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ON YOUR MARK, GET SET… READ! Summer Library Adventure Begins June 20

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ON YOUR MARK, GET SET…READ! Summer Reading 2016 at the Grafton Public Library!

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW is on our Summer Reading 2016 Full Calendar! Download for info on programs, prizes, earning tickets, Food for Fines!

The 2016 Summer Reading Program hosted by the Grafton Public Library has an EXERCISE theme this year! All ages are encouraged to participate.

Registration begins June 1. Register by picking up a Summer Reading tote bag – it’s that easy!! The tote will be filled with a calendar of events, bookmarks, current list of museum passes, and in the children’s bags an IOU for a Davis Farmland pass.

After registering, you can earn raffle tickets for amazing cool prizes! Winners will be chosen in three age groups: adult, teen and kids. Winning is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Earn 1 raffle ticket for each day you visit the Library
  2. Earn 2 raffle tickets for each food item you donate to the Grafton Food Bank (Max of 20 tickets/10 items per person)
  3. Earn 3 raffle tickets for each Library program you attend

Prizes: Oh boy, the PRIZES!!! Grand Prize – Winner’s Choice from one of the following prizes:

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Check out ALL of the prizes on the GPL Summer 2016 Full Calendar of Events!!

Food for Fines: Donate to the Grafton Food Bank instead of paying your overdue fines this summer! The Library will accept non-perishable, unexpired food, toiletries and school supplies from June 20 – August 31 in lieu of fines. Food for Fines may not be used to pay for lost or missing materials, printing or faxing fees, or replacement library cards.

Grafton Public Library supports Grafton Public Schools – stop in for your summer reading titles!

Sponsors:  The 2016 MA Statewide Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Grafton Public Library, the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, the Town of Grafton, the Grafton Recreation Department, Trek Stop, Apple Tree Arts, Willard House & Clock Museum, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.



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Library to Close for Independence Day Weekend

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Independence Day from Saturday July 2-Monday July 4, 2016. No items are due on closed dates. The Library will reopen at 10AM on Tuesday July 5.

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

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

Thank you to those who served, and lost their lives in service to our country. Thank you to their families for their sacrifices.

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Meet local authors of book Abandoned Asylums of Massachusetts Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30 pm

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Meet the authors of Abandoned Asylums of Massachusetts, a recent addition to Arcadia Publishing’s newest series Images of Modern America. Join us Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30 pm.

This collection of photographs, history, and firsthand accounts by Tammy Rebello and L.F. Blanchard, gives readers a glimpse at the roots of mental health. These vignettes are born of the personal stories of those who worked at these facilities, those who were institutionalized, and their families. The authors took the time to listen to their stories and endeavored to understand their pasts and recognize how these events continue to influence the mental health industry today. Pictured throughout are the physical relics of the places—the now largely abandoned asylums—where these stories unfurled.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $20. The authors will also have prints available to purchase ranging from $10 – $30 depending on size and if it is framed.

Please register for this program. Call 508-839-4649 x1102, email or register online

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Jerome Wheelock Birthday Party & Historic Book Sale Saturday June 18

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Drop in to celebrate Jerome’s birthday! Try lawn games like croquet, bocce, and horsehoes from 9am-3pm for all ages at the Library! Bubbles, sidewalk chalk and other outdoor games will also be available. Enjoy our gardens, check out the Antiques fair on the Common, sign up for the 2016 Summer Reading Program, and visit with your friends and neighbors. Purchase historic and antiques books at our Friends of the Library book sale–proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library. Join us for cake and punch at 2:00pm.

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Friends Annual Meeting! Friday, June 10 at 7 pm

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Friends Members are invited to attend the Annual Meeting on FRIDAY JUNE 10 at 7:00 to elect the new board, vote on by-laws, hear fitness tips from Wendy Reid in celebration of the 2016 Summer Library Program, and enjoy refreshments! By-laws are available for review (copies are available on request at the Main Desk).

If you’re not a member of the Friends, you can join at the meeting.

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Book Signing with local author Linda Marean Casey Tuesday, May 10th at 7 pm

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Local author and historical society releases exciting new title featuring stunning, vintage images. Telling a story in pictures is Grafton, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by Linda Marean Casey and the Grafton Historical Society is set to release on May 2, 2016. The book boasts 200 vintage images and showcases memories of days gone by. Ms. Casey will be selling the books for $21.99 and will accept cash or check from a local bank. A portion of the profits from the sale of the book are being donated to the Grafton Historical Society.

Please register for this book signing program. Call 508-839-4649 x1102, email or register online.

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Free Comic Book Day! Saturday, May 7

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Drop in Saturday, May 7 to choose a comic from our free selection (while supplies last)!

As the name implies, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops, or in this case, the Grafton Public Library.

Preview the selection here. (Not all titles may be available.)

Love comics and graphic novels? Read even more titles online for free with your Library card at ComicsPlus!

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Saturday April 30: Community Clean Up Day! 9am-12pm

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Rake, weed and pick up trash and branches on the Library grounds. This event is community wide and part of Keep Massachusetts Beautiful: Grafton Community Clean Up Day.

Grafton Clean-up Day
Saturday, April 30, 2016
9:00 am –noon
An Earth-friendly Event for the Entire Family!

Your Grafton Clean-up Day “to-do” list:
1.Pick up your bags and gloves. (At the Municipal center all week, or at the Common on 4/30/16 at 9:00 a.m.). You can also pre-register a team by calling Dawn Geoffroy at 617-513-9035 or email
2.Meet up with your team to clean up or beautify your selected area.
3.Once your clean-up is complete, call 508-839-8525 (the Highway Dept.) and let them know where your bags are. They will collect the bags for proper disposal on Monday.
4.Return to the Common for your free lunch, sponsored by Pepperoni Express and others!

Celebrate Grafton Clean-up Day on the Common!
Join us on the Common for refreshments and fun activities
Receive a free tree sapling to celebrate Arbor Day, sponsored by the Grafton Highway Department
Give yourself credit for getting involved in your community and thank you for your efforts to make Grafton beautiful!

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Library to Host “Getting to Know Your Ukulele” class with Apple Tree Arts

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The 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 13 and up – teens and adults. The classes will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday May 10, 17, 24 and 31, and will meet at One Grafton Common, Grafton, MA. This free class is limited to 12 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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Apple Tree Arts presents an Early Childhood Education Seminar

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The Grafton Public Library is pleased to offer an Early Childhood Education seminar on the benefits of music and movement on Tuesday, April 12th at 6:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church, 30 Grafton Common. Led by Jan Barlow of Apple Tree Arts, attendees of this seminar will participate in developmentally appropriate music activities that help children develop an array of skills including spatial awareness, body part identification, crossing the mid line, listening and learning how to follow directions. These activities also support the development of language, pre-reading skills, pre-math skills, cultural literacy and expression. Attendees will receive songs and exercise activities that help children develop these skills. Best of all, children will experience joy while singing songs and moving their bodies when parents and caregivers learn how to incorporate music and movement into the children’s daily activities.
This seminar is free to the public and is ideal for parents and caregivers of children birth through age 5. Please register for this seminar by calling the Library at 508-839-4649 or sign-up through our online registration.

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