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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 Messages were sent through last week, but may be out of date at this point.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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New eBooks

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The following titles are now available in the OverDrive catalog–click on a title below, and you’ll be able to download the book or place a hold, depending on the availability.

Need help? Please come by, call (508-839-4649) or email us for assistance, or check out our eBooks page for links to tutorials.

eAUDIO (spoken) Format

The Circle by Dave Eggers, read by Dion Graham
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, read by Robert Glenister
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, read by Malcolm Gladwell
Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnson, Phoebe Strole
The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker, read by Angela Brazil
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt, read by Scott Shepherd

eBOOK (text) Format

Non-fiction
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
Do Cool Sh*t by Miki Agrawal
An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick by Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Pam Ward
Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Biography
The Creation of Anne Boleyn by Susan Bordo

Fiction/Literature
Gardens of Water by Alan Drew
Going Once by Sharon Sala
If the Shoe Fits by Megan Mulry
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Split Second by David Baldacci
Unspoken by Dee Henderson
Winter of the World by Ken Follett

Mystery
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

Fantasy
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

Science Fiction
Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Romance
Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts
The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot
The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin
Harlequin Blaze November 2013 Bundle: Back in Service\No Desire Denied\Driving Her Wild\Her Last Best Fling
Isabel Sharpe, Cara Summers, Meg Maguire, et. al.
A Matter of Choice by Nora Roberts

Erotica
Colters’ Woman by Maya Banks

Young Adult

Alligeant by Veronica Roth
Crossed by Ally Condie
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Free Four by Veronica Roth
Heist Society by Ally Carter
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, Nick Chamian
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Matched by Ally Condie
Reached by Ally Condie
The Selection by Kiera Cass
You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

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Award-winning musician David Polansky ‘Celebrates the Holidays’ at the Grafton Public Library

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david polansky 2The Grafton Public Library is proud to be part of Grafton Celebrates the Holidays and is very pleased to host musician David Polansky in concert, Sunday, December 8th at 3:00 p.m. at 35 Grafton Common. David Polansky’s music is frequently humorous, sometimes serious, and always clever and engaging. Join us for a concert of holiday tunes and be prepared to sing!

The library will also be open from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. for cocoa and candy canes, letter writing to Santa, and story times read by one of Santa’s Elves. Be sure to leave time to follow our first-ever Storywalk, that starts and ends at the library and goes around the Grafton Common. Goodie bags will be available for children. Everyone is welcome!

For more information or questions, please contact Beth Gallaway, Director, at 508-839-4649 or graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.

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