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Library CLOSED 10 am-1 pm Friday March 20th

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The Grafton Public Library wishes to alert the public that the Library will be closed the morning of Friday, March 20th for staff professional development and training. The Library will open at 1 p.m. and close at 5 p.m. regular Friday closing hours. Any late fees on items due March 20th will be waived. Please visit us on the web at to view the catalog, request items, and connect to our many databases and social media outlets. Thank you to our patrons for your patience and understanding. For any questions or concerns, please contact Beth Gallaway, Director, at 508-839-4649 or

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Grafton Writers Group to Meet at Library

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Poets, essayists, blogs, diarists, memoir ghostwriters, short or long fiction… it’s all good! Join us to workshop your writing, try some unblockers, celebrate our publishing successes and share resources! Adults 18+. This group meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 7-8:45 pm. The first session is Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

Facilitator Beth Gallaway is the author of Game On! Gaming at the Library (Neal Schuman, 2009) and a creative writing major

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Workshop: Exploring Business Ownership

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Entrepreneurs are invited to attend a session on Wednesday, February 11 at 2:00 pm to gain a better understanding about how to start a business, and learn about the various SBA programs and services that are available to prospective entrepreneurs or current business owners who need assistance in starting or expanding a business.

The session is presented by Norman Eng of Small Business Administration and Ili Spahiu, Small Business Development and Loan Manager at RCAP Solutions.

General information will be provided on the following programs and services:

  • FREE Mentoring & Counseling: SCORE, Massachusetts Small Business Development Centers, Center for Women & Enterprise
  • SBA Guaranty Loan Programs: 7(a), Micro Loans, Express Loans & 504
  • Government Contracting Opportunities: 8(a) Business Development, HUBZones (Historically Underutilized Business Zones), and Small Disadvantaged Business.
  • Disaster Assistance

Guest speakers will be Norman Eng from the Small Business Administration and Ili Spahiu, Small Business Development and Loan Manager at RCAP Solutions.
To RSVP please contact Norman Eng at 617-565-8510 or or stop by the Library.

For questions, please contact the Heidi Fowler at the Grafton Public Library or 508-839-4649.

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Library Seeks Citizen Input and Volunteers for Long Range Planning Process

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The Grafton Public Library seeks Grafton residents to volunteer to serve on a diverse planning committee that will assist in setting Library service priorities for the next five years for the Grafton Public Library. Participants MUST attend two focus group meetings, scheduled for 8:30AM-12 noon at the Library (35 Grafton Common, Grafton MA) on Saturday February 28 and Saturday April 25. The successful candidates should have a strong working knowledge of the Grafton community, and may or may not be a current Library user.

The meetings will be facilitated by Library Consultant Sunny Vandermark. Meetings will include defining a vision for the community served by the Library, brainstorming, and conducting analysis of the Library’s Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results. The feedback gathered will be used to develop a Long Range Plan for 2016-2020. Meeting attendance is mandatory for planning committee members. Continental breakfast will be provided.

A Long Range Plan is a written document that provides goals, measurable objectives and specific activities for Library staff to carry out. Strategic planning isn’t new; it is a routine part of running a successful Library, and considered to be a standard of best practices in library management. A Long Range Plan spanning five years is required by the MA Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) for any library that wishes to apply for grant funding.

The Long Range Plan is reviewed annually at the September meeting of the Board of Library Trustees, and the Library Director must update a plan of action for the Library and send it to the MBLC each December.

As the current Long Range Plan expires in December 2015, it’s time to see where we are going, next! Anyone can review the current 2011-2015 Long Range Plan, as well as the FY 2016 Activity Plan (which runs through 12/31/2015).

Can’t commit? Bored by meetings? You can still provide valuable input! Please take the Library Satisfaction Survey, produced by the MA Board of Library Commissioners, at

If you are interested in participating in the Long Range Planning process and joining the planning committee, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, to get an information packet, at or 508-839-4649.

Information Packet

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Saturday Morning Knitting for adults

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Whether you are an experienced knitter or just want to learn – join us at the library for a morning of knitting. Experienced knitters are encouraged to bring their current projects. New knitters will be given a free kit of yarn, needles, and instructions.

This free program is for adults age 18 and over. Sign up in the library or by emailing the teen librarian.


Food for Fines November 15-December 31, 2014

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Got fines? To aid the Grafton Food Bank, the Library will offer fine forgiveness in return for donations of non-perishable items for the Grafton Food Bank. The program continues through the end of the year.

This year, in addition to non-perishables, we are accepting Stop & Shop receipts that show you have purchased a grocery box for the Food Bank.

Please bring non-perishable canned or boxed goods, OR personal care items in lieu of cash for Library fines. The value of donated items should total the fine amount. Please note that we cannot accept open, damaged, expired, recalled or perishable items, and Food for Fines applies only to overdue fines, and does not extend to fees for printing, faxing, lost materials, or replacement Library cards.

Please consider donating healthy, nutrient rich food such as whole grain pasta, cereal, and crackers; fruit in 100% juice and low-sodium canned items, and toiletries.

For more details about Food for Fines, or to discuss other alternatives to fees and bring your library card to good standing, please contact Susan Leto at 508-839-4649 x1105 or by email at

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Grafton High School Yearbook Archive now Online

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The Grafton Public Library, in partnership with Grafton High School, has digitized a collection of Grafton High School yearbooks. To view the complete scanned editions for 1952-2013, please visit the online archive. Additionally, the 1940 yearbook has been scanned as well.

Yearbooks are scanned in full color from 1980 on and can be read in a variety of formats on a computer, smartphone, or Kindle. The full page scans are not currently searchable; volunteers are needed to index the contents (i.e. enter the names of the students). GHS graduates with yearbooks dating from 1941-1951, or prior to 1940, are invited to loan their yearbooks for the scanning project.

The project was completed by the Boston Public Library and funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant administered by the Digital Commonwealth, an online library of photographs, manuscripts, recordings, and other materials of historical interest from libraries, museums and archives in Massachusetts. Projects are hosted on the Internet Archive website. The scanning project is part of an ongoing effort to increase digital content and to make the Library mobile and accessible to Grafton residents 24/7, wherever they are.
For more details, to volunteer your time, or to loan your yearbooks, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 or by email at

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An Afternoon with Robert Frost

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The Grafton Historical Society, in conjunction with the Grafton Public Library will present local actor and teacher, Stephen Collins, in a one-man show on poet Robert Frost. The program will take place on Sunday, October 19 at 2 p.m. at the South Grafton Community House, 25 Main St., South Grafton.

“We are very excited to have Stephen Collins on our stage,” said Nancy Therrien, Grafton Historical Society President. “He is a consummate performer and a wonderful teacher, and his Robert Frost program combines those skills in what promises to be a rich and entertaining experience.”

In his program, “An Evening of Frost” Collins will bring the poet to life in a unique, interactive performance that includes biographical insights into the man and his works and performances of some of his best loved poems as well as some lesser known ones. Collins has performed Shakespeare and other roles at Boston area theaters for 25 years, and has a repertoire of eight one-man shows that he performs at venues all over Massachusetts. He also teaches seminars on authors from Shakespeare to Edna St. Vincent Millay.

A donation of $5 is requested. Refreshments will be served. Books will be available for sale.

The Grafton Historical Society Museum, at One Grafton Common, houses an extensive permanent collection representing all aspects of Grafton’s history from the colonial era forward. It is open to the public on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. We welcome all visitors and all new members, whether your family has been here since colonial times or is new to town. To join, please contact the society at 508-839-0000 or drop by the museum.

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Seminar: Learn How to Maximize your Social Security income

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Facilitator David M. Aditays is employed with the Spartan Group and will present this complimentary, no-obligation workshop October 15th 7 p.m. Discover tips and strategies that can help you generate the highest possible income to meet your household needs and goals, such as:
• When may be the best time to start taking Social Security benefits;
• How taking payments now or later can impact the amount of your Social Security income;
• What married couples can do to increase their overall benefits; and
• What’s the best long term strategy for your situation.

For more details or to register for the program, please contact Beth Gallaway at 508-839-4649 or by email at

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