April 20-24 is school vacation week! The Library will be hosting a variety of activities for children to participate in throughout the week. We will have no morning storytime sessions this week as we focus on school age children. Events are as follows:
April 21 – LEGO free play from 10am-4pm. Drop-in, bring a friend and build something together!
April 21 – Writing Workshop for ages 8-12 from 2-3:30pm. Join Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian, and Sarah Banister, Children’s Librarian, for an afternoon of fun writing activities! They will provide the prompts and exercises…you just sharpen your pencil (or keyboard)! Registration is required for this program.
April 22- Earth Day! We will have a “green” drop-in craft all day.
April 23 – Nail Art with Nina Park program for ages 8-12 from 3-4:30pm. Award-winning artist Nina Park will show us techniques for creating amazing nail art. Registration is required for this program.
April 24 – In honor of National Poetry Month, we will be having an open, all ages Poetry Workshop from 10am-4pm. Try your hand at different types of poetry! Examples will be provided. This program blends art, craft and writing.
To register for a program, please call 508-839-4649 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Storytimes will resume their regular schedule on Monday, April 27. Storytimes will run until May 15.
Supplies will be provided for creating your own nail art designs.
Kids’ session is 3-4:30 p.m. Ages 8-12
Teens’ session is 5-6:30 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12
Adults’ session is 7-8:30 p.m. Ages 18+
Please sign up in the library or by email email@example.com.
April is…National Poetry Month!
Haiku, Blackout Poetry, Concrete Poems… take time to explore poetry with us this month! In celebration, the Library will offer some special poetry programs for all ages:
- Poetry Workshop Day for Kids
Friday April 24th 10 am-4 pm All ages
Try your hand at different types of poetry! Examples will be provided. This program blends art, craft and writing.
- Coffeehouse and Open Mic Night Date TBD 7:30-9:00 pm Ages 14+ Grafton Community Television Studio 296 Providence Road, South Grafton MA 01560 Share a favorite poem & enjoy a snack with a group of poets, writers, rappers and lyricists!
- “Poem in your Pocket” Day
Thursday April 30th – all day
Kids, share your favorite poem with a member of our staff and you could win a prize!
Beautifully descriptive, always hopeful, it’s no wonder this book has been on so many readers’ waiting lists. There are two stories, with two main protagonists coming of age during World War II in Europe. One is Marie-Laure, a blind Parisian girl who lives with her father, the master locksmith of the Museum of Natural History. Her father has lovingly created a completely perfect miniature of their town so Marie can learn to navigate on her own. When the two are forced to flee Paris, he creates a miniature replica of their new town, Saint-Malo, the walled port city in Brittany that is bombed by the Nazis. The miniature house has major significance as everything comes together in the final chapters of the novel. Werner is an orphan living in a small minding town Germany. He and his sister Jutta are fascinated by radios, and have created their own out of scrap material, which they listen to secretly from the attic after bedtime in the orphanage. They are both mesmerized by a science program for children, narrated by a Frenchman. This thread foreshadows how the two stories ultimately converge.
Doerr captures the internal lives of these two young people so vividly, along with many other characters throughout the book. It’s one of those novels that is hard to put down, yet sad to finish.
reviewed by Susan Leto
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The Friends’ Spring Egg Hunt Fundraiser is on, RAIN or SHINE! Sat 4/4 on the Grafton Common. Start your hunt for the Golden Egg at 10AM or 11AM. Pick up 6 colored eggs along the way, meet the Easter Bunny, and come to the Library for Crafts and Stories until noon. Tickets $3 in advance, $5 day of event.
When a young minor league baseball player blows out his arm in the midst of a no-hitter, he is left with the possibility of leaving baseball behind. Tyler Ames has lost everyone he loves on his way to the big leagues. In the midst of dealing with these losses, an angel intervention leads Tyler to a maintenance job at a retirement home. There Tyler meets Virginia Hutcheson, a woman struggling with Alzheimer’s. A friendship begins that brings deep spiritual awakenings for both the younger and older parties. Other angel interventions at timely moments bring about other interesting outcomes. This is the first book in a new series of books depicting fictional angel interventions that set the stage for a larger scale series development. This is a fine selection in the genre of Christian fiction/gentle reads.
Submitted by Marilyn Wilcox, Library staff
For readalikes, please visit our Pinterest Board on Christian Fiction/Gentle Reads
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The Library is pleased to host an Early Childhood Education seminar on the benefits of music and movement on Wednesday April 15th at 6:30 p.m. Led by Jan Barlow of Apple Tree Arts, attendees of this seminar will participate in developmentally appropriate music activities that help children develop an array of skills including spatial awareness, body part identification, crossing the mid line, listening and learning how to follow directions. These activities also support the development of language, pre-reading skills, pre-math skills, cultural literacy and expression. Attendees will receive songs and exercise activities that help children develop these skills. Best of all, children will experience joy while singing songs and moving their bodies when parents and caregivers learn how to incorporate music and movement into the children’s daily activities.
This seminar is free to the public and is ideal for parents and caregivers of children birth through age 5. To register for this seminar, please contact the Library’s Children’s Room at 508-839-4649 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Apple Tree Arts, please visit the ATA website.
Jan Barlow’s Bio:
Now Apple Tree Arts Education Director, Jan joined Apple Tree Arts in 1993 overseeing all of our early childhood music programs. Jan carries a passion for educating young children and their families during the informative early childhood years; she shares this passion offering music training for preschool teachers and daycare providers and teaching children from birth through keyboard classes. Jan is trained extensively in the MusikGarten curriculum, has earned an associate’s degree in business management at Dean College is an alumna in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music, and is Level 2 certified by the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association.
Tuesdays @ 10am
March 17th-May 5th
(No program on Tuesday, April 21st)
Library Babies is a 20 minute program for our very youngest visitors, ages birth-walking. Join us as we read stories, sing songs, recite favorite nursery rhymes, and interact with the babies using bounces and fingerplays.
Spring 2015 Handout
Silly Science Storytime*
Mondays @ 10:30am
March 16th-May 4th
(No program on Monday, April 20th)
Silly Science Storytime is a 30 minute program for children ages 3.5 – 5. Join us for a STEM- themed storytime that feature math and science themes. Location: UniBank, 89 Worcester Street, Grafton
March 16th Week #1 Shapes Handout
March 23rd Week #2 Green Handout
March 30th Week # 3 Birds Handout
April 6th Week # 4 Sound Handout
April 13th Week # 5 Solid, Liquid, Gas Handout
April 27th Week # 6 Clouds Handout
May 4th Week # 7 Robots Handout
May 11th Week #8 The Sense of Touch
Join us for a special book discussion and craft in focused on Letting Swift River Go by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Barbara Cooney. Suitable for ages 5-12, Letting Swift River Go relates Sally Jane’s experience of changing times in rural America, as she lives through the drowning of the Swift River towns in western Massachusetts to form the Quabbin Reservoir.
This program is presented in celebration of the Friends of the Library’s 2015 Community Read, Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara, about a love triangle, set, just as Massachusetts Water Authority is deciding whether to flood several MA towns to create a reservoir.
Registration is required and copies of the book are available to check out at the Library. Books will also be available for sale at the event. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact 508-839-4649 or email email@example.com.