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Book Review: Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury

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When a young minor league baseball player blows out his arm in the midst of a no-hitter, he is left with the possibility of leaving baseball behind. Tyler Ames has lost everyone he loves on his way to the big leagues. In the midst of dealing with these losses, an angel intervention leads Tyler to a maintenance job at a retirement home. There Tyler meets Virginia Hutcheson, a woman struggling with Alzheimer’s. A friendship begins that brings deep spiritual awakenings for both the younger and older parties. Other angel interventions at timely moments bring about other interesting outcomes. This is the first book in a new series of books depicting fictional angel interventions that set the stage for a larger scale series development. This is a fine selection in the genre of Christian fiction/gentle reads.
Submitted by Marilyn Wilcox, Library staff

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

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Miss Jan Barlow and student for flyer

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
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,

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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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Friends of the Library COMMUNITY READ 2015!

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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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