Grafton Public Library

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September & STORYTIMES are coming!

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Storytimes will be starting the week of September 11!

The session will run the week of September 11th through October 21st. 

REGISTRATION: Please note some storytimes require registration while others are drop-in. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to start date of program.

  • Please register one participant at a time. You must register every child participating. Unregistered children will not be able to participate.
  • Please adhere to age recommendations when registering your child.   If your child is not an appropriate age, they will be removed from the registration list.

Silly Science @ UniBank is a 45 minute storytime program for children ages 3-5 years. Join us for a STEM- themed storytime that features math and science themes.

Registration is required for this program. Register ONLINE or call 508-839-4649 xt 1103. The program will run on Monday mornings 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2 & 10/16 at 10:15 am. Participants must commit to the entire 5 week session.

Location: UniBank, 89 Worcester St., Grafton

 

Preschool Storytime is a 30-minute program for children ages 3.5-5.  Join us as we share stories, songs, felt board fun, and movement activities.

Registration is required for this program. Register ONLINE or call 508-839-4649 xt 1103. The program will run on Tuesday mornings 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10 & 10/17 at 10:15 am.  Participants must commit to the entire 6 week session.

 

Toddler Time is a 30-minute program for children who are walking-age 3 years.

We will share stories, sing songs, enjoy movement activities, and recite rhymes and finger plays together.

This is a drop-in program; registration is not required. The program will meet on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am and 10:15 am. Please attend just one time slot. Session dates are 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11 & 10/18.

 

Join us at the Willard House Clock Museum for a special storytime, fun activities, and see a highlighted feature of the Willard House Clock Museum!

Ages 3 and up, siblings welcome. Please register for this program. Register ONLINE or call 508-839-4649 xt 1103.

This program meets once-a-month, second Wednesday of the month. This month’s date is September 13 at 1:30 pm.

Location: 11 Willard St, North Grafton, MA 01536

 

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 finger plays.

This is a drop-in program; registration is not required. The program will meet on Thursday mornings at 10:15 am. Session dates are 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12 & 10/19.

 

Join us Saturday mornings before the library opens for shorter, repeat showings of our most popular storytimes. 9/16, 9/30 & 10/14 will be Baby & Toddler Storytime, while 9/23, 10/7 & 10/21 will be Preschool Storytime.

This is a drop-in program; registration is not required.

 

The Children’s Room will be CLOSED for the duration of each storytime program. A selection of materials will be available in the Main Reading Room.

Please note our Storytime Policy: If there is no school, storytime programs are cancelled. If there is a half-day of school, morning storytimes are cancelled.

 

PARENTS/CAREGIVERS:

CAN YOUR CHILD BE ALONE AT THE LIBRARY?

Children are always welcome at the library.  However, the library is a public building and very busy on a daily basis.  For the protection and well-being of children, the Grafton Public Library has established an Unattended Child Policy.

Please note that program attendees must also comply with the Library’s Unattended Child Policy:

  • 0-7 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times;
  • 8-12 must be accompanied by parent/guardian remaining in the Library;
  • 13+ may be unaccompanied provided child is able to use Library independently and follow the Library’s Code of Conduct.
  • Children under age 13 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over the age of 14.

All library policies are online at graftonlibrary.org/home/policies

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Edaville Family Amusement Park Summer Reading Incentive Program

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Did you know…Edaville Family Amusement Park has a Summer Reading incentive program through August 24?!!
Bring in your completed summer reading reports, charts and/or essays & receive one FREE Admission with a full priced adult admission ticket at the gate only. Kindergarten thru 6th grade only.
Stop by the Grafton Library to pick up a reading log and when the kids have finished logging their reading, we will stamp it for you to present to Edaville.

Question? Visit the EDAVILLE Summer Reading Reward website.

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Mr. Kim in Concert

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It wouldn’t be summer without a Mr. Kim Concert on the Grafton Common! Come and listen to one of Grafton’s favorite musicians at this family-friendly concert. We recommend that you bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket, or even a picnic dinner!

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Toto the Tornado Kitten Returns!

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Come and meet the Grafton Public Library’s favorite cat and author: Toto and Jonathan Hall!

In June 2011, Brimfield, MA was hit by a tornado. Author Jonathan will read Toto’s story and then you’ll get a chance to meet the famous cat! Books will be available for purchase and signing from the author.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.

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Writing Workshop with Author Julie Berry for Tweens & Teens

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Join Julie Berry, author of Splurch Academy, The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, All the Truth That’s In Me and The Passion of Dolssa, for a special creative writing workshop On Monday, July 31 at the Grafton Memorial Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road, ROOM D.

Where do stories come from? What are the six things all stories need? Julie will help you plan a story from start to finish.

Ms. Berry will have copies of her book available for purchase and signing.

TWEEN session is from 4:00-5:00 pm. TWEEN Registration is required.

TEEN session is from 5:30-6:30 pm. TEEN Registration is required.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.

 

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Fun in the Sun on Saturday July 22!

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Join the Grafton Public Library and the Grafton Recreation Department  for a town wide summer celebration!

Games!  Music! Food! Henna!

Meet your town’s youth groups & organizations and enjoy a day of activities for all ages!

Stop by this free family event to enjoy games, activities, and music plus visit booths from your local youth groups including girl scouts, boy scouts, football and cheer, lacrosse and more.

Games and activities may include a dunk tank, inflatable obstacle course, pie eating contest, bubble soccer, carnival games and more. Everybody loves henna! Stop by and get a breath-taking temporary henna tattoo from Mandy.

Food will also be available for purchase.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.

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Diane Edgecomb Presents Stone Soup! And Other Heartwarming Tales

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Thursday, July 20 1:00-2:00 pm

Building Community is more fun than ever when seen through the eyes of stories and songs from cultures around the world. These inclusive tales show us how sweet it is when everyone contributes right down to the tiniest Bee! Diane’s full-out entertainment has audience volunteers taking part: learning a Chinese crane dance in the legend of the Lord of the Cranes, singing in many languages and working together to make a huge pot of Stone Soup in Diane’s unusual re-telling of this classic story.

Please REGISTER each member of your party.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.

 

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Grafton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Once Upon a Storytime

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Wednesday, July 26 10:15 – 11:15 am

Join us for a special storytime, fun activities, and see a highlighted feature of the Willard House Clock Museum!

Ages 3 and up, siblings welcome. Please REGISTER for this program.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.

 

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Jerome Wheelock Birthday Party!

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Jerome Wheelock, born on June 20, 1834, donated money to the town of Grafton to build a public library. Celebrate his 183rd birthday with us with games and cake on the Common! Join us for a free party with field day games, raffles, face painting, snow cones, and a bounce house! Bring a picnic lunch or plan to purchase food from our vendors; birthday cake and lemonade will be provided!Come join in the fun at the free 90th anniversary celebration of the Grafton Public Library filled with family friendly activities like field day games, musical performances with Mr. Kim and Miss Jan from Apple Tree Arts, delicious refreshments and raffle prizes on June 24, 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Grafton Common.

The event is hosted by the Grafton Public Library, Friends of the Library and the Trustees at the Grafton Common to commemorate the 1927 opening of the library and the birthday of Jerome Wheelock, the Grafton resident who provided the funding for the library. The public is welcomed.

During the event, Mr. Wheelock will stroll through the Common and talk a bit about his steam valve inventions and vision for the Library. In 1902, he bequeathed $100,000 for the town to build a library. Oscar Thayer, a well-known architect designed the colonial Georgian style building that was completed in 1927. Mr. Wheelock’s only request in return for his generous donation was to have a statue of him placed on the Common. Party goers may visit this heroic statue at the far end of the Common.

Rain Date: June 25th from 11:00 – 3:00 PM. Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.
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Summer Reading 2017!

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BUILD A BETTER WORLD Summer Reading 2017 at the Grafton Public Library!

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW is on our
Summer Reading 2017 Full Calendar!
Download our 2017 Full Calendar of Events
for info on programs, prizes, earning tickets, voting for new animal buddies & Food for Fines!

* For programs where sign up is required, registration begins 2 weeks before the program.

The 2017 MA Statewide Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Grafton Public Library, the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, the Town of Grafton, the Grafton Recreation Department, Apple Tree Arts, Willard House & Clock Museum, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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