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Lecture: A Parent’s ADHD Overview: 11 Strategies for Common Home & School Challenges

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Dr. David Nowell presents an interactive, high-energy, and practical introduction to ADHD at the Grafton Public Library Monday October 6 from 7-8pm.

Does your child have difficulty starting or completing homework? Does he seem “addicted” to video games? Does she struggle with organization and focus? Has your child been diagnosed or treated for ADHD, or do you or his teachers strongly suspect that he might have symptoms? Join neuropsychologist Dr. Nowell for this interactive, high-energy, and practical introduction to ADHD. Learn what current brain research tells us about medication as well as non-medication interventions. Discover practical solutions for managing some of the more common ADHD-related problems at home and school, and bring your specific questions to the program.

Bio: Dr. David Nowell is a clinical neuropsychologist in Northborough who speaks internationally to teachers and counselors on the topic of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He is passionate about motivation and fully engaged living, and writes a popular blog at Psychology Today.

This program is free and open to the public. To sign up, email the library at, go to Dr. Nowell’s website,  or call us at 508-839-4649 x1102.

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Win a Comic Book Prize Package!

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Library Card Signupexcelsior! Contest!


Share why you value your library card using a Library Card Sign-up Month word balloons (pick up at the Grafton Public Library or download now) or create your own. Creativity is encouraged!

Share on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #LibraryCardSignUp or add to the American Library Association’s My Library Card…” Flickr pool between September 2-23, 2014.



All participants will be entered in a drawing for a comic book prize package, which will include:

Official rules and details of the promotion are available online at

Are you one of the 8,000 residents that doesn’t have a Grafton Public Library Card yet? A Library Card is the smartest card in your wallet, and your key to borrowing over 40,000 items from the Grafton Public Library and millions of holdings worldwide.

Your first Library card is FREE, and replacement card fees will be WAIVED during the month of September. Proof of residency is required to get a card.

Adults who sign up for their first library card during the month of September will get a free cup of coffee courtesy of the Friends of the Grafton Library.
Teens who sign up will be entered into a raffle for a $25 movie gift card.
Children ages 0-12 who get their first library card this September will receive an “I Love Reading” lanyard for the card, and we have removed the age requirement for getting a card.

A Grafton Library Card is valued at per $29.60 per person—about the cost of a hardcover book–but the value of the card is approximately $850 if you borrow just one book a week!

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What’s That Noise!?

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Expect a little noise & dust as we get our ductless A/C installed for the comfort of patrons, staff, & materials! Sorry for any discomfort! If we need to close the Children’s Room Friday or Monday for part of the day, we will try to provide as much advance notice as possible, and will make materials for youth available in the Main Reading Room. Thanks for your understanding!

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Thank You, UniBank!

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A big THANK YOU to UniBank- 89 Worcester Street (rt 122)- for giving us this wonderful batch of books as a Random Act of Kindness. We’re so grateful to UniBank for all that they do for us, and for hosting our popular Monday STEM Storytime.


Stop by the Children’s Room to see these great new easy readers featuring popular characters, and science-themed picture books!


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LEGO Brick Builders program!

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Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.
April 10, 17, & 24
Ages 6-12

Drop in and design your own creation, or build a specific model.
Jean, the Library LEGO lady, will provide tons of bricks, and building resources to browse or take home.
Come and create with us!

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Put on your PJs, Smile & Say “Cheese!” National Library Snapshot Day is coming to Grafton!

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On Tuesday April 8, the Grafton Public Library will join libraries across the Commonwealth and the nation to provide a “snapshot” of what happens in a day in the life of libraries. How many books are checked out? How many people receive help finding a job? Doing their taxes? Doing their homework? During Snapshot Day, libraries will collect data and photos that help demonstrate the value of libraries and raise public awareness that libraries are busier than ever.

Coincidentally, Snapshot Day coincides with Pajama Day at the Library. Staff will be in PJs to promote the new Tuesday evening PJ Storytime that starts at 6:15 pm.

“We’re looking forward to a fun, busy day that helps us show how much our residents use their library,” said Gallaway. Busy days are the norm at libraries across the state. Over the past decade, libraries in Massachusetts have experienced a dramatic surge in usage, including a 50% increase in library visits and a 29% increase in circulation. In 2012 Grafton attendance was down due to the Library closure during the ADA renovation, but in 2013, program attendance increased by 52%, the number of reference questions increased by 140%, and circulation increased by 7%, compared to 2012.

Everyone can participate! We’ll have a photo release on hand for those will allow us to document their library use. Patrons can also use twitter #snapmass14 to post comments about the ways they use the Library, even if they aren’t physically in the library on April 8, said Beth Gallaway, Library Director. Don’t forget to follow @graftonpublib on Twitter!

Nationally, Snapshot Day is supported by the American Library Association, which will
compile state data to provide a national perspective of a day in the life of libraries.
Massachusetts Library Snapshot Day is presented by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Massachusetts Regional Library System, the Massachusetts Library Association, the Massachusetts School Library Association, and Boston Public Library.
Visit or contact for more information; for more details about Snapshot Day in Grafton, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 or by email at


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New time!! Minstrel Storyteller Mary Jo Maichack coming to Children’s Room Friday, February 21st!

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Mary Jo Maichack

Minstrel storyteller Mary Jo Maichack will performs a short wintery tale of kindness at the Grafton Public Library on FRIDAY, February 21 at 3:00 p.m. Learn to retell the story, and discover tips for being on stage. We’ll break to make glittery silver pine cones, then gather to hear participants tell or read the tale using the pretty pine cone. This easy-to-tell tale and bauble make perfect Valentine gifts, too.

Don’t miss this chance to hear a professional, national award-winning storyteller! Space is limited; this program is appropriate for ages 4 & up. For more details or to register for the program, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1103 or by email at

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Grafton Public Library’s “Storytellers” Debuts On Grafton Community Television

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Beth_New“Storytellers,” a new Grafton Community Television program produced in cooperation with the Grafton Public Library, debuts on Monday, December 16th on Charter Channel 11 / Verizon Channel 34. The half-hour program showcases members of the Grafton Library staff reading stories from books available in the Grafton Library or freely online from a variety of sources.

The first episode features Library Director Beth Gallaway reading from three Christmas holiday classics–“Yes Virginia, There is A Santa Claus,” (the famous 1897 New York Sun editorial by Francis Church) Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” and Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Fir Tree.”

“Storytellers” is produced by GCTV Lead Access Assistant Bob DeToma. In-house studio segments were directed by Grafton Public Access Coordinator Kris McMullin. It will be broadcast on GCTV’s Channel 11 / Verizon Channel 34 on Monday, December 16th at 7:00 AM, Saturday, December 21st at 9:00 AM, and Sunday, December 22nd at 11:30 AM.

According to Bob DeToma, “In our continuing effort to reach out to members of the community, we’ve established a working relationship with the talented staff of the Grafton library, resulting in our new program, ‘Storytellers.’ ”

Grafton Community Television provides programming on three distinct public access channels in the Town of Grafton over the Charter Communications and the Verizon cable systems. Monthly schedules and information for Grafton Community Television Channels can be found at and Charter Channel 11/Verizon Channel 34 provides general interest programming, Charter Channel 12/Verizon Channel 33 broadcasts town government programming, and Charter Channel 13 /Verizon Channel 32 features school programming and high school sports events.

The nest session will feature stories from Barefoot Books.



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Award-winning musician David Polansky ‘Celebrates the Holidays’ at the Grafton Public Library

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david polansky 2The Grafton Public Library is proud to be part of Grafton Celebrates the Holidays and is very pleased to host musician David Polansky in concert, Sunday, December 8th at 3:00 p.m. at 35 Grafton Common. David Polansky’s music is frequently humorous, sometimes serious, and always clever and engaging. Join us for a concert of holiday tunes and be prepared to sing!

The library will also be open from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. for cocoa and candy canes, letter writing to Santa, and story times read by one of Santa’s Elves. Be sure to leave time to follow our first-ever Storywalk, that starts and ends at the library and goes around the Grafton Common. Goodie bags will be available for children. Everyone is welcome!

For more information or questions, please contact Beth Gallaway, Director, at 508-839-4649 or

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One Tough Transisiton

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The start of school is something we prepare for over weeks and months. The first-day pictures, the new backpack, a trip to the shoe store… all of these symbolize the start of a new school year.

For some of our young ones, though, a challenge is on the horizon. Nope, it’s not the very-first-timers, the preschoolers and the kindergarteners. We’ve been reading separation stories, practicing our kissing hands and shaping their view of school in earnest for weeks. The ones with the tougher transition? The new first graders.

All of a sudden, they’re big kids. School has now become work: it requires sitting still for long periods of time and concentrating in more than short bursts. It’s exhausting. It’s become so much more about rules and rigidity. Homework is harder, and counts for more than ever. Afterschool meltdowns can be frequent and frustrating for everyone. And all too often, parents and kids are unprepared.

Even full-day kindergarteners can have trouble with first grade. There’s not much down time compared to last year, and the physical requirements of staying still and keeping focus are enough to wear them out.

What’s a parent to do when faced with after-school agitation? There are a few things that can help. First, recognize the wonderful compliment your child is paying you by melting down at home. Yes, I know, it sure doesn’t feel like a compliment to have your child yelling at you that they don’t want to do that, but it is. They’ve been on their best behavior all day and finally, at home with you, they feel safe to let their feelings out. Prepare for the transition to home by leaving twenty minutes of downtime as soon as they get home. Have a healthy snack and just let them be. Don’t ask too many questions. Think about that “just a few minutes of peace and quiet” that you crave when you get home from work, and give it to your child. It’s a gift you’ll both be grateful for.

Second, wait a while before scheduling after-school activities or even too many errands. Going straight from school to soccer or piano just lengthens the time and attention requirements of your child. To expect a child to go straight from their school day to a round of errands in the car leaves no time for movement or relaxation. Be willing to allow a short nap if needed – this usually doesn’t last more than a month at the most.

Third, plan a time for homework that’s not right after school. When I bring work home, I rarely look at it before dinner is over. By then I’m rested, fed and ready to concentrate again. Kids deserve the same chance to unwind and regroup.

Last, but certainly not least, leave time for play. Play is the work of children, and they’re doing much less of it every day at school. Children often process things they’re thinking about through their play, and that’s important. To a seven year old, not everything can be talked out; many issues require a different kind of processing. Play allows that to happen. Unstructured play provides the glue that holds knowledge in place. It builds connections in the brain and allows for emotional release.

Still having a tough time after more than a month or so? Don’t hesitate to check in with your pediatrician, have your child’s eyes checked, and talk to his or her teacher. This is an important transition. Their lives will look more or less the same for the next twelve years. It’s up to us to help them learn how to handle it well and balance their lives.



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