If you attended a Brickbuilders session this summer, you know how creative things can get!
Join us Wednesday, September 14 at 3:30 pm and design your own LEGO creation, or build a specific model! Bricks and Building Resources will be provided.
For kids in grades 3-6.
Please REGISTER online for this program or call 508-839-4649.
Please note: Children ages 8-12 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who will remain in the Library during the program.
Join us for one of our fall storytimes beginning the week of September 19!
September Calendar PDF
Silly Science Storytime @ UniBank
STEM themed storytime for ages 3-5.
Mondays 9/19, 9/26, 10/3 & 10/17 from 10:15-11:00 am
Please commit to the full 4 week session. Registration is required.
For ages birth through walking.
Tuesdays 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11 & 10/18 from 10:15-10:35 am
Drop-in program, registration is not required.
For children who are walking-age 3 years.
Wednesdays 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12 & 10/19
meets at 9:00 am OR 10:15 am
Drop-in program, registration is not required.
Saturday Storytime: Batman Day – stories and superhero craft
Saturday, September 17 9:00 am
Drop-in program for all ages, registration is not required.
Please note that we expect a parent or guardian over age 14 to be in attendance with any child under age 7, per the Library’s Unattended Child Policy.
“Once Upon a Storytime” is a program at the Willard House & Clock Museum for children ages 3-5. Join us for stories and fun activities, and see a highlighted feature of the museum! Siblings welcome! Please register for one or both upcoming dates:
Register HERE for August 17 at 10:30 am
Location: 11 Willard St, North Grafton, MA 01536
Artist Theresa Monteith will teach you how to carve a relief plate, add texture, apply inks, and print. Each participant will make several relief prints in black and white and colored inks printed on colored paper before they will be mounted to white paper.
For ages 10-14. Please register for this program.
Location: Grafton Memorial Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road
Join the Grafton Public Library and the Grafton Recreation Dept for a town wide summer celebration!
Games! Pie Eating Contest, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Dunk Tank & more!
Music! Live music from local groups!
Food! BBQ ($), Cotton Candy & other treats! Mrs. Cones from Grafton Country Store’s Cones on the Common, will be handed out discounted ice cream coupons from 12-1pm.
Mark your calendars! Next Saturday, July 23 is Fun in the Sun; an all new free fun event put on by the Grafton Recreation Department and the Grafton Public Library. Located at Nelson Park from 11am-2pm, there will be a water slide, inflatable obstacle course, a moon bounce with a snow cone table, and carnival games from Crystal Entertainment Services Inc. There will also be pie-eating contests and relay races in which you can win tickets and along with the tickets you can win from the carnival games you can turn them in for prizes at the prize tent. The Big Splash will also be there; dare your friends to sit under the bucket of water and for a donation to the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, you can try to throw a ball to spill the bucket and get them soaked!
Local groups will also be there providing information and hosting activities such as the Boy Scouts with relay races, the Girl Scouts with a pinwheel-making table, youth football and lacrosse with ball throwing stations and possibly the Farmers Market with seed planting and more.
Location: Nelson Park, 6 Prentice Street, North Grafton
“Once Upon a Story” is a program for children ages 3 and up. Join us Wednesday July 20 at 10:30 am for stories and fun activities, and see a highlighted feature of the Willard House & Clock Museum! Siblings welcome!
Attendees will earn 3 tickets to our end of summer raffle.
North Street and Millbury Street Elementary Schools
Suggested titles, not required.
Students entering 2nd Grade
Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
Cam Jansen series by David Adler
Ready Freddy series by Abby Klein
Geronimo Stilton series by Geronimo Stilton
Horrible Harry series by Suzy Kline
Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown
Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant
Mr. Putter and Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant
Franklin series by Paulette Bourgeois
Students entering 3rd Grade
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
Owen and Mzee: The True Story about a Remarkable Friendship by Craig Hatkoff
A-Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy
Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker
39 Clues series by Various Authors
The Spiderwick Chronicles series by Tony DiTerlizzi
Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
Students entering 4th Grade
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Amber Brown Goes Fourth by Paula Danziger
Awfully Short for Fourth Grade by Elvira Woodruff
Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows
Fudge series by Judy Blume
Time Warp Trio series by Sarah Varon
Meg MackIntosh by Lucinda Landon
Rose by Nikki Giovanni
Students entering 5th Grade
Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig
The Friendship by Mildred Taylor
Dear America series by Various Authors
The Sister Grimm series by Michael Buckley
Charlie Bone series by Jenny Nimmo
The Magic Thief series by Sarah Prineas
The 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury by Jack Prelutsky
The Blue Fairy Book series by Andrew Lang
Shimmer and Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life by Jim Arnosky
Students entering 6th Grade
Rules by Cynthia Lord
The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings by Alan M. Gratz
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Heat by Mike Lupica
Egypt Game by Zipha Keatley Snyder
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Chaldenko
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman
Middle School: The Real Deal by Juliana Farrell and Beth Mayall
The Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch
Suggested Authors: Jerry Spinelli, Jack Gantos, Anthony Horowitz, Andrew Clements, Nancy Farmer, Sharon Creech, Walter Dean Myers, Avi, C.S. Lewis, Paul Zindel, Jane Yolen
Online Learning – Elementary Schools
Wonderopolis – check out the Wonder of the Day!
Raz-Kids – use your school login to keep on readin’!
Kids InfoBits – requires Library card to login
Research in Context (formally InfoTrac Jr. Edition) – requires Library card to login
Encyclopedia Britannica – requires Library card to login
Pronunciator (upgrade from Mango Languages for foreign language learning!) – requires Library card to login
Bookflix – requires Library card to login
Educational Television – use your Library card to borrow these great programs on dvd
Grafton Middle School
One Book, One School – Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
Grafton High School
Select one of the following:
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Truck: A Love Story by Michael Perry
Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Senior Year: A Father, A Son, and High School Baseball by Dan Shaughnessy
Jupiter’s Travels: Four Years Around the World on a Triumph by Ted Simon
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr
Nefertiti: A Novel by Michelle Moran
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Once a Runner: A Novel by John L. Parker Jr.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders by L. David Marquet
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Paper Towns by John Green
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
Behold a Pale Horse: Exposing the New World by Milton William Cooper
Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin
This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman
It Was Me All Along: A Memoir by Andie Mitchell
Broken Road: Turning My Mess Into a Message by Tony Collins with Bethany Bradsher (on order)
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope by Tom Brokaw
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Martian by Andy Weir
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living by Jason Gay
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
ON YOUR MARK, GET SET…READ! Summer Reading 2016 at the Grafton Public Library!
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW is on our Summer Reading 2016 Full Calendar! Download for info on programs, prizes, earning tickets, Food for Fines!
The 2016 Summer Reading Program hosted by the Grafton Public Library has an EXERCISE theme this year! All ages are encouraged to participate.
Registration begins June 1. Register by picking up a Summer Reading tote bag – it’s that easy!! The tote will be filled with a calendar of events, bookmarks, current list of museum passes, and in the children’s bags an IOU for a Davis Farmland pass.
After registering, you can earn raffle tickets for amazing cool prizes! Winners will be chosen in three age groups: adult, teen and kids. Winning is as easy as 1-2-3!
- Earn 1 raffle ticket for each day you visit the Library
- Earn 2 raffle tickets for each food item you donate to the Grafton Food Bank (Max of 20 tickets/10 items per person)
- Earn 3 raffle tickets for each Library program you attend
Prizes: Oh boy, the PRIZES!!! Grand Prize – Winner’s Choice from one of the following prizes:
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Check out ALL of the prizes on the GPL Summer 2016 Full Calendar of Events!!
Food for Fines: Donate to the Grafton Food Bank instead of paying your overdue fines this summer! The Library will accept non-perishable, unexpired food, toiletries and school supplies from June 20 – August 31 in lieu of fines. Food for Fines may not be used to pay for lost or missing materials, printing or faxing fees, or replacement library cards.
Grafton Public Library supports Grafton Public Schools – stop in for your summer reading titles!
Sponsors: The 2016 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, Trek Stop, Apple Tree Arts, Willard House & Clock Museum, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Independence Day from Saturday July 2-Monday July 4, 2016. No items are due on closed dates. The Library will reopen at 10AM on Tuesday July 5.
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!
Thank you to those who served, and lost their lives in service to our country. Thank you to their families for their sacrifices.
Drop in to celebrate Jerome’s birthday! Try lawn games like croquet, bocce, and horsehoes from 9am-3pm for all ages at the Library! Bubbles, sidewalk chalk and other outdoor games will also be available. Enjoy our gardens, check out the Antiques fair on the Common, sign up for the 2016 Summer Reading Program, and visit with your friends and neighbors. Purchase historic and antiques books at our Friends of the Library book sale–proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library. Join us for cake and punch at 2:00pm.