Join the Grafton Public Library and the Grafton Recreation Dept for a town wide summer celebration!
Games! Pie Eating Contest, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Dunk Tank & more!
Music! Live music from local groups!
Food! BBQ ($), Cotton Candy & other treats! Mrs. Cones from Grafton Country Store’s Cones on the Common, will be handed out discounted ice cream coupons from 12-1pm.
Mark your calendars! Next Saturday, July 23 is Fun in the Sun; an all new free fun event put on by the Grafton Recreation Department and the Grafton Public Library. Located at Nelson Park from 11am-2pm, there will be a water slide, inflatable obstacle course, a moon bounce with a snow cone table, and carnival games from Crystal Entertainment Services Inc. There will also be pie-eating contests and relay races in which you can win tickets and along with the tickets you can win from the carnival games you can turn them in for prizes at the prize tent. The Big Splash will also be there; dare your friends to sit under the bucket of water and for a donation to the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, you can try to throw a ball to spill the bucket and get them soaked!
Local groups will also be there providing information and hosting activities such as the Boy Scouts with relay races, the Girl Scouts with a pinwheel-making table, youth football and lacrosse with ball throwing stations and possibly the Farmers Market with seed planting and more.
Location: Nelson Park, 6 Prentice Street, North Grafton
Wed Aug 17: Game of Phones
You’ve spent hours together: late night sitcom binges, getting lost on road trips, looking through your old photos… Your phone is practically your best friend. Now you can invite your phone to the library for some fun. Get to know your friends and their BFFs (i.e. their phones) with Game of Phones, the card game that puts your internetin’ skills and jam packed photoroll to good use. It’s like a scavenger hunt on your phone! Each round you and your pals take turns judging each other on your googling abilities, photo snapping prowess, social clout and much more. While you and your smartphone win the “Find your best #selfie” round with that pic you took while SCUBA diving last summer, your buddy across the table picked up the card for “Create an emoji masterpiece.” Your relationship with your phone will finally be rewarded when you win Game of Phones.
Don’t forget to bring your phone!
Wed Aug 24: Big Picture Apples to Apples
Big Picture Apples to Apples will prove that a picture is worth a 1000 words and a million laughs. It’s still as easy as comparing “apples to apples” – players just select the picture card from their hand that they think is most like a green card played by the judge. The player whose card is picked by the judge wins an Apple Chip. First player to collect five chips wins the game.
Please register for Game of Phones and/or Big Picture Apples to Apples. These free programs are for teens in grades 6-12 and is limited to 12 participants. Each participant will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer prizes. Additionally, one lucky winner will go home with a free book.
The Rhode Island Computer Museum is coming on Wednesday, June 29 at 1:00 pm to present Robots on the Run. This workshop for teens aims to explain basic circuits and instructions on how to build a simple robot. You will learn programmable electronics and receive instructions for making lights blink, motors run, sounds and a lot more. We’ll take time to learn about interactive software titled “Arduino” and you can create your own sample “Robot”.
Please register for this program.
If you are a gadget geek, science nerd, budding engineer or other electronics-obsessed loved one, come build a robot with us. Bring your broken electronics and we’ll take them apart with you to learn about circuits.
The presentation is part of ongoing traveling exhibits by the Rhode Island Computer Museum. This Workshop is partially supported by IEEE-USA K-12STEM Literacy Committee’s outreach program.
North Street and Millbury Street Elementary Schools
Suggested titles, not required.
Students entering 2nd Grade
Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
Cam Jansen series by David Adler
Ready Freddy series by Abby Klein
Geronimo Stilton series by Geronimo Stilton
Horrible Harry series by Suzy Kline
Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown
Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant
Mr. Putter and Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant
Franklin series by Paulette Bourgeois
Students entering 3rd Grade
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
Owen and Mzee: The True Story about a Remarkable Friendship by Craig Hatkoff
A-Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy
Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker
39 Clues series by Various Authors
The Spiderwick Chronicles series by Tony DiTerlizzi
Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
Students entering 4th Grade
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Amber Brown Goes Fourth by Paula Danziger
Awfully Short for Fourth Grade by Elvira Woodruff
Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows
Fudge series by Judy Blume
Time Warp Trio series by Sarah Varon
Meg MackIntosh by Lucinda Landon
Rose by Nikki Giovanni
Students entering 5th Grade
Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig
The Friendship by Mildred Taylor
Dear America series by Various Authors
The Sister Grimm series by Michael Buckley
Charlie Bone series by Jenny Nimmo
The Magic Thief series by Sarah Prineas
The 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury by Jack Prelutsky
The Blue Fairy Book series by Andrew Lang
Shimmer and Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life by Jim Arnosky
Students entering 6th Grade
Rules by Cynthia Lord
The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings by Alan M. Gratz
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Heat by Mike Lupica
Egypt Game by Zipha Keatley Snyder
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Chaldenko
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman
Middle School: The Real Deal by Juliana Farrell and Beth Mayall
The Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch
Suggested Authors: Jerry Spinelli, Jack Gantos, Anthony Horowitz, Andrew Clements, Nancy Farmer, Sharon Creech, Walter Dean Myers, Avi, C.S. Lewis, Paul Zindel, Jane Yolen
Online Learning – Elementary Schools
Wonderopolis – check out the Wonder of the Day!
Raz-Kids – use your school login to keep on readin’!
Kids InfoBits – requires Library card to login
Research in Context (formally InfoTrac Jr. Edition) – requires Library card to login
Encyclopedia Britannica – requires Library card to login
Pronunciator (upgrade from Mango Languages for foreign language learning!) – requires Library card to login
Bookflix – requires Library card to login
Educational Television – use your Library card to borrow these great programs on dvd
Grafton Middle School
One Book, One School – Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
Grafton High School
Select one of the following:
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Truck: A Love Story by Michael Perry
Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Senior Year: A Father, A Son, and High School Baseball by Dan Shaughnessy
Jupiter’s Travels: Four Years Around the World on a Triumph by Ted Simon
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr
Nefertiti: A Novel by Michelle Moran
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Once a Runner: A Novel by John L. Parker Jr.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders by L. David Marquet
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Paper Towns by John Green
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
Behold a Pale Horse: Exposing the New World by Milton William Cooper
Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin
This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman
It Was Me All Along: A Memoir by Andie Mitchell
Broken Road: Turning My Mess Into a Message by Tony Collins with Bethany Bradsher (on order)
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope by Tom Brokaw
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Martian by Andy Weir
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living by Jason Gay
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
ON YOUR MARK, GET SET…READ! Summer Reading 2016 at the Grafton Public Library!
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW is on our Summer Reading 2016 Full Calendar! Download for info on programs, prizes, earning tickets, Food for Fines!
The 2016 Summer Reading Program hosted by the Grafton Public Library has an EXERCISE theme this year! All ages are encouraged to participate.
Registration begins June 1. Register by picking up a Summer Reading tote bag – it’s that easy!! The tote will be filled with a calendar of events, bookmarks, current list of museum passes, and in the children’s bags an IOU for a Davis Farmland pass.
After registering, you can earn raffle tickets for amazing cool prizes! Winners will be chosen in three age groups: adult, teen and kids. Winning is as easy as 1-2-3!
- Earn 1 raffle ticket for each day you visit the Library
- Earn 2 raffle tickets for each food item you donate to the Grafton Food Bank (Max of 20 tickets/10 items per person)
- Earn 3 raffle tickets for each Library program you attend
Prizes: Oh boy, the PRIZES!!! Grand Prize – Winner’s Choice from one of the following prizes:
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Check out ALL of the prizes on the GPL Summer 2016 Full Calendar of Events!!
Food for Fines: Donate to the Grafton Food Bank instead of paying your overdue fines this summer! The Library will accept non-perishable, unexpired food, toiletries and school supplies from June 20 – August 31 in lieu of fines. Food for Fines may not be used to pay for lost or missing materials, printing or faxing fees, or replacement library cards.
Grafton Public Library supports Grafton Public Schools – stop in for your summer reading titles!
Sponsors: The 2016 MA Statewide Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Grafton Public Library, the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, the Town of Grafton, the Grafton Recreation Department, Trek Stop, Apple Tree Arts, Willard House & Clock Museum, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. Rated PG-13.
Popcorn and snacks will be served.
This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. Please register for this program.
Drop in Saturday, May 7 to choose a comic from our free selection (while supplies last)!
As the name implies, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops, or in this case, the Grafton Public Library.
Preview the selection here. (Not all titles may be available.)
Love comics and graphic novels? Read even more titles online for free with your Library card at ComicsPlus!
The Library is offering a 4-week class session titled “Getting to Know Your Ukulele.” This class will be taught by Jan Barlow of Apple Tree Arts and is for beginners ages 13 and up – teens and adults. The classes will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday May 10, 17, 24 and 31, and will meet at One Grafton Common, Grafton, MA. This free class is limited to 12 participants. Participants need to bring a ukulele to the class. The Library has 4 ukuleles available to check out for the course of the session and the instructor also has 1 ukulele for loan. Please stop by the Library or call 508-839-4649 to register for this program and reserve a ukulele.
Create your own or turn your favorite emojis into a magnet for your locker.
Saturday, April 9 from 1-3 pm. This program is free for teens in grades 6-12. All supplies will be provided.
Please register for this program online or call 508-839-4649.
Celebrate the holidays by decorating cookies!
This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. All supplies will be provided.
Space is limited! Sign up in the library or by emailing the teen librarian.