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Community Read 2019!

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The Friends of the Grafton Public Library announce the titles for Community Read 2019!

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ADULT Title:  TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

Description: A tale spanning 150 years and two continents re-imagines the peace efforts of democracy champion Frederick Douglass, Senator George Mitchell and World War I airmen John Alcock and Teddy Brown through the experiences of four generations of women from a matriarchal clan.

The Book Discussion will be held at the Grafton Historical Society located at 71 Main Street, South Grafton on Tuesday, March 12th. Join us for refreshments at 7:00 pm and the book discussion will begin at 7:30 pm. Please register for this program. Copies of the book are available at the library.

Can’t make it to the March 12 discussion? Join us for one of these alternate discussion times of TransAtlantic:

Daytimer’s Book Group  Tuesday, March 19  1:30 pm

Reads Well with Others Book Group  Monday, March 25  7:30 pm

 

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TEEN Title:   Elijah of Buxton  by Christopher Paul Curtis

Description: In  1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton,  Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American South, uses his wits and skills to try to bring justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family’s freedom.

The Book Discussion will be on Monday, March 11 7:30 pm and will be held at the Grafton Public Library.

 

CHILDREN”S Title: Two friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass by Dean Robbins

Description: This story imagines what it was like when Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass got together for a cup of tea and discussed their struggle for civil rights.

Join us March 21  6:30 pm for a special storytime featuring 2019’s Community Read kid’s book, followed by a quick discussion. What historical figure would YOU like to have tea with? This brief program best suited for our older elementary school  friends.

 

SAVE THE DATE – Upcoming related programs

We know you’ll want to also mark your calendar for April 28th’s program on Frederick Douglass, June 2nd’s program on the women in Frederick Douglass’ life, and July 5th’s Reading Frederick Douglass Together.  The Grafton Historical Society, Grafton Public Library, and the Unitarian Universalist Soceity of Grafton and Upton are proud to bring you these amazing programs.

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Construction Update #2

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The refinement of the floor plans was a focus for the architects and the Building Committee throughout the late fall and early winter as we met frequently to review the designs. As of this writing all of the major components of the plan have been set, while refinements will continue through the end of the Design Development phase in December. The major improvement was moving the main circulation stair to a more central location in line with the main (new) entrance.

The Massachusetts Historical Commission requires a photo documentation of the project.  Andy Deschenes began capturing many photographs of the existing building (interior and exterior) prior to demolition. These photographs will eventually be incorporated into an historic display in the new/renovated Library.

A search was completed for a temporary home for the library, with the vacant St. Andrews Church in North Grafton selected. The building is in good shape, will accommodate the majority of the Library collection and will provide enough space for the popular Children’s programming to continue. An agreement was reached with St. Andrews Church in North Grafton to use their facility for the Interim Library; a more detailed schedule will be developed but initially it looks like the Library will move in April of 2019.

The architect issued a draft schedule for the project with major milestones as follows:

  • Design Complete: End of March 2019
  • Bidding: March/April 2019
  • Library Move: early April 2019
  • Construction Start: May 1, 2019
  • Construction Complete: September 2020

In December and January, Library floor plans were reviewed collectively by the MA Board of Library Commissioners, the Committee and the architect in mid-December; some minor improvements continue to be made as typically happens during the design process. Additional meetings were held to discuss AV, IT and other technology requirements of the project.

A working session focused on the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) process was held; this is a certification program primarily for new buildings with a sustainability focus. The certification has several levels: Basic, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The goal for this project is Silver, given potential points that are awarded in different categories.

A bid package for movers experienced in Library relocations is being finalized and should go out in January. Meanwhile, the Library Director and Staff have been busy quantifying the library collection and accounting for everything in the Library that will have to move.

Review updated landscaping, schematics and elevations online at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9C0FhTY9BRcS0RSTjMtWmRRdi1JM0pub1p0eGpyYjhWTmZv/view?usp=sharing.

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Grafton Ukulele Musicians Meetup March 14 at 6:30pm

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Welcome to Grafton Ukulele Musicians (GUM), a partnership between Apple Tree Arts and Grafton Public Library.

We meet the second Thursday of every month. All levels are welcome and there is no fee. GUM meets on the third floor of Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common. This month we meet Thursday, March 14 from 6:30-8:00 pm.

Bring your ukulele and your singing voice to participate in this jam session lead by Miss Jan Barlow from Apple Tree Arts. Participants suggest the music and come together to play once a month. The Library provides copies of The Daily Ukulele: Leap Year Edition AND The Daily Ukulele on loan for use in the session.

Don’t have a ukulele? You can borrow a ukulele, as well! Brush up on your strumming skills or learn new chords with the Ukulele Course online at ArtistWorks, for free! A library card is required to access.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Jan Barlow at missjanbarlow@gmail.com.

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Down Under No Longer Accepting Donations as of 12/31/18

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To prepare for our spring move to temporary facilities during Library renovation and expansion, the Friends will no longer accept book and media donations as of December 31, 2018. A list of other places to donate gently used books and media follows.

Still want to donate to the Friends? Become a member, participate in a fundraiser (join us at Pepperoni Express Jan 7!), or donate cash via PayPal at www.friendsgpl.org

In Grafton:

Nelson Library
2 Prentice St, North Grafton
(508) 839-4454

Donation Bin for Discoverbooks.com
Grafton Memorial Municipal Center
30 Providence Road, Grafton MA
(near the entrance facing the police station)

Donation Bin for the Society of St. Vincent dePaul
old BP gas station
88 Worcester Street, Grafton MA

Donation Bin for the Society of St. Vincent dePaul
FiveStars Liquors
197 Worcester Street, North Grafton MA

Treasures Thrift Shop
82 Worcester St, North Grafton, MA 01536

In the area:
Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester 
65 James Street, Worcester
508-796-5613
anniesbooksworcester.com
info@anniesbooksworcester.com
Please note: THEY DO NOT PAY CASH FOR BOOKS. They will take paperbacks and hardcovers for store credit.

Bedlam Book Café
138 Green St. Suite 1, Worcester
508-459-1400
See https://bedlambookcafe.com/faqs/ for seller’s guidelines

Westborough Public Library
55 West Street, Westborough
(508) 366-3050
See https://www.town.westborough.ma.us/public-library/about-wpl/pages/friends-westborough-public-library for donation guidelines.

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Fuzzy Pajama Storytime March 7

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Join us for a special, seasonal, all-ages storytime. Listen to some sleepy stories before you head to bed. Pajamas, blankets and stuffed friends are encouraged!  Thursday, March 7 at 6:15 pm. Drop-in program, registration is not required.

 

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Delayed Opening Monday March 4

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Due to the storm, the Grafton Public Library will delay opening until 1pm Monday March 4. Can’t get to the Library? Missed your morning window to return items? Speak to a staff member and we will waive fines for items due March 4. No Silly Science at UniBank. Stay safe & warm!

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Ukulele 101 – Free Class for Beginners ages 13+

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The Grafton Public Library is offering a 4-week class session titled “Ukulele 101.” This class will be taught by Jan Barlow, Music Education Director, of Apple Tree Arts and is for beginners ages 13 and up – teens and adults. The classes will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday March 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, and will meet at One Grafton Common, Grafton, MA. Participants must commit to attending all 4 classes. This free class is limited to 10 participants. Participants need to bring a ukulele to the class; the Library has 3 ukuleles available to check out for the course of the session.

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Storytime at the Grafton Historical Society

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Join us Wednesday, February 27  1:15-1:45 pm for a special storytime at the Grafton Historical Society’s beautiful new South Grafton location.

This Preschool Storytime is a 30-minute program for children ages 3-5. Join Ms. Sarah and share stories, songs, and movement activities.
Please register for this event.

Registration will open two weeks before the event. Register ONLINE or by calling 508-839-4649.

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Teen Crafternoon: Dragon Eggs

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Saturday, February 23  1:00-3:00 pm

Do you wish you could take Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class? Do you think fantasy books are the best? Do you wish you had an unusual pet? How about a dragon? For this Crafternoon session we will create our very own dragon eggs.

This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. All craft supplies will be provided. Dragon food will not.

Sign up is required and starts February 9. Register online through the Events Calendar or by calling 508-839-4649.

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Confetti Soapmaking Workshop!

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Wednesday, February 20th – there are ten – 20 minute sessions to choose from!

Come and create a one of a kind confetti soap! Each participant will make their own soapy creation using glycerin based soap. And you’ll be able to take your soap with you at the end of the program and begin using it the next day.

This free program is open to adults, teens (grades 6-12) and kids (grades K-5). Children under the age of 10 must have a parent or guardian to lend a helping hand since the soap can get hot.

Each session is limited to 6 participants. Each participant must register separately. Parents/guardians are welcome to create their own soap while assisting a younger participant but they must also register for a slot.

This program will be held at the Grafton Municipal Center, Room D, which is located on the second floor. In order to keep the day running smoothly please arrive 5-10 minutes early so that each session can start promptly.

Only one soap/slot/sign up per person. Duplicate registrations will be deleted.

Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM  Please go to the library Events Calendar and scroll down to February 20 to select your time and register.

Location: Grafton Memorial Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road, ROOM D

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