The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Columbus Day on Monday, October 10, 2016. No items are due this day. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.
Museum passes for Monday may be picked up in advance on Thursday (10 am-9 pm), Friday or Saturday (10 am-5 pm).
Please visit our digital branch online to read a newspaper, check out an ebook, learn a new language, and more!
Library Director Beth Gallaway with 2 of our Summer Reading Grand Prize winners!
Young Adult Librarian Allison Cusher with our Teen Summer Reading Grand Prize winner!
The Grafton Public Library would like to thank all those who participated in our “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!” Summer Reading Program 2016! It was wonderful to see so many patrons this summer in the Library as people of all ages tried new crafts and workshops, met up with friends, picked up Summer Reading titles, or some audio books for that long road trip! Congratulations to all our Summer Reading prize winners and many, many thanks to our sponsors!
Summer Reading success is:
• 2,730 participants of all ages
• 140 teens participated
• 759 kids registered
• 2177 kids attended a program
• 150 programs that ranged from Yoga workshops, Night Sky pop-up planetarium, and Coding with Minecraft to Stop Motion Animation, Mr. Kim in concert, and many craft afternoons!
• 12 end of Summer Reading prizes given away – Congrats winners!
• 3 Grand Prize Winners!!
• 8 Storytimes in the Park
• 48 Henna tattoos for kids, teens & adults
• 196 Lego creations were built!
• 27 teens and tweens made SLIME!
• 23 teens and adults learned the art of glass fused pendants
• 50 bags of food were donated to the Grafton Food Bank in lieu of Library fines – thank you patrons!
• 20 pints of blood were donated to Boston Children’s Hospital.
• 4 bee hives have been purchased for Heifer International.
• $84.00 donated to Tufts Wildlife Clinic in Grafton that was collected through Penny Voting for the Heifer International animal.
The 2016 MA Statewide Summer Reading Program was sponsored by the Grafton Public Library, the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, the Town of Grafton, the Grafton Recreation Department, Trek Stop, Apple Tree Arts, Willard House & Clock Museum, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
It’s time to plan for spring planting in our Library garden!
Girl Scout, Julia is working on her Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA, earned by Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts. Only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award. Julia and Beth Patch (Library staff) have built the new raised bed and planted plants which attract bees. As part of her project, Julia would like to plant bulbs for early spring and is requesting donations of the following bulbs:
Bulbs can be dropped off at the Library. Thank you for your support and help with this project!
A financial literacy presentation by PRIMERICA FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC.
Please register to attend this event! Registration deadline is Saturday, 10/1.
Victoria Julian-Hughes is an independent representative of Primerica Insurance Agency of Massachusetts, Inc.
The Grafton Public Library Trustees are kicking-off a capital campaign initiative to help support fundraising efforts to renovate and improve the Library with a special anniversary celebration in honor of the circa 1927 built library to be held in June 2017. The Gala Planning Committee meets Wed Oct 5 at 7 pm in Conference Room E at the Municipal Center. The Public is invited to attend, and more volunteers are needed to help!
On Wed Sept 7, members of several Grafton-based community groups met to brainstorm different ways to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Library. Individuals representing Apple Tree Arts, Friends of the Grafton Public Library, Grafton Community Television, Grafton Historical Society, Grafton Lions Club, Grafton Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Association, South Grafton PTO, Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton and Willard House and Clock Museum shared their ideas of potential fun events and activities to be offered. Diane Libbey, co-chair of the GPL Trustees encouraged participants think about the Library in terms of “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”
Attendees discussed creating a variety of activities to appeal to all ages and to offer something of interest to all Grafton residents. Some of the suggestions included a grand gala celebration party to be held on the Grafton Common, a costume parade for young children, a scavenger hunt on Grafton Land Trust properties, a historical walking tour around the common with historical interpreters and an antique car show with a focus on cars of the 1927-30s era. Other ideas included presenting a dramatization about Jerome Wheelock, the local inventor who gave the town the funds to build the library, creating a haunted walking tour and offering a program or tour of the Grafton Historical Society’s museum. Participants also recommended using the local churches on the common to hold events.
Library supporters are working on developing a 501 (c) 3 organization to support the renovation and improvement of the Library. The celebration proceeds will support this initiative. The Planning Committee will be meeting again next month on Oct.5 in Room E of the Grafton Memorial Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road. Everyone is welcomed to attend and share their ideas on ways to celebrate the library’s anniversary and to help organize the events. Please contact Beth Patch at email@example.com for more information.
It’s not a done deal! Please plan to attend Town Meeting Monday May 8 to VOTE on the Project. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, April 18, 2o17.
Please use the Online Public Comment Form to share your feedback on this project!
Please see Public Comments Received for a complete list of questions and responses.
The MA Public Library Construction Program Grant has been turned in! We will hear about our award in July 2017.
The Library Planning and Building Committee met with DPW’s Building Committee and the Board of Selectman on Tuesday February 28.
Another series of community forums will be scheduled in March/April, to finalize the design to be voted on at Town Meeting Monday May 8 2017.
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.
Meetings with DRA are forthcoming. Please watch the Library Event Calendar, Grafton News and Grafton Public Library: The Time is Now for details on forthcoming surveys, focus groups and community meetings to bring the Library Building Program to life!
Meeting Minutes from the Library Planning and Building Committee meetings are posted to the Town’s website.
The grant application is due in January 2017, with Letters of Intent to apply for the grant due 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 7,200 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!
It’s still too early to put a price tag on the project, but perhaps residents can start to think in terms of:
- for the cost of 4 hardcover books…
… I can check out 50 books at a time for FREE at the Library, investing that $100* in our future!
- for the cost of 1 cup of coffee a week…
…I can buy my coffee for a buck at the Library instead, investing that other $50* 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 $100* in our future!
*really, we have NO price estimate at this date!
Join the Friends! Membership starts at just $10 a year.
Donate to the Capital Campaign — coming soon — or attend the next meeting of their 150th Anniversary / 90th building anniversary Gala, planned for June 2017, on Wed Nov 9 at Fire Station One, 26 Upton Street.
If you attended a Brickbuilders session this summer, you know how creative things can get!
Join us Wednesday, September 14 at 3:30 pm and design your own LEGO creation, or build a specific model! Bricks and Building Resources will be provided.
For kids in grades 3-6.
Please REGISTER online for this program or call 508-839-4649.
Please note: Children ages 8-12 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who will remain in the Library during the program.
Bullet journals are a customizable way to organize yourself. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, or all of the above. In this program attendees will receive their own journal. We’ll talk about the different ways to use bullet journals, show you examples, and give you ideas. Then you’ll be able to start personalizing your journal the way you want. We’ll provide markers, colored pencils, and other supplies to get you started.
Please REGISTER online for this program or call 508-839-4649.
The Grafton Public Library will have a delayed opening on Friday, September 16 for Professional Development.
The Library will re-open at 1:00 pm Friday.
Passes for Friday September 16 or Saturday September 17 may be picked up on Wednesday September 14 or Thursday September 15 until 9pm or Friday
Join us for one of our fall storytimes beginning the week of September 19!
September Calendar PDF
Silly Science Storytime @ UniBank
STEM themed storytime for ages 3-5.
Mondays 9/19, 9/26, 10/3 & 10/17 from 10:15-11:00 am
Please commit to the full 4 week session. Registration is required.
For ages birth through walking.
Tuesdays 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11 & 10/18 from 10:15-10:35 am
Drop-in program, registration is not required.
For children who are walking-age 3 years.
Wednesdays 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12 & 10/19
meets at 9:00 am OR 10:15 am
Drop-in program, registration is not required.
Saturday Storytime: Batman Day – stories and superhero craft
Saturday, September 17 9:00 am
Drop-in program for all ages, registration is not required.
Please note that we expect a parent or guardian over age 14 to be in attendance with any child under age 7, per the Library’s Unattended Child Policy.