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Tween & Teen Crafternoon: Origami Wishing Stars

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Saturday, January 26

Join us for a crafternoon of star making. You’ll learn how to fold these mini origami stars and take them home in your own wishing jar. Your wishing jar will make a great decoration piece but can also use the stars to make earrings, garland, mobiles and more. All supplies will be provided.

TWEENS in grades 3-5 will meet from 1-2 pm. Sign up is required and opens January 12th. Sign up ONLINE or call 508-839-4649.

TEENS in grades 6-12 will meet from 2:30-3:30 pm. Sign up is required and open January 12. Sign up ONLINE or call 508-839-4649.

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Notice to Patrons re: Unavailable Catalog January 21 a.m.

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On Monday, January 21, 2019 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), starting at 6:30 am all Evergreen services will be unavailable while routine maintenance is performed. This includes the library catalog and any sites that use Evergreen authentication via SIP (OverDrive, Commonwealth Catalog, and Hoopla) Services should be up and running by noon on that day.

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Would you like to do a simple favor for someone in need?

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We deliver books to home-bound patrons on a weekly basis.  We are looking for a volunteer over age 18 with a valid driver’s license to sign up for the second Tuesday of every month.  The task is to pick up the stack of books that will have been prepared in advance and deliver them to each of our home-bound patrons; currently we have 6, all living in Grafton.  The volunteer also picks up the books ready to be returned and brings them back to the library. The whole exercise takes about one hour.

If interested, please call Susan Leto at 508-839-4649 extension 8 or send an email to

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Registration is Open for Saturday Steam Ahead Grades 3-5!

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Kids in grades 3-5 can join Ms. Cyndi and Ms. Sandhya Saturday, January 19  12:00-1:00 pm for a seasonal science activity that is hands-on fun! Registration is required. Please register ONLINE or call 508-839-4649.

Children are always welcome at the library.  However, the library is a public building and very busy on a daily basis.  For the protection and well-being of children, the Grafton Public Library has established an Unattended Child Policy.
Please note that program attendees must also comply with the Library’s Unattended Child Policy:
  • 0-7 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times;
  • 8-12 must be accompanied by parent/guardian remaining in the Library;
  • 13+ may be unaccompanied provided child is able to use Library independently and follow the Library’s Code of Conduct.
  • Children under age 13 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over the age of 14.
All library policies are online at
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Library Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 21, 2019. No items are due on this day. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, January 22.

Please visit our digital branch online to read a newspaper, check out an ebook, learn a new language, and more!

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Grafton Writer’s Group Resumes January 16th

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Do you like to write? Do you want to get some practice in writing and possibly share with other writers? If so, please consider joining fellow writers at the Grafton Library. We gather to learn and to share on the 3rd Thursday of the month.

The group is open to writers age 16 and up, and is held in the Main Reading Room of the Library, facilitated by Tasha and Stephen Halpert.

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Down Under Donations CEASE Dec 31

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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

In Grafton:

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

Donation Bin for
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
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
See for seller’s guidelines

Westborough Public Library
55 West Street, Westborough
(508) 366-3050
See for donation guidelines.

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New! BookWorm BookClubs for Kids!

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The Children’s Room at the Grafton Public Library is pleased to announce new book clubs for kids starting this January 2019. There will be 3 book clubs, organized by grade, that will meet once per month to talk about the book of the month. Patrons can sign up on a monthly basis and do not have to commit to ongoing monthly meetings. Copies of the monthly book will be available to check out from the library.

Join Ms. Sandhya and Ms. Kristin at one of the following groups:

KINDERGARTEN friends will meet Monday, January 7 at 6:00 pm to read and discuss The Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone and the True Story of the Three Little Pigs by John Scieszka.

FIRST & SECOND GRADE friends will meet on Monday, January 14 at 6:00 pm to discuss Stink the Incredible Shrinking Kidby Megan McDonald. Books will be available on December 31st.

THIRD, FOURTH & FIFTH GRADE friends will meet Monday, January 28 at 6:00 pm to discuss The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary. Books will be available on January 7th.

Registration is required. Please register online or call the Library at 508-839-4649 x1103 (#3 on our phone menu when you call!)

Please note that program attendees must comply with the Library’s Unattended Child Policy:

  • 0-7 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times;
  • 8-12 must be accompanied by parent/guardian remaining in the Library.

The Children’s Room will be closed to regular business on these days from 6:00-6:45 pm to provide this program.


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FINAL DAY! Food for Fines runs November 5 through December 31

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Image result for food for finesGot fines? To aid the Grafton Food Bank, the Library will offer fine forgiveness in return for donations of non-perishable items for the Grafton Food Bank. The program will run November 5 through December 31, 2018.

The value of donated items should total the fine amount. Please donate unopened, unexpired, non-perishable items valued at your fine amount. Items that are perishable, open, leaking, damaged or expired cannot be accepted.

The Food Bank accepts toiletries, diapers, baby food and formula, and pet food. A list of suggestions can be found online at

Please note Food for Fines applies only to overdue fines, and does not extend to fees for printing, faxing, lost materials, or replacement Library cards.

Donations may be brought to the Children’s Room or Main Reading Room. For more details about Food for Fines, or to discuss other alternatives to fees and bring your library card to good standing, please contact Susan Leto at 508-839-4649 x1105 or by email at




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Holiday Break Activities for Kids

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Join us for one or more of these programs during school vacation week!

Kids Tinker Bags  Wednesday, December 26  12pm – 9pm

Swing by the library and grab a Tinker Bag!  Filled with miscellaneous odds & ends, there is no limit to what you can create with these grab bags. Work at the library or take one home. Don’t forget to bring your imagination!


Family Movie Night: The Incredibles 2  Thursday, December 27  6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for our Family Movie Night!

In INCREDIBLES 2, Helen is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack — whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone by their side. That’s what makes this family so INCREDIBLE. Rated PG.


LEGO Free Play  Friday, December 28  10am – 2pm

All ages are welcome to stop in the Library and build with our large supply of Lego bricks! We will also have the Duplo bricks available for our younger builders. What can you build today?


New Year’s Eve at Noon Party   Monday, December 31  11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Can’t stay awake long enough to watch the ball drop? Ring in 2019 with your friends at the Library! We’ll have music, bubbles, and a special countdown at noon! For children of all ages and their families.

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