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 email@example.com
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!
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