Grafton Public Library

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February Vacation Program Lineup!

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Registration opens Wed Feb 1!

Preview our Build a Better World Summer Reading Program Theme for 2017 with these great activities for school-age children!

Please note our unattended child policy: under age 7, parent must remain in proximity; ages 8-12, parent must remain in building,13+ may be unattended. Thank you for your cooperation!

Mon 2/20
CLOSED for President’s Day

Tue 2/21
10am-1pm: LEGO Free Play, gr. K-5
6:30pm: Movie Screening: The LEGO Movie

Wed 2/22
3-5pm: Coding with Minecraft*  gr. 2-5 RVSP

Thu 2/23
10am-1pm: Drop in LEGO Craft, gr. K-5
2-5 pm: LEGO Tween Craft, gr. 2-5 RVSP
6:30pm Teen Movie Night: Suicide Squad (PG-13) Gr 6+

Fri 2/24
10am-1pm Domino Challenge, gr. K-5
2-3pm Family Yoga* gr. Pre-K-5 RSVP

Sat 2/25
1-3pm Nerdfighters
gaming and more, gr 6+

*off site at Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road

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Sat Feb 4 is Take Your Child to the Library Day!

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Saturday, February 4th
We will be celebrating Take Your Child to the Library Day with all things Star Wars!

Star Wars Symposium, 11:00am-1:00pm
Join us for an all-ages celebration of all thing Star Wars. Come dressed as your favorite character! Join us for Star Wars trivia games and more!
Registration required.
*Please note: program will be held at the Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road

Millennium Falcon Lego Build, 2:00pm-2:45pm
Build Han and Chewie’s classic ship with legos. This is a complicated build, appropriate for older children and adults.
Grades 3+. Registration required.
*Please note: program will be held at the Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road

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Build your own Terrarium Workshop

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The Friends of the Grafton Public Library are hosting a  “Build your own Terrarium Workshop”on Friday, Jan. 27 (snow date Feb. 3).  Two sessions will be held:

1 pm and 7 pm at Art Mark Studios. 198 Worcester St., North Grafton. Get ideas and tips from your instructor: seasoned florist and plantswoman Denise Worden of SweetBriar Perennials. Choose your planter, then choose from a variety of succulents, mosses, stones and decorations to personalize your creation. Each one will be unique!
Supplies will be included but if you have a special container or trinket you would like to use or share bring it along.

All proceeds will benefit the Grafton Public Library. Spaces are limited- only 20 per session. For ages 10 & up. Cost is $40 per person.  Registration is required. Register by Jan. 25, 2017.

To REGISTER and pay online with Paypal, click on the Friends’ Terrarium Page.

 

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School Vacation Fun at the Library

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Tuesday, December 27  6:30 pm
Movie Night: The Secret Life of Pets (PG) – all ages  The Children’s Room will close temporarily at 6 pm to set up for this program. The room will re-open at 6:30 pm for showtime!

Wednesday, December 28 1-3 pm
Tinker Workshop – grades K-5  Dig through our box of craft materials. There’s no limit to what you can create. Tinker at the library or take some stuff to go, but make sure you post pictures of your inventions/creations to our facebook page!

Thursday, December 29 10 am – 1 pm
Lego Free Play – grades PreK-5

Friday, December 30  3-4 pm
Family Yoga – grades PreK-5  Registration is required. Online registration is now open. Program location: Children’s Room

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RESCHEDULED – LEGO Death Star Ornament

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This is the rescheduled event that was supposed to be held on Saturday, December 17th. If you were originally signed up for that event we have reserved your spot.

LEGO Death Star Ornament – Celebrate the release of the newest Star Wars movie by making a LEGO Death Star Ornament. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required and space is limited. Each participant should fill out a form. You may only sign up for one session of the Death Star Ornament.

This free program is for everyone grade 3 to adult.

Session 1  1:00-1:45 pm – Event is full but you may still submit this form to be placed on the waiting list.   Register online

Session 2  3:00-3:45 pm – Event is full but you may still submit this form to be placed on the waiting list.  Register online

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Congrats to Team Amberley, Our Scarecrow Contest Winner

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Amberley won by a landslide – people loved the square head! Congrats, Amberly!

Thanks to all who participated and all who VOTED.

Participants may leave scarecrows up to enjoy for a few more days, but any remains will be cleared by DPW on November 4!

 

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Halloween Fun at GPL!

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Celebrate Halloween with us at one of these events! And don’t forget to vote in our Scarecrow Contest, sponsored by the Recreation Department!

Spooky Stories
Saturday, October 29th @ 9:00am  
Before the Library opens, join us for spooktacular stories, ghoulish goodies, and fun! Costumes are encouraged.

Movie: Halloween Town (rated PG)
Monday, October 31st @1:00pm
Get in the trick or treat mood with this holiday favorite! Reminder that children ages 8-12 must be accompanied by parent/guardian remaining in the Library.

Halloween Night
Monday, October 31st @5:00-8:00pm
Trick or Treating on South Street? Don’t forget to include the Library as a trick or treating stop! We’ll have a special activity after 5 pm: spin the wheel to pick your Halloween treat!

Staff are celebrating by dressing in Disney-themed costumes this year.

The Library is a Teal Pumpkin Project participant and will only provide non-food treats.

 

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Video and Comments from Library Renovation/Expansion Community Forum Two

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Community Forum Two to Discuss Library Renovation on Nov 16

Video on Demand:

Please share your feedback using the online public comment form.

 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.

A third public meeting with DRA architects for community input is scheduled for Monday, Dec 19 at 7 pm, location TBD. The public is invited to attend and share their thoughts on the project.

 Please visit www.graftonlibrary.org/thetimeisnow for additional meetings, surveys and news about the project. All agendas and meeting minutes from Library Planning and Building Committee meetings are posted to the Town’s website.

Applying for and receiving the MA Public Library Construction Program Grant would allow the Town of Grafton to renovate and expand the 90-year old library facility on Grafton Common at approximately half the cost, adding much-needed community meeting space, designated areas for quiet study, youth programs and collections, and dedicated work space for staff.

Grant eligibility requires the Town to design and build a library to meet the seating capacity and shelf space to accommodate a still growing collection of physical materials for a population of 22,122 residents in 2035. The building size in the building program is only an estimate, and we are aiming for a 21,000-25,000 square foot facility.

It’s still too early to put a price tag on the project, but thrifty residents should note that some money for the MA Public Library Construction Program grant has already been collected, and continues to be collected from Massachusetts tax revenues.

Please visit the MA Public Library Construction program website for more information about the grant.  For all other inquiries, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1105 or gallawayb@graftonlibrary.org.

 

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Bulbs request for Girl Scout Gold Award and Library garden

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It’s time to plan for spring planting in our Library garden!

Girl Scout, Julia is working on her Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA, earned by Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts. Only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award. Julia and Beth Patch (Library staff) have built the new raised bed and planted plants which attract bees. As part of her project, Julia would like to plant bulbs for early spring and is requesting donations of the following bulbs:

Crocus
Allium
Daffodil
Hyacinth
Bluebells

Bulbs can be dropped off at the Library. Thank you for your support and help with this project!

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