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Ukulele Class in October with Jan Barlow of Apple Tree arts

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The Grafton Public Library is offering a 4 week class session titled “Getting to Know Your Ukulele.” This class will be taught by Jan Barlow of Apple Tree Arts and is for beginners ages 9 and up (that includes teens and adults too!). The classes will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday in October beginning October 6th and will meet at the Congregational Church of Grafton, 30 Grafton Common, Grafton, MA. This free class is limited to 8 participants. Participants need to bring a ukulele to the class. The Library has 4 ukuleles available to check out for the course of the session and the instructor also has 1 ukulele for loan. Please stop by the Library or call 508-839-4649 to register for this program and reserve a ukulele.

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Friday Fun with Mr. Kim Returns!

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Mr. Kim is coming back to the Grafton Public Library for more Friday Fun on October 9th! Friday Fun with Mr. Kim is a monthly music and movement program for preschoolers ages 2 and up. Mr. Kim Webster, a faculty member of the Grafton based non-profit music organization Apple Tree Arts, weaves music and puppetry to entertain and educate young musical minds. The program will take place on the second Friday of each month, October through May. Registration opens one week prior to the program (the first Friday of each month) and anyone on the wait list will automatically be placed in the next months’ session. For questions or to register, please call the Library at 508-839-4649.

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Friends Announce “Why Do We Need A Library?” Essay Contest

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The Friends of the Grafton Public Library invite you to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to share your thoughts about libraries. In 500 words or less, tell us why we need a library. The contest runs September 8-30.

Essays and poems will be judged on originality and persuasiveness by a panel of community leaders and Friends of the Grafton Public Library members. Prize winners and runner ups will be awarded in each of three age categories: Elementary School (children in grades 1-6); Middle & High School (grades 7-12), and Adult (age 18 and over).

One winner will be selected from each age group to receive a $25 gift card of choice and the opportunity to read their poem or essay for GCTV. Each category will also have a runner-up who will receive a $10 Down Under gift card. Prizes are generously donated by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library. Winning entries will be posted on the Library’s website ( after October 4, 2015.

2015 Friends of the Grafton Public Library Essay Contest Entry Form-Cover Sheets are available for pick up at the Library.

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Programs Relocated to Municipal Center

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As you may have noticed there is construction going on in the library. While our walls get repaired from ice damaged that happened over the winter some of our programs are moving offsite to allow the repair work to get done.

The following programs will be held on the 2nd floor (either room E-2 or 33) of the Municipal Center (30 Providence Road):

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


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Summer Reading 2015…This summer we will be celebrating HEROES of all shapes and sizes!

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Vote for your favorite superhero every week in our Superhero Showdown

This summer we will be celebrating HEROES of all shapes and sizes!
Birth – Grade 5: Every Hero Has A Story
Grade 6-12: Unmask!
Adults: Escape the Ordinary

REGISTER & Be a Super Reader!
Kids, teens and adults can now register for Summer Reading!

Beginning July 1st, you can log your reading hours and write book reviews.

EARN TICKETS TO WIN PRIZES!  It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
1 Ticket every day you visit the library from July 1-August 15
2 Tickets for every short book review you submit online starting July 1st
3 Tickets for attending a program during summer reading


Summer Reading Kick-off Celebration! Saturday, July 11th with a Superhero Carnival on the Grafton Common!

For a full overview of the Program Calenders, click on the following links:

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Also check the Library’s website Event Calendar for program dates and times.

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“Love Your Library” Bookmark Contest Winners Announced!

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The Friends of the Grafton Public Library are pleased to announce the winners of the “Love Your Library” Bookmark Contest. One winner from each age group was chosen: Grades K-3, Grades 4-6, and Grades 7-12.

Ella from Grade 1 created a cat inspired “Reading is Prrrfect” design.
Sophia from Grade 6 created a rainbow and open book design.
Lydia from Grade 7 created a The Fault in Our Stars (a John Green novel) reading inspired design.

Congrats to our winners who will receive a set of laminated bookmarks, an art book, and an art book donated to the library in their name.

Stop by the Grafton Public Library to see all the winning designs and pick up a bookmark!

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Library to Close for Memorial Day Weekend

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Memorial Day from Saturday May 23-Monday May 25, 2015. No items are due on closed dates. The Library will reopen at 10AM on Tuesday, May 26.

Museum passes for Saturday or Monday may be picked up in advance Thu (10-9) or Fri (10-5).

Please visit our digital branch online to read a newspaper, check out an ebook, learn a new language, and more!

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Scratch Programming Workshop for Kids

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Scratch (is a free design program for games, quizzes, short films, book trailers, and presentations. It was created by students at MIT.

Set up a free account with Scratch and explore animating a sprite, changing a background, and adding music and sound effects in this seminar style workshop–everyone’s a teacher, everyone’s a learner! Ages 10-14. RSVP 508-839-4649 x1103 or email

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Once Upon a Story at the Willard House & Clock Museum June 3rd 1:30 p.m.

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Once Upon a Story is a storytime program for children ages 3 and up. Join us for stories and fun activities, and see a highlighted feature of the Willard House Clock Museum! Siblings welcome.
Registration is required – please call the Willard House at 508-839-3500
Location: Willard House and Clock Museum, 11 Willard Street, Grafton

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