Grafton Public Library

Library Updates

New eBooks

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The following titles are now available in the OverDrive catalog–click on a title below, and you’ll be able to download the book or place a hold, depending on the availability.

Need help? Please come by, call (508-839-4649) or email us for assistance, or check out our eBooks page for links to tutorials.

eAUDIO (spoken) Format

The Circle by Dave Eggers, read by Dion Graham
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, read by Robert Glenister
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, read by Malcolm Gladwell
Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnson, Phoebe Strole
The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker, read by Angela Brazil
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt, read by Scott Shepherd

eBOOK (text) Format

Non-fiction
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
Do Cool Sh*t by Miki Agrawal
An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick by Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Pam Ward
Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Biography
The Creation of Anne Boleyn by Susan Bordo

Fiction/Literature
Gardens of Water by Alan Drew
Going Once by Sharon Sala
If the Shoe Fits by Megan Mulry
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Split Second by David Baldacci
Unspoken by Dee Henderson
Winter of the World by Ken Follett

Mystery
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

Fantasy
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

Science Fiction
Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Romance
Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts
The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot
The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin
Harlequin Blaze November 2013 Bundle: Back in Service\No Desire Denied\Driving Her Wild\Her Last Best Fling
Isabel Sharpe, Cara Summers, Meg Maguire, et. al.
A Matter of Choice by Nora Roberts

Erotica
Colters’ Woman by Maya Banks

Young Adult

Alligeant by Veronica Roth
Crossed by Ally Condie
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Free Four by Veronica Roth
Heist Society by Ally Carter
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, Nick Chamian
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Matched by Ally Condie
Reached by Ally Condie
The Selection by Kiera Cass
You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

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Grafton Public Library’s “Storytellers” Debuts On Grafton Community Television

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Beth_New“Storytellers,” a new Grafton Community Television program produced in cooperation with the Grafton Public Library, debuts on Monday, December 16th on Charter Channel 11 / Verizon Channel 34. The half-hour program showcases members of the Grafton Library staff reading stories from books available in the Grafton Library or freely online from a variety of sources.

The first episode features Library Director Beth Gallaway reading from three Christmas holiday classics–”Yes Virginia, There is A Santa Claus,” (the famous 1897 New York Sun editorial by Francis Church) Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” and Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Fir Tree.”

“Storytellers” is produced by GCTV Lead Access Assistant Bob DeToma. In-house studio segments were directed by Grafton Public Access Coordinator Kris McMullin. It will be broadcast on GCTV’s Channel 11 / Verizon Channel 34 on Monday, December 16th at 7:00 AM, Saturday, December 21st at 9:00 AM, and Sunday, December 22nd at 11:30 AM.

According to Bob DeToma, “In our continuing effort to reach out to members of the community, we’ve established a working relationship with the talented staff of the Grafton library, resulting in our new program, ‘Storytellers.’ ”

Grafton Community Television provides programming on three distinct public access channels in the Town of Grafton over the Charter Communications and the Verizon cable systems. Monthly schedules and information for Grafton Community Television Channels can be found at www.GraftonTV.org and www.facebook.com/graftontv. Charter Channel 11/Verizon Channel 34 provides general interest programming, Charter Channel 12/Verizon Channel 33 broadcasts town government programming, and Charter Channel 13 /Verizon Channel 32 features school programming and high school sports events.

The nest session will feature stories from Barefoot Books.

 

 

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Review: Death Angel by Linda Fairstein

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Death AngelWelcome to the world of Alexandra Cooper, an assistant district attorney in New York City and her partner, Mike Chapman. Although this is Alex’s fourteenth appearance in a novel, it is my first meeting. Her creator, Linda Fairstein, has reprised Alex’s role in the current Death Angel. Prepare yourself to be immersed in a tale intelligently written, captivating and instructive.

There are two main settings in Death Angel–Central Park in New York City and The Dakota, an historic luxury apartment building located on the west side of the park. Both are historically significant and both have stories to tell.

For example, The Dakota first came into prominence as the setting of Rosemary’s Baby, a nightmare unto itself. Also, years later it was the site of John Lennon’s death. As seen through Fairstein’s eyes there are other mysterious happenings on the upper floors overlooking the park.

The story commences with Alex and her partner being asked to investigate the circumstance surrounding the discovery of a body under a bridge in Central Park. Since there is a history of many attacks on those in the park including homeless and runaways, the case looks daunting. The rich and little known history of the park is woven throughout the narrative including the architects , the foresight of those who saw the need to set aside park land to avoid urban sprawl and the care offered to the park to this day. It is a great history lesson.

There is shocking realism on display, which is not unusual since Fairstein is a legal expert on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence. Although the park is a sanctuary for thousands of New Yorkers and tourists alike, it is also the hunting ground for a deranged killer or two.

The core group of characters seen in Death Angel reveal behind-the-scenes techniques of those in charge of the protection of citizens. Their ability to follow the smallest of clues is instructive and enlightening.

In addition to learning about the history of Central Park, I also was reminded that it is not a good idea to walk alone there after dark with headphones on. Just saying…

Happy reading from Beverly!

 

Download Death Angel  eBook

Request Death Angel in print

Request Death Angel on audioCD

Request Death Angel in Large Print

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Award-winning musician David Polansky ‘Celebrates the Holidays’ at the Grafton Public Library

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david polansky 2The Grafton Public Library is proud to be part of Grafton Celebrates the Holidays and is very pleased to host musician David Polansky in concert, Sunday, December 8th at 3:00 p.m. at 35 Grafton Common. David Polansky’s music is frequently humorous, sometimes serious, and always clever and engaging. Join us for a concert of holiday tunes and be prepared to sing!

The library will also be open from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. for cocoa and candy canes, letter writing to Santa, and story times read by one of Santa’s Elves. Be sure to leave time to follow our first-ever Storywalk, that starts and ends at the library and goes around the Grafton Common. Goodie bags will be available for children. Everyone is welcome!

For more information or questions, please contact Beth Gallaway, Director, at 508-839-4649 or graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.

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NEW to the GPL collection: Electronic Games!

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crgamesThe Grafton Public Library is very excited to add a new item to our collection – electronic GAMES!

From Mario Kart, Lego Star Wars,and  Just Dance 4 to Portal 2, Halo 4, Zumba Fitness 2, and Sims 3, we now have games for all ages as well as all platforms.

The games can be checked out for 3 week periods with 1 renewal (as long as they have not been placed on hold). Please limit yourself to no more than 4 per family. A complete list follows.

If we do not have a game you are looking for, try searching the C/W MARS catalog to request it from another library. HINT: You can limit format to software/video game–the last option on the format list.

This is a great way to “test drive” a game you have been wanting to try before you buy it, or play for the fun of it, or for parents to preview a game for their child.

Parents are encouraged to supervise their children’s media use, and to be aware of the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) game ratings. The ESRB has a number of resources for parents, including tips for talking about games with kids, a family discussion guide, and a brochure for parents on how games are rated, and what the ratings mean.

Don’t see a game you think we should have? Please contact us to request a title for purchase!

Games for Children (rated E)

Games for Teens (rated E, E10+, T)

Games for Adults (rated M)

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Got Fines? Bring Food!

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Got fines?  The Grafton Public Library is once again be accepting nonperishable food donations in lieu of overdue fines, now through December 31. Donations are accepted at the Library at 35 Grafton Common, Mon-Thu 10am-9pm and Fri-Sat 10am-5pm.

We ask that borrowers use their own sound judgment to make a food donation equivalent to the amount of fines owed. Food for Fines may not be applied to the costs of lost or damaged materials or other fees, such as faxing, photocopying or replacement library cards.

All contributions will go to the Grafton Food Bank. The Grafton Food Bank distributes baskets to Grafton families in need of food assistance during the holidays and throughout the year.

Non-perishable food of all kinds is needed, but especially welcome are gifts of jellies, juice, canned fruit and peanut butter. Personal toiletries, e.g. soap, toothpaste, etc, are also always needed.  Donations of dented cans or items past their expiration date will not be accepted, as they may not be safe to consume, and will only have to be discarded.

We thank the public and the Library Board of Trustees for their support of this wonderful program. If overdue fines are stopping you from using your card, please take advantage of this program to bring your account current before the end of the year. During the rest of year, there are options to work off fines, replace materials at lower costs, and set up a payment plan so your card can remain in good standing.

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Library to Close for Thanksgiving Holiday

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The Grafton Public Library will CLOSE at 5 pm on Wednesday November 27, and CLOSED all day Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 in observance of Thanksgiving. The Library reopens at 10:00 am on Saturday November 30.

Please visit our Digital Branch to:

The Library staff are so happy to serve our enthusiastic and appreciative visitors! What are YOU thankful for this year?

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PAWSing to R.E.A.D. announces dates for Winter Session

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PAWSing to R.E.A.D. 

PAWSing to R.E.A.D. is a reading enrichment program for beginning or hesitant readers in grades one, two, and three. Participants read to a therapy dog once a week for a half hour for five weeks. Amidst the giggles and tail wagging, readers’ confidence, fluency, word recognition, and comprehension improve!

The dogs and their handlers are therapy team registered and certified through Delta Society Pet Partners, Tufts Paws for People, and have completed the Reading Education Assistance Dogs workshop. We regularly visit schools, hospitals, and group homes. The animals are groomed before each visit – bath, teeth brushed, and thoroughly brushed.

The PAWSing to R.E.A.D. WINTER SESSION will begin Wednesday evening January 15th in Room 33 (second floor) of the Municipal Center and run each Wednesday until February 12th. There will be two time slots – 5:00 to 5:30 and 5:45 to 6:15 with 4 spaces available per time slot. If your child could benefit from participating in this wonderful reading enrichment program, please register by calling the Children’s Room, Grafton Public Library at 508-839-4649. Space is limited, so register early! Boo, Clementine, Biscuit, and Jack are ready to read! Any questions or for more information, please contact Amanda Diurba at 508-839-3908 or adiurba@verizon.net.

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Library CLOSED Monday November 11 in Observance of Veteran’s Day

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED Monday November 11 in Observance of Veteran’s Day. Additionally, the online catalog Evergreen will be down for updating from 6 PM Friday November 8 to 7AM Tuesday November 12. Thanks for your patience!

All services requiring a library card will still work – please visit our Digital Branch to:

Download eBooks for your Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Smartphone, Tablet, PC…

Learn a new language with Mango Languages

Discover your roots with HeritageQuest

Streaming independent film, on demand – documentary, short film or features – with IndieFlix

Reserve a museum pass and make plans to visit a local attraction

Get suggestions for what to read next from Novelist

 

Thank you so much to all who served!

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Library Catalog Offline Over Veteran’s Day Weekend

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The Grafton Public Library is pleased to announce an upgrade to the shared online catalog over Veteran’s Day weekend! From 6PM on November 8 through Tue Nov 12 at 6:59 am, the online Library Catalog (Evergreen) will be offline for an upgrade.

We thank the public in advance for their patience on Saturday, November 9; there may be a delay in processing checkouts and returns due to the downtime, and new library cards will not be able to be issued. You will be able to search the catalog at bark.cwmars.org, but no holds can be placed.

To help the off-line system work most efficiently, we ask that patrons limit the amount of material to be checked out as much as possible.

All authenticated services—museum pass reservations, Mango Languages, Indieflix, OverDrive eBooks and media, Oxford Art online, Teen Health and Wellness, and HeritageQuest—should still work.

The online Library Catalog (Evergreen) will be back up Tuesday morning, Nov. 12th at 7:00 a.m.

Improvements over the past few months include the ability to limit to specific formats, such as DVDs and eBooks, a Ratings display for items such as movies and videogames, and more information about a title on the initial display (so you tell at a glance what format the item is in—book, DVD, audiobook, etc.). On the staff end, patron fines are now in red, so we can alert you when there are fines and fees on the patron account. Evergreen version 2.4 includes additional functionality and features.

Please call us at 508-839-4649 if you have any questions.

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