Grafton Public Library

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Once Upon a Story at Willard House

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Join us for a special storytime and fun activities Wednesday, April 5 at 1:30 pm and see a highlighted feature of the Willard House Clock Museum!

Ages 3 and up, siblings welcome. Please register for this program.

Location: 11 Willard Street, Grafton, MA

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Movie Afternoon: Moana (PG)

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Join us Thursday, April 6 at 1:00 pm for a special afternoon showing of Disney’s Moana.

We will be closing the children’s room at 12:30 to set up for this event, and browsing will be unavailable until 3:30pm.

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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. Approximately $6.6 million may be reimbursed through the state. All votes passed by the required majority. THANK YOU GRAFTON! We will know our grant status by July 13, 2017, and that’s when we’ll find out how much funding and where we are on the wait list for funds.

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: Monday April 3 7 pm Municipal Center.

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!

*It is likely the grant will reimburse around $6.6 million of the $14.6 million in eligible costs! 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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Purchase Egg Hunt Tickets Now!

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Image result for grafton public library egg huntTickets are now on sale for the Friends Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8 at 11:30 am (10:00 am sold out).

Collect up to 6 candy-filled eggs while hunting for the elusive Golden Egg, get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny, and then join us at the Library for Spring stories & crafts. Sponsored by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library. Proceeds benefit the Grafton Public Library.

Tickets are $ 4 per child and must be purchased prior to the event. Tickets are first come, first serve.

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Early Childhood Seminar with Apple Tree Arts

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Tuesday, March 28  6:30 – 8:00 pm

The audience for the seminar are parents of young children from birth to age five.  (The seminar is for adults only, children should not accompany parents.)  Apple Tree Arts is  offering professional development hours for the hour and half seminar. The seminar can accommodate up to 20 participants.

We will provide participants with a survey before and after the seminar to have them rate their knowledge of the objectives of the seminar on a scale of one to five. The objectives are:
  • Increase knowledge of  why music, movement and music education is essential to children’s development
  • Increase knowledge of  how music is a powerful  tool for brain development, creative thinking and communication.
  • Increase knowledge of ways to incorporate music  into their families’ daily living and their comfort level with achieving this.

Please REGISTER for this seminar ONLINE or by calling the Library 508-839-4649.

 

THIS PROGRAM WILL BE HELD AT THE MUNICIPAL CENTER, 30 PROVIDENCE ROAD

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Are You Missing Anything..?

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Our Lost & Found box has hats, gloves, stuffed animals, water bottles, etc and is beginning to overflow. All items will be donated to a local thrift shop if not claimed by March 20.

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The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright with Architect Kenneth Best

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Kenneth Best, AIA

Monday, March 20 at 7:00 pm

Join architect Kenneth C. Best (AIA, ALA, CSI) and learn more about famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright as part of our 2017 Community Read.

Ken is an architect at DRA (Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc).  When he joined the firm, he brought with him expertise in historic preservation, a commitment to sustainable design and a passion for buildings that serve the public.  He believes that his designs should not only meet the needs of the client, but should also enhance the experiences of users and have a positive impact on the community served. Public libraries make up a large percentage of his portfolio but, over his 35 year career, he has handled a variety of building types.

Please REGISTER online for this program, call the Library at 508-8396-4649 or email fowlerh@graftonlibrary.org

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Help Deliver Books to our Home-Bound Patrons

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Would you like to do a simple favor for someone in need?
We deliver books to home-bound patrons on a weekly basis. We are looking for a volunteer over age 18 with a valid driver’s license to sign up for one Tuesday afternoon per month. The task is to pick up the stack of books that will have been prepared in advance and deliver them to each of our homebound patrons; currently we have 4, all living in Grafton. The volunteer also picks up the books ready to be returned and brings them back to the library. The whole exercise takes about one hour.
If interested, please call Susan Leto at 508-839-4649 extension 1 or send an email to letos@graftonlibrary.org.

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Honeybee Crafts and Info Session

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Drop in between 1-3 pm and enjoy an afternoon of arts & crafts while learning about the importance of bees in our community. You can even sample some honey!

This free program is for children ages 6-12. This is a Girl Scout run event for completion of a Gold Award Project.

Please note our unattended child policy: under age 7, parent must remain in proximity; ages 8-12, parent must remain in building,13+ may be unattended. Thank you for your cooperation!

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