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Seed Swap & Garden Planning at Library

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The Grafton Public Library is pleased to host to a Seed Swap on Tuesday April 28, 2015 at 7:00pm. We have pumpkin, squash, pepper and watermelon seeds to share. Please bring seeds for our seed library and/or to add to our Library Garden.

This marks the start of our growing season. Help us decide what to plant in the Library garden! Members of the community can vote on which crops to grow this year! We are also looking for help with mulching, planting, weeding and watering. Sign up on our Signup Genius page for mulching and site cleanup Saturday May 16; planting on Saturday June 6, and weeding/watering June 6-October 3.

For details, contact Beth Gallaway at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.

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Spring into the Library for Teen Programs

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• The Teen Art Coalition will meet on April 11th from 1-3 p.m. This month we will check out Paper Quilling: Turn strips of paper into a work of art. You will learn different paper quilling techniques and incorporate them into a design. All supplies will be provided. Ages 12-18, please register.

Dungeons and Dragons gathers on April 22nd from 3:30-8:30 p.m. Grab your armor and friends and come to the library to play D&D! No experience necessary. Snacks will be served. Ages 12-18. To sign up: http://graftondnd.weebly.com/

Nail Art with Nina Park is happening April 23rd. The teens’ session is from 5-6:30 p.m. Award-winning artist Nina Park will be here to teach us about the care of our nails and how to design amazing nail art. Take a look at some of her very cool art on her Instagram profile ninanailedit. Supplies will be provided for creating your own nail art designs. Ages 12-18, please register.

Nerdfighters will meet again on April 25th from 1-3 p.m. – Join your fellow nerds for an afternoon of awesome and WiiU (and snacks!). Ages 12-18, please register.

And coming this SUMMER…it’s all about Superheroes! Please vote online (or access through the “Teens” link on the Library’s website) for your favorite superhero movies to see on the big screen this summer! Additionally, teen volunteers are sought to dress as comic book superheroes for photos with kids this summer.

For more details or to register for any of these programs, or if you’d like to help out as a superhero this summer, please contact Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian, at 508-839-4649 x1104 or by email at acusher@cwmars.org.

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Once Upon a Story at the Willard House & Clock Museum resumes

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Once Upon a Story is a storytime program for children ages 3 and up. Join us for stories and fun activities, and see a highlighted feature of the Willard House Clock Museum! Siblings welcome.
Registration is required – please call the Willard House at 508-839-3500
Location: Willard House and Clock Museum, 11 Willard Street, Grafton

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April School Vacation Week – Programs for Kids!

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April 20-24 is school vacation week! The Library will be hosting a variety of activities for children to participate in throughout the week. We will have no morning storytime sessions this week as we focus on school age children. Events are as follows:

April 21 – LEGO free play from 10am-4pm. Drop-in, bring a friend and build something together!

April 21 – Writing Workshop for ages 8-12 from 2-3:30pm. Join Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian, and Sarah Banister, Children’s Librarian, for an afternoon of fun writing activities! They will provide the prompts and exercises…you just sharpen your pencil (or keyboard)! Registration is required for this program.

April 22- Earth Day! We will have a “green” drop-in craft all day.

April 23 – Nail Art with Nina Park program for ages 8-12 from 3-4:30pm. Award-winning artist Nina Park will show us techniques for creating amazing nail art. Registration is required for this program.

April 24 – In honor of National Poetry Month, we will be having an open, all ages Poetry Workshop from 10am-4pm. Try your hand at different types of poetry! Examples will be provided. This program blends art, craft and writing.

To register for a program, please call 508-839-4649 or email graftonlilbrary.ma@gamil.com

Storytimes will resume their regular schedule on Monday, April 27. Storytimes will run until May 15.

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April is…National Poetry Month

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April is…National Poetry Month!
Haiku, Blackout Poetry, Concrete Poems… take time to explore poetry with us this month! In celebration, the Library will offer some special poetry programs for all ages:

  • Poetry Workshop Day for Kids
    Friday April 24th 10 am-4 pm All ages
    Try your hand at different types of poetry! Examples will be provided. This program blends art, craft and writing.
  • Coffeehouse and Open Mic Night Date TBD 7:30-9:00 pm Ages 14+ Grafton Community Television Studio 296 Providence Road, South Grafton MA 01560   Share a favorite poem & enjoy a snack with a group of poets, writers, rappers and lyricists!
  • “Poem in your Pocket” Day
    Thursday April 30th – all day
    Kids, share your favorite poem with a member of our staff and you could win a prize!
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Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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allthelightBeautifully descriptive, always hopeful, it’s no wonder this book has been on so many readers’ waiting lists. There are two stories, with two main protagonists coming of age during World War II in Europe. One is Marie-Laure, a blind Parisian girl who lives with her father, the master locksmith of the Museum of Natural History. Her father has lovingly created a completely perfect miniature of their town so Marie can learn to navigate on her own. When the two are forced to flee Paris, he creates a miniature replica of their new town, Saint-Malo, the walled port city in Brittany that is bombed by the Nazis. The miniature house has major significance as everything comes together in the final chapters of the novel. Werner is an orphan living in a small minding town Germany. He and his sister Jutta are fascinated by radios, and have created their own out of scrap material, which they listen to secretly from the attic after bedtime in the orphanage. They are both mesmerized by a science program for children, narrated by a Frenchman. This thread foreshadows how the two stories ultimately converge.

Doerr captures the internal lives of these two young people so vividly, along with many other characters throughout the book. It’s one of those novels that is hard to put down, yet sad to finish.

reviewed by Susan Leto

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Book Review: Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury

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When a young minor league baseball player blows out his arm in the midst of a no-hitter, he is left with the possibility of leaving baseball behind. Tyler Ames has lost everyone he loves on his way to the big leagues. In the midst of dealing with these losses, an angel intervention leads Tyler to a maintenance job at a retirement home. There Tyler meets Virginia Hutcheson, a woman struggling with Alzheimer’s. A friendship begins that brings deep spiritual awakenings for both the younger and older parties. Other angel interventions at timely moments bring about other interesting outcomes. This is the first book in a new series of books depicting fictional angel interventions that set the stage for a larger scale series development. This is a fine selection in the genre of Christian fiction/gentle reads.

Submitted by Marilyn Wilcox, Library staff

For readalikes, please visit our Pinterest Board on Christian Fiction/Gentle Reads

 

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Technology Petting Zoo

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If you received a new digital toy recently (or need help mastering your current eReader, phone, camera, tablet or device), bring it by for a free troubleshooting session on the second Friday of each month!

Can’t make this session? Schedule a one-on-one session with a Library staff member, anytime, to manage your Library card account, learn about a database, get homework help, or learn to download free eBooks. Or, try one of our new tech toys: a memory card reader, a quick charger, our telescope (available for loan this spring!) or the Wii Mini!

For more details or to register for the program, please Beth Gallaway at 508-839-4649 or by email at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.

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Birthday Club Donation Program

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The Grafton Public Library is pleased to offer a new way to donate materials to the Library. In lieu of—or in addition to!–gifts for any occasion, you can now donate a book to honor a loved one. The program is called Birthday Club, but a donation in someone’s honor may be made for milestones such as birthdays, retirements, showers, graduations.

Donors may choose a specific title to add to the Library’s circulation collection, or simply donate to cover the cost of addition(s) to the Library’s collection. In return, donors receive a receipt and certificate, and a bookplate will be placed in the book.

Gifts and donations in any amount are accepted year-round. These unrestricted funds become invaluable in funding materials, programs, services and expenses not covered in the Library’s operating budget, including marketing, emergency building repairs, and new equipment.

For more information, please visit graftonlibrary.org/donate.

Or, download the Birthday Club Donation Form, complete the form, and mail, with your check, to Grafton Public Library, PO Box 387, Grafton MA 01519.

To begin the process of making a Birthday Club donation, set up a trust, or discuss planned giving, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 or by email at bgallaway@cwmars.org.

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PAWSing to R.E.A.D. program: new season, new format

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PAWSing to R.E.A.D. is a reading enrichment program for beginning or hesitant readers in grades one, two, or three. Amidst the giggles and tail wagging, readers’ confidence, fluency, word recognition, and comprehension improve! The dogs and their handlers are therapy registered and certified through Delta Society Pet Partners, Tufts Paws for People, and have completed the Reading Education Assistance Dogs workshop. Under the new format, participants will read to a therapy dog once a week for 15 minutes for 3 weeks. Space is limited so we ask that registrants commit to the entirety of the session they sign up for. Three week sessions are available in the months of February, March, April, and May and all sessions will meet on Saturday mornings. If your child could benefit from participating in this wonderful reading enrichment program, please register by calling the Children’s Room, Grafton Public Library at 508-839-4649 xt 4.

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Nerdfighters in the News

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Our Nerdfighters are in the news! Check out the article in the April 3rd issue of the Community Advocate.

Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to join us at our next session on Saturday, April 25th from 1-3pm. DFTBA! (Don’t forget to be awesome!)

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Nail Art

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Supplies will be provided for creating your own nail art designs.

Kids’ session is 3-4:30 p.m. Ages 8-12
Teens’ session is 5-6:30 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12
Adults’ session is 7-8:30 p.m. Ages 18+
Please sign up in the library or by email acusher@cwmars.org.

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Friends’ Spring Egg Hunt on April 4th!

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The Friends’ Spring Egg Hunt Fundraiser is on, RAIN or SHINE! Sat 4/4 on the Grafton Common. Start your hunt for the Golden Egg at 10AM or 11AM. Pick up 6 colored eggs along the way, meet the Easter Bunny, and come to the Library for Crafts and Stories until noon. Tickets $3 in advance, $5 day of event.

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