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Please pardon our appearance – Main Reading Room Repair

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The Grafton Public Library is asking our patrons to please excuse our appearance as a section of the Main Reading Room undergoes repair from damage due to ice dams this past winter. While some of the study tables and shelving have been shifted, the collections of DVDs and audio books remain available for circulation. The estimated time for repairs is 3 weeks, with a rough completion date of July 10. We apologize in advance for any noise disturbances or disruption to our patrons.

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Volunteer Needed!…

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To meet 1:1 with an adult English Language Learner at the Library during school hours 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. 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 sleto@cwmars.org

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Art Program for Kids with Artist Lauren Scheuer

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The Grafton Public Library is excited to host a drawing program for kids ages 8 and up with Artist Lauren Scheuer on Wednesday, June 10th at 3:30 p.m. Ms. Scheuer will share her sketchbooks, talk about the illustration process, and lead drawing demos while the kids draw along. Please register for this program by calling the Library at 508-839-4649 or emailing graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.

Lauren Scheuer’s art career began in the fourth grade when Rosemary Bolton traded her lunch money for Lauren’s drawing of a cat. Lauren went on to study fine art at UCLA and later launched a colorful illustration career. She has illustrated over a dozen books for children. Her artwork can be found regularly in American Girl magazine; she has illustrated for Birds and Blooms, Muse and Cricket magazines. Other clients include the Boston Museum of Science and Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, RI. Visit Lauren Scheuer’s website  or her blog
ScratchandPeck.blogspot.com for more information.

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Teen Art Coalition: Spray Paint T-Shirt Art

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Get ready for summer by customizing a shirt! We’ll provide the paint – you provide the shirt. Don’t want a shirt? You can bring a pillowcase, tote, or something else. White cotton works best. Join us Saturday, May 9th at 1 p.m.

This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. Sign up in the library or by emailing the teen librarian.

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Free Comic Book Day!

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May 2nd is Free Comic Book Day!
The Grafton Public Library joins comic book stores and libraries throughout the world to celebrate comics and comic books with Free Comic Book Day (FCBD).

The Grafton Public Library will give away FREE comic books while supplies last. There will be selections for all ages and interests. Drop in to caption a cartoon, or draw your own comic panel. Come dressed as your favorite comic book character!

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Volunteer Opportunities in your Library Garden!

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• Volunteers are needed June 6-Oct 3 to help weed & water! Sign up for a week, and stop in on every non-rainy day (preferably in the evening) to weed, water and harvest the garden beds. It’s a GREAT family activity!

Sign up on our Signup Genius page for weeding/watering June 6-October 3.

For details, contact Beth Gallaway at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.

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Once Upon a Story at the Willard House & Clock Museum June 3rd 1:30 p.m.

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Once Upon a Story is a storytime program for children ages 3 and up. Join us for stories and fun activities, and see a highlighted feature of the Willard House Clock Museum! Siblings welcome.
Registration is required – please call the Willard House at 508-839-3500
Location: Willard House and Clock Museum, 11 Willard Street, Grafton

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Friends’ Spring Egg Hunt on April 4th!

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The Friends’ Spring Egg Hunt Fundraiser is on, RAIN or SHINE! Sat 4/4 on the Grafton Common. Start your hunt for the Golden Egg at 10AM or 11AM. Pick up 6 colored eggs along the way, meet the Easter Bunny, and come to the Library for Crafts and Stories until noon. Tickets $3 in advance, $5 day of event.

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Apple Tree Arts offers Free Seminar for Parents/Caregivers of young children

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The Library is pleased to host an Early Childhood Education seminar on the benefits of music and movement on Wednesday April 15th at 6:30 p.m. 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 caregivers learn how to incorporate music and movement into the children’s daily activities.

This seminar is free to the public and is ideal for parents and caregivers of children birth through age 5. To register for this seminar, please contact the Library’s Children’s Room at 508-839-4649 or by email at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.
For more information about Apple Tree Arts, please visit the ATA website.

Jan Barlow’s Bio:

Now Apple Tree Arts Education Director, Jan joined Apple Tree Arts in 1993 overseeing all of our early childhood music programs. Jan carries a passion for educating young children and their families during the informative early childhood years; she shares this passion offering music training for preschool teachers and daycare providers and teaching children from birth through keyboard classes. Jan is trained extensively in the MusikGarten curriculum, has earned an associate’s degree in business management at Dean College is an alumna in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music, and is Level 2 certified by the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association.

 

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Teen Art Coalition: Scrapbooking

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Join us for our monthly arts and crafts workshops for teens: Teen Art Coalition. This month we will be Scrapbooking. Bring your favorite photos – all other supplies will be provided. This free-program is for teens in grades 6-12. Sign up in the library, call 508-839-4649, or by emailing Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian, acusher@cwmars.org

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