Thursday March 6, 2014 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Ideal for Parents/Caregivers of children birth through age 5
Led by Jan Barlow of Apple Tree Arts, attendees of this seminar will participate in developmentally appropriate music activities that help children develop an array of skills including spatial awareness, body part identification, crossing the mid line, listening and learning how to follow directions. These activities also support the development of language, pre-reading skills, pre-math skills, cultural literacy and expression. Attendees will receive songs and exercise activities that help children develop these skills.
Best of all, children will experience joy while singing songs and moving their bodies when parents and care givers learn how to incorporate music and movement into the children’s daily activities.
Please register for this seminar by calling the Library 508-839-4649 xt 4or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Objectives for participants:
- Increase knowledge of why music, movement and music education is essential to children’s development.
- Increase knowledge of how music is a powerful tool for brain development, creative thinking and communication.
- Increase knowledge of ways to incorporate music into your families’ daily living and your comfort level with achieving this.
If you can not attend this seminar, Apple Tree Arts will be offering it again soon at other local libraries. Check the Apple Tree Arts website page for the other dates and locations.
Biography of Jan Barlow
The session is presented by Jan Barlow, education director of Apple Tree Arts, a nonprofit community music and theatre arts school based in Grafton. Jan has trained extensively in the MusikGarten curriculum and is Level 2 certified by the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. She is an alumna in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music and has a degree in Business Management from Dean College.
Jan oversees Apple Tree Arts’ early childhood music program. She has a passion for educating young children and their families during the informative early childhood years. She shares this passion through her music training programs for preschool teachers and day care providers and through the classes she teaches for children from birth through age nine.
Travel to Britain via the pages of the British Heritage magazine! The subscription was given to the Library in memory of Cliff Granger, a former Grafton resident of British ancestry. The Library wishes to thank Sheila Granger and Bev and Tom Mara for their generous donation.
Gifts are a lovely way to honor a loved one–books or materials may be purchased as a birthday gift, graduation gift, memorial tribute, or for any other occasion or rite of passage.Please see Library Director Beth Gallaway for details, or visit the Library’s wish list.
A complete list of magazines that the Library currently subscribes to is on our Pinterest magazine board.
Bored? Learn and play games from the Library’s Board game collection!
Sat 1/18 2-3:30 pm Consensus
Consensus is a fun and fast paced game that is simple to learn and requires no prior knowledge of anything whatsoever!
Thu 1/23 7-8 pm Reverse Charades
Reverse Charades is a hilarious twist on the classic game of charades. Instead of one person acting out a clue for a team to guess, in Reverse Charades, a team acts out the clues for one person to guess. The goal is to guess as many words as possible in 60 seconds.
Wed 7/29 7-8 pm Apples to Apples
Come and play the popular game of hilarious comparisons.
Wed 1/15 7-8 pm Ticket to Ride: India
Come learn this exciting train game where the player who comes a Grand Tour first is the winner! The year is 1911, and the world is changing fast in the British Raj. Will you complete your Grand Tour in time, or lose to more cunning – or simply better connected – opponents?
Wed 1/22 7-8 pm Settlers of Catan
Build roads and new settlements that eventually become cities. Will you succeed in gaining supremacy on Catan?
Wed 2/5 7-8 pm Wits and Wagers
This game of odds lets you score points by coming up with answers to trivia questions, and predicting what the most popular answer will be!
Wed 2/12 7-8 pm Killer Bunnies
This is a fast-paced card game where the player with the magic carrot is the winner! Keep as many Bunnies alive as possible, while eliminating your opponents’ Bunnies* with weapons like biological warfare and kitchen gadgets.
Wed 2/19 7-8 pm Pandemic
Play a disease-fighting specialist and treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand.
This streaming movie service provides unlimited access to award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries. With thousands of films to choose from across more than 50 countries, IndieFlix offers a viewing experience you can’t get anywhere else.
- Film-festival hits — View films from major festivals all over the world, including Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more!
- Find the right film for you — Sort by language, genre, or film length with easy-to-use filters
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- Available everywhere — Watch movies on any Internet-enabled computer, smartphone, or tablet with a Web browser! Also available on Roku, xBox, and Apple TV via Apple devices.
Create a FREE account, connect your Library card, and Stream away! Please note that not all movies may be suitable for all audiences.
The Grafton Public Library is very excited to add a new item to our collection – electronic GAMES!
From Mario Kart, Lego Star Wars,and Just Dance 4 to Portal 2, Halo 4, Zumba Fitness 2, and Sims 3, we now have games for all ages as well as all platforms.
The games can be checked out for 3 week periods with 1 renewal (as long as they have not been placed on hold). Please limit yourself to no more than 4 per family. A complete list follows.
If we do not have a game you are looking for, try searching the C/W MARS catalog to request it from another library. HINT: You can limit format to software/video game–the last option on the format list.
This is a great way to “test drive” a game you have been wanting to try before you buy it, or play for the fun of it, or for parents to preview a game for their child.
Parents are encouraged to supervise their children’s media use, and to be aware of the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) game ratings. The ESRB has a number of resources for parents, including tips for talking about games with kids, a family discussion guide, and a brochure for parents on how games are rated, and what the ratings mean.
Don’t see a game you think we should have? Please contact us to request a title for purchase!
Games for Children (rated E)
Games for Teens (rated E, E10+, T)
Games for Adults (rated M)
The Grafton Public Library is pleased to announce an upgrade to the shared online catalog over Veteran’s Day weekend! From 6PM on November 8 through Tue Nov 12 at 6:59 am, the online Library Catalog (Evergreen) will be offline for an upgrade.
We thank the public in advance for their patience on Saturday, November 9; there may be a delay in processing checkouts and returns due to the downtime, and new library cards will not be able to be issued. You will be able to search the catalog at bark.cwmars.org, but no holds can be placed.
To help the off-line system work most efficiently, we ask that patrons limit the amount of material to be checked out as much as possible.
All authenticated services—museum pass reservations, Mango Languages, Indieflix, OverDrive eBooks and media, Oxford Art online, Teen Health and Wellness, and HeritageQuest—should still work.
The online Library Catalog (Evergreen) will be back up Tuesday morning, Nov. 12th at 7:00 a.m.
Improvements over the past few months include the ability to limit to specific formats, such as DVDs and eBooks, a Ratings display for items such as movies and videogames, and more information about a title on the initial display (so you tell at a glance what format the item is in—book, DVD, audiobook, etc.). On the staff end, patron fines are now in red, so we can alert you when there are fines and fees on the patron account. Evergreen version 2.4 includes additional functionality and features.
Please call us at 508-839-4649 if you have any questions.
Drop in at the Library to do your solitary writing in solidarity! Tue, Wed & Thu evenings from 7-9pm, and Fri from 10am-1pm. We’re also hosting an editing session on Sat. Nov. 30 from 10am-1 pm. Please visit our online event calendar for a complete list of events.
posted on behalf of Jennifer Mentzer
It’s eleven a.m. on November first, and how many words have I written? None. Nada. Zilch. A big fat zero.
On any other day, this is pretty much the way it’s supposed to be. I don’t make a point of sitting down to write something each and every day of the year. But this year is different. This is the year I’ve decided to participate in NaNoWriMo.
NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is to write a novel (or close to it) in one month. Fifty thousand words, to be exact. That works out to 1667 words per day – about seven pages in 12-point type. A challenge not for the faint-of-heart, that’s for sure.
It’s an idea that has caught on like wildfire. Started in 1999 with just over two hundred writers, NaNoWriMo has grown to include hundreds of thousands of people and billions of words. This year, some of those words will be mine.
Like many librarians, I have visions of being an author. Not a writer, so much, but an author. Someone whose work is found on the shelf at the library, someone who has published something that someone else actually wants to buy. There’s a picture book, a chapter book for kids and an adult novel all in embryonic form on my laptop at home. The picture book and the others are unrelated. The chapter book and the adult book, though, are two versions of the same story.
I’d wanted to write a children’s chapter book about something that happened to me when I was growing up. It was one of those times that is distinct in my mind, even though I couldn’t tell you much else about the year I was ten. Something very bad had happened in the world, and I was very curious about it. My parents, trying to do their duty, tried very hard to shield me from all the news. They hid the copies of Time and Newsweek, kept tight control on the TV (we didn’t have a remote yet) and deferred my questions. They stymied my every move and kept me in the dark, and I was mad. Protected, perhaps, but mad.
As I began to write the story of a young girl being shielded from the world she craved to know, I found that I needed to write the story of the tragedy. I needed to explore how someone who was there felt about being so close to something so powerful, so difficult, so life-changing. And thus, my adult novel was born.
Since I already have some words committed to the page, I’m not writing for NaNoWriMo in the purest sense. The ultimate object is to begin with a blank piece of paper and start from word one. In NaNoWriMo parlance, I’m a “rebel.” And I’m also a little afraid. This is a big challenge. Am I up to the task? Will anything I produce be worth reading? What happens when I go on vacation next week?
As the month goes on, I’ll find out. And, if you read here regularly, so will you. Hang on. It’s going to be fun!
The Library will be open on Thursday evening Oct 31–please stop by in costume to trick or treat! Miss Jennifer puts together a great goodie bag
Every once in a while, a new book leads to an old book. Or vice versa (which, in this case, means an old book leads to a new one.)
The Children’s Room has quite a few books that have links to others. If any of these are a book you enjoy, why not take a look at the one it inspired, mentioned or was visited by another book’s character?
Here are a few examples:
We also have a new book about an old character, Ruby Redfort. Ruby is the spy that Clarice Bean is always reading about in her books. It seems the author, Lauren Child
, had so many requests for the stories that Clarice was reading that she had to go ahead and write them down. Now you can ask yourself, “What would Ruby Redfort do?”
A terrific book on the list of nominees for the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award is Because of Mr. Terupt
by Rob Buyea. The sequel, Mr. Terupt Falls Again
, has his now sixth-graders reading lots of classic books including The Westing Game
by Ellen Raskin, The Whipping Boy
by Sid Fleischman and Wringer
by Jerry Spinelli. It’s also pretty cool how the students talk about The Westing Gam
e without giving away the mystery!
If you’re still reading from the Picture Book and Easy Reader sections, do not despair! There are plenty of authors waiting to help you find old friends in new books.
Who will YOU find?
Now that winter weather is here, programs may be cancelled or rescheduled for everyone’s safety.
The Children’s Room follows these guidelines:
If Grafton Public Schools are CLOSED, then all Children’s Room Activities are CANCELLED.
If Grafton Public Scools are DELAYED, then morning activities in the Children’s Room are CANCELLED.
As winter is also the season of sniffles and colds, we thank you for washing your hands frequently, and for keeping sick children at home.
If you are registered for a program and unable to attend due to illness, please give us a call so that someone else may have your place for the day.