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New Pass!!! Springfield Museums!

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Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, the Springfield Museums offer access to five world-class museums, including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, all under a single admission.

This pass will allow visitors into the following museums:

  • The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum
  • The Springfield Science Museum
  • The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History
  • The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
  • The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum.

PASS DETAILS: 

Each pass admits up to 4 people with free admission.

Children under 3 are admitted for free.

Please note that you will only be able to purchase your tickets to the museum with the library pass in person at the Welcome Center of the museum. Advanced ticket sales online are full price only. There are, however, only so many timed entry slots available per day for the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum so it is possible that even though you reserve this museum pass that you won’t be able to get into the museum if it’s a particularly busy day. Please check with the museum directly to confirm availability. Passes may be used once during public hours and do not apply to special exhibition, program, or planetarium fees. Cannot be combined with other discount rates or coupons.

Reserve a pass online or call the Library at 508-839-4649 x1101

Plan your visit at the Springfield Museums’ website.

Passes are generously donated by the Friends of GPL or funded by State Aid money.

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Seven Times Salt Kickoff Concert June 5!

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Seven Times Salt concert – “Easy As Lying: The Music of Shakespeare’s Globe”
Tuesday, June 5  6:15 pm Renaissance Dance lesson, 7:00 pm Concert
Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common in the Great Hall

Free admission, gr. K-adult. Space is limited and FREE tickets are available on Evitebrite.

Thanks in part to Grafton Cultural Council Grant, early music band Seven Times Salt kicks off the 2018 Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock” with a performance of songs the Bard mentions by name, as well as works by his musical contemporaries.

The program beings at 6:15pm with a dance lesson. Concert begins at 7:00pm and includes choice excerpts from his plays read aloud by STS’s finest thespians. Dances from the Elizabethan and Jacobean courts and a saucy ballad or two round out the evening’s festivities!

This program includes Intro to Renaissance Dance for early birds who arrive by 6:15pm! In this short workshop open to all, you’ll learn the basics of English dancing from Shakespeare’s time. Then, show off your new skills and perform a dance during the concert! No partner needed; wear comfortable shoes. Recommended grade K & up.

Free admission, gr. K-adult. Space is limited and FREE tickets are available on Evitebrite.

The concert takes place at Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common in the Great Hall.

Seven Times Salt is a Boston-based early music ensemble specializing in repertoire of the 16th and 17th centuries. Praised for creative programming and an “impeccably balanced sound,” STS has performed since 2003 at venues throughout New England including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Plimoth Plantation, the New England Folk Festival, WGBH radio, and many others. We have also researched and presented original programs for the Amherst, Bloomington, and Boston Early Music Festivals (Fringe), the Society For Historically Informed Performance, and our own self-produced concert series. We delight in blurring the lines between “art music” and folk tunes, and feel at ease performing in the concert hall, the dance hall, or the beer hall!

Seven Times Salt is:

Karen Burciaga – violin & treble viol
Daniel Meyers – recorders, flute & percussion
Josh Schreiber Shalem – bass viol
Matthew Wright – lute

with special guests
Michael Barrett – tenor & recorder
Barbara Hill – soprano

Get a preview of the music at http://www.seventimessalt.com/listen/

Mass Cultural Council LogoThis program is supported in part by a grant from the Grafton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and Apple Tree Arts.

 

CONTACT:  Beth Gallaway  508-839-4649 x1105  info@graftonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common
DIRECTIONS: https://goo.gl/maps/9ukXaSkFX2p

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Summer LEGO Builds Registration is Open June 1st – June 11th

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Summer is coming and that means the Grafton Public Library is gearing up for the Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!” Due to the popularity of the Library’s LEGO Build programs, we are doing a special online registration for our summer series to ensure more patrons have the opportunity to participate. The registration link opens June 1st and closes June 11th. Please fill out the online form and we will do our best to match you with one of your top choices.

There will be FIVE mini LEGO builds. There will be THREE programs for each build: one for tweens, one for teens, and one for adults. Preference will be given to Grafton residents. Please sign-up for the appropriate age program on the Events Calendar under the Summer Lego Build Registration heading.

Brought to you by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library.

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Friday Fun with Mr. Kim! May 11 at 10:15am

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Friday Fun with Mr. Kim is a music and movement program for preschoolers ages 2 +. Mr. Kim appears courtesy of Apple Tree Arts.

Registration is required for all persons attending. Please register all attendees, including adults and siblings.

Check out Mr. Kim’s Popcorn Song video!

The Children’s Room is CLOSED to the public during this program.

 

PARENTS/CAREGIVERS: CAN YOUR CHILD BE ALONE AT THE LIBRARY?

Children are always welcome at the library.  However, the library is a public building and very busy on a daily basis.  For the protection and well-being of children, the Grafton Public Library has established an Unattended Child Policy.

Please note that program attendees must also comply with the Library’s Unattended Child Policy:

  • 0-7 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times;
  • 8-12 must be accompanied by parent/guardian remaining in the Library;
  • 13+ may be unaccompanied provided child is able to use Library independently and follow the Library’s Code of Conduct.
  • Children under age 13 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over the age of 14.

All library policies are online at graftonlibrary.org/home/policies

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April 2018 Vacation Week Programs

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Stop-in the Library for one or more of our April School Vacation Week programs!

 

Tuesday, April 17  6:30 pm

Movie Night: Leap! (PG)

The Children’s Room will be closed  at 6:00 pm for set up and for the duration of the movie. Drop-in program.

 

 

Wednesday, April 18  2:00-3:00 pm
Tween Program: Slime Time!

Join some of Grafton’s Slime Experts to make different types of slime! For tweens in grades 3-5. Please REGISTER for this program.

Thursday, April 19  10:00 am – 1:00 pm
LEGO Open Play

We provide the bricks, you bring your imagination!  All ages, drop-in program.

 

Friday, April 20  11:00 am – 4:00 p (or while supplies last)

Tinker Bags

We’re clearing out our craft closet! What can you build with your bag of materials? Create in the Library or at home. All ages, drop-in.

Saturday, April 21  1:00-3:00 pm
Teen Crafternoon: Scratch Art

Come create a beautiful piece of art. And if your hand gets sore, we’ll also have our sticker painting books available.

This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. All supplies will be provided. Please REGISTER for this program.

 

 

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Starling Early Education Wearable Book Packs Available for Check-out

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Research shows that the more verbal engagement you give your child, the more likely they are to reach their full potential.

The Starling Early-Education Wearable tells you if you’re engaging enough by counting the words that you speak.

• The Starling clips to your child’s shirt or pants
• Without recording, the Starling counts all the words your child hears
• The Starling app gives you real-time feedback on your child’s verbal engagements
 Get daily engagement tips from child development experts to keep you talking

Give Starling a try with one of our Starling Book Packs available for check-out for 3 weeks with 1 renewal for an additional 3 weeks!

For more information on Starling, please visit their WEBSITE.

 

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Spring Egg Hunt!

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Spring Egg Hunt tickets are SOLD OUT! But please join us for a special Spring-themed storytime and some simple crafts inside the library.

Storytimes will be in the Children’s Room and schedule is as follows:

10:15-10:35 am

10:40-11:00 am

11:05-11:25 am

11:30-11:50 am

11:55am-12:15 pm

The Children’s Room will be closed from 12:30-1:00 pm for clean up. A selection of children’s materials can be found in the Main Reading Room.

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Meet Lindsey Morand, great-niece of E.B. White

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As part of the Friends of the Library’s Community Read events, we invite you to visit with Lindsey Morand, great-niece of E.B. White, on March 31 at 2:00 pm. E.B. White is author of the children’s classic Charlotte’s Web among other beloved children’s titles.

Lindsey promised that she would never let her great-uncle be forgotten!! For over 40 years, she has enjoyed sharing her precious E.B. White photographs, letters, autographed first edition books and other heirlooms. Her presentation contains unique and interesting memorabilia for all ages. Children and adults are always familiar with E.B. White’s children’s books however they are not always knowledgeable about the author.

Her presentation is highlighted with the White family typewriter (c. 1900) and a 1911 Webster’s dictionary signed “Elwyn B. White” when he was eleven years old, signed 1st edition book The Lady is Cold published in 1929 and 17 other E.B. White books! Her most cherished item is an autographed book of Charlotte’s Web presented to her in 1952.  During the presentation, she will also be willing to answer questions about her famous uncle.  Stop by before the presentation to see the artifacts on display.

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