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Meet local authors of book Abandoned Asylums of Massachusetts Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30 pm

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Meet the authors of Abandoned Asylums of Massachusetts, a recent addition to Arcadia Publishing’s newest series Images of Modern America. Join us Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30 pm.

This collection of photographs, history, and firsthand accounts by Tammy Rebello and L.F. Blanchard, gives readers a glimpse at the roots of mental health. These vignettes are born of the personal stories of those who worked at these facilities, those who were institutionalized, and their families. The authors took the time to listen to their stories and endeavored to understand their pasts and recognize how these events continue to influence the mental health industry today. Pictured throughout are the physical relics of the places—the now largely abandoned asylums—where these stories unfurled.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $20. The authors will also have prints available to purchase ranging from $10 – $30 depending on size and if it is framed.

Please register for this program. Call 508-839-4649 x1102, email graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com or register online

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Library to Close for Memorial Day Weekend

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Memorial Day from Saturday May 28-Monday May 30, 2016. No items are due on closed dates. The Library will reopen at 10AM on Tuesday, May 31.

Museum passes for Saturday or Monday may be picked up in advance Thu (10-9) or Fri (10-5).

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

Thank you to those who served, and lost their lives in service to our country. Thank you to their families for their sacrifices.

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Book Signing with local author Linda Marean Casey Tuesday, May 10th at 7 pm

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Local author and historical society releases exciting new title featuring stunning, vintage images. Telling a story in pictures is Grafton, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by Linda Marean Casey and the Grafton Historical Society is set to release on May 2, 2016. The book boasts 200 vintage images and showcases memories of days gone by. Ms. Casey will be selling the books for $21.99 and will accept cash or check from a local bank. A portion of the profits from the sale of the book are being donated to the Grafton Historical Society.

Please register for this book signing program. Call 508-839-4649 x1102, email graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com or register online.

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Free Comic Book Day! Saturday, May 7

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Drop in Saturday, May 7 to choose a comic from our free selection (while supplies last)!

As the name implies, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops, or in this case, the Grafton Public Library.

Preview the selection here. (Not all titles may be available.)

Love comics and graphic novels? Read even more titles online for free with your Library card at ComicsPlus!

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Saturday April 30: Community Clean Up Day! 9am-12pm

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Rake, weed and pick up trash and branches on the Library grounds. This event is community wide and part of Keep Massachusetts Beautiful: Grafton Community Clean Up Day.

Grafton Clean-up Day
Saturday, April 30, 2016
9:00 am –noon
An Earth-friendly Event for the Entire Family!

Your Grafton Clean-up Day “to-do” list:
1.Pick up your bags and gloves. (At the Municipal center all week, or at the Common on 4/30/16 at 9:00 a.m.). You can also pre-register a team by calling Dawn Geoffroy at 617-513-9035 or email dawn.geoffroy@gmail.com
2.Meet up with your team to clean up or beautify your selected area.
3.Once your clean-up is complete, call 508-839-8525 (the Highway Dept.) and let them know where your bags are. They will collect the bags for proper disposal on Monday.
4.Return to the Common for your free lunch, sponsored by Pepperoni Express and others!

Celebrate Grafton Clean-up Day on the Common!
Join us on the Common for refreshments and fun activities
Receive a free tree sapling to celebrate Arbor Day, sponsored by the Grafton Highway Department
Give yourself credit for getting involved in your community and thank you for your efforts to make Grafton beautiful!

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Library to Host “Getting to Know Your Ukulele” class with Apple Tree Arts

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The Library is offering a 4-week class session titled “Getting to Know Your Ukulele.” This class will be taught by Jan Barlow of Apple Tree Arts and is for beginners ages 13 and up – teens and adults. The classes will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday May 10, 17, 24 and 31, and will meet at One Grafton Common, Grafton, MA. This free class is limited to 12 participants. Participants need to bring a ukulele to the class. The Library has 4 ukuleles available to check out for the course of the session and the instructor also has 1 ukulele for loan. Please stop by the Library or call 508-839-4649 to register for this program and reserve a ukulele.

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Apple Tree Arts presents an Early Childhood Education Seminar

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The Grafton Public Library is pleased to offer an Early Childhood Education seminar on the benefits of music and movement on Tuesday, April 12th at 6:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church, 30 Grafton Common. Led by Jan Barlow of Apple Tree Arts, attendees of this seminar will participate in developmentally appropriate music activities that help children develop an array of skills including spatial awareness, body part identification, crossing the mid line, listening and learning how to follow directions. These activities also support the development of language, pre-reading skills, pre-math skills, cultural literacy and expression. Attendees will receive songs and exercise activities that help children develop these skills. Best of all, children will experience joy while singing songs and moving their bodies when parents and caregivers learn how to incorporate music and movement into the children’s daily activities.
This seminar is free to the public and is ideal for parents and caregivers of children birth through age 5. Please register for this seminar by calling the Library at 508-839-4649 or sign-up through our online registration.

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Saturday Afternoon Knitting Group

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Whether you are an experienced knitter or just want to learn – join us at the Grafton Public Library for a monthly Saturday afternoon of knitting from 2-4 pm. Mark your calendars for the upcoming meeting dates: 5/14, 6/11, 7/9, and 8/6. Experienced knitters are encouraged to bring their current projects. This program is for all ages and those who prefer to crochet are also welcome!
Have extra needles or yarn? Donate to our Give and Take Box to clear out your stash or find a special yarn. People looking to try knitting or a new type of yarn are welcome to take supplies. Sign up in the library or by emailing graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

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Grafton Writers Group

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Poets, essayists, blogs, diarists, memoir ghostwriters, short or long fiction… it’s all good! Join us at the Grafton Public Library every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:30 pm to workshop your writing, try some un-blockers, celebrate our publishing successes and share resources! Upcoming meeting dates are April 20, May 18 and June 15. Adults 18+.

Bring your writer’s block exercises; tools and resources that help hone your craft; or poetry, essays, and short fiction to discuss.
Facilitators Stephen and Tasha Halpert are local, published authors who also teach, lecture and counsel. For questions or to sign-up, please call the Library 508-839-4649 or email graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

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Spring Egg Hunt Tickets are SOLD OUT!

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Spring Egg Hunt on Grafton Common Saturday, March 26 at 10 am OR 11:30 am

Although Egg Hunt tickets are SOLD OUT, you can still drop in from 10-12:30 and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny and participate in spring stories & crafts. Sponsored by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library. Proceeds benefit the Grafton Public Library.

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