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Dr. Seuss Once Upon a Storytime

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Celebrate National “Read Across America Day” with this special Dr. Seuss storytime at the Willard House & Clock Museum on Wednesday, March 2 at 1:30 pm

“Once Upon a Story” is a program for children ages 3 and up. Join us for stories and fun activities, and see a highlighted feature of the Willard House & Clock Museum! Siblings welcome!
Location: Willard House & Clock Museum, 11 Willard Street, North Grafton
* Registration is required – please call Willard House to sign up 508-839-3500

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Community Read: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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emerald cityStop by the Library to pick up a copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in print or audio, to get help downloading a free copy of the eBook, or to check out our March book display of fractured fairy tales. For more information, or to RSVP for any event, contact the Grafton Public Library at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com or call 508-839-4649.
Events are at the Grafton Public Library unless otherwise noted.

BOOK DRAWING

Win a 100th anniversary edition of The Annotated Wizard of Oz ($40 value!)
Pick up a ticket at any event at the Library before March 14; a winner will be drawn March 15.

EVENTS

MARCH 1-15
ALL DAY YELLOW BRICK SEARCH & FIND children
Search the Yellow Brick tube in the Children’s Room for Oz objects.

Tuesday, March 1
ALL DAY Ozlandish costume day all ages
Visit the Library in costume to help kick off our community read of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Thursday, March 3
10:00AM Over the Rainbow Storytime children

7:00pm Coloring Program: The Wizard of Oz Coloring Pages adult
Color pages from the Wizard of Oz coloring book.

Friday, March 4
1:00pm Coloring Program: The Wizard of Oz Coloring Pages adult (repeat session)
Color pages from the Wizard of Oz coloring book.

7:00pm The Dark Side of the Rainbow ages 14 & up
Come see The Wizard of Oz (1939) paired with the album The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) by Pink Floyd.

Tuesday, March 8
6:30pm Movie: The Wizard of Oz (1939) all ages

Saturday, March 12
2:00pm Singalong: Wizard of Oz all ages
Themed sing-a-long presented by Apple Tree Arts
Congregational Church, 30 Grafton Common

Monday, March 14
7:30pm Not Just for Young Adults Book Group: Spelled 

Tuesday, March 15
7:00pm Community Read Book Discussion: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Led by Dr. Helen Whall, Professor of English Literature, Holy Cross
South Grafton Community House, 25-27 Main Street

Monday, March 28
7:30pm Reads Well With Others Book Group: Wicked: The Life And Times of the Wicked Witch of The West

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Next Step Living Presents Home Energy Solutions

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Lowering utility bills, increasing the comfort of your home, and being more energy efficient–it’s a package deal. Next Step Living is coming to the Grafton Public Library this season to connect you with energy saving measures for your home, including your no cost Mass Save home energy assessment. Claim your incentives and rebates at our resource table!

Next Step Living will be at the Library on:

Wednesday March 23, 2016 @  1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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32 pairs of Pajamas!! were donated during our Pajama Drive!

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The Grafton Public Library has partnered with the Boston Bruins and Cradles to Crayons to provide new pajamas for local children in need across the Commonwealth. We are pleased to announce we have collected 32 pairs of pajamas!!  Thank you for your generous donations!!
Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive—at home, at school and at play. Donations are processed and packaged by volunteers, and distributed to disadvantaged children across the state through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners.

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Library Focus Group: Expansion Project

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The Library is in the position of being able to apply for the MA Board of Library Commissioner’s MA Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) grant. This award covers up to 50% of construction costs. With the application due in January 2017, now is the time to hire an OPM, draft a building program and needs assessment, and go out to bid for an architect for the planning and design process.

To prepare for the grant application, the Library is hosting a number of focus groups to seek input on the needs of the community in regards to an expanded Library facility. These meetings are open to the public, and we really want your feedback on what elements an expanded library should include. Need some ideas? Check out photos of well-designed libraries and previously funded projects at https://www.pinterest.com/mblclibraries/massachusetts-library-construction/.

A one-hour Focus Group Session will be offered on Saturday February 13 at 10:00 am. Refreshments will be provided. You can also take the Library Satisfaction Survey online at http://mblc.countingopinions.com/s/10259

Thank you for sharing your input!

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Tiny Houses: a Very Different Approach to Home Ownership

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The presentation focuses on the basics of planning for and owning a tiny house on wheels; both its challenges and advantages, offering insights unique from the currently popular tiny house themed TV shows. From approximately “how much” to “where to live”, it addresses options for their general design, and heat, hot water and electricity choices, among other components. Living in a tiny house year-round is a topic of rapidly developing debate. Learn why something so “cute” and compact could cause so much discussion!

Speaker, Isa Bauer is the Project Manager and lead designer from Tiny House Northeast, a New England and upper NY State tiny house design-build business. Isa earned a M.A. in Regional Economic and Social Development with a concentration in Sustainable Development, including green building materials and construction methods research. Isa has owned a tiny house since she was 19-years old, as do several of the Tiny House Northeast team.

Please register for this program; call 508-839-4649 x1102 or email graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.

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Friends Announce Paint & Sip Fundraiser

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paint nightJoin the Friends of the Grafton Public Library at the Grafton Inn on Saturday February 6 from 6:30-9pm to paint a Gerber Daisy painting! Just think, in about 2 1/2 hours of step-by-step professional instruction from Brush It Off Paint & Sip Bar, you’ll go home with your very own rendition of this painting. Personalize it by choosing your own colors!

Tickets, available online ONLY, are $40 each, and a portion of your ticket price will be donated back to the Friends to benefit the Grafton Public Library. The more tickets we sell, the bigger the chunk we get from each ticket; if the Friends sell 60 or more tickets, they will get $20, or half the proceeds, from each ticket sold.

Your ticket will include paint and materials, along with professional instruction in painting your own painting. Feel free to have a little more fun and order some drinks at the bar 😉


ADVANCED PURCHASE OF TICKETS IS REQUIRED as they need to prepare enough materials ahead of time. More details are on the Friends Facebook Event Page.

 

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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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