Library Director Beth Gallaway with 2 of our Summer Reading Grand Prize winners!
Young Adult Librarian Allison Cusher with our Teen Summer Reading Grand Prize winner!
The Grafton Public Library would like to thank all those who participated in our “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!” Summer Reading Program 2016! It was wonderful to see so many patrons this summer in the Library as people of all ages tried new crafts and workshops, met up with friends, picked up Summer Reading titles, or some audio books for that long road trip! Congratulations to all our Summer Reading prize winners and many, many thanks to our sponsors!
Summer Reading success is:
• 2,730 participants of all ages
• 140 teens participated
• 759 kids registered
• 2177 kids attended a program
• 150 programs that ranged from Yoga workshops, Night Sky pop-up planetarium, and Coding with Minecraft to Stop Motion Animation, Mr. Kim in concert, and many craft afternoons!
• 12 end of Summer Reading prizes given away – Congrats winners!
• 3 Grand Prize Winners!!
• 8 Storytimes in the Park
• 48 Henna tattoos for kids, teens & adults
• 196 Lego creations were built!
• 27 teens and tweens made SLIME!
• 23 teens and adults learned the art of glass fused pendants
• 50 bags of food were donated to the Grafton Food Bank in lieu of Library fines – thank you patrons!
• 20 pints of blood were donated to Boston Children’s Hospital.
• 4 bee hives have been purchased for Heifer International.
• $84.00 donated to Tufts Wildlife Clinic in Grafton that was collected through Penny Voting for the Heifer International animal.
The 2016 MA Statewide Summer Reading Program was sponsored by the Grafton Public Library, the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, the Town of Grafton, the Grafton Recreation Department, Trek Stop, Apple Tree Arts, Willard House & Clock Museum, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
It’s time to plan for spring planting in our Library garden!
Girl Scout, Julia is working on her Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA, earned by Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts. Only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award. Julia and Beth Patch (Library staff) have built the new raised bed and planted plants which attract bees. As part of her project, Julia would like to plant bulbs for early spring and is requesting donations of the following bulbs:
Bulbs can be dropped off at the Library. Thank you for your support and help with this project!
Bullet journals are a customizable way to organize yourself. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, or all of the above. In this program attendees will receive their own journal. We’ll talk about the different ways to use bullet journals, show you examples, and give you ideas. Then you’ll be able to start personalizing your journal the way you want. We’ll provide markers, colored pencils, and other supplies to get you started.
Please REGISTER online for this program or call 508-839-4649.
North Street and Millbury Street Elementary Schools
Suggested titles, not required.
Students entering 2nd Grade
Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
Cam Jansen series by David Adler
Ready Freddy series by Abby Klein
Geronimo Stilton series by Geronimo Stilton
Horrible Harry series by Suzy Kline
Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown
Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant
Mr. Putter and Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant
Franklin series by Paulette Bourgeois
Students entering 3rd Grade
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
Owen and Mzee: The True Story about a Remarkable Friendship by Craig Hatkoff
A-Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy
Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker
39 Clues series by Various Authors
The Spiderwick Chronicles series by Tony DiTerlizzi
Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
Students entering 4th Grade
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Amber Brown Goes Fourth by Paula Danziger
Awfully Short for Fourth Grade by Elvira Woodruff
Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows
Fudge series by Judy Blume
Time Warp Trio series by Sarah Varon
Meg MackIntosh by Lucinda Landon
Rose by Nikki Giovanni
Students entering 5th Grade
Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig
The Friendship by Mildred Taylor
Dear America series by Various Authors
The Sister Grimm series by Michael Buckley
Charlie Bone series by Jenny Nimmo
The Magic Thief series by Sarah Prineas
The 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury by Jack Prelutsky
The Blue Fairy Book series by Andrew Lang
Shimmer and Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life by Jim Arnosky
Students entering 6th Grade
Rules by Cynthia Lord
The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings by Alan M. Gratz
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Heat by Mike Lupica
Egypt Game by Zipha Keatley Snyder
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Chaldenko
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman
Middle School: The Real Deal by Juliana Farrell and Beth Mayall
The Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch
Suggested Authors: Jerry Spinelli, Jack Gantos, Anthony Horowitz, Andrew Clements, Nancy Farmer, Sharon Creech, Walter Dean Myers, Avi, C.S. Lewis, Paul Zindel, Jane Yolen
Online Learning – Elementary Schools
Wonderopolis – check out the Wonder of the Day!
Raz-Kids – use your school login to keep on readin’!
Kids InfoBits – requires Library card to login
Research in Context (formally InfoTrac Jr. Edition) – requires Library card to login
Encyclopedia Britannica – requires Library card to login
Pronunciator (upgrade from Mango Languages for foreign language learning!) – requires Library card to login
Bookflix – requires Library card to login
Educational Television – use your Library card to borrow these great programs on dvd
Grafton Middle School
One Book, One School – Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
Grafton High School
Select one of the following:
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Truck: A Love Story by Michael Perry
Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Senior Year: A Father, A Son, and High School Baseball by Dan Shaughnessy
Jupiter’s Travels: Four Years Around the World on a Triumph by Ted Simon
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr
Nefertiti: A Novel by Michelle Moran
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Once a Runner: A Novel by John L. Parker Jr.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders by L. David Marquet
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Paper Towns by John Green
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
Behold a Pale Horse: Exposing the New World by Milton William Cooper
Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin
This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman
It Was Me All Along: A Memoir by Andie Mitchell
Broken Road: Turning My Mess Into a Message by Tony Collins with Bethany Bradsher (on order)
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope by Tom Brokaw
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Martian by Andy Weir
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living by Jason Gay
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
LEGOs everywhere! See what you can build…team up with a friend and create something amazing!
Ages 8-12. Please register for this program.
In honor of National Library Week we are offering 2 programs:
Teen & Adult Coloring Program
Thursday, April 14 from 7-9 pm
Join us as we color special Library coloring pages, book bags and bookmarks!
This program is for teens and adults. All supplies will be provided.
Tween Crafternoon: Build-a-Book
Wednesday, April 13 3:30-4:30 pm
Help us celebrate National Library Week by building
and creating your own book. All supplies will be provided.
Ages 8-12. Registration is required.
Sign up online or call 508-839-4649.
The Grafton Public Library is pleased to now offer 1:1 computer skill training sessions for members of the community who are new to using a computer. Setting up email accounts, searching the web, and using the mouse will be demonstrated and users will have some practice time with the computers at the Library.
Sessions are limited to 6-8 per month by appointment.
For more information, or to make an appointment, please call Susan Leto or Heidi Fowler at 508-839-4649 extension 2.
The Grafton Public Library will have a delayed opening at 1 pm on Friday, March 18 for staff training and professional development.
The Library will re-open at 1pm Friday. Passes for Friday may be picked up until 9pm on Thursday or Friday after 1pm.
Please visit our digital branch to read a newspaper, check out an eBook, learn a new language, and more!
Nine out of ten people love chocolate…and the tenth person is lying!
All the questions you’ve ever had, such as where it comes from, how it’s made, why it tastes so good, and what it says about your personality will be answered by Judith Kalaora in “Chocolate 101: A Brief History of Chocolate.”
We will sample some of the best chocolates from the world over!
Co-sponsored by The Grafton Public Library, The Grafton Garden Club & The Grafton Historical Society.
Please call the Historical Society 508-839-0000 to register.
Suggested donation: $7
Location: Community Barn, 37 Wheeler Road North Grafton MA 01536
Check out our March Children’s Room Calendar. NEW STORYTIME SESSIONS! Double the fun at Toddler Time and Library Babies! Toddler Time will be on Wednesdays at 9am AND 10:15am. Library Babies will be on Tuesdays at 10:15am AND Thursdays @ 1:00pm. Please register for Silly Science and preschool Storytime, and check out all of our fun Wizard of Oz themed events for the 2016 Community Read of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz!