The Battle of Gettysburg lasted three days during the Civil War, and starting next month, Grove City Library will host a military history program about the battle over the course of three evenings.

Gettysburg: The Battle that Defined Our Nation will be an in-depth program on the conflict that took place July 1-3, 1863. Part one will take place on May 17 at the Grove City Library. Part two will be offered May 24 with the third installment set June 7. All sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m.

During the battle, Union forces under Gen. George Meade clashed with the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia under the command of Gen. Robert E. Lee in and around the small Pennsylvania town. After three days of vicious fighting, the Union army defeated the Confederate force, ending Lee's second invasion of the North.

The two armies suffered combined casualties of more than 50,000, making it one of the bloodiest battles in American history. The battle became the turning point of the Civil War. After Gettysburg, the tide began to turn against the Confederacy, given Lee had lost more than a third of his army in that battle.

Master Sgt. Stephen Walter (USMCR Ret.) will lead the military history symposium series. Portions of the movie "Gettysburg," the 1993 film based on the book "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara, will be shown each evening of the program and will be followed with a discussion of the battle.

Additionally, costumed Civil War re-enactors will be present, giving those who attend a chance to experience history firsthand by hearing stories from the past.

The Grove City Library has other programs throughout May. Adult Services will host Let's Make Sugar Scrub at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2. This hands-on program offers attendees the chance to make their own sugar scrubs. All basic materials will be provided, but participants should feel free to bring their own essential oils to use or share. Call 614-875-6716, ext. 503, to register.

The Grove City Writers' Group will conduct a local authors expo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12. Writers will discuss their work, sell and autograph books, and talk about the writing process.

Adult coloring continues from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 14. Coloring is not just for children. Coloring helps people de-stress and generates wellness and quiet while stimulating brain areas related to motor skills, senses and creativity. The library staff will provide pages, bookmarks, colored pencils and a quiet environment.

Storytimes remain on break until June. The library will be closed May 27 and 28 for Memorial Day.

Mark Dubovec is communications manager for Southwest Public Libraries. Contact him at mdubovec@swpl.org.