Grafton Public Library


Once Upon a Time Storytime at Willard House & Clock Museum @ WIllard House and Clock Museum
Mar 5 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Early Childhood Education Seminar for Parents on Benefits of Music and Movement @ Grafton Public Library, Children's Room
Mar 6 @ 6:30 pm – Mar 6 @ 7:30 pm

Seminar attendees will participate in developmentally appropriate music activities that help children develop an array of skills including spatial awareness, body part identification, crossing the mid line, listening and learning how to follow directions. These activities also support the development of language, pre-reading skills, pre-math skills, cultural literacy and expression.  Attendees will receive songs and exercise activities that help children develop these skills.

Best of all, children will experience joy while singing songs and moving their bodies when parents and care givers learn how to incorporate music and movement into the children’s daily activities.

The Library will offer activities for preschool age children during this event.
Please register for this seminar by calling the Library 508-839-4649 xt 4or by emailing

Objectives for participants:

  • Increase knowledge of why music, movement and music education is essential to children’s development
  • Increase knowledge of  how music is a powerful  tool for brain development, creative thinking and communication
  • Increase knowledge of ways to incorporate music  into your  families’ daily living and your  comfort level with achieving this


Biography of Jan Barlow

 The session is presented by Jan Barlow, education director of Apple Tree Arts, a nonprofit community music and theatre arts school based in Grafton.  Jan has trained extensively in the MusikGarten curriculum and is Level 2 certified by the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association.  She is an alumna in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music and has a degree in Business Management from Dean College.

Jan oversees Apple Tree Arts’ early childhood music program.  She has a passion for educating young children and their families during the informative early childhood years. She shares this passion through her music training programs for preschool teachers and day care providers and through the classes she teaches for children from birth through age nine.

Once Upon a Time Storytime at Willard House & Clock Museum @ WIllard House and Clock Museum
Apr 2 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
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.

Kids’ Night at the Movies @ Children's Room, Grafton Public Library
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 22 @ 8:30 pm


Nostalgic for Winter? Come and watch our “cool” movie. “Let it go” and sing-along!

Once Upon a Time Storytime at Willard House & Clock Museum @ WIllard House and Clock Museum
May 7 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Mother’s Day Craft @ Grafton Public Library
May 10 all-day
Author Visit: Lauren Scheuer, Once Upon a Flock @ Grafton Public Library
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

author Lauren Scheuer with her chicken, LucyThe Grafton Public Library is pleased to host a visit with author, illustrator and blogger Lauren Scheuer in the Library’s Main Reading Room at 35 Grafton Common on Thursday July 10  at 7:00 p.m. Lauren will tell spellbinding tales of her soulful flock of chickens and describe her journey from blog to published book. She will read from her work and take questions about the writing process. Book sales and signing will follow.

Lauren is the author of Once Upon a Flock: Life with my soulful chickens (Atria Books, 2013), which chronicles her journey of raising chickens in charming anecdotes and illustrations. It’s a tale with drama, humor and heart, and if you are an animal lover, a backyard homesteader, or simply curious about these social birds, you’ll love with session with Lauren! To request a copy of the book in advance, please call the Library at 508-839-4649 x1101.

This program is appropriate for families. No registration is required. The session is part of Amazing Animals week as part of the Grafton Public Library’s science-themed summer reading program for kids, teens and adults, sponsored by the Grafton Public Library, Friends of the Grafton Public Library, Massachusetts Library System, MA Board of Library Commissioners and Boston Bruins. Registration in the summer reading program continues through August 1.

For more details or to register for the program, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1105 or by email at

Dinosaurs on the Common
Jul 12 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Visit Dinoman and his 3 large inflatable dinosaurs on Grafton Common from 11-2! We will also have a Jurassic Park Bounce to play on. Rain location: Municipal Center auditorium.

A reminder: please be very gentle with our dinosaurs – no punching, kicking or feeding the wildlife! :)