The Grafton Public Library thanks UniBank for partially funding the acquisition of an Early Literacy Station™ (ELS) through the UniBank Charitable Giving Program. An ELS is a standalone tablet computer (not connected to the Internet) that comes preloaded with over 70 educational software programs for kids ages 2–8. Since space is such an issue in our Library, we are so excited to have a portable tablet ELS that we can use in-house and take on the road.
The ELS is designed to support school readiness and early education while making learning exciting and engaging. The applications span reading, language arts, math, science, STEM, social studies, writing, graphic arts, typing, music, and more. The content is correlated to Common Core standards. Software features popular characters from Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Squarepants.
“The Early Literacy Station is an invaluable resource for our toddlers to 5th grade students,” says Sarah Banister, Children’s Librarian. “The tablet decreases the digital divide in our community by providing access to touch screen technology and learning software. As with all technology, parent supervision and limits are encouraged in making our ELS part of a balanced media diet.”
The ELS will be available in the Children’s Room in the New Year. UniBank for Savings is a community bank with ten area branches. AWE is a provider of digital learning solutions for young children that inspire a lifetime of learning. For more information, visit www.awelearning.com. For more details about the ELS station, please contact Sarah Banister, Children’s Librarian, at 508-839-4649 or by email at email@example.com
Calling all master builders ages 8-12! Join us for an informal LEGO program in the Main Reading Room at the Grafton Public Library on Wednesday January 21 from 3:30-5 pm. We will provide one model to replicate, one activity, and free build time. Space is limited, registration is required. Registration opens January 2, 2015.
Got an old set of LEGO bricks in the basement or attic? Drop off LEGO in good condition at the Library .We’ll even sanitize them so you don’t have to! Don’t have old LEGOs, but still want to help? Feel free to purchase new sets or buckets of LEGO to donate, or purchase through our Amazon.com wish list at www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/15KP1LOVKYJDN
Donating to the Library is tax deductible (we’ll provide proof, but cannot assess value).
For more details, to register, or to donate Legos, please contact the Library’s Children’s Room, at 508-839-4649 x4 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alert to all you Muggles and fans of Harry Potter – put down your potions and stop by the Grafton Public Library, Platform 35 Grafton Common, for some fun activities this December!
Just for Teens
• DIY Harry Potter Ornaments, Saturday, December 6th at 3 p.m.: Create Harry Potter themed ornaments to adorn your tree or house this year.
• Harry Potter Trivia Challenge, Saturday, December 20th at 3 p.m.: Put your Harry Potter knowledge to the test!
For all ages
• Harry Potter Movie: Viewer’s Choice! Friday, December 26th at 1 p.m. : Join us as we continue to celebrate Harry Potter with an afternoon movie. Everyone who shows up will get to vote on which movie we watch, the movie with the most votes wins! Popcorn and drinks will be served. This program is for all ages but please keep in mind the movies range in rating PG to PG-13.
We have also recently added to 2 new titles to our Harry Potter collection. Stop in to check out Harry Potter : the Creature Vault : the Creatures and Plants of the Harry Potter Films by Jody Revenson and Unauthorized Harry Potter and the Art of Spying by Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest.
For more details or to register for a program, please contact Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian, at 508-839-4649 or by email at email@example.com
Participants, ages 9-12, will have the opportunity to pick through a “stranger’s” trashcan (no smelly banana peels – promise!) Piecing together crumpled letters, movie ticket stubs, and a slew of other items, they will use those scraps to write a short script or piece of fiction about the character they’ve glimpsed.
The first 12 participants to register will receive a free copy of Jen Malone’s book: At Your Service.
Jen Malone writes books for tweens and teens. Her debut At Your Service published with Simon & Schuster/Aladdin MIX in 2014 and her new series, RSVP (Simon & Schuster), co-written with Gail Nall, launches with Book #1 in 2015. She has three young adult titles forthcoming with HarperCollins, beginning with Map to the Stars in Summer 2015. Jen lives outside Boston with her husband and three children, teaches at Boston University, loves school visits, and has a “thing” for cute hedgehog pictures. You can learn more about her and her books at www.jenmalonewrites.com.
Please register for the program by calling 508-839-4649 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.
A big THANK YOU to UniBank- 89 Worcester Street (rt 122)- for giving us this wonderful batch of books as a Random Act of Kindness. We’re so grateful to UniBank for all that they do for us, and for hosting our popular Monday STEM Storytime.
Stop by the Children’s Room to see these great new easy readers featuring popular characters, and science-themed picture books!