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Planting Day!!

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With a little of this…

 

it can look like this!!

Come join us Saturday, June 10 from 10 am – 1 pm
to plant our garden beds and clean up our grounds for the summer season!
Adopt-A-Bed opportunities also available for families, scout troops and businesses!
Please call 508-839-4649 or email info@graftonlibrary.org
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Wonder Woman Day

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Join us for the first-ever celebration of iconic DC Super Hero Wonder Woman. Honor the 75-year legacy of the Amazon Princess with a special raffle of a life-size cutout of the pop culture icon, and pick up a special Wonder Woman comic book, while supplies last.

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Grafton Writers Group

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Thursday, May 18 from 7:00-8:30 pm

Poets, essayists, blogs, diarists, memoir ghostwriters, short or long fiction… it’s all good! Workshop your writing, try some un-blockers, celebrate our publishing successes and share resources!

The Grafton Writers Group is open to adults ages 18 and up and meets on the third Thursday of the month.

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Saturday Afternoon Knitters

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Saturday, May 13  2:00-4:00 pm

Whether you are an experienced knitter or just want to learn – join us at the library for an afternoon of knitting. 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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Free Comic Book Day!

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Drop-in Saturday, May 6 and grab a free comic of your choice – titles for every age/aesthetic. While supplies last!

 

Like FREE comics and graphic novels? Don’t forget to log into ComicsPlus Library Edition

Comics Plus: Library Edition brings unlimited access to thousands of digital graphic novels and comics to library patrons on any Web-connected device.

  • View titles through your Web browser on any computer, tablet or smartphone with an Internet connection.
  • Check out and read titles through iOS and Android Mobile Apps.
  • Browse by genre, publisher, and comic — then instantly check out your favorites.
  • Access comics whenever you want them — no holds or waiting.

 

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Community Forum to Discuss Library Renovation

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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 gallawayb@graftonlibrary.org.

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Sign up for the Library’s eNewsletter and enter to win a GPL Tote Bag!

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Delivered to your inbox up-to-date news on the Library Expansion Project as well as info on upcoming programs/events. You’ll be informed and you won’t miss a thing!

Also, be entered to win 1 of 3 beautiful and handy GPL Tote Bags ($20 value)!

 

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Library Expansion Project UPDATE

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Thanks to all who voted in the Town General Election May 16 and attended 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. All votes passed by the required majority. THANK YOU GRAFTON! We will know our grant status by July 13, 2017, and that’s when we’ll find out how much funding and where we are on the wait list for funds.

A complete list of FAQs from public forums and focus groups, public comments and in-person questions at the Library is available.

NEXT LIBRARY PLANNING AND BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING: Monday April 3 7 pm Municipal Center.

proposed design, NW view, by DRA

 

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!

The cost of the project has been estimated at $111/per year for the average home valued at $364,531. For less than the cost of 4 hardcover books, valued at $27.99 each…

  • … Check out 4 books at a time for FREE at the Library, investing that $111* in our future!
  • for the cost of 2 cup of coffee a week…
    …I can buy my coffee for a buck at the Library instead, investing $111* 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 $111* 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.

Join the Friends! Membership starts at just $10 a year.

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Purchase Egg Hunt Tickets Now!

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Image result for grafton public library egg huntTickets 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.

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