Grafton Public Library

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Food for Fines November 15-December 31, 2014

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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 continues through the end of the year.

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 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.

Please consider donating healthy, nutrient rich food such as whole grain pasta, cereal, and crackers; fruit in 100% juice and low-sodium canned items, and toiletries.

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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Grafton High School Yearbook Archive now Online

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The Grafton Public Library, in partnership with Grafton High School, has digitized a collection of Grafton High School yearbooks. To view the complete scanned editions for 1952-2013, please visit the online archive. Additionally, the 1940 yearbook has been scanned as well.

Yearbooks are scanned in full color from 1980 on and can be read in a variety of formats on a computer, smartphone, or Kindle. The full page scans are not currently searchable; volunteers are needed to index the contents (i.e. enter the names of the students). GHS graduates with yearbooks dating from 1941-1951, or prior to 1940, are invited to loan their yearbooks for the scanning project.

The project was completed by the Boston Public Library and funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant administered by the Digital Commonwealth, an online library of photographs, manuscripts, recordings, and other materials of historical interest from libraries, museums and archives in Massachusetts. Projects are hosted on the Internet Archive website. The scanning project is part of an ongoing effort to increase digital content and to make the Library mobile and accessible to Grafton residents 24/7, wherever they are.
For more details, to volunteer your time, or to loan your yearbooks, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 or by email at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.

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An Afternoon with Robert Frost

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The Grafton Historical Society, in conjunction with the Grafton Public Library will present local actor and teacher, Stephen Collins, in a one-man show on poet Robert Frost. The program will take place on Sunday, October 19 at 2 p.m. at the South Grafton Community House, 25 Main St., South Grafton.

“We are very excited to have Stephen Collins on our stage,” said Nancy Therrien, Grafton Historical Society President. “He is a consummate performer and a wonderful teacher, and his Robert Frost program combines those skills in what promises to be a rich and entertaining experience.”

In his program, “An Evening of Frost” Collins will bring the poet to life in a unique, interactive performance that includes biographical insights into the man and his works and performances of some of his best loved poems as well as some lesser known ones. Collins has performed Shakespeare and other roles at Boston area theaters for 25 years, and has a repertoire of eight one-man shows that he performs at venues all over Massachusetts. He also teaches seminars on authors from Shakespeare to Edna St. Vincent Millay.

A donation of $5 is requested. Refreshments will be served. Books will be available for sale.

The Grafton Historical Society Museum, at One Grafton Common, houses an extensive permanent collection representing all aspects of Grafton’s history from the colonial era forward. It is open to the public on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. We welcome all visitors and all new members, whether your family has been here since colonial times or is new to town. To join, please contact the society at 508-839-0000 or drop by the museum.

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Seminar: Learn How to Maximize your Social Security income

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Facilitator David M. Aditays is employed with the Spartan Group and will present this complimentary, no-obligation workshop October 15th 7 p.m. Discover tips and strategies that can help you generate the highest possible income to meet your household needs and goals, such as:
• When may be the best time to start taking Social Security benefits;
• How taking payments now or later can impact the amount of your Social Security income;
• What married couples can do to increase their overall benefits; and
• What’s the best long term strategy for your situation.

For more details or to register for the program, please contact Beth Gallaway at 508-839-4649 or by email at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

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Lecture: A Parent’s ADHD Overview: 11 Strategies for Common Home & School Challenges

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Dr. David Nowell presents an interactive, high-energy, and practical introduction to ADHD at the Grafton Public Library Monday October 6 from 7-8pm.

Does your child have difficulty starting or completing homework? Does he seem “addicted” to video games? Does she struggle with organization and focus? Has your child been diagnosed or treated for ADHD, or do you or his teachers strongly suspect that he might have symptoms? Join neuropsychologist Dr. Nowell for this interactive, high-energy, and practical introduction to ADHD. Learn what current brain research tells us about medication as well as non-medication interventions. Discover practical solutions for managing some of the more common ADHD-related problems at home and school, and bring your specific questions to the program.

Bio: Dr. David Nowell is a clinical neuropsychologist in Northborough who speaks internationally to teachers and counselors on the topic of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He is passionate about motivation and fully engaged living, and writes a popular blog at Psychology Today.

This program is free and open to the public. To sign up, email the library at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com, go to Dr. Nowell’s website,  or call us at 508-839-4649 x1102.

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New Databases for Kids, Teens and Adults!

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The Grafton Public Library is pleased to announce the availability of 3 new online databases to Library cardholders and visitors. To access click on the “Research” tab.

BookFlix for grades K-3 is a collection of digitized picture books paired with information books. Themes include animals, ABCs & 123s, Family and Community, and more! Watch the animated version, listen to the audio track only, or read on your own.

ScienceFlix for grades 4-9 is a collection of digital information articles, videos, tools and resources including science news, Information about careers in science, and science experiments! Topics include astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, technology and more.

BookFlix and ScienceFlix require a Library Card—the smartest card in your wallet!—for access outside of the Library building.

Consumer Reports Online is a database of expert ratings, reviews and buying advice on thousands of products. Review categories include Cars, Electronics, Home & Garden, Babies & Kids and more. Consumer Reports Online is now available for in-house use only at the Library, and current and back issues of our print subscription are now available for checkout. To access Consumer Reports online, see a staff member to log on.

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What’s That Noise!?

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Expect a little noise & dust as we get our ductless A/C installed for the comfort of patrons, staff, & materials! Sorry for any discomfort! If we need to close the Children’s Room Friday or Monday for part of the day, we will try to provide as much advance notice as possible, and will make materials for youth available in the Main Reading Room. Thanks for your understanding!

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Green Cleaning Coach & Author Leslie Reichert’s visit postponed

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POSTPONED!  The new date will be announced as soon as it is known.  Thank you for your interest.

This program will be held at the Historical Society Museum Annex at 7:00 p.m. (please enter from the back of the building).

Celebrate science this summer with the “Martha Stewart Of Green Cleaning”, Leslie Reichert on Tuesday, August 12th at 7:00 p.m. She is a cleaning expert that uses her sparkling personality, great sense of humor, and contagious passion to encourage her fans and followers to think differently about their cleaning products.

Leslie Reichert is known as a Green Cleaning Coach and she is changing the world – “one spray bottle at a time”. She is a national lecturer, a frequent home keeping expert on Martha Stewart Living Radio, Kmart’s Cleaning Expert and author of the book: The Joy Of Green Cleaning- a handbook for DIY cleaners. Using a cooking show format, Leslie will demonstrate how to mix up your own cleaners and will give participants samples to take home and try.

This program is sponsored by the Grafton Public Library, Town of Grafton, Friends of the Grafton Public Library, Massachusetts Library System, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Boston Bruins.

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Batman Day at the Library, July 26th!

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The Library is celebrating the caped crusader in honor of his 75th anniversary! Stop in for activities, giveaways, and fun for kids, teens, and adults! A few lucky people will win prizes donated by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library.

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Bring in school supplies and waive bye-bye to late fines!

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Help Grafton Middle School Students get ready for school! The Grafton Food Bank is having a school supply drive from July 27th through August 16th and the Library is one of the selected drop-off locations. Suggested items for donations are: index cards, #2 pencils, highlighters, 2 pocket folders, one subject notebooks, glue sticks, graph paper, and scientific calculators.

When you bring in your donation, the Library will waive any late-fines equal to the amount of the donation. It’s a win-win situation! This does not apply, however, to any fines related to a lost or damaged item.
The Library is also continuing their Food for Fines program through the end of August. Similarly, when you bring in any non-perishable food items for the Grafton Food Bank, the Library will waive any late fines equal to the amount of the food donation.
Thank you so much for supporting Grafton students and the Grafton Food Bank with your donations!

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