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New Library Pass – Old Sturbridge Village!

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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

November 1-27
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


1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd. Sturbridge, MA 01566 1-800-733-1830

For more information about Old Sturbridge Village please visit the OSV WEBSITE.

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“Once Upon a Storytime”: now register online!

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“Once Upon a Storytime” is a program at the Willard House & Clock Museum for children ages 3-5. Join us for stories and fun activities, and see a highlighted feature of the museum! Siblings welcome! Please register for one or both upcoming dates:
Register HERE for August 17 at 10:30 am

Location: 11 Willard St, North Grafton, MA 01536

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Posted by bethg on logoIn response to multiple requests for tutoring help in a variety of subjects, the Grafton Public Library is pleased to offer access to, 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 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

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Yes, it’s August! Get your summer reading books!

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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

Poetry Books

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

National Geographic

Animal Planet

History Channel

Visit a Museum today! – reserve a Museum Pass with your Library card


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

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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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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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Friday Fun with Mr. Kim! Friday, June 3 at 10:00 am

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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.

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LEGO STEM Program this Friday May 6 at 3:30 pm

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LEGO STEM Program this Friday May 6 at 3:30 Ages 5-9

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.

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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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April School Vacation Week Programs

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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 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 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

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.

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