It’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
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!)
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.
Celebrate a great summer of reading with us!
Bring a picnic supper and join us on the Grafton Common for songs and puppets from a favorite local musician and performer, then try our final science experiment: make your own ice cream!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
POSTPONED! The new date will be announced as soon as it is known. Thank you for your interest.
This program will be held at the Historical Society Museum Annex at 7:00 p.m. (please enter from the back of the building).
Celebrate science this summer with the “Martha Stewart Of Green Cleaning”, Leslie Reichert on Tuesday, August 12th at 7:00 p.m. She is a cleaning expert that uses her sparkling personality, great sense of humor, and contagious passion to encourage her fans and followers to think differently about their cleaning products.
Leslie Reichert is known as a Green Cleaning Coach and she is changing the world – “one spray bottle at a time”. She is a national lecturer, a frequent home keeping expert on Martha Stewart Living Radio, Kmart’s Cleaning Expert and author of the book: The Joy Of Green Cleaning- a handbook for DIY cleaners. Using a cooking show format, Leslie will demonstrate how to mix up your own cleaners and will give participants samples to take home and try.
This program is sponsored by the Grafton Public Library, Town of Grafton, Friends of the Grafton Public Library, Massachusetts Library System, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Boston Bruins.
As part of her 3rd grade Grafton History Project, Francesca Valverde created this amazing model of the Grafton Public Library. Francesca did an outstanding job of capturing the detail of this 1927 historical building located on the Grafton Common. Her model is on display in the Main Reading Room of the Library. Francesca recently completed Miss Tilvia’s 3rd grade class at Millbury Street Elementary School. Great job Francesca!
A variety of books have been published recently touting the benefits of a low carbohydrate diet. The research on this, however, is not new. Scientists have known for years that carbohydrates, even supposedly “good” ones like whole wheat, can cause serious health problems. The fact that humans are not genetically wired to tolerate a high amount of carbohydrates in the form of sugar and gluten, especially when they come in the form of genetically modified and highly processed items, has led to an epidemic of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. These books contain an array of scientific jargon and statistical data, but the main thrust is that these bad carbs spike our blood sugar and send us on a vicious cycle of hunger, craving even more of that which is bad for us, as we pack on the pounds. We don’t get the nutrients we need and we gain weight, suffering the health risks associated with obesity. In essence, fats don’t make people fat, carbs do.
One of the newest additions to the conversation is Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers by renowned neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter. While many previous books have concentrated on weight loss and other potentially devastating consequences of gluten intolerance, Perlmutter’s research hones in on the effects of all these bad carbs on our brains. He is convinced the research shows that the current emphasis on low-fat and low cholesterol diets to achieve weight loss, combined with a push for “healthy grains,” in addition to the detrimental results of eating processed foods full of sugar and bad carbs, is robbing our brains. He maintains we need fats and cholesterol to support healthy brain function. Permutter establishes carbs as the culprit in causing such afflictions as dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches and depression among other ailments. In one particularly disconcerting chapter he presents at length the evidence he proposes exists between diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease.
This work is very timely as scientists continue to grapple with offering correct advice to the public in a field which notoriously produces conflicting information on a weekly basis from a variety of authorities from the government to the American Heart Association. The June 23, 2014 cover of Time Magazine ran the story “Eat Butter: Scientists labeled fat the enemy. Why they were wrong.” So the conversation continues! Whether you agree with the author or not, Grain Brain is a highly informative, thought-provoking and rather frightening presentation of the price we pay for our modern American diet of highly processed and genetically modified food, chock full of carbohydrates, while experts continue to insist that low-fat diets are the answer. Perlmutter does sometimes get a little overly technical for the average reader, but not so much that if you are really interested you can’t get through it. He presents his “Revolutionary 4 Week Plan” to heal the damage through better dietary and lifestyle choices, which includes a small collection of recipes, as a guide to “reprogram our genetic destiny for the better.”
Other recent books on the carbohydrate debate are worth checking out as well: Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis, MD and The Calorie Myth: How to Eat More, Exercise Less, Lose Weight and Live Better by Jonathan Bailor
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The Library is celebrating the caped crusader in honor of his 75th anniversary! Stop in for activities, giveaways, and fun for kids, teens, and adults! A few lucky people will win prizes donated by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library.