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April School Vacation Week – Programs for Kids!

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April 20-24 is school vacation week! The Library will be hosting a variety of activities for children to participate in throughout the week. We will have no morning storytime sessions this week as we focus on school age children. Events are as follows:

April 21 – LEGO free play from 10am-4pm. Drop-in, bring a friend and build something together!

April 21 – Writing Workshop for ages 8-12 from 2-3:30pm. Join Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian, and Sarah Banister, Children’s Librarian, for an afternoon of fun writing activities! They will provide the prompts and exercises…you just sharpen your pencil (or keyboard)! Registration is required for this program.

April 22- Earth Day! We will have a “green” drop-in craft all day.

April 23 – Nail Art with Nina Park program for ages 8-12 from 3-4:30pm. Award-winning artist Nina Park will show us techniques for creating amazing nail art. Registration is required for this program.

April 24 – In honor of National Poetry Month, we will be having an open, all ages Poetry Workshop from 10am-4pm. Try your hand at different types of poetry! Examples will be provided. This program blends art, craft and writing.

To register for a program, please call 508-839-4649 or email

Storytimes will resume their regular schedule on Monday, April 27. Storytimes will run until May 15.

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Nail Art with Nina Park

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Award-winning artist Nina Park will be here to teach us about the care of our nails and how to design amazing nail art. Take a look at some of her very cool art on her Instagram profile “ninanailedit”. Supplies will be provided for creating your own nail art designs.

Kids’ session is 3-4:30 p.m. Ages 8-12
Teens’ session is 5-6:30 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12
Adults’ session is 7-8:30 p.m. Ages 18+
Please sign up in the library or by email

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Library Babies Storytime

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Tuesdays @ 10am

March 17th-May 5th

(No program on Tuesday, April 21st)


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 fingerplays.

Spring 2015 Handout


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Silly Science

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Silly Science Storytime*

Mondays @ 10:30am

March 16th-May 4th

(No program on Monday, April 20th)

Silly Science Storytime is a 30 minute program for children ages 3.5 – 5.  Join us for a STEM- themed storytime that feature math and science themes. Location: UniBank, 89 Worcester Street, Grafton

March 16th Week #1 Shapes Handout

March 23rd Week #2 Green Handout

March 30th Week # 3 Birds  Handout

April 6th Week # 4 Sound Handout

April 13th Week # 5  Solid, Liquid, Gas Handout

April 27th Week # 6 Weather

May 4th Week # 7 Robots

May 11th Week #8 The Sense of Touch

 *Registration Required

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Kids Event ~ Community Read: Letting Swift River Go Book Discussion and Craft

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Join us for a special book discussion and craft in focused on Letting Swift River Go by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Barbara Cooney. Suitable for ages 5-12, Letting Swift River Go relates Sally Jane’s experience of changing times in rural America, as she lives through the drowning of the Swift River towns in western Massachusetts to form the Quabbin Reservoir.

This program is presented in celebration of the Friends of the Library’s 2015 Community Read, Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara, about a love triangle, set, just as Massachusetts Water Authority is deciding whether to flood several MA towns to create a reservoir.

Registration is required and copies of the book are available to check out at the Library. Books will also be available for sale at the event. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact 508-839-4649 or email

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Bookmark Contest for Grades K-12

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Friends of the Grafton Public Library Bookmark Contest – Love Your Library!

What do you love about your library? Design, draw and color your own bookmark for a chance to win the Friends of Library Bookmark Contest! Winning designs will be made into official full-color bookmarks for the Library. Entries will be judged according to each age appropriate category: Grades K-3, Grades 4-6, and Grades 7-12.

Winners will receive their own set of laminated bookmarks, an art book to keep and one given to the library in your name, and bragging rights with your first name and grade on the back of your bookmark. Please note the following guidelines:

  • Original entries only—no tracing or use of copyrighted images, such as cartoon characters and clipart.
  • This contest is open to all students in K-12 who live in Grafton or who use the Grafton Public Library regularly.
  • The bookmark design needs to be related to the theme of “Love Your Library” but does not need to include that phrase.
  • Children who attend home school should enter the comparable level.
  • All entries must be clear and reproducible.
  • If you include words, check for correct spelling and that the writing is clear and fits the space well.
  • Entries should be submitted on the appropriate form and returned to the library. Forms can be picked up at the library or on our website.
  • Multiple entries per person will be accepted.
  • Entries must be received by 5pm on Saturday, March 28, 2015

Contact the Teen Librarian, Allison Cusher or the Children’s Librarian, Sarah Banister for more information.

Entry forms will be available at the library or can be printed from home here: Bookmark Contest 2015

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UniBank Grants Early Literacy Station™ to Grafton Public Library

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????????????????????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 For more details about the ELS station, please contact Sarah Banister, Children’s Librarian, at 508-839-4649 or by email at


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Brick Builders LEGO Club

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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 wish list at
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

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Harry Potter Fans, Apparate to the Library!

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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

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Writing Workshop: What’s in the Trash?

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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

Please register for the program by calling 508-839-4649 or emailing

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