GROTON -- Now available! Portable DVD players for loan free of charge. Check out DVD players and cases for one week for car rides (the cases attach to the back of car seats for backseat riders), trips (where they can attach to any TV to show a movie), or simply for watching a movie (or listening to a CD -- regular or MP3 -- the players do that, too) in the library.

FACES is an exhibit of portraits executed by artists of many different media and styles. This show seeks to showcase the portraits that artists have hidden away in their studios. FACES is on exhibit in the Owen Smith Shuman Gallery of the Groton Public Library until Friday, August 30.

We will offer the Higgins Armory pass through Dec. 31, which is the last chance to visit the exhibits in the famous old building made of steel and glass before it closes! The entire collection will be transferred to and eventually displayed at the Worcester Art Museum, for which GPL also has passes.

Young Adult Summer Reading Program Activities

Digging History: An Introduction to Archaeology,*** Wed, July 17, 1-2 p.m. Learn about archaeology and the history of Massachusetts. Participate in a mock archaeological dig, uncover real and replica artifacts! Grades 5-8. Space is limited. Please sign up online.

Magic, the Gathering Club,* Wed, July 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Come play Magic, the Gathering in a fun, relaxed way with your friends. Grades 6 and up. Prizes and refreshments.

YA Pizza & Movie Night: Moonrise Kingdom, Thurs, July 18, 6:45-8:30 p.m. In the 1960s, when two teenagers from a small New England town run away together, a search party forms to look for them. Directed by Wes Anderson and written by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola. Rated PG-13. Grades 6-12. Please register!

YA Pizza & Movie Night: Fantastic Mr. Fox, Thurs, July 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This wonderful stop motion animation film by Wes Anderson is based on the book by Roald Dahl. Rated PG. Grades 5-12. Please register!

3D Printing Demonstration, Tues., July 30, 7-8:30 p.m. Find out how 3D printers work and see one in action! Our presenter will talk about this new technology and print key chains and bracelets for you to keep. Grades 5-12

Stick It! Duct Tape Workshop,* Wed, July 31, 7-8:30 p.m. Get creative with duct tape! We'll have plenty of patterns and colors to choose from, plus instructions to make wallets, flowers, and more. Grades 5-12.

Children's Summer Reading Program Activities

Drop-In Craft, Thurs., July 18 and 25, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Children of all ages.

Philip Alexander Concert,* Fri., July 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sing, dance and laugh! Multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and popular local children's entertainer Philip Alexander performs his zany original children's songs on guitar, harmonica, ukulele, dulcimer, ocarina and boomwhackers. Ages 2-10.**

Truck Night, Tues., July 23, 6:30-8 p.m. Children can touch and explore, under adult supervision, trucks of all shapes and sizes in the library's parking lot. Bring your camera!

Theatre with a Twist,*** Weds., July 24, 7-8 p.m. This improv performance of Aesop's Fables provides a variety of theatre experiences -- musical theatre, improvisation, drama and storytelling. For ages 5 and up.**

Earth Rhythms with Davis Bates and Roger Tincknell,* Fri., July 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Songs and Stories for the Whole Earth features an energetic mix of fun stories about animals, recycling and the environment with plenty of participation!**

Catch the Science Bug, Grades K-2,*** Weds., July 31, 10:30-11:30 a.m. See the layers of the earth and core through a clay model of the earth.**

Catch the Science Bug, Grades 3-5,*** Wed, July 31, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Receive your own model of the earth so you can learn about the earth's layers.

The library is open year round Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Watch for Summer Reading Programs for children, tweens, and young adults (Grades 6-12). Always free and open to all.

* Made possible by the GPL Endowment Fund.

** Online registration begins one week before program. Preference given to Groton residents.

*** Sponsored by the town of Groton's Trust Fund's Lecture Fund.

For information on events, the art gallery, and museum passes, visit www.gpl.org.