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Community Read 2018

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Community Read 2018!

Pick up a copy of one of the Community Read books and check out the upcoming Community Read Events!

 

Adult title:

The Good Good Pig: the extraordinary life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery.

An ardent nature lover describes her unique friendship with a pig named Christopher Hogwood, a once sickly piglet who helped her develop a new relationship with neighbors in her small-town community.

Copies are available to check out at the Library.

 

 

 

Young Adult title:

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White ; pictures by Garth Williams

Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer’s Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.

Copies are available to check out at the Library.

 

 

 

Children’s Titles:

Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby

Pink, a piglet who is the runt of the litter, is adopted by Tink, a dachshund who is nursing a litter of her own, and Pink is raised in the house along with the puppies.

 

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Hogwood Steps Out : a good, good pig story by Howard Mansfield ; illustrated by Barry Moser

Hogwood the pig escapes from his pen and enjoys a spring day exploring neighborhood gardens.

Copies are available to check out from the Library.

 

 

Community Read Book Discussion:

March 19  7:00-9:00 pm

The Good Good Pig: the extraordinary life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery

The Community Read discussion of the book will be held at the South Grafton Community House located at 25 Main Street, South Grafton on Monday, March 19th. Join us for refreshments at 7:00 pm and the book discussion will begin at 7:30 pm. Please REGISTER for this program. Copies of the book are available at the library.

Can’t make it to the March 19 discussion? Join us for one of these alternate discussion times of The Good, Good Times:

Daytimer’s Book Group  Tuesday, March 20  1:30 pm

Reads Well with Others Book Group  Monday, March 26  7:30 pm

Inspirational Book Group  Tuesday, March 27  7:30 pm

 

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Meet E.B. White’s Great-Niece – Lindsey Morand  Saturday, March 31  2:00-3:00 pm

As part of the Friends of the Library’s Community Reads events, and in honor of  Charlotte’s Web being one of the youth titles selected to go with the adult Community Read title (The Good Good Pig, by Sy Montgomery) we invite you to visit with Lindsey Morand, great-niece of E.B. White.

Lindsey promised that she would never let her great-uncle be forgotten!! For over 40 years, she has enjoyed sharing her precious E.B. White photographs, letters, autographed first edition books and other heirlooms. Her presentation contains unique and interesting memorabilia for all ages. Children and adults are always familiar with E.B. White’s children’s books, however they are not always knowledgeable about the author.
Her presentation is highlighted with the White family typewriter (c. 1900) and a 1911 Webster’s dictionary signed “Elwyn B. White” when he was eleven years old, signed 1st edition book The Lady is Cold published in 1929 and 17 other E.B. White books! Her most cherished item is an autographed book of  Charlotte’s Web presented to her in 1952.  During the presentation, she will also be willing to answer questions about her famous uncle.  Stop by before the presentation to see the artifacts on display.

 

 

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Program: Victorian Huswifery with the Alcotts

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Join the Grafton Historical Society and the Grafton Library on Thursday, February 8th  7:00 pm at the Grafton Community Barn, 37 Wheeler Road, North Grafton. Susan Bailey will share her presentation “Victorian Huswifery with the Alcotts”. Susan is an Alcott aficionado who explores the back-breaking work of the typical Victorian housewife through the experiences of Lousia May Alcott and her family.

A $5.00 donation is requested.  The program will be held at the Grafton Community Barn, 37 Wheeler Road, North Grafton, MA.

This joint program will convince you of something you may already know: “Housekeeping ain’t no joke…”

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Little Hats, Big Hearts

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February is the month of love. It’s also American Heart Month, and therefore no better time to spread awareness about how to have heart-healthy families and to educate the public about congenital heart defects, which affect approximately 40,000 babies per year.

The American Heart Association (AHA) and Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) also want to raise awareness about congenital heart defects, which are the most common form of birth defect. Of the 40,000 babies born with heart defects each year, one in four will be critical enough to require surgery or procedures such as cardiac catheterization (often multiple times) during their first year of life.

Volunteers from around the country are joining the AHA, in connection with CHF, to celebrate American Heart Month by knitting red hats for babies born in February at participating hospitals. Supporters are knitting red hats to be given out to thousands of babies during American Heart Month in order to empower their parents to live heart healthy lives and help their children to do the same.

The Grafton Library’s Knitting Group donated over 2 dozen red hats which will be distributed to participating hospitals. Thank you to all the knitters for their generous hearts and the beautiful hats!

 

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Books Seeking a Good Home – these are for keeps!

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The Library has boxes of gently used books looking for a good home that are a result of weeding the collection to make room for new titles. Titles include adult and young adult fiction and nonfiction.  The books are free, and you may take all or just some. The books are currently stored in boxes, so it will require some time to sort through and see what titles are there.

If interested, please email Susan Leto at letos@graftonlibrary.org or call 508-839-4649 xt 1108.

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Grafton Writer’s Group

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Join fellow writers Thursday, March 15 at 3:00 pm. Do you like to write? Do you want to get some practice in writing and possibly share with other writers? If so, please consider joining fellow writers at the Grafton Library. We gather to learn and to share on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.
The group is open to writers age 16 and up, and is held in the Main Reading Room of the Library, facilitated by Tasha and Stephen Halpert.

 

 

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Geeky LEGO Ornament Build for Tweens, Teens & Adults

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Join us Saturday, December 16 as we make two geeky ornaments in time for the holidays: a mini arcade machine and a Mario Question Box (with a little surprise inside!).

Please REGISTER for this program. Registration opens Saturday, December 2 at 10 am.

Tween build (grades 3-5) is at 1:00 pm

Teen build (grades 6-12) is at 2:00 pm

Adult build is at 3:00 pm

  • Please register one participant at a time. You must register every person participating. Unregistered people will not be able to participate.
  • Please adhere to age recommendations when registering.   If your child is not an appropriate age, they will be removed from the program.
  • Due to the complicated instructions required for this program, if an attendee is more than 5 minutes late, they will not be able to participate.
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Grafton Ukulele Musicians – join us for the next session April 12!

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Grafton Ukulele Musicians logoWelcome to Grafton Ukulele Musicians (GUM), a partnership between Apple Tree Arts and Grafton Public Library.  We meet the second Thursday of every month and our next meeting is Thursday April 12, 2018  from 6:30-8:00 pm. All levels are welcome and there is no fee. GUM. meets on the third floor of Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common.

Bring your ukulele and your singing voice to participate in this jam session lead by Miss Jan Barlow from Apple Tree Arts. Participants suggest the music and also continue to practice songs learned in previous sessions . We are using the Daily Ukulele — Grafton Library has copies to check out and brings some extras to the group.

Don’t have a ukulele? You can borrow a ukulele, as well!

Brush up on your strumming skills or learn new chords with the Ukulele Course online at ArtistWorks, for free! A library card is required to access.

Here are some of the songs GUM worked on last month and will do again:

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Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
Danny Boy
Hey Good Lookin’ (Hank Williams)
Love Me Do (Beatles)
King of the Road (Roger Miller)
Polly Wolly Doodle
Save the Last Dance For Me (Ben E. King)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwoʻole version, handout)
This Land is Your Land (Woody Guthrie)
We Shall Overcome (Ziphilia Horton)
What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor
You Are My Sunshine

If you have any questions, feel free to email facilitator Jan Barlow.

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Tutor.com Adds Audio to Free Tutoring Service

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Access Tutor.com/grafton for FREE daily from 3-9pm!

Hear ye! Hear ye! Because we hear our students, Tutor.com is adding audio! It is no secret that some learn by doing, some learn by reading, some learn by watching and some learn by listening. Tutor.com’s goal is to provide instructional services and support in a personalized manner that best fit the needs of each individual learner. To better help us achieve this goal, we are excited to announce that an audio option to connect will be available for every Tutor.com session for all grade levels and subjects beginning on Monday, November 20, 2017. Offering an audio option allows us to

  • improve the experience for those with visual impairments,
  • meet the needs of auditory learners,
  • more effectively assist younger students or non-typers,
  • and use classroom time more efficiently.

Watch a short demonstration video about how to connect with audio.

Download an information sheet about this and other new features recently released.

 

Access Tutor.com/grafton for FREE daily from 3-9pm!

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Last Call for Food for Fines 2017

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The Library will be collecting food for fines from Nov 1 through the end of the year, with all donated food going to the Grafton Food Bank.

Please donate unopened, unexpired, non-perishable items valued at your fine amount. Items that are open, leaking, damaged or expired cannot be accepted.

We are unable to accept food for library fees for lost materials.

Donations may be brought to the Children’s Room or Main Reading Room.

THANKSGIVING ITEMS must be dropped off by November 10.

CHRISTMAS ITEMS must be dropped off by December 15.

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Grafton Writer’s Group

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Thursday, October 19  7:00-8:30 pm

Do you like to write? Do you want to get some practice in writing and possibly share with other writers? If so, please consider joining fellow writers at the Grafton Library. We gather to learn and to share on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30.

The group is open to writers age 16 and up, and is held in the Main Reading Room of the Library, facilitated by Tasha and Stephen Halpert.
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