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National Library Week, April 14-19!

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Celebrate the value of your local Library!

Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

The Grafton Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by offering a variety of programs for all ages:

Teens “Make a Peep in the Library!” Peep Dioramas – Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Inspired by The Washington Post’s Peep Diorama Contest teens are invited to create their own Peep Dioramas. Using marshmallow chicks and bunnies and a few other supplies you can bring a scene to life! All participants will enjoy a Peep snack and be entered to win a special Peep Prize Pack. Dioramas can be taken home that day or can be displayed in the library until April 19th. The library will have shoe boxes, Peeps,
and general crafting supplies available to use. Please bring you imagination and any other specific supplies you would like to use.

Teens’ Blackout Poetry – Wednesday April 16, 2014 at 7 p.m. April is National Poetry Month and teens will get the opportunity to create their own poems. Using Sharpies we will bring new life to old books by creating blackout poetry.

LEGO Brickbuilders – Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Break out the LEGOs! Children ages 6-12 are encouraged to drop in and build a free-form creation or build the challenge piece! All bricks and resources are provided.

The Art of the Altered Book – Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:00pm. Donna Rodonja will be teaching participants how repurpose a book by turning it into a birdhouse. (Check out a sample of the project at the library). Participants are encouraged to bring a book to work with (or one will be provided). It should be at least 70 pages long and no more than 500 pages. Paperbacks will of course yield a smaller finished product. Anyone who has a hot glue gun is encouraged to bring it, though that is not necessary.

Author visit Richard C. Wiggin – Friday, April 18, 2014 at 11:00 am. Commemorate the Revolutionary War on this historic date with a presentation, Q&A, book sale, and signing. His book Embattled Farmers: Campaigns and Profiles of Revolutionary Soldiers from Lincoln, Massachusetts, 1775-1783 profiles and traces the footsteps of 256 local participants in the Revolutionary War (including at least one or more who were Grafton connected!) Richard C. Wiggin is the Historian and a past Captain of the Lincoln Minute Men. He is a colonial re-enactor, living historian, and has volunteered at Minute Man National Historical Park for over twenty years. This program is of interest to veterans, history buffs, local historians and genealogists, homeschoolers and high school and college students.

Spring Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 10:00 or 10:30 a.m. Collect up to 6 candy-filled eggs while searching for the elusive Golden Egg (2 per hunt), then join us at the Library for Spring stories and crafts. All participants are eligible for an additional prize drawing. The Easter Bunny will be on site for photo ops. Tickets are $3 and may be purchased at the Main Desk or in the Children’s Room. No tickets will be sold the day of the event. Sponsored by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library. Proceeds benefit the Grafton Public Library. Rain Date: Monday (Patriot’s Day), 4/21

For more details or to register for one of the programs, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1105 or by email at

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Review: Please Bury Me in the Library

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Please Bury Me in the Library

In honor of National Library Week, April 14-19, we are reading Please Bury Me in the Library by J. Patrick Lewis. Join us in celebrating all that libraries are and all they do!

There’s nothing like curling up with a good book, but you have to be careful. Before you know it, a minute turns into an hour, an hour turns into a day, and a day may turn into . . . eternity.

Inspired by the likes of Edward Lear, X. J. Kennedy, and Lewis Carroll, the author of Arithme-Tickle and Scien-Trickery has created a collection of original poems about books and reading that range from sweet to silly to laugh-out-loud funny. Newcomer Kyle M. Stone’s clever, witty, and endearing paintings make this the perfect treat for book lovers of all ages.

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Our Lost and Found basket in the front entrance vestibule is overflowing with winter hats, drink containers, shorts, and assorted other small items found around the library after closing. We will donate the contents to a local thrift shop at the end of April.
Please note: anything of value (cell phones, wallets, jewelry, etc.) is kept behind the front desk. Please ask staff if you believe you have left something behind.

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Early Childhood Education Seminar for Parents on Benefits of Music and Movement

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If you missed this program on March 6th, check the Apple Tree Arts website page for other dates and locations.
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.

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 could 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.

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Here Comes the Book Wagon!

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The Grafton Public Library, in conjunction with the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, is launching a new program at the Grafton Senior Center. The Book Wagon, with a staff member and a volunteer, will visit the Senior Center on a monthly basis, beginning Thursday, February 20 at 11:00 am.

Subsequent visits will be on the fourth Tuesday of every month, beginning Tuesday, March 25 at 11:00 am.

The Book Wagon will be filled with a variety of materials including books, movies, magazines and music. Seniors will be able to check out whatever they like from the Book Wagon, and return it to the Senior Center the following month.  If someone doesn’t already have a library card, we will be able to sign them up right then and there!

At the same time, staff and volunteers will be able to help any Senior learn to use our catalog to request material, operate a kindle, iPad, or other device, and answer questions about other services the library has to offer.

The Book Wagon initiative utilizes the talents of a National Honor Society (NHS) student volunteer, and fulfills requirements for an NHS Leadership Project.

For more details, please contact Susan Leto, Circulation Librarian, at 508-839-4649 ext. 2  or by email at

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British Heritage Magazine Gifted to Library

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British-Heritage 2Travel 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.


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Get Board This Winter

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Bored? Learn and play games from the Library’s Board game collection!

For Teens:

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.

For Adults:

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.

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Database of the Month: IndieFlix

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indieflix_serviceThis 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
  • Support filmmakers — Viewing films on IndieFlix directly supports the filmmakers who made them
  • 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.

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NEW to the GPL collection: Electronic Games!

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crgamesThe 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)

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Library Catalog Offline Over Veteran’s Day Weekend

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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, 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.

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