It’s not a done deal! Please plan to attend Town Meeting Monday May 8 to VOTE on the Project. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, April 18, 2o17.
Please use the Online Public Comment Form to share your feedback on this project!
Please see Public Comments Received for a complete list of questions and responses.
The MA Public Library Construction Program Grant has been turned in! We will hear about our award in July 2017.
The Library Planning and Building Committee met with DPW’s Building Committee and the Board of Selectman on Tuesday February 28.
Another series of community forums will be scheduled in March/April, to finalize the design to be voted on at Town Meeting Monday May 8 2017.
The Library Planning and Building Committee has selected Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc (DRA) to design the schematics (floor plan and elevations) required for the MA Board of Library Commissioner’s MA Public Library Construction Program Grant. The Board of Selectmen signed the contract to hire DRA for design services on Tuesday September 6.
Meetings with DRA are forthcoming. Please watch the Library Event Calendar, Grafton News and Grafton Public Library: The Time is Now for details on forthcoming surveys, focus groups and community meetings to bring the Library Building Program to life!
Meeting Minutes from the Library Planning and Building Committee meetings are posted to the Town’s website.
The grant application is due in January 2017, with Letters of Intent to apply for the grant due in October 2016. Applying for the grant — and winning the grant! would allow the Town of Grafton to renovate and expand the 90-year old facility at nearly half the cost, adding a much-needed community meeting space, designated areas for quiet study, youth programs and collections, and dedicated work space for staff. The grant would require us to build a library to meet the seating capacity and shelf space to accommodate a still growing collection of physical materials, plus parking, for a population of 22, 122 residents in 2035, and would require us to provide parking based on square footage of the expanded facility. The building size in the building program is only an estimate, and we are aiming for a 21,000-25,000 sq foot facility, which would triple our current 7,200 sq foot space.
The money from the MA Public Library Construction Program grant has already been collected, and continues to be collected from Massachusetts tax revenues. While the cost of library renovation may impact your annual property tax bill, the Library provides return on investment to anyone who uses it’s facility. Borrowing books, DVDs, and games; loaning equipment; meeting for free in our shared space; using the computer; borrowing museum passes; picking up free tax forms; accessing subscription databases like Consumer Reports for free… it all adds up to the Library providing many free or discount services through our small municipal budget. If you have not stopped in recently, September is National Library Card Sign up Month — stop in to see what you’ve been missing!
It’s still too early to put a price tag on the project, but perhaps residents can start to think in terms of:
- for the cost of 4 hardcover books…
… I can check out 50 books at a time for FREE at the Library, investing that $100* in our future!
- for the cost of 1 cup of coffee a week…
…I can buy my coffee for a buck at the Library instead, investing that other $50* in our future!
- for the cost of a year’s subscription to Netflix…
… we can improve the Library and I can use Hoopla for free to stream movies from the Library, investing that $80* in our future!
- for the cost of 4 music lessons…
… I can access ArtistWorks for FREE and learn piano, guitar, banjo and more, online through the Library, investing that $100* in our future!
*really, we have NO price estimate at this date!
Join the Friends! Membership starts at just $10 a year.
Donate to the Capital Campaign — coming soon — or attend the next meeting of their 150th Anniversary / 90th building anniversary Gala, planned for June 2017, on Wed Nov 9 at Fire Station One, 26 Upton Street.
The Grafton Public Library will have a delayed opening on Friday, September 16 for Professional Development.
The Library will re-open at 1:00 pm Friday.
Passes for Friday September 16 or Saturday September 17 may be picked up on Wednesday September 14 or Thursday September 15 until 9pm or Friday
Meet speaker, Brendan Mahan, MEd., MS, as he discusses ADHD issues. He is an ADHD/Executive Function consultant/coach, as well as a veteran educator. He helps people affected by ADHD redesign their lives in order to lessen the impact of the disorder.
A contributing author to 365+1 Ways to Succeed with ADHD and highly engaging speaker, Brendan addresses the emotional, academic and lifestyle impacts the disorder has on the lives of the people who have it, as well as those who love them. In his talks, he shares multiple intervention styles, both broad and specific. His interventions are highly accessible and useful across the areas of people’s lives with little to no modification.
Please REGISTER online for this program.
Please note that the Library will be closed to the public during this event. Returns may be left in the book drop.
Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, depicts a rural New England town of the 1830s. OSV, a museum and learning resource of New England life, invites each visitor to find meaning, pleasure, relevance, and inspiration through the exploration of history.
REGULAR ADMISSION: Adults $28.00, Seniors (55 +) $26.00, Youths (3-17) $14.00, 2 and under Free.
LIBRARY PASS: 50% discount over daytime admission only for up to four visitors. Cannot be used for any evening or special programs.
Reserve this pass ONLINE with your Library Card.
May 2 – October 31
Open Daily 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Open Wednesday -Sunday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Please Note: CLOSED during daytime hours: December 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23 Christmas by Candlelight 3:00 pm- 9:00pm Fri/Sat/Sun
CLOSED December 24, 25
IF YOUR PLANS CHANGE AND YOU ARE UNABLE TO KEEP YOUR RESERVATION, PLEASE CALL THE LIBRARY AT 508-839-4649 X1101 TO CANCEL, SO WE CAN MAKE THE PASS AVAILABLE TO SOMEONE ELSE.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd. Sturbridge, MA 01566 1-800-733-1830 osv.org
For more information about Old Sturbridge Village please visit the OSV WEBSITE.
Like NetFlix for libraries, Hoopla allows you to stream movies, albums and audiobooks (8/month) for free after you create an account and link your Grafton Public Library card! Set up your account at https://www.hoopladigital.com/home.
Join the Grafton Public Library and the Grafton Recreation Dept for a town wide summer celebration!
Games! Pie Eating Contest, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Dunk Tank & more!
Music! Live music from local groups!
Food! BBQ ($), Cotton Candy & other treats! Mrs. Cones from Grafton Country Store’s Cones on the Common, will be handed out discounted ice cream coupons from 12-1pm.
Mark your calendars! Next Saturday, July 23 is Fun in the Sun; an all new free fun event put on by the Grafton Recreation Department and the Grafton Public Library. Located at Nelson Park from 11am-2pm, there will be a water slide, inflatable obstacle course, a moon bounce with a snow cone table, and carnival games from Crystal Entertainment Services Inc. There will also be pie-eating contests and relay races in which you can win tickets and along with the tickets you can win from the carnival games you can turn them in for prizes at the prize tent. The Big Splash will also be there; dare your friends to sit under the bucket of water and for a donation to the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, you can try to throw a ball to spill the bucket and get them soaked!
Local groups will also be there providing information and hosting activities such as the Boy Scouts with relay races, the Girl Scouts with a pinwheel-making table, youth football and lacrosse with ball throwing stations and possibly the Farmers Market with seed planting and more.
Location: Nelson Park, 6 Prentice Street, North Grafton
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!
- Earn 1 raffle ticket for each day you visit the Library
- Earn 2 raffle tickets for each food item you donate to the Grafton Food Bank (Max of 20 tickets/10 items per person)
- 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or register online