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Save the Date: Next Library Expansion Community Forum

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The public is invited to attend Community Forum Three, hosted by DRA Architects, on Mon Dec 19 at 7 pm at the Grafton Memorial Municipal Center, Conference Room A.  Please bring your questions, concerns, and ideas and come share your thoughts on the project.

phone: 508-839-4649 x1105
email: info@graftonlibrary.org
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The first Community Forum for public input on the project took place on Thursday October 20 at 6pm at the Grafton Public Library. An archive of the meeting can be viewed on GCTV On Demand at  http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T02135&video=292760.
The second Community Forum for public input on the project took place on Wednesday November 16 at 7 pm at the South Grafton Community House. An archive of the meeting can be viewed on GCTV On Demand at http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T02135&video=295800

Can’t make it? Online public comment is welcome at: grafton-ma.gov/library-planning-building-committee/pages/library-expansion-renovation-project

The Town has hired DRA Architects to develop plans for a 21,000-25,000 square foot facility, which would nearly triple our current 7,200 sq. foot space for a projected population of 22,122 residents in 2035. More details: graftonlibrary.org/thetimeisnow
Facility size is dictated by:
  • shelving to meet a basic library standard of 4.8 materials per capita.
  • seating to meet a basic library standard of 4.5-7 seats per 1,000 residents.
For more information on the MA Public Library Construction program, please visit mblc.state.ma.us/grants/construction/fact/index.php.
For all other inquiries, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1105 or gallawayb@graftonlibrary.org.

The Library Planning and Building Committee meets December 5 at 7pm at the Municipal Center. Meetings are open to the public.

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LEGO Your Ornaments this Holiday Season

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We will be building LEGO ornaments on 3 different occassions this December – pick your date and sign up!

Saturday, December 3

Create two different LEGO ornaments to decorate your house. All supplies will be provided. Our ornament kits come in a variety of different colors and are first come first served.

12:30-1:30 pm Tween session (grades 3-5). Tween sign up ONLINE.

2:00-3:00 Teen session (grades 6-12). Teen sign up ONLINE.

3:30-4:30 Adult session. Adult sign up ONLINE.

 

Sunday, December 4 12:00-4:00pm

Grafton Celebrates the Holidays – Build a LEGO wreath ornament (available while supplies last).  No sign up required but come early while supplies are available.

 

Saturday, December 17

LEGO Death Star Ornament – Celebrate the release of the newest Star Wars movie by making a LEGO Death Star Ornament. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required and space is limited. Each participant should fill out a form. You may only sign up for one session of the Death Star Ornament.

This free program is for everyone grade 3 to adult.

Session 1  1:00-2:30 pm – Registration begins December 3rd at 10 am

Session 2  3:00-4:30 pm – Registration begins December 3rd at 10 am

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Library’s Knitting Group Sets up Giving Tree

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The Grafton Public Library’s Saturday Knitting Group has set up a “Giving Tree” in the Library’s Main Reading Room. The group will be knitting and donating to the tree lots of warm outer wear for families in need, such as mittens, hats and scarves. The group welcomes any knitters to hang donations of their own to the tree during the month of November. Not a knitter? Store bought knitted items are also welcome! The knitted items will be donated to the Grafton Food Bank for distribution.

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Journalist & Author Ted Reinstein coming to Grafton

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The Grafton Public Library is pleased to announce Author Ted Reinstein will be at the South Grafton Community House, 25 Main Street, South Grafton on Tuesday, December 6 from 7-8 pm to discuss his latest book, Wicked Pissed: New England’s Most Famous Feuds.
Ted Reinstein is best known in New England as a journalist and reporter for Chronicle, Boston’s celebrated (and America’s longest-running, locally-produced) TV news-magazine.

He will have copies of his new book for sale for $20. He will also have copies of his first book, New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories, also available.

The Friends of the Grafton Public Library are hosting this event. Suggested donation: $7; Members of the Friends of the Library – $5
Please register for this program ONLINE, by calling the Library at 508-839-4649, or by emailing fowlerh@graftonlibrary.org

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Food for Fines for the Holidays

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The Library will be collecting food for fines from Nov 1 through the
end of the year, with all donated food going to the Grafton Food Bank.
Please donate unopened, unexpired, non-perishables
valued at your fine amount.
We are unable to accept food for library fees for lost materials.
Please consider bringing in your Food for Fines a few days before
the Food Bank is open to the public (11/8, 11/21, 12/19) so we can
drop it off and get it sorted. Food may be brought to the
Children’s Room or Main Reading Room.
THANKSGIVING ITEMS must be dropped off by November 16.

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Video and Comments from Library Renovation/Expansion Community Forum Two

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Community Forum Two to Discuss Library Renovation on Nov 16

Video on Demand:

Please share your feedback using the online public comment form.

 The Library Planning and Building Committee has selected Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc (DRA) to design the schematics (floor plan and elevations) required for the MA Board of Library Commissioner’s MA Public Library Construction Program Grant.

A third public meeting with DRA architects for community input is scheduled for Monday, Dec 19 at 7 pm, location TBD. The public is invited to attend and share their thoughts on the project.

 Please visit www.graftonlibrary.org/thetimeisnow for additional meetings, surveys and news about the project. All agendas and meeting minutes from Library Planning and Building Committee meetings are posted to the Town’s website.

Applying for and receiving the MA Public Library Construction Program Grant would allow the Town of Grafton to renovate and expand the 90-year old library facility on Grafton Common at approximately half the cost, adding much-needed community meeting space, designated areas for quiet study, youth programs and collections, and dedicated work space for staff.

Grant eligibility requires the Town to design and build a library to meet the seating capacity and shelf space to accommodate a still growing collection of physical materials for a population of 22,122 residents in 2035. The building size in the building program is only an estimate, and we are aiming for a 21,000-25,000 square foot facility.

It’s still too early to put a price tag on the project, but thrifty residents should note that some money for the MA Public Library Construction Program grant has already been collected, and continues to be collected from Massachusetts tax revenues.

Please visit the MA Public Library Construction program website for more information about the grant.  For all other inquiries, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1105 or gallawayb@graftonlibrary.org.

 

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Library Expansion Project UPDATE

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Please use the online public comment form to share your feedback on this project!

The Library Planning and Building Committee has selected Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc (DRA) to design the schematics (floor plan and elevations) required for the MA Board of Library Commissioner’s MA Public Library Construction Program Grant. The Board of Selectmen signed the contract to hire DRA for design services on Tuesday September 6.

Meetings with DRA are forthcoming. Please watch the Library Event Calendar, Grafton News and Grafton Public Library: The Time is Now for details on forthcoming surveys, focus groups and community meetings to bring the Library Building Program to life!

Meeting Minutes from the Library Planning and Building Committee meetings are posted to the Town’s website.

The grant application is due in January 2017, with Letters of Intent to apply for the grant due in October 2016. Applying for the grant — and winning the grant! would allow the Town of Grafton to renovate and expand the 90-year old facility at nearly half the cost, adding a much-needed community meeting space, designated areas for quiet study, youth programs and collections, and dedicated work space for staff.  The grant would require us to build a library to meet the seating capacity and shelf space to accommodate a still growing collection of physical materials, plus parking, for a population of 22, 122 residents in 2035, and would require us to provide parking based on square footage of the expanded facility. The building size in the building program is only an estimate, and we are aiming for a 21,000-25,000 sq foot facility, which would triple our current 7,200 sq foot space.

The money from the MA Public Library Construction Program grant has already been collected, and continues to be collected from Massachusetts tax revenues. While the cost of library renovation may impact your annual property tax bill, the Library provides return on investment to anyone who uses it’s facility. Borrowing books, DVDs, and games; loaning equipment; meeting for free in our shared space; using the computer; borrowing museum passes; picking up free tax forms; accessing subscription databases like Consumer Reports for free… it all adds up to the Library providing many free or discount services through our small municipal budget. If you have not stopped in recently, September is National Library Card Sign up Month — stop in to see what you’ve been missing!

It’s still too early to put a price tag on the project, but perhaps residents can start to think in terms of:

  • for the cost of 2 hardcover books…
    … I can check out 50 books at a time for FREE at the Library, investing that $50* in our future!
  • for the cost of 1 cup of coffee a week…
    …I can buy my coffee for a buck at the Library instead, investing that other $50* in our future!
  • for the cost of a year’s subscription to Netflix…
    … we can improve the Library and I can use Hoopla for free to stream movies from the Library, investing that $80* in our future!
  • for the cost of 4 music lessons…
    … I can access ArtistWorks for FREE and learn piano, guitar, banjo and more, online through the Library, investing that $100* in our future!

*really, we have NO price estimate at this date!

Join the Friends! Membership starts at just $10 a year.

Donate to the Capital Campaign — coming soon — or attend the next meeting of their 150th Anniversary / 90th building anniversary Gala, planned for June 2017, on Wed Nov 9 at Fire Station One, 26 Upton Street.

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Tutor.com Now Available

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tutor.com logoIn response to multiple requests for tutoring help in a variety of subjects, the Grafton Public Library is pleased to offer access to Tutor.com, an online tutoring service for students of all ages. Any community member with a Grafton Public Library card can access the new online services from the library or right from home on any computer or mobile device connect to the Internet. The K-12 Student Center, College Center and Adult Career Center from Tutor.com includes live, one-to-one tutoring, a real-time writing center and 24/7 access to worksheets, videos and tutorials in just about any subject. The live, online tutoring and resume writing service is available daily from 2pm to 9pm. The service is completely free for our community. To access the service please visit the library’s website at www.tutor.com/grafton.

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Congrats to Team Amberley, Our Scarecrow Contest Winner

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Amberley won by a landslide – people loved the square head! Congrats, Amberly!

Thanks to all who participated and all who VOTED.

Participants may leave scarecrows up to enjoy for a few more days, but any remains will be cleared by DPW on November 4!

 

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Are you ready for the upcoming election?

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Who is Grafton’s Favorite Book Character?
Kids of all ages are encouraged to Vote!

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Voter Registration is October 11th -October 31st
Vote for your favorite candidate November 1st – November 7th
Who will win?!! Winner will be announced November 8!
Come learn more about the candidates, read their stories, learn about their platforms!
Stop by the Library and register as a member of the People Party, the Animal Party, or the Imagination Party.

 

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Halloween Fun at GPL!

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Celebrate Halloween with us at one of these events! And don’t forget to vote in our Scarecrow Contest, sponsored by the Recreation Department!

Spooky Stories
Saturday, October 29th @ 9:00am  
Before the Library opens, join us for spooktacular stories, ghoulish goodies, and fun! Costumes are encouraged.

Movie: Halloween Town (rated PG)
Monday, October 31st @1:00pm
Get in the trick or treat mood with this holiday favorite! Reminder that children ages 8-12 must be accompanied by parent/guardian remaining in the Library.

Halloween Night
Monday, October 31st @5:00-8:00pm
Trick or Treating on South Street? Don’t forget to include the Library as a trick or treating stop! We’ll have a special activity after 5 pm: spin the wheel to pick your Halloween treat!

Staff are celebrating by dressing in Disney-themed costumes this year.

The Library is a Teal Pumpkin Project participant and will only provide non-food treats.

 

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Scarecrow Contest

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CREATE:
October 22, 10am-12noon
Stakes, twine and hay will be provided on the Common at this event only.

VOTE ONLINE:
October 23rd -30th
Vote for a favorite scarecrow online at www.graftonlibrary.org. The winner will be announced on Halloween!

SHARE
October 11th -31st
Post a photo of your favorite scarecrow and share on social media, using the tag #GraftonMAScarecrow

REMOVE
November 1st -4th

PLEASE NOTE: If it rains, we’ll be building in the bandstand – or families and individuals can take materials home to complete. Return to post your scarecrow by 12 NOON Sunday so we can get online voting underway!

 

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