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“Welcome to the Graveyard!” The Gravestone Girls present a virtual tour of Grafton Cemeteries

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Cemetery educators, The Gravestone Girls, whose mission is to “Keep Our Dead Alive”, will be presenting a virtual tour, called “Welcome to the Graveyard”, centered on Grafton’s eight local cemeteries at the Grafton Public Library (35 Grafton Common), Tuesday, October 21st at 7pm. The 90 minute presentation is built on photographs recently taken in these special and interesting burying places around Grafton, which was founded in 1735, and charts the evolution of cemeteries and gravestones from the colonial era into the 21st century.
This is a popular program that has been given around the New England area by The Gravestone Girls for almost fifteen years. The group regularly works with libraries, historical societies and genealogical groups, among others, to teach about “the art, symbolism and history of these living history museums located on everyone’s mainstreets and backyards” says Ms. Sullivan, one in the group of three cemetery enthusiasts. She further added “Almost everyone is interested in these peaceful and beautiful spaces, but may be hesitant to say so to others. Our presentation lets you know you’re not the only one. Come see what we do, we fill the room every time!”

For a detailed calendar of this and other Gravestone Girls events please visit www.GravestoneGirls.com Further information can also be found on the library’s website at http://www.graftonpubliclibrary.org

The Gravestone Girls not only provide interesting historical cemetery presentations, they also create beautiful and unusual sculpted art pieces using the primitive art from the faces of original New England gravestones as well as teach gravestone rubbing classes and lead cemetery tours. Their gravestone art is shown regularly at art and craft festivals. Often commissioned for documentation and fundraising projects utilizing special aspects of important cemeteries and gravestones, they have executed these public and private projects for clients nationwide.

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Books & Authors: October Database of the Month

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Books & Authors helps you figure out what to read next, with themed booklists, browsing by Character, Subject, Location and Time Period. Search for an author to get a list of all their books, browse by genre for new and upcoming titles, and search for a title you love to get recommendations for readalikes!

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Review: I Hunt Killers series by Barry Lyga

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For Teen Read Week 2014, I want to share my favorite new teen series: the I Hunter Killers trilogy (also referred to as the Jasper Dent series) by Barry Lyga. The series consists of I Hunt Killers, Game, and the newly published, Blood of My Blood.

What if the world’s worst serial killer… was your father? Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likeable teenager. A real charmer. But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer. And now, even though Dad has been in jail for years, bodies are piling up again. In an effort to prove murder doesn’t run in the family, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for this new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret — could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

Book reviewer Blake Norby describes I Hunt Killers best: “Lyga brilliantly combines the feel of a true crime story with mystery, adventure, and psychoanalysis in this intense story of a different kind of family bond. It is a classic “whodunit” with the added intrigue of describing murders in great detail while not becoming overly gruesome, as well as the police work involved in solving the crime, so it feels like a true crime novel instead of fiction. The characters are especially believable, and the reader will be drawn in by their motivations and actions. Jazz’s inner struggle to understand his compulsions to both save and hurt people will captivate readers into wanting to know which path he will ultimately choose.”

I highly recommend this series to mature readers who enjoy mysteries and thrillers. If you are a fan of CSI, Dexter or learning about serial killers, you should try this series – it’s not just for young adults! I also strongly recommend that you have the third book in hand when you finish reading the second book because it’s a cliffhanger!

Ready to read? Place a hold or download below!

Book 1:

Request I Hunt Killers in print

Request I Hunt Killers on Audio CD

Download I Hunt Killers on eAudio

Book 2:

Request Game in print

Request Game on Audio CD

Book 3:

Request Blood of My Blood in print

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Children’s Room News:

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The December (yes, December!) Calendar is ready! As always, check our EVENTS Calendar for a listing of programs but we wanted to highlight some upcoming Children’s Room activities:

December 1st will bring Sugarplum, our Library Elf, for her annual visit. She likes to do different activities every day and children are invited to come in and find her and complete their elf card. Collect 5 stickers on the card and then pick from our prize bin!

Write your letter to Santa at the Library – supplies and mailbox provided!

Make the Library one of your stops on December 7th during Grafton Celebrates the Holidays. We’ll have crafts, stories, Storywalk plus a holiday concert with David Polansky at 3:30 p.m. – Library open from 1-4:30

Celebrate Harry Potter Month and join us December 26th at 1 p.m.for a viewer’s choice screening of one of the Harry Potter movies. Please note, some movies are rated PG or PG-13 and may be inappropriate for very young children.

Ring in 2015 with GPL at our New Years Eve at Noon Party on December 31st at 11:30 a.m. We’ll have music, bubbles, and a special countdown at noon!

Be sure to stop by during school vacation week to make a special winter craft, play a board game, or have a go at a Minute-to-Win-it challenge.

ALSO this month:
Once Upon a Storytime at the Willard House – December 3rd at 2:30 p.m. Please call 508-839-3500 to register.

First Fridays with Mr. Kim, Music and Movement Program for Preschoolers – December 5th at 10 a.m. Registration opens on November 28th.

Storytimes resume the week of December 15th with PreK STEM Storytime at Unibank, Library Babies, Toddler Time, and Preschool Storytime. Please see the Events Calendar for the details.

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Teen Read Week October 12-18th

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Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun and a time for taking advantage of reading in all its forms —books, magazines, e-books, audio books and more! The Grafton Public Library celebrates Teen Read Week™ (October 12-18, 2014) with the theme Turn Dreams into Reality @ your library and will celebrate with special events and programs:
• Wed. October 15th at 7pm – Dream Interpretation Workshop: Join dream interpreter Loralee Dubeau to explore types of dreams, why we dream, tips to remember dreams and beginner dream interpretation
• Thur. October 16th at 6:30pm – Soul Surfer Movie Night: This is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her left arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again. This movie is rated PG. Snacks will be served.
• Fri. October 17th at 3:30pm – Journal Decorating: Whether you want a dream journal or it’s your dream to be a writer, this program allows you to customize your own notebook. All supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own photos.
These programs are for teens in grades 6-12. Sign up in the library or by emailing the teen librarian.
Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. It is held annually during the third week of October. For more information, visit http://teenreadweek.ning.com/.

For more details or to register for a program, please contact Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian, at 508-839-4649 or by email acusher@cwmars.org

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Grafton High School Yearbook Archive now Online

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The Grafton Public Library, in partnership with Grafton High School, has digitized a collection of Grafton High School yearbooks. To view the complete scanned editions for 1952-2013, please visit the online archive. Additionally, the 1940 yearbook has been scanned as well.

Yearbooks are scanned in full color from 1980 on and can be read in a variety of formats on a computer, smartphone, or Kindle. The full page scans are not currently searchable; volunteers are needed to index the contents (i.e. enter the names of the students). GHS graduates with yearbooks dating from 1941-1951, or prior to 1940, are invited to loan their yearbooks for the scanning project.

The project was completed by the Boston Public Library and funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant administered by the Digital Commonwealth, an online library of photographs, manuscripts, recordings, and other materials of historical interest from libraries, museums and archives in Massachusetts. Projects are hosted on the Internet Archive website. The scanning project is part of an ongoing effort to increase digital content and to make the Library mobile and accessible to Grafton residents 24/7, wherever they are.
For more details, to volunteer your time, or to loan your yearbooks, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 or by email at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com.

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Scarecrow Contest Winner Announced!

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Congrats to our WINNER!

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Reminder: Scarecrows remaining on Tuesday November 4 will be discarded. Please pick up your scarecrow on Monday!

Grafton Recreation and the Grafton Public Library will be hosting the annual Scarecrow Contest on the Common at the end of October. Families, businesses, groups and clubs are encouraged to create a scarecrow at home and then stake it on the Library Lawn / or outside the fence at the Grafton Common beginning Saturday October 11 through Sunday October 24.

Or, competitors can create a scarecrow during Build-A-Scarecrow Day on Saturday October 25 from 9am-12 noon on Grafton Common, weather permitting. Stakes, twine and hay will be provided at this event only. The name of the family, business, group or club must appear on the scarecrow. Scarecrows must remain on the Lawn/Common through Halloween.

Once all of the scarecrows are up, vote for your favorite online at www.graftonlibrary.org between Oct 25 and Oct 30; a winner will be announced on Halloween. We’ll be sharing and posting photos of all competitors, but you can get in on the action by taking a photo of your favorite scarecrow and sharing it on social media, using the tag #GraftonMAScarecrow.

For further details, please get in touch with Beth Gallaway, Library Director, 508-839-5335 x 1105 or Betty Wright, Recreation Director, 508-839-5335 x 1156.

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An Afternoon with Robert Frost

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The Grafton Historical Society, in conjunction with the Grafton Public Library will present local actor and teacher, Stephen Collins, in a one-man show on poet Robert Frost. The program will take place on Sunday, October 19 at 2 p.m. at the South Grafton Community House, 25 Main St., South Grafton.

“We are very excited to have Stephen Collins on our stage,” said Nancy Therrien, Grafton Historical Society President. “He is a consummate performer and a wonderful teacher, and his Robert Frost program combines those skills in what promises to be a rich and entertaining experience.”

In his program, “An Evening of Frost” Collins will bring the poet to life in a unique, interactive performance that includes biographical insights into the man and his works and performances of some of his best loved poems as well as some lesser known ones. Collins has performed Shakespeare and other roles at Boston area theaters for 25 years, and has a repertoire of eight one-man shows that he performs at venues all over Massachusetts. He also teaches seminars on authors from Shakespeare to Edna St. Vincent Millay.

A donation of $5 is requested. Refreshments will be served. Books will be available for sale.

The Grafton Historical Society Museum, at One Grafton Common, houses an extensive permanent collection representing all aspects of Grafton’s history from the colonial era forward. It is open to the public on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. We welcome all visitors and all new members, whether your family has been here since colonial times or is new to town. To join, please contact the society at 508-839-0000 or drop by the museum.

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Review: The Walk series by Richard Paul Evans

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The Walk Series – Book/Series Recommendation by Marilyn Wilcox, Library Assistant

I had a great time this past summer reading the Walk Series by Richard Paul Evans. The series includes the following five books: The Walk, Miles to Go, The Road to Grace, A Step of Faith, and Walking on Water. All books depict in journal style Alan Chistoffersen’s walk from Spokane, WA to Key West, FL. It is because of a traumatic loss that beckons Alan on his quest to walk away as far as possible. It makes more sense to read the series in number order, but I started with four and five and then returned to read the first three in order. Book five, Walking on Water, was released this past May. I really enjoyed snippets of Christoffersen’s theology; that was enjoyable to me. Next time you stop by the library, ask one of our out-of-this-world friendly staff members as to where you can find these books. or place a hold below.

Download The Walk series eBook

Book 1:

Download The Walk eBook

Request The Walk in print

Request The Walk in large print

Request The Walk on CD

Request The Walk on MP3 CD

Book 2:

Download Miles to Go eBook

Request Miles to Go in print

Request Miles to Go in large print

Request Miles to Go on CD

Book 3:

Download The Road to Grace eBook

Request The Road to Grace in print

Request The Road to Grace in large print

Request The Road to Grace on CD

Book 4:

Download A Step of Faith eBook

Request A Step of Faith in print

Request A Step of Faith in large print

Request A Step of Faith on CD

Book 5:

Download Walking on Water eBook

Request Walking on Water in print

Request Walking on Water in large print

Request Walking on Water on CD

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Seminar: Learn How to Maximize your Social Security income

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Facilitator David M. Aditays is employed with the Spartan Group and will present this complimentary, no-obligation workshop October 15th 7 p.m. Discover tips and strategies that can help you generate the highest possible income to meet your household needs and goals, such as:
• When may be the best time to start taking Social Security benefits;
• How taking payments now or later can impact the amount of your Social Security income;
• What married couples can do to increase their overall benefits; and
• What’s the best long term strategy for your situation.

For more details or to register for the program, please contact Beth Gallaway at 508-839-4649 or by email at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

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