A fourth public meeting with Drummey, Rosane, Anderson, Inc, the selected architect for the preliminary library expansion/renovation design, has been scheduled for Saturday April 29 at 2:00pm at the Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Common, Grafton MA. The public is invited to attend and ask questions and share their thoughts on the project.
Can’t attend? Online public comment is available at www.grafton-ma.gov/library-planning-building-committee/pages/library-expansion-renovation-project. The Library Planning and Building Committee meets on Monday May 1 at 7pm at the Municipal Center and the public is also welcome to attend those meetings.
Please visit www.graftonlibrary.org/thetimeisnow for additional meetings, surveys and news about the project. Agendas and meeting minutes from Library Planning and Building Committee are posted atwww.grafton-ma.gov/library-planning-building-committee.
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. At this time, we have no cost estimate.
For more information on the MA Public Library Construction program, please visit https://mblc.state.ma.us/grants/construction/fact/index.php. For all other inquiries, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the programs for Teens:
Teen Crafternoon: Harry Potter IncrediBuld
Tuesday, April 18 2:00-4:00 pm
Build and paint an amazing piece from Harry Potter! Choose from a Snitch or a Niffler. Kits will be available on a first come, first served basis and we will have 5 of each design available.This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. Please register at graftonlibrary.org/events.
Lego Build: Sea Turtle (session 1)
Wednesday, April 19 6:00pm-6:45pm
This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. Join for a special Earth Day themed LEGO Build! Registration begins April 12th. Please register at graftonlibrary.org/events.
Lego Build: Sea Turtle (session 2)
Thursday, April 20 3:00pm-3:45pm
This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. Join for a special Earth Day themed LEGO Build! Registration begins April 12th. Please register at graftonlibrary.org/events
Teen Movie Night: Fantastic Beasts (PG-13) @
Thursday, April 20 6:30 pm
This free program is for teens in grades 6-12 only. Snacks will be served.
Saturday, April 22 1-3 pm
Come and play Super Smash Bros on our WiiU. Feel free to bring your own nerdy items (like Magic The Gathering cards) or play one of our dozens of board games. This free program is for teens in grades 6-12.
Check out the programs for Kids!
DROP-IN Lego Free Play
Tuesday, April 18 10:00am-12:00pm
Come on in and build! Grades PreK-5
Movie Night: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13)
Tuesday, April 18 6:30pm
This movie is rated PG-13 and may not be appropriate for very young children. The Children’s Room will close at 6:00 pm for this program.
Tween Crafternoon: Garden Crafts
Wednesday, April 19 1:00pm-2:30pm
Grades 3-5 Celebrate Spring with some seasonal crafts. Please register at graftonlibrary.org/events.
LEGO Build: Sea Turtle (session 1)
Wednesday, April 19 6:00pm-6:45pm
Grades 3+ (No exceptions). Join for a special Earth Day theme Build! Registration begins April 12th. Please register at graftonlibrary.org/events.
DROP-IN Paper Airplanes
Thursday, April 20 10:00am-12:00pm
Fold ‘em and then…drum roll please…Fly ‘em! Grades PreK-5
LEGO Build: Sea Turtle (session 2)
Thursday, April 20 3:00pm-3:45pm
Grades 3+ (No exceptions). Join for a special Earth Day themed LEGO Build! Registration begins April 12th. Please register at graftonlibrary.org/events.
DROP-IN Domino Challenge
Friday, April 21 10:00am-12:00pm
Grades PreK-5. Line them up and knock them down!
Friday, April 21 1:00pm-2:00pm
Bend and stretch and …breath! GradesPreK-5 Program will be held at the Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road. Registration opens on April 1st. Please register at graftonlibrary.org/events.
Please note our unattended child policy which applies to all programs: under age 7, parent must remain in proximity; ages 8-12, parent must remain in building,13+ may be unattended.
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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Patriot’s Day on Monday, April 17, 2017. No items are due this day. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, April 18.
Please visit our digital branch online to read a newspaper, check out an ebook, learn a new language, and more!
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
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.
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.
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Tickets 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.
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