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College Readiness Workshop

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Saturday, July 21  1:00-2:00 pm

Worcester State Professor, Dr. Pam Hollander, who has been teaching college students for over 20 years, will share tips about how to get “college ready.”  This interactive workshop is open to any high school student, but is particularly relevant for those who plan to attend college soon.

Please register ONLINE for this program or call 508-839-4649.


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What’s Happening this Week – July 16-21!

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Check out our Events Calendar for all the programs that are happening this week and in the weeks to come. Some programs require registration and some are drop-in. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to the program. Please register online or call 508-839-4649 to sign up.

You can also download the Full Summer Reading Calendar that lists all summer programs, summer PRIZES info, and Read to Bead info.

Mon, July 16

10:15-11:15am Silly Science at Unibank 89 Worcester St., N. Grafton
1-2pm STEM Kids at Unibank 89 Worcester St., N. Grafton
3-4pm Kids and Parents Soapmaking Workshop Municipal Center
5-6pm Teen Soapmaking Workshop Municipal Center
6:30-8:30pm Family Movie Night Coco (PG)
7-8pm Adult Soapmaking Workshop Municipal Center

Tue, July 17
9:30-10am Summer Stories
1-1:30pm Tween LEGO Build Hedgehog Municipal Center
1:30-2:30pm Daytimers Book Group A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander
2-2:30pm Teen LEGO Build Hedgehog Municipal Center
3-3:30pm Adult LEGO Build Hedgehog Municipal Center
7:30-8:30pm GPL Mystery Book Group Swing by Rupert Holmes

Wed, July 18
10:15-11:15am Once Upon a Storytime Willard House & Clock Museum, 11 Willard St.
1-3pm Teen Crafternoon Perler Beads Municipal Center

Thu, July 19
1-2pm Storyteller Diane Edgecomb Presents Rock Solid! This program is sponsored in part by the Grafton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
3:30-5pm LEGO Brick Builders
6:30-8:30pm Teen Movie Night Coco (PG)

Fri, July 20
11-11:45am Summer Songs in the Park Fisher/Ferry Street Park 115 Ferry St.
1-3pm Tween Crafternoon Perler Beads Municipal Center
3:30-4:30pm Color Me Calm
5-9pm Teen Program: Dungeons & Dragons

Sat, July 21
1-2pm Teen Program: College Readiness Workshop
2-4pm Saturday Afternoon Knitters
4-7pm Fun in the Sun Nelson Park, 6 Prentice Street, N. Grafton

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Missing Anything…?

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Our Lost & Found Basket is overflowing! There are several jackets and water bottles, as well as some gloves, boots and small miscellaneous items. Everything not picked up by July 1st will be donated to a thrift outlet.

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New Pass!!! Springfield Museums!

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Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, the Springfield Museums offer access to five world-class museums, including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, all under a single admission.

This pass will allow visitors into the following museums:

  • The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum
  • The Springfield Science Museum
  • The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History
  • The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
  • The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum.


Each pass admits up to 4 people with free admission.

Children under 3 are admitted for free.

Please note that you will only be able to purchase your tickets to the museum with the library pass in person at the Welcome Center of the museum. Advanced ticket sales online are full price only. There are, however, only so many timed entry slots available per day for the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum so it is possible that even though you reserve this museum pass that you won’t be able to get into the museum if it’s a particularly busy day. Please check with the museum directly to confirm availability. Passes may be used once during public hours and do not apply to special exhibition, program, or planetarium fees. Cannot be combined with other discount rates or coupons.

Reserve a pass online or call the Library at 508-839-4649 x1101

Plan your visit at the Springfield Museums’ website.

Passes are generously donated by the Friends of GPL or funded by State Aid money.

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New this Summer – Read to Bead!

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What is Read to Bead?

Read to Bead is a completely voluntarily addition to our Summer Library Program. We have had requests in the past to have a system set up for people to track their reading and we are incorporating this program in response to that need.  

Read to Bead is open to any patron, although we recommend it for kindergarteners through adults.

Here’s how it works – 3 easy steps!

1.Stop by the Library to pick up a tracking sheet (these are also included in our Summer Program Packets). We recommend you put your name on the tracking sheet.

2. Keep track of your reading in 15 minute increments. Decide if you want to earn 15, 30, 60, or 120 minute beads and shade in the corresponding beads on your tracking sheet.

3. Bring your tracking sheet back to the Library and get a chain and brag tag and redeem your beads according to your reading time. A Library staff member will initial the tracking sheet next to redeemed times. Throughout the summer, continue to bring your tracking sheet and add beads to your chain that you have earned.

* Please note: we will not be exchanging beads or allowing patrons to exchange smaller time beads for ones requiring more. For example, if a patron wants to earn a 120 minute bead they will need to read for that time before they redeem, not exchange 8 15 minutes beads.

Download a copy the Tracking Sheet from the Library’s Summer Program packet or stop by the Library.

Earn and redeem beads from June 11th – August 31st.



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LEGO Brick Builders meets weekly in July/Aug!

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Calling all Master Builders ages 6-12! Join us for an afternoon of building with LEGO and friends on Thursdays in July and August from 3:30-5:00pm!

Try out our challenge build or create your own!



  • Thu July 5 3:30-5pm
  • Thu July 12 3:30-5pm
  • Thu July 19 3:30-5pm
  • Thu July 26 3:30-5pm
  • Thu Aug 2 3:30-5pm
  • Thu Aug 9 3:30-5pm
  • Thu Aug 16 3:30-5pm
  • Thu Aug 23 3:30-5pm
  • Thu Aug 30 3:30-5pm

Please register ONLINE or call 508-839-4649.

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Fun in the Sun – Sat. July 21st @ Nelson Park

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Inflatable waterslides, carnival games, prize tent, free cotton candy and popcorn, pie-eating contests, potato sack races, Ice Cream Truck and Dogfather Food Truck ($), a visit from Trax the Worcester Railers Hc mascot, music with Jan from Apple Tree Arts, Henna Tattoos with Grafton Public Library and a chance to visit booths from local organizations including the Girl Scouts, MOMS Club of Sutton/Oxford/ Millbury/Grafton, and more. See you there!



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Save a Life This Summer: Donate to Boston Children’s Hospital Bloodmobile

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Stop by the Library on Saturday, July 14 between 10 am-4 pm and hop on the Boston Children’s Hospital Bloodmobile. A short 30-minute whole blood donation can help as many as 4 children.

To donate you must be in good health and weigh at least 110 lbs. In MA, 16 year old may donate blood but are required to have a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to donating. Print a copy of this form if you need it. If you are 17 and older, you just need to bring a form of photo ID with you.

How to Prepare to Donate Blood:

  • Make sure you are well hydrated at the time of your donation. Try and limit the amount of caffeinated beverages you consume prior to giving blood.
  • Do not donate on an empty stomach. Eat a good meal at least three hours prior to giving blood.
  • Get a good nights rest prior to coming in to donate.
  • If in the past your hemoglobin has been low, you can raise it by eating iron rich food.
  • Remember to bring a photo ID with you when you come to donate.

For further eligibility requirements click here.

Walkins are welcome, appointments are preferred. Schedule an appointment now!

CONTACT:  Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian
LOCATION: Grafton Public Library
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Reading Frederick Douglass Together: What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

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Thursday, July 5th  5:30-7:30 pm

Location: Grafton Common

This year, the nation celebrates the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass. Commemorate the life and legacy of this distinguished 19th century statesman, civil rights advocate and journalist, and especially his fierce determination to address the contradictions of American society. Celebrate Douglass’s commitment to equal justice, particularly as they relate to race, gender and immigration. The Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton & Upton (UUSGU) is sponsoring and leading Reading Frederick Douglas Together: a public reading of his famous Fourth of July address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

The event will be held on July 5, 2018 on Grafton Common beginning at 5:30 pm. (Rain location; Apple Tree Arts, 1 Grafton Common) Those attending the event are encouraged to bring a picnic. Event organizers will provide lemonade, water, and desserts.

5:30 – A music program will be presented by the Blackstone Valley Chorus, with singers from Apple Tree Arts and UUSGU.

6:00 – Reading of the Frederick Douglass speech.

6:45 – Follow-up discussion lead by Donna Maria Cameron. The reading will be followed by a discussion group(s) to explore the meaning and relevance of Douglass’ words to each of us today, particularly as they relate to race, gender, and immigration.

This program is produced in partnership with the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, Grafton Historical Society, and Apple Tree Arts. It is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Volunteers to assist with the event are needed; contact Suzanne Maas to volunteer.

This event is appropriate for teens and adults. Please register ONLINE or call 508-839-4649.

Earn 2 tickets for the Grafton Public Library Summer Reading Program Libraries Rock! by attending. Listening to the reading counts towards the Read to Bead Program!

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DIY Class: Re-purpose a Seed or Feed Bag into a Reusable Tote Bag

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Monday, June 18th 7:00-9:00 pm

Location: Senior Center (30 Providence Road)

Did you know that plastic bird seed and animal feed bags are not recyclable? Instead of sending these beautiful bags to the landfill, re-purpose them into fashionable tote bags!

With Grafton’s plastic bag ordinance going into effect in July, come and learn how to design and stitch your own unique shopping bag. If you have a bird seed or animal feed bag that you like, bring it with you, along with a sewing machine. There will be an assortment of bags pre-cut and ready to sew and extra bags to take home so that you can make more to share with friends and family.
Presented by Bonnie Combs of Bird Brain Designs and Anita Droby.

Please register ONLINE or call 508-839-4649.

This program will be hosted by the Grafton Public Library and will be held at the Senior Center (30 Providence Road) in the craft room on Monday, June 18th 7pm-9pm.

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Teen Crafternoon: Sharpie Socks

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Saturday, June 16th  1:00-3:00 pm

Use sharpie markers to personalize your own socks. Please bring your own white socks to the program (multiple pairs are welcome and preferred!). White t-shirts are also welcome.

This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. Please REGISTER for this program.

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