The Friends of the Grafton Public Library announce the titles for Community Read 2019!
ADULT Title: TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
Description: A tale spanning 150 years and two continents re-imagines the peace efforts of democracy champion Frederick Douglass, Senator George Mitchell and World War I airmen John Alcock and Teddy Brown through the experiences of four generations of women from a matriarchal clan.
The Book Discussion will be held at the Grafton Historical Society located at 71 Main Street, South Grafton on Tuesday, March 12th. Join us for refreshments at 7:00 pm and the book discussion will begin at 7:30 pm. Please register for this program. Copies of the book are available at the library.
Can’t make it to the March 12 discussion? Join us for one of these alternate discussion times of TransAtlantic:
Daytimer’s Book Group Tuesday, March 19 1:30 pm
Reads Well with Others Book Group Monday, March 25 7:30 pm
TEEN Title: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Description: In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American South, uses his wits and skills to try to bring justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family’s freedom.
The Book Discussion will be on Monday, March 11 7:30 pm and will be held at the Grafton Public Library.
CHILDREN”S Title: Two friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass by Dean Robbins
Description: This story imagines what it was like when Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass got together for a cup of tea and discussed their struggle for civil rights.
Join us March 21 6:30 pm for a special storytime featuring 2019’s Community Read kid’s book, followed by a quick discussion. What historical figure would YOU like to have tea with? This brief program best suited for our older elementary school friends.
SAVE THE DATE – Upcoming related programs
We know you’ll want to also mark your calendar for April 28th’s program on Frederick Douglass, June 2nd’s program on the women in Frederick Douglass’ life, and July 5th’s Reading Frederick Douglass Together. The Grafton Historical Society, Grafton Public Library, and the Unitarian Universalist Soceity of Grafton and Upton are proud to bring you these amazing programs.
Join us Wednesday, February 27 1:15-1:45 pm for a special storytime at the Grafton Historical Society’s beautiful new South Grafton location.
This Preschool Storytime is a 30-minute program for children ages 3-5. Join Ms. Sarah and share stories, songs, and movement activities.
Please register for this event.
Registration will open two weeks before the event. Register ONLINE or by calling 508-839-4649.
Welcome to Grafton Ukulele Musicians (GUM), a partnership between Apple Tree Arts and Grafton Public Library.
We meet the second Thursday of every month. All levels are welcome and there is no fee. GUM meets on the third floor of Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common. This month we meet Thursday, March 14 from 6:30-8:00 pm.
Bring your ukulele and your singing voice to participate in this jam session lead by Miss Jan Barlow from Apple Tree Arts. Participants suggest the music and come together to play once a month. The Library provides copies of The Daily Ukulele: Leap Year Edition AND The Daily Ukulele on loan for use in the session.
Don’t have a ukulele? You can borrow a ukulele, as well! Brush up on your strumming skills or learn new chords with the Ukulele Course online at ArtistWorks, for free! A library card is required to access.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Jan Barlow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, February 20th – there are ten – 20 minute sessions to choose from!
Come and create a one of a kind confetti soap! Each participant will make their own soapy creation using glycerin based soap. And you’ll be able to take your soap with you at the end of the program and begin using it the next day.
This free program is open to adults, teens (grades 6-12) and kids (grades K-5). Children under the age of 10 must have a parent or guardian to lend a helping hand since the soap can get hot.
Each session is limited to 6 participants. Each participant must register separately. Parents/guardians are welcome to create their own soap while assisting a younger participant but they must also register for a slot.
This program will be held at the Grafton Municipal Center, Room D, which is located on the second floor. In order to keep the day running smoothly please arrive 5-10 minutes early so that each session can start promptly.
Only one soap/slot/sign up per person. Duplicate registrations will be deleted.
Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM Please go to the library Events Calendar and scroll down to February 20 to select your time and register.
Location: Grafton Memorial Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road, ROOM D
Saturday, March 16 12:00 pm
Kids in grades 3-5 can join Ms. Cyndi and Ms. Sandhya for a STEM activity that is hands-on fun! Registration is required, sign-up ONLINE or call 508-839-4649.
Saturday, January 26
Join us for a crafternoon of star making. You’ll learn how to fold these mini origami stars and take them home in your own wishing jar. Your wishing jar will make a great decoration piece but can also use the stars to make earrings, garland, mobiles and more. All supplies will be provided.
TWEENS in grades 3-5 will meet from 1-2 pm. Sign up is required and opens January 12th. Sign up ONLINE or call 508-839-4649.
TEENS in grades 6-12 will meet from 2:30-3:30 pm. Sign up is required and open January 12. Sign up ONLINE or call 508-839-4649.
Children in grades 3-5 can join Ms. Cyndi and Ms. Sandhya Saturday, January 19 from 12:00-1:00pm for a seasonal science activity that is hands-on fun! Registration is required. Please register ONLINE or call 508-839-4649.
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 all 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 posted online at graftonlibrary.org/home/policies.
Join us Thursday, January 10th at 6:15 pm for a special, seasonal, all-ages storytime. Listen to some sleepy stories before you head to bed. Pajamas, blankets and stuffed friends are encouraged!
Join us for one or more of these programs during school vacation week!
Kids Tinker Bags Wednesday, December 26 12pm – 9pm
Swing by the library and grab a Tinker Bag! Filled with miscellaneous odds & ends, there is no limit to what you can create with these grab bags. Work at the library or take one home. Don’t forget to bring your imagination!
Family Movie Night: The Incredibles 2 Thursday, December 27 6:30-8:30 pm
Join us for our Family Movie Night!
In INCREDIBLES 2, Helen is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack — whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone by their side. That’s what makes this family so INCREDIBLE. Rated PG.
LEGO Free Play Friday, December 28 10am – 2pm
All ages are welcome to stop in the Library and build with our large supply of Lego bricks! We will also have the Duplo bricks available for our younger builders. What can you build today?
New Year’s Eve at Noon Party Monday, December 31 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Can’t stay awake long enough to watch the ball drop? Ring in 2019 with your friends at the Library! We’ll have music, bubbles, and a special countdown at noon! For children of all ages and their families.
The BookWorm Book Clubs will be meeting again in February. The 3 book clubs, organized by grade, meet once per month to talk about the book of the month. Patrons can sign up on a monthly basis and do not have to commit to ongoing monthly meetings. Copies of the monthly book will be available to check out from the library.
Join Ms. Sandhya and Ms. Kristin at one of the following groups:
KINDERGARTEN friends will meet Monday, February 4 at 6:00 pm to read and discuss John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith and Presidents Day by Ann Rockwell.
FIRST & SECOND GRADE friends will meet on Monday, February 11 at 6:00 pm to discuss The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig and Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
THIRD, FOURTH & FIFTH GRADE friends will meet Monday, February 25 at 6:00 pm to discuss Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Dahl
Registration is required. Please register online www.graftonlibrary.org/events or call the Library at 508-839-4649 x1103 (#3 on our phone menu when you call!)
Please note that program attendees must 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.
The Children’s Room will be closed to regular business on these days from 6:00-6:45 pm to provide this program.