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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 www.awelearning.com. For more details about the ELS station, please contact Sarah Banister, Children’s Librarian, at 508-839-4649 or by email at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

 

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Seminar: Learn How to Maximize your Social Security income

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Facilitator David M. Aditays is employed with the Spartan Group and will present this complimentary, no-obligation workshop October 15th 7 p.m. Discover tips and strategies that can help you generate the highest possible income to meet your household needs and goals, such as:
• When may be the best time to start taking Social Security benefits;
• How taking payments now or later can impact the amount of your Social Security income;
• What married couples can do to increase their overall benefits; and
• What’s the best long term strategy for your situation.

For more details or to register for the program, please contact Beth Gallaway at 508-839-4649 or by email at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

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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 graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com, go to Dr. Nowell’s website,  or call us at 508-839-4649 x1102.

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New Databases for Kids, Teens and Adults!

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The Grafton Public Library is pleased to announce the availability of 3 new online databases to Library cardholders and visitors. To access click on the “Research” tab.

BookFlix for grades K-3 is a collection of digitized picture books paired with information books. Themes include animals, ABCs & 123s, Family and Community, and more! Watch the animated version, listen to the audio track only, or read on your own.

ScienceFlix for grades 4-9 is a collection of digital information articles, videos, tools and resources including science news, Information about careers in science, and science experiments! Topics include astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, technology and more.

BookFlix and ScienceFlix require a Library Card—the smartest card in your wallet!—for access outside of the Library building.

Consumer Reports Online is a database of expert ratings, reviews and buying advice on thousands of products. Review categories include Cars, Electronics, Home & Garden, Babies & Kids and more. Consumer Reports Online is now available for in-house use only at the Library, and current and back issues of our print subscription are now available for checkout. To access Consumer Reports online, see a staff member to log on.

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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 mass.gov/libraries 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 graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

 

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

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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 graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

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