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“Welcome to the Graveyard!” The Gravestone Girls present a virtual tour of Grafton Cemeteries

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gg in rural 2010Cemetery educators, The Gravestone Girls, whose mission is to “Keep Our Dead Alive”, will be presenting a virtual tour, called “Welcome to the Graveyard”, centered on Grafton’s eight local cemeteries at the Grafton Public Library (35 Grafton Common), Tuesday, October 21st at 7pm.  The 90 minute presentation is built on photographs recently taken in these special and interesting burying places around Grafton, which was founded in 1735, and charts the evolution of cemeteries and gravestones from the colonial era into the 21st century.
This is a popular program that has been given around the New England area by The Gravestone Girls for almost fifteen years.  The group regularly works with libraries, historical societies and genealogical groups, among others, to teach about “the art, symbolism and history of these living history museums located on everyone’s mainstreets and backyards” says Ms. Sullivan, one in the group of three cemetery enthusiasts.  She further added “Almost everyone is interested in these peaceful and beautiful spaces, but may be hesitant to say so to others.  Our presentation lets you know you’re not the only one.  Come see what we do, we fill the room every time!”

 

For a detailed calendar of this and other Gravestone Girls events please visit www.GravestoneGirls.com   Further information can also be found on the library’s website at http://www.graftonpubliclibrary.org

 

The Gravestone Girls not only provide interesting historical cemetery presentations, they also create beautiful and unusual sculpted art pieces using the primitive art from the faces of original New England gravestones as well as teach gravestone rubbing classes and lead cemetery tours.  Their gravestone art is shown regularly at art and craft festivals.  Often commissioned for documentation and fundraising projects utilizing special aspects of important cemeteries and gravestones, they have executed these public and private projects for clients nationwide.

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Adult Book Discussion Group

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PompeiiReference Librarian, Heidi Fowler will lead a book discussion group for adults on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Grafton Public Library.  Stop by the library to sign up and check out a copy of this month’s book: Pompeii, by Robert Harris.

When the aqueduct that brings fresh water to thousands of people around the bay of Naples fails, Roman engineer Marius Primus heads to the slopes of Mount Vesuvius to investigate, only to come face to face with an impending catastrophe.

For more information, or to sign up, please contact the Grafton Public Library, at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com or 508-839-4649.

This program is free and open to the public.

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Adult Book Discussion Group

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The HumansReference Librarian, Heidi Fowler will lead a book discussion group for adults on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Grafton Public Library.  Stop by the library to sign up and check out a copy of this month’s book: The Humans, by Matt Haig.

An extraterrestrial assumes the identity of a Cambridge mathematician and realizes there’s more to the human race than he suspected.

For more information, or to sign up, please contact the Grafton Public Library, at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com or 508-839-4649.

This program is free and open to the public.

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Green Cleaning Coach Leslie Reichert visits!

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Celebrate science this summer with the “Martha Stewart Of Green Cleaning”, Leslie Reichert. 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.

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Not Just for Young Adults Book Discussion

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Monument 14

Book Discussion Group for Adults who enjoy reading Young Adult Literature.
This month we are reading Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne.
Stop by the Library to sign up and pick up a copy of the book.

Six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world – as they know it – apart.

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An Evening with nature photographer Peter Christoph

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This one-night event for birders, bird photographers and nature lovers will provide participants with photographic techniques for capturing birds.  The program will be illustrated by Peter Christoph’s masterful photography and seasoned with lively anecdotes, this narrated slideshow will bring you both instruction and inspiration.

Peter will have available the companion book Birds, which he published to accompany his presentation.   There will be a book signing immediately after his talk.

-“Fantastic, a delightful evening of wonderful photography of New England birds.” -June Reams, program attendee.

 

Peter Christoph is one of New England’s best known wildlife photographers, having presented for Mass Audubon, the national wildlife refuge system, and numerous libraries, camera clubs and schools. His passion for capturing birds in their natural habitat, his technical excellence, and his environmental responsibility are revealed in his compelling images. He is set apart as one of the very few photographers willing to share both his photographic knowledge and his favorite locations with other photographers. His images have appeared in many books and magazines and he has authored two bird books, which are available at Mass Audubon’s Wachusett Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary and online at www.peterchristoph.com

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Shark Tank – Kids’ Library version!

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Bring your ideas for a new invention or product and then sell it to the “shark” investors (library staff) to see if you can make a great business deal! Based on the show Shark Tank produced by Mark Burnett.
For kids ages 8-11. All supplies for building will be provided. Please register for this program.

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Teen Program: Board Game Blast

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Grab a game and have a blast with your friends.

This program is for teens in grades 6-12. Sign up for this program in the library or by emailing the teen librarian.

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