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Seven Times Salt Kickoff Concert June 5!

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Seven Times Salt concert – “Easy As Lying: The Music of Shakespeare’s Globe”
Tuesday, June 5  6:15 pm Renaissance Dance lesson, 7:00 pm Concert
Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common in the Great Hall

Thanks in part to Grafton Cultural Council Grant, early music band Seven Times Salt kicks off the 2018 Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock” with a performance of songs the Bard mentions by name, as well as works by his musical contemporaries.

The program beings at 6:15pm with a dance lesson. Concert begins at 7:00pm and includes choice excerpts from his plays read aloud by STS’s finest thespians. Dances from the Elizabethan and Jacobean courts and a saucy ballad or two round out the evening’s festivities!

This program includes Intro to Renaissance Dance for early birds who arrive by 6:15pm! In this short workshop open to all, you’ll learn the basics of English dancing from Shakespeare’s time. Then, show off your new skills and perform a dance during the concert! No partner needed; wear comfortable shoes. Recommended grade K & up.

Free admission, teen/adult. Space is limited and FREE tickets are available on Evitebrite.

The concert takes place at Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common in the Great Hall.

Seven Times Salt is a Boston-based early music ensemble specializing in repertoire of the 16th and 17th centuries. Praised for creative programming and an “impeccably balanced sound,” STS has performed since 2003 at venues throughout New England including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Plimoth Plantation, the New England Folk Festival, WGBH radio, and many others. We have also researched and presented original programs for the Amherst, Bloomington, and Boston Early Music Festivals (Fringe), the Society For Historically Informed Performance, and our own self-produced concert series. We delight in blurring the lines between “art music” and folk tunes, and feel at ease performing in the concert hall, the dance hall, or the beer hall!

Seven Times Salt is:

Karen Burciaga – violin & treble viol
Daniel Meyers – recorders, flute & percussion
Josh Schreiber Shalem – bass viol
Matthew Wright – lute

with special guests
Michael Barrett – tenor & recorder
Barbara Hill – soprano

Get a preview of the music at

Mass Cultural Council LogoThis program is supported in part by a grant from the Grafton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and Apple Tree Arts.


CONTACT:  Beth Gallaway  508-839-4649 x1105
LOCATION: Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common

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Summer LEGO Builds Registration is Open June 1st – June 11th

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Summer is coming and that means the Grafton Public Library is gearing up for the Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!” Due to the popularity of the Library’s LEGO Build programs, we are doing a special online registration for our summer series to ensure more patrons have the opportunity to participate. The registration link opens June 1st and closes June 11th. Please fill out the online form and we will do our best to match you with one of your top choices.

There will be FIVE mini LEGO builds. There will be THREE programs for each build: one for tweens, one for teens, and one for adults. Preference will be given to Grafton residents. Please sign-up for the appropriate age program on the Events Calendar under the Summer Lego Build Registration heading.

Brought to you by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library.

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Library CLOSED for Memorial Day Weekend 2018

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Memorial Day on Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28, 2018. No items are due on these days. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, May 29.

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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Restaurant Fundraiser: Pepperoni Express

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Come get some pizza at Pepperoni Express on May 22 (anytime 8:30 am – 10:00 pm) and a portion of your bill will support the Grafton Public Library! Dine-in, carry-out, or delivery – no need to bring a flier or anything. And since Pepperoni Express now does breakfast, you can eat ALL your meals there for our fundraiser!

8:30am: Ukulele Breakfast

12:00 noon: Great American Books Discussion

1:30pm: Storytime

6:00pm: Ukulele Dinner

7:30pm: Great American Read Discussion

8pm: Great American Read watch-a-long on WGBH

Thanks to the Friends of the Grafton Public Library for organizing and hosting this fundraiser! Proceeds benefit the Library.

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Library Offers Passport Acceptance Service by Appointment

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Passport apppassport imagelication acceptance is now available the Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Common, Grafton MA by appointment only during the hours of 11am-8pm Mon-Thu and 11am-4pm on Friday and Saturday. In addition to regular passport fees, an additional $35 is charged for new passports and benefits the Grafton Public Library.

Passport applicants are advised to complete the application at home or online at the Library, print it, and bring the completed forms, along with all required documentation and a 2”x2” color photo. An important note; applicants must not sign the forms until witnessed in front of the clerk/agent.

A list of all required documentation for a passport is available on the U.S. Department of State website at Additional documents may be required and can be found on the website. Photos must meet specific requirements, which are listed on the state travel website.

To make an appointment, please call the Library at 508-839-4649 and press 1 for the Main Desk.

The State Department recommends Passport applications be submitted 6-8 weeks before the date of travel.

Passports may be renewable by mail; Passport Acceptance is also available at the South Grafton Post Office.

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Grafton Ukulele Musicians (G.U.M.) Thursday, June 14

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Bring your ukulele and your singing voice to participate in this jam session lead by Miss Jan from Apple Tree Arts. Participants suggest the music and come together to play once a month. The Library provides copies of The Daily Ukulele on loan for use in the session. All levels are welcome and there is no fee. GUM meets on the third floor of Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common.

Don’t have a ukulele? You can borrow a ukulele, as well.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

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After School Science Program begins Tuesday, May 15

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Looking for a fun, short-term after school program? Students in grades 3-5 are invited to join After School Science led by NHS (National Honor Society) volunteer Cali Cardenas.  The 4 week program will be held on Tuesdays, May 15th 22nd, 29th and June 5th from 3:30-4:30 pm at the Grafton Library. Participants are expected to attend all 4 weeks of the program. Experiments will include growing plants, making quicksand, potato batteries, and volcanoes!

Registration is required. Please register online or call 508-839-4649.

Cali is a junior at Grafton High School and hopes to share her love of science! For more information please contact Cali Cardenas at or 508-714-8414.

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May Book Group Round Up

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Book Discussion Groups meet at the Library and are led by Heidi Fowler. RSVP: or 508-839-4649. Copies of the book are available for checkout a month in advance.










Not Just For Young Adults Book Group
Mon May 7 at 7:30pm
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
When she is abandoned by her alcoholic mother, high school senior Ruby winds up living with Cora, the sister she has not seen for ten years, and learns about Cora’s new life, what makes a family, how to allow people to help her when she needs it, and that she too has something to offer others.

Daytimers’ Book Group
Tue May 15 at 1:30pm
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
Embarking on a more than 3,000-kilometer walking journey from rural Canada to the East coast so that she can see the ocean for the first time in her life, an octogenarian woman has experiences that blur her perspectives between illusion, memory and reality.

GPL Mystery Book Group
Tue May 15 at 7:30pm
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
A classic novel of romantic suspense finds the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter entering the home of her mysterious and enigmatic new husband and learning the story of the house’s first mistress, to whom the sinister housekeeper is unnaturally devoted.

Reads Well With Others Book Group
Mon May 28 at 7:30pm
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
A successful caterer in Bascomb, North Carolina, Claire has always remained tied to the legacy of the Waverly family, until her peaceful life is transformed by Tyler Hughes, an art teacher and new next-door neighbor, and by the return of her prodigal sister, Sydney.

Inspirational Book Group
Tue May 29 at 7:30pm
The Book of Joy : lasting happiness in a changing world by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams
Two leading spiritual masters share their hard-won wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity, sharing personal stories and teachings about the science of profound happiness and the daily practices that anchor their emotional and spiritual lives.

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Friday Fun with Mr. Kim! May 11 at 10:15am

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Friday Fun with Mr. Kim is a music and movement program for preschoolers ages 2 +. Mr. Kim appears courtesy of Apple Tree Arts.

Registration is required for all persons attending. Please register all attendees, including adults and siblings.

Check out Mr. Kim’s Popcorn Song video!

The Children’s Room is CLOSED to the public during this program.



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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The Good Good Spa Night

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Monday, April 23  7:30-8:45 pm

If you enjoyed Pig Spa with Christopher Hogwood (from The Friends of the Library Community Read title, The Good Good Pig, by Sy Montgomery) than you’ll love The Good Good Spa Night.  Make a sugar scrub and bath tea for a spa night at home.  You are welcome to paint your finger nails as well, in the company of other Pig Spa enthusiasts.

Please REGISTER online for this program or call the Library at 508-839-4649 xt 1102

Location: Main Reading Room of the Grafton Public Library.

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