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How Money Works for Kids: A Parents Workshop

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A financial literacy presentation by PRIMERICA FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC.

Please register to attend this event! Registration deadline is Saturday, 10/1.

Victoria Julian-Hughes is an independent representative of Primerica Insurance Agency of Massachusetts, Inc.

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90th Anniversary Gala Planning Committee to Meet Oct. 5

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The Grafton Public Library Trustees are kicking-off a capital campaign initiative to help support fundraising efforts to renovate and improve the Library with a special anniversary celebration in honor of the circa 1927 built library to be held in June 2017. The Gala Planning Committee meets Wed Oct 5 at 7 pm in Conference Room E at the Municipal Center. The Public is invited to attend, and more volunteers are needed to help!

On Wed Sept 7, members of several Grafton-based community groups met to brainstorm different ways to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Library. Individuals representing Apple Tree Arts, Friends of the Grafton Public Library, Grafton Community Television, Grafton Historical Society, Grafton Lions Club, Grafton Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Association, South Grafton PTO, Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton and Willard House and Clock Museum shared their ideas of potential fun events and activities to be offered. Diane Libbey, co-chair of the GPL Trustees encouraged participants think about the Library in terms of “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

Attendees discussed creating a variety of activities to appeal to all ages and to offer something of interest to all Grafton residents. Some of the suggestions included a grand gala celebration party to be held on the Grafton Common, a costume parade for young children, a scavenger hunt on Grafton Land Trust properties, a historical walking tour around the common with historical interpreters and an antique car show with a focus on cars of the 1927-30s era. Other ideas included presenting a dramatization about Jerome Wheelock, the local inventor who gave the town the funds to build the library, creating a haunted walking tour and offering a program or tour of the Grafton Historical Society’s museum. Participants also recommended using the local churches on the common to hold events.

Library supporters are working on developing a 501 (c) 3 organization to support the renovation and improvement of the Library. The celebration proceeds will support this initiative. The Planning Committee will be meeting again next month on Oct.5 in Room E of the Grafton Memorial Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road. Everyone is welcomed to attend and share their ideas on ways to celebrate the library’s anniversary and to help organize the events. Please contact Beth Patch at for more information.

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Library Expansion Project UPDATE

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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.

Meetings with DRA are forthcoming. Please watch the Library Event Calendar, Grafton News and Grafton Public Library: The Time is Now for details on forthcoming surveys, focus groups and community meetings to bring the Library Building Program to life!

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

The grant application is due in January 2017, with Letters of Intent to apply for the grant due 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 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 7,200 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!

It’s still too early to put a price tag on the project, but perhaps residents can start to think in terms of:

  • for the cost of 2 hardcover books…
    … I can check out 50 books at a time for FREE at the Library, investing that $50* in our future!
  • for the cost of 1 cup of coffee a week…
    …I can buy my coffee for a buck at the Library instead, investing that other $50* 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 $100* in our future!

*really, we have NO price estimate at this date!

Want to get involved? The Library Planning and Building Committee is seeking a 9th voting member to join the committee. Apply Online!

The Library Board of Trustees chair 7 has a vacancy. Apply Online!

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

Donate to the Capital Campaign — coming soon — or attend the next meeting of their 150th Anniversary / 90th building anniversary Gala, planned for June 2017, on Wed Oct 5 at the Municipal Center!

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Brickbuilders: keep the creativity going!

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If you attended a Brickbuilders session this summer, you know how creative things can get!

Join us Wednesday, September 14 at 3:30 pm and design your own LEGO creation, or build a specific model! Bricks and Building Resources will be provided.

For kids in grades 3-6.

Please REGISTER online for this program or call 508-839-4649.

Please note: Children ages 8-12 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who will remain in the Library during the program.

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Adult Craft: Bullet Journals

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Bullet journals are a customizable way to organize yourself. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, or all of the above. In this program attendees will receive their own journal. We’ll talk about the different ways to use bullet journals, show you examples, and give you ideas. Then you’ll be able to start personalizing your journal the way you want. We’ll provide markers, colored pencils, and other supplies to get you started.
Please REGISTER online for this program or call 508-839-4649.

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Delayed Opening – Friday, September 16

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The Grafton Public Library will have a delayed opening on Friday, September 16 for Professional Development.
The Library will re-open at 1:00 pm Friday.
Passes for Friday September 16 or Saturday September 17 may be picked up on Wednesday September 14 or Thursday September 15 until 9pm or Friday
after 1pm.

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Fall Storytimes Begin!

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Join us for one of our fall storytimes beginning the week of September 19!

September Calendar PDF

Silly Science Storytime @ UniBank
STEM themed storytime for ages 3-5.
Mondays 9/19, 9/26, 10/3 & 10/17 from 10:15-11:00 am
Please commit to the full 4 week session. Registration is required.

Library Babies
For ages birth through walking.
Tuesdays 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11 & 10/18 from 10:15-10:35 am
Drop-in program, registration is not required.

Toddler Time
For children who are walking-age 3 years.
Wednesdays 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12 & 10/19
meets at 9:00 am OR 10:15 am
Drop-in program, registration is not required.

Saturday Storytime: Batman Day – stories and superhero craft
Saturday, September 17 9:00 am
Drop-in program for all ages, registration is not required.

Please note that we expect a parent or guardian over age 14 to be in attendance with any child under age 7, per the Library’s Unattended Child Policy.

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ADHD Essentials with Brendan Mahan, MEd., MS

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Meet speaker, Brendan Mahan, MEd., MS, as he discusses ADHD issues. He is an ADHD/Executive Function consultant/coach, as well as a veteran educator. He helps people affected by ADHD redesign their lives in order to lessen the impact of the disorder.

A contributing author to 365+1 Ways to Succeed with ADHD and highly engaging speaker, Brendan addresses the emotional, academic and lifestyle impacts the disorder has on the lives of the people who have it, as well as those who love them. In his talks, he shares multiple intervention styles, both broad and specific. His interventions are highly accessible and useful across the areas of people’s lives with little to no modification.

Please REGISTER online for this program.

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New Library Pass – Old Sturbridge Village!

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Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, depicts a rural New England town of the 1830s. OSV, a museum and learning resource of New England life, invites each visitor to find meaning, pleasure, relevance, and inspiration through the exploration of history.

REGULAR ADMISSION: Adults $28.00, Seniors (55 +) $26.00, Youths (3-17) $14.00, 2 and under Free.

LIBRARY PASS: 50% discount over daytime admission only for up to four visitors. Cannot be used for any evening or special programs.

Reserve this pass ONLINE with your Library Card.


May 2 – October 31
Open Daily 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

November 1-27
Open Wednesday -Sunday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Please Note: CLOSED during daytime hours: December 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23 Christmas by Candlelight 3:00 pm- 9:00pm Fri/Sat/Sun

CLOSED December 24, 25


1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd. Sturbridge, MA 01566 1-800-733-1830

For more information about Old Sturbridge Village please visit the OSV WEBSITE.

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