Grafton Public Library

Library Updates

Is Childcare a Roadblock to Attending Town Meeting? Monday, February 8th 7 pm

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It no longer has to be! In partnership with the Friends of the Grafton Public Library and GHS National Honor Society, the Library is pleased to offer childcare for school-age children during the Town Meeting on Monday, February 8th at 7 pm. Childcare will be available right at the Grafton High School so there are no additional stops to make! Crafts, stories, and other fun activities will keep the young ones busy.  Please register your child/children by calling the Library 508-839-4649 or email graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

 

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“Once Upon a Story” at Willard House & Clock Museum

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“Once Upon a Story” is a program for children ages 3 and up. Join us for stories and fun activities, and see a highlighted feature of the Willard House & Clock Museum! Siblings welcome!
February 3, 2016 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Willard House & Clock Museum, 11 Willard Street, North Grafton
* Registration is required – please call Willard House to sign up 508-839-3500

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Pajama Drive for Kids – birth through age 12

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The Grafton Public Library is partnering with the Boston Bruins and Cradles to Crayons to provide new pajamas for local children in need across the Commonwealth. The PJ drive runs February 1 through March 15, 2016. You can make a difference by bringing in new pajama donations (sizes 4/5T-18/20) to the Children’s Room at the Library.
Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive—at home, at school and at play. Donations are processed and packaged by volunteers, and distributed to disadvantaged children across the state through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners.
For questions or more details, please call the Library 508-839-4649 or email graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

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Library Focus Group: Expansion Project

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The Library is in the position of being able to apply for the MA Board of Library Commissioner’s MA Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) grant. This award covers up to 50% of construction costs. With the application due in January 2017, now is the time to hire an OPM, draft a building program and needs assessment, and go out to bid for an architect for the planning and design process.

To prepare for the grant application, the Library is hosting a number of focus groups to seek input on the needs of the community in regards to an expanded Library facility. These meetings are open to the public, and we really want your feedback on what elements an expanded library should include. Need some ideas? Check out photos of well-designed libraries and previously funded projects at https://www.pinterest.com/mblclibraries/massachusetts-library-construction/.

A one-hour Focus Group Session will be offered on Saturday February 13 at 10:00 am. Refreshments will be provided. You can also take the Library Satisfaction Survey online at http://mblc.countingopinions.com/s/10259

Thank you for sharing your input!

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Tiny Houses: a Very Different Approach to Home Ownership

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The presentation focuses on the basics of planning for and owning a tiny house on wheels; both its challenges and advantages, offering insights unique from the currently popular tiny house themed TV shows. From approximately “how much” to “where to live”, it addresses options for their general design, and heat, hot water and electricity choices, among other components. Living in a tiny house year-round is a topic of rapidly developing debate. Learn why something so “cute” and compact could cause so much discussion!

Speaker, Isa Bauer is the Project Manager and lead designer from Tiny House Northeast, a New England and upper NY State tiny house design-build business. Isa earned a M.A. in Regional Economic and Social Development with a concentration in Sustainable Development, including green building materials and construction methods research. Isa has owned a tiny house since she was 19-years old, as do several of the Tiny House Northeast team.

Please register for this program; call 508-839-4649 x1102 or email graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.

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Go Wild @ the Library Animal Adventures show!

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As part of a nationwide program “Take Your Child to the Library Day”, Animal Adventures is coming to the Grafton Public Library on Saturday, February 6 for two shows at 1 pm and again at 2:30 pm. Eight to ten exotic animals will be presented in a one-hour session. Meet the animals, hear interesting stories and information about them and get close. Controlled petting and touching is allowed at the discretion of the Animal Adventures Guide. This program is for all ages and registration is required. Please call the Library 508-839-4649 xt 1103 with questions and to register. Animal Adventures is brought to you by the Friends of the Grafton Library and also with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Board of Library Commissioners.

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Friends Announce Paint & Sip Fundraiser

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paint nightJoin the Friends of the Grafton Public Library at the Grafton Inn on Saturday February 6 from 6:30-9pm to paint a Gerber Daisy painting! Just think, in about 2 1/2 hours of step-by-step professional instruction from Brush It Off Paint & Sip Bar, you’ll go home with your very own rendition of this painting. Personalize it by choosing your own colors!

Tickets, available online ONLY, are $40 each, and a portion of your ticket price will be donated back to the Friends to benefit the Grafton Public Library. The more tickets we sell, the bigger the chunk we get from each ticket; if the Friends sell 60 or more tickets, they will get $20, or half the proceeds, from each ticket sold.

Your ticket will include paint and materials, along with professional instruction in painting your own painting. Feel free to have a little more fun and order some drinks at the bar 😉


ADVANCED PURCHASE OF TICKETS IS REQUIRED as they need to prepare enough materials ahead of time. More details are on the Friends Facebook Event Page.

 

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Volunteer Wanted

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Volunteer Wanted:
To work with 24 year-old student on study skills and exam prep for the written portion of a certificate course in Personal Training.

Schedule and location flexible. Please contact Susan Leto, Volunteer Coordinator, at 508-839-4649 or email at sleto@cwmars.org

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Preschool Storytime – New Day/Time!

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Now at a new day and time! – Wednesdays, January 13, 20, and 27 at 1 pm

Preschool Storytime is a 45 minute program for children ages 3-5. Join us as we share stories, songs, and art exploration activities.

Registration required – please call 508-839-4649.

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Family Movie Night

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Join us for Family Movie Night! We will be watching Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG). The Children’s Room will be closed from 6-9 pm for this program.

Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.

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LEGO Brick Builders

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Calling all master builders ages 8-12! We will provide one model to replicate, one activity, and free build time. Please register 508-839-4649.

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