Grafton Public Library

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September & STORYTIMES are coming!

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Storytimes will be starting the week of September 11!

The session will run the week of September 11th through October 21st. 

REGISTRATION: Please note some storytimes require registration while others are drop-in. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to start date of program.

  • Please register one participant at a time. You must register every child participating. Unregistered children will not be able to participate.
  • Please adhere to age recommendations when registering your child.   If your child is not an appropriate age, they will be removed from the registration list.

Silly Science @ UniBank is a 45 minute storytime program for children ages 3-5 years. Join us for a STEM- themed storytime that features math and science themes.

Registration is required for this program. Register ONLINE or call 508-839-4649 xt 1103. The program will run on Monday mornings 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2 & 10/16 at 10:15 am. Participants must commit to the entire 5 week session.

Location: UniBank, 89 Worcester St., Grafton


Preschool Storytime is a 30-minute program for children ages 3.5-5.  Join us as we share stories, songs, felt board fun, and movement activities.

Registration is required for this program. Register ONLINE or call 508-839-4649 xt 1103. The program will run on Tuesday mornings 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10 & 10/17 at 10:15 am.  Participants must commit to the entire 6 week session.


Toddler Time is a 30-minute program for children who are walking-age 3 years.

We will share stories, sing songs, enjoy movement activities, and recite rhymes and finger plays together.

This is a drop-in program; registration is not required. The program will meet on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am and 10:15 am. Please attend just one time slot. Session dates are 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11 & 10/18.


Join us at the Willard House Clock Museum for a special storytime, fun activities, and see a highlighted feature of the Willard House Clock Museum!

Ages 3 and up, siblings welcome. Please register for this program. Register ONLINE or call 508-839-4649 xt 1103.

This program meets once-a-month, second Wednesday of the month. This month’s date is September 13 at 1:30 pm.

Location: 11 Willard St, North Grafton, MA 01536


Library Babies is a 20-minute program for our very youngest visitors, ages birth-walking. Join us as we read stories, sing songs, recite favorite nursery rhymes, and interact with the babies using bounces and finger plays.

This is a drop-in program; registration is not required. The program will meet on Thursday mornings at 10:15 am. Session dates are 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12 & 10/19.


Join us Saturday mornings before the library opens for shorter, repeat showings of our most popular storytimes. 9/16, 9/30 & 10/14 will be Baby & Toddler Storytime, while 9/23, 10/7 & 10/21 will be Preschool Storytime.

This is a drop-in program; registration is not required.


The Children’s Room will be CLOSED for the duration of each storytime program. A selection of materials will be available in the Main Reading Room.

Please note our Storytime Policy: If there is no school, storytime programs are cancelled. If there is a half-day of school, morning storytimes are cancelled.




Children are always welcome at the library.  However, the library is a public building and very busy on a daily basis.  For the protection and well-being of children, the Grafton Public Library has established an Unattended Child Policy.

Please note that program attendees must also comply with the Library’s Unattended Child Policy:

  • 0-7 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times;
  • 8-12 must be accompanied by parent/guardian remaining in the Library;
  • 13+ may be unaccompanied provided child is able to use Library independently and follow the Library’s Code of Conduct.
  • Children under age 13 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over the age of 14.

All library policies are online at

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Library CLOSED for Labor Day Weekend

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Labor Day on Saturday, September 2 through Monday, September 4, 2017. No items are due on these days. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 5.

Museum passes for the weekend may be picked up in advance on Thursday (10 am-9 pm) or Friday (10 am -5 pm).

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

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Please note: C/WMars Catalog maintenance scheduled 8/19 & 8/20

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The C/WMars catalog will be down between  11 PM Saturday night (August 19) and will plan on being down until 4 PM on Sunday (August 20) while they upgrade the database server.

C/WMars will be replacing their old database server with a brand new, faster server. They will also be upgrading the Postgres database software underpinning the Evergreen ILS. These significant improvements will boost  performance across the board.

The catalog will be completely unavailable during the upgrade.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Edaville Family Amusement Park Summer Reading Incentive Program

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Did you know…Edaville Family Amusement Park has a Summer Reading incentive program through August 24?!!
Bring in your completed summer reading reports, charts and/or essays & receive one FREE Admission with a full priced adult admission ticket at the gate only. Kindergarten thru 6th grade only.
Stop by the Grafton Library to pick up a reading log and when the kids have finished logging their reading, we will stamp it for you to present to Edaville.

Question? Visit the EDAVILLE Summer Reading Reward website.

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Grafton Public Library Awarded $7.4 million Construction Grant from MBLC

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Grafton Public Library
Receives Grant Award
Contact: Dana M. Wilson

Grafton Public Library Awarded $7.4 million Construction Grant from MBLC

Grafton, MA, July 13, 2017. . . The Grafton Public Library was awarded a Provisional Construction Grant of $7,435,041 at the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) board meeting on Thursday, July 13 at the Needham Public Library. The MBLC voted to award General Provisional Grants for a total of $172,155,146 to the thirty-three communities on the MBLC Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program Wait List.

“I am thrilled that we will be able to give the Grafton community the library it deserves and expects to receive based upon the continued large increase in circulation of materials and patron visits to the library,” said Beth Gallaway, Grafton Public Library director. “I’m so proud to be part of this important and huge project,” she added.
The Library under the direction of Ms. Gallaway and the Board of Library Trustees applied for the state grant in January to help defray the costs to expand and renovate the circa-1927 building located on the Grafton Common. Grafton citizens overwhelming approved the design and funding for an expanded modern library of just under 26,000 square feet with an estimated cost of $16.6 million this past May at the annual town meeting and election.

“It was a strong application candidate pool with all libraries receiving grants–no applicant was asked to reapply,” Gallaway said. “Grafton’s application was well received, with the Library being awarded almost a million dollars more than we expected and being listed as number 16 in the wait list. We are positioned well to move forward with the construction project, since we already have secured funding approval from the town. Our position in the wait list may move up since state funding is contingent upon the libraries receiving funding approval from their towns,” she added.

The MBLC awarded nine communities Provisional Construction Grants for FY18 at the board meeting and
placed 24 communities on a wait list to receive grants as funding becomes available. 100 percent
of the construction projects are expected to be funded, pending local approval.

The Grafton Public Library Capital Campaign, a 501 (c) 3 organization, recently began fundraising to support the renovation and improvement of the Grafton Public Library. The group has received $260,000 in pledges since May. The organization is seeking individuals who would like to join the group and become involved in fundraising. Please contact Dana Wilson at 508-244-1400 or

The Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) has been continuously funded through state bond authorizations since 1987. The MPCLP provides financial and technical assistances to municipalities for planning, design, improvement and expansion of public library facilities.

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is a state agency established in 1890 that supports, improves and promotes library service throughout Massachusetts. State regulations 605 CMR 6.00 govern the agency.

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Library Expansion Project UPDATE

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Thanks to all who voted in the Town General Election May 16 and attended Town Meeting Monday May 8 to VOTE on the project design and to borrow $16.6 million to fund the project. Approximately $6.6 million may be reimbursed through the state. All votes passed by the required majority. THANK YOU GRAFTON! We will know our grant status by July 13, 2017, and that’s when we’ll find out how much funding and where we are on the wait list for funds.

A complete list of FAQs from public forums and focus groups, public comments and in-person questions at the Library is available.


proposed design, NW view, by DRA


The Library Planning and Building Committee has selected Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc (DRA) to design the schematics (floor plan and elevations) required for the MA Board of Library Commissioner’s MA Public Library Construction Program Grant. The Board of Selectmen signed the contract to hire DRA for design services on Tuesday September 6.

Meeting Minutes from the Library Planning and Building Committee meetings are posted to the Town’s website.

The grant application was completed and submitted in January 2017, and a Letter of Intent was submitted in October 2016. Applying for the grant — and winning the grant! would allow the Town of Grafton to renovate and expand the 90-year old facility at nearly half the cost, adding a much-needed community meeting space, designated areas for quiet study, youth programs and collections, and dedicated work space for staff.  The grant would require us to build a library to meet the seating capacity and shelf space to accommodate a still growing collection of physical materials, plus parking, for a population of 22,122 residents in 2035, and would require us to provide parking based on square footage of the expanded facility. The building size in the building program is only an estimate, and we are aiming for a 21,000-25,000 sq foot facility, which would triple our current 7,400 sq foot space.

The money from the MA Public Library Construction Program grant has already been collected, and continues to be collected from Massachusetts tax revenues. While the cost of library renovation may impact your annual property tax bill, the Library provides return on investment to anyone who uses it’s facility. Borrowing books, DVDs, and games; loaning equipment; meeting for free in our shared space; using the computer; borrowing museum passes; picking up free tax forms; accessing subscription databases like Consumer Reports for free… it all adds up to the Library providing many free or discount services through our small municipal budget. If you have not stopped in recently, September is National Library Card Sign up Month — stop in to see what you’ve been missing!

The cost of the project has been estimated at $111/per year for the average home valued at $364,531. For less than the cost of 4 hardcover books, valued at $27.99 each…

  • … Check out 4 books at a time for FREE at the Library, investing that $111* in our future!
  • for the cost of 2 cup of coffee a week…
    …I can buy my coffee for a buck at the Library instead, investing $111* in our future!
  • for the cost of a year’s subscription to Netflix…
    … we can improve the Library and I can use Hoopla for free to stream movies from the Library, investing that $80* in our future!
  • for the cost of 4 music lessons…
    … I can access ArtistWorks for FREE and learn piano, guitar, banjo and more, online through the Library, investing that $111* in our future!

*It is likely the grant will reimburse around $6.6 million of the $14.6 million in eligible costs! The remaining $10 million will be fundraised, donated by Friends, Trustees, and the Capital Campaign, with the balance funded by taxpayers.

Join the Friends! Membership starts at just $10 a year.

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Teen Program: Anime 101

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Anime 101: Isn’t Otaku a kind of sushi? Can you tell a Pokemon from a Digimon? Do you know the difference between a sub and a dub? Do you hear worlds like “Baka” and scramble for a dictionary? Well you aren’t along. This workshop is for you. Japanese Anime is a big part of American pop culture now, and many people are trying to catch up. In Anime 101 we cover the basics of Anime from its birth in Japan to it’s popularity here in America.

Please REGISTER for this program.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.

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Mr. Kim in Concert

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It wouldn’t be summer without a Mr. Kim Concert on the Grafton Common! Come and listen to one of Grafton’s favorite musicians at this family-friendly concert. We recommend that you bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket, or even a picnic dinner!

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Toto the Tornado Kitten Returns!

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Come and meet the Grafton Public Library’s favorite cat and author: Toto and Jonathan Hall!

In June 2011, Brimfield, MA was hit by a tornado. Author Jonathan will read Toto’s story and then you’ll get a chance to meet the famous cat! Books will be available for purchase and signing from the author.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.

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Writing Workshop with Author Julie Berry for Tweens & Teens

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Join Julie Berry, author of Splurch Academy, The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, All the Truth That’s In Me and The Passion of Dolssa, for a special creative writing workshop On Monday, July 31 at the Grafton Memorial Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road, ROOM D.

Where do stories come from? What are the six things all stories need? Julie will help you plan a story from start to finish.

Ms. Berry will have copies of her book available for purchase and signing.

TWEEN session is from 4:00-5:00 pm. TWEEN Registration is required.

TEEN session is from 5:30-6:30 pm. TEEN Registration is required.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.


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Tween & Teen Harry Potter Celebration!

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Celebrate your love of Harry Potter by creating your own potion, playing trivia and more.

Please come knowing which of the four Hogwarts houses you belong in. Not sure? Get sorted now by creating a free Pottermore account.

TWEENS in grades 3-5 will gather from 1:00-2:30 pm. TWEEN Registration is required.

TEENS in grades 6-12 will gather from 3:00-4:30 pm. TEEN Registration is required.

Attendees of this program will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer raffle.

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