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Back in the Stacks – February 2018

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“Back in the Stacks” books – what will you find?

For the month of February, we explore titles with a romantic or love theme, oo-la-la!

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – A hardcover edition of the best-selling classic follows the legend of King Arthur as told by the women central to the tale, from the zealous Morgaine, sworn to uphold her goddess at any cost, to the devout Gwynhefar, pledged to the king but drawn to another.

All About Love : new visions by Bell Hooks – Presenting radical new ways to think about love, the author examines the role of love in our personal and professional lives and how it can be used to end struggles between individuals, communities, and societies.

Love Signals: how to attract a mate by David B. Givens –  A professor of anthropology who has studied contemporary American mating rituals presents a popular guide to the meanings and messages of body language, with discussions of facial expressions, voice, gestures, clothing, and jewelry

Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh – For the people of Bakerton, and the five children of the Novak family, the years after World War II alter their lives in unforeseen and irrevocable ways. Dorothy is a fragile beauty hooked on romance. Brilliant Joyce, the family’s keystone, is bitterly aware of the life she might have had elsewhere. Sandy, the youngest boy, sails through life on looks and charm. George, the veteran, is driven to escape the life he was born to through selfishness and hard work. And Lucy, the volatile baby, is a confused girl with a voracious need for love. A compelling story of love and loss in a western Pennsylvania mining town.

Love by Toni Morrison – The epitome of a group of women’s ideals about love, fatherhood, and friendship, wealthy hotel owner Bill Cosey finds his life compromised by his troubled past and his feelings about a spellbinding woman named Celestial.

A New England love story : Nathaniel Hawthorne and Sophia Peabody by LouAnn Gaeddert – Relates the love story of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Sophia Peabody based on their letters and journals.

A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott – An Englishwoman falls for an older man who takes her to France where she discovers he is already married. When she leaves him, he pursues her and confines her to a lunatic asylum in Germany. But she will escape. The novel was written in 1866 and was rejected by the publisher as too sensational.

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OPM Interview Schedule Announced

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OPM (Owner’s Project Manager) Interviews for the GPL Expansion and Renovation Project will be held Mon & Tue 1/22 & 1/23 at 7 & 8 pm. These are open meetings and the public is welcome to attend.

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Delayed Opening Friday, January 5, 2018

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Due to the snowstorm, the Library will delay opening until 12 noon on Friday January 5. We understand people may not be able to get to us during periods of inclement weather, so no fines will accrue for materials due 1/4-1/6. Please visit our digital branch at Stay safe and warm!

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Library to CLOSE for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED Monday, January 15, 2018 in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. No items are due on this date. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

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

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Holiday Closings: December 25 & January 1

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED on Monday, December 25th for Christmas and Monday, January 2nd for New Year’s. No items will be due.

Museum Passes for Tuesday, December 26th may be picked up on Saturday, December 24th until 5pm. The Library will re-open at 10am on Tuesday, December 26th at 10am.

Museum Passes for Monday, January 1st or Tuesday, January 2nd may be picked up on Saturday, December 31st until 5pm. The Library will re-open at 10am on Tuesday, January 2nd at 10am.

Please visit our 24/7 digital library branch at

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Grafton Ukulele Musicians – join us for the next session April 12!

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Grafton Ukulele Musicians logoWelcome to Grafton Ukulele Musicians (GUM), a partnership between Apple Tree Arts and Grafton Public Library.  We meet the second Thursday of every month and our next meeting is Thursday April 12, 2018  from 6:30-8:00 pm. All levels are welcome and there is no fee. GUM. meets on the third floor of Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common.

Bring your ukulele and your singing voice to participate in this jam session lead by Miss Jan Barlow from Apple Tree Arts. Participants suggest the music and also continue to practice songs learned in previous sessions . We are using the Daily Ukulele — Grafton Library has copies to check out and brings some extras to the group.

Don’t have a ukulele? You can borrow a ukulele, as well!

Brush up on your strumming skills or learn new chords with the Ukulele Course online at ArtistWorks, for free! A library card is required to access.

Here are some of the songs GUM worked on last month and will do again:

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Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
Danny Boy
Hey Good Lookin’ (Hank Williams)
Love Me Do (Beatles)
King of the Road (Roger Miller)
Polly Wolly Doodle
Save the Last Dance For Me (Ben E. King)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwoʻole version, handout)
This Land is Your Land (Woody Guthrie)
We Shall Overcome (Ziphilia Horton)
What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor
You Are My Sunshine

If you have any questions, feel free to email facilitator Jan Barlow.

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Column Restoration Underway October 23- 28

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Please note: the Main entrance (front door) of the Library may be unavailable periodically this week (October 23-28) as work is done to restore the columns.

Sorry for any inconvenience (and dust)!

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Library CLOSED for Columbus Day

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED Monday, October 9th in observance of Columbus Day. No items are due.

Museum Passes for Monday, October 9th may be picked up Saturday, October 7th until 5pm. The Library will re-open at 10am on Tuesday, October 10th at 10am.

Please visit our 24/7 digital library branch.

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Delayed Opening Friday, September 15

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED from 10 am-1 pm Friday, September 15th for Staff Development. The Library will be open from 1-5 pm.
Museum Passes for Friday, September 15th may be picked up on Thursday, September 14th from 10am-9pm.
Please visit our 24/7 digital library branch.
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