Grafton Public Library

Library Updates

Important Information for Patrons with Holds

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Image result for library hold shelfHolds are now available and are SELF-SERVICE! Please see a staff member if you would like to create an alias for your library account so Holds are not shelved under your legal name.

Self Check is coming soon!

We look forward to seeing you at 53 North Main St!

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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

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Grafton Ukulele Musicians Meetup June 13 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, June 13 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

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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

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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Come See Our New Temporary Quarters!

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Reset your GPS to 53 North Main Street, North Grafton MA 01536 where we have reopened as of Wednesday May 15! Thanks for your patience as we continue to make the space comfortable and usable for all.

Hours remain Mon-Thu 10am-9pm and Fri/Sat 10am-5pm.

Please note parking is limited — please do not take up more than 1 lined space, and please do not park at local businesses Trek Stop and Truth Spa unless you are patronizing those amazing businesses!

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Library CLOSED for Memorial Day Weekend 2019

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Memorial Day on Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27, 2019. No items are due on these days. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, May 28.

Museum passes for the weekend may be picked up in advance on Thursday (10 am-9 pm) or Friday (10 am-5 pm).

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

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BookWorms Book Group Grades 1 & 2

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Join us for fun and friendly discussion on Monday, April 8 6:00-6:30 pm
for the BookWorms Book Club grades 1 & 2.
Please note the correction to the titles we will be reading this month.
Copies are available to check out from the library.
Please REGISTER for this program.
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SOLD OUT: Friends Egg Hunt on Grafton Common April 13

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Egg Hunt Flyer

If you are a ticketholder, please write your name and phone number on the back of your ticket – it becomes your raffle entry for a door prize!

No tickets will be sold the day of the event.

Event Description: Collect candy-filled eggs on the Grafton Common while hunting for the elusive Golden Egg, get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny, and then join us at the Library for spring stories & a craft.  this event is hosted by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library and sponsored in part by Stop & Shop, Wegmans, Roche Brothers and Gorettis. Proceeds benefit the Grafton Public Library.

All are welcome to join us at the Library for a special spring-themed storytime and some simple coloring crafts.


Storytimes will be in the Children’s Room and scheduled as follows:

  • 10:15-10:35 am
  • 10:40-11:00 am
  • 11:05-11:25 am
  • 11:30-11:50 am
  • 11:55am-12:15 pm

The Children’s Room will be CLOSED to the public from 12:30-1:00 pm for clean up. A selection of children’s materials can be found in the Main Reading Room.

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Library to Relocate to Temporary Quarters Beginning April 24

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library closing posterThe Grafton Public Library will close temporarily to the public Wednesday April 24 and reopen Monday May 13 at its interim location at 53 North Main Street, North Grafton MA, formerly St. Andrews Church.

We are so excited to be moving forward in the construction process! So many people have volunteered their time to help, but the grant application provided for budgeting professional moving services. W.B. Meyers procured the winning bid for the moving process.

  • No Library materials will be due during this time period (although materials may be returned to any C/W MARS Library).
  • The book drop will be LOCKED April 23. Please hold any materials at home or return to another C/W MARS location. Borrowers are responsible for items left outside of the Library.
  • Borrowers may select another C/W MARS Library for hold pick up in the interim.
  • Grafton cards are good at all C/W MARS libraries.
  • Last day for holds pickup is April 17.
  • Last day for museum pass pickup is April 20 – only the Boston Children’s museum pass will be available (because it can be sent by email) during the move.
  • The digital collection remains available at to meet leisure reading, research and homework needs.
  • The Library will continue to operate Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm and Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm in temporary quarters through the duration of the construction period, estimated to last 16-18 months.
  • Scheduled library programs will take place off site during the move.
  • Storytime will be held at Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common for registered participants during the month of May.
  • A second temporary closure of 2-4 weeks will take place in 2020 to move back to the renovated space.

Please check the Library Event Calendar at for a complete list of programs and locations.


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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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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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