Grafton Public Library

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Scarecrow Contest

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October 22, 10am-12noon
Stakes, twine and hay will be provided on the Common at this event only.

October 23rd -30th
Vote for a favorite scarecrow online at The winner will be announced on Halloween!

October 11th -31st
Post a photo of your favorite scarecrow and share on social media, using the tag #GraftonMAScarecrow

November 1st -4th

PLEASE NOTE: If it rains, we’ll be building in the bandstand – or families and individuals can take materials home to complete. Return to post your scarecrow by 12 NOON Sunday so we can get online voting underway!


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LEGO Brick Builders

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Design your own creation, or build a specific model! Bricks and Building Resources will be provided.

For children in grades K-5.

Please register for this program.

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Celebrating Summer Reading Success – Thank you!

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Library Director Beth Gallaway with 2 of our Summer Reading Grand Prize winners!









Young Adult Librarian Allison Cusher with our Teen Summer Reading Grand Prize winner!






The Grafton Public Library would like to thank all those who participated in our “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!” Summer Reading Program 2016! It was wonderful to see so many patrons this summer in the Library as people of all ages tried new crafts and workshops, met up with friends, picked up Summer Reading titles, or some audio books for that long road trip! Congratulations to all our Summer Reading prize winners and many, many thanks to our sponsors!

Summer Reading success is:
• 2,730 participants of all ages
• 140 teens participated
• 759 kids registered
• 2177 kids attended a program
• 150 programs that ranged from Yoga workshops, Night Sky pop-up planetarium, and Coding with Minecraft to Stop Motion Animation, Mr. Kim in concert, and many craft afternoons!
• 12 end of Summer Reading prizes given away – Congrats winners!
• 3 Grand Prize Winners!!
• 8 Storytimes in the Park
• 48 Henna tattoos for kids, teens & adults
• 196 Lego creations were built!
• 27 teens and tweens made SLIME!
• 23 teens and adults learned the art of glass fused pendants
• 50 bags of food were donated to the Grafton Food Bank in lieu of Library fines – thank you patrons!
• 20 pints of blood were donated to Boston Children’s Hospital.
• 4 bee hives have been purchased for Heifer International.
• $84.00 donated to Tufts Wildlife Clinic in Grafton that was collected through Penny Voting for the Heifer International animal.

The 2016 MA Statewide Summer Reading Program was sponsored by the Grafton Public Library, the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, the Town of Grafton, the Grafton Recreation Department, Trek Stop, Apple Tree Arts, Willard House & Clock Museum, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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Bulbs request for Girl Scout Gold Award and Library garden

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It’s time to plan for spring planting in our Library garden!

Girl Scout, Julia is working on her Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA, earned by Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts. Only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award. Julia and Beth Patch (Library staff) have built the new raised bed and planted plants which attract bees. As part of her project, Julia would like to plant bulbs for early spring and is requesting donations of the following bulbs:


Bulbs can be dropped off at the Library. Thank you for your support and help with this project!

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Adult Craft: Bullet Journals

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Bullet journals are a customizable way to organize yourself. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, or all of the above. In this program attendees will receive their own journal. We’ll talk about the different ways to use bullet journals, show you examples, and give you ideas. Then you’ll be able to start personalizing your journal the way you want. We’ll provide markers, colored pencils, and other supplies to get you started.
Please REGISTER online for this program or call 508-839-4649.

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Yes, it’s August! Get your summer reading books!

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North Street and Millbury Street Elementary Schools

Suggested titles, not required.

Students entering 2nd Grade

Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park

Cam Jansen series by David Adler

Ready Freddy series by Abby Klein

Geronimo Stilton series by Geronimo Stilton

Horrible Harry series by Suzy Kline

Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown

Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant

Mr. Putter and Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant

Franklin series by Paulette Bourgeois

Students entering 3rd Grade

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Owen and Mzee: The True Story about a Remarkable Friendship by Craig Hatkoff

A-Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy

Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker

39 Clues series by Various Authors

The Spiderwick Chronicles series by Tony DiTerlizzi

Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne

Poetry Books

Students entering 4th Grade

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Amber Brown Goes Fourth by Paula Danziger

Awfully Short for Fourth Grade by Elvira Woodruff

Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows

Fudge series by Judy Blume

Time Warp Trio series by Sarah Varon

Meg MackIntosh by Lucinda Landon

Rose by Nikki Giovanni

Students entering 5th Grade

Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig

The Friendship by Mildred Taylor

Dear America series by Various Authors

The Sister Grimm series by Michael Buckley

Charlie Bone series by Jenny Nimmo

The Magic Thief series by Sarah Prineas

The 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury by Jack Prelutsky

The Blue Fairy Book series by Andrew Lang

Shimmer and Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life by Jim Arnosky

Students entering 6th Grade

Rules by Cynthia Lord

The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer

So B. It by Sarah Weeks

The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings by Alan M. Gratz

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

Heat by Mike Lupica

Egypt Game by Zipha Keatley Snyder

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Chaldenko

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman

Middle School: The Real Deal by Juliana Farrell and Beth Mayall

The Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch

Suggested Authors: Jerry Spinelli, Jack Gantos, Anthony Horowitz, Andrew Clements, Nancy Farmer, Sharon Creech, Walter Dean Myers, Avi, C.S. Lewis, Paul Zindel, Jane Yolen

Online Learning – Elementary Schools

Wonderopolis – check out the Wonder of the Day!

Raz-Kids – use your school login to keep on readin’!

Kids InfoBits – requires Library card to login

Research in Context (formally InfoTrac Jr. Edition) – requires Library card to login

Encyclopedia Britannica – requires Library card to login

Pronunciator (upgrade from Mango Languages for foreign language learning!) – requires Library card to login

Bookflix – requires Library card to login

Educational Television – use your Library card to borrow these great programs on dvd

National Geographic

Animal Planet

History Channel

Visit a Museum today! – reserve a Museum Pass with your Library card


Grafton Middle School

One Book, One School – Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

Grafton High School

Select one of the following:

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick

Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Truck: A Love Story by Michael Perry

Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Senior Year: A Father, A Son, and High School Baseball by Dan Shaughnessy

Jupiter’s Travels: Four Years Around the World on a Triumph by Ted Simon

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr

Nefertiti: A Novel by Michelle Moran

Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Once a Runner: A Novel by John L. Parker Jr.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders by L. David Marquet

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Paper Towns by John Green

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

Behold a Pale Horse: Exposing the New World by Milton William Cooper

Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin

This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman

It Was Me All Along: A Memoir by Andie Mitchell

Broken Road: Turning My Mess Into a Message by Tony Collins with Bethany Bradsher (on order)

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope by Tom Brokaw

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Martian by Andy Weir

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen

Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living by Jason Gay

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

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National Library Week April 10-16 – Libraries Transform

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In honor of National Library Week we are offering 2 programs:

Teen & Adult Coloring Program
Thursday, April 14 from 7-9 pm
Join us as we color special Library coloring pages, book bags and bookmarks!
This program is for teens and adults. All supplies will be provided.

Tween Crafternoon: Build-a-Book
Wednesday, April 13 3:30-4:30 pm
Help us celebrate National Library Week by building
and creating your own book. All supplies will be provided.
Ages 8-12. Registration is required.
Sign up online or call 508-839-4649.

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Grafton Public Library to offer 1:1 computer skills training

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The Grafton Public Library is pleased to now offer 1:1 computer skill training sessions for members of the community who are new to using a computer. Setting up email accounts, searching the web, and using the mouse will be demonstrated and users will have some practice time with the computers at the Library.

Sessions are limited to 6-8 per month by appointment.

For more information, or to make an appointment, please call Susan Leto or Heidi Fowler at 508-839-4649 extension 2.


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Library Delayed Opening at 1 pm Friday, March 18

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The Grafton Public Library will have a delayed opening at 1 pm on Friday, March 18 for staff training and professional development.

The Library will re-open at 1pm Friday. Passes for Friday may be picked up until 9pm on Thursday or Friday after 1pm.

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

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