• The Teen Art Coalition will meet on April 11th from 1-3 p.m. This month we will check out Paper Quilling: Turn strips of paper into a work of art. You will learn different paper quilling techniques and incorporate them into a design. All supplies will be provided. Ages 12-18, please register.
• Dungeons and Dragons gathers on April 22nd from 3:30-8:30 p.m. Grab your armor and friends and come to the library to play D&D! No experience necessary. Snacks will be served. Ages 12-18. To sign up: http://graftondnd.weebly.com/
• Nail Art with Nina Park is happening April 23rd. The teens’ session is from 5-6:30 p.m. Award-winning artist Nina Park will be here to teach us about the care of our nails and how to design amazing nail art. Take a look at some of her very cool art on her Instagram profile ninanailedit. Supplies will be provided for creating your own nail art designs. Ages 12-18, please register.
• Nerdfighters will meet again on April 25th from 1-3 p.m. – Join your fellow nerds for an afternoon of awesome and WiiU (and snacks!). Ages 12-18, please register.
And coming this SUMMER…it’s all about Superheroes! Please vote online (or access through the “Teens” link on the Library’s website) for your favorite superhero movies to see on the big screen this summer! Additionally, teen volunteers are sought to dress as comic book superheroes for photos with kids this summer.
For more details or to register for any of these programs, or if you’d like to help out as a superhero this summer, please contact Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian, at 508-839-4649 x1104 or by email at email@example.com.
Once Upon a Story is a storytime program for children ages 3 and up. Join us for stories and fun activities, and see a highlighted feature of the Willard House Clock Museum! Siblings welcome.
Registration is required – please call the Willard House at 508-839-3500
Location: Willard House and Clock Museum, 11 Willard Street, Grafton
April 20-24 is school vacation week! The Library will be hosting a variety of activities for children to participate in throughout the week. We will have no morning storytime sessions this week as we focus on school age children. Events are as follows:
April 21 – LEGO free play from 10am-4pm. Drop-in, bring a friend and build something together!
April 21 – Writing Workshop for ages 8-12 from 2-3:30pm. Join Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian, and Sarah Banister, Children’s Librarian, for an afternoon of fun writing activities! They will provide the prompts and exercises…you just sharpen your pencil (or keyboard)! Registration is required for this program.
April 22- Earth Day! We will have a “green” drop-in craft all day.
April 23 – Nail Art with Nina Park program for ages 8-12 from 3-4:30pm. Award-winning artist Nina Park will show us techniques for creating amazing nail art. Registration is required for this program.
April 24 – In honor of National Poetry Month, we will be having an open, all ages Poetry Workshop from 10am-4pm. Try your hand at different types of poetry! Examples will be provided. This program blends art, craft and writing.
To register for a program, please call 508-839-4649 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Storytimes will resume their regular schedule on Monday, April 27. Storytimes will run until May 15.
Supplies will be provided for creating your own nail art designs.
Kids’ session is 3-4:30 p.m. Ages 8-12
Teens’ session is 5-6:30 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12
Adults’ session is 7-8:30 p.m. Ages 18+
Please sign up in the library or by email email@example.com.
April is…National Poetry Month!
Haiku, Blackout Poetry, Concrete Poems… take time to explore poetry with us this month! In celebration, the Library will offer some special poetry programs for all ages:
- Poetry Workshop Day for Kids
Friday April 24th 10 am-4 pm All ages
Try your hand at different types of poetry! Examples will be provided. This program blends art, craft and writing.
- Coffeehouse and Open Mic Night Date TBD 7:30-9:00 pm Ages 14+ Grafton Community Television Studio 296 Providence Road, South Grafton MA 01560 Share a favorite poem & enjoy a snack with a group of poets, writers, rappers and lyricists!
- “Poem in your Pocket” Day
Thursday April 30th – all day
Kids, share your favorite poem with a member of our staff and you could win a prize!
Beautifully descriptive, always hopeful, it’s no wonder this book has been on so many readers’ waiting lists. There are two stories, with two main protagonists coming of age during World War II in Europe. One is Marie-Laure, a blind Parisian girl who lives with her father, the master locksmith of the Museum of Natural History. Her father has lovingly created a completely perfect miniature of their town so Marie can learn to navigate on her own. When the two are forced to flee Paris, he creates a miniature replica of their new town, Saint-Malo, the walled port city in Brittany that is bombed by the Nazis. The miniature house has major significance as everything comes together in the final chapters of the novel. Werner is an orphan living in a small minding town Germany. He and his sister Jutta are fascinated by radios, and have created their own out of scrap material, which they listen to secretly from the attic after bedtime in the orphanage. They are both mesmerized by a science program for children, narrated by a Frenchman. This thread foreshadows how the two stories ultimately converge.
Doerr captures the internal lives of these two young people so vividly, along with many other characters throughout the book. It’s one of those novels that is hard to put down, yet sad to finish.
reviewed by Susan Leto
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The Friends’ Spring Egg Hunt Fundraiser is on, RAIN or SHINE! Sat 4/4 on the Grafton Common. Start your hunt for the Golden Egg at 10AM or 11AM. Pick up 6 colored eggs along the way, meet the Easter Bunny, and come to the Library for Crafts and Stories until noon. Tickets $3 in advance, $5 day of event.
When a young minor league baseball player blows out his arm in the midst of a no-hitter, he is left with the possibility of leaving baseball behind. Tyler Ames has lost everyone he loves on his way to the big leagues. In the midst of dealing with these losses, an angel intervention leads Tyler to a maintenance job at a retirement home. There Tyler meets Virginia Hutcheson, a woman struggling with Alzheimer’s. A friendship begins that brings deep spiritual awakenings for both the younger and older parties. Other angel interventions at timely moments bring about other interesting outcomes. This is the first book in a new series of books depicting fictional angel interventions that set the stage for a larger scale series development. This is a fine selection in the genre of Christian fiction/gentle reads.
Submitted by Marilyn Wilcox, Library staff
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The Library is pleased to host an Early Childhood Education seminar on the benefits of music and movement on Wednesday April 15th at 6:30 p.m. Led by Jan Barlow of Apple Tree Arts, attendees of this seminar will participate in developmentally appropriate music activities that help children develop an array of skills including spatial awareness, body part identification, crossing the mid line, listening and learning how to follow directions. These activities also support the development of language, pre-reading skills, pre-math skills, cultural literacy and expression. Attendees will receive songs and exercise activities that help children develop these skills. Best of all, children will experience joy while singing songs and moving their bodies when parents and caregivers learn how to incorporate music and movement into the children’s daily activities.
This seminar is free to the public and is ideal for parents and caregivers of children birth through age 5. To register for this seminar, please contact the Library’s Children’s Room at 508-839-4649 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Apple Tree Arts, please visit the ATA website.
Jan Barlow’s Bio:
Now Apple Tree Arts Education Director, Jan joined Apple Tree Arts in 1993 overseeing all of our early childhood music programs. Jan carries a passion for educating young children and their families during the informative early childhood years; she shares this passion offering music training for preschool teachers and daycare providers and teaching children from birth through keyboard classes. Jan is trained extensively in the MusikGarten curriculum, has earned an associate’s degree in business management at Dean College is an alumna in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music, and is Level 2 certified by the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association.
Tuesdays @ 10am
March 17th-May 5th
(No program on Tuesday, April 21st)
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 fingerplays.
Spring 2015 Handout