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A Way to Help – Boston Children’s Blood Mobile

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Stop by the Library and hop on the Boston Children’s Hospital Bloodmobile. A short 30-minute whole blood donation can help as many as 4 children.
To donate you must be in good health and weigh at least 110 lbs. In MA, 16 year olds may donate blood but are required to have a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to donating. Print a copy of this form if you need it. If you are 17 and older, you just need to bring a form of photo ID with you.
How to Prepare to Donate Blood:
Make sure you are well hydrated at the time of your donation. Try and limit the amount of caffeinated beverages you consume prior to giving blood.
Do not donate on an empty stomach. Each a good meal at least three hours prior to giving blood.
Get a good nights rest prior to coming in to donate.
If in the past your hemoglobin has been low, you can raise it by eating iron rich food. For a list of food rich in iron click here.
Remember to bring a photo ID with you when you come to donate.
For further eligibility requirements click here .
Walk-ins are welcome, appointments are preferred. Sign up here for your appointment now.
Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.

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Jerome Wheelock Birthday Party!

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Jerome Wheelock, born on June 20, 1834, donated money to the town of Grafton to build a public library. Celebrate his 183rd birthday with us with games and cake on the Common! Join us for a free party with field day games, raffles, face painting, snow cones, and a bounce house! Bring a picnic lunch or plan to purchase food from our vendors; birthday cake and lemonade will be provided!Come join in the fun at the free 90th anniversary celebration of the Grafton Public Library filled with family friendly activities like field day games, musical performances with Mr. Kim and Miss Jan from Apple Tree Arts, delicious refreshments and raffle prizes on June 24, 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Grafton Common.

The event is hosted by the Grafton Public Library, Friends of the Library and the Trustees at the Grafton Common to commemorate the 1927 opening of the library and the birthday of Jerome Wheelock, the Grafton resident who provided the funding for the library. The public is welcomed.

During the event, Mr. Wheelock will stroll through the Common and talk a bit about his steam valve inventions and vision for the Library. In 1902, he bequeathed $100,000 for the town to build a library. Oscar Thayer, a well-known architect designed the colonial Georgian style building that was completed in 1927. Mr. Wheelock’s only request in return for his generous donation was to have a statue of him placed on the Common. Party goers may visit this heroic statue at the far end of the Common.

Rain Date: June 25th from 11:00 – 3:00 PM. Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.
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Songbirds of the Northeast with Naturalist John Root

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Naturalist John Root will present a powerpoint program featuring photographs and recordings of our region’s songbirds. The role of song in these birds’ lives as well as their diet, social behavior, and other adaptations for survival will be discussed. Participants will also learn how to provide an attractive habitat for songbirds. Questions and comments are welcome throughout the presentation.

Bluebird boxes and perennials for edible landscaping and attracting wildlife will be for sale after the program. Please register online or call 508-839-4649 to sign up.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Grafton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.

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Summer Reading 2017!

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BUILD A BETTER WORLD Summer Reading 2017 at the Grafton Public Library!
Begins Monday, June 19

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW is on our
Summer Reading 2017 Full Calendar!
Download our 2017 Full Calendar of Events
for info on programs, prizes, earning tickets, voting for new animal buddies & Food for Fines!

* For programs where sign up is required, registration begins 2 weeks before the program.

The 2017 MA Statewide Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Grafton Public Library, the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, the Town of Grafton, the Grafton Recreation Department, Apple Tree Arts, Willard House & Clock Museum, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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Delayed Opening Friday, June 16th

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED from 10 am-1 pm Friday, June 16th for Professional Development. The Library will be open from 1-5pm.
Museum Passes for Friday June 16th may be picked up on Thursday June 15th from 10am-9pm.
Please visit our 24/7 digital library branch.
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Planting Day!!

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it can look like this!!

Come join us Saturday, June 10 from 10 am – 1 pm
to plant our garden beds and clean up our grounds for the summer season!
Adopt-A-Bed opportunities also available for families, scout troops and businesses!
Please call 508-839-4649 or email info@graftonlibrary.org
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Wonder Woman Day

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Join us for the first-ever celebration of iconic DC Super Hero Wonder Woman. Honor the 75-year legacy of the Amazon Princess with a special raffle of a life-size cutout of the pop culture icon, and pick up a special Wonder Woman comic book, while supplies last.

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Grafton Writers Group

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Thursday, May 18 from 7:00-8:30 pm

Poets, essayists, blogs, diarists, memoir ghostwriters, short or long fiction… it’s all good! Workshop your writing, try some un-blockers, celebrate our publishing successes and share resources!

The Grafton Writers Group is open to adults ages 18 and up and meets on the third Thursday of the month.

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Saturday Afternoon Knitters

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Saturday, May 13  2:00-4:00 pm

Whether you are an experienced knitter or just want to learn – join us at the library for an afternoon of knitting. Experienced knitters are encouraged to bring their current projects.

Have extra needles or yarn? Donate to our Give and Take Box to clear out your stash or find a special yarn. Sign up in the library or by emailing graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

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