Who is Grafton’s Favorite Book Character?
Kids of all ages are encouraged to Vote!
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.
Once Upon a Story at Willard House & Clock Museum is a program for children ages 3-5. Join us for stories and fun activities, and see a highlighted feature of the museum! Siblings welcome.
Please register ONLINE for this program.
Location: Willard House & Clock Museum, 11 Willard St. Grafton
Community Forum to Discuss Library Renovation on Oct 20
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 public meeting with DRA architects for community input is scheduled for Thursday October 20 from 6-7:30 pm at the Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Common Grafton MA. Pizza will be served, and all ages are welcome. 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.
The Library Planning and Building Committee is seeking a 9th voting member to join the committee. Apply online today!
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 email@example.com.
Library Director Beth Gallaway with 2 of our Summer Reading Grand Prize winners!
Young Adult Librarian Allison Cusher with our Teen Summer Reading Grand Prize winner!
The Grafton Public Library would like to thank all those who participated in our “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!” Summer Reading Program 2016! It was wonderful to see so many patrons this summer in the Library as people of all ages tried new crafts and workshops, met up with friends, picked up Summer Reading titles, or some audio books for that long road trip! Congratulations to all our Summer Reading prize winners and many, many thanks to our sponsors!
Summer Reading success is:
• 2,730 participants of all ages
• 140 teens participated
• 759 kids registered
• 2177 kids attended a program
• 150 programs that ranged from Yoga workshops, Night Sky pop-up planetarium, and Coding with Minecraft to Stop Motion Animation, Mr. Kim in concert, and many craft afternoons!
• 12 end of Summer Reading prizes given away – Congrats winners!
• 3 Grand Prize Winners!!
• 8 Storytimes in the Park
• 48 Henna tattoos for kids, teens & adults
• 196 Lego creations were built!
• 27 teens and tweens made SLIME!
• 23 teens and adults learned the art of glass fused pendants
• 50 bags of food were donated to the Grafton Food Bank in lieu of Library fines – thank you patrons!
• 20 pints of blood were donated to Boston Children’s Hospital.
• 4 bee hives have been purchased for Heifer International.
• $84.00 donated to Tufts Wildlife Clinic in Grafton that was collected through Penny Voting for the Heifer International animal.
The 2016 MA Statewide Summer Reading Program was sponsored by the Grafton Public Library, the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, the Town of Grafton, the Grafton Recreation Department, Trek Stop, Apple Tree Arts, Willard House & Clock Museum, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
It’s time to plan for spring planting in our Library garden!
Girl Scout, Julia is working on her Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA, earned by Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts. Only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award. Julia and Beth Patch (Library staff) have built the new raised bed and planted plants which attract bees. As part of her project, Julia would like to plant bulbs for early spring and is requesting donations of the following bulbs:
Bulbs can be dropped off at the Library. Thank you for your support and help with 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!
Want to get involved? The Library Planning and Building Committee is seeking a 9th voting member to join the committee. Apply Online!
The Library Board of Trustees chair 7 has a vacancy. Apply Online!
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 Oct 5 at the Municipal Center!
In 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.
The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 11, 2016. No items are due this day. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 12.
Museum passes for Friday may be picked up in advance on Thursday (10 am-9 pm).
Please visit our digital branch online to read a newspaper, check out an ebook, learn a new language, and more!
Thanks to the 8 families who joined us and the Rec Dept. in the bandstand on Saturday!
Please pick your favorite scarecrow by voting for #1-10 in the COMMENTS.
Winner will be announced on Halloween!
#1: Grafton Public Library
#2: Team Rainey
#3: Team Minion Makers
#4: Team Bass
#5: Team Thomas
#6: Team Hope
#7: Team Viens
#8: Team Amberley
#9: Team Calderone Crows
#10: Grafton Rec Dept
Celebrate Halloween with us at one of these events! And don’t forget to vote in our Scarecrow Contest, sponsored by the Recreation Department!
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.
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.
October 22, 10am-12noon
Stakes, twine and hay will be provided on the Common at this event only.
October 23rd -30th
Vote for a favorite scarecrow online at www.graftonlibrary.org. The winner will be announced on Halloween!
October 11th -31st
Post a photo of your favorite scarecrow and share on social media, using the tag #GraftonMAScarecrow
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!
Design your own creation, or build a specific model! Bricks and Building Resources will be provided.
For children in grades K-5.
Please register for this program.
The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Columbus Day on Monday, October 10, 2016. No items are due this day. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.
Museum passes for Monday may be picked up in advance on Thursday (10 am-9 pm), Friday or Saturday (10 am-5 pm).
Please visit our digital branch online to read a newspaper, check out an ebook, learn a new language, and more!