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Grafton Writer’s Group

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Reasons to join a writer’s group
1.  Accountability – Once a week, every other week or once a month
2.  It keeps you writing
3.  Don’t write in a vacuum
4. Share ideas, get support, and get excited!

Join fellow writers Thursday, January 18 at 3:00 pm. The Grafton Writer’s Group is open to writers age 16 and up, and is held in the Main Reading Room of the Library, facilitated by Tasha and Stephen Halpert.  We gather to learn and to share on the 3rd Thursday of the month.



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Geeky LEGO Ornament Build for Tweens, Teens & Adults

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Join us Saturday, December 16 as we make two geeky ornaments in time for the holidays: a mini arcade machine and a Mario Question Box (with a little surprise inside!).

Please REGISTER for this program. Registration opens Saturday, December 2 at 10 am.

Tween build (grades 3-5) is at 1:00 pm

Teen build (grades 6-12) is at 2:00 pm

Adult build is at 3:00 pm

  • Please register one participant at a time. You must register every person participating. Unregistered people will not be able to participate.
  • Please adhere to age recommendations when registering.   If your child is not an appropriate age, they will be removed from the program.
  • Due to the complicated instructions required for this program, if an attendee is more than 5 minutes late, they will not be able to participate.
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Grafton Ukulele Musicians – join us for the next session Feb 8!

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Welcome to Grafton Ukulele Musicians (GUM), a partnership between Apple Tree Arts and Grafton Public Library.  We meet the second Thursday of every month and our next meeting is January 11, 2018  from 6:30-8:00 pm. All levels are welcome and there is no fee. GUM. meets on the third floor of Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common.

Bring your ukulele and your singing voice to participate in this jam session lead by Miss Jan Barlow from Apple Tree Arts. Participants suggest the music and also continue to practice songs learned in previous sessions . We are using the Daily Ukulele — Grafton Library has copies to check out and brings some extras to the group.

Don’t have a ukulele? You can borrow a ukulele, as well!

Brush up on your strumming skills or learn new chords with the Ukulele Course online at ArtistWorks, for free! A library card is required to access.

Here are some of the songs GUM worked on last month and will do again:

Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
I Walk the Line (Johnny Cash)
I’ve Just Seen a Face (Beatles)
King of the Road (Roger Miller)
This Land is Your Land (Woody Guthrie)
We Shall Overcome (Ziphilia Horton)

If you have any questions feel free to email facilitator Jan Barlow.

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Access for FREE daily from 3-9pm!

Hear ye! Hear ye! Because we hear our students, is adding audio! It is no secret that some learn by doing, some learn by reading, some learn by watching and some learn by listening.’s goal is to provide instructional services and support in a personalized manner that best fit the needs of each individual learner. To better help us achieve this goal, we are excited to announce that an audio option to connect will be available for every session for all grade levels and subjects beginning on Monday, November 20, 2017. Offering an audio option allows us to

  • improve the experience for those with visual impairments,
  • meet the needs of auditory learners,
  • more effectively assist younger students or non-typers,
  • and use classroom time more efficiently.

Watch a short demonstration video about how to connect with audio.

Download an information sheet about this and other new features recently released.


Access for FREE daily from 3-9pm!

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Last Call for Food for Fines 2017

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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-perishable items valued at your fine amount. Items that are open, leaking, damaged or expired cannot be accepted.

We are unable to accept food for library fees for lost materials.

Donations may be brought to the Children’s Room or Main Reading Room.

THANKSGIVING ITEMS must be dropped off by November 10.

CHRISTMAS ITEMS must be dropped off by December 15.

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Grafton Writer’s Group

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Thursday, October 19  7:00-8:30 pm

Do you like to write? Do you want to get some practice in writing and possibly share with other writers? If so, please consider joining fellow writers at the Grafton Library. We gather to learn and to share on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30.

The group is open to writers age 16 and up, and is held in the Main Reading Room of the Library, facilitated by Tasha and Stephen Halpert.
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Library Expansion Project UPDATE

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Thanks to all who voted in the Town General Election May 16 and attended Town Meeting Monday May 8 to VOTE on the project design and to borrow $16.6 million* to fund the project. All votes passed by the required majority. THANK YOU GRAFTON!

We received a provisional grant of approximately $7.4 million, to be reimbursed through the state in 5 equal payments, one per year, when our project reaches the state’s capital project list.  We are #16 on the waiting list as of July 13, 2017 and are in process of hiring an OPM.

A complete list of FAQs from public forums and focus groups, public comments and in-person questions at the Library is available.

NEXT LIBRARY PLANNING AND BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING: Tuesday October 3 7 pm Municipal Center, with BoS and DPW Planning Committee.

proposed design, NW view, by DRA


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.

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

The grant application was completed and submitted in January 2017, and a Letter of Intent was submitted 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 7,400 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!

The cost of the project has been estimated at $111/per year for the average home valued at $364,531. For less than the cost of 4 hardcover books, valued at $27.99 each…

  • … Check out 4 books at a time for FREE at the Library, investing that $111* in our future!
  • for the cost of 2 cup of coffee a week…
    …I can buy my coffee for a buck at the Library instead, investing $111* 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 $111* in our future!

*The remaining $10 million will be fundraised, donated by Friends, Trustees, and the Capital Campaign, with the balance funded by taxpayers.

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

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Vote For Your Favorite Grafton Common Scarecrow!

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Thanks to all who participated on Saturday 9/23!

Post a photo of your favorite scarecrow and share on social media, using the tag #GraftonMAScarecrow

Vote for a favorite scarecrow online. The winner will be announced on Friday, October 13th!

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Spooktacular Activities for Halloween

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Tween Halloween Craft
Thursday, October 12 3:30-4:30 pm
Join us and create a spooky holiday decoration!
Ages 8-12
Registration is required


Spooky Stories
Tuesday, October 31 10:15-10:45 am
Join us for an all-ages Halloween storytime. It will be a ghastly good time! Costumes are encouraged!


Halloween @ the Library
Tuesday, October 31 5:00-8:00 pm
Trick or Treating on South Street? Don’t forget to include the Library as a trick or treating stop! We’ll have a special activity after 5 pm: spin the wheel to pick your Halloween treat!
The Library is a Teal Pumpkin Project participant and will only provide non-food treats.


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“Getting to Know Your Ukulele” Class

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The Grafton Public Library is offering a 4-week class 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. Thursday, October 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, and will meet at One Grafton Common, Grafton, MA. Participants must commit to attending all 4 classes. This free class is limited to 12 participants. Participants need to bring a ukulele to the class. The Library has 3 ukuleles available to check out for the course of the session.

Please stop by the Library or call 508-839-4649 to register for this program and reserve a ukulele.

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