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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 smaas2410@icloud.com 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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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.

PASS DETAILS: 

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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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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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!

 

Dates:

  • 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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Grafton Ukulele Musicians (G.U.M.) Thursday, July 12

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Bring your ukulele and your singing voice to participate in this jam session lead by Miss Jan from Apple Tree Arts. Participants suggest the music and come together to play once a month. The Library provides copies of The Daily Ukulele on loan for use in the session. All levels are welcome and there is no fee. GUM meets on the third floor of Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common.

Don’t have a ukulele? You can borrow a ukulele, as well.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email missjanbarlow@gmail.com

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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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Seven Times Salt Kickoff Concert June 5!

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Seven Times Salt concert – “Easy As Lying: The Music of Shakespeare’s Globe”
Tuesday, June 5  6:15 pm Renaissance Dance lesson, 7:00 pm Concert
Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common in the Great Hall

Free admission, gr. K-adult. Space is limited and FREE tickets are available on Evitebrite.

Thanks in part to Grafton Cultural Council Grant, early music band Seven Times Salt kicks off the 2018 Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock” with a performance of songs the Bard mentions by name, as well as works by his musical contemporaries.

The program beings at 6:15pm with a dance lesson. Concert begins at 7:00pm and includes choice excerpts from his plays read aloud by STS’s finest thespians. Dances from the Elizabethan and Jacobean courts and a saucy ballad or two round out the evening’s festivities!

This program includes Intro to Renaissance Dance for early birds who arrive by 6:15pm! In this short workshop open to all, you’ll learn the basics of English dancing from Shakespeare’s time. Then, show off your new skills and perform a dance during the concert! No partner needed; wear comfortable shoes. Recommended grade K & up.

Free admission, gr. K-adult. Space is limited and FREE tickets are available on Evitebrite.

The concert takes place at Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common in the Great Hall.

Seven Times Salt is a Boston-based early music ensemble specializing in repertoire of the 16th and 17th centuries. Praised for creative programming and an “impeccably balanced sound,” STS has performed since 2003 at venues throughout New England including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Plimoth Plantation, the New England Folk Festival, WGBH radio, and many others. We have also researched and presented original programs for the Amherst, Bloomington, and Boston Early Music Festivals (Fringe), the Society For Historically Informed Performance, and our own self-produced concert series. We delight in blurring the lines between “art music” and folk tunes, and feel at ease performing in the concert hall, the dance hall, or the beer hall!

Seven Times Salt is:

Karen Burciaga – violin & treble viol
Daniel Meyers – recorders, flute & percussion
Josh Schreiber Shalem – bass viol
Matthew Wright – lute

with special guests
Michael Barrett – tenor & recorder
Barbara Hill – soprano

Get a preview of the music at http://www.seventimessalt.com/listen/

Mass Cultural Council LogoThis 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, and Apple Tree Arts.

 

CONTACT:  Beth Gallaway  508-839-4649 x1105  info@graftonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common
DIRECTIONS: https://goo.gl/maps/9ukXaSkFX2p

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Summer LEGO Builds Registration is Open June 1st – June 11th

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Summer is coming and that means the Grafton Public Library is gearing up for the Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!” Due to the popularity of the Library’s LEGO Build programs, we are doing a special online registration for our summer series to ensure more patrons have the opportunity to participate. The registration link opens June 1st and closes June 11th. Please fill out the online form and we will do our best to match you with one of your top choices.

There will be FIVE mini LEGO builds. There will be THREE programs for each build: one for tweens, one for teens, and one for adults. Preference will be given to Grafton residents. Please sign-up for the appropriate age program on the Events Calendar under the Summer Lego Build Registration heading.

Brought to you by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library.

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