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.
BUILD A BETTER WORLD Summer Reading 2017 at the Grafton Public Library!
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW is on our
Summer Reading 2017 Full Calendar!
Download our 2017 Full Calendar of Events
for info on programs, prizes, earning tickets, voting for new animal buddies & Food for Fines!
* For programs where sign up is required, registration begins 2 weeks before the program.
The 2017 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, Apple Tree Arts, Willard House & Clock Museum, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Join us for the first-ever celebration of iconic DC Super Hero Wonder Woman. Honor the 75-year legacy of the Amazon Princess with a special raffle of a life-size cutout of the pop culture icon, and pick up a special Wonder Woman comic book, while supplies last.
Saturday, June 3 from 1:00-3:00 pm
In this special Crafternoon, participants will each receive their own copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith. Paint, poke, create, destroy, and wreck – to create a journal as unique as you are. For anyone who’s ever had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or a sketchbook comes Wreck This Journal, this illustrated book challenges readers to muster up their best mistake – and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book – or destroy them.
At this program we will have a bunch of supplies out to get you started on your journal.
This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. Please REGISTER for this program.
Yes, we do! We have a growing selection of games for kids, teens, adults and families to borrow (3 weeks with 1 renewal) from the Library.
We also carry lawn games too (bocce, horseshoes, and croquet) just in time for the summer!
See the full ONLINE LIST of games and toys at the GPL.
Drop-in Saturday, May 6 and grab a free comic of your choice – titles for every age/aesthetic. While supplies last!
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Check out the programs for Teens:
Teen Crafternoon: Harry Potter IncrediBuld
Tuesday, April 18 2:00-4:00 pm
Build and paint an amazing piece from Harry Potter! Choose from a Snitch or a Niffler. Kits will be available on a first come, first served basis and we will have 5 of each design available.This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. Please register at graftonlibrary.org/events.
Lego Build: Sea Turtle (session 1)
Wednesday, April 19 6:00pm-6:45pm
This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. Join for a special Earth Day themed LEGO Build! Registration begins April 12th. Please register at graftonlibrary.org/events.
Lego Build: Sea Turtle (session 2)
Thursday, April 20 3:00pm-3:45pm
This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. Join for a special Earth Day themed LEGO Build! Registration begins April 12th. Please register at graftonlibrary.org/events
Teen Movie Night: Fantastic Beasts (PG-13) @
Thursday, April 20 6:30 pm
This free program is for teens in grades 6-12 only. Snacks will be served.
Saturday, April 22 1-3 pm
Come and play Super Smash Bros on our WiiU. Feel free to bring your own nerdy items (like Magic The Gathering cards) or play one of our dozens of board games. This free program is for teens in grades 6-12.
In anticipation of the Summer Reading Program for 2017,” Build a Better World”, the focus of this year’s Community Read is all about buildings, their architecture, and the amazing minds behind their creations, specifically Frank Lloyd Wright.
Pick up a copy of one of the Community Read books and
check out the upcoming Community Read Events!
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting in Oak Park, Illinois, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.
Young Adult Title:
The Wright 3 by Blue Balliette
In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra, and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Robie House from being demolished.
Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty;
illustrated by David Roberts
Ever since he was a baby, Iggy Peck has built towers, bridges, and buildings, which comes in handy when his second grade class is stranded on an island during a picnic.
Programs for Adults & Teens:
Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Coloring March 2 7:00-8:30 pm
Join us for an evening of Frank Lloyd Wright inspired coloring. You’ll be able to choose from postcards, stain glass coloring designs (that will look great in your window) or one of Wright’s iconic buildings. All supplies will be provided.
This program is for adults and teens in grades 6-12. Sign up is not required.
Make Frank Lloyd Wright style coasters March 6 7:00-8:00 pm
Exercise your craftiness. Celebrate the Friends of the Library Community Read selections by making Frank Lloyd Wright style coaters.
This program is for adults. Please register for this program.
Community Read Book Discussion: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan March 14 7:00-9:00 pm
Due to snow storm on Tuesday, the Community Read discussion will be rescheduled. The new date is TBA.
The Community Read discussion of the book will be held at the South Grafton Community House located at 25 Main Street, South Grafton. At 7pm refreshments will be served and chatting encouraged. Then at 7:30pm the book discussion will begin. Please register for this program. Copies of the book are available at the library.
The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright with Architect Kenneth Best March 20 7:00-8:00 pm
Join architect Kenneth C. Best (AIA, ALA, CSI) and learn more about famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Please register for this program. Ken is an architect at DRA (Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc). When he joined the firm, he brought with him expertise in historic preservation, a commitment to sustainable design and a passion for buildings that serve the public. He believes that his designs should not only meet the needs of the client, but should also enhance the experiences of users and have a positive impact on the community served. Public libraries make up a large percentage of his portfolio but, over his 35 year career, he has handled a variety of building types.
Programs for Children:
LEGO Club: FLW Style March 8 3:30-5:00 pm
Join for a special Community Reads edition of LEGO Club! Build a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired creation, from a prairie style house to arts and craft style mosaics. For grades 1-6. Please register for this program. Please note our unattended child policy: 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!
Community Read Storytime & Craft March 21 3:30-5:00 pm
Join us as we read our Community Read book-Iggy Peck, Architect–and then design and build your own home. All-ages. Please register for this program. The Children’s Room will be available for limited use during this program. Please note our unattended child policy: 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!
Join Jan Barlow of Apple Tree Arts in this introductory class. Class is limited to 8 participants. Ukuleles will be available for the first 5 registrants to borrow. Participants must commit to attending all 4 classes (that includes teens and adults!) on March 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Participation is limited to ages 13 and up. Registration is required, please call 508-839-4649. Classes will be held at Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common, 3rd floor classroom.
Registration opens Wed Feb 1!
Preview our Build a Better World Summer Reading Program Theme for 2017 with these great activities for school-age children!
Please note our unattended child policy: 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!
CLOSED for President’s Day
10am-1pm: LEGO Free Play, gr. K-5
6:30pm: Movie Screening: The LEGO Movie
3-5pm: Coding with Minecraft* gr. 2-5 RVSP
10am-1pm: Drop in LEGO Craft, gr. K-5
2-5 pm: LEGO Tween Craft, gr. 2-5 RVSP
6:30pm Teen Movie Night: Suicide Squad (PG-13) Gr 6+
10am-1pm Domino Challenge, gr. K-5
2-3pm Family Yoga* gr. Pre-K-5 RSVP
gaming and more, gr 6+
*off site at Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road