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Build your own Terrarium Workshop

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The Friends of the Grafton Public Library are hosting a  “Build your own Terrarium Workshop”on Friday, Jan. 27 (snow date Feb. 3).  Two sessions will be held:

1 pm and 7 pm at Art Mark Studios. 198 Worcester St., North Grafton. Get ideas and tips from your instructor: seasoned florist and plantswoman Denise Worden of SweetBriar Perennials. Choose your planter, then choose from a variety of succulents, mosses, stones and decorations to personalize your creation. Each one will be unique!
Supplies will be included but if you have a special container or trinket you would like to use or share bring it along.

All proceeds will benefit the Grafton Public Library. Spaces are limited- only 20 per session. For ages 10 & up. Cost is $40 per person.  Registration is required. Register by Jan. 25, 2017.

To REGISTER and pay online with Paypal, click on the Friends’ Terrarium Page.


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Library to CLOSE for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED Monday, January 16, 2017 in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. No items are due on this date. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Please visit our digital branch online to read a newspaper, check out an eBook, learn a new language, and more!

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Grafton Garden Club’s ‘Flora in Winter’ Presentation

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The Grafton Garden Club has participated in Flora in Winter at the Worcester Art Museum for several years. Helen Blazis will present  a powerpoint show highlighting how the club’s committee members arrive at an interpretation of a work of art.  This year, the GGC will  create a floral arrangement which interprets the work of Ed Emberley, illustrator of children’s books. Currently, there is an exhibit of  Emberley”s art work at the Art Museum.

Flora in Winter, and the Grafton Garden Club’s arrangement, will be at the Worcester Art Museum January 26-29, 2017.

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Knit One, Give One – Providing Warmth for the Winter

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30 beautifully knit items were donated to the Grafton Food Bank this December from the Library’s Knitting Group for distribution to Grafton families.  The Library Knitting Group meets the first Saturday of the month. Upcoming dates in 2017 are 1/7, 2/4, 3/4, 4/1. Whether you are an experienced knitter or just want to learn – join us at the library for an afternoon of knitting.  Sign up in the library or by emailing

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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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Great Resources that have Great Return

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Check out our Resources page for links to all these databases. Register for Hoopla, Pronunciator, or ArtistWorks 4/1/17 and be entered to win $100 Visa Gift card!! A winner will be pulled from all registered users of these Library Databases

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School Vacation Fun at the Library

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Tuesday, December 27  6:30 pm
Movie Night: The Secret Life of Pets (PG) – all ages  The Children’s Room will close temporarily at 6 pm to set up for this program. The room will re-open at 6:30 pm for showtime!

Wednesday, December 28 1-3 pm
Tinker Workshop – grades K-5  Dig through our box of craft materials. There’s no limit to what you can create. Tinker at the library or take some stuff to go, but make sure you post pictures of your inventions/creations to our facebook page!

Thursday, December 29 10 am – 1 pm
Lego Free Play – grades PreK-5

Friday, December 30  3-4 pm
Family Yoga – grades PreK-5  Registration is required. Online registration is now open. Program location: Children’s Room

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Library Expansion Community Forum Monday, December 19 at 7 pm

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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
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
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

Can’t make it? Online public comment is welcome at:

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:
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
For all other inquiries, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1105 or

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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RESCHEDULED – LEGO Death Star Ornament

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This is the rescheduled event that was supposed to be held on Saturday, December 17th. If you were originally signed up for that event we have reserved your spot.

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  1:00-1:45 pm – Event is full but you may still submit this form to be placed on the waiting list.   Register online

Session 2  3:00-3:45 pm – Event is full but you may still submit this form to be placed on the waiting list.  Register online

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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

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