call 978-392-5998.
Groton's only bookstore requests the pleasure of your company on Sunday September 14, at 1:00 pm
The First and Only Annual
Front Porch Swing Processional,
Lemonade And Cookies, and
Thank You Groton Book Party.
We found an old-fashioned porch glider at an antique shop in Connecticut. We left it to the tender ministrations of Becky and Darryl Collins, furniture refinishers and woodworkers just up Hollis Street from the bookstore. They cleaned up the glider and lovingly painted it in the Second Hand Prose Books colors.
In order to thank the town of Groton for the support that allows us to keep the bookstore open, and to celebrate the advent of the community-building glider on our front porch, we are putting on a parade.
We will carry the glider from Becky & Darryl's to the bookstore, a mighty distance of about a tenth of a mile. We want lots of kids involved (grownups too). Since Halloween is just around the corner, we thought it might be a good time to preview their costumes: a beta test, as it were. If they have instruments to play while pro-cessing, or drums to bang, that would be welcome.
When we arrive at the store there will be lemonade, tea, cookies, coffee, and of course lots of books -- 10% off store-wide.
We will step off from the sidewalk by the old burying ground on Hollis Street at 1:00 pm.
and hope you can make it!
This Saturday, July 26th at 10:30 am, Second Hand Prose Books is delighted to host a storytelling hour for kids with Wendy Frank.
Wendy's musical performances are upbeat and enriching for children, while encouraging each child's strengths to emerge. Wendy uses an array of props; guitar, puppets, drums, flute, ocarina, sign language, finger plays, rhythm instruments, yoga, sing-a-long songs, and singing picture books. Children have fun in their own way, by actively participating, dancing, clapping, playing a rhythm instrument, singing, observing, and learning.
Wendy's performance will be most appropriate for kids from 4 to 8 years old.
All children's books in the store will be an additional 10% off the normal purchase price.