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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 sleto@cwmars.org.

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Access the Worcester Telegram and Gazette Online with Your Library Card

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Thanks to a regional newspapers access grant from the Massachusetts Library System, the Grafton Public Library now offers free access to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, online! Access at the library, or with your Library card from home, work or school at graftonlibrary.org/research, or direct at http://infoweb.newsbank.com/signin/GraftonPublicLibrary/WTLB.

This newspaper database has 24 years of searchable archives and includes current articles from the most current issue. Browse by issue, or search by keyword! All articles are full text; no graphics or photos are included.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the largest newspaper in Central Massachusetts, covers Worcester County, as well as surrounding areas of the western suburbs of Boston, Western Massachusetts and several towns in northeastern Connecticut.

Other local libraries are partners in the grant, and Grafton residents can also access the T&G in Auburn, Bellingham, Grafton, Holden, Hudson, Marlborough, Millbury, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Sutton, Westborough and West Boylston. The grant covers 75% of the cost in 2014, 50% in 2015, and the Library will budget for it in 2016 and beyond.

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“For the Love of Books” Raises $1,000!

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treehousesThank you so much to everyone who joined us for our Open House and Fundraiser, For the Love of Books, on Friday February 7! Our generous benefactors purchased 25 books, and raised $1000.00 for the Library.

If you missed the event, books are still on display and available for purchase; see a staff member for details.

Book prices range from $20-$150; proceeds benefit the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, who support the Library by funding materials, services and initiatives not covered by the Town’s budget.

Preview titles at www.pinterest.com/graftonpl/for-the-love-of-books.

The Library welcomes donations to purchase new materials in someone’s honor year round! Please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director at 508-839-4649 x1105 to discuss bequests, planned giving, or a gift to celebrate, honor or memorialize a loved one.

 

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British Heritage Magazine Gifted to Library

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British-Heritage 2Travel to Britain via the pages of the British Heritage magazine! The subscription was given to the Library in memory of Cliff Granger, a former Grafton resident of British ancestry. The Library wishes to thank Sheila Granger and Bev and Tom Mara for their generous donation.

Gifts are a lovely way to honor a loved one–books or materials may be purchased as a birthday gift, graduation gift, memorial tribute, or for any other occasion or rite of passage.Please see Library Director Beth Gallaway for details, or visit the Library’s wish list.

A complete list of magazines that the Library currently subscribes to is on our Pinterest magazine board.

 

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New time!! Minstrel Storyteller Mary Jo Maichack coming to Children’s Room Friday, February 21st!

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Mary Jo Maichack

Minstrel storyteller Mary Jo Maichack will performs a short wintery tale of kindness at the Grafton Public Library on FRIDAY, February 21 at 3:00 p.m. Learn to retell the story, and discover tips for being on stage. We’ll break to make glittery silver pine cones, then gather to hear participants tell or read the tale using the pretty pine cone. This easy-to-tell tale and bauble make perfect Valentine gifts, too.

Don’t miss this chance to hear a professional, national award-winning storyteller! Space is limited; this program is appropriate for ages 4 & up. For more details or to register for the program, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1103 or by email at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

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Get Board This Winter

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Bored? Learn and play games from the Library’s Board game collection!

For Teens:

Sat 1/18 2-3:30 pm Consensus
Consensus is a fun and fast paced game that is simple to learn and requires no prior knowledge of anything whatsoever!

Thu 1/23 7-8 pm Reverse Charades
Reverse Charades is a hilarious twist on the classic game of charades. Instead of one person acting out a clue for a team to guess, in Reverse Charades, a team acts out the clues for one person to guess. The goal is to guess as many words as possible in 60 seconds.

Wed 7/29  7-8 pm Apples to Apples
Come and play the popular game of hilarious comparisons.

For Adults:

Wed 1/15  7-8 pm Ticket to Ride: India
Come learn this exciting train game where the player who comes a Grand Tour first is the winner! The year is 1911, and the world is changing fast in the British Raj. Will you complete your Grand Tour in time, or lose to more cunning – or simply better connected – opponents?

Wed 1/22  7-8 pm Settlers of Catan
Build roads and new settlements that eventually become cities. Will you succeed in gaining supremacy on Catan?

Wed 2/5 7-8 pm Wits and Wagers
This game of odds lets you score points by coming up with answers to trivia questions, and predicting what the most popular answer will be!

Wed 2/12  7-8 pm Killer Bunnies
This is a fast-paced card game where the player with the magic carrot is the winner! Keep as many Bunnies alive as possible, while eliminating your opponents’ Bunnies* with weapons like biological warfare and kitchen gadgets.

Wed 2/19  7-8 pm Pandemic
 Play a disease-fighting specialist and treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand.

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Database of the Month: IndieFlix

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indieflix_serviceThis streaming movie service provides unlimited access to award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries. With thousands of films to choose from across more than 50 countries, IndieFlix offers a viewing experience you can’t get anywhere else.

  • Film-festival hits — View films from major festivals all over the world, including Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more!
  • Find the right film for you — Sort by language, genre, or film length with easy-to-use filters
  • Support filmmakers — Viewing films on IndieFlix directly supports the filmmakers who made them
  • Available everywhere — Watch movies on any Internet-enabled computer, smartphone, or tablet with a Web browser! Also available on Roku, xBox, and Apple TV via Apple devices.

Create a FREE account, connect your Library card, and Stream away! Please note that not all movies may be suitable for all audiences.

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New eBooks

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The following titles are now available in the OverDrive catalog–click on a title below, and you’ll be able to download the book or place a hold, depending on the availability.

Need help? Please come by, call (508-839-4649) or email us for assistance, or check out our eBooks page for links to tutorials.

eAUDIO (spoken) Format

The Circle by Dave Eggers, read by Dion Graham
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, read by Robert Glenister
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, read by Malcolm Gladwell
Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnson, Phoebe Strole
The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker, read by Angela Brazil
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt, read by Scott Shepherd

eBOOK (text) Format

Non-fiction
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
Do Cool Sh*t by Miki Agrawal
An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick by Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Pam Ward
Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Biography
The Creation of Anne Boleyn by Susan Bordo

Fiction/Literature
Gardens of Water by Alan Drew
Going Once by Sharon Sala
If the Shoe Fits by Megan Mulry
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Split Second by David Baldacci
Unspoken by Dee Henderson
Winter of the World by Ken Follett

Mystery
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

Fantasy
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

Science Fiction
Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Romance
Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts
The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot
The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin
Harlequin Blaze November 2013 Bundle: Back in Service\No Desire Denied\Driving Her Wild\Her Last Best Fling
Isabel Sharpe, Cara Summers, Meg Maguire, et. al.
A Matter of Choice by Nora Roberts

Erotica
Colters’ Woman by Maya Banks

Young Adult

Alligeant by Veronica Roth
Crossed by Ally Condie
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Free Four by Veronica Roth
Heist Society by Ally Carter
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, Nick Chamian
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Matched by Ally Condie
Reached by Ally Condie
The Selection by Kiera Cass
You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

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Grafton Public Library’s “Storytellers” Debuts On Grafton Community Television

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Beth_New“Storytellers,” a new Grafton Community Television program produced in cooperation with the Grafton Public Library, debuts on Monday, December 16th on Charter Channel 11 / Verizon Channel 34. The half-hour program showcases members of the Grafton Library staff reading stories from books available in the Grafton Library or freely online from a variety of sources.

The first episode features Library Director Beth Gallaway reading from three Christmas holiday classics–”Yes Virginia, There is A Santa Claus,” (the famous 1897 New York Sun editorial by Francis Church) Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” and Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Fir Tree.”

“Storytellers” is produced by GCTV Lead Access Assistant Bob DeToma. In-house studio segments were directed by Grafton Public Access Coordinator Kris McMullin. It will be broadcast on GCTV’s Channel 11 / Verizon Channel 34 on Monday, December 16th at 7:00 AM, Saturday, December 21st at 9:00 AM, and Sunday, December 22nd at 11:30 AM.

According to Bob DeToma, “In our continuing effort to reach out to members of the community, we’ve established a working relationship with the talented staff of the Grafton library, resulting in our new program, ‘Storytellers.’ ”

Grafton Community Television provides programming on three distinct public access channels in the Town of Grafton over the Charter Communications and the Verizon cable systems. Monthly schedules and information for Grafton Community Television Channels can be found at www.GraftonTV.org and www.facebook.com/graftontv. Charter Channel 11/Verizon Channel 34 provides general interest programming, Charter Channel 12/Verizon Channel 33 broadcasts town government programming, and Charter Channel 13 /Verizon Channel 32 features school programming and high school sports events.

The nest session will feature stories from Barefoot Books.

 

 

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Review: Death Angel by Linda Fairstein

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Death AngelWelcome to the world of Alexandra Cooper, an assistant district attorney in New York City and her partner, Mike Chapman. Although this is Alex’s fourteenth appearance in a novel, it is my first meeting. Her creator, Linda Fairstein, has reprised Alex’s role in the current Death Angel. Prepare yourself to be immersed in a tale intelligently written, captivating and instructive.

There are two main settings in Death Angel–Central Park in New York City and The Dakota, an historic luxury apartment building located on the west side of the park. Both are historically significant and both have stories to tell.

For example, The Dakota first came into prominence as the setting of Rosemary’s Baby, a nightmare unto itself. Also, years later it was the site of John Lennon’s death. As seen through Fairstein’s eyes there are other mysterious happenings on the upper floors overlooking the park.

The story commences with Alex and her partner being asked to investigate the circumstance surrounding the discovery of a body under a bridge in Central Park. Since there is a history of many attacks on those in the park including homeless and runaways, the case looks daunting. The rich and little known history of the park is woven throughout the narrative including the architects , the foresight of those who saw the need to set aside park land to avoid urban sprawl and the care offered to the park to this day. It is a great history lesson.

There is shocking realism on display, which is not unusual since Fairstein is a legal expert on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence. Although the park is a sanctuary for thousands of New Yorkers and tourists alike, it is also the hunting ground for a deranged killer or two.

The core group of characters seen in Death Angel reveal behind-the-scenes techniques of those in charge of the protection of citizens. Their ability to follow the smallest of clues is instructive and enlightening.

In addition to learning about the history of Central Park, I also was reminded that it is not a good idea to walk alone there after dark with headphones on. Just saying…

Happy reading from Beverly!

 

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