The Groton Public Library announces the 2014 Groton READS title will be "The Art Forger" by Barbara Shapiro, an entertaining literary thriller sparked by the 1990 art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It was listed as one of the year's Best Crime Books of 2012 by The Boston Globe.

The kick-off event will be held on Feb. 26, with a library-sponsored bus trip to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston for a group tour of the museum and special exhibit about the theft by Sophie Calle. Lunch at the museum café is available for attendees who pay the $32 fee in advance. Space is limited to 30, so please sign up promptly! Registration will open four weeks before the trip at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 29, online at gpl.org. It's first-come, first served, but trip attendees must be adults 18 and older and preference will be given to Groton residents. This trip is made possible with the support of the Groton Public Library Endowment Fund.

The grand finale will be held on Tuesday, April 8, with a visit from author Barbara Shapiro at 7 p.m. at the Groton Public Library. Other events will include a talk about the heist by Geoff Kelly, the FBI Agent who headed up the Gardner Heist investigation, and the Gardner's security director, Anthony Amore, on Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m.

Also "A Journey Inside Rembrandt's Paint" will be held on Sunday, March 23, at 2 p.m.


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by local visual artist Donald Shambroom, whose work hangs in the MFA & The Met in New York. Shambroom will use one of the stolen paintings, "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee" by Rembrandt, to show how Rembrandt captured movement, light, and drama in paint. He will also discuss the painting techniques as described in "The Art Forger."

Groton READS 2014 will also feature a family activity afternoon at the Library with an art scavenger hunt and other fun activities. A showcase of local artists is being planned for Sunday, March 30.

There will be corresponding Groton READS book selections for children and teens. Teens will read "Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking" by Erin Dionne, a mystery involving the Gardner Art Heist, and Erin Dionne will lead a workshop and attend the discussion on March 6. Book Worms, our monthly book discussion group for fourth- and fifth-graders, will be reading "Masterpiece" by Elise Broach, about recovering a Durer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for their meeting on March 4.

For information, visit gpl.org or call the library at 978-448-8000.