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Save the Date: Next Library Expansion Community Forum

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The public is invited to attend Community Forum Three, hosted by DRA Architects, on Mon Dec 19 at 7 pm at the Grafton Memorial Municipal Center, Conference Room A.  Please bring your questions, concerns, and ideas and come share your thoughts on the project.

phone: 508-839-4649 x1105
email: info@graftonlibrary.org
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The first Community Forum for public input on the project took place on Thursday October 20 at 6pm at the Grafton Public Library. An archive of the meeting can be viewed on GCTV On Demand at  http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T02135&video=292760.
The second Community Forum for public input on the project took place on Wednesday November 16 at 7 pm at the South Grafton Community House. An archive of the meeting can be viewed on GCTV On Demand at http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T02135&video=295800

Can’t make it? Online public comment is welcome at: grafton-ma.gov/library-planning-building-committee/pages/library-expansion-renovation-project

The Town has hired DRA Architects to develop plans for a 21,000-25,000 square foot facility, which would nearly triple our current 7,200 sq. foot space for a projected population of 22,122 residents in 2035. More details: graftonlibrary.org/thetimeisnow
Facility size is dictated by:
  • shelving to meet a basic library standard of 4.8 materials per capita.
  • seating to meet a basic library standard of 4.5-7 seats per 1,000 residents.
For more information on the MA Public Library Construction program, please visit mblc.state.ma.us/grants/construction/fact/index.php.
For all other inquiries, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1105 or gallawayb@graftonlibrary.org.

The Library Planning and Building Committee meets December 5 at 7pm at the Municipal Center. Meetings are open to the public.

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LEGO Your Ornaments this Holiday Season

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We will be building LEGO ornaments on 3 different occassions this December – pick your date and sign up!

Saturday, December 3

Create two different LEGO ornaments to decorate your house. All supplies will be provided. Our ornament kits come in a variety of different colors and are first come first served.

12:30-1:30 pm Tween session (grades 3-5). Tween sign up ONLINE.

2:00-3:00 Teen session (grades 6-12). Teen sign up ONLINE.

3:30-4:30 Adult session. Adult sign up ONLINE.

 

Sunday, December 4 12:00-4:00pm

Grafton Celebrates the Holidays – Build a LEGO wreath ornament (available while supplies last).  No sign up required but come early while supplies are available.

 

Saturday, December 17

LEGO Death Star Ornament – Celebrate the release of the newest Star Wars movie by making a LEGO Death Star Ornament. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required and space is limited. Each participant should fill out a form. You may only sign up for one session of the Death Star Ornament.

This free program is for everyone grade 3 to adult.

Session 1  1:00-2:30 pm – Registration begins December 3rd at 10 am

Session 2  3:00-4:30 pm – Registration begins December 3rd at 10 am

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Library’s Knitting Group Sets up Giving Tree

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The Grafton Public Library’s Saturday Knitting Group has set up a “Giving Tree” in the Library’s Main Reading Room. The group will be knitting and donating to the tree lots of warm outer wear for families in need, such as mittens, hats and scarves. The group welcomes any knitters to hang donations of their own to the tree during the month of November. Not a knitter? Store bought knitted items are also welcome! The knitted items will be donated to the Grafton Food Bank for distribution.

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Journalist & Author Ted Reinstein coming to Grafton

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The Grafton Public Library is pleased to announce Author Ted Reinstein will be at the South Grafton Community House, 25 Main Street, South Grafton on Tuesday, December 6 from 7-8 pm to discuss his latest book, Wicked Pissed: New England’s Most Famous Feuds.
Ted Reinstein is best known in New England as a journalist and reporter for Chronicle, Boston’s celebrated (and America’s longest-running, locally-produced) TV news-magazine.

He will have copies of his new book for sale for $20. He will also have copies of his first book, New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories, also available.

The Friends of the Grafton Public Library are hosting this event. Suggested donation: $7; Members of the Friends of the Library – $5
Please register for this program ONLINE, by calling the Library at 508-839-4649, or by emailing fowlerh@graftonlibrary.org

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Food for Fines for the Holidays

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The Library will be collecting food for fines from Nov 1 through the
end of the year, with all donated food going to the Grafton Food Bank.
Please donate unopened, unexpired, non-perishables
valued at your fine amount.
We are unable to accept food for library fees for lost materials.
Please consider bringing in your Food for Fines a few days before
the Food Bank is open to the public (11/8, 11/21, 12/19) so we can
drop it off and get it sorted. Food may be brought to the
Children’s Room or Main Reading Room.
THANKSGIVING ITEMS must be dropped off by November 16.

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Video and Comments from Library Renovation/Expansion Community Forum Two

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Community Forum Two to Discuss Library Renovation on Nov 16

Video on Demand:

Please share your feedback using the online public comment form.

 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.

A third public meeting with DRA architects for community input is scheduled for Monday, Dec 19 at 7 pm, location TBD. The public is invited to attend and share their thoughts on the project.

 Please visit www.graftonlibrary.org/thetimeisnow for additional meetings, surveys and news about the project. All agendas and meeting minutes from Library Planning and Building Committee meetings are posted to the Town’s website.

Applying for and receiving the MA Public Library Construction Program Grant would allow the Town of Grafton to renovate and expand the 90-year old library facility on Grafton Common at approximately half the cost, adding much-needed community meeting space, designated areas for quiet study, youth programs and collections, and dedicated work space for staff.

Grant eligibility requires the Town to design and build a library to meet the seating capacity and shelf space to accommodate a still growing collection of physical materials for a population of 22,122 residents in 2035. The building size in the building program is only an estimate, and we are aiming for a 21,000-25,000 square foot facility.

It’s still too early to put a price tag on the project, but thrifty residents should note that some money for the MA Public Library Construction Program grant has already been collected, and continues to be collected from Massachusetts tax revenues.

Please visit the MA Public Library Construction program website for more information about the grant.  For all other inquiries, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1105 or gallawayb@graftonlibrary.org.

 

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Library to Close for Columbus Day

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Columbus Day on Monday, October 10, 2016. No items are due this day. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

Museum passes for Monday may be picked up in advance on Thursday (10 am-9 pm), Friday or Saturday (10 am-5 pm).

Please visit our digital branch online to read a newspaper, check out an ebook, learn a new language, and more!

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Bulbs request for Girl Scout Gold Award and Library garden

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It’s time to plan for spring planting in our Library garden!

Girl Scout, Julia is working on her Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA, earned by Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts. Only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award. Julia and Beth Patch (Library staff) have built the new raised bed and planted plants which attract bees. As part of her project, Julia would like to plant bulbs for early spring and is requesting donations of the following bulbs:

Crocus
Allium
Daffodil
Hyacinth
Bluebells

Bulbs can be dropped off at the Library. Thank you for your support and help with this project!

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90th Anniversary Gala Planning Committee to Meet Oct. 5

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The Grafton Public Library Trustees are kicking-off a capital campaign initiative to help support fundraising efforts to renovate and improve the Library with a special anniversary celebration in honor of the circa 1927 built library to be held in June 2017. The Gala Planning Committee meets Wed Oct 5 at 7 pm in Conference Room E at the Municipal Center. The Public is invited to attend, and more volunteers are needed to help!

On Wed Sept 7, members of several Grafton-based community groups met to brainstorm different ways to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Library. Individuals representing Apple Tree Arts, Friends of the Grafton Public Library, Grafton Community Television, Grafton Historical Society, Grafton Lions Club, Grafton Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Association, South Grafton PTO, Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton and Willard House and Clock Museum shared their ideas of potential fun events and activities to be offered. Diane Libbey, co-chair of the GPL Trustees encouraged participants think about the Library in terms of “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

Attendees discussed creating a variety of activities to appeal to all ages and to offer something of interest to all Grafton residents. Some of the suggestions included a grand gala celebration party to be held on the Grafton Common, a costume parade for young children, a scavenger hunt on Grafton Land Trust properties, a historical walking tour around the common with historical interpreters and an antique car show with a focus on cars of the 1927-30s era. Other ideas included presenting a dramatization about Jerome Wheelock, the local inventor who gave the town the funds to build the library, creating a haunted walking tour and offering a program or tour of the Grafton Historical Society’s museum. Participants also recommended using the local churches on the common to hold events.

Library supporters are working on developing a 501 (c) 3 organization to support the renovation and improvement of the Library. The celebration proceeds will support this initiative. The Planning Committee will be meeting again next month on Oct.5 in Room E of the Grafton Memorial Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road. Everyone is welcomed to attend and share their ideas on ways to celebrate the library’s anniversary and to help organize the events. Please contact Beth Patch at patchb@graftonlibrary.org for more information.

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Library Expansion Project UPDATE

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Please use the online public comment form to share your feedback on this project!

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.

Meetings with DRA are forthcoming. Please watch the Library Event Calendar, Grafton News and Grafton Public Library: The Time is Now for details on forthcoming surveys, focus groups and community meetings to bring the Library Building Program to life!

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

The grant application is due in January 2017, with Letters of Intent to apply for the grant due 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 7,200 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!

It’s still too early to put a price tag on the project, but perhaps residents can start to think in terms of:

  • for the cost of 2 hardcover books…
    … I can check out 50 books at a time for FREE at the Library, investing that $50* in our future!
  • for the cost of 1 cup of coffee a week…
    …I can buy my coffee for a buck at the Library instead, investing that other $50* 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 $100* in our future!

*really, we have NO price estimate at this date!

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

Donate to the Capital Campaign — coming soon — or attend the next meeting of their 150th Anniversary / 90th building anniversary Gala, planned for June 2017, on Wed Nov 9 at Fire Station One, 26 Upton Street.

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