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What’s That Noise!?

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Expect a little noise & dust as we get our ductless A/C installed for the comfort of patrons, staff, & materials! Sorry for any discomfort! If we need to close the Children’s Room Friday or Monday for part of the day, we will try to provide as much advance notice as possible, and will make materials for youth available in the Main Reading Room. Thanks for your understanding!

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Review: Oh No! Series written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Dan Santat

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Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) Written by Mac Barnett and Illustrated by Dan Santat

The story begins when the young heroine creates a failed science fair project and her newly created robot science fair entry goes rogue. The robot begins to cause destruction and mayhem in the city with everyone wondering “how can it be stopped?” The young scientist tries to get the machine’s attention, but it is no use. She can’t yell, the robot has no ears. She can’t hold up a sign, she never taught the robot to read. She can’t use force, the robot can’t feel. And on top of that, all of the features that once seemed so useful (superclaw, laser eye, power to control dogs’ minds) have all proven to make the robot more difficult to control and capture. Suddenly, she has an idea and sets off to create another science project to bring the robot back under control. She makes a giant toad and programs it to destroy her robot. With the robot defeated and blue ribbon in hand, she realizes she has another big problem as her super toad bursts through the school wall and begins to attempt to catch planes like they are giant flies.

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Oh No! Not Again!: (Or How I Built a Time Machine to save History) (Or at Least My History Grade) Written by Mac Barnett and Illustrated by Dan Santat

Our young friend is at it again in the time travelling sequel to Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World). It all started when she took a history quiz, only to find she got one question wrong. The first cave paintings were in fact located in France not Belgium as she had originally thought. The young scientist still receives an A, but she cannot let that one point off stand. She decides the best course of action is to build a time machine and go back in time, with art supplies in hand, to change history and make sure she gets the full credit she feels she needs and deserves. First she goes too far back in time, then, not far enough. Eventually, she times her journey correctly ready to paint some cave art. The locals are resistant to her request so she is forced take matters into her own hands… again. Unfortunately, while she was busy with her cave paintings the locals took her time machine and changed a bit of history themselves, and when she makes it back to present time, her grade went from an A to an F.

Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) and Oh No! Not Again!: (Or How I Built a Time Machine to save History) (Or at Least My History Grade) are both fun lighthearted reads that are sure to give some laughs and smiles. Check them out this summer and Fizz Boom READ!

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Fizz! Boom! READ! Summer Reading Raffle

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On August 30th we will be raffling off some Summer Reading “science goodies”. The online Summer Reading program will randomly select readers who registered online. You can also enter to win our raffle by adding your green Fizz, Boom, Read! green punch cards to our bucket. All winners will be called so make sure your name and phone number are on the back of your punch card!
Great job reading and Good Luck!

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Book Review: The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

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The Art ForgerIt’s been 24 years since the largest art heist in the world occurred at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston right next to the Museum of Fine Arts. To this day none of the art has been recovered. The Art Forger, by B.A.Shapiro is a fictionalized version of what could have happened to one piece in particular, After the Bath, by Degas. At the heart of this story is Claire Roth, a starving artist type who is barely making a living as a reproductionist. She badly wants a one woman show at a prestigious gallery run by Aiden Markel. It is Markel who strikes a deal with Claire that transforms her from a reproductionist to a forger. What could possibly go wrong? What got my attention in this book was the many insights into the behind the scenes of the art world including cleaning the old canvases and getting a show to a gallery. It’s full immersion art. There are flashbacks to the lifestyle of Isabella Stewart Gardner throughout the book including personal letters to her niece. Even though they are not authentic, Shapiro showed the letters to be full of chatter about her lifestyle and filling her museum with the best art she could acquire. The Art Forger was such an inspiration to me that I went to the Worcester Art Museum and viewed the works with a new appreciation of the artists’ skills. In addition the collection of armor and artifacts from the Higgins Armory was an added pleasure. There’s much to recommend Shapiro’s first work – local history, drama, relationships with a heavy dose of moral dilemma. I give the book 4 impressionists. Happy reading from Beverly   Download The Art Forger eBook Download The Art Forger eAudio Request The Art Forger in hardcover Request The Art Forger in paperback Request The Art Forger in Large Print Request The Art Forger on audio CD Request The Art Forger on a Playaway

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Too hot for ya? Come chill with us…

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Ice coffee is now available for 1$ at the Library thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Grafton Public Library. Just stop by the Main Circ desk to get your cup. As before, hot coffee, hot tea, and hot cocoa are also available (good to keep in mind as the colder months start approaching!)

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Teens’ Mad Scientist Party, August 16th 2-4 p.m.

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Grab your lab coat and join Mad Scientist (aka Teen Librarian) Allison as she helps you create your own ice cream. Celebrate the summer at this last chance to earn tickets for our Summer Reading prizes. Please call or email the Library to register for this program.

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Library CLOSED Tuesday August 12 for Electrical Repairs

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED on Tuesday August 12, as the building will be without power during electrical repairs. Materials due on August 12 may be returned without penalty by Tuesday August 19. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The Green Cleaning program with Leslie Reichert will be held at the Grafton Historical Society Museum Annex at 7:00 p.m. (Please use the rear, lower entrance.)
The Library will reopen to the public on Wednesday August 13 at 10:00 am – we anticipate having full power restored at that time.
For more details, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 or by email at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.

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Children’s Room Storytime Survey: we want to hear from you!

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In an effort to serve our young families, we are asking for your input on our Children’s Room Storytime Survey. We are putting our calendar together for this fall and would like to know the best times for offering Storytimes to our young patrons.

Please visit this very short (6 questions only!) Storytime online survey or stop in the Children’s Room to complete a hard copy.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Thank you!

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