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Library to Close for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday January 18, 2016. No items are due that day. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, January 19.

Museum passes for Monday may be picked up 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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Library to Close for Thanksgiving Holiday

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The Grafton Public Library will CLOSE at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 25 in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday and remain CLOSED Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2015. No items are due on these dates. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 28.

Museum passes for Friday and Saturday may be picked up in advance on Tue (10-9) or Wed (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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Saturday Knitting Group Donates 40 Knitted Items to Grafton Food Bank

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The Grafton Public Library’s Saturday Knitting Group has been busy knitting lots of warm outerwear for families in need, such as mittens, hats, scarves and sweaters. The Knitting Group has donated 40 knitted items to the Grafton Food Bank for distribution. Great job!

The group is open to anyone interested in knitting, whether you are an experienced knitter or just want to learn  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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Food for Fines November 1-December 31, 2015

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Got fines? To aid the Grafton Food Bank, the Library will offer fine forgiveness in return for donations of non-perishable items for the Grafton Food Bank. The program will run November 1 through December 31.

This year, in addition to non-perishables, we are accepting Stop & Shop receipts that show you have purchased a grocery box for the Food Bank.

Please consider donating to the Girl Scout Troop #30212 Food Drive for Thanksgiving! We will waive fines also for these donated items. Please see their note and list of items below:

Hello from Junior Girl Scout Troop #30212! We’re working on our Bronze Award, and we decided that every family deserves to have the best Thanksgiving ever! Since some families don’t have enough food, we’re helping the Grafton Food Bank collect all the food they need. Did you know that they will make 125 baskets of food for families? That’s a lot! We also hope to donate items for a table setting – a table cloth, pumpkin & leaves. These items will be purchased by our Girl Scout Troop.
The Grafton Food Bank has told us that they need 125 each of:
Bread Mixes (banana, etc.)
Pie crust in a box
Pie filling
Stuffing mix
Cranberry sauce
The Food Bank also needs 250:
Canned green beans
Canned corn
Please go to the troop’s SignUpGenius page to commit to donating one or many of these items!
Of course, we’re in a hurry! We need to get all of this food to the Grafton Food Bank by November 15th. Food can be dropped off in the boxes at Stop & Shop, the Grafton Public Library or at the Municipal Center (we will pick them up and sort them). If you would like to donate cash instead, we can use that to buy nice things for their Thanksgiving table. All donations received will go directly to the Grafton Food Bank.
We will be at Stop & Shop collecting donations on 11/1, 8, & 14, please keep an eye out for us!
Thank you for helping us to make Thanksgiving a happy holiday for everyone.
Junior GS Troop #30212

Please bring non-perishable canned or boxed goods, OR personal care items in lieu of cash for Library fines. The value of donated items should total the fine amount. Please note that we cannot accept open, damaged, expired, recalled or perishable items, and Food for Fines applies only to overdue fines, and does not extend to fees for printing, faxing, lost materials, or replacement Library cards.

For more details about Food for Fines, or to discuss other alternatives to fees and bring your library card to good standing, please contact Susan Leto at 508-839-4649 x1105 or by email at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.

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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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