April is…National Poetry Month!
Haiku, Blackout Poetry, Concrete Poems… take time to explore poetry with us this month! In celebration, the Library will offer some special poetry programs for all ages:
- Poetry Workshop Day for Kids
Friday April 24th 10 am-4 pm All ages
Try your hand at different types of poetry! Examples will be provided. This program blends art, craft and writing.
- Coffeehouse and Open Mic Night Date TBD 7:30-9:00 pm Ages 14+ Grafton Community Television Studio 296 Providence Road, South Grafton MA 01560 Share a favorite poem & enjoy a snack with a group of poets, writers, rappers and lyricists!
- “Poem in your Pocket” Day
Thursday April 30th – all day
Kids, share your favorite poem with a member of our staff and you could win a prize!
Tuesdays @ 10am
March 17th-May 5th
(No program on Tuesday, April 21st)
Library Babies is a 20 minute program for our very youngest visitors, ages birth-walking. Join us as we read stories, sing songs, recite favorite nursery rhymes, and interact with the babies using bounces and fingerplays.
Spring 2015 Handout
Silly Science Storytime*
Mondays @ 10:30am
March 16th-May 4th
(No program on Monday, April 20th)
Silly Science Storytime is a 30 minute program for children ages 3.5 – 5. Join us for a STEM- themed storytime that feature math and science themes. Location: UniBank, 89 Worcester Street, Grafton
March 16th Week #1 Shapes Handout
March 23rd Week #2 Green Handout
March 30th Week # 3 Birds Handout
April 6th Week # 4 Sound Handout
April 13th Week # 5 Solid, Liquid, Gas Handout
April 27th Week # 6 Clouds Handout
May 4th Week # 7 Robots Handout
May 11th Week #8 The Sense of Touch
Join us for a special book discussion and craft in focused on Letting Swift River Go by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Barbara Cooney. Suitable for ages 5-12, Letting Swift River Go relates Sally Jane’s experience of changing times in rural America, as she lives through the drowning of the Swift River towns in western Massachusetts to form the Quabbin Reservoir.
This program is presented in celebration of the Friends of the Library’s 2015 Community Read, Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara, about a love triangle, set, just as Massachusetts Water Authority is deciding whether to flood several MA towns to create a reservoir.
Registration is required and copies of the book are available to check out at the Library. Books will also be available for sale at the event. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact 508-839-4649 or email email@example.com.
Friends of the Grafton Public Library Bookmark Contest – Love Your Library!
What do you love about your library? Design, draw and color your own bookmark for a chance to win the Friends of Library Bookmark Contest! Winning designs will be made into official full-color bookmarks for the Library. Entries will be judged according to each age appropriate category: Grades K-3, Grades 4-6, and Grades 7-12.
Winners will receive their own set of laminated bookmarks, an art book to keep and one given to the library in your name, and bragging rights with your first name and grade on the back of your bookmark. Please note the following guidelines:
- Original entries only—no tracing or use of copyrighted images, such as cartoon characters and clipart.
- This contest is open to all students in K-12 who live in Grafton or who use the Grafton Public Library regularly.
- The bookmark design needs to be related to the theme of “Love Your Library” but does not need to include that phrase.
- Children who attend home school should enter the comparable level.
- All entries must be clear and reproducible.
- If you include words, check for correct spelling and that the writing is clear and fits the space well.
- Entries should be submitted on the appropriate form and returned to the library. Forms can be picked up at the library or on our website.
- Multiple entries per person will be accepted.
- Entries must be received by 5pm on Saturday, March 28, 2015
Contact the Teen Librarian, Allison Cusher or the Children’s Librarian, Sarah Banister for more information.
Entry forms will be available at the library or can be printed from home here: Bookmark Contest 2015
The Grafton Public Library will remain CLOSED on Saturday January 24 due to Winter Storm Iola.
In celebration of National Readathon Day, please stay home and curl up with a good good book! Why not take a photo and post to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or your favorite social media site? Tag it #timetoread and join readers across America in sitting down to read a book this afternoon – committing to read for up to four straight hours.
Stay safe and warm today!
The December (yes, December!) Calendar is ready! As always, check our EVENTS Calendar for a listing of programs but we wanted to highlight some upcoming Children’s Room activities:
December 1st will bring Sugarplum, our Library Elf, for her annual visit. She likes to do different activities every day and children are invited to come in and find her and complete their elf card. Collect 5 stickers on the card and then pick from our prize bin!
Write your letter to Santa at the Library – supplies and mailbox provided!
Make the Library one of your stops on December 7th during Grafton Celebrates the Holidays. We’ll have crafts, stories, Storywalk plus a holiday concert with David Polansky at 3:30 p.m. – Library open from 1-4:30
Celebrate Harry Potter Month and join us December 26th at 1 p.m.for a viewer’s choice screening of one of the Harry Potter movies. Please note, some movies are rated PG or PG-13 and may be inappropriate for very young children.
Ring in 2015 with GPL at our New Years Eve at Noon Party on December 31st at 11:30 a.m. We’ll have music, bubbles, and a special countdown at noon!
Be sure to stop by during school vacation week to make a special winter craft, play a board game, or have a go at a Minute-to-Win-it challenge.
ALSO this month:
Once Upon a Storytime at the Willard House – December 3rd at 2:30 p.m. Please call 508-839-3500 to register.
First Fridays with Mr. Kim, Music and Movement Program for Preschoolers – December 5th at 10 a.m. Registration opens on November 28th.
Storytimes resume the week of December 15th with PreK STEM Storytime at Unibank, Library Babies, Toddler Time, and Preschool Storytime. Please see the Events Calendar for the details.
Professional Storyteller Diane Edgecomb will lead families and children 6 and older in discussions about children’s stories on topics such as fairness, courage, and persistence. The sessions will be held Saturdays 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. on October 18 and 25; November 1, 15, 22 and 29th (no session on November 8th). This six-week program is free and families who attend regularly will receive a canvas book bag and a free book!
Family Adventures in Reading (FAIR) comes to the Library through a grant from Mass Humanities, an organization that conducts and supports programs that use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life in Massachusetts. FAIR is currently funded in part by the generous support of the Staples Foundation for Learning.
Diane Edgecomb is a professional, award winning storyteller and author with over twenty-five years of experience. Visit Diane’s website to learn more!
Space is limited. For more details or to register for this six-week program, please contact the Children’s Room at 508-839-4649 xt.4 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Grafton Public Library is pleased to announce the availability of 3 new online databases to Library cardholders and visitors. To access click on the “Research” tab.
BookFlix for grades K-3 is a collection of digitized picture books paired with information books. Themes include animals, ABCs & 123s, Family and Community, and more! Watch the animated version, listen to the audio track only, or read on your own.
ScienceFlix for grades 4-9 is a collection of digital information articles, videos, tools and resources including science news, Information about careers in science, and science experiments! Topics include astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, technology and more.
BookFlix and ScienceFlix require a Library Card—the smartest card in your wallet!—for access outside of the Library building.
Consumer Reports Online is a database of expert ratings, reviews and buying advice on thousands of products. Review categories include Cars, Electronics, Home & Garden, Babies & Kids and more. Consumer Reports Online is now available for in-house use only at the Library, and current and back issues of our print subscription are now available for checkout. To access Consumer Reports online, see a staff member to log on.
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!