A fourth public meeting with Drummey, Rosane, Anderson, Inc, the selected architect for the preliminary library expansion/renovation design, has been scheduled for Saturday April 29 at 2:00pm at the Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Common, Grafton MA. The public is invited to attend and ask questions and share their thoughts on the project.
Can’t attend? Online public comment is available at www.grafton-ma.gov/library-planning-building-committee/pages/library-expansion-renovation-project. The Library Planning and Building Committee meets on Monday May 1 at 7pm at the Municipal Center and the public is also welcome to attend those meetings.
Please visit www.graftonlibrary.org/thetimeisnow for additional meetings, surveys and news about the project. Agendas and meeting minutes from Library Planning and Building Committee are posted atwww.grafton-ma.gov/library-planning-building-committee.
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. At this time, we have no cost estimate.
For more information on the MA Public Library Construction program, please visit https://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 email@example.com.
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It’s not a done deal! Please plan to attend Town Meeting Monday May 8 to VOTE on the project design and to borrow $16.6 million to fund the project. Approximately $6.6 million may be reimbursed through the state. The Funding will come back as a ballot vote on the May 16 election ballot. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
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NEXT LIBRARY PLANNING AND BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING: Monday April 3 7 pm Municipal Center.
proposed design, NW view, by DRA
The MA Public Library Construction Program Grant has been turned in! We will hear about our award in July 2017.
The Library Planning and Building Committee met with DPW’s Building Committee and the Board of Selectman on Tuesday February 28.
Another series of community forums will be scheduled in March/April, to finalize the design to be voted on at Town Meeting Monday May 8 2017.
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!
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 4 hardcover books…
… I can check out 50 books at a time for FREE at the Library, investing that $100* 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!
*It is likely the grant will reimburse around $6.6 million of the $14.6 million in eligible costs! The remaining $10 million will be fundraised, donated by Friends, Trustees, and the Capital Campaign, with the balance funded by taxpayers.
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Tickets are now on sale for the Friends Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8 at 11:30 am (10:00 am sold out).
Collect up to 6 candy-filled eggs while hunting for the elusive Golden Egg, get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny, and then join us at the Library for Spring stories & crafts. Sponsored by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library. Proceeds benefit the Grafton Public Library.
Tickets are $ 4 per child and must be purchased prior to the event. Tickets are first come, first serve.
Tuesday, March 28 6:30 – 8:00 pm
The audience for the seminar are parents of young children from birth to age five. (The seminar is for adults only, children should not accompany parents.) Apple Tree Arts is offering professional development hours for the hour and half seminar. The seminar can accommodate up to 20 participants.
We will provide participants with a survey before and after the seminar to have them rate their knowledge of the objectives of the seminar on a scale of one to five. The objectives are:
- Increase knowledge of why music, movement and music education is essential to children’s development
- Increase knowledge of how music is a powerful tool for brain development, creative thinking and communication.
- Increase knowledge of ways to incorporate music into their families’ daily living and their comfort level with achieving this.
Please REGISTER for this seminar ONLINE or by calling the Library 508-839-4649.
THIS PROGRAM WILL BE HELD AT THE MUNICIPAL CENTER, 30 PROVIDENCE ROAD
Monday, March 20 at 7:00 pm
Join architect Kenneth C. Best (AIA, ALA, CSI) and learn more about famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright as part of our 2017 Community Read.
Ken is an architect at DRA (Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc). When he joined the firm, he brought with him expertise in historic preservation, a commitment to sustainable design and a passion for buildings that serve the public. He believes that his designs should not only meet the needs of the client, but should also enhance the experiences of users and have a positive impact on the community served. Public libraries make up a large percentage of his portfolio but, over his 35 year career, he has handled a variety of building types.
Please REGISTER online for this program, call the Library at 508-8396-4649 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you like to do a simple favor for someone in need?
We deliver books to home-bound patrons on a weekly basis. We are looking for a volunteer over age 18 with a valid driver’s license to sign up for one Tuesday afternoon per month. The task is to pick up the stack of books that will have been prepared in advance and deliver them to each of our homebound patrons; currently we have 4, all living in Grafton. The volunteer also picks up the books ready to be returned and brings them back to the library. The whole exercise takes about one hour.
If interested, please call Susan Leto at 508-839-4649 extension 1 or send an email to email@example.com.
In anticipation of the Summer Reading Program for 2017,” Build a Better World”, the focus of this year’s Community Read is all about buildings, their architecture, and the amazing minds behind their creations, specifically Frank Lloyd Wright.
Pick up a copy of one of the Community Read books and
check out the upcoming Community Read Events!
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting in Oak Park, Illinois, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.
Young Adult Title:
The Wright 3 by Blue Balliette
In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra, and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Robie House from being demolished.
Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty;
illustrated by David Roberts
Ever since he was a baby, Iggy Peck has built towers, bridges, and buildings, which comes in handy when his second grade class is stranded on an island during a picnic.
Programs for Adults & Teens:
Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Coloring March 2 7:00-8:30 pm
Join us for an evening of Frank Lloyd Wright inspired coloring. You’ll be able to choose from postcards, stain glass coloring designs (that will look great in your window) or one of Wright’s iconic buildings. All supplies will be provided.
This program is for adults and teens in grades 6-12. Sign up is not required.
Make Frank Lloyd Wright style coasters March 6 7:00-8:00 pm
Exercise your craftiness. Celebrate the Friends of the Library Community Read selections by making Frank Lloyd Wright style coaters.
This program is for adults. Please register for this program.
Community Read Book Discussion: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan March 14 7:00-9:00 pm
Due to snow storm on Tuesday, the Community Read discussion will be rescheduled. The new date is TBA.
The Community Read discussion of the book will be held at the South Grafton Community House located at 25 Main Street, South Grafton. At 7pm refreshments will be served and chatting encouraged. Then at 7:30pm the book discussion will begin. Please register for this program. Copies of the book are available at the library.
The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright with Architect Kenneth Best March 20 7:00-8:00 pm
Join architect Kenneth C. Best (AIA, ALA, CSI) and learn more about famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Please register for this program. Ken is an architect at DRA (Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc). When he joined the firm, he brought with him expertise in historic preservation, a commitment to sustainable design and a passion for buildings that serve the public. He believes that his designs should not only meet the needs of the client, but should also enhance the experiences of users and have a positive impact on the community served. Public libraries make up a large percentage of his portfolio but, over his 35 year career, he has handled a variety of building types.
Programs for Children:
LEGO Club: FLW Style March 8 3:30-5:00 pm
Join for a special Community Reads edition of LEGO Club! Build a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired creation, from a prairie style house to arts and craft style mosaics. For grades 1-6. Please register for this program. Please note our unattended child policy: under age 7, parent must remain in proximity; ages 8-12, parent must remain in building,13+ may be unattended. Thank you for your cooperation!
Community Read Storytime & Craft March 21 3:30-5:00 pm
Join us as we read our Community Read book-Iggy Peck, Architect–and then design and build your own home. All-ages. Please register for this program. The Children’s Room will be available for limited use during this program. Please note our unattended child policy: under age 7, parent must remain in proximity; ages 8-12, parent must remain in building,13+ may be unattended. Thank you for your cooperation!
Tuesday, March 7 7:00-8:30 pm.
Whether you are actively considering home education or are just curious about how it is done, you are invited to attend Getting Started Homeschooling.
Topics to be covered include an overview of homeschooling, getting started, methods, resources, and homeschooling support. Informational handouts will be available and there will be time for questions and discussion.
The program will be presented by Sophia Sayigh. Sophia is a founder of Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable educational organization that gathers and disseminates information about homeschooling in Massachusetts through education, advocacy, and events.
Admission is free, but preregistration is required.
Join Jan Barlow of Apple Tree Arts in this introductory class. Class is limited to 8 participants. Ukuleles will be available for the first 5 registrants to borrow. Participants must commit to attending all 4 classes (that includes teens and adults!) on March 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Participation is limited to ages 13 and up. Registration is required, please call 508-839-4649. Classes will be held at Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common, 3rd floor classroom.