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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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Missing Email Alerts From Us?

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Our apologies–we have recently learned that the 2-day reminder is broken for some patrons and it’s a known issue that is being worked on. Please contact the Library at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com or 508-839-4649 X1108 and we will submit a ticket and try to get it resolved. If you are an AOL, Yahoo!, Comcast, Gmail or Verizon user, your provider may be blocking messages originating from cwmars.org because of a spam message that came through last week. Messages were sent through last week, but may be out of date at this point. Please add gfnotices@cwmars.org to your email address book to ensure that you get the 2-day courtesy notice to remind you to return library materials soon, as well as the 14-day overdue notice. Don’t know how to add to your address book? Stop by and we’ll show you! Would a third email to alert you that the item is now overdue be helpful? We don’t want to spam you, but please feel free to share this feedback, and I will bring it back to the network users council for discussion.

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Walkway Repair — Please Use Caution!

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walkway 6-9-2014Our cracked and uneven walkway is being repaired by the Town DPW this week — please be aware that we have more noise than usual, and there may be dust and debris. If the noise is bothersome, please consider using the Library after 4 pm if possible.

The Main entrance is open, but please use caution when traveling past the worksite, and respect the signage, barricades and instructions of the work crew.

Your safety is of the utmost importance! Thanks for your patience.

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Lecture: Edible Perennial Gardening & Landscaping June 2

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John Root, Naturalist and Landscaper, will present “Edible Perennial Gardening and Landscaping” at the Grafton Public Library on Monday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. Learn how to establish and maintain a variety of perennials, including trees, shrubs, vines, canes, and herbaceous plants, that yield abundant crops of delicious and nutritious food throughout the growing season with minimal maintenance. Handouts will be available at the end of the program. Mr. Root will also have a selection of plants for sale so you can get started right away. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library.

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

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Ted Reinstein, journalist (“Chronicle”) and author, to visit Grafton Public Library

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Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Ted Reinstein is a longtime, award-winning reporter for “Chronicle,” Boston’s celebrated—and the nation’s longest-running—nightly TV newsmagazine which airs on Boston’s ABC affiliate, WCVB-TV.

In 2013, Globe Pequot Press published his first book, A New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories. The book is a collection of Reinstein’s most memorable and favorite stories drawn from over fifteen years of reporting from every corner of New England. Just prior to its release, National Geographic Traveler selected it as one of “The Best Travel Books of Spring.”

His talk itself runs approx. 50-minutes and covers, as Ted puts it, “the best of the best—my all-time most favorite people and places in New England.” The talk is highlighted with photos, many the work of some of the region’s most talented and successful photographers, and all featured in the book. Following the talk, Reinstein will take questions from the audience. At the conclusion of the Q&A session, his book will be available for purchase, and he is happy to personally sign copies.

Join us for this special evening!

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Delectably Green and Clean Workshop: finding the recipe to remove toxins from your home

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Tuesday, March 25th 7:30 p.m.
Hailed as the “Martha Stewart Of Green Cleaning”, Leslie Reichert 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 homekeeping 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.
She has been published in Real Simple, This Old House, Fit Magazine, Shape Magazine, Woman’s Day, Woman’s World, Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies Home Journal, USA Today, Huffington Post and many more.
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.Leslie R 14March06

This workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library. Please register for this program by calling 508-839-4649 or by emailing graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.

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Put on your PJs, Smile & Say “Cheese!” National Library Snapshot Day is coming to Grafton!

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On Tuesday April 8, the Grafton Public Library will join libraries across the Commonwealth and the nation to provide a “snapshot” of what happens in a day in the life of libraries. How many books are checked out? How many people receive help finding a job? Doing their taxes? Doing their homework? During Snapshot Day, libraries will collect data and photos that help demonstrate the value of libraries and raise public awareness that libraries are busier than ever.

Coincidentally, Snapshot Day coincides with Pajama Day at the Library. Staff will be in PJs to promote the new Tuesday evening PJ Storytime that starts at 6:15 pm.

“We’re looking forward to a fun, busy day that helps us show how much our residents use their library,” said Gallaway. Busy days are the norm at libraries across the state. Over the past decade, libraries in Massachusetts have experienced a dramatic surge in usage, including a 50% increase in library visits and a 29% increase in circulation. In 2012 Grafton attendance was down due to the Library closure during the ADA renovation, but in 2013, program attendance increased by 52%, the number of reference questions increased by 140%, and circulation increased by 7%, compared to 2012.

Everyone can participate! We’ll have a photo release on hand for those will allow us to document their library use. Patrons can also use twitter #snapmass14 to post comments about the ways they use the Library, even if they aren’t physically in the library on April 8, said Beth Gallaway, Library Director. Don’t forget to follow @graftonpublib on Twitter!

Nationally, Snapshot Day is supported by the American Library Association, which will
compile state data to provide a national perspective of a day in the life of libraries.
Massachusetts Library Snapshot Day is presented by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Massachusetts Regional Library System, the Massachusetts Library Association, the Massachusetts School Library Association, and Boston Public Library.
Visit mass.gov/libraries or contact for more information; for more details about Snapshot Day in Grafton, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 or by email at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

 

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Access the Worcester Telegram and Gazette Online with Your Library Card

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Thanks to a regional newspapers access grant from the Massachusetts Library System, the Grafton Public Library now offers free access to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, online! Access at the library, or with your Library card from home, work or school at graftonlibrary.org/research, or direct at http://infoweb.newsbank.com/signin/GraftonPublicLibrary/WTLB.

This newspaper database has 24 years of searchable archives and includes current articles from the most current issue. Browse by issue, or search by keyword! All articles are full text; no graphics or photos are included.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the largest newspaper in Central Massachusetts, covers Worcester County, as well as surrounding areas of the western suburbs of Boston, Western Massachusetts and several towns in northeastern Connecticut.

Other local libraries are partners in the grant, and Grafton residents can also access the T&G in Auburn, Bellingham, Grafton, Holden, Hudson, Marlborough, Millbury, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Sutton, Westborough and West Boylston. The grant covers 75% of the cost in 2014, 50% in 2015, and the Library will budget for it in 2016 and beyond.

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“For the Love of Books” Raises $1,000!

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treehousesThank you so much to everyone who joined us for our Open House and Fundraiser, For the Love of Books, on Friday February 7! Our generous benefactors purchased 25 books, and raised $1000.00 for the Library.

If you missed the event, books are still on display and available for purchase; see a staff member for details.

Book prices range from $20-$150; proceeds benefit the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, who support the Library by funding materials, services and initiatives not covered by the Town’s budget.

Preview titles at www.pinterest.com/graftonpl/for-the-love-of-books.

The Library welcomes donations to purchase new materials in someone’s honor year round! Please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director at 508-839-4649 x1105 to discuss bequests, planned giving, or a gift to celebrate, honor or memorialize a loved one.

 

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