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Build your own Terrarium Workshop

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The Friends of the Grafton Public Library are hosting a  “Build your own Terrarium Workshop”on Friday, Jan. 27 (snow date Feb. 3).  Two sessions will be held:

1 pm and 7 pm at Art Mark Studios. 198 Worcester St., North Grafton. Get ideas and tips from your instructor: seasoned florist and plantswoman Denise Worden of SweetBriar Perennials. Choose your planter, then choose from a variety of succulents, mosses, stones and decorations to personalize your creation. Each one will be unique!
Supplies will be included but if you have a special container or trinket you would like to use or share bring it along.

All proceeds will benefit the Grafton Public Library. Spaces are limited- only 20 per session. For ages 10 & up. Cost is $40 per person.  Registration is required. Register by Jan. 25, 2017.

To REGISTER and pay online with Paypal, click on the Friends’ Terrarium Page.

 

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Great Resources that have Great Return

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Check out our Resources page for links to all these databases. Register for Hoopla, Pronunciator, Tutor.com or ArtistWorks 4/1/17 and be entered to win $100 Visa Gift card!! A winner will be pulled from all registered users of these Library Databases

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Grafton Garden Club’s ‘Flora in Winter’ Presentation

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The Grafton Garden Club has participated in Flora in Winter at the Worcester Art Museum for several years. Helen Blazis will present  a powerpoint show highlighting how the club’s committee members arrive at an interpretation of a work of art.  This year, the GGC will  create a floral arrangement which interprets the work of Ed Emberley, illustrator of children’s books. Currently, there is an exhibit of  Emberley”s art work at the Art Museum.

Flora in Winter, and the Grafton Garden Club’s arrangement, will be at the Worcester Art Museum January 26-29, 2017.

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Library Expansion Community Forum Monday, December 19 at 7 pm

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The public is invited to attend Community Forum Three, hosted by DRA Architects, on Mon Dec 19 at 7 pm at the Grafton Memorial Municipal Center, Conference Room A.  Please bring your questions, concerns, and ideas and come share your thoughts on the project.

phone: 508-839-4649 x1105
email: info@graftonlibrary.org
evite: evite.me/HsmjJmWNnt
The first Community Forum for public input on the project took place on Thursday October 20 at 6pm at the Grafton Public Library. An archive of the meeting can be viewed on GCTV On Demand at  http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T02135&video=292760.
The second Community Forum for public input on the project took place on Wednesday November 16 at 7 pm at the South Grafton Community House. An archive of the meeting can be viewed on GCTV On Demand at http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T02135&video=295800

Can’t make it? Online public comment is welcome at: grafton-ma.gov/library-planning-building-committee/pages/library-expansion-renovation-project

The Town has hired DRA Architects to develop plans for a 21,000-25,000 square foot facility, which would nearly triple our current 7,200 sq. foot space for a projected population of 22,122 residents in 2035. More details: graftonlibrary.org/thetimeisnow
Facility size is dictated by:
  • shelving to meet a basic library standard of 4.8 materials per capita.
  • seating to meet a basic library standard of 4.5-7 seats per 1,000 residents.
For more information on the MA Public Library Construction program, please visit 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 gallawayb@graftonlibrary.org.

The Library Planning and Building Committee meets December 5 at 7pm at the Municipal Center. Meetings are open to the public.

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RESCHEDULED – LEGO Death Star Ornament

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This is the rescheduled event that was supposed to be held on Saturday, December 17th. If you were originally signed up for that event we have reserved your spot.

LEGO Death Star Ornament – Celebrate the release of the newest Star Wars movie by making a LEGO Death Star Ornament. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required and space is limited. Each participant should fill out a form. You may only sign up for one session of the Death Star Ornament.

This free program is for everyone grade 3 to adult.

Session 1  1:00-1:45 pm – Event is full but you may still submit this form to be placed on the waiting list.   Register online

Session 2  3:00-3:45 pm – Event is full but you may still submit this form to be placed on the waiting list.  Register online

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Knit One, Give One – Providing Warmth for the Winter

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30 beautifully knit items were donated to the Grafton Food Bank this December from the Library’s Knitting Group for distribution to Grafton families.  The Library Knitting Group meets the first Saturday of the month. Upcoming dates in 2017 are 1/7, 2/4, 3/4, 4/1. Whether you are an experienced knitter or just want to learn – join us at the library for an afternoon of knitting.  Sign up in the library or by emailing graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

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Journalist & Author Ted Reinstein coming to Grafton

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The Grafton Public Library is pleased to announce Author Ted Reinstein will be at the South Grafton Community House, 25 Main Street, South Grafton on Tuesday, December 6 from 7-8 pm to discuss his latest book, Wicked Pissed: New England’s Most Famous Feuds.
Ted Reinstein is best known in New England as a journalist and reporter for Chronicle, Boston’s celebrated (and America’s longest-running, locally-produced) TV news-magazine.

He will have copies of his new book for sale for $20. He will also have copies of his first book, New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories, also available.

The Friends of the Grafton Public Library are hosting this event. Suggested donation: $7; Members of the Friends of the Library – $5
Please register for this program ONLINE, by calling the Library at 508-839-4649, or by emailing fowlerh@graftonlibrary.org

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Video and Comments from Library Renovation/Expansion Community Forum Two

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Community Forum Two to Discuss Library Renovation on Nov 16

Video on Demand:

Please share your feedback using the online public comment form.

 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.

A third public meeting with DRA architects for community input is scheduled for Monday, Dec 19 at 7 pm, location TBD. The public is invited to attend and share their thoughts on the project.

 Please visit www.graftonlibrary.org/thetimeisnow for additional meetings, surveys and news about the project. All agendas and meeting minutes from Library Planning and Building Committee meetings are posted to the Town’s website.

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.

It’s still too early to put a price tag on the project, but thrifty residents should note that some money for the MA Public Library Construction Program grant has already been collected, and continues to be collected from Massachusetts tax revenues.

Please visit the MA Public Library Construction program website for more information about the grant.  For all other inquiries, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1105 or gallawayb@graftonlibrary.org.

 

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Library to Close for Columbus Day

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Columbus Day on Monday, October 10, 2016. No items are due this day. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

Museum passes for Monday may be picked up in advance on Thursday (10 am-9 pm), Friday or Saturday (10 am-5 pm).

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

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Bulbs request for Girl Scout Gold Award and Library garden

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It’s time to plan for spring planting in our Library garden!

Girl Scout, Julia is working on her Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA, earned by Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts. Only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award. Julia and Beth Patch (Library staff) have built the new raised bed and planted plants which attract bees. As part of her project, Julia would like to plant bulbs for early spring and is requesting donations of the following bulbs:

Crocus
Allium
Daffodil
Hyacinth
Bluebells

Bulbs can be dropped off at the Library. Thank you for your support and help with this project!

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