Children


Book Discussion Groups
We will be discussing Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen
Wednesday, June 19 at 11 am at the Senior Center
Thursday, June 20 at 6 pm at the Library
 
We will be discussing Virgil Wander by Leif Enger
Wednesday, July 17 at 11 am at the Senior Center
Thursday, July 18 at 6 pm at the Library
 
One great title– two chances to discuss it each month! Book club books will be available at the desk of the Library after the previous book group. Books for the Senior Center discussion are also available at the Senior Center.   Book groups will not meet in August.

Writing Group
Thursdays, June 13, July 11, and August 8 at 6 pm
Join local author Lisa Shea for our writing group. Come bounce your ideas off of other authors and get creative and constructive feedback.

Writing Seminar Series with Lisa Shea 
Tuesdays, May 28, June 4, 11, and 25 at 6 pm
Click here to register for May 28
Click here to register for June 4
Click here to register for June 11
Click here to register for June 25
Author Lisa Shea has published over 350 fiction and non-fiction works on Amazon ranging from history, romance, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, to cookbooks and more. She runs two writing groups and has years of experience helping those interested in writing along every stage from starting through getting it live in paperback and ebook form.  
You can attend just one seminar or several, whatever best suits your interests and needs. All attendees receive free copies of Lisa’s books on these topics.  
The first two sessions are on writing and publishing and are geared toward writers. These workshops guide participants through every step of the process. From overcoming writer's block to creating that first-page hook to laying out the book, Lisa explains each step. She will also explain the differences between various types of publishing and how to move forward to the book on the market.
The third and fourth seminars are on marketing and social networking. These evenings assist projects of all types. Even if you're just starting out, now is the time to begin the work in these areas. You want your social networking going strong when you're ready to launch your project. If you've already got a project out there, you probably know how critical that free marketing can be!
These seminars are sponsored by a grant from the Sutton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. 
 
Secrets of the Quabbin Watershed
Dale Monette will share his stories and photographs of the animals of Quabbin as they go about their daily routines on the Quabbin Watershed.  Monette is an expert in the nature and history of the Quabbin; he worked 25 years as an educator and a naturalist at the Quabbin Reservoir. 
This program is sponsored by a grant from UniBank

Patriotic Crafts
Friday, June 14 at 11 am- Click here to register
Thursday, June 20 at 6:30 pm- Click here to register
Registration is required
We’ll be making two wooden red, white, and blue projects!  There will be paint and sawdust so dress accordingly. This program is for adults and teens ages 13 and up.
 
Don’t Buy, DIY
Registration required for each date
Galaxy Shoes & Shirts: Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 pm-Click here to register
Wizard’s Wax: Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30 pm-Click here to register
Organize Me: Tuesday, August 20 at 6:30 pm-Click here to register
Not everything is a budget buy, so to save a little cash, let’s DIY! In each of these sessions we will be making fiscally responsible alternatives to products you already buy. These programs are for adults and teens ages 13 and up.
These programs are funded by a grant from The Osterman Family Foundation
 
Summer Smoothies
Thursday, June 27 at 6:30 pm
Registration is required, click here to register
Learn how to make delicious whole-food smoothies with fresh summer flavors!  In this class, we’ll learn four new recipes that are loaded with healthy ingredients!  Come find out how to take your smoothie game to the next level with a Summer Blush Smoothie, Lemon Lime Basil Smoothie, and more! 
This program is sponsored by a grant from UniBank
 
Honeybees and Beekeeping
Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30 pm
Registration is appreciated but not required-click here to register
John Hedly from the Worcester County Beekeepers Association will give a presentation about honeybees, beekeeping, and the importance of honeybees to our environment. 
This program is sponsored by a grant from UniBank

Tea Cup Gardens
Friday, July 12 at 10:30 am- click here to register
Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 pm-click here to register
Registration Required
We’ll be creating tiny gardens that fit in a tea cup! This program is for adults and teens ages 13 and up. Check the kids program page for Make it Together Tea Cup Fairy Gardens.
 
Babysitter Job Fair  
Saturday, July 13 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Looking for a babysitter? Come meet local babysitters in a friendly, familiar environment. Can’t make the fair? We’ll have a list of all the babysitters and their contact information and credentials available after the fair.

Veganism and Your Family
Tuesday, July 23 at 6:30 pm
Registration is appreciated but not required-click here to register
This evening we will host Colin McCullough and his sons Carrick and Gareth for a conversation about being a vegan family.  
This program is sponsored by a grant from UniBank

Summery Paper Crafts
Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 pm at UniBank Sutton North
Registration is required- click here to register
You are invited to join in some creative paper play with professional paper artist Lisa Siciliano (www.sparkreations.com).  This workshop will celebrate the colorful flowers that burst open all around us during summertime!  This program is for adults and teens ages 13 and up.
This program is sponsored by a grant from UniBank

Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle
Thursday, August 1 at 6:30 pm
Registration is appreciated but not required-click here to register
Come learn about the world’s most famous literary detective. This program looks at the life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and tells the story of his creation of the great Sherlock Holmes. It will also highlight the history of this fascinating character, looking at how over the past 130 years different writers, actors and directors have imagined the great detective.
This program is sponsored by a grant from UniBank
 
Women’s Self Defense Class
Saturday, August 10 at 11 am 
Registration required- click here to register
Have you started going out alone more? Are you going away to college for the first time? Moving out on your own? Join us as Defense-Wise of South Grafton give us a crash course in learning some practical self-defense techniques and awareness tips to keep you safe! This program is for adults and teens ages 13 and up, check the teen page for one specifically for teens.
This program is funded by a grant from The Osterman Family Foundation.
 
The Art of Stress Relief: Gratitude Journal
Tuesday, August 13 at 6:30 pm 
Registration required, click here to register
Combine art with Reiki Principles and QiGong exercises to relieve stress. Both Reiki and QiGong are mind, body, and spirit healing modalities. With gentle movement and
breathing, you’ll melt stress away, and increase your energy. Make sure your doctor has cleared you to exercise.
Keeping a gratitude journal can make you more aware of yourself and encourage you to remember the people, events, and things that make you smile.  We will explore different style journals to get started and will make a hand-made journal. No art experience required. Wear comfortable clothing. CJ Kennedy is an artist and Reiki Master and has been studying QiGong for several years.  This program is for adults and teens ages 13 and up.
This program is sponsored by a grant from UniBank
 
Back to School Bracelets
Tuesday, August 13 at 11 am- click here to register
Thursday, August 15 at 6:30 pm- click here to register
The first day of school, whether it’s the first time or the tenth, can be stressful for both kids and caregivers. Join us to make matching bracelets that you and your child can wear on that big day. This program is for adults and teens ages 13 and up.