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Poetry Reading with Local Author Marsha Kunin

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Local author, Marsha Kunin will be sharing and reading her poetry at the Grafton Public Library, on Monday, May 18th at 2 p.m.
Marsha is the author of two collected works of poetry: Out of Its Cage, published in 2012,Levellers Press, and Ho Toy, Good Fortune published in 2013,Office the Common Books.
Copies of her books will be available for purchase. For more information please contact Heidi Fowler, Reference Librarian, at 508-839-4649 or email

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Library to Close for Memorial Day Weekend

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Memorial Day from Saturday May 23-Monday May 25, 2015. No items are due on closed dates. The Library will reopen at 10AM on Tuesday, May 26.

Museum passes for Saturday or Monday may be picked up in advance Thu (10-9) or Fri (10-5).

Please visit our digital branch online to read a newspaper, check out an ebook, learn a new language, and more!

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Database of the Month: Encyclopedia Britannica for all ages

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Encyclopedia Britannica, available anywhere in MA or from out of state with your Library card via, offers universal access and works on all devices from computer to smart phone. The responsive nature of the web design means the layout will change depending on screen size to maximize the user experience and helps to ensure easy navigation.

Britannica separates their content into three levels of access:

Reading levels are easy to adjust. If you are searching and feel you need to adjust the level, you can do so by clicking on the levels tab and continue your search.

Britannica is much more that an encyclopedia alone. Through their database, you are able to access:

  • 123,000 encyclopedia articles
  • The Merriam Webster Dictionary
  • Downloadable videos that you can embed into your projects
  • A world atlas
  • Journals & magazines
  • Primary source data
  • Thousands of images
  • Searching with Britannica is easy with popular and recommended search terms.

The World Atlas allows users to search locations all over the world and will give you the option to see the Google Street View. Many historical buildings will allow you to view interior shots in addition to the street views. Within the World Atlas, you can “Tour the USA” for state specific research.

Behind the News gives information on recent news articles, plus information behind the headlines. On This Day and In Their Words options are also available.

You can sign up for a My Britannica account. With My Britannica, you can:

  • Cite sources
  • Translate a page
  • Read to you with highlighted text
  • Change font size
  • Save videos, pictures, and article
  • Create and share folders
  • Save searches and add notes for future review




Britannica has a separate children’s homepage with activities, such as Word Well, What Does It Mean, and Do You Know (with video clip). The chunking/sectioning of the page design was created to allow for a more child friendly user experience. Levels can be changed from searches started on the Children’s Homepage as well.

There is a “drawer” located at the bottom of the Children’s Homepage designed to engage children and expose them to topics they may not be familiar with, for example, you can browse by habitat. The Geography Explorer game is also available from the Homepage and helps to cement geographic concepts.

Additional resources offered through Britannica:

  • Spanish Reference Center
  • Escolar Online – Younger Users
  • Enciclopedia Moderna – Older Users
  • World Data Analyst
  • Ranked stats
  • Highest and lowest
  • Annals of American History
  • Choose by time period and era
  • Research How To

Having trouble with Britannica? Stop in for a free lesson, or schedule a time to sit down one on one with a staff member for help.

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Teen Art Coalition: Spray Paint T-Shirt Art

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Get ready for summer by customizing a shirt! We’ll provide the paint – you provide the shirt. Don’t want a shirt? You can bring a pillowcase, tote, or something else. White cotton works best. Join us Saturday, May 9th at 1 p.m.

This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. Sign up in the library or by emailing the teen librarian.

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Scratch Programming Workshop for Kids

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Scratch (is a free design program for games, quizzes, short films, book trailers, and presentations. It was created by students at MIT.

Set up a free account with Scratch and explore animating a sprite, changing a background, and adding music and sound effects in this seminar style workshop–everyone’s a teacher, everyone’s a learner! Ages 10-14. RSVP 508-839-4649 x1103 or email

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Free Comic Book Day!

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May 2nd is Free Comic Book Day!
The Grafton Public Library joins comic book stores and libraries throughout the world to celebrate comics and comic books with Free Comic Book Day (FCBD).

The Grafton Public Library will give away FREE comic books while supplies last. There will be selections for all ages and interests. Drop in to caption a cartoon, or draw your own comic panel. Come dressed as your favorite comic book character!

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Volunteer Opportunities in your Library Garden!

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• Volunteers are needed June 6-Oct 3 to help weed & water! Sign up for a week, and stop in on every non-rainy day (preferably in the evening) to weed, water and harvest the garden beds. It’s a GREAT family activity!

Sign up on our Signup Genius page for weeding/watering June 6-October 3.

For details, contact Beth Gallaway at

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Nerdfighters in the News

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Our Nerdfighters are in the news! Check out the article in the April 3rd issue of the Community Advocate.

Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to join us at our next session on Saturday, April 25th from 1-3pm. DFTBA! (Don’t forget to be awesome!)

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Spring into the Library for Teen Programs

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• 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:

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

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