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Put on your PJs, Smile & Say “Cheese!” National Library Snapshot Day is coming to Grafton!

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On Tuesday April 8, the Grafton Public Library will join libraries across the Commonwealth and the nation to provide a “snapshot” of what happens in a day in the life of libraries. How many books are checked out? How many people receive help finding a job? Doing their taxes? Doing their homework? During Snapshot Day, libraries will collect data and photos that help demonstrate the value of libraries and raise public awareness that libraries are busier than ever.

Coincidentally, Snapshot Day coincides with Pajama Day at the Library. Staff will be in PJs to promote the new Tuesday evening PJ Storytime that starts at 6:15 pm.

“We’re looking forward to a fun, busy day that helps us show how much our residents use their library,” said Gallaway. Busy days are the norm at libraries across the state. Over the past decade, libraries in Massachusetts have experienced a dramatic surge in usage, including a 50% increase in library visits and a 29% increase in circulation. In 2012 Grafton attendance was down due to the Library closure during the ADA renovation, but in 2013, program attendance increased by 52%, the number of reference questions increased by 140%, and circulation increased by 7%, compared to 2012.

Everyone can participate! We’ll have a photo release on hand for those will allow us to document their library use. Patrons can also use twitter #snapmass14 to post comments about the ways they use the Library, even if they aren’t physically in the library on April 8, said Beth Gallaway, Library Director. Don’t forget to follow @graftonpublib on Twitter!

Nationally, Snapshot Day is supported by the American Library Association, which will
compile state data to provide a national perspective of a day in the life of libraries.
Massachusetts Library Snapshot Day is presented by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Massachusetts Regional Library System, the Massachusetts Library Association, the Massachusetts School Library Association, and Boston Public Library.
Visit mass.gov/libraries or contact for more information; for more details about Snapshot Day in Grafton, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 or by email at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

 

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Early Childhood Education Seminar for Parents on Benefits of Music and Movement

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If you missed this program on March 6th, check the Apple Tree Arts website page for other dates and locations.
Ideal for Parents/Caregivers of children birth through age 5

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 care givers learn how to incorporate music and movement into the children’s daily activities.

Objectives for participants:

  • 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 your families’ daily living and your comfort level with achieving this.

If you could not attend this seminar, Apple Tree Arts will be offering it again soon at other local libraries. Check the Apple Tree Arts website page for the other dates and locations.

Biography of Jan Barlow
The session is presented by Jan Barlow, education director of Apple Tree Arts, a nonprofit community music and theatre arts school based in Grafton. Jan has trained extensively in the MusikGarten curriculum and is Level 2 certified by the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. She is an alumna in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music and has a degree in Business Management from Dean College.

Jan oversees Apple Tree Arts’ early childhood music program. She has a passion for educating young children and their families during the informative early childhood years. She shares this passion through her music training programs for preschool teachers and day care providers and through the classes she teaches for children from birth through age nine.

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Here Comes the Book Wagon!

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The Grafton Public Library, in conjunction with the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, is launching a new program at the Grafton Senior Center. The Book Wagon, with a staff member and a volunteer, will visit the Senior Center on a monthly basis, beginning Thursday, February 20 at 11:00 am.

Subsequent visits will be on the fourth Tuesday of every month, beginning Tuesday, March 25 at 11:00 am.

The Book Wagon will be filled with a variety of materials including books, movies, magazines and music. Seniors will be able to check out whatever they like from the Book Wagon, and return it to the Senior Center the following month.  If someone doesn’t already have a library card, we will be able to sign them up right then and there!

At the same time, staff and volunteers will be able to help any Senior learn to use our catalog to request material, operate a kindle, iPad, or other device, and answer questions about other services the library has to offer.

The Book Wagon initiative utilizes the talents of a National Honor Society (NHS) student volunteer, and fulfills requirements for an NHS Leadership Project.

For more details, please contact Susan Leto, Circulation Librarian, at 508-839-4649 ext. 2  or by email at sleto@cwmars.org.

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Access the Worcester Telegram and Gazette Online with Your Library Card

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Thanks to a regional newspapers access grant from the Massachusetts Library System, the Grafton Public Library now offers free access to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, online! Access at the library, or with your Library card from home, work or school at graftonlibrary.org/research, or direct at http://infoweb.newsbank.com/signin/GraftonPublicLibrary/WTLB.

This newspaper database has 24 years of searchable archives and includes current articles from the most current issue. Browse by issue, or search by keyword! All articles are full text; no graphics or photos are included.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the largest newspaper in Central Massachusetts, covers Worcester County, as well as surrounding areas of the western suburbs of Boston, Western Massachusetts and several towns in northeastern Connecticut.

Other local libraries are partners in the grant, and Grafton residents can also access the T&G in Auburn, Bellingham, Grafton, Holden, Hudson, Marlborough, Millbury, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Sutton, Westborough and West Boylston. The grant covers 75% of the cost in 2014, 50% in 2015, and the Library will budget for it in 2016 and beyond.

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“For the Love of Books” Raises $1,000!

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treehousesThank you so much to everyone who joined us for our Open House and Fundraiser, For the Love of Books, on Friday February 7! Our generous benefactors purchased 25 books, and raised $1000.00 for the Library.

If you missed the event, books are still on display and available for purchase; see a staff member for details.

Book prices range from $20-$150; proceeds benefit the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, who support the Library by funding materials, services and initiatives not covered by the Town’s budget.

Preview titles at www.pinterest.com/graftonpl/for-the-love-of-books.

The Library welcomes donations to purchase new materials in someone’s honor year round! Please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director at 508-839-4649 x1105 to discuss bequests, planned giving, or a gift to celebrate, honor or memorialize a loved one.

 

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British Heritage Magazine Gifted to Library

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British-Heritage 2Travel to Britain via the pages of the British Heritage magazine! The subscription was given to the Library in memory of Cliff Granger, a former Grafton resident of British ancestry. The Library wishes to thank Sheila Granger and Bev and Tom Mara for their generous donation.

Gifts are a lovely way to honor a loved one–books or materials may be purchased as a birthday gift, graduation gift, memorial tribute, or for any other occasion or rite of passage.Please see Library Director Beth Gallaway for details, or visit the Library’s wish list.

A complete list of magazines that the Library currently subscribes to is on our Pinterest magazine board.

 

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New time!! Minstrel Storyteller Mary Jo Maichack coming to Children’s Room Friday, February 21st!

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Mary Jo Maichack

Minstrel storyteller Mary Jo Maichack will performs a short wintery tale of kindness at the Grafton Public Library on FRIDAY, February 21 at 3:00 p.m. Learn to retell the story, and discover tips for being on stage. We’ll break to make glittery silver pine cones, then gather to hear participants tell or read the tale using the pretty pine cone. This easy-to-tell tale and bauble make perfect Valentine gifts, too.

Don’t miss this chance to hear a professional, national award-winning storyteller! Space is limited; this program is appropriate for ages 4 & up. For more details or to register for the program, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1103 or by email at graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com

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Get Board This Winter

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Bored? Learn and play games from the Library’s Board game collection!

For Teens:

Sat 1/18 2-3:30 pm Consensus
Consensus is a fun and fast paced game that is simple to learn and requires no prior knowledge of anything whatsoever!

Thu 1/23 7-8 pm Reverse Charades
Reverse Charades is a hilarious twist on the classic game of charades. Instead of one person acting out a clue for a team to guess, in Reverse Charades, a team acts out the clues for one person to guess. The goal is to guess as many words as possible in 60 seconds.

Wed 7/29  7-8 pm Apples to Apples
Come and play the popular game of hilarious comparisons.

For Adults:

Wed 1/15  7-8 pm Ticket to Ride: India
Come learn this exciting train game where the player who comes a Grand Tour first is the winner! The year is 1911, and the world is changing fast in the British Raj. Will you complete your Grand Tour in time, or lose to more cunning – or simply better connected – opponents?

Wed 1/22  7-8 pm Settlers of Catan
Build roads and new settlements that eventually become cities. Will you succeed in gaining supremacy on Catan?

Wed 2/5 7-8 pm Wits and Wagers
This game of odds lets you score points by coming up with answers to trivia questions, and predicting what the most popular answer will be!

Wed 2/12  7-8 pm Killer Bunnies
This is a fast-paced card game where the player with the magic carrot is the winner! Keep as many Bunnies alive as possible, while eliminating your opponents’ Bunnies* with weapons like biological warfare and kitchen gadgets.

Wed 2/19  7-8 pm Pandemic
 Play a disease-fighting specialist and treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand.

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Database of the Month: IndieFlix

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indieflix_serviceThis streaming movie service provides unlimited access to award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries. With thousands of films to choose from across more than 50 countries, IndieFlix offers a viewing experience you can’t get anywhere else.

  • Film-festival hits — View films from major festivals all over the world, including Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more!
  • Find the right film for you — Sort by language, genre, or film length with easy-to-use filters
  • Support filmmakers — Viewing films on IndieFlix directly supports the filmmakers who made them
  • Available everywhere — Watch movies on any Internet-enabled computer, smartphone, or tablet with a Web browser! Also available on Roku, xBox, and Apple TV via Apple devices.

Create a FREE account, connect your Library card, and Stream away! Please note that not all movies may be suitable for all audiences.

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New eBooks

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The following titles are now available in the OverDrive catalog–click on a title below, and you’ll be able to download the book or place a hold, depending on the availability.

Need help? Please come by, call (508-839-4649) or email us for assistance, or check out our eBooks page for links to tutorials.

eAUDIO (spoken) Format

The Circle by Dave Eggers, read by Dion Graham
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, read by Robert Glenister
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, read by Malcolm Gladwell
Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnson, Phoebe Strole
The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker, read by Angela Brazil
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt, read by Scott Shepherd

eBOOK (text) Format

Non-fiction
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
Do Cool Sh*t by Miki Agrawal
An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick by Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Pam Ward
Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Biography
The Creation of Anne Boleyn by Susan Bordo

Fiction/Literature
Gardens of Water by Alan Drew
Going Once by Sharon Sala
If the Shoe Fits by Megan Mulry
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Split Second by David Baldacci
Unspoken by Dee Henderson
Winter of the World by Ken Follett

Mystery
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

Fantasy
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

Science Fiction
Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Romance
Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts
The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot
The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin
Harlequin Blaze November 2013 Bundle: Back in Service\No Desire Denied\Driving Her Wild\Her Last Best Fling
Isabel Sharpe, Cara Summers, Meg Maguire, et. al.
A Matter of Choice by Nora Roberts

Erotica
Colters’ Woman by Maya Banks

Young Adult

Alligeant by Veronica Roth
Crossed by Ally Condie
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Free Four by Veronica Roth
Heist Society by Ally Carter
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, Nick Chamian
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Matched by Ally Condie
Reached by Ally Condie
The Selection by Kiera Cass
You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

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