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Win an original Lauren Scheuer Illustration!

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Please visit our Author Visit: Lauren Scheuer Pinterest Board to see the links Lauren suggested in her talk!

Lauren signed 2 illustrations for us, and we’ll raffle one off at the end of the summer.

The Grafton Public Library hosted a visit with author, illustrator and blogger Lauren Scheuer in the Library’s Main Reading Room at 35 Grafton Common on Thursday July 10 at 7:00 p.m. Lauren shared spellbinding tales of her soulful flock of chickens and describe her journey from blog to published book.

Lauren is the author of Once Upon a Flock: Life with my soulful chickens (Atria Books, 2013), which chronicles her journey of raising chickens in charming anecdotes and illustrations. It’s a tale with drama, humor and heart, and if you are an animal lover, a backyard homesteader, or simply curious about these social birds, you’ll love with session with Lauren!

This program is appropriate for families. No registration is required. The session is part of Amazing Animals week as part of the Grafton Public Library’s science-themed summer reading program for kids, teens and adults, sponsored by the Grafton Public Library, Friends of the Grafton Public Library, Massachusetts Library System, MA Board of Library Commissioners and Boston Bruins. Registration in the summer reading program continues through August 1.

For more details or to register for the program, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1105 or by email at

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Missing Email Alerts From Us?

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Our apologies–we have recently learned that the 2-day reminder is broken for some patrons and it’s a known issue that is being worked on. Please contact the Library at or 508-839-4649 X1108 and we will submit a ticket and try to get it resolved. If you are an AOL, Yahoo!, Comcast, Gmail or Verizon user, your provider may be blocking messages originating from because of a spam message that came through last week. Messages were sent through last week, but may be out of date at this point. Please add to your email address book to ensure that you get the 2-day courtesy notice to remind you to return library materials soon, as well as the 14-day overdue notice. Don’t know how to add to your address book? Stop by and we’ll show you! Would a third email to alert you that the item is now overdue be helpful? We don’t want to spam you, but please feel free to share this feedback, and I will bring it back to the network users council for discussion.

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Summer Reading: Not Just for Kids!

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The Library is pleased to offer “Literary Elements,” a Summer Reading Program for Adults ages 18 and up this summer!

Celebrate Literary Elements by participating in a reading program for adults June 28-August 17, 2014. Read a paper book, download an eBook or eAudiobook from our digital catalog (, or listen to an audiobook.  Read a magazine. Read a subtitled movie. Read videogame instructions, a recipe, or a poem, or the newspaper. Read to your children! All reading is good reading, and it all counts toward your opportunity to win prizes.

Register online NOW through August 1 at to be entered in a drawing for an Apple Tree Arts gift certificate!

Beginning Saturday June 28, log your reading. The more you read, the greater your chances are of winning in the weekly drawings for Down Under Book Store gift certificates, fine waivers, and free books.

Additionally, adults may write a book review or complete an Ideal Bookshelf entry form during a library visit or at a program for a weekly prize drawing.  Recommended titles will be added to the Library’s Awesome Box. At the end of the summer, random adult readers who log their reading online will win gift certificates to local businesses.

Featured programs in July include:

  • Visit from Lauren Scheuer, author of Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens Thursday July 10 at 7pm
  • Book Discussion: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kambwamba &Bryan Mealer Tuesday July 16 at 1:30pm
  • Pandemic Board Game Night Thursday  July 24 at 7pm
  • How to Download an eBook class July 28 at 7pm and July 29 at 2pm
  • Clock-making Workshop at the Willard House and Clock Museum Thursday July 31 at 7pm (RSVP to
  • The Epic Adventures of a Massachusetts Bird Photographer Date TBA
  • weekly lunchtime App Chat Fridays at 11:15am
  • weekly family movie night Tuesdays at 7pm
  • weekly teen movie night Wednesdays at 6pm

August programs include a Dr. Who Party, the return of the Green Cleaning Lady, and a Perseids Party and campout to watch the meteor shower at the LIONS Clubhouse and Field off Brigham Hill Road.

View our full calendar of summer events online

Follow us on Twitter (@GraftonPubLib) for 50 days of science, featuring science books, films, magazines, podcasts and websites, starting June 28. #50daysofscience

The Library is pleased to support the Grafton Food Bank by offering fine amnesty through Food for Fines through August 31. We will also accept school supplies in lieu of fines from July 28-Aug 17.

Literary Elements is open to adults ages 18 and up, and is sponsored by the Grafton Public Library, Town of Grafton, the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, Massachusetts Library System, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Boston Bruins.

For more details or to register for the program, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director,  at 508-839-4649 x1105 or by email at


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Preschool Fair and Swap Meet (and Stacey Peasley!)

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Please join the Early Learning Center, Recreation Department, and Grafton Public Library on Saturday June 21 at the Commons in Grafton High School, 24 Providence Road for a Preschool Fair and Swap Meet from 11am-2pm, with a special performance at 1:00 pm by award-winning musician Stacey Peasley!

At the fair, you can plan to:

  • Talk with representatives of local organizations and businesses that serve ages 0-5
  • Meet the new Children’s Librarian, Miss Sarah, and register for the Summer Reading program.
  • Drop off infant and toddler toys, clothing, and equipment – swap for the next size up!

All items must be clean, sanitized and in resalable condition, no dirty, damaged, or recalled items. Items remaining at the end of the day will be Freecycled or donated.

There is no admission fee, instead attendees are invited to bring a non-perishable item for the Grafton Food Bank or a LEGO or DUPLO donation for the Library.

Stacey Peasley’s performance is graciously sponsored in part by the YMCA/Beginning Years Family Network.

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Review: The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt

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High school junior, Holly has just inherited her beloved grandfather’s Las Vegas wedding chapel. She’s also inherited the business loan that needs to be paid off too. Holly has gone from employee to boss of the cash-strapped family business and it’s her goal to save the chapel. Her life is further complicated by having to deliver a sealed letter from her deceased grandfather to a mysterious Dax. Dax turns out to be the cute grandson of the owner of the rival chapel next door.  Holly struggles to balance her budding Romeo and Juliet-esque relationship with Dex and trying to earn enough money to save her chapel.

In short, I loved this book. The characters are fun and realistic. The story is engaging and keeps you interested and entertained throughout. I loved getting a peek inside the Vegas wedding chapel industry and the love story is an added bonus.

I highly recommend this new (May 2014) contemporary young adult novel to teens and adults who are looking for a book with a sweet romance, great characters, and an awesome setting (Viva Las Vegas!).

Because of this book I’ll be adding Leavitt’s other novels: Going Vintage and Sean Griswold’s Head to my ever growing to-be-read list.

Request The Chapel Wars now!

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Walkway Repair — Please Use Caution!

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walkway 6-9-2014Our cracked and uneven walkway is being repaired by the Town DPW this week — please be aware that we have more noise than usual, and there may be dust and debris. If the noise is bothersome, please consider using the Library after 4 pm if possible.

The Main entrance is open, but please use caution when traveling past the worksite, and respect the signage, barricades and instructions of the work crew.

Your safety is of the utmost importance! Thanks for your patience.

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