Grafton Public Library

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Library CLOSED for Columbus Day

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED Monday, October 9th in observance of Columbus Day. No items are due.

Museum Passes for Monday, October 9th may be picked up Saturday, October 7th until 5pm. The Library will re-open at 10am on Tuesday, October 10th at 10am.

Please visit our 24/7 digital library branch.

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Library Expansion Project UPDATE

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Thanks to all who voted in the Town General Election May 16 and attended Town Meeting Monday May 8 to VOTE on the project design and to borrow $16.6 million* to fund the project. All votes passed by the required majority. THANK YOU GRAFTON!

We received a provisional grant of approximately $7.4 million, to be reimbursed through the state in 5 equal payments, one per year, when our project reaches the state’s capital project list.  We are #16 on the waiting list as of July 13, 2017 and are in process of hiring an OPM.

A complete list of FAQs from public forums and focus groups, public comments and in-person questions at the Library is available.

NEXT LIBRARY PLANNING AND BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING: Tuesday October 3 7 pm Municipal Center, with BoS and DPW Planning Committee.

proposed design, NW view, by DRA


The Library Planning and Building Committee has selected Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc (DRA) to design the schematics (floor plan and elevations) required for the MA Board of Library Commissioner’s MA Public Library Construction Program Grant. The Board of Selectmen signed the contract to hire DRA for design services on Tuesday September 6.

Meeting Minutes from the Library Planning and Building Committee meetings are posted to the Town’s website.

The grant application was completed and submitted in January 2017, and a Letter of Intent was submitted in October 2016. Applying for the grant — and winning the grant! would allow the Town of Grafton to renovate and expand the 90-year old facility at nearly half the cost, adding a much-needed community meeting space, designated areas for quiet study, youth programs and collections, and dedicated work space for staff.  The grant would require us to build a library to meet the seating capacity and shelf space to accommodate a still growing collection of physical materials, plus parking, for a population of 22,122 residents in 2035, and would require us to provide parking based on square footage of the expanded facility. The building size in the building program is only an estimate, and we are aiming for a 21,000-25,000 sq foot facility, which would triple our current 7,400 sq foot space.

The money from the MA Public Library Construction Program grant has already been collected, and continues to be collected from Massachusetts tax revenues. While the cost of library renovation may impact your annual property tax bill, the Library provides return on investment to anyone who uses it’s facility. Borrowing books, DVDs, and games; loaning equipment; meeting for free in our shared space; using the computer; borrowing museum passes; picking up free tax forms; accessing subscription databases like Consumer Reports for free… it all adds up to the Library providing many free or discount services through our small municipal budget. If you have not stopped in recently, September is National Library Card Sign up Month — stop in to see what you’ve been missing!

The cost of the project has been estimated at $111/per year for the average home valued at $364,531. For less than the cost of 4 hardcover books, valued at $27.99 each…

  • … Check out 4 books at a time for FREE at the Library, investing that $111* in our future!
  • for the cost of 2 cup of coffee a week…
    …I can buy my coffee for a buck at the Library instead, investing $111* in our future!
  • for the cost of a year’s subscription to Netflix…
    … we can improve the Library and I can use Hoopla for free to stream movies from the Library, investing that $80* in our future!
  • for the cost of 4 music lessons…
    … I can access ArtistWorks for FREE and learn piano, guitar, banjo and more, online through the Library, investing that $111* in our future!

*The remaining $10 million will be fundraised, donated by Friends, Trustees, and the Capital Campaign, with the balance funded by taxpayers.

Join the Friends! Membership starts at just $10 a year.

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Vote For Your Favorite Grafton Common Scarecrow!

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Thanks to all who participated on Saturday 9/23!

Post a photo of your favorite scarecrow and share on social media, using the tag #GraftonMAScarecrow

Vote for a favorite scarecrow online. The winner will be announced on Friday, October 13th!

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Spooktacular Activities for Halloween

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Tween Halloween Craft
Thursday, October 12 3:30-4:30 pm
Join us and create a spooky holiday decoration!
Ages 8-12
Registration is required


Spooky Stories
Tuesday, October 31 10:15-10:45 am
Join us for an all-ages Halloween storytime. It will be a ghastly good time! Costumes are encouraged!


Halloween @ the Library
Tuesday, October 31 5:00-8:00 pm
Trick or Treating on South Street? Don’t forget to include the Library as a trick or treating stop! We’ll have a special activity after 5 pm: spin the wheel to pick your Halloween treat!
The Library is a Teal Pumpkin Project participant and will only provide non-food treats.


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Got a Half-Day to Tinker around with?

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Need something to do on your half day Friday, September 29th? Swing by the library and grab a Tinker Bag.  Filled with miscellaneous odds & ends, there is no limit to what you can create with these grab bags. Work at the library or take one home. Don’t forget to bring your imagination!

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“Getting to Know Your Ukulele” Class

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The Grafton Public Library is offering a 4-week class titled “Getting to Know Your Ukulele.” This class will be taught by Jan Barlow of Apple Tree Arts and is for beginners ages 13 and up – teens and adults. The classes will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, and will meet at One Grafton Common, Grafton, MA. Participants must commit to attending all 4 classes. This free class is limited to 12 participants. Participants need to bring a ukulele to the class. The Library has 3 ukuleles available to check out for the course of the session.

Please stop by the Library or call 508-839-4649 to register for this program and reserve a ukulele.

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Teen Program: Wreck This Journal

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Participants will each receive their own copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri SMith. Paint, poke, create, destroy, and wreck – to create a journal as unique as you are. For anyone who’s ever had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or a sketchbook comes Wreck This Journal, this illustrated book challenges readers to muster up their best mistake – and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book – or destroy them.

At this program we will have a bunch of supplies out to get you started on your journal.

This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. Please REGISTER online.

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Food for Fines is a Win-Win!

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Thank you to all our patrons who participated in our Food for Fines program from July 1 through August 31.
If you had fines on your account and brought in food for the Grafton Food Bank, the Library waived any fees related to overdue fines.
The Library is pleased to report it took in $873.63 in “food” items between June 1-Aug 31.
All the food was brought over to the Grafton Food Bank to help stock their shelves.

Thanks very much to all our patrons for participating in this win-win program!

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Delayed Opening Friday, September 15

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED from 10 am-1 pm Friday, September 15th for Staff Development. The Library will be open from 1-5 pm.
Museum Passes for Friday, September 15th may be picked up on Thursday, September 14th from 10am-9pm.
Please visit our 24/7 digital library branch.
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LEGO BrickBuilders to Meet in October

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Thursday, October 5 3:30-5:00 pm

Calling all master builders ages 6-12 for an afternoon of LEGO fun!

Registration opens 9/21/2017 at




Children are always welcome at the library.  However, the library is a public building and very busy on a daily basis.  For the protection and well-being of children, the Grafton Public Library has established an Unattended Child Policy.

Please note that program attendees must also comply with the Library’s Unattended Child Policy:

  • 0-7 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times;
  • 8-12 must be accompanied by parent/guardian remaining in the Library;
  • 13+ may be unaccompanied provided child is able to use Library independently and follow the Library’s Code of Conduct.
  • Children under age 13 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over the age of 14.
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