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Mass Audubon’s Birds of Prey

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Tuesday, July 31 at 6:00 pm

Find out why hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons are considered birds of prey and discover their diversity while meeting live birds of prey native to Massachusetts. We’ll share some tips to help you see these birds more often where you live. There are many more out there than you might think!

LOCATION: Municipal Center Gym, 30 Providence Road

This free program is for all ages – children, teens and adults.

 

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Teen NERF Games!!! -Rescheduled

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Due to the weather forecast, NERF Games has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 4th from 2-3pm

 on Grafton Common.

Get moving with NERF Games! We will play organized games (on the Grafton Common) like capture the flag, defend the castle, and the all-time-favorite, Zombies! NERF Blasters and goggles will be provided.

Please register ONLINE.

This free program is for teens in grades 6-12.

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College Readiness Workshop

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Saturday, July 21  1:00-2:00 pm

Worcester State Professor, Dr. Pam Hollander, who has been teaching college students for over 20 years, will share tips about how to get “college ready.”  This interactive workshop is open to any high school student, but is particularly relevant for those who plan to attend college soon.

Please register ONLINE for this program or call 508-839-4649.

 

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What’s Happening Week of July 30 – August 4

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Check out our Events Calendar for all the programs that are happening this week and in the weeks to come. Some programs require registration and some are drop-in. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to the program. Please register online or call 508-839-4649 to sign up.

You can also download the Full Summer Reading Calendar that lists all summer programs, summer PRIZES info, and Read to Bead info.

Mon, July 30

10:15-11:15am Silly Science at Unibank 89 Worcester St., N. Grafton
1-2pm STEM Kids at Unibank 89 Worcester St., N. Grafton
6:30-8:30pm Family Movie Night Paddington 2 (PG)
7:30-8:30 pm Reads Well with Others Book Group The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

Tue, July 31
9:30-10am Summer Stories
1-1:30pm Tween LEGO Build Raccoon Municipal Center
2-2:30pm Teen LEGO Build Raccoon Municipal Center
3-3:30pm Adult LEGO Build Raccoon Municipal Center

6-7 pm Mass Audubon’s Birds of Prey with live birds Municipal Center Gym
7:30-8:30pm Inspirational Book Group The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

Wed, August 1
10:15-11:15am Once Upon a Storytime Willard House & Clock Museum, 11 Willard St.
1-3pm Teen Crafternoon: Make your Own Stampers Municipal Center

Thu, August 2
10:15-11:15 am Toto the Tornado Kitten
1:30-2:30 pm Tween Marimo Moss Balls Municipal Center

3-4 pm Teen Marimo Moss Balls Municipal Center

3:30-5pm LEGO Brick Builders
6:30-8:30pm Teen Movie Night Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13)

Fri, August 3
11-11:45am Summer Songs in the Park Perry Hill Park, 3 Perry St., No. Grafton
1-3pm Tween Crafternoon STEM Beginnings Municipal Center
3:30-4:30pm Color Me Calm

Sat, August 4
11 am-1pm All Ages LEGO Free Play

2-3 pm Teen Nerf Games, Grafton Common

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Fun in the Sun – Sat. July 21st @ Nelson Park

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Inflatable waterslides, carnival games, prize tent, free cotton candy and popcorn, pie-eating contests, potato sack races, Ice Cream Truck and Dogfather Food Truck ($), a visit from Trax the Worcester Railers Hc mascot, music with Jan from Apple Tree Arts, Henna Tattoos with Grafton Public Library and a chance to visit booths from local organizations including the Girl Scouts, MOMS Club of Sutton/Oxford/ Millbury/Grafton, and more. See you there!

 

EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/547867795577535/

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Save a Life This Summer: Donate to Boston Children’s Hospital Bloodmobile

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Stop by the Library on Saturday, July 14 between 10 am-4 pm and hop on the Boston Children’s Hospital Bloodmobile. A short 30-minute whole blood donation can help as many as 4 children.

To donate you must be in good health and weigh at least 110 lbs. In MA, 16 year old may donate blood but are required to have a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to donating. Print a copy of this form if you need it. If you are 17 and older, you just need to bring a form of photo ID with you.

How to Prepare to Donate Blood:

  • Make sure you are well hydrated at the time of your donation. Try and limit the amount of caffeinated beverages you consume prior to giving blood.
  • Do not donate on an empty stomach. Eat a good meal at least three hours prior to giving blood.
  • Get a good nights rest prior to coming in to donate.
  • If in the past your hemoglobin has been low, you can raise it by eating iron rich food.
  • Remember to bring a photo ID with you when you come to donate.

For further eligibility requirements click here.

Walkins are welcome, appointments are preferred. Schedule an appointment now!

CONTACT:  Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian    cushera@graftonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Grafton Public Library
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Missing Anything…?

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Our Lost & Found Basket is overflowing! There are several jackets and water bottles, as well as some gloves, boots and small miscellaneous items. Everything not picked up by July 1st will be donated to a thrift outlet.

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together: What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

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Thursday, July 5th  5:30-7:30 pm

Location: Grafton Common

This year, the nation celebrates the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass. Commemorate the life and legacy of this distinguished 19th century statesman, civil rights advocate and journalist, and especially his fierce determination to address the contradictions of American society. Celebrate Douglass’s commitment to equal justice, particularly as they relate to race, gender and immigration. The Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton & Upton (UUSGU) is sponsoring and leading Reading Frederick Douglas Together: a public reading of his famous Fourth of July address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

The event will be held on July 5, 2018 on Grafton Common beginning at 5:30 pm. (Rain location; Apple Tree Arts, 1 Grafton Common) Those attending the event are encouraged to bring a picnic. Event organizers will provide lemonade, water, and desserts.

5:30 – A music program will be presented by the Blackstone Valley Chorus, with singers from Apple Tree Arts and UUSGU.

6:00 – Reading of the Frederick Douglass speech.

6:45 – Follow-up discussion lead by Donna Maria Cameron. The reading will be followed by a discussion group(s) to explore the meaning and relevance of Douglass’ words to each of us today, particularly as they relate to race, gender, and immigration.

This program is produced in partnership with the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, Grafton Historical Society, and Apple Tree Arts. It is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Volunteers to assist with the event are needed; contact Suzanne Maas smaas2410@icloud.com to volunteer.

This event is appropriate for teens and adults. Please register ONLINE or call 508-839-4649.

Earn 2 tickets for the Grafton Public Library Summer Reading Program Libraries Rock! by attending. Listening to the reading counts towards the Read to Bead Program!

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New Pass!!! Springfield Museums!

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Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, the Springfield Museums offer access to five world-class museums, including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, all under a single admission.

This pass will allow visitors into the following museums:

  • The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum
  • The Springfield Science Museum
  • The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History
  • The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
  • The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum.

PASS DETAILS: 

Each pass admits up to 4 people with free admission.

Children under 3 are admitted for free.

Please note that you will only be able to purchase your tickets to the museum with the library pass in person at the Welcome Center of the museum. Advanced ticket sales online are full price only. There are, however, only so many timed entry slots available per day for the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum so it is possible that even though you reserve this museum pass that you won’t be able to get into the museum if it’s a particularly busy day. Please check with the museum directly to confirm availability. Passes may be used once during public hours and do not apply to special exhibition, program, or planetarium fees. Cannot be combined with other discount rates or coupons.

Reserve a pass online or call the Library at 508-839-4649 x1101

Plan your visit at the Springfield Museums’ website.

Passes are generously donated by the Friends of GPL or funded by State Aid money.

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DIY Class: Re-purpose a Seed or Feed Bag into a Reusable Tote Bag

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Monday, June 18th 7:00-9:00 pm

Location: Senior Center (30 Providence Road)

Did you know that plastic bird seed and animal feed bags are not recyclable? Instead of sending these beautiful bags to the landfill, re-purpose them into fashionable tote bags!

With Grafton’s plastic bag ordinance going into effect in July, come and learn how to design and stitch your own unique shopping bag. If you have a bird seed or animal feed bag that you like, bring it with you, along with a sewing machine. There will be an assortment of bags pre-cut and ready to sew and extra bags to take home so that you can make more to share with friends and family.
Presented by Bonnie Combs of Bird Brain Designs and Anita Droby.

Please register ONLINE or call 508-839-4649.

This program will be hosted by the Grafton Public Library and will be held at the Senior Center (30 Providence Road) in the craft room on Monday, June 18th 7pm-9pm.

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