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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
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!
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!
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!
A financial literacy presentation by PRIMERICA FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC.
Please register to attend this event! Registration deadline is Saturday, 10/1.
Victoria Julian-Hughes is an independent representative of Primerica Insurance Agency of Massachusetts, Inc.
The Grafton Public Library Trustees are kicking-off a capital campaign initiative to help support fundraising efforts to renovate and improve the Library with a special anniversary celebration in honor of the circa 1927 built library to be held in June 2017. The Gala Planning Committee meets Wed Oct 5 at 7 pm in Conference Room E at the Municipal Center. The Public is invited to attend, and more volunteers are needed to help!
On Wed Sept 7, members of several Grafton-based community groups met to brainstorm different ways to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Library. Individuals representing Apple Tree Arts, Friends of the Grafton Public Library, Grafton Community Television, Grafton Historical Society, Grafton Lions Club, Grafton Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Association, South Grafton PTO, Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton and Willard House and Clock Museum shared their ideas of potential fun events and activities to be offered. Diane Libbey, co-chair of the GPL Trustees encouraged participants think about the Library in terms of “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”
Attendees discussed creating a variety of activities to appeal to all ages and to offer something of interest to all Grafton residents. Some of the suggestions included a grand gala celebration party to be held on the Grafton Common, a costume parade for young children, a scavenger hunt on Grafton Land Trust properties, a historical walking tour around the common with historical interpreters and an antique car show with a focus on cars of the 1927-30s era. Other ideas included presenting a dramatization about Jerome Wheelock, the local inventor who gave the town the funds to build the library, creating a haunted walking tour and offering a program or tour of the Grafton Historical Society’s museum. Participants also recommended using the local churches on the common to hold events.
Library supporters are working on developing a 501 (c) 3 organization to support the renovation and improvement of the Library. The celebration proceeds will support this initiative. The Planning Committee will be meeting again next month on Oct.5 in Room E of the Grafton Memorial Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road. Everyone is welcomed to attend and share their ideas on ways to celebrate the library’s anniversary and to help organize the events. Please contact Beth Patch at email@example.com for more information.