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Pumpkin decorating, Spooky Stories, Scarecrows and more!

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Check out our Event Calendar for all these upcoming Fall fun programs!

  • Mini-Pumpkin Decorating, Saturday October 25th 12-4 pm: For all ages. Just bring your imagination, pumpkins and decorating supplies will be provided.
  •  Build-a-Scarecrow Day, Saturday October 25th, 9 am-12 noon on the Grafton Common: Hosted by Grafton Recreation, stakes, twine and hay will be provided.
  • Teen Program – Day of the Dead Skull T-shirts, Monday October 27th 6:30 pm: The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated at the end of October and beginning of November. Get in the spirit early by hand sewing a Day of the Dead skull onto a t-shirt! Please bring a plain shirt or tote bag, all other supplies will be provided.
  • Spooky Stories Storytime, Wednesday October 29th 6:30 pm: A family friendly program open to all ages. Spooktacular stories, ghoulish goodies, and fun! Costumes are encouraged!
  • Teen Program – Halloween/Day of the Dead Party, Saturday November 1st 6:00 pm: Celebrate Halloween and the Day of the Dead together! Enjoy snacks while watching the movie Hocus Pocus.

For more details or to register for the Teen programs, please contact the Library at 508-839-4649 or by email at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

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“Welcome to the Graveyard!” The Gravestone Girls present a virtual tour of Grafton Cemeteries

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Cemetery educators, The Gravestone Girls, whose mission is to “Keep Our Dead Alive”, will be presenting a virtual tour, called “Welcome to the Graveyard”, centered on Grafton’s eight local cemeteries at the Grafton Public Library (35 Grafton Common), Tuesday, October 21st at 7pm. The 90 minute presentation is built on photographs recently taken in these special and interesting burying places around Grafton, which was founded in 1735, and charts the evolution of cemeteries and gravestones from the colonial era into the 21st century.
This is a popular program that has been given around the New England area by The Gravestone Girls for almost fifteen years. The group regularly works with libraries, historical societies and genealogical groups, among others, to teach about “the art, symbolism and history of these living history museums located on everyone’s mainstreets and backyards” says Ms. Sullivan, one in the group of three cemetery enthusiasts. She further added “Almost everyone is interested in these peaceful and beautiful spaces, but may be hesitant to say so to others. Our presentation lets you know you’re not the only one. Come see what we do, we fill the room every time!”

For a detailed calendar of this and other Gravestone Girls events please visit www.GravestoneGirls.com Further information can also be found on the library’s website at http://www.graftonpubliclibrary.org

The Gravestone Girls not only provide interesting historical cemetery presentations, they also create beautiful and unusual sculpted art pieces using the primitive art from the faces of original New England gravestones as well as teach gravestone rubbing classes and lead cemetery tours. Their gravestone art is shown regularly at art and craft festivals. Often commissioned for documentation and fundraising projects utilizing special aspects of important cemeteries and gravestones, they have executed these public and private projects for clients nationwide.

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Books & Authors: October Database of the Month

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Books & Authors helps you figure out what to read next, with themed booklists, browsing by Character, Subject, Location and Time Period. Search for an author to get a list of all their books, browse by genre for new and upcoming titles, and search for a title you love to get recommendations for readalikes!

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Review: I Hunt Killers series by Barry Lyga

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For Teen Read Week 2014, I want to share my favorite new teen series: the I Hunter Killers trilogy (also referred to as the Jasper Dent series) by Barry Lyga. The series consists of I Hunt Killers, Game, and the newly published, Blood of My Blood.

What if the world’s worst serial killer… was your father? Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likeable teenager. A real charmer. But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer. And now, even though Dad has been in jail for years, bodies are piling up again. In an effort to prove murder doesn’t run in the family, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for this new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret — could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

Book reviewer Blake Norby describes I Hunt Killers best: “Lyga brilliantly combines the feel of a true crime story with mystery, adventure, and psychoanalysis in this intense story of a different kind of family bond. It is a classic “whodunit” with the added intrigue of describing murders in great detail while not becoming overly gruesome, as well as the police work involved in solving the crime, so it feels like a true crime novel instead of fiction. The characters are especially believable, and the reader will be drawn in by their motivations and actions. Jazz’s inner struggle to understand his compulsions to both save and hurt people will captivate readers into wanting to know which path he will ultimately choose.”

I highly recommend this series to mature readers who enjoy mysteries and thrillers. If you are a fan of CSI, Dexter or learning about serial killers, you should try this series – it’s not just for young adults! I also strongly recommend that you have the third book in hand when you finish reading the second book because it’s a cliffhanger!

Ready to read? Place a hold or download below!

Book 1:

Request I Hunt Killers in print

Request I Hunt Killers on Audio CD

Download I Hunt Killers on eAudio

Book 2:

Request Game in print

Request Game on Audio CD

Book 3:

Request Blood of My Blood in print

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Children’s Room News: upcoming Saturday afternoon closings

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The Children’s Room will be closed from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, and 25; November 1, 15, 22, 29 in order to provide space for the Family Adventures in Reading (FAIR) program. The Library is thrilled to have received this grant from Mass Humanities and to host this program. FAIR is a humanities-based reading and discussion program for children age six and up and their parents or other primary care givers that brings children and adults together to enjoy entertaining and thought-provoking presentations by seasoned storytellers of outstanding picture books, and to share and reflect upon their responses to the stories. Award-winning Storyteller Diane Edgecomb will lead families and children in discussions that focus on specific themes, such as fairness or courage, featuring pairs of books that the families have read together in the week before. There is still space to register for this free 6 week session.

While the room is closed, select Children’s items will be available for circulation up in the Main Reading Room of the library. We thank you for your understanding.

For more details or to register for this six-week program, please contact the Children’s Room at 508-839-4649 xt.4 or by email at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

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Scarecrow Contest

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Grafton Recreation and the Grafton Public Library will be hosting the annual Scarecrow Contest on the Common at the end of October. Families, businesses, groups and clubs are encouraged to create a scarecrow at home and then stake it on the Library Lawn / or outside the fence at the Grafton Common beginning Saturday October 11 through Sunday October 24.

Or, competitors can create a scarecrow during Build-A-Scarecrow Day on Saturday October 25 from 9am-12 noon on Grafton Common, weather permitting. Stakes, twine and hay will be provided at this event only. The name of the family, business, group or club must appear on the scarecrow. Scarecrows must remain on the Lawn/Common through Halloween.

Once all of the scarecrows are up, vote for your favorite online at www.graftonlibrary.org between Oct 25 and Oct 30; a winner will be announced on Halloween. We’ll be sharing and posting photos of all competitors, but you can get in on the action by taking a photo of your favorite scarecrow and sharing it on social media, using the tag #GraftonMAScarecrow.

Scarecrows must be dismantled and removed by Monday November 3, as any scarecrows remaining after November 4 will be discarded. The Town of Grafton has the right to refuse any display that is unacceptable or inappropriate and is not responsible for the loss or damage to scarecrows while on display.

For further details, please get in touch with Beth Gallaway, Library Director, 508-839-5335 x 1105 or Betty Wright, Recreation Director, 508-839-5335 x 1156.

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Volunteer English Tutors needed for English Language Learners

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The Grafton Public Library is seeking to connect volunteer tutors with adult non-native English speakers who wish to improve their English language skills. Tutors would meet 1:1 or in a small group with adult English Language Learners to help them with their conversational skills. No special training is required, just an ability to speak clearly and the desire to help a new Grafton resident become comfortable with our sometimes very difficult language. The CW Mars library system has a wide collection of ESL resources, including books, CDs, DVDs and multimedia language kits that are available to use for tutoring sessions.
Call or write to Susan Leto, Volunteer Coordinator, Grafton Public Library 508-839-4649 or sleto@cwmars.org.

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First Fridays with Mr. Kim returns October 10th!

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The Grafton Public Library teams up with Apple Tree Arts again this year to host First Fridays with Mr. Kim, a music and movement program for Preschoolers. We start the year off on Friday, October 10th at 10 a.m. in the library’s Children’s Room. Save the date for upcoming First Fridays on November 7th and December 5th. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration begins 1 week prior to the program. Waitlisted participants are automatically given priority for the next month. Additional sign-ups (repeat customers) begin one week before the event.
Mr. Kim Webster teaches and performs for preschool children using guitar and puppets, incorporating music sing along, rhyming hand play, and musical movement such as popping to the ever-favorite Pop Corn song!

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Star Wars Reads Day!! October 11th

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The Grafton Public Library joins libraries and bookstores worldwide on Saturday, Oct. 11 10am-4:30pm to celebrate all things Star Wars! All ages are welcome to drop in for origami, crafts, games, and activities all day, along with “lightsaber” ice pops and poster giveaways while supplies last. Join in the festivities, or just come to sit and read Star Wars stories!
The program culminates in a Star Wars Symposium from 2-4 pm hosted by Star Wars expert Peter Struzziero. Events include a Costume Contest (dress as your favorite character); Trivia (show off your Star Wars knowledge): Show & Tell (bring your treasures to share) and Star Wars history (hear the backstory!). The Symposium is for ages 6 and up, families are welcome.

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Celebrate your fREADom to READ!

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What do Catcher in the Rye, Harry Potter and Captain Underpants all have in common? They have been deemed “inappropriate to age group” by well meaning folks who have attempts to remove books from schools and libraries in the United States.

The Grafton Public Library celebrates YOUR freedom to read and right to choose your book during Banned Books Week, September 21-27, with the following drop in programs and activities for all ages:
• Banned Books Matching Game: match a title with the reason it was challenged
• Sidewalk Chalk Art: share a favorite quote from a banned book
• Book Spine Poetry: arrange titles to create a poem

For more information about Banned Books, visit http://www.ala.org/bbooks. For more details about library activities, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1105 or by email at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.

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