Two Teen programs March 19th & 20th!
From the book to the upcoming movie, if you can’t get enough of Divergent, come to the Grafton Public Library, as we get ready to see the book come to the big screen. Divergent, Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling debut, is a gripping dystopian tale of electrifying choices, powerful consequences, unexpected romance, and a deeply flawed “perfect society.” The movie will be released in theaters on Friday, March 21st. To celebrate the Grafton Public Library is hosting two exciting teen programs:
• March 19th 7-8pm Divergent Book Group will discuss the novel by Veronica Roth.
• March 20th 6:30-8pm Divergent Trivia Night to test your knowledge of all things Divergent!
These free programs are for teens in grades 6-12.
For more details or to register for the program, please contact Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian, at 508-839-4649 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, March 25th 7:30 p.m.
Hailed as the “Martha Stewart Of Green Cleaning”, Leslie Reichert 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 homekeeping 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.
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.
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.
This workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library. Please register for this program by calling 508-839-4649 or by emailing email@example.com.
If you missed this program on March 6th, check the Apple Tree Arts website page for other dates and locations.
Ideal for Parents/Caregivers of children birth through age 5
Led by Jan Barlow of Apple Tree Arts, attendees of this seminar will participate in developmentally appropriate music activities that help children develop an array of skills including spatial awareness, body part identification, crossing the mid line, listening and learning how to follow directions. These activities also support the development of language, pre-reading skills, pre-math skills, cultural literacy and expression. Attendees will receive songs and exercise activities that help children develop these skills.
Best of all, children will experience joy while singing songs and moving their bodies when parents and care givers learn how to incorporate music and movement into the children’s daily activities.
Objectives for participants:
- Increase knowledge of why music, movement and music education is essential to children’s development.
- Increase knowledge of how music is a powerful tool for brain development, creative thinking and communication.
- Increase knowledge of ways to incorporate music into your families’ daily living and your comfort level with achieving this.
If you could not attend this seminar, Apple Tree Arts will be offering it again soon at other local libraries. Check the Apple Tree Arts website page for the other dates and locations.
Biography of Jan Barlow
The session is presented by Jan Barlow, education director of Apple Tree Arts, a nonprofit community music and theatre arts school based in Grafton. Jan has trained extensively in the MusikGarten curriculum and is Level 2 certified by the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. She is an alumna in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music and has a degree in Business Management from Dean College.
Jan oversees Apple Tree Arts’ early childhood music program. She has a passion for educating young children and their families during the informative early childhood years. She shares this passion through her music training programs for preschool teachers and day care providers and through the classes she teaches for children from birth through age nine.
Let’s get the ugliness over with right away. Just One Evil Act, by Elizabeth George is overwritten. At 719 pages it taxes the patience of even the most ardent fan. I had to check the book out of the library three times in order to get through it. The local color in the Italian portion is overdone, and the use of Italian words to describe the most common of items as well as conversations is frustrating and baffling. Other than that, it is a Thomas Lynley novel featuring his sidekick Barbara Havers, so all is sort of forgiven.
It bears repeating that the Thomas Lynley series is ongoing. Just One Evil Act is #18 in that series, so to break into the series at this point would rob the reader of all that came before to shape the main characters. It’s a very convoluted back story.
As this portion of the drama unfolds, Barbara finds herself overly involved in the life of a neighbor Taymullah Azhar and his daughter Hadiyyah. Angelina, Hadiyyah’s mother, had taken her daughter to Italy where she hopes to begin a new life. A kidnapping ensues, and the Italian police take over the investigation. Against the advice of her Superintendent, Barbara attaches herself not only to computer hackers but also a tabloid journalist . A flying fiasco follows.
What looks like a happy ending midway through the book is no such thing. It’s just a kick-off to more red herrings, twists, turns, introduction to more non-essential characters and lots of running around the Italian countryside.
To tax the patience of the reader even more, there is an open-ended conclusion so we have more of this to look forward to.
I have extolled the virtues of Elizabeth George’s writing for many years. Hopefully, she will take her time coming up with the further adventures of Thomas and Barbara, preferably in English and under 500 pages.
I give the book 3 telefonos.
Happy reading from Beverly!
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Thanks to a regional newspapers access grant from the Massachusetts Library System, the Grafton Public Library now offers free access to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, online! Access at the library, or with your Library card from home, work or school at graftonlibrary.org/research, or direct at http://infoweb.newsbank.com/signin/GraftonPublicLibrary/WTLB.
This newspaper database has 24 years of searchable archives and includes current articles from the most current issue. Browse by issue, or search by keyword! All articles are full text; no graphics or photos are included.
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the largest newspaper in Central Massachusetts, covers Worcester County, as well as surrounding areas of the western suburbs of Boston, Western Massachusetts and several towns in northeastern Connecticut.
Other local libraries are partners in the grant, and Grafton residents can also access the T&G in Auburn, Bellingham, Grafton, Holden, Hudson, Marlborough, Millbury, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Sutton, Westborough and West Boylston. The grant covers 75% of the cost in 2014, 50% in 2015, and the Library will budget for it in 2016 and beyond.
Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for our Open House and Fundraiser, For the Love of Books, on Friday February 7! Our generous benefactors purchased 25 books, and raised $1000.00 for the Library.
If you missed the event, books are still on display and available for purchase; see a staff member for details.
Book prices range from $20-$150; proceeds benefit the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, who support the Library by funding materials, services and initiatives not covered by the Town’s budget.
Preview titles at www.pinterest.com/graftonpl/for-the-love-of-books.
The Library welcomes donations to purchase new materials in someone’s honor year round! Please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director at 508-839-4649 x1105 to discuss bequests, planned giving, or a gift to celebrate, honor or memorialize a loved one.
Travel to Britain via the pages of the British Heritage magazine! The subscription was given to the Library in memory of Cliff Granger, a former Grafton resident of British ancestry. The Library wishes to thank Sheila Granger and Bev and Tom Mara for their generous donation.
Gifts are a lovely way to honor a loved one–books or materials may be purchased as a birthday gift, graduation gift, memorial tribute, or for any other occasion or rite of passage.Please see Library Director Beth Gallaway for details, or visit the Library’s wish list.
A complete list of magazines that the Library currently subscribes to is on our Pinterest magazine board.
Minstrel storyteller Mary Jo Maichack will performs a short wintery tale of kindness at the Grafton Public Library on FRIDAY, February 21 at 3:00 p.m. Learn to retell the story, and discover tips for being on stage. We’ll break to make glittery silver pine cones, then gather to hear participants tell or read the tale using the pretty pine cone. This easy-to-tell tale and bauble make perfect Valentine gifts, too.
Don’t miss this chance to hear a professional, national award-winning storyteller! Space is limited; this program is appropriate for ages 4 & up. For more details or to register for the program, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1103 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bored? Learn and play games from the Library’s Board game collection!
Sat 1/18 2-3:30 pm Consensus
Consensus is a fun and fast paced game that is simple to learn and requires no prior knowledge of anything whatsoever!
Thu 1/23 7-8 pm Reverse Charades
Reverse Charades is a hilarious twist on the classic game of charades. Instead of one person acting out a clue for a team to guess, in Reverse Charades, a team acts out the clues for one person to guess. The goal is to guess as many words as possible in 60 seconds.
Wed 7/29 7-8 pm Apples to Apples
Come and play the popular game of hilarious comparisons.
Wed 1/15 7-8 pm Ticket to Ride: India
Come learn this exciting train game where the player who comes a Grand Tour first is the winner! The year is 1911, and the world is changing fast in the British Raj. Will you complete your Grand Tour in time, or lose to more cunning – or simply better connected – opponents?
Wed 1/22 7-8 pm Settlers of Catan
Build roads and new settlements that eventually become cities. Will you succeed in gaining supremacy on Catan?
Wed 2/5 7-8 pm Wits and Wagers
This game of odds lets you score points by coming up with answers to trivia questions, and predicting what the most popular answer will be!
Wed 2/12 7-8 pm Killer Bunnies
This is a fast-paced card game where the player with the magic carrot is the winner! Keep as many Bunnies alive as possible, while eliminating your opponents’ Bunnies* with weapons like biological warfare and kitchen gadgets.
Wed 2/19 7-8 pm Pandemic
Play a disease-fighting specialist and treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand.
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