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Friends Minutes August 25 2015 (as submitted 9-14)

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Friends of the Grafton Public Library Board Meeting

August 25, 2015


Attending: Betci Weldon, Ellen Goguen, Alberta Durfee, Gail Poler, Gail Wixon, Mary Tulloch, Donna

Tainor, Michelle Dalal, Dan Cusher, Aaron Swartz, Elinor Tidman

Staff: Beth Gallaway, Heidi Fowler

Trustees: Doug Bowman, Gary Beauchamp

Minutes: Accepted.

Finances: End of June 2015 Report distributed. It was noted that the cost of museum passes seemed higher than usual, but this was due to two passes (the Aquarium and Boston Museum of Science) being paid early and therefore twice in one fiscal year.

Report accepted.

Down Under: Grafton Public School teachers have been allowed a number of free books from Down Under. Mary requested a new policy on free books for out of town teachers to include: ID required, and numbers of free books they may have. Hank Poler has drafted a policy and Mary is to get it to Betci. Information on the free books for Grafton Teachers needs to be disseminated and Donna Trainor volunteered to take information to the schools. If there is a request for free or discounted books, the request must be taken to Beth Gallaway, Library Director, or Mary Tulloch. The Library Staff is not to be made responsible for this decision.

Thanks were offered to Gary for his work in making Down Under look so much nicer.

Membership: Ellen Goguen will email the current membership list to the new Membership Chairman, Dan Cusher. Along with the Friends Membership form information needs to be sent out in September requesting everyone attend the Town Meeting on October 19, 2015. There will be a vote to allow the Library to go for another grant for an addition. There was considerable discussion on the best way to get this information out to Grafton voters which included: a membership drive to the Town’s 10,000 households by postcard, insert in the Grafton News, Friends to organize advocacy groups, door-to-door information sharing, Moms of Grafton Facebook page, make joining the Friends of the Grafton Public Library available on line. Marketing for this Town Meeting is our number one priority.

Construction and Grant: Beth Gallaway presented information on the October 19th Town Meeting and the Library’s grant request on the warrant for this meeting. The complete grant request is due to the MBLC January 2017, building needs baseline is due this fall, and a design is due summer of 2016. The vote in October is to the Library to apply for the grant, pay for an architect and set up a building committee. Funds for the architect would be $75,000 — $20,000 will be from leftover funds and $55,000 would be from free cash. Johnson and Roberts, our previous architects, have shown interest in this new

Grant proposal, and it might be possible to revise the plans made for the last grant. The MBLC has said that Grafton does not need to provide information on an alternate site. The plan is to be modest and conservative, but we must meet basic services and the MBLC will not accept bare bones. It was noted that the Grafton Public Library is the ONLY library in Massachusetts without a meeting room.

The kitchen renovation will start at the end of September or early October. Beth will be given a heads up as soon as Alan Harvey gives us a start date. The total for this renovation is $5,000.

Historic Book Sale: Gary Beauchamp presented the plans for the September 7, 2015 Historic Book Sale, which will take place in the library’s Children Room and Down Under. Ads will be in 5 newspapers, including the T&G, and Gary believes there will be a large number of people. Friends’ members will be helping during the sale. There is a $10 early entrance fee; checks will be accepted, book bags given out to the first 25 people. There will be old books, prints, maps, and magazines as well as the books in Down Under available for sale. Gary has put a great deal of work into this book sale.

By-Laws Revision: The Friends By-Laws need to be revised. A committee has been set up to look at the current By-Laws and those of other libraries, then draft a revision and submit it to the Board. The question was raised do we need to have the entire membership vote on the revised By-Laws. This will be looked into.

Up-coming Events: “What the Library Can Do For You” essay contest for elementary, middle and high school students and adults. Children’s essays may be illustrated. Prizes will be awarded for each group and winners will be printed in the Grafton News. A $10 gift certificate to Down Under for each winner was approved by the Board. Michelle and Betci volunteered to help read the essays. It was suggested that the essays be used in our push for the grant. Michelle will check on the costs for an ad in the Grafton News and contact the school principals to get the information to students.

Outreach: Octoberfest, October 17th, we will have a free table to promote the Library and the Friends. The Library will once again be participating in the Grafton Celebrates the Holidays, and Gail Poler will ask if the Friends could have a table at the Apple Pie Social this year.

There was discussion about the Friends selling library merchandise to raise funds, which has not been successful in the past. Beth said that the Library Bags provided at the Night Out went very fast. The Board felt that there was not enough room to have a “shop” and certainly the Staff should not be asked to handle sales. We will look into bags, ID holders and then go from there. Some items could be used for prizes and incentives.

Other: Beth Gallaway has looked two pressure-treated picnic tables with benches plus an umbrella. The tables, 8’ in length, would be $600 per table. The Board will discuss this purchase by email.

Next Board Meeting will be Tuesday, September 22, 2015.

Elinor Tidman





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NEW! Mystery Book Group!

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We will be discussing Invisible City by Julia Dahl.

Description: Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, an Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return to her religion. Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since. Now a recent college graduate, Rebekah has moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a big-city reporter. But she’s also drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still be living in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn. Then Rebekah is called to cover the story of a murdered Hasidic woman. Rebekah’s shocked to learn that, because of the NYPD’s habit of kowtowing to the powerful ultra-Orthodox community, not only will the woman be buried without an autopsy, her killer may get away with murder. Rebekah can’t let the story end there. But getting to the truth won’t be easy–even as she immerses herself in the cloistered world where her mother grew up, it’s clear that she’s not welcome, and everyone she meets has a secret to keep from an outsider. In her riveting debut, journalist Julia Dahl introduces a compelling new character in search of the truth about a murder and an understanding of her own heritage

You can stop by the library to pick up a copy or you can reserve a copy at;qtype=keyword;locg=1. Please register for this program by calling 508-839-4649 or emailing

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mystc aquarium

We are pleased to announce that we now have passes to the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut.

The mission of the Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research.

The Aquarium is open year round, every day except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

REGULAR ADMISSION:  Adult $ 34.99, Seniors (60+) $29.99, Youth (13-17) $28.99, Children (3-12) $24.99, Children 2 and under are free.

THE LIBRARY PASS offers $5 off per person for up to four people.

Please visit our Passes Page for more information and to reserve a pass!


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Missing Anything?

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The contents of our Lost and Found basket will be donated to charity on September 4, 2015.  We have a child’s raincoat, hats & gloves, water bottles, etc. all waiting to be reunited with their owners!lost & found

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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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