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Take Your Child to the Library Day Sat Feb 3

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Join us as we celebrate Take your Child to the Library Day with a special, all-ages storytime celebrating libraries at 10:15am! Does your child have a library card? Today would be a great day to get one!

Fines for overdue materials will be WAIVED for all youth under age 18 TODAY ONLY! We are also offering free replacement cards.

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Back in the Stacks – February 2018

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“Back in the Stacks” books – what will you find?

For the month of February, we explore titles with a romantic or love theme, oo-la-la!

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – A hardcover edition of the best-selling classic follows the legend of King Arthur as told by the women central to the tale, from the zealous Morgaine, sworn to uphold her goddess at any cost, to the devout Gwynhefar, pledged to the king but drawn to another.

All About Love : new visions by Bell Hooks – Presenting radical new ways to think about love, the author examines the role of love in our personal and professional lives and how it can be used to end struggles between individuals, communities, and societies.

Love Signals: how to attract a mate by David B. Givens –  A professor of anthropology who has studied contemporary American mating rituals presents a popular guide to the meanings and messages of body language, with discussions of facial expressions, voice, gestures, clothing, and jewelry

Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh – For the people of Bakerton, and the five children of the Novak family, the years after World War II alter their lives in unforeseen and irrevocable ways. Dorothy is a fragile beauty hooked on romance. Brilliant Joyce, the family’s keystone, is bitterly aware of the life she might have had elsewhere. Sandy, the youngest boy, sails through life on looks and charm. George, the veteran, is driven to escape the life he was born to through selfishness and hard work. And Lucy, the volatile baby, is a confused girl with a voracious need for love. A compelling story of love and loss in a western Pennsylvania mining town.

Love by Toni Morrison – The epitome of a group of women’s ideals about love, fatherhood, and friendship, wealthy hotel owner Bill Cosey finds his life compromised by his troubled past and his feelings about a spellbinding woman named Celestial.

A New England love story : Nathaniel Hawthorne and Sophia Peabody by LouAnn Gaeddert – Relates the love story of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Sophia Peabody based on their letters and journals.

A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott – An Englishwoman falls for an older man who takes her to France where she discovers he is already married. When she leaves him, he pursues her and confines her to a lunatic asylum in Germany. But she will escape. The novel was written in 1866 and was rejected by the publisher as too sensational.

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Little Hats, Big Hearts

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February is the month of love. It’s also American Heart Month, and therefore no better time to spread awareness about how to have heart-healthy families and to educate the public about congenital heart defects, which affect approximately 40,000 babies per year.

The American Heart Association (AHA) and Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) also want to raise awareness about congenital heart defects, which are the most common form of birth defect. Of the 40,000 babies born with heart defects each year, one in four will be critical enough to require surgery or procedures such as cardiac catheterization (often multiple times) during their first year of life.

Volunteers from around the country are joining the AHA, in connection with CHF, to celebrate American Heart Month by knitting red hats for babies born in February at participating hospitals. Supporters are knitting red hats to be given out to thousands of babies during American Heart Month in order to empower their parents to live heart healthy lives and help their children to do the same.

The Grafton Library’s Knitting Group donated over 2 dozen red hats which will be distributed to participating hospitals. Thank you to all the knitters for their generous hearts and the beautiful hats!


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Books Seeking a Good Home – these are for keeps!

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The Library has boxes of gently used books looking for a good home that are a result of weeding the collection to make room for new titles. Titles include adult and young adult fiction and nonfiction.  The books are free, and you may take all or just some. The books are currently stored in boxes, so it will require some time to sort through and see what titles are there.

If interested, please email Susan Leto at or call 508-839-4649 xt 1108.

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Drop in for Open Play time!

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While the formal story times are on a brief hiatus, please join us for one of our age appropriate Open Play Times!

Open Play is an unstructured time for children to socialize with their peers and keep up with their normal storytime routine.  This will not be a formal storytime, but there will be familiar elements like bubbles and music in addition to age-specific toys. This program is drop-in. If Grafton Public Schools are delayed or closed, this program will be cancelled. The Children’s Room is closed to the public for the duration of the Open Play program.

To keep our groups consistent, we ask that you limit your attendance to the appropriate age group:

  • PRESCHOOL– ages 3.5-5

Tuesdays @ 10:00am-11:00am

February 6th, February 27th, and March 6th.


  • TODDLERS -Ages Walking-3.5

Wednesdays @ 10:00am-11:00am

February 7th, February 28th, and March 7th.


  • BABIES– Ages Newborn-Walking

Thursdays @ 10:00am-11:00am

February 1st, February 8th, March 1st, and March 8th.


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OPM Interview Schedule Announced

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OPM (Owner’s Project Manager) Interviews for the GPL Expansion and Renovation Project will be held Mon & Tue 1/22 & 1/23 at 7 & 8 pm. These are open meetings and the public is welcome to attend.

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Grafton Writer’s Group

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Join fellow writers Thursday, March 15 at 3:00 pm. Do you like to write? Do you want to get some practice in writing and possibly share with other writers? If so, please consider joining fellow writers at the Grafton Library. We gather to learn and to share on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.
The group is open to writers age 16 and up, and is held in the Main Reading Room of the Library, facilitated by Tasha and Stephen Halpert.



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Saturday STEAM Ahead

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Saturday, January 20  11:00 am-12:00 pm

Kids in grades 3-5 can join us for a seasonal activity that is hands on fun. This month we are making homemade bouncy balls! What ingredient do you think makes them bounce? Come find out!

Space is limited. Registration is required and opens on January 7th.  Register online or call 508-839-4649.

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Delayed Opening Friday, January 5, 2018

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Due to the snowstorm, the Library will delay opening until 12 noon on Friday January 5. We understand people may not be able to get to us during periods of inclement weather, so no fines will accrue for materials due 1/4-1/6. Please visit our digital branch at Stay safe and warm!

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