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Storytime Resumes Week of September 11

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Storytimes will be starting the week of September 11!

The session will run the week of September 11th through October 21st. 

REGISTRATION: Please note some storytimes require registration while others are drop-in. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to start date of program.

  • Please register one participant at a time. You must register every child participating. Unregistered children will not be able to participate.
  • Please adhere to age recommendations when registering your child.   If your child is not an appropriate age, they will be removed from the registration list.

Silly Science @ UniBank is a 45 minute storytime program for children ages 3-5 years. Join us for a STEM- themed storytime that features math and science themes.

Registration is required for this program. Register ONLINE or call 508-839-4649 xt 1103. The program will run on Monday mornings 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2 & 10/16 at 10:15 am. Participants must commit to the entire 5 week session.

Location: UniBank, 89 Worcester St., Grafton

 

Preschool Storytime is a 30-minute program for children ages 3.5-5.  Join us as we share stories, songs, felt board fun, and movement activities.

Registration is required for this program. Register ONLINE or call 508-839-4649 xt 1103. The program will run on Tuesday mornings 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10 & 10/17 at 10:15 am.  Participants must commit to the entire 6 week session.

 

Toddler Time is a 30-minute program for children who are walking-age 3 years.

We will share stories, sing songs, enjoy movement activities, and recite rhymes and finger plays together.

This is a drop-in program; registration is not required. The program will meet on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am and 10:15 am. Please attend just one time slot. Session dates are 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11 & 10/18.

 

Join us at the Willard House Clock Museum for a special storytime, fun activities, and see a highlighted feature of the Willard House Clock Museum!

Ages 3 and up, siblings welcome. Please register for this program. Register ONLINE or call 508-839-4649 xt 1103.

This program meets once-a-month, second Wednesday of the month. This month’s date is September 13 at 1:30 pm.

Location: 11 Willard St, North Grafton, MA 01536

 

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 finger plays.

This is a drop-in program; registration is not required. The program will meet on Thursday mornings at 10:15 am. Session dates are 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12 & 10/19.

 

Join us Saturday mornings before the library opens for shorter, repeat showings of our most popular storytimes. 9/16, 9/30 & 10/14 will be Baby & Toddler Storytime, while 9/23, 10/7 & 10/21 will be Preschool Storytime.

This is a drop-in program; registration is not required.

 

The Children’s Room will be CLOSED for the duration of each storytime program. A selection of materials will be available in the Main Reading Room.

Please note our Storytime Policy: If there is no school, storytime programs are cancelled. If there is a half-day of school, morning storytimes are cancelled.

 

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 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 online at graftonlibrary.org/home/policies

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Edaville Family Amusement Park Summer Reading Incentive Program

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Did you know…Edaville Family Amusement Park has a Summer Reading incentive program through August 24?!!
Bring in your completed summer reading reports, charts and/or essays & receive one FREE Admission with a full priced adult admission ticket at the gate only. Kindergarten thru 6th grade only.
Stop by the Grafton Library to pick up a reading log and when the kids have finished logging their reading, we will stamp it for you to present to Edaville.

Question? Visit the EDAVILLE Summer Reading Reward website.

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Mr. Kim in Concert

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It wouldn’t be summer without a Mr. Kim Concert on the Grafton Common! Come and listen to one of Grafton’s favorite musicians at this family-friendly concert. We recommend that you bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket, or even a picnic dinner!

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Diane Edgecomb Presents Stone Soup! And Other Heartwarming Tales

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Thursday, July 20 1:00-2:00 pm

Building Community is more fun than ever when seen through the eyes of stories and songs from cultures around the world. These inclusive tales show us how sweet it is when everyone contributes right down to the tiniest Bee! Diane’s full-out entertainment has audience volunteers taking part: learning a Chinese crane dance in the legend of the Lord of the Cranes, singing in many languages and working together to make a huge pot of Stone Soup in Diane’s unusual re-telling of this classic story.

Please REGISTER each member of your party.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.

 

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Grafton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Once Upon a Storytime

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Wednesday, July 26 10:15 – 11:15 am

Join us for a special storytime, fun activities, and see a highlighted feature of the Willard House Clock Museum!

Ages 3 and up, siblings welcome. Please REGISTER for this program.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.

 

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Green Cleaning with Leslie Reichert

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Build a Better World this summer with the “Martha Stewart Of Green Cleaning”, Leslie Reichert. She is a cleaning expert that uses her sparkling personality, great sense of humor and contagious passion to encourage her fans and followers to think differently about their cleaning products. Leslie Reichert is known as a Green Cleaning Coach and she is changing the world – “one spray bottle at a time”. She is a national lecturer, a frequent home keeping expert on Martha Stewart Living Radio, Kmart’s Cleaning Expert and author of the book: The Joy Of Green Cleaning- a handbook for DIY cleaners.

Using a cooking show format, Leslie will demonstrate how to mix up your own cleaners and will give participants samples to take home and try.

She has been published in Real Simple, This Old House, Fit Magazine, Shape Magazine, Woman’s Day, Woman’s World, Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies Home Journal, USA Today, Huffington Post and many more.

Please REGISTER for this program.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.

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“Build a Better World” by helping out – Boston Children’s Blood Mobile

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Stop by the Library and hop on the Boston Children’s Hospital Bloodmobile. A short 30-minute whole blood donation can help as many as 4 children.
To donate you must be in good health and weigh at least 110 lbs. In MA, 16 year olds may donate blood but are required to have a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to donating. Print a copy of this form if you need it. If you are 17 and older, you just need to bring a form of photo ID with you.
How to Prepare to Donate Blood:
Make sure you are well hydrated at the time of your donation. Try and limit the amount of caffeinated beverages you consume prior to giving blood.
Do not donate on an empty stomach. Each a good meal at least three hours prior to giving blood.
Get a good nights rest prior to coming in to donate.
If in the past your hemoglobin has been low, you can raise it by eating iron rich food. For a list of food rich in iron click here.
Remember to bring a photo ID with you when you come to donate.
For further eligibility requirements click here .
Walk-ins are welcome, appointments are preferred. Sign up here for your appointment now.
Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.

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Jerome Wheelock Birthday Party!

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Jerome Wheelock, born on June 20, 1834, donated money to the town of Grafton to build a public library. Celebrate his 183rd birthday with us with games and cake on the Common! Join us for a free party with field day games, raffles, face painting, snow cones, and a bounce house! Bring a picnic lunch or plan to purchase food from our vendors; birthday cake and lemonade will be provided!Come join in the fun at the free 90th anniversary celebration of the Grafton Public Library filled with family friendly activities like field day games, musical performances with Mr. Kim and Miss Jan from Apple Tree Arts, delicious refreshments and raffle prizes on June 24, 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Grafton Common.

The event is hosted by the Grafton Public Library, Friends of the Library and the Trustees at the Grafton Common to commemorate the 1927 opening of the library and the birthday of Jerome Wheelock, the Grafton resident who provided the funding for the library. The public is welcomed.

During the event, Mr. Wheelock will stroll through the Common and talk a bit about his steam valve inventions and vision for the Library. In 1902, he bequeathed $100,000 for the town to build a library. Oscar Thayer, a well-known architect designed the colonial Georgian style building that was completed in 1927. Mr. Wheelock’s only request in return for his generous donation was to have a statue of him placed on the Common. Party goers may visit this heroic statue at the far end of the Common.

Rain Date: June 25th from 11:00 – 3:00 PM. Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.
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April Vacation Week Programs for KIDS!

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Check out the programs for Kids!

DROP-IN Lego Free Play
Tuesday, April 18 10:00am-12:00pm
Come on in and build! Grades PreK-5

Movie Night: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13)
Tuesday, April 18 6:30pm
This movie is rated PG-13 and may not be appropriate for very young children. The Children’s Room will close at 6:00 pm for this program.

Tween Crafternoon: Garden Crafts
Wednesday, April 19 1:00pm-2:30pm
Grades 3-5 Celebrate Spring with some seasonal crafts. Please register at graftonlibrary.org/events.

LEGO Build: Sea Turtle (session 1)
Wednesday, April 19 6:00pm-6:45pm
Grades 3+ (No exceptions). Join for a special Earth Day theme Build! Registration begins April 12th. Please register at graftonlibrary.org/events.

DROP-IN Paper Airplanes
Thursday, April 20 10:00am-12:00pm
Fold ‘em and then…drum roll please…Fly ‘em! Grades PreK-5

LEGO Build: Sea Turtle (session 2)
Thursday, April 20 3:00pm-3:45pm
Grades 3+ (No exceptions). Join for a special Earth Day themed LEGO Build! Registration begins April 12th. Please register at graftonlibrary.org/events.

DROP-IN Domino Challenge
Friday, April 21 10:00am-12:00pm
Grades PreK-5.  Line them up and knock them down!

Family Yoga
Friday, April 21 1:00pm-2:00pm
Bend and stretch and …breath! GradesPreK-5 Program will be held at the Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road. Registration opens on April 1st. Please register at graftonlibrary.org/events.

 

Please note our unattended child policy which applies to all programs: under age 7, parent must remain in proximity; ages 8-12, parent must remain in building,13+ may be unattended.

Thank you for your cooperation!

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Sign up for the Library’s eNewsletter and enter to win a GPL Tote Bag!

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Delivered to your inbox up-to-date news on the Library Expansion Project as well as info on upcoming programs/events. You’ll be informed and you won’t miss a thing!

Also, be entered to win 1 of 3 beautiful and handy GPL Tote Bags ($20 value)!

 

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