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Library Expansion Community Forum Monday, December 19 at 7 pm

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The public is invited to attend Community Forum Three, hosted by DRA Architects, on Mon Dec 19 at 7 pm at the Grafton Memorial Municipal Center, Conference Room A.  Please bring your questions, concerns, and ideas and come share your thoughts on the project.

phone: 508-839-4649 x1105
The first Community Forum for public input on the project took place on Thursday October 20 at 6pm at the Grafton Public Library. An archive of the meeting can be viewed on GCTV On Demand at
The second Community Forum for public input on the project took place on Wednesday November 16 at 7 pm at the South Grafton Community House. An archive of the meeting can be viewed on GCTV On Demand at

Can’t make it? Online public comment is welcome at:

The Town has hired DRA Architects to develop plans for a 21,000-25,000 square foot facility, which would nearly triple our current 7,200 sq. foot space for a projected population of 22,122 residents in 2035. More details:
Facility size is dictated by:
  • shelving to meet a basic library standard of 4.8 materials per capita.
  • seating to meet a basic library standard of 4.5-7 seats per 1,000 residents.
For more information on the MA Public Library Construction program, please visit
For all other inquiries, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1105 or

The Library Planning and Building Committee meets December 5 at 7pm at the Municipal Center. Meetings are open to the public.

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RESCHEDULED – LEGO Death Star Ornament

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This is the rescheduled event that was supposed to be held on Saturday, December 17th. If you were originally signed up for that event we have reserved your spot.

LEGO Death Star Ornament – Celebrate the release of the newest Star Wars movie by making a LEGO Death Star Ornament. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required and space is limited. Each participant should fill out a form. You may only sign up for one session of the Death Star Ornament.

This free program is for everyone grade 3 to adult.

Session 1  1:00-1:45 pm – Event is full but you may still submit this form to be placed on the waiting list.   Register online

Session 2  3:00-3:45 pm – Event is full but you may still submit this form to be placed on the waiting list.  Register online

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Knit One, Give One – Providing Warmth for the Winter

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30 beautifully knit items were donated to the Grafton Food Bank this December from the Library’s Knitting Group for distribution to Grafton families.  The Library Knitting Group meets the first Saturday of the month. Upcoming dates in 2017 are 1/7, 2/4, 3/4, 4/1. Whether you are an experienced knitter or just want to learn – join us at the library for an afternoon of knitting.  Sign up in the library or by emailing

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Journalist & Author Ted Reinstein coming to Grafton

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The Grafton Public Library is pleased to announce Author Ted Reinstein will be at the South Grafton Community House, 25 Main Street, South Grafton on Tuesday, December 6 from 7-8 pm to discuss his latest book, Wicked Pissed: New England’s Most Famous Feuds.
Ted Reinstein is best known in New England as a journalist and reporter for Chronicle, Boston’s celebrated (and America’s longest-running, locally-produced) TV news-magazine.

He will have copies of his new book for sale for $20. He will also have copies of his first book, New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories, also available.

The Friends of the Grafton Public Library are hosting this event. Suggested donation: $7; Members of the Friends of the Library – $5
Please register for this program ONLINE, by calling the Library at 508-839-4649, or by emailing

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Congrats to Team Amberley, Our Scarecrow Contest Winner

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Amberley won by a landslide – people loved the square head! Congrats, Amberly!

Thanks to all who participated and all who VOTED.

Participants may leave scarecrows up to enjoy for a few more days, but any remains will be cleared by DPW on November 4!


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Are you ready for the upcoming election?

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Who is Grafton’s Favorite Book Character?
Kids of all ages are encouraged to Vote!









Voter Registration is October 11th -October 31st
Vote for your favorite candidate November 1st – November 7th
Who will win?!! Winner will be announced November 8!
Come learn more about the candidates, read their stories, learn about their platforms!
Stop by the Library and register as a member of the People Party, the Animal Party, or the Imagination Party.


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Halloween Fun at GPL!

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Celebrate Halloween with us at one of these events! And don’t forget to vote in our Scarecrow Contest, sponsored by the Recreation Department!

Spooky Stories
Saturday, October 29th @ 9:00am  
Before the Library opens, join us for spooktacular stories, ghoulish goodies, and fun! Costumes are encouraged.

Movie: Halloween Town (rated PG)
Monday, October 31st @1:00pm
Get in the trick or treat mood with this holiday favorite! Reminder that children ages 8-12 must be accompanied by parent/guardian remaining in the Library.

Halloween Night
Monday, October 31st @5:00-8:00pm
Trick or Treating on South Street? Don’t forget to include the Library as a trick or treating stop! We’ll have a special activity after 5 pm: spin the wheel to pick your Halloween treat!

Staff are celebrating by dressing in Disney-themed costumes this year.

The Library is a Teal Pumpkin Project participant and will only provide non-food treats.


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Scarecrow Contest

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October 22, 10am-12noon
Stakes, twine and hay will be provided on the Common at this event only.

October 23rd -30th
Vote for a favorite scarecrow online at The winner will be announced on Halloween!

October 11th -31st
Post a photo of your favorite scarecrow and share on social media, using the tag #GraftonMAScarecrow

November 1st -4th

PLEASE NOTE: If it rains, we’ll be building in the bandstand – or families and individuals can take materials home to complete. Return to post your scarecrow by 12 NOON Sunday so we can get online voting underway!


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Video and Comments from Library Renovation/Expansion Community Forum Two

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Community Forum Two to Discuss Library Renovation on Nov 16

Video on Demand:

Please share your feedback using the online public comment form.

 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.

A third public meeting with DRA architects for community input is scheduled for Monday, Dec 19 at 7 pm, location TBD. The public is invited to attend and share their thoughts on the project.

 Please visit for additional meetings, surveys and news about the project. All agendas and meeting minutes from Library Planning and Building Committee meetings are posted to the Town’s website.

Applying for and receiving the MA Public Library Construction Program Grant would allow the Town of Grafton to renovate and expand the 90-year old library facility on Grafton Common at approximately half the cost, adding much-needed community meeting space, designated areas for quiet study, youth programs and collections, and dedicated work space for staff.

Grant eligibility requires the Town to design and build a library to meet the seating capacity and shelf space to accommodate a still growing collection of physical materials for a population of 22,122 residents in 2035. The building size in the building program is only an estimate, and we are aiming for a 21,000-25,000 square foot facility.

It’s still too early to put a price tag on the project, but thrifty residents should note that some money for the MA Public Library Construction Program grant has already been collected, and continues to be collected from Massachusetts tax revenues.

Please visit the MA Public Library Construction program website for more information about the grant.  For all other inquiries, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1105 or


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LEGO Brick Builders

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Design your own creation, or build a specific model! Bricks and Building Resources will be provided.

For children in grades K-5.

Please register for this program.

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