Got fines? To aid the Grafton Food Bank, the Library will offer fine forgiveness in return for donations of non-perishable items for the Grafton Food Bank. The program continues through the end of the year.
This year, in addition to non-perishables, we are accepting Stop & Shop receipts that show you have purchased a grocery box for the Food Bank.
Please bring non-perishable canned or boxed goods, OR personal care items in lieu of cash for Library fines. The value of donated items should total the fine amount. Please note that we cannot accept open, damaged, expired, recalled or perishable items, and Food for Fines applies only to overdue fines, and does not extend to fees for printing, faxing, lost materials, or replacement Library cards.
Please consider donating healthy, nutrient rich food such as whole grain pasta, cereal, and crackers; fruit in 100% juice and low-sodium canned items, and toiletries.
For more details about Food for Fines, or to discuss other alternatives to fees and bring your library card to good standing, please contact Susan Leto at 508-839-4649 x1105 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The December (yes, December!) Calendar is ready! As always, check our EVENTS Calendar for a listing of programs but we wanted to highlight some upcoming Children’s Room activities:
December 1st will bring Sugarplum, our Library Elf, for her annual visit. She likes to do different activities every day and children are invited to come in and find her and complete their elf card. Collect 5 stickers on the card and then pick from our prize bin!
Write your letter to Santa at the Library – supplies and mailbox provided!
Make the Library one of your stops on December 7th during Grafton Celebrates the Holidays. We’ll have crafts, stories, Storywalk plus a holiday concert with David Polansky at 3:30 p.m. – Library open from 1-4:30
Celebrate Harry Potter Month and join us December 26th at 1 p.m.for a viewer’s choice screening of one of the Harry Potter movies. Please note, some movies are rated PG or PG-13 and may be inappropriate for very young children.
Ring in 2015 with GPL at our New Years Eve at Noon Party on December 31st at 11:30 a.m. We’ll have music, bubbles, and a special countdown at noon!
Be sure to stop by during school vacation week to make a special winter craft, play a board game, or have a go at a Minute-to-Win-it challenge.
ALSO this month:
Once Upon a Storytime at the Willard House – December 3rd at 2:30 p.m. Please call 508-839-3500 to register.
First Fridays with Mr. Kim, Music and Movement Program for Preschoolers – December 5th at 10 a.m. Registration opens on November 28th.
Storytimes resume the week of December 15th with PreK STEM Storytime at Unibank, Library Babies, Toddler Time, and Preschool Storytime. Please see the Events Calendar for the details.
Join us for a special writing workshop to celebrate National Writing Month, November 24, 2014 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Teens will be given a secret writing challenge and time to write. Sharing at the end is encouraged!
Pens and paper will be provided but feel free to bring your own notebook, laptop or tablet if you wish. Twizzlers will also be provided (the best writing aide ever!).
This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. Sign up in the library or by emailing the teen librarian.
Celebrate International Games Day at the Grafton Library, by exploring the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), World of Warcraft, Saturday, November 15th, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Experience and explore: Warlords of Draenor, Character Creation, Role Playing, PVE & PVP, Pet Battles, and Character Show & Tell.
Ever think of trying World of Warcraft? Do you have a non-active account and want to see the latest expansion pack and character model upgrades? Come to the library for our World of Warcraft Petting Zoo and get hands on experience with the game. Players of all experience and interest levels welcome; program suitable for ages 12 and up.
For more details or to register for the program, please contact Sarah Banister, Children’s Librarian, at 508-839-4649 or by email at email@example.com
When a new historical novel written by former Grafton resident Amy Belding Brown came to my attention, I immediately ran to the library. Amy’s first novel, Mr. Emerson’s Wife, was well received, and I’m betting her newest effort, Flight of the Sparrow, will be an even bigger success.
Subtitled , “A Novel of Early America”, Flight of the Sparrow brings the reader back to Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1676. As seen through the eyes of Mary Rowlandson, the wife of a Puritan minister, life is hard, but there seems to be enough food in the village of Lancaster and they persevere. Unfortunately, there are still Indian uprisings, and when one particularly savage attack occurred, Mary and one of her children were captured , enslaved and held for ransom. Two of her other children were taken elsewhere. Her husband was away at the time.
Although her capture lasted only three months, Mary’s experience into the lifestyle of the Indians was life-changing. After an initial period of brutal handling including rope around her neck, her captors lessened the severity of her treatment and she was allowed some freedom of movement after her heavy work was done.
She became accustomed to the Indian ways and began to appreciate the natural world around her. Even her new clothing consisting of a deerskin shift and soft moccasins was a relief from her cumbersome Puritan garb. The Indians, however, were slowly starving. They broke camp frequently and looked forward to the reward a ransom would bring.
Three months later she was returned to the English for a ransom. The location of this occurrence was Redemption Rock in Princeton. (route 140 north).
The rest of the book concerns her adjustment to the restrictive Puritan ways. Mary refused to disclose information about her enslavement, so rumors and sly looks ensued. Her husband was not happy with her reticence, and Mary began to question her husband’s authority and religious teachings.
Amy Belding Brown did a great deal of research into this fascinating look into local history. For example, James Printer, a Nipmuc Indian, came from the Hassanamesit, a Praying Indian Village in Grafton. Sound familiar?
Do not under any conditions miss this book . It is stellar.
I give the book 4 sparrow feathers.
Happy reading from Beverly!
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HUNGER GAMES WEEK!!!
Mockingjay Part 1 is coming!! In theaters November 21st, we just have to get ready for the release with some fun activities!
Tuesday, November 18th from 7-8:30 pm – Book Page Bracelet –
Celebrate the upcoming release of The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 by creating a book page bracelet from a Hunger Games book. All supplies will be provided.
Wednesday, November 19th from 7-8 pm – Fan Fiction Discussion
In this discussion we will talk about fan fiction – reading it, writing it, and sharing it.
Thursday, November 20th from 7-8 pm – Mockingjay Book Discussion
Come discuss Suzanne Collin’s Mockingjay before it arrives in theaters. Snacks will be provided.
Saturday, November 22nd from 2-4 pm – Hunger Games Monopoly
Play a life-sized, fast-paced version of Monopoly with a Hunger Games twist.
These programs are for teens in grades 6-12. Sign up in the library or by emailing Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Grafton Public Library is pleased to host a workshop, Exploring Business Ownership, led by Norman Eng of U.S. Small Business Administration, Massachusetts District, on Wednesday, November 19th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
This workshop will help you gain a better understanding about how to start a business and the various SBA programs and services that are available to prospective entrepreneurs or current business owners who need assistance in starting or expanding a business.
General information will be provided on the following programs and services:
- FREE Mentoring & Counseling: SCORE, Massachusetts Small Business Development Centers, Center for Women & Enterprise
- SBA Guaranty Loan Programs: 7(a), Micro Loans, Express Loans & 504
- Government Contracting Opportunities: 8(a) Business Development, HUBZones (Historically Underutilized Business Zones), and Small Disadvantaged Business.
For more information or to register, please contact Heidi Fowler, Reference Librarian at 508-839-4649 or email the library email@example.com.
or to RSVP please contact Norman Eng at 617-565-8510 or Norman.Eng@sba.gov
In honor of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) the Grafton Public Library will offer a short session of basic writing prompts and exercises on Wednesday, November 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Have you ever taken a class and had to write a research paper, or chronicled the events of your life in a journal? Do you just like to write down your thoughts, or are you the one in your house creating the grocery list? If these or any other similar circumstances apply to you, have you ever thought of steering your efforts into writing fiction? This creative writing prompts session will get your creative juices flowing.
We will go through a few exercises, give you time to write, and if you would like, share some of the results. Suggestions for resources you can explore on your own will also be provided. If you have a special notebook or journal you would like to use, please feel free to bring it, otherwise paper and writing utensils will be provided.
The folks at the official organization, NaNoWriMo, have stated that one of the most important things for a group exercise such as this is the availability of snacks! So, refreshments will be served.
Facilitator Jan Parise completed a course on creative writing at Worcester Art Museum, where she moonlights as a docent in addition to working at the Grafton Public Library.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-839-4649.
Due to low enrollment, we have cancelled this session.
Celebrate Halloween and the Day of the Dead together! Enjoy snacks while watching the movie, Hocus Pocus (PG). Missed our Day of the Dead Skull Shirt program? This is your second chance! Just bring a plain shirt or tote bag (colored will be best) with you.
Please register by calling 508-839-4649 or email email@example.com.
Participants, ages 9-12, will have the opportunity to pick through a “stranger’s” trashcan (no smelly banana peels – promise!) Piecing together crumpled letters, movie ticket stubs, and a slew of other items, they will use those scraps to write a short script or piece of fiction about the character they’ve glimpsed.
The first 12 participants to register will receive a free copy of Jen Malone’s book: At Your Service.
Jen Malone writes books for tweens and teens. Her debut At Your Service published with Simon & Schuster/Aladdin MIX in 2014 and her new series, RSVP (Simon & Schuster), co-written with Gail Nall, launches with Book #1 in 2015. She has three young adult titles forthcoming with HarperCollins, beginning with Map to the Stars in Summer 2015. Jen lives outside Boston with her husband and three children, teaches at Boston University, loves school visits, and has a “thing” for cute hedgehog pictures. You can learn more about her and her books at www.jenmalonewrites.com.
Please register for the program by calling 508-839-4649 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out our Event Calendar for all these upcoming Fall fun programs!
- Mini-Pumpkin Decorating, Saturday October 25th 12-4 pm: For all ages. Just bring your imagination, pumpkins and decorating supplies will be provided.
- Build-a-Scarecrow Day, Saturday October 25th, 9 am-12 noon on the Grafton Common: Hosted by Grafton Recreation, stakes, twine and hay will be provided.
- Teen Program – Day of the Dead Skull T-shirts, Monday October 27th 6:30 pm: The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated at the end of October and beginning of November. Get in the spirit early by hand sewing a Day of the Dead skull onto a t-shirt! Please bring a plain shirt or tote bag, all other supplies will be provided.
- Spooky Stories Storytime, Wednesday October 29th 6:30 pm: A family friendly program open to all ages. Spooktacular stories, ghoulish goodies, and fun! Costumes are encouraged!
- Teen Program – Halloween/Day of the Dead Party, Saturday November 1st 6:00 pm: Celebrate Halloween and the Day of the Dead together! Enjoy snacks while watching the movie Hocus Pocus.
For more details or to register for the Teen programs, please contact the Library at 508-839-4649 or by email at email@example.com