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Birthday Club Donation Program

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The Grafton Public Library is pleased to offer a new way to donate materials to the Library. In lieu of—or in addition to!–gifts for any occasion, you can now donate a book to honor a loved one. The program is called Birthday Club, but a donation in someone’s honor may be made for milestones such as birthdays, retirements, showers, graduations.
Donors may choose a specific title to add to the Library’s circulation collection, or simply donate to cover the cost of addition(s) to the Library’s collection. In return, donors receive a receipt and certificate, and a bookplate will be placed in the book.
Gifts and donations in any amount are accepted year-round. These unrestricted funds become invaluable in funding materials, programs, services and expenses not covered in the Library’s operating budget, including marketing, emergency building repairs, and new equipment.
For more information, please visit To begin the process of making a Birthday Club donation, set up a trust, or discuss planned giving, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 or by email at

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Workshop: Getting Organized and Conquering Chaos, One Step at a Time

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Jenna Elliott is the founder of The Naked Flower, Professional Organizers. She has been an organizer and re-designer for 11 years and works with a variety of clients, both in the office and in the home. Prior to starting The Naked Flower ( Jenna was a master floral designer and project manager for a fortune 500 company.

This workshop will give you a step-by-step approach to reducing clutter and increasing the functionality of your space. She will share tips on:

1. The three categories of disorganization
2. 5 steps to decluttering a room
3. Room mapping, the step that makes maintaining organization possible
4. Tips to get motivated
5. Resources such as websites, stores and literature on getting organized

For questions, or to sign up, please contact the Heidi Fowler at the Grafton Public Library or 508-839-4649.

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Community Read

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The Friends of the Grafton Public Library
2015 Community Read: CASCADE by Maryanne O’Hara
at the Grafton Public Library,  35 Grafton Common, Grafton MA

Description: Struggling to protect her family’s theater from a reservoir plan and married to a man desperate for children, would-be artist Desdemona Hart of 1935 Massachusetts is drawn to creative newcomer Jacob, who is wrongly implicated by anti-Semitic townspeople in the wake of a local murder.

This year we are pleased to offer companion books for younger readers:

Young Adult selection: Someday by Jackie French Koller

Children’s selection: Letting Swift River Go, by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Barbara Cooney

Stop by the library to sign up and pick up a copy of the books

For more information, contact the Grafton Public Library at or 508-839-4649.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7:00pm
Beyond The Quabbin: Using Digital Resources to Discover the History of Massachusetts

Monday, March 9, 2015 at 7:30pm
“Not Just for Young Adults” Book Group: Someday by Jackie French Koller

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 1:30pm
“Daytimers” GPL Book Group
Cascade book discussion

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 7:30pm
Community Read : Craft for adults

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 3:30pm
Letting Swift River Go discussion and craft

Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00pm
Skype Author Visit with Maryanne O’Hara, the author of Cascade
Refreshments and chatting at 7:00pm, video chat visit at 7:30pm

Monday, March 30, 2015 at 7:00pm
Cascade book discussion

Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30pm
Lecture: History of the Quabbin Reservoir

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PAWSing to R.E.A.D. program: new season, new format

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PAWSing to R.E.A.D. is a reading enrichment program for beginning or hesitant readers in grades one, two, or three. Amidst the giggles and tail wagging, readers’ confidence, fluency, word recognition, and comprehension improve! The dogs and their handlers are therapy registered and certified through Delta Society Pet Partners, Tufts Paws for People, and have completed the Reading Education Assistance Dogs workshop. Under the new format, participants will read to a therapy dog once a week for 15 minutes for 3 weeks. Space is limited so we ask that registrants commit to the entirety of the session they sign up for. Three week sessions are available in the months of February, March, April, and May and all sessions will meet on Saturday mornings. If your child could benefit from participating in this wonderful reading enrichment program, please register by calling the Children’s Room, Grafton Public Library at 508-839-4649 xt 4.

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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

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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

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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

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Mockingjay Part 1 is coming!!

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

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,

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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

or to RSVP please contact Norman Eng at 617-565-8510 or

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