Grafton Public Library

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Toto the Tornado Kitten Returns!

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Come and meet the Grafton Public Library’s favorite cat and author: Toto and Jonathan Hall!

In June 2011, Brimfield, MA was hit by a tornado. Author Jonathan will read Toto’s story and then you’ll get a chance to meet the famous cat! Books will be available for purchase and signing from the author.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.

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Writing Workshop with Author Julie Berry for Tweens & Teens

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Join Julie Berry, author of Splurch Academy, The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, All the Truth That’s In Me and The Passion of Dolssa, for a special creative writing workshop On Monday, July 31 at the Grafton Memorial Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road, ROOM D.

Where do stories come from? What are the six things all stories need? Julie will help you plan a story from start to finish.

Ms. Berry will have copies of her book available for purchase and signing.

TWEEN session is from 4:00-5:00 pm. TWEEN Registration is required.

TEEN session is from 5:30-6:30 pm. TEEN Registration is required.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.


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Tween & Teen Harry Potter Celebration!

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Celebrate your love of Harry Potter by creating your own potion, playing trivia and more.

Please come knowing which of the four Hogwarts houses you belong in. Not sure? Get sorted now by creating a free Pottermore account.

TWEENS in grades 3-5 will gather from 1:00-2:30 pm. TWEEN Registration is required.

TEENS in grades 6-12 will gather from 3:00-4:30 pm. TEEN Registration is required.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.

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Grafton Public Library Awarded $7.4 million Construction Grant from MBLC

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Grafton Public Library
Receives Grant Award
Contact: Dana M. Wilson

Grafton Public Library Awarded $7.4 million Construction Grant from MBLC

Grafton, MA, July 13, 2017. . . The Grafton Public Library was awarded a Provisional Construction Grant of $7,435,041 at the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) board meeting on Thursday, July 13 at the Needham Public Library. The MBLC voted to award General Provisional Grants for a total of $172,155,146 to the thirty-three communities on the MBLC Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program Wait List.

“I am thrilled that we will be able to give the Grafton community the library it deserves and expects to receive based upon the continued large increase in circulation of materials and patron visits to the library,” said Beth Gallaway, Grafton Public Library director. “I’m so proud to be part of this important and huge project,” she added.
The Library under the direction of Ms. Gallaway and the Board of Library Trustees applied for the state grant in January to help defray the costs to expand and renovate the circa-1927 building located on the Grafton Common. Grafton citizens overwhelming approved the design and funding for an expanded modern library of just under 26,000 square feet with an estimated cost of $16.6 million this past May at the annual town meeting and election.

“It was a strong application candidate pool with all libraries receiving grants–no applicant was asked to reapply,” Gallaway said. “Grafton’s application was well received, with the Library being awarded almost a million dollars more than we expected and being listed as number 16 in the wait list. We are positioned well to move forward with the construction project, since we already have secured funding approval from the town. Our position in the wait list may move up since state funding is contingent upon the libraries receiving funding approval from their towns,” she added.

The MBLC awarded nine communities Provisional Construction Grants for FY18 at the board meeting and
placed 24 communities on a wait list to receive grants as funding becomes available. 100 percent
of the construction projects are expected to be funded, pending local approval.

The Grafton Public Library Capital Campaign, a 501 (c) 3 organization, recently began fundraising to support the renovation and improvement of the Grafton Public Library. The group has received $260,000 in pledges since May. The organization is seeking individuals who would like to join the group and become involved in fundraising. Please contact Dana Wilson at 508-244-1400 or

The Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) has been continuously funded through state bond authorizations since 1987. The MPCLP provides financial and technical assistances to municipalities for planning, design, improvement and expansion of public library facilities.

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is a state agency established in 1890 that supports, improves and promotes library service throughout Massachusetts. State regulations 605 CMR 6.00 govern the agency.

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Library Expansion Project UPDATE

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Thanks to all who voted in the Town General Election May 16 and attended Town Meeting Monday May 8 to VOTE on the project design and to borrow $16.6 million to fund the project. Approximately $6.6 million may be reimbursed through the state. All votes passed by the required majority. THANK YOU GRAFTON! We will know our grant status by July 13, 2017, and that’s when we’ll find out how much funding and where we are on the wait list for funds.

A complete list of FAQs from public forums and focus groups, public comments and in-person questions at the Library is available.


proposed design, NW view, by DRA


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.

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

The grant application was completed and submitted in January 2017, and a Letter of Intent was submitted 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 7,400 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!

The cost of the project has been estimated at $111/per year for the average home valued at $364,531. For less than the cost of 4 hardcover books, valued at $27.99 each…

  • … Check out 4 books at a time for FREE at the Library, investing that $111* in our future!
  • for the cost of 2 cup of coffee a week…
    …I can buy my coffee for a buck at the Library instead, investing $111* 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 $111* in our future!

*It is likely the grant will reimburse around $6.6 million of the $14.6 million in eligible costs! The remaining $10 million will be fundraised, donated by Friends, Trustees, and the Capital Campaign, with the balance funded by taxpayers.

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

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Fun in the Sun on Saturday July 22!

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Join the Grafton Public Library and the Grafton Recreation Department  for a town wide summer celebration!

Games!  Music! Food! Henna!

Meet your town’s youth groups & organizations and enjoy a day of activities for all ages!

Stop by this free family event to enjoy games, activities, and music plus visit booths from your local youth groups including girl scouts, boy scouts, football and cheer, lacrosse and more.

Games and activities may include a dunk tank, inflatable obstacle course, pie eating contest, bubble soccer, carnival games and more. Everybody loves henna! Stop by and get a breath-taking temporary henna tattoo from Mandy.

Food will also be available for purchase.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.

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Diane Edgecomb Presents Stone Soup! And Other Heartwarming Tales

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Thursday, July 20 1:00-2:00 pm

Building Community is more fun than ever when seen through the eyes of stories and songs from cultures around the world. These inclusive tales show us how sweet it is when everyone contributes right down to the tiniest Bee! Diane’s full-out entertainment has audience volunteers taking part: learning a Chinese crane dance in the legend of the Lord of the Cranes, singing in many languages and working together to make a huge pot of Stone Soup in Diane’s unusual re-telling of this classic story.

Please REGISTER each member of your party.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.


This 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.

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Once Upon a Storytime

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Wednesday, July 26 10:15 – 11:15 am

Join us for a special storytime, fun activities, and see a highlighted feature of the Willard House Clock Museum!

Ages 3 and up, siblings welcome. Please REGISTER for this program.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.


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Build a Better…You! A Move Toward Healthier Eating program

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Build a Better YOU!  Monday, July 17  at 7:00 pm

Judy Palken, MNS, RD, LDN is a registered dietitian from Northborough, MA.

She will give a talk entitled A Move Toward Healthier Eating, incorporating fine art images to teach about simple dietary changes to reduce inflammation, promote overall health, and feel your best!

Please REGISTER for this program.
Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.

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Zentagle Workshops for Adults and Teens

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Have you seen the Adult coloring books with all those patterned images that already look like completed art work. Why buy someone else’s art work when you can create your own art using the Zentangle® Method.

Zentangle ® is a mindful art form that uses repetitive patterns to create beautiful works of art. And you can do it! It is also a great way to relax, and increase your concentration skills. Learn the history, theory and method of Zentangle, while creating your own artworks with Certified Zentangle Teacher, Terry Hathaway.

Adult program is Monday, July 17 at 10:30 am. Please register HERE.

Teen program is Monday, July 17 at 1:00 pm. Please register HERE.

Location: Grafton Memorial Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road, ROOM D

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.


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Green Cleaning with Leslie Reichert

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Build a Better World this summer with the “Martha Stewart Of Green Cleaning”, Leslie Reichert. She is a cleaning expert that uses her sparkling personality, great sense of humor and contagious passion to encourage her fans and followers to think differently about their cleaning products. Leslie Reichert is known as a Green Cleaning Coach and she is changing the world – “one spray bottle at a time”. She is a national lecturer, a frequent home keeping expert on Martha Stewart Living Radio, Kmart’s Cleaning Expert and author of the book: The Joy Of Green Cleaning- a handbook for DIY cleaners.

Using a cooking show format, Leslie will demonstrate how to mix up your own cleaners and will give participants samples to take home and try.

She has been published in Real Simple, This Old House, Fit Magazine, Shape Magazine, Woman’s Day, Woman’s World, Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies Home Journal, USA Today, Huffington Post and many more.

Please REGISTER for this program.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.

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