Grafton Public Library

Library Updates

New this Summer – Read to Bead!

Posted by switham on

What is Read to Bead?

Read to Bead is a completely voluntarily addition to our Summer Library Program. We have had requests in the past to have a system set up for people to track their reading and we are incorporating this program in response to that need.  

Read to Bead is open to any patron, although we recommend it for kindergarteners through adults.

Here’s how it works – 3 easy steps!

1.Stop by the Library to pick up a tracking sheet (these are also included in our Summer Program Packets). We recommend you put your name on the tracking sheet.

2. Keep track of your reading in 15 minute increments. Decide if you want to earn 15, 30, 60, or 120 minute beads and shade in the corresponding beads on your tracking sheet.

3. Bring your tracking sheet back to the Library and get a chain and brag tag and redeem your beads according to your reading time. A Library staff member will initial the tracking sheet next to redeemed times. Throughout the summer, continue to bring your tracking sheet and add beads to your chain that you have earned.

* Please note: we will not be exchanging beads or allowing patrons to exchange smaller time beads for ones requiring more. For example, if a patron wants to earn a 120 minute bead they will need to read for that time before they redeem, not exchange 8 15 minutes beads.

Download a copy the Tracking Sheet from the Library’s Summer Program packet or stop by the Library.

Earn and redeem beads from June 11th – August 31st.



No comments

April 2018 Vacation Week Programs

Posted by switham on

Stop-in the Library for one or more of our April School Vacation Week programs!


Tuesday, April 17  6:30 pm

Movie Night: Leap! (PG)

The Children’s Room will be closed  at 6:00 pm for set up and for the duration of the movie. Drop-in program.



Wednesday, April 18  2:00-3:00 pm
Tween Program: Slime Time!

Join some of Grafton’s Slime Experts to make different types of slime! For tweens in grades 3-5. Please REGISTER for this program.

Thursday, April 19  10:00 am – 1:00 pm
LEGO Open Play

We provide the bricks, you bring your imagination!  All ages, drop-in program.


Friday, April 20  11:00 am – 4:00 p (or while supplies last)

Tinker Bags

We’re clearing out our craft closet! What can you build with your bag of materials? Create in the Library or at home. All ages, drop-in.

Saturday, April 21  1:00-3:00 pm
Teen Crafternoon: Scratch Art

Come create a beautiful piece of art. And if your hand gets sore, we’ll also have our sticker painting books available.

This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. All supplies will be provided. Please REGISTER for this program.



No comments

Library CLOSED for Patriots’ Day 2018

Posted by switham on

Image result for patriot's day 2018

The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Patriots’ Day on Monday, April 16, 2018. No items are due on this day. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, April 17.

Museum passes for Tuesday, April 17 may be picked up in advance on Friday (10 am -5 pm) or Saturday (10 am – 5 pm).

Please visit our digital branch online to read a newspaper, check out an ebook, learn a new language, and more!

No comments

Community Read 2018

Posted by switham on

Community Read 2018!

Pick up a copy of one of the Community Read books and check out the upcoming Community Read Events!


Adult title:

The Good Good Pig: the extraordinary life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery.

An ardent nature lover describes her unique friendship with a pig named Christopher Hogwood, a once sickly piglet who helped her develop a new relationship with neighbors in her small-town community.

Copies are available to check out at the Library.




Young Adult title:

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White ; pictures by Garth Williams

Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer’s Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.

Copies are available to check out at the Library.




Children’s Titles:

Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby

Pink, a piglet who is the runt of the litter, is adopted by Tink, a dachshund who is nursing a litter of her own, and Pink is raised in the house along with the puppies.




Hogwood Steps Out : a good, good pig story by Howard Mansfield ; illustrated by Barry Moser

Hogwood the pig escapes from his pen and enjoys a spring day exploring neighborhood gardens.

Copies are available to check out from the Library.



Community Read Book Discussion:

March 19  7:00-9:00 pm

The Good Good Pig: the extraordinary life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery

The Community Read discussion of the book will be held at the South Grafton Community House located at 25 Main Street, South Grafton on Monday, March 19th. Join us for refreshments at 7:00 pm and the book discussion will begin at 7:30 pm. Please REGISTER for this program. Copies of the book are available at the library.

Can’t make it to the March 19 discussion? Join us for one of these alternate discussion times of The Good, Good Times:

Daytimer’s Book Group  Tuesday, March 20  1:30 pm

Reads Well with Others Book Group  Monday, March 26  7:30 pm

Inspirational Book Group  Tuesday, March 27  7:30 pm


    Book cover

Meet E.B. White’s Great-Niece – Lindsey Morand  Saturday, March 31  2:00-3:00 pm

As part of the Friends of the Library’s Community Reads events, and in honor of  Charlotte’s Web being one of the youth titles selected to go with the adult Community Read title (The Good Good Pig, by Sy Montgomery) we invite you to visit with Lindsey Morand, great-niece of E.B. White.

Lindsey promised that she would never let her great-uncle be forgotten!! For over 40 years, she has enjoyed sharing her precious E.B. White photographs, letters, autographed first edition books and other heirlooms. Her presentation contains unique and interesting memorabilia for all ages. Children and adults are always familiar with E.B. White’s children’s books, however they are not always knowledgeable about the author.
Her presentation is highlighted with the White family typewriter (c. 1900) and a 1911 Webster’s dictionary signed “Elwyn B. White” when he was eleven years old, signed 1st edition book The Lady is Cold published in 1929 and 17 other E.B. White books! Her most cherished item is an autographed book of  Charlotte’s Web presented to her in 1952.  During the presentation, she will also be willing to answer questions about her famous uncle.  Stop by before the presentation to see the artifacts on display.



No comments

Upcoming Books to Movies of 2018

Posted by switham on

As the Oscars approach, many of us have movies on the brain!  We look ahead to some of the great books becoming movies in 2018. There is nothing quite like seeing one of your favorite books come to life on the big screen!


Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Release date: February 23, 2018


Every Day by David Levithan

Release date: February 23, 2018


The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith

Release date: February 23, 2018


Redsparrow : a novel by Jason Matthews

Release date: March 2, 2018


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Release date: March 9, 2018


Love, Simon based on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli

Release date: March 16, 2018


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Release date: March 30, 2018


Where’d you go, Bernadette : a novel by Maria Semple

Release date: May 11, 2018


Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Release date: August 17, 2018


The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Release date: September 14, 2018


Boy Erased : a memoir by Garrard Conley

Release date: September 28, 2018


First Man based on First man : the life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen

Release date: October 12, 2018


The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Release date: October 19, 2018


The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

Release date: October 19, 2018


Mary, Queen of Scots based on Queen of Scots by John Guy

Release date: November 2, 2018


How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Release date: November 9, 2018


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Release date: November 16, 2018


Mary Poppins Returns based on Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers

Release date: December 25, 2018

No comments

Library CLOSED for President’s Day Holiday 2018

Posted by switham on

Image result for presidents day 2018

The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of President’s Day on Monday, February 19, 2018. No items are due this day. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, February 20.

Museum passes for Monday 2/19 or Tuesday 2/20 may be picked up in advance on Friday or Saturday (10 am-5 pm).

Please visit our digital branch online to read a newspaper, check out an ebook, learn a new language, and more!

No comments