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.
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 email@example.com
Make your own mini-book using foam stickers, printed paper, and more. Get creative! Ages 8-12, space is limited, registration is required.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For more information or to register, please contact Heidi Fowler, Reference Librarian at 508-839-4649 or email the library email@example.com.
or to RSVP please contact Norman Eng at 617-565-8510 or Norman.Eng@sba.gov
In honor of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) the Grafton Public Library will offer a short session of basic writing prompts and exercises on Wednesday, November 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Have you ever taken a class and had to write a research paper, or chronicled the events of your life in a journal? Do you just like to write down your thoughts, or are you the one in your house creating the grocery list? If these or any other similar circumstances apply to you, have you ever thought of steering your efforts into writing fiction? This creative writing prompts session will get your creative juices flowing.
We will go through a few exercises, give you time to write, and if you would like, share some of the results. Suggestions for resources you can explore on your own will also be provided. If you have a special notebook or journal you would like to use, please feel free to bring it, otherwise paper and writing utensils will be provided.
The folks at the official organization, NaNoWriMo, have stated that one of the most important things for a group exercise such as this is the availability of snacks! So, refreshments will be served.
Facilitator Jan Parise completed a course on creative writing at Worcester Art Museum, where she moonlights as a docent in addition to working at the Grafton Public Library.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-839-4649.
Check out our Event Calendar for all these upcoming Fall fun programs!
- Mini-Pumpkin Decorating, Saturday October 25th 12-4 pm: For all ages. Just bring your imagination, pumpkins and decorating supplies will be provided.
- Build-a-Scarecrow Day, Saturday October 25th, 9 am-12 noon on the Grafton Common: Hosted by Grafton Recreation, stakes, twine and hay will be provided.
- Teen Program – Day of the Dead Skull T-shirts, Monday October 27th 6:30 pm: The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated at the end of October and beginning of November. Get in the spirit early by hand sewing a Day of the Dead skull onto a t-shirt! Please bring a plain shirt or tote bag, all other supplies will be provided.
- Spooky Stories Storytime, Wednesday October 29th 6:30 pm: A family friendly program open to all ages. Spooktacular stories, ghoulish goodies, and fun! Costumes are encouraged!
- Teen Program – Halloween/Day of the Dead Party, Saturday November 1st 6:00 pm: Celebrate Halloween and the Day of the Dead together! Enjoy snacks while watching the movie Hocus Pocus.
For more details or to register for the Teen programs, please contact the Library at 508-839-4649 or by email at email@example.com
Cemetery educators, The Gravestone Girls, whose mission is to “Keep Our Dead Alive”, will be presenting a virtual tour, called “Welcome to the Graveyard”, centered on Grafton’s eight local cemeteries at the Grafton Public Library (35 Grafton Common), Tuesday, October 21st at 7pm. The 90 minute presentation is built on photographs recently taken in these special and interesting burying places around Grafton, which was founded in 1735, and charts the evolution of cemeteries and gravestones from the colonial era into the 21st century.
This is a popular program that has been given around the New England area by The Gravestone Girls for almost fifteen years. The group regularly works with libraries, historical societies and genealogical groups, among others, to teach about “the art, symbolism and history of these living history museums located on everyone’s mainstreets and backyards” says Ms. Sullivan, one in the group of three cemetery enthusiasts. She further added “Almost everyone is interested in these peaceful and beautiful spaces, but may be hesitant to say so to others. Our presentation lets you know you’re not the only one. Come see what we do, we fill the room every time!”
For a detailed calendar of this and other Gravestone Girls events please visit www.GravestoneGirls.com Further information can also be found on the library’s website at http://www.graftonpubliclibrary.org
The Gravestone Girls not only provide interesting historical cemetery presentations, they also create beautiful and unusual sculpted art pieces using the primitive art from the faces of original New England gravestones as well as teach gravestone rubbing classes and lead cemetery tours. Their gravestone art is shown regularly at art and craft festivals. Often commissioned for documentation and fundraising projects utilizing special aspects of important cemeteries and gravestones, they have executed these public and private projects for clients nationwide.