Grafton Public Library

Library Updates

Programs Relocated to Municipal Center

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As you may have noticed there is construction going on in the library. While our walls get repaired from ice damaged that happened over the winter some of our programs are moving offsite to allow the repair work to get done.

The following programs will be held on the 2nd floor (either room E-2 or 33) of the Municipal Center (30 Providence Road):

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


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Food for Fines is back for the summer! July 1 – August 31st!

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The Grafton Public Library will be offering Food for Fines from July 1-August 31! Be a hero and bring in non-perishable goods equal to the amount of your overdue fines, and the Library will waive the fines and bring items to the Food Bank. Food for Fines cannot be applied to lost materials or other fees, only fines.
Thank you for helping out!

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Children’s Room to CLOSE Tuesday nights for Kids’ Movie Nights Series

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Join us on Tuesday evenings for some HERO movies this summer!
This free program is for children entering grades K-6 and is part of the Every Hero Has a Story summer reading program. Attendees will earn 3 tickets towards our Southwick’s Zoo family 4-pack raffle.

Children’s movies are shown in the Children’s Room, which is CLOSED for regular circulation from 6:00-9 p.m. for this event. A small selection of Children’s items will be available for browsing and check out in the Main Reading Room upstairs.
No RSVP is required.

Upcoming Films in this series:
Tue 7/7 Despicable Me
Tue 7/14 Big Hero Six
Tue 7/21 Underdog
Tue 7/28 Cinderella
Tue 8/11 SpongeBob

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Please pardon our appearance – Main Reading Room Repair

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The Grafton Public Library is asking our patrons to please excuse our appearance as a section of the Main Reading Room undergoes repair from damage due to ice dams this past winter. While some of the study tables and shelving have been shifted, the collections of DVDs and audio books remain available for circulation. We apologize in advance for any noise disturbances or disruption to our patrons.

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Volunteer Needed!…

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To meet 1:1 with an adult English Language Learner at the Library during school hours to help them with their conversational skills. No special training is required, just an ability to speak clearly and the desire to help a new Grafton resident. The CW Mars library system has a wide collection of ESL resources, including books, CDs, DVDs and multimedia language kits that are available to use for tutoring sessions. Call or write to Susan Leto, Volunteer Coordinator, Grafton Public Library 508-839-4649

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New! “Inspirational” Book Club

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The Grafton Public Library is hosting a new “Inspirational” Book Club, which will meet on Tuesday, June 30th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. These are books meant to inspire and enlighten, to motivate and learn from in a spirit of fun and sharing. It is not necessary to read the entire book, if time does not permit. You may select a favorite chapter or passage to share, or of course discuss why you liked or did not like the book.

From approximately 8:10 to 8:15 PM there will be an optional Mini-Meditation time led by Heidi Fowler, Reference Librarian . . . a great way to relax and refresh the mind after a long day!
The first book selection is: The Gifts of Imperfection : Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
by Brene Brown. Brené Brown, Ph.D., is a leading expert on shame, authenticity and belonging. She shares what she’s learned from a decade of research on the power of Wholehearted Living, a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.
In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough”, And to go to bed at night thinking, “Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.”

Sign up and pick up a copy of the book in the Main Reading Room or email

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Summer Reading 2015…This summer we will be celebrating HEROES of all shapes and sizes!

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Vote for your favorite superhero every week in our Superhero Showdown

This summer we will be celebrating HEROES of all shapes and sizes!
Birth – Grade 5: Every Hero Has A Story
Grade 6-12: Unmask!
Adults: Escape the Ordinary

REGISTER & Be a Super Reader!
Kids, teens and adults can now register for Summer Reading!

Beginning July 1st, you can log your reading hours and write book reviews.

EARN TICKETS TO WIN PRIZES!  It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
1 Ticket every day you visit the library from July 1-August 15
2 Tickets for every short book review you submit online starting July 1st
3 Tickets for attending a program during summer reading


Summer Reading Kick-off Celebration! Saturday, July 11th with a Superhero Carnival on the Grafton Common!

For a full overview of the Program Calenders, click on the following links:

2015 calendar 11 X 17-master

SR Program Flyer15

2015 Adult SRP 15June02

Also check the Library’s website Event Calendar for program dates and times.

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Review: Bed by David Whitehouse

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Bed by David Whitehouse is the story of a family wrought by one member’s refusal to get out of bed. The main character, Malcolm Ede, is a man in his 40s who went to bed on his 25th birthday and decided to never leave it again. The story is told by his younger brother, also in his 40s, who like his brother, still lives with his parents in the bedroom they grew up in.

The story unfolds, oscillating between childhood memories and the present. Mal started out as an eccentric child who ruined family outings with his outlandish behavior. Mal’s family cannot hold him accountable, and as a result, they become hostages of his actions. As a young adult, Mal is handsome, athletic, and popular. He meets a girl named Lou, and both Mal and his younger brother fall in love with her. However, finding a job, getting married, working, having a family, working more –essentially what most people do when they grow up– is completely unacceptable to Mal. He is convinced there is an easier way to live, and turns to (or into) his bed.

David Whitehouse writes beautifully. His descriptions are so vivid and original, I found myself rereading sentences just to linger over them a little longer; however, Bed was difficult to read due to the nature of the story itself. As readers, we want to know, Why? What motivates humans to act as they do? Whitehouse keeps us engaged on our search for answers.

As reviewed by Valerie Evans

Currently available in regular print version only:
Request in regular print

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Volunteer Opportunities in your Library Garden!

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• Volunteers are needed June 6-Oct 3 to help weed & water! Sign up for a week, and stop in on every non-rainy day (preferably in the evening) to weed, water and harvest the garden beds. It’s a GREAT family activity!

Sign up on our Signup Genius page for weeding/watering June 6-October 3.

For details, contact Beth Gallaway at

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Library to Close for July 4th Weekend

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Independence Day from Friday July 3 through Sunday July 5, 2015. No items are due on closed dates. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 6.

Museum passes for the weekend may be picked up in advance on Thursday July 2 (10am-9pm). Please do not make reservations for the weekend after the Library closes at 9pm on Thursday, as no one will here Friday, Saturday or Sunday to give out the pass.

Please visit our digital branch online to read a newspaper, check out an ebook, learn a new language, and more!

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Review: The Children Return

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The most recent installment of the Bruno:  Chief of Police series by Martin Walker is now available.  The Children ReturnThe Children Return once again finds our hero Bruno pitted against forces larger than himself, and his local police force, in rural St. Denis, France.  Starting with a murdered undercover agent who had been investigating local jihadists, Bruno’s concerns quickly escalate to include a local autistic boy who had been hijacked by Islamic extremists, spirited away to Afghanistan and used for his amazing information-gathering technical skills.  He has now been rescued and returned to St. Denis, but his former captors are not letting him go that easily, and fears grow for his safety, and that of his family and the local populace, should these forces pursue him back to his home town.

Interwoven with this storyline are a few other subplots involving international intrigue, local history and as always with Bruno, a potential new love interest, complications with his old love interest, good food, good wine, good friends and the beauty of the Dordogne countryside.

While these mysteries are a charming read, they always showcase an interesting plot with some twists.  In addition they contain a serious vein which examines contemporary controversies.  This time around, the focus is on issues involving the large and growing Muslim population in France.  The people and local officials of the fictional town of St. Denis face these, as always, under the watchful and protective eye of their beloved Bruno:  Chief of Police.

Request the regular print edition

Request the audio book edition

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Magic the Gathering Tournament…

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Join us for a Magic The Gathering tournament!

Not sure how to play? Join us at 4pm to learn how to play. You can bring your own deck or use the library’s.

The tournament will begin at 5pm. It will be a standard tournament, so bring your standard decks. (Or you can use the library’s deck if it’s your first time.)

Tournament prizes are Dragons of Tarkir booster packs: 3 for 1st place, 2 for 2nd place, and 1 for 3rd place.

Pizza and snacks will be served. This free program is for teens in grades 6-12.

Sign up in the library or by emailing the teen librarian.

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Nerdfighters…meet again Saturday, June 20th 1 p.m.

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Join us for another Nerdfighters afternoon! We’ll have our Wii U set up to play Super Smash Bros. Feel free to bring in things for a nerdy show-and-tell and share what you’re passionate about!

This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. Sign up in the library or by emailing the teen librarian.

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