Grafton Public Library was recently awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for $7,500.00 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). “We’re excited about the innovative local library projects being developed with the help of these grants,” said Cindy Roach, Head of Library Advisory and Development at the MBLC. They benefit local residents and communities.”
Grafton’s grant, titled Full STEAM Ahead! focuses on providing science, technology, engineering, arts, and math services for preschoolers. The intent is to provide learning experiences that engage the preschooler’s curiosity of the concepts of science and introduce how arts and science intertwine with each other. During the project, the Library will collaborate with Grafton Public Schools, Tufts Veterinary School, UniBank and other community organizations.
Libraries use LSTA grants from the MBLC in a variety of ways, including implementing literacy programs that benefit all ages, increasing library access to underserved populations, providing advanced automation services, training staff, and preserving valuable historical documents.
In addition to the direct library grant program, the MBLC uses LSTA funds to support statewide programs and services, including summer reading programs, databases, the Commonwealth eBook program, the Commonwealth Catalog (the new virtual catalog), and mass.gov/libraries which provides information and resources for residents.
LSTA is administered on the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in the Commonwealth by the MBLC. More information about LSTA can found at www.mass.gov/mblc.
As you may have noticed there is construction going on in the library. While our walls get repaired from ice damaged that happened over the winter some of our programs are moving offsite to allow the repair work to get done.
The following programs will be held on the 2nd floor (either room E-2 or 33) of the Municipal Center (30 Providence Road):
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Independence Day from Friday July 3 through Sunday July 5, 2015. No items are due on closed dates. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 6.
Museum passes for the weekend may be picked up in advance on Thursday July 2 (10am-9pm). Please do not make reservations for the weekend after the Library closes at 9pm on Thursday, as no one will here Friday, Saturday or Sunday to give out the pass.
Please visit our digital branch online to read a newspaper, check out an ebook, learn a new language, and more!
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
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 Clouds Handout
May 4th Week # 7 Robots Handout
May 11th Week #8 The Sense of Touch
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com, go to Dr. Nowell’s website, or call us at 508-839-4649 x1102.
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.