Library Card Signup Contest!
Share why you value your library card using a Library Card Sign-up Month word balloons (pick up at the Grafton Public Library or download now) or create your own. Creativity is encouraged!
Share on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #LibraryCardSignUp or add to the American Library Association’s “My Library Card…” Flickr pool between September 2-23, 2014.
All participants will be entered in a drawing for a comic book prize package, which will include:
Official rules and details of the promotion are available online at atyourlibrary.org.
Are you one of the 8,000 residents that doesn’t have a Grafton Public Library Card yet? A Library Card is the smartest card in your wallet, and your key to borrowing over 40,000 items from the Grafton Public Library and millions of holdings worldwide.
Your first Library card is FREE, and replacement card fees will be WAIVED during the month of September. Proof of residency is required to get a card.
Adults who sign up for their first library card during the month of September will get a free cup of coffee courtesy of the Friends of the Grafton Library.
Teens who sign up will be entered into a raffle for a $25 movie gift card.
Children ages 0-12 who get their first library card this September will receive an “I Love Reading” lanyard for the card, and we have removed the age requirement for getting a card.
A Grafton Library Card is valued at per $29.60 per person—about the cost of a hardcover book–but the value of the card is approximately $850 if you borrow just one book a week!
Expect a little noise & dust as we get our ductless A/C installed for the comfort of patrons, staff, & materials! Sorry for any discomfort! If we need to close the Children’s Room Friday or Monday for part of the day, we will try to provide as much advance notice as possible, and will make materials for youth available in the Main Reading Room. Thanks for your understanding!
Celebrate a great summer of reading with us!
Bring a picnic supper and join us on the Grafton Common for songs and puppets from a favorite local musician and performer, then try our final science experiment: make your own ice cream!
The Library is celebrating the caped crusader in honor of his 75th anniversary! Stop in for activities, giveaways, and fun for kids, teens, and adults! A few lucky people will win prizes donated by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library.
Help Grafton Middle School Students get ready for school! The Grafton Food Bank is having a school supply drive from July 27th through August 16th and the Library is one of the selected drop-off locations. Suggested items for donations are: index cards, #2 pencils, highlighters, 2 pocket folders, one subject notebooks, glue sticks, graph paper, and scientific calculators.
When you bring in your donation, the Library will waive any late-fines equal to the amount of the donation. It’s a win-win situation! This does not apply, however, to any fines related to a lost or damaged item.
The Library is also continuing their Food for Fines program through the end of August. Similarly, when you bring in any non-perishable food items for the Grafton Food Bank, the Library will waive any late fines equal to the amount of the food donation.
Thank you so much for supporting Grafton students and the Grafton Food Bank with your donations!
We use it every day…for drinking, cooking, bathing, swimming…have you guessed it? Yes, we are talking about water!
Susan Thomas, Project Coordinator with the Blackstone River Watershed Association (www.thebrwa.org), will lead a water workshop for kids on Thursday, July 24th at 2:00 p.m.
Kids ages 6-12, will have a blast learning about the Blackstone River Watershed through the use of an interactive model. During this hands-on program, participants will help build a watershed containing various land-uses; witness different types of water pollution from each of these sources; and be part of a brain-storming team that cleans up the watershed.
You’ll learn what can be done in your back yard, your neighborhood, and beyond to help protect plants and animals by keeping our waterways healthy. For more details about the program, please call 508-839-4649 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.
April 10, 17, & 24
Drop in and design your own creation, or build a specific model.
Jean, the Library LEGO lady, will provide tons of bricks, and building resources to browse or take home.
Come and create with us!
On Tuesday April 8, the Grafton Public Library will join libraries across the Commonwealth and the nation to provide a “snapshot” of what happens in a day in the life of libraries. How many books are checked out? How many people receive help finding a job? Doing their taxes? Doing their homework? During Snapshot Day, libraries will collect data and photos that help demonstrate the value of libraries and raise public awareness that libraries are busier than ever.
Coincidentally, Snapshot Day coincides with Pajama Day at the Library. Staff will be in PJs to promote the new Tuesday evening PJ Storytime that starts at 6:15 pm.
“We’re looking forward to a fun, busy day that helps us show how much our residents use their library,” said Gallaway. Busy days are the norm at libraries across the state. Over the past decade, libraries in Massachusetts have experienced a dramatic surge in usage, including a 50% increase in library visits and a 29% increase in circulation. In 2012 Grafton attendance was down due to the Library closure during the ADA renovation, but in 2013, program attendance increased by 52%, the number of reference questions increased by 140%, and circulation increased by 7%, compared to 2012.
Everyone can participate! We’ll have a photo release on hand for those will allow us to document their library use. Patrons can also use twitter #snapmass14 to post comments about the ways they use the Library, even if they aren’t physically in the library on April 8, said Beth Gallaway, Library Director. Don’t forget to follow @graftonpublib on Twitter!
Nationally, Snapshot Day is supported by the American Library Association, which will
compile state data to provide a national perspective of a day in the life of libraries.
Massachusetts Library Snapshot Day is presented by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Massachusetts Regional Library System, the Massachusetts Library Association, the Massachusetts School Library Association, and Boston Public Library.
Visit mass.gov/libraries or contact for more information; for more details about Snapshot Day in Grafton, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 or by email at email@example.com
Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for our Open House and Fundraiser, For the Love of Books, on Friday February 7! Our generous benefactors purchased 25 books, and raised $1000.00 for the Library.
If you missed the event, books are still on display and available for purchase; see a staff member for details.
Book prices range from $20-$150; proceeds benefit the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, who support the Library by funding materials, services and initiatives not covered by the Town’s budget.
Preview titles at www.pinterest.com/graftonpl/for-the-love-of-books.
The Library welcomes donations to purchase new materials in someone’s honor year round! Please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director at 508-839-4649 x1105 to discuss bequests, planned giving, or a gift to celebrate, honor or memorialize a loved one.
Minstrel storyteller Mary Jo Maichack will performs a short wintery tale of kindness at the Grafton Public Library on FRIDAY, February 21 at 3:00 p.m. Learn to retell the story, and discover tips for being on stage. We’ll break to make glittery silver pine cones, then gather to hear participants tell or read the tale using the pretty pine cone. This easy-to-tell tale and bauble make perfect Valentine gifts, too.
Don’t miss this chance to hear a professional, national award-winning storyteller! Space is limited; this program is appropriate for ages 4 & up. For more details or to register for the program, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1103 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org