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LEGO STEM Program this Friday May 6 at 3:30 pm

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LEGO STEM Program this Friday May 6 at 3:30 Ages 5-9

Come on in Friday, May 6 at 3:30 pm after school for a LEGO STEM Program hosted by Grafton High School student Jenna Lee. We will push up our sleeves and get busy building STEM related Legos such as simple machines.

Ages 5-9. Snacks will be provided or feel free to bring your own.

Please register for this program by calling 508-839-4649 or sign up online.

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Scratch Program Workshop Saturday, May 14 at 3:15 pm

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Come create with the Scratch program Saturday, May 14 at 3:15 pm. Set up a free account with Scratch and explore animating a sprite, changing a back ground, and adding music and sound effects. In this seminar style workshop – everyone’s a teacher, everyone’s a learner!

Ages 10-14

Registration is required – please call 508-839-4649 or register online.

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Book Signing with local author Linda Marean Casey Tuesday, May 10th at 7 pm

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Local author and historical society releases exciting new title featuring stunning, vintage images. Telling a story in pictures is Grafton, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by Linda Marean Casey and the Grafton Historical Society is set to release on May 2, 2016. The book boasts 200 vintage images and showcases memories of days gone by. Ms. Casey will be selling the books for $21.99 and will accept cash or check from a local bank. A portion of the profits from the sale of the book are being donated to the Grafton Historical Society.

Please register for this book signing program. Call 508-839-4649 x1102, email graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com or register online.

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Free Comic Book Day! Saturday, May 7

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Drop in Saturday, May 7 to choose a comic from our free selection (while supplies last)!

As the name implies, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops, or in this case, the Grafton Public Library.

Preview the selection here. (Not all titles may be available.)

Love comics and graphic novels? Read even more titles online for free with your Library card at ComicsPlus!

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Grafton Public Library to offer 1:1 computer skills training

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The Grafton Public Library is pleased to now offer 1:1 computer skill training sessions for members of the community who are new to using a computer. Setting up email accounts, searching the web, and using the mouse will be demonstrated and users will have some practice time with the computers at the Library.

Sessions are limited to 6-8 per month by appointment.

For more information, or to make an appointment, please call Susan Leto or Heidi Fowler at 508-839-4649 extension 2.

 

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Saturday Afternoon Knitting Group

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Whether you are an experienced knitter or just want to learn – join us at the Grafton Public Library for a monthly Saturday afternoon of knitting from 2-4 pm. Mark your calendars for the upcoming meeting dates: 5/14, 6/11, 7/9, and 8/6. Experienced knitters are encouraged to bring their current projects. This program is for all ages and those who prefer to crochet are also welcome!
Have extra needles or yarn? Donate to our Give and Take Box to clear out your stash or find a special yarn. People looking to try knitting or a new type of yarn are welcome to take supplies. Sign up in the library or by emailing graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

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Grafton Writers Group

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Poets, essayists, blogs, diarists, memoir ghostwriters, short or long fiction… it’s all good! Join us at the Grafton Public Library every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:30 pm to workshop your writing, try some un-blockers, celebrate our publishing successes and share resources! Upcoming meeting dates are April 20, May 18 and June 15. Adults 18+.

Bring your writer’s block exercises; tools and resources that help hone your craft; or poetry, essays, and short fiction to discuss.
Facilitators Stephen and Tasha Halpert are local, published authors who also teach, lecture and counsel. For questions or to sign-up, please call the Library 508-839-4649 or email graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

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Saturday April 30: Community Clean Up Day! 9am-12pm

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Rake, weed and pick up trash and branches on the Library grounds. This event is community wide and part of Keep Massachusetts Beautiful: Grafton Community Clean Up Day.

Grafton Clean-up Day
Saturday, April 30, 2016
9:00 am –noon
An Earth-friendly Event for the Entire Family!

Your Grafton Clean-up Day “to-do” list:
1.Pick up your bags and gloves. (At the Municipal center all week, or at the Common on 4/30/16 at 9:00 a.m.). You can also pre-register a team by calling Dawn Geoffroy at 617-513-9035 or email dawn.geoffroy@gmail.com
2.Meet up with your team to clean up or beautify your selected area.
3.Once your clean-up is complete, call 508-839-8525 (the Highway Dept.) and let them know where your bags are. They will collect the bags for proper disposal on Monday.
4.Return to the Common for your free lunch, sponsored by Pepperoni Express and others!

Celebrate Grafton Clean-up Day on the Common!
Join us on the Common for refreshments and fun activities
Receive a free tree sapling to celebrate Arbor Day, sponsored by the Grafton Highway Department
Give yourself credit for getting involved in your community and thank you for your efforts to make Grafton beautiful!

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Library to Host “Getting to Know Your Ukulele” class with Apple Tree Arts

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The Library is offering a 4-week class session titled “Getting to Know Your Ukulele.” This class will be taught by Jan Barlow of Apple Tree Arts and is for beginners ages 13 and up – teens and adults. The classes will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday May 10, 17, 24 and 31, and will meet at One Grafton Common, Grafton, MA. This free class is limited to 12 participants. Participants need to bring a ukulele to the class. The Library has 4 ukuleles available to check out for the course of the session and the instructor also has 1 ukulele for loan. Please stop by the Library or call 508-839-4649 to register for this program and reserve a ukulele.

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April School Vacation Week Programs

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Stop by the Grafton Public Library during April school vacation week for one of our programs!
Check the Events Calendar for more information or to sign up for a program.

LEGO Fun – Tuesday, April 19 & Thursday, April 21 10 am-12 pm All ages. Drop-in and make your own creation! The only limit is your imagination!

Movie Night: Goosebumps (2015 rated PG) – Tuesday, April 19 6:30 pm Join us for a movie night in the Children’s Room! The Children’s Room will be closed to regular circulation from 6-9 pm for this program.

Drumming with Craig Harris – Wednesday, April 20 1:00 pm All ages. Join performer Craig Harris in this hands-on drumming workshop. Registration is required, please call 508-839-4649 or email graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com to sign-up. This program is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Board of Library Commissioners. The Children’s Room will be closed to regular circulation from 12:30-3:30 pm so we can provide this program.

Tween Crafternoon: Stop-Motion Animation – Thursday, April 21 3:00-4:30 pm Ages 8-12
Bring your iPod, phone or tablet (or use one of ours) and join us as we try out some of the best new apps for creating stop-motion animation. We’ll use Legos, mini-figures, and even create our own characters out of clay. Registration is required, please call 508-839-4649 or email graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com to sign up.

Teen Program: The Scorch Trials Movie Night – Thursday, April 21 6:30 pm Rated PG-13. Based upon the novel “The Scorch Trials” of the Maze Runner series by James Dashner. Please register for this program by calling 508-839-4649 or email acusher@cwmars.org

Biomes Traveling Tide Pools – Friday, April 22 Drop-in from 1:00-3:00 pm All ages.
Please note location: South Grafton Elementary School
Biomes Traveling Tide Pool is a hands-on experience featuring animals like starfish, sea urchins, whelks, spider crabs, oysters, as well as hermit and horseshoe crabs. We will also set up a small fish tank containing other animals like seahorses, pipefish, and brittle stars. Participants can visit the bins at their own pace and our staff will educate them about the animals and answer questions. Biomes Traveling Tide Pools are brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Board of Library Commissioners.

Teen Program: Nerdfighters – Saturday, April 23 1:00-3:00 pm Play Super Smash Bros on our WiiU or bring your favorite nerdy items to play. This free program is for teens in grades 6-12.

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National Library Week April 10-16 – Libraries Transform

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In honor of National Library Week we are offering 2 programs:

Teen & Adult Coloring Program
Thursday, April 14 from 7-9 pm
Join us as we color special Library coloring pages, book bags and bookmarks!
This program is for teens and adults. All supplies will be provided.

Tween Crafternoon: Build-a-Book
Wednesday, April 13 3:30-4:30 pm
Help us celebrate National Library Week by building
and creating your own book. All supplies will be provided.
Ages 8-12. Registration is required.
Sign up online or call 508-839-4649.

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