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Children’s Room to CLOSE Tuesday October 6 for Kids’ Movie Night

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Children’s movies are shown in the Children’s Room, which will be CLOSED to regular circulation from 6:00-9 p.m. for this event. Feature will be Cinderella (2015) rated PG.  A small selection of Children’s items will be available for browsing and check out in the Main Reading Room upstairs. 

No RSVP is required.


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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

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 for more information.

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Database of the Month: Encyclopedia Britannica for all ages

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Encyclopedia Britannica, available anywhere in MA or from out of state with your Library card via, offers universal access and works on all devices from computer to smart phone. The responsive nature of the web design means the layout will change depending on screen size to maximize the user experience and helps to ensure easy navigation.

Britannica separates their content into three levels of access:

Reading levels are easy to adjust. If you are searching and feel you need to adjust the level, you can do so by clicking on the levels tab and continue your search.

Britannica is much more that an encyclopedia alone. Through their database, you are able to access:

  • 123,000 encyclopedia articles
  • The Merriam Webster Dictionary
  • Downloadable videos that you can embed into your projects
  • A world atlas
  • Journals & magazines
  • Primary source data
  • Thousands of images
  • Searching with Britannica is easy with popular and recommended search terms.

The World Atlas allows users to search locations all over the world and will give you the option to see the Google Street View. Many historical buildings will allow you to view interior shots in addition to the street views. Within the World Atlas, you can “Tour the USA” for state specific research.

Behind the News gives information on recent news articles, plus information behind the headlines. On This Day and In Their Words options are also available.

You can sign up for a My Britannica account. With My Britannica, you can:

  • Cite sources
  • Translate a page
  • Read to you with highlighted text
  • Change font size
  • Save videos, pictures, and article
  • Create and share folders
  • Save searches and add notes for future review




Britannica has a separate children’s homepage with activities, such as Word Well, What Does It Mean, and Do You Know (with video clip). The chunking/sectioning of the page design was created to allow for a more child friendly user experience. Levels can be changed from searches started on the Children’s Homepage as well.

There is a “drawer” located at the bottom of the Children’s Homepage designed to engage children and expose them to topics they may not be familiar with, for example, you can browse by habitat. The Geography Explorer game is also available from the Homepage and helps to cement geographic concepts.

Additional resources offered through Britannica:

  • Spanish Reference Center
  • Escolar Online – Younger Users
  • Enciclopedia Moderna – Older Users
  • World Data Analyst
  • Ranked stats
  • Highest and lowest
  • Annals of American History
  • Choose by time period and era
  • Research How To

Having trouble with Britannica? Stop in for a free lesson, or schedule a time to sit down one on one with a staff member for help.

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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

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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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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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