Grafton Public Library

Library Updates

Yes, it’s August! Get your summer reading books!

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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

Poetry Books

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

National Geographic

Animal Planet

History Channel

Visit a Museum today! – reserve a Museum Pass with your Library card


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

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National Library Week April 10-16 – Libraries Transform

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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.

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Grafton Public Library to offer 1:1 computer skills training

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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.


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Library Delayed Opening at 1 pm Friday, March 18

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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!

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Chocolate 101: A Brief History of Chocolate

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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

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March Children’s Room Calendar Now Available!

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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!

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February Vacation Week Programs

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Visit the Grafton Library during February Vacation week for one or more of our programs! Also check our Event Calendar for further details.

• Family Movie Night: Frozen –Tuesday, February 16 at 6:30 pm Rated PG The Children’s Room will be closed to regular circulation from 6-9 pm in order to provide this program.

• LEGO Fun – Wednesday, February 17 Drop in anytime between 10 am-2 pm for LEGO building fun!

• Tween Crafternoon: Sharpie Mugs – Wednesday, February 17 at 3 pm Turn an ordinary mug into a one-of-a-kind. Make sure to sign up so there’s a mug for you! For tweens, ages 8-12 years old. Registration is required – RSVP to 508-839-4649 xt 1103

• Build a Truck Hands-on Fun – Thursday, February 18 at 11 am Time to get hands on and build together! Build your own wooden firetruck or EMS truck using one of the kits donated by Lowes and Home Depot. For kids ages 5-8 and their accompanying adult. Please register by calling the Library 508-839-4649 xt 1103

• Frozen Fever Day – Friday, February 19
Olaf Craft and Frozen Fever “short film” 11-12 or 3-4 pm Make an adorable Olaf craft (please bring a pair of white socks), listen to the Frozen soundtrack and watch the Frozen Fever short film.
Visit with Queen Elsa, 1-2 pm Meet Queen Elsa and join her for stories, a sing along and of course an autograph! Registration is required, please call 508-839-4649 xt 1103

• Saturday Storytime – Saturday, February 20 at 10 am Drop-in for an all-ages seasonal storytime with music, bubbles and fun!

• Teen Program: Popcorn Taste Test – Thursday, February 18 at 2 pm If you love popcorn, this is the taste test for you. Sample a variety of different popcorns and determine your favorite! This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. Sign up by emailing

• Teen Program: Dungeons & Dragons – Friday, February 20 at 5 pm Join us for another night of D&D. Pizza and snacks will be served. This free program is for teens in grades 6-12.

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Silly Science Storytime, partners with STEM Beginnings

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The Grafton Public Library is excited to announce Silly Science Storytime will be facilitated by STEM Beginnings during the January/February session (January 4, 11, &25, and February 1 & 8). It’s never too early to spark our little children’s interest in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. With each class, the children will learn STEM concepts through hands-on activities, engaging stories, music and movement, challenges, and even simple experiments ideal for little hands. Each class will be a fun, learning experience for your little ones!

Silly Science Storytime is a 30 minute program for children ages 3.5-5 years and is held at UniBank (89 Worcester St, Grafton, MA) on the specified Mondays at 10:30 am. Registration is required and limited to 12 participants, while 8 slots are reserved for Grafton residents. Registrants must commit to attending all 5 weeks of the session. To register please call the Children’s Room at the Grafton Public Library at 508-839-4649 xt 1103.

STEM Beginnings™ is a company that started in Shrewsbury, MA in late 2013. They offer fun-filled and exciting programs focused on building and sustaining interest in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Their main goal is to introduce STEM-related concepts at an early age through effective instruction and enjoyable activities. They believe that success in STEM education starts at the beginning – young children! For more information visit

Silly Science Storytime, in collaboration with STEM Beginnings, is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Board of Library Commissioners.


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Cocoa and Cookies…oh my!

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A warm THANK YOU to our Grafton Dunkin Donuts and Stop & Shop for providing hot cocoa and cookies (respectively) for our Holiday Family Movie Night on December 8th!
Save the date for our next Family Movie Night January 19 6:30 pm and Hotel Transylvania 2 !

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