Grafton Public Library

Library Updates

Scarecrow Contest VOTE!

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Thanks to the 8 families who joined us and the Rec Dept. in the bandstand on Saturday!

Please pick your favorite scarecrow by voting for #1-10 in the COMMENTS.

Winner will be announced on Halloween!

Good luck!

#1: Grafton Public Library

#1: Grafton Public Library


#2: Team Rainey

scarecrow #3: minion

#3: Team Minion Makers

scarecrow #4: Team Bass

#4: Team Bass

scarecrow #5: team thomas

#5: Team Thomas

scarecrow #6: Team Hope

#6: Team Hope

scarecrow #7: team Viens

#7: Team Viens

scarecrow #8: team amberley

#8: Team Amberley

scarecrow #9: Calderone crow

#9: Team Calderone Crows

scarecrow #9: Grafton Rec Dept

#10: Grafton Rec Dept


Once Upon a Storytime @ Willard House & Clock Museum

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Once Upon a Story at Willard House & Clock Museum is a program for children ages 3-5. Join us for stories and fun activities, and see a highlighted feature of the museum! Siblings welcome.

Please register ONLINE for this program.

Location: Willard House & Clock Museum, 11 Willard St. Grafton

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Halloween Fun at GPL!

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Celebrate Halloween with us at one of these events!

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? Come and visit us on your way to the festivities! We’ll have a special activity after 5pm.
We are celebrating with a Disney theme this year, and are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project.



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Library Renovation/Expansion Community Forum Oct 20

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forumCommunity Forum to Discuss Library Renovation on Oct 20

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 public meeting with DRA architects for community input is scheduled for Thursday October 20 from 6-7:30 pm at the Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Common Grafton MA. Pizza will be served, and all ages are welcome. The public is invited to attend and share their thoughts on the project.


508-839-4649 x1105

Please visit 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.

The Library Planning and Building Committee is seeking a 9th voting member to join the committee. Apply online today!

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


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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:


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

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Brickbuilders: keep the creativity going!

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If you attended a Brickbuilders session this summer, you know how creative things can get!

Join us Wednesday, September 14 at 3:30 pm and design your own LEGO creation, or build a specific model! Bricks and Building Resources will be provided.

For kids in grades 3-6.

Please REGISTER online for this program or call 508-839-4649.

Please note: Children ages 8-12 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who will remain in the Library during the program.

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Delayed Opening – Friday, September 16

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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
after 1pm.

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Fall Storytimes Begin!

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Join us for one of our fall storytimes beginning the week of September 19!

September Calendar PDF

Silly Science Storytime @ UniBank
STEM themed storytime for ages 3-5.
Mondays 9/19, 9/26, 10/3 & 10/17 from 10:15-11:00 am
Please commit to the full 4 week session. Registration is required.

Library Babies
For ages birth through walking.
Tuesdays 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11 & 10/18 from 10:15-10:35 am
Drop-in program, registration is not required.

Toddler Time
For children who are walking-age 3 years.
Wednesdays 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12 & 10/19
meets at 9:00 am OR 10:15 am
Drop-in program, registration is not required.

Saturday Storytime: Batman Day – stories and superhero craft
Saturday, September 17 9:00 am
Drop-in program for all ages, registration is not required.

Please note that we expect a parent or guardian over age 14 to be in attendance with any child under age 7, per the Library’s Unattended Child Policy.

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ADHD Essentials with Brendan Mahan, MEd., MS

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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.

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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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