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National Library Week, April 14-19!

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Celebrate the value of your local Library!

Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

The Grafton Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by offering a variety of programs for all ages:

Teens “Make a Peep in the Library!” Peep Dioramas – Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Inspired by The Washington Post’s Peep Diorama Contest teens are invited to create their own Peep Dioramas. Using marshmallow chicks and bunnies and a few other supplies you can bring a scene to life! All participants will enjoy a Peep snack and be entered to win a special Peep Prize Pack. Dioramas can be taken home that day or can be displayed in the library until April 19th. The library will have shoe boxes, Peeps,
and general crafting supplies available to use. Please bring you imagination and any other specific supplies you would like to use.

Teens’ Blackout Poetry – Wednesday April 16, 2014 at 7 p.m. April is National Poetry Month and teens will get the opportunity to create their own poems. Using Sharpies we will bring new life to old books by creating blackout poetry.

LEGO Brickbuilders – Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Break out the LEGOs! Children ages 6-12 are encouraged to drop in and build a free-form creation or build the challenge piece! All bricks and resources are provided.

The Art of the Altered Book – Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:00pm. Donna Rodonja will be teaching participants how repurpose a book by turning it into a birdhouse. (Check out a sample of the project at the library). Participants are encouraged to bring a book to work with (or one will be provided). It should be at least 70 pages long and no more than 500 pages. Paperbacks will of course yield a smaller finished product. Anyone who has a hot glue gun is encouraged to bring it, though that is not necessary.

Author visit Richard C. Wiggin – Friday, April 18, 2014 at 11:00 am. Commemorate the Revolutionary War on this historic date with a presentation, Q&A, book sale, and signing. His book Embattled Farmers: Campaigns and Profiles of Revolutionary Soldiers from Lincoln, Massachusetts, 1775-1783 profiles and traces the footsteps of 256 local participants in the Revolutionary War (including at least one or more who were Grafton connected!) Richard C. Wiggin is the Historian and a past Captain of the Lincoln Minute Men. He is a colonial re-enactor, living historian, and has volunteered at Minute Man National Historical Park for over twenty years. This program is of interest to veterans, history buffs, local historians and genealogists, homeschoolers and high school and college students.

Spring Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 10:00 or 10:30 a.m. Collect up to 6 candy-filled eggs while searching for the elusive Golden Egg (2 per hunt), then join us at the Library for Spring stories and crafts. All participants are eligible for an additional prize drawing. The Easter Bunny will be on site for photo ops. Tickets are $3 and may be purchased at the Main Desk or in the Children’s Room. No tickets will be sold the day of the event. Sponsored by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library. Proceeds benefit the Grafton Public Library. Rain Date: Monday (Patriot’s Day), 4/21

For more details or to register for one of the programs, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1105 or by email at

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Our Lost and Found basket in the front entrance vestibule is overflowing with winter hats, drink containers, shorts, and assorted other small items found around the library after closing. We will donate the contents to a local thrift shop at the end of April.
Please note: anything of value (cell phones, wallets, jewelry, etc.) is kept behind the front desk. Please ask staff if you believe you have left something behind.

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Spring Egg Hunt Tickets for Sale!

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Tickets are now available for the Friends of the Grafton Public Library’s annual Spring Egg Hunt Saturday April 19! Start times are 10:00 or 10:30am. Don’t forget to bring your Easter Basket!

Collect up to 6 candy-filled eggs while searching for the elusive Golden Egg (2 per hunt), then join us at the Library for Spring stories and crafts. All participants are eligible for an additional prize drawing.

The Easter Bunny will be on site for photo ops.

Tickets are $3 and may be purchased at the Main Desk or in the Children’s Room. No tickets will be sold the day of the event.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library. Proceeds benefit the Grafton Public Library.

Rain Date: Monday (Patriot’s Day), 4/21

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Review: Please Bury Me in the Library

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Please Bury Me in the Library

In honor of National Library Week, April 14-19, we are reading Please Bury Me in the Library by J. Patrick Lewis. Join us in celebrating all that libraries are and all they do!

There’s nothing like curling up with a good book, but you have to be careful. Before you know it, a minute turns into an hour, an hour turns into a day, and a day may turn into . . . eternity.

Inspired by the likes of Edward Lear, X. J. Kennedy, and Lewis Carroll, the author of Arithme-Tickle and Scien-Trickery has created a collection of original poems about books and reading that range from sweet to silly to laugh-out-loud funny. Newcomer Kyle M. Stone’s clever, witty, and endearing paintings make this the perfect treat for book lovers of all ages.

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LEGO Brick Builders program!

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Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.
April 10, 17, & 24
Ages 6-12

Drop in and design your own creation, or build a specific model.
Jean, the Library LEGO lady, will provide tons of bricks, and building resources to browse or take home.
Come and create with us!

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Review: Just One Evil Act, by Elizabeth George

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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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Delectably Green and Clean Workshop: finding the recipe to remove toxins from your home

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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.Leslie R 14March06

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

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Put on your PJs, Smile & Say “Cheese!” National Library Snapshot Day is coming to Grafton!

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On Tuesday April 8, the Grafton Public Library will join libraries across the Commonwealth and the nation to provide a “snapshot” of what happens in a day in the life of libraries. How many books are checked out? How many people receive help finding a job? Doing their taxes? Doing their homework? During Snapshot Day, libraries will collect data and photos that help demonstrate the value of libraries and raise public awareness that libraries are busier than ever.

Coincidentally, Snapshot Day coincides with Pajama Day at the Library. Staff will be in PJs to promote the new Tuesday evening PJ Storytime that starts at 6:15 pm.

“We’re looking forward to a fun, busy day that helps us show how much our residents use their library,” said Gallaway. Busy days are the norm at libraries across the state. Over the past decade, libraries in Massachusetts have experienced a dramatic surge in usage, including a 50% increase in library visits and a 29% increase in circulation. In 2012 Grafton attendance was down due to the Library closure during the ADA renovation, but in 2013, program attendance increased by 52%, the number of reference questions increased by 140%, and circulation increased by 7%, compared to 2012.

Everyone can participate! We’ll have a photo release on hand for those will allow us to document their library use. Patrons can also use twitter #snapmass14 to post comments about the ways they use the Library, even if they aren’t physically in the library on April 8, said Beth Gallaway, Library Director. Don’t forget to follow @graftonpublib on Twitter!

Nationally, Snapshot Day is supported by the American Library Association, which will
compile state data to provide a national perspective of a day in the life of libraries.
Massachusetts Library Snapshot Day is presented by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Massachusetts Regional Library System, the Massachusetts Library Association, the Massachusetts School Library Association, and Boston Public Library.
Visit or contact for more information; for more details about Snapshot Day in Grafton, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 or by email at


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Early Childhood Education Seminar for Parents on Benefits of Music and Movement

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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.

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Here Comes the Book Wagon!

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The Grafton Public Library, in conjunction with the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, is launching a new program at the Grafton Senior Center. The Book Wagon, with a staff member and a volunteer, will visit the Senior Center on a monthly basis, beginning Thursday, February 20 at 11:00 am.

Subsequent visits will be on the fourth Tuesday of every month, beginning Tuesday, March 25 at 11:00 am.

The Book Wagon will be filled with a variety of materials including books, movies, magazines and music. Seniors will be able to check out whatever they like from the Book Wagon, and return it to the Senior Center the following month.  If someone doesn’t already have a library card, we will be able to sign them up right then and there!

At the same time, staff and volunteers will be able to help any Senior learn to use our catalog to request material, operate a kindle, iPad, or other device, and answer questions about other services the library has to offer.

The Book Wagon initiative utilizes the talents of a National Honor Society (NHS) student volunteer, and fulfills requirements for an NHS Leadership Project.

For more details, please contact Susan Leto, Circulation Librarian, at 508-839-4649 ext. 2  or by email at

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