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Pajama Drive for Kids – birth through age 12

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The Grafton Public Library is partnering with the Boston Bruins and Cradles to Crayons to provide new pajamas for local children in need across the Commonwealth. The PJ drive runs February 1 through March 15, 2016. You can make a difference by bringing in new pajama donations (sizes 4/5T-18/20) to the Children’s Room at the Library.
Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive—at home, at school and at play. Donations are processed and packaged by volunteers, and distributed to disadvantaged children across the state through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners.
For questions or more details, please call the Library 508-839-4649 or email graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

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Library Focus Group: Expansion Project

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The Library is in the position of being able to apply for the MA Board of Library Commissioner’s MA Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) grant. This award covers up to 50% of construction costs. With the application due in January 2017, now is the time to hire an OPM, draft a building program and needs assessment, and go out to bid for an architect for the planning and design process.

To prepare for the grant application, the Library is hosting a number of focus groups to seek input on the needs of the community in regards to an expanded Library facility. These meetings are open to the public, and we really want your feedback on what elements an expanded library should include. Need some ideas? Check out photos of well-designed libraries and previously funded projects at https://www.pinterest.com/mblclibraries/massachusetts-library-construction/.

A one-hour Focus Group Session will be offered on Saturday February 13 at 10:00 am. Refreshments will be provided. You can also take the Library Satisfaction Survey online at http://mblc.countingopinions.com/s/10259

Thank you for sharing your input!

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Tiny Houses: a Very Different Approach to Home Ownership

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The presentation focuses on the basics of planning for and owning a tiny house on wheels; both its challenges and advantages, offering insights unique from the currently popular tiny house themed TV shows. From approximately “how much” to “where to live”, it addresses options for their general design, and heat, hot water and electricity choices, among other components. Living in a tiny house year-round is a topic of rapidly developing debate. Learn why something so “cute” and compact could cause so much discussion!

Speaker, Isa Bauer is the Project Manager and lead designer from Tiny House Northeast, a New England and upper NY State tiny house design-build business. Isa earned a M.A. in Regional Economic and Social Development with a concentration in Sustainable Development, including green building materials and construction methods research. Isa has owned a tiny house since she was 19-years old, as do several of the Tiny House Northeast team.

Please register for this program; call 508-839-4649 x1102 or email graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.

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Friends Announce Paint & Sip Fundraiser

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paint nightJoin the Friends of the Grafton Public Library at the Grafton Inn on Saturday February 6 from 6:30-9pm to paint a Gerber Daisy painting! Just think, in about 2 1/2 hours of step-by-step professional instruction from Brush It Off Paint & Sip Bar, you’ll go home with your very own rendition of this painting. Personalize it by choosing your own colors!

Tickets, available online ONLY, are $40 each, and a portion of your ticket price will be donated back to the Friends to benefit the Grafton Public Library. The more tickets we sell, the bigger the chunk we get from each ticket; if the Friends sell 60 or more tickets, they will get $20, or half the proceeds, from each ticket sold.

Your ticket will include paint and materials, along with professional instruction in painting your own painting. Feel free to have a little more fun and order some drinks at the bar 😉


ADVANCED PURCHASE OF TICKETS IS REQUIRED as they need to prepare enough materials ahead of time. More details are on the Friends Facebook Event Page.

 

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Volunteer Wanted

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Volunteer Wanted:
To work with 24 year-old student on study skills and exam prep for the written portion of a certificate course in Personal Training.

Schedule and location flexible. Please contact Susan Leto, Volunteer Coordinator, at 508-839-4649 or email at sleto@cwmars.org

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Library to Close for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday January 18, 2016. No items are due that day. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, January 19.

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

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

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Library to Close for Thanksgiving Holiday

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The Grafton Public Library will CLOSE at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 25 in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday and remain CLOSED Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2015. No items are due on these dates. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 28.

Museum passes for Friday and Saturday may be picked up in advance on Tue (10-9) or Wed (10-5).

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

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Saturday Knitting Group Donates 40 Knitted Items to Grafton Food Bank

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The Grafton Public Library’s Saturday Knitting Group has been busy knitting lots of warm outerwear for families in need, such as mittens, hats, scarves and sweaters. The Knitting Group has donated 40 knitted items to the Grafton Food Bank for distribution. Great job!

The group is open to anyone interested in knitting, whether you are an experienced knitter or just want to learn  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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Food for Fines November 1-December 31, 2015

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Got fines? To aid the Grafton Food Bank, the Library will offer fine forgiveness in return for donations of non-perishable items for the Grafton Food Bank. The program will run November 1 through December 31.

This year, in addition to non-perishables, we are accepting Stop & Shop receipts that show you have purchased a grocery box for the Food Bank.

Please consider donating to the Girl Scout Troop #30212 Food Drive for Thanksgiving! We will waive fines also for these donated items. Please see their note and list of items below:

Hello from Junior Girl Scout Troop #30212! We’re working on our Bronze Award, and we decided that every family deserves to have the best Thanksgiving ever! Since some families don’t have enough food, we’re helping the Grafton Food Bank collect all the food they need. Did you know that they will make 125 baskets of food for families? That’s a lot! We also hope to donate items for a table setting – a table cloth, pumpkin & leaves. These items will be purchased by our Girl Scout Troop.
The Grafton Food Bank has told us that they need 125 each of:
Bread Mixes (banana, etc.)
Pie crust in a box
Pie filling
Stuffing mix
Cranberry sauce
The Food Bank also needs 250:
Canned green beans
Canned corn
Please go to the troop’s SignUpGenius page to commit to donating one or many of these items!
Of course, we’re in a hurry! We need to get all of this food to the Grafton Food Bank by November 15th. Food can be dropped off in the boxes at Stop & Shop, the Grafton Public Library or at the Municipal Center (we will pick them up and sort them). If you would like to donate cash instead, we can use that to buy nice things for their Thanksgiving table. All donations received will go directly to the Grafton Food Bank.
We will be at Stop & Shop collecting donations on 11/1, 8, & 14, please keep an eye out for us!
Thank you for helping us to make Thanksgiving a happy holiday for everyone.
Junior GS Troop #30212

Please bring non-perishable canned or boxed goods, OR personal care items in lieu of cash for Library fines. The value of donated items should total the fine amount. Please note that we cannot accept open, damaged, expired, recalled or perishable items, and Food for Fines applies only to overdue fines, and does not extend to fees for printing, faxing, lost materials, or replacement Library cards.

For more details about Food for Fines, or to discuss other alternatives to fees and bring your library card to good standing, please contact Susan Leto at 508-839-4649 x1105 or by email at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.

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How to Buy and Maintain a Guitar with Stephen Beckwith

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Get the most for your money. In this free one hour seminar on guitars learn about types, where to buy, how much to pay and more! Stephen Beckwith, of Beckwith Strings, will also discuss how to take care of your new investment.

Conveniently located near the town center of Grafton, MA, Beckwith Strings handcrafts acoustic instruments and provides a repair and maintenance service for most stringed instrument. Owner Steve Beckwith has handcrafted over fifty acoustic guitars to address the need of musicians unable to find the exact sound and playability they required – but could not find from companies mass manufacturing high-end instruments. The guitars, known for their balanced tone, lightness of weight and playability, are available in a variety of sizes and tone woods. Handcrafted ukeleles and mandolins will shortly be added to the product line.

Please register for this workshop by calling 508-839-4649 or emailing graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.

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