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Teen Program: Computer Programming Workshop

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Thursday, March 12th 7 p.m.
Learn the basic concepts of Computer Science with drag and drop programming. Discover repeat-loops, conditions, and basic algorithms with the help of your favorite characters from Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. Or use the same coding concepts to create Frozen artwork with Elsa and Anna. Ages 12-18, please register by calling 508-839-4649 or email acusher@cwmars.org

 

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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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Nerdfighters!

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What is a Nerdfighter, you ask? Well, if you’re wondering that, you probably are one. Don’t worry: it’s a good thing. If you want to know more, join us for our first meeting at the Grafton Public Library on Saturday, January 31st from 1-4pm. We’ll watch vlogbrothers videos, learn more about Nerdfighters, share our nerdiness, and plan future Nerdfighter events. Snacks are also a definite.

Nerdfighters originally started with New York Times bestselling author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) and his brother Hank. In 2007, the two brothers decided, in an attempt to reconnect, to communicate exclusively by videoblog, or vlogging, for a whole year, removing all textual communication. Along the way, they had created more than videos, but an entire community of unique and creative people. These people are commonly referred to as Nerdfighters. Years later, that community is stronger than ever, with vlogbrothers channel being in the Most Subscribed Channels of All Time list on You Tube and spawning many other successful projects, such as DFTBA Records, VidCon, CrashCourse, SciShow and hankgames. More information about Nerdfighters can also be found at http://nerdfighters.ning.com/.

For more details or to register for the program, please contact Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian, at 508-839-4649 or by email at acusher@cwmars.org

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New Year brings New Programs for Teens!

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Starting in January 2015, the Grafton Public Library will be offering a series of two new programs for teens in grades 6-12.

Teen Art Coalition
If you love to make things, this new monthly program is for you! One Saturday each month, there will be a 3-hour workshop as part of our Teen Art Coalition. Our first workshop will focus on knitting and will be held on Saturday, January 17th from 1-4pm. Whether you are an experienced knitter or have never picked up needles before, you are welcome to come. If you are already working on a knitting project you can bring that, or you can use our supplies. New knitters will receive a free set of needles, yarn and instructions.

Nerdfighters
Nerdfighters originally started with New York Times bestselling author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) and his brother Hank. A nerdfighter is a person who is proud to be nerdy and intelligent, and who fights to decrease WorldSuck. Nerdfighters are not composed of cells and tissue, but instead made entirely of awesome. Nerdfighters are known to perform their Happy dances when they are joyful, and each Happy dance is unique to its respective Nerdfighter. Nerdfighters are diverse in their hobbies, which can range from writing Nerdfighter songs to playing D&D. Nerdfighters have also been described as someone who is “outgoing, intelligent, and awesome enough to accept nerd as a compliment.”
If you think you are a Nerdfighter or what to know more join us for our first meeting on Saturday, January 31st from 1-4pm. We’ll watch vlogbrothers videos, learn more about Nerdfighters, share our nerdiness, and plan future Nerdfighter events. Snacks will be served.

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Harry Potter Fans, Apparate to the Library!

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Alert to all you Muggles and fans of Harry Potter – put down your potions and stop by the Grafton Public Library, Platform 35 Grafton Common, for some fun activities this December!
Just for Teens
• DIY Harry Potter Ornaments, Saturday, December 6th at 3 p.m.: Create Harry Potter themed ornaments to adorn your tree or house this year.
• Harry Potter Trivia Challenge, Saturday, December 20th at 3 p.m.: Put your Harry Potter knowledge to the test!

For all ages
• Harry Potter Movie: Viewer’s Choice! Friday, December 26th at 1 p.m. : Join us as we continue to celebrate Harry Potter with an afternoon movie. Everyone who shows up will get to vote on which movie we watch, the movie with the most votes wins! Popcorn and drinks will be served. This program is for all ages but please keep in mind the movies range in rating PG to PG-13.

We have also recently added to 2 new titles to our Harry Potter collection. Stop in to check out Harry Potter : the Creature Vault : the Creatures and Plants of the Harry Potter Films by Jody Revenson and Unauthorized Harry Potter and the Art of Spying by Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest.

For more details or to register for a program, please contact Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian, at 508-839-4649 or by email at acusher@cwmars.org

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Teen Program: Writing Workshop

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Join us for a special writing workshop to celebrate National Writing Month, November 24, 2014 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Teens will be given a secret writing challenge and time to write. Sharing at the end is encouraged!

Pens and paper will be provided but feel free to bring your own notebook, laptop or tablet if you wish. Twizzlers will also be provided (the best writing aide ever!).

This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. Sign up in the library or by emailing the teen librarian.

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Mockingjay Part 1 is coming!!

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HUNGER GAMES WEEK!!!
Mockingjay Part 1 is coming!! In theaters November 21st, we just have to get ready for the release with some fun activities!

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Tuesday, November 18th from 7-8:30 pm – Book Page Bracelet
Celebrate the upcoming release of The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 by creating a book page bracelet from a Hunger Games book. All supplies will be provided.

Wednesday, November 19th from 7-8 pm – Fan Fiction Discussion
In this discussion we will talk about fan fiction – reading it, writing it, and sharing it.

Thursday, November 20th from 7-8 pm – Mockingjay Book Discussion
Come discuss Suzanne Collin’s Mockingjay before it arrives in theaters. Snacks will be provided.

Saturday, November 22nd from 2-4 pm – Hunger Games Monopoly
Play a life-sized, fast-paced version of Monopoly with a Hunger Games twist.

These programs are for teens in grades 6-12. Sign up in the library or by emailing Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian, acusher@cwmars.org.

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CANCELLED: TeenHalloween/Day of the Dead Party

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Due to low enrollment, we have cancelled this session.

Celebrate Halloween and the Day of the Dead together! Enjoy snacks while watching the movie, Hocus Pocus (PG). Missed our Day of the Dead Skull Shirt program? This is your second chance! Just bring a plain shirt or tote bag (colored will be best) with you.

Please register by calling 508-839-4649 or email acusher@cwmars.org.

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Teen Read Week October 12-18th

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Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun and a time for taking advantage of reading in all its forms —books, magazines, e-books, audio books and more! The Grafton Public Library celebrates Teen Read Week™ (October 12-18, 2014) with the theme Turn Dreams into Reality @ your library and will celebrate with special events and programs:
• Wed. October 15th at 7pm – Dream Interpretation Workshop: Join dream interpreter Loralee Dubeau to explore types of dreams, why we dream, tips to remember dreams and beginner dream interpretation
• Thur. October 16th at 6:30pm – Soul Surfer Movie Night: This is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her left arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again. This movie is rated PG. Snacks will be served.
• Fri. October 17th at 3:30pm – Journal Decorating: Whether you want a dream journal or it’s your dream to be a writer, this program allows you to customize your own notebook. All supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own photos.
These programs are for teens in grades 6-12. Sign up in the library or by emailing the teen librarian.
Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. It is held annually during the third week of October. For more information, visit http://teenreadweek.ning.com/.

For more details or to register for a program, please contact Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian, at 508-839-4649 or by email acusher@cwmars.org

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Teens’ Mad Scientist Party, August 16th 2-4 p.m.

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Grab your lab coat and join Mad Scientist (aka Teen Librarian) Allison as she helps you create your own ice cream. Celebrate the summer at this last chance to earn tickets for our Summer Reading prizes. Please call or email the Library to register for this program.

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