UPDATE: Due to possible inclement weather, this program will take place inside the Grafton Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road.
Join us Sunday, July 31 from 1-4 pm for a celebration of Harry Potter! We’ll have cupcakes for his birthday and play Quidditch with the Boston University Quidditch team.
All ages, no registration required.
In response to multiple requests for tutoring help in a variety of subjects, the Grafton Public Library is pleased to offer access to Tutor.com, an online tutoring service for students of all ages. Any community member with a Grafton Public Library card can access the new online services from the library or right from home on any computer or mobile device connect to the Internet. The K-12 Student Center, College Center and Adult Career Center from Tutor.com includes live, one-to-one tutoring, a real-time writing center and 24/7 access to worksheets, videos and tutorials in just about any subject. The live, online tutoring and resume writing service is available daily from 2pm to 9pm. The service is completely free for our community. To access the service please visit the library’s website at www.tutor.com/grafton.
North Street and Millbury Street Elementary Schools
Suggested titles, not required.
Students entering 2nd Grade
Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
Cam Jansen series by David Adler
Ready Freddy series by Abby Klein
Geronimo Stilton series by Geronimo Stilton
Horrible Harry series by Suzy Kline
Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown
Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant
Mr. Putter and Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant
Franklin series by Paulette Bourgeois
Students entering 3rd Grade
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
Owen and Mzee: The True Story about a Remarkable Friendship by Craig Hatkoff
A-Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy
Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker
39 Clues series by Various Authors
The Spiderwick Chronicles series by Tony DiTerlizzi
Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
Students entering 4th Grade
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Amber Brown Goes Fourth by Paula Danziger
Awfully Short for Fourth Grade by Elvira Woodruff
Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows
Fudge series by Judy Blume
Time Warp Trio series by Sarah Varon
Meg MackIntosh by Lucinda Landon
Rose by Nikki Giovanni
Students entering 5th Grade
Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig
The Friendship by Mildred Taylor
Dear America series by Various Authors
The Sister Grimm series by Michael Buckley
Charlie Bone series by Jenny Nimmo
The Magic Thief series by Sarah Prineas
The 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury by Jack Prelutsky
The Blue Fairy Book series by Andrew Lang
Shimmer and Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life by Jim Arnosky
Students entering 6th Grade
Rules by Cynthia Lord
The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings by Alan M. Gratz
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Heat by Mike Lupica
Egypt Game by Zipha Keatley Snyder
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Chaldenko
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman
Middle School: The Real Deal by Juliana Farrell and Beth Mayall
The Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch
Suggested Authors: Jerry Spinelli, Jack Gantos, Anthony Horowitz, Andrew Clements, Nancy Farmer, Sharon Creech, Walter Dean Myers, Avi, C.S. Lewis, Paul Zindel, Jane Yolen
Online Learning – Elementary Schools
Wonderopolis – check out the Wonder of the Day!
Raz-Kids – use your school login to keep on readin’!
Kids InfoBits – requires Library card to login
Research in Context (formally InfoTrac Jr. Edition) – requires Library card to login
Encyclopedia Britannica – requires Library card to login
Pronunciator (upgrade from Mango Languages for foreign language learning!) – requires Library card to login
Bookflix – requires Library card to login
Educational Television – use your Library card to borrow these great programs on dvd
Grafton Middle School
One Book, One School – Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
Grafton High School
Select one of the following:
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Truck: A Love Story by Michael Perry
Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Senior Year: A Father, A Son, and High School Baseball by Dan Shaughnessy
Jupiter’s Travels: Four Years Around the World on a Triumph by Ted Simon
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr
Nefertiti: A Novel by Michelle Moran
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Once a Runner: A Novel by John L. Parker Jr.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders by L. David Marquet
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Paper Towns by John Green
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
Behold a Pale Horse: Exposing the New World by Milton William Cooper
Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin
This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman
It Was Me All Along: A Memoir by Andie Mitchell
Broken Road: Turning My Mess Into a Message by Tony Collins with Bethany Bradsher (on order)
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope by Tom Brokaw
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Martian by Andy Weir
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living by Jason Gay
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
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.
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.
The last scheduled Friday Fun with Mr. Kim for this school year is Friday, June 3 at 10:00 am! Please call 508-839-4649 ext 1103 to register. Registration opens Friday, May 27. Friday Fun with Mr. Kim is a music and puppetry program for preschool children ages 2 and up (siblings welcome).
Check out Mr. Kim’s Popcorn Song video on his website!!
The Children’s Room is CLOSED to the public during this program.
Come on in Friday, May 6 at 3:30 pm after school for a LEGO STEM Program hosted by Grafton High School student Jenna Lee. We will push up our sleeves and get busy building STEM related Legos such as simple machines.
Ages 5-9. Snacks will be provided or feel free to bring your own.
Please register for this program by calling 508-839-4649 or sign up online.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Stop by the Grafton Public Library during April school vacation week for one of our programs!
Check the Events Calendar for more information or to sign up for a program.
LEGO Fun – Tuesday, April 19 & Thursday, April 21 10 am-12 pm All ages. Drop-in and make your own creation! The only limit is your imagination!
Movie Night: Goosebumps (2015 rated PG) – Tuesday, April 19 6:30 pm Join us for a movie night in the Children’s Room! The Children’s Room will be closed to regular circulation from 6-9 pm for this program.
Drumming with Craig Harris – Wednesday, April 20 1:00 pm All ages. Join performer Craig Harris in this hands-on drumming workshop. Registration is required, please call 508-839-4649 or email email@example.com to sign-up. This program is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Board of Library Commissioners. The Children’s Room will be closed to regular circulation from 12:30-3:30 pm so we can provide this program.
Tween Crafternoon: Stop-Motion Animation – Thursday, April 21 3:00-4:30 pm Ages 8-12
Bring your iPod, phone or tablet (or use one of ours) and join us as we try out some of the best new apps for creating stop-motion animation. We’ll use Legos, mini-figures, and even create our own characters out of clay. Registration is required, please call 508-839-4649 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Teen Program: The Scorch Trials Movie Night – Thursday, April 21 6:30 pm Rated PG-13. Based upon the novel “The Scorch Trials” of the Maze Runner series by James Dashner. Please register for this program by calling 508-839-4649 or email email@example.com
Biomes Traveling Tide Pools – Friday, April 22 Drop-in from 1:00-3:00 pm All ages.
Please note location: South Grafton Elementary School
Biomes Traveling Tide Pool is a hands-on experience featuring animals like starfish, sea urchins, whelks, spider crabs, oysters, as well as hermit and horseshoe crabs. We will also set up a small fish tank containing other animals like seahorses, pipefish, and brittle stars. Participants can visit the bins at their own pace and our staff will educate them about the animals and answer questions. Biomes Traveling Tide Pools are brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Board of Library Commissioners.
Teen Program: Nerdfighters – Saturday, April 23 1:00-3:00 pm Play Super Smash Bros on our WiiU or bring your favorite nerdy items to play. This free program is for teens in grades 6-12.
“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!
Wednesday, April 6 at 1:30 pm
Registration is required. Please call Willard House to register 508-839-3500
Location: Willard House & Clock Museum, 11 Willard Street, North Grafton