Grafton Public Library

Library Updates

Food for Fines for the Holidays

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The Library will be collecting food for fines from Nov 1 through the end of the year, with all donated food going to the Grafton Food Bank.

Please donate unopened, unexpired, non-perishable items valued at your fine amount. Items that are open, leaking, damaged or expired cannot be accepted.

We are unable to accept food for library fees for lost materials.

Donations may be brought to the Children’s Room or Main Reading Room.

THANKSGIVING ITEMS must be dropped off by November 10.

CHRISTMAS ITEMS must be dropped off by December 15.

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Teen Crafternoon: 3-D Pens

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Saturday, October 21  2:00-2:45 pm

Come and experiment with our new 3-D pens. For this program we are limiting to one color – but we have lots of colors to choose from! What will you create?

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

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Saturday STEAM Ahead

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Saturday, October 21 11:00am – 12:00pm

Join us for a special program involving art & science elements. Kids ages 8-12 can join us for a seasonal activity that is hands-on fun.

Please REGISTER online or call 508-839-4649.

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Grafton Writer’s Group

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Thursday, October 19  7:00-8:30 pm

Do you like to write? Do you want to get some practice in writing and possibly share with other writers? If so, please consider joining fellow writers at the Grafton Library. We gather to learn and to share on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30.

The group is open to writers age 16 and up, and is held in the Main Reading Room of the Library, facilitated by Tasha and Stephen Halpert.
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Pricing Changes for Down Under Book Store

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Thank you to Aaron Swartz and his team of volunteer Friends, who have been working hard to keep the Down Under Book Store vibrant and appealing! The Friends of the Grafton Public Library operate the Down Under Bookstore in the lower level of the Main Library. The Down Under Book Store is open the same hours as the Library. You will find a large, wide selection of books, both fiction and nonfiction, for all ages. We also carry CDs, DVDs, Blue Rays, and Audio Books. Prices vary as follows:

Children
$.25: All Books

Young Adults*
$.50: All Books

Adults
$1.00: Hardcover Books
$.50: Paperback Books

CDs
$.50

DVDs/Blu Ray
$.50: Children TV Shows
$1.00: All Movies
$2: Adult TV Shows (Full Season)

Video Games & Audio Books
$1.00

The proceeds from the Down Under Book Store help support the Library’s Museum Pass program and many other Library activities offered to the community. Donations are most welcome. Please only donate gently used books, CDs, DVDs, Blu Rays, or Audio Books. Please do not leave magazines, old textbooks or computer books (5+ years), VCR tapes or any variety of cassette tape. A general rule of thumb is: do you think someone else might buy the item donated.

Donations may be left in the plastic bins in the aisle beside the Down Under Book Store (please follow the signs). Please do not put donations in the book drops. If you have large amounts that you wish to donate, please feel free to contact the Friends. Leave a message with a librarian and we will be in touch.

Donations from the Friends to local causes are happily considered on a case-by-case basis. Please apply in writing to the Friends of the Library, PO Box 387 Grafton, MA 01519.

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Library CLOSED for Columbus Day

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED Monday, October 9th in observance of Columbus Day. No items are due.

Museum Passes for Monday, October 9th may be picked up Saturday, October 7th until 5pm. The Library will re-open at 10am on Tuesday, October 10th at 10am.

Please visit our 24/7 digital library branch.

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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. All votes passed by the required majority. THANK YOU GRAFTON!

We received a provisional grant of approximately $7.4 million, to be reimbursed through the state in 5 equal payments, one per year, when our project reaches the state’s capital project list.  We are #16 on the waiting list as of July 13, 2017 and are in process of hiring an OPM.

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

NEXT LIBRARY PLANNING AND BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING: Tuesday October 3 7 pm Municipal Center, with BoS and DPW Planning Committee.

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!

*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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Vote For Your Favorite Grafton Common Scarecrow!

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Thanks to all who participated on Saturday 9/23!

Post a photo of your favorite scarecrow and share on social media, using the tag #GraftonMAScarecrow

Vote for a favorite scarecrow online. The winner will be announced on Friday, October 13th!

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