Grafton Public Library

Friends of the Grafton Library

FotGPL_Logo_GreenDid you know… membership in the Friends starts at just $5 a year, and supports library programs and initiatives not covered by the regular budget? In addition to checks, we can now accept dues and donations via Paypal!  It’s fast, easy, and secure.


Next Friends Meeting:  Friday June 16, 7:30 Annual Meeting, Grafton Public Library
Join us for the Friends of the Grafton Public Library’s Annual Membership Meeting! We’ll be celebrating our new library expansion with wine and refreshments. We’ll have reports from some of our board members about how the year went, hold our board elections, and have a presentation on the expansion plans and what the next steps will be. The Annual Membership Meeting is a closed meeting for dues-paying members. The Friends of the Grafton Public Library is a membership organization with annual dues starting at $10 (or $5 for students/seniors), with dues and all other revenue benefiting the Grafton Public Library. If you’re not sure whether your dues are up to date, send us a message. If they’re not, you can renew them at the library or online at this link:

Next Event: Grafton Public Library 90th Anniversary Celebration, Sat June 24, 11am-3pm
Join us for a free party with Field day games, raffles, face painting, snow cones, and a bounce house! We are celebrating 90 years with our Library building (and 150 for the Library establishment, and for our benefactor Jerome Wheelock, b. 6/20/1834). Bring a picnic lunch or plan to purchase food from our vendors; birthday cake and lemonade will be provided! Rain Date: June 25th from 11:00 – 3:00 PM.

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 About the Friends

The Friends of the Grafton Public Library is a volunteer organization that works to support our library through advocacy and activities designed to raise money for library needs which are not funded by our local, state or federal government.

We use the money we raise from the Down Under Bookstore and memberships to offer a variety of programs to the Grafton community. These programs include museum passes, the summer reading program, exhibits, speakers, workshops, and concerts.

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2016-2017 Officers

President: Dan Cusher
Secretary: Elinor Tidman
Treasurer: Ellen Gougen / Karen Kara’a
Marketing:  Michelle Dalal / Aaron Swartz
Membership: Marie Berardi
At-large: Alberta Dumfree, Gail Poler, Mary Tulloch, Gail Wixon
Friends Liaison to the Trustees: varies
Trustee Liaison to the Friends: varies

Join the Friends

Membership begins at just $5 for an individual membership! Print and complete a Friends Membership Form and send it, with a check for your annual dues, to:
The Friends
c/o the Grafton Public Library
PO Box 387
Grafton MA 01519

Friends Cafe

In the Main ReadFriends Cafeing Room, we offer the Friends Cafe, which sells hot coffee, tea and cocoa (iced in the summer) for $1.00. Cups are available at the Main Circulation Desk.


Down Under Bookstore

The Friends of the Grafton Public Library operate the Down Under Bookstore in the lower level of the Main Library. The Down Under Book Store is open the same hours as the Library. Books, CDs, videos, and paperbacks for adults are $1.00 each. Children’s books are four for $1.00. You will also find videotapes, books on tape, DVDs, and CDs. We sometimes offer current books in pristine condition for $3. At holiday time, we offer gift collections for $5-$10 dollars. You will find a wide range of books, both fiction and nonfiction:

  • classics
  • mysteries
  • children’s books
  • science fiction
  • cooking
  • crafts
  • self-help
  • parenting
  • travel
  • reference

The proceeds from Down Under support the Friends’ Museum Pass program and the many programs sponsored by the Friends. Donations to the Down Under Bookstore are most welcome. Donated gently used books, CDs, or videos should be in good, unmarked, saleable condition. Magazines, textbooks, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, and outdated, old or ugly books are not useful, and the Friends ask to be saved the trouble and expense of disposing of them. Moldy books are unacceptable. Donations may be left in the plastic bins at the bottom of the stairs near the bookstore. Please do not put donations in the book drops.

Donations from the Friends to local causes are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please apply in writing to the Friends of the Library, PO Box 387 Grafton, MA 01519.

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