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How to Buy and Maintain a Guitar with Stephen Beckwith

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Get the most for your money. In this free one hour seminar on guitars learn about types, where to buy, how much to pay and more! Stephen Beckwith, of Beckwith Strings, will also discuss how to take care of your new investment.

Conveniently located near the town center of Grafton, MA, Beckwith Strings handcrafts acoustic instruments and provides a repair and maintenance service for most stringed instrument. Owner Steve Beckwith has handcrafted over fifty acoustic guitars to address the need of musicians unable to find the exact sound and playability they required – but could not find from companies mass manufacturing high-end instruments. The guitars, known for their balanced tone, lightness of weight and playability, are available in a variety of sizes and tone woods. Handcrafted ukeleles and mandolins will shortly be added to the product line.

Please register for this workshop by calling 508-839-4649 or emailing graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.

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Library CLOSED Friday October 23 for Repairs and Professional Development

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED for the day Friday, October 23. We will be closed to enable Service Pro to take down scaffolding, clean up, hang curtains, reset shelving and reshelve items from the collection as a result of the repair done to the Main Reading Room.  Staff will be offsite for a Professional Development workshop.

All due dates for material will be adjusted. The Library will reopen at 10AM on Saturday, October 24.

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

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Ukulele Class in October with Jan Barlow of Apple Tree arts

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The Grafton Public Library is offering a 4 week class session titled “Getting to Know Your Ukulele.” This class will be taught by Jan Barlow of Apple Tree Arts and is for beginners ages 9 and up (that includes teens and adults too!). The classes will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday in October beginning October 6th and will meet at the Congregational Church of Grafton, 30 Grafton Common, Grafton, MA. This free class is limited to 8 participants. Participants need to bring a ukulele to the class. The Library has 4 ukuleles available to check out for the course of the session and the instructor also has 1 ukulele for loan. Please stop by the Library or call 508-839-4649 to register for this program and reserve a ukulele.

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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 12, 2015. No items are due this day. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 13.

Museum passes for Monday may be picked up in advance on Thu (10-9) or Fri (10-5) or Sat (10-5).

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

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Friends Announce “Why Do We Need A Library?” Essay Contest

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The Friends of the Grafton Public Library invite you to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to share your thoughts about libraries. In 500 words or less, tell us why we need a library. The contest runs September 8-30.

Essays and poems will be judged on originality and persuasiveness by a panel of community leaders and Friends of the Grafton Public Library members. Prize winners and runner ups will be awarded in each of three age categories: Elementary School (children in grades 1-6); Middle & High School (grades 7-12), and Adult (age 18 and over).

One winner will be selected from each age group to receive a $25 gift card of choice and the opportunity to read their poem or essay for GCTV. Each category will also have a runner-up who will receive a $10 Down Under gift card. Prizes are generously donated by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library. Winning entries will be posted on the Library’s website (graftonlibrary.org) after October 4, 2015.

2015 Friends of the Grafton Public Library Essay Contest Entry Form-Cover Sheets are available for pick up at the Library.

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Library awarded LSTA Grant for “Full STEAM Ahead!” preschool services

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Grafton Public Library was recently awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for $7,500.00 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). “We’re excited about the innovative local library projects being developed with the help of these grants,” said Cindy Roach, Head of Library Advisory and Development at the MBLC. They benefit local residents and communities.”

Grafton’s grant, titled Full STEAM Ahead! focuses on providing science, technology, engineering, arts, and math services for preschoolers. The intent is to provide learning experiences that engage the preschooler’s curiosity of the concepts of science and introduce how arts and science intertwine with each other. During the project, the Library will collaborate with Grafton Public Schools, Tufts Veterinary School, UniBank and other community organizations.

Libraries use LSTA grants from the MBLC in a variety of ways, including implementing literacy programs that benefit all ages, increasing library access to underserved populations, providing advanced automation services, training staff, and preserving valuable historical documents.

In addition to the direct library grant program, the MBLC uses LSTA funds to support statewide programs and services, including summer reading programs, databases, the Commonwealth eBook program, the Commonwealth Catalog (the new virtual catalog), and mass.gov/libraries which provides information and resources for residents.

LSTA is administered on the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in the Commonwealth by the MBLC. More information about LSTA can found at www.mass.gov/mblc.

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Programs Relocated to Municipal Center

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As you may have noticed there is construction going on in the library. While our walls get repaired from ice damaged that happened over the winter some of our programs are moving offsite to allow the repair work to get done.

The following programs will be held on the 2nd floor (either room E-2 or 33) of the Municipal Center (30 Providence Road):

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

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Library to Close for July 4th Weekend

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Independence Day from Friday July 3 through Sunday July 5, 2015. No items are due on closed dates. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 6.

Museum passes for the weekend may be picked up in advance on Thursday July 2 (10am-9pm). Please do not make reservations for the weekend after the Library closes at 9pm on Thursday, as no one will here Friday, Saturday or Sunday to give out the pass.

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

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Seeking Volunteer

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Seeking Volunteer to help middle-school aged students with homework, especially math.

Call or write to Susan Leto, Volunteer Coordinator, Grafton Public Library 508-839-4649 sleto@cwmars.org

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New! “Inspirational” Book Club

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The Grafton Public Library is hosting a new “Inspirational” Book Club, which will meet on Tuesday, June 30th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. These are books meant to inspire and enlighten, to motivate and learn from in a spirit of fun and sharing. It is not necessary to read the entire book, if time does not permit. You may select a favorite chapter or passage to share, or of course discuss why you liked or did not like the book.

From approximately 8:10 to 8:15 PM there will be an optional Mini-Meditation time led by Heidi Fowler, Reference Librarian . . . a great way to relax and refresh the mind after a long day!
The first book selection is: Happier at Home: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Cram My Day with What I Love, Hold More Tightly, Embrace Here, and Remember Now
by Gretchen Rubin

Sign up and pick up a copy of the book in the Main Reading Room or email graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

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