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Library CLOSING at 5 p.m. today 1/26 and CLOSED tomorrow 1/27 due to winter storm

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The Library will be CLOSING at 5 p.m. today (but possibly sooner pending rate of snowfall). The Library will be CLOSED tomorrow, Tuesday 1/27 due to winter storm.
All programs scheduled for tonight and tomorrow 1/27 are cancelled.
If school has a delayed opening on Wednesday 1/28, then Toddler Storytime will be cancelled.
Stay tuned to check our opening time for Wednesday 1/28.
Please visit our Digital Branch which is always open!

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National Readathon Day

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The Grafton Public Library will remain CLOSED on Saturday January 24 due to Winter Storm Iola.

In celebration of National Readathon Day, please stay home and curl up with a good good book! Why not take a photo and post to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or your favorite social media site? Tag it #timetoread and join readers across America in sitting down to read a book this afternoon – committing to read for up to four straight hours.

Stay safe and warm today!

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Take Your Child to the Library Day!

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Join families nationwide on Saturday, February 7th for activities and events at their local libraries! The Library is an important part of our community – the perfect place to gather, play & learn! We will be celebrating with an animal storytime at 11:00 a.m. Then join us for Animal Adventures, a special live animal show, at 1:00 p.m. and a second show at 2:30 p.m. Meet and greet exotic animals in this all-ages show. Space is limited to 40 participants per session. Please register for this program by picking up your ticket from the Library. One ticket per person is required for admission. Tickets are now available for pick up in the Children’s Room on a first come, first served basis. Stick around after the animal show to color your own animal mask at 3 p.m.
Don’t have a Grafton Library Card? The first 50 children to register for a card will receive a special library card holder.
For more details about the day or the Animal Adventures program, please contact Sarah Banister, Children’s Librarian, at 508-839-4649 or email sbanister@cwmars.org

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Library Seeks Citizen Input and Volunteers for Long Range Planning Process

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The Grafton Public Library seeks Grafton residents to volunteer to serve on a diverse planning committee that will assist in setting Library service priorities for the next five years for the Grafton Public Library. Participants MUST attend two focus group meetings, scheduled for 8:30AM-12 noon at the Library (35 Grafton Common, Grafton MA) on Saturday February 28 and Saturday April 25. The successful candidate has a strong working knowledge of the Grafton community, and may or may not be a current Library user.
The meetings will be facilitated by Library Consultant Sunny Vandermark. Meetings will include defining a vision for the community served by the Library, brainstorming, and conducting analysis of the Library’s Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results. The feedback gathered will be used to develop a Long Range Plan for 2016-2020. Meeting attendance is mandatory for planning committee members. Continental breakfast will be provided.

A Long Range Plan is a written document that provides goals, measurable objectives and specific activities for Library staff to carry out. Strategic planning isn’t new; it is a routine part of running a successful Library, and considered to be a standard of best practices in library management. A Long Range Plan spanning five years is required by the MA Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) for any library that wishes to apply for grant funding.

The Long Range Plan is reviewed annually at the September meeting of the Board of Library Trustees, and the Library Director must update a plan of action for the Library and send it to the MBLC each December.

As the current Long Range Plan expires in December 2015, it’s time to see where we are going, next! Anyone can review the current 2011-2015 Long Range Plan, as well as the FY 2016 Activity Plan (which runs through 12/31/2015).

Can’t commit? Bored by meetings? You can still provide valuable input! Please take the Library Satisfaction Survey, produced by the MA Board of Library Commissioners, at http://mblc.countingopinions.com/s/10259.

If you are interested in participating in the Long Range Planning process and joining the planning committee, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, to get an information packet, at bgallaway@cwmars.org or 508-839-4649.

Information Packet

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Build-a-Book workshop

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Make your own mini-book using foam stickers, printed paper, and more. Get creative! Ages 8-12, space is limited, registration is required.

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Teen Program: Dungeons & Dragons

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Grab your armor and friends and come to the library to play D&D! No experience necessary.

Pizza, snacks and drinks will be served.

This free event is for teens in grades 6-12. Sign up in the library or by emailing the teen librarian acusher@cwmars.org.

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World of Warcraft Petting Zoo, November 15th

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Celebrate International Games Day at the Grafton Library, by exploring the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), World of Warcraft, Saturday, November 15th, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Experience and explore: Warlords of Draenor, Character Creation, Role Playing, PVE & PVP, Pet Battles, and Character Show & Tell.
Ever think of trying World of Warcraft? Do you have a non-active account and want to see the latest expansion pack and character model upgrades? Come to the library for our World of Warcraft Petting Zoo and get hands on experience with the game. Players of all experience and interest levels welcome; program suitable for ages 12 and up.
For more details or to register for the program, please contact Sarah Banister, Children’s Librarian, at 508-839-4649 or by email at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

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Mockingjay Part 1 is coming!!

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HUNGER GAMES WEEK!!!
Mockingjay Part 1 is coming!! In theaters November 21st, we just have to get ready for the release with some fun activities!

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Tuesday, November 18th from 7-8:30 pm – Book Page Bracelet
Celebrate the upcoming release of The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 by creating a book page bracelet from a Hunger Games book. All supplies will be provided.

Wednesday, November 19th from 7-8 pm – Fan Fiction Discussion
In this discussion we will talk about fan fiction – reading it, writing it, and sharing it.

Thursday, November 20th from 7-8 pm – Mockingjay Book Discussion
Come discuss Suzanne Collin’s Mockingjay before it arrives in theaters. Snacks will be provided.

Saturday, November 22nd from 2-4 pm – Hunger Games Monopoly
Play a life-sized, fast-paced version of Monopoly with a Hunger Games twist.

These programs are for teens in grades 6-12. Sign up in the library or by emailing Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian, acusher@cwmars.org.

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Workshop: Exploring Business Ownership

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The Grafton Public Library is pleased to host a workshop, Exploring Business Ownership, led by Norman Eng of U.S. Small Business Administration, Massachusetts District, on Wednesday, November 19th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

This workshop will help you gain a better understanding about how to start a business and the various SBA programs and services that are available to prospective entrepreneurs or current business owners who need assistance in starting or expanding a business.

General information will be provided on the following programs and services:

  • FREE Mentoring & Counseling: SCORE, Massachusetts Small Business Development Centers, Center for Women & Enterprise
  • SBA Guaranty Loan Programs:  7(a),  Micro Loans, Express Loans & 504
  • Government Contracting Opportunities:   8(a) Business Development, HUBZones (Historically Underutilized Business Zones), and Small Disadvantaged Business.
  • Disaster Assistance

For more information or to register, please contact Heidi Fowler, Reference Librarian at 508-839-4649 or email the library graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.

or to RSVP please contact Norman Eng at 617-565-8510 or Norman.Eng@sba.gov

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