Grafton Public Library


For the Love of Books: Friends’ Open House and Fundraiser @ Main Reading Room, Grafton Public Library
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Show your LOVE for the Library  and your LOVE for someone special!

 You’re cordially invited to purchase a book on the Library’s behalf and honor a loved one with an inscription on the bookplate.

 The book you select will remain in the Library’s collection, with your personalized bookplate, serving as a reminder of your generosity for years to come.

 Join us for refreshments and bring your friends to this community event!

Browse selected books during the event; preview titles at

treehousessnow date: Saturday, February 8, 7-9 pm

Community Read: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud @ Community Barn
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 11 @ 8:00 pm

The Woman Upstairs book coverJoin us for a lively discussion of The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud and hosted by the Friends of the Library at the Community Barn at the Brigham Hill Community Farm.

About the Novel:

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor’s Children, a masterly new novel: the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed and betrayed by a desire for a world beyond her own.

Nora Eldridge, an elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, long ago compromised her dream to be a successful artist, mother and lover. She has instead become the “woman upstairs,” a reliable friend and neighbor always on the fringe of others’ achievements. Then into her life arrives the glamorous and cosmopolitan Shahids–her new student Reza Shahid, a child who enchants as if from a fairy tale, and his parents: Skandar, a dashing Lebanese professor who has come to Boston for a fellowship at Harvard, and Sirena, an effortlessly alluring Italian artist.

When Reza is attacked by schoolyard bullies, Nora is drawn deep into the complex world of the Shahid family; she finds herself falling in love with them, separately and together. Nora’s happiness explodes her boundaries, and she discovers in herself an unprecedented ferocity–one that puts her beliefs and her sense of self at stake.

Told with urgency, intimacy and piercing emotion, this brilliant novel of passion and artistic fulfillment explores the intensity, thrill–and the devastating cost–of embracing an authentic life.

Download The Woman Upstairs eBook

Download The Woman Upstairs eAudio

Request a copy of The Woman Upstairs in print

Request a copy of The Woman Upstairs in large print

Request a copy of The Woman Upstairs on audioCD

Springtime Egg Hunt @ Grafton Common
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Sponsored by the Friends of the Grafton Library.

Select a start time (10:00 or 10:30 am), purchase a $3 ticket, and find up to 6 candy-filled eggs to take home and enjoy. The finder of the Golden Egg (2 at each hunt) wins a special prize.

Everyone may turn in their tickets to enter the door prize drawing.

Then, visit the Library for spring stories and a craft!

The Easter Bunny will be available for a photo!

This activity is suitable for walkers-age 10.

Proceeds benefit the Grafton Public Library.

snow date: MONDAY, April 21 at 10/10:30 am.

Too old to join the fun? Why not help run the program? Families with children ages 10-18 are invited to help set out eggs at 9 am on Saturday, staff the event, and coordinate the Easter Bunny’s arrival. Please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, to volunteer.