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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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Library to Close for Columbus Day

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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!

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Celebrating Summer Reading Success – Thank you!

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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.

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