Grafton Public Library

Library Updates

Down Under No Longer Accepting Donations as of 12/31/18

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To prepare for our spring move to temporary facilities during Library renovation and expansion, the Friends will no longer accept book and media donations as of December 31, 2018. A list of other places to donate gently used books and media follows.

Still want to donate to the Friends? Become a member, participate in a fundraiser (join us at Pepperoni Express Jan 7!), or donate cash via PayPal at

In Grafton:

Nelson Library
2 Prentice St, North Grafton
(508) 839-4454

Donation Bin for
Grafton Memorial Municipal Center
30 Providence Road, Grafton MA
(near the entrance facing the police station)

Donation Bin for the Society of St. Vincent dePaul
old BP gas station
88 Worcester Street, Grafton MA

Donation Bin for the Society of St. Vincent dePaul
FiveStars Liquors
197 Worcester Street, North Grafton MA

Treasures Thrift Shop
82 Worcester St, North Grafton, MA 01536

In the area:
Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester 
65 James Street, Worcester
Please note: THEY DO NOT PAY CASH FOR BOOKS. They will take paperbacks and hardcovers for store credit.

Bedlam Book Café
138 Green St. Suite 1, Worcester
See for seller’s guidelines

Westborough Public Library
55 West Street, Westborough
(508) 366-3050
See for donation guidelines.

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FINAL DAY! Food for Fines runs November 5 through December 31

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Image result for food for finesGot fines? To aid the Grafton Food Bank, the Library will offer fine forgiveness in return for donations of non-perishable items for the Grafton Food Bank. The program will run November 5 through December 31, 2018.

The value of donated items should total the fine amount. Please donate unopened, unexpired, non-perishable items valued at your fine amount. Items that are perishable, open, leaking, damaged or expired cannot be accepted.

The Food Bank accepts toiletries, diapers, baby food and formula, and pet food. A list of suggestions can be found online at

Please note Food for Fines applies only to overdue fines, and does not extend to fees for printing, faxing, lost materials, or replacement Library cards.

Donations may be brought to the Children’s Room or Main Reading Room. For more details about Food for Fines, or to discuss other alternatives to fees and bring your library card to good standing, please contact Susan Leto at 508-839-4649 x1105 or by email at




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Construction Update: December 2018

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Construction Update
We are in document design process! The Town is negotiating a lease with the diocese regarding St. Andrews Church in North Grafton. St. Andrews will serve as the Library’s temporary location for the duration of construction. We will be going out to bid for moving services in December, and a move is likely in April 2019. Groundbreaking is anticipated for May 2019.

December MBLC Report

Building Committee Minutes

December 11, 2018

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Holiday Break Activities for Kids

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Join us for one or more of these programs during school vacation week!

Kids Tinker Bags  Wednesday, December 26  12pm – 9pm

Swing by the library and grab a Tinker Bag!  Filled with miscellaneous odds & ends, there is no limit to what you can create with these grab bags. Work at the library or take one home. Don’t forget to bring your imagination!


Family Movie Night: The Incredibles 2  Thursday, December 27  6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for our Family Movie Night!

In INCREDIBLES 2, Helen is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack — whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone by their side. That’s what makes this family so INCREDIBLE. Rated PG.


LEGO Free Play  Friday, December 28  10am – 2pm

All ages are welcome to stop in the Library and build with our large supply of Lego bricks! We will also have the Duplo bricks available for our younger builders. What can you build today?


New Year’s Eve at Noon Party   Monday, December 31  11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Can’t stay awake long enough to watch the ball drop? Ring in 2019 with your friends at the Library! We’ll have music, bubbles, and a special countdown at noon! For children of all ages and their families.

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BookWorm BookClubs for Kids in February!

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The BookWorm Book Clubs will be meeting again in February. The 3 book clubs, organized by grade, meet once per month to talk about the book of the month. Patrons can sign up on a monthly basis and do not have to commit to ongoing monthly meetings. Copies of the monthly book will be available to check out from the library.

Join Ms. Sandhya and Ms. Kristin at one of the following groups:

KINDERGARTEN friends will meet Monday, February 4 at 6:00 pm to read and discuss John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith and Presidents Day by Ann Rockwell.

FIRST & SECOND GRADE friends will meet on Monday, February 11 at 6:00 pm to discuss The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig and Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

THIRD, FOURTH & FIFTH GRADE friends will meet Monday, February 25 at 6:00 pm to discuss Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Dahl

Registration is required. Please register online or call the Library at 508-839-4649 x1103 (#3 on our phone menu when you call!)

Please note that program attendees must comply with the Library’s Unattended Child Policy:

  • 0-7 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times;
  • 8-12 must be accompanied by parent/guardian remaining in the Library.

The Children’s Room will be closed to regular business on these days from 6:00-6:45 pm to provide this program.


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Adult & Teen Program: Planning & Bullet Journal Basics

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Is one of your resolutions to be more organized in 2019? Using a planner, organizer or bullet journal might be the solution for you! We’ll talk about the differences between using a Happy Planner or Erin Condren Life Planner or bullet journal. Then we’ll share some tips and tricks with you. Do you already use a planner? Come and share your own tips and tricks.
This free program is for adults and teens (grades 6-12). Sign up is required. A minimum of 5 participants are needed to run this event.

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Holiday Rubber Duck Soapmaking Workshop

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Come and create a special holiday themed rubber duck soap! Keep it for yourself or give it as a fun gift. Each participant will make their own soapy creation using glycerin based soap and adding colors and scents. You’ll have a variety of Christmas and winter themed rubber ducks to choose from. And you’ll be able to take your soap with you at the end of the program and begin using it the next day.

This free program is open to adults, teens (grades 6-12) and kids (grades K-5). Children under the age of 10 must have a parent or guardian to lend a helping hand since the soap can get hot.

Due to the tight space, each session is limited to 4 participants. Each participant must register separately. Parents/guardians are welcome to create their own soap while assisting a younger participant but they must also register for a slot.

In order to keep the day running smoothly please arrive 5-10 minutes early so that each session can start promptly.

Only one soap/slot/sign up per person. Duplicate registrations will be deleted.

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Construction Update: Fall 2018

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Over the summer and fall, the refinement of the floor plans was a focus for the architects and the Building Committee as we met frequently to review the designs. As of this writing all of the major components of the plan have been set, while refinements will continue through the end of the Design Development phase in December. The major improvement was moving the main circulation stair to a more central location in line with the main (new) entrance.

2D Schematic

3D Schematic

A photo documentation project was begun for the MA Historical Commission, capturing many photographs of the existing building (interior and exterior) prior to demolition. These photographs will eventually be incorporated into an historic display in the new/renovated Library.

A search was completed for a temporary home for the library, with the vacant St. Andrews Church in North Grafton selected. The building is in good shape, will accommodate the majority of the Library collection and will provide enough space for the popular programming to continue.

The DRA issued a draft schedule for the project with major milestones as follows:

  • Design Complete: End of March 2019
  • Bidding: March/April 2019
  • Library Move: early April 2019
  • Construction Start: May 1, 2019
  • Construction Complete: September 2020

The next Library Planning and Building Committee meeting is Tuesday December 11 at 6:00pm, prior to our 7:30pm presentation for the Board of Selectman regarding what the committee does and it’s direction for the coming year.


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Great time to try out Hoopla!

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Hoopla is a platform for downloading ebooks, e-audiobooks, comics, movies, tv shows and music with your Grafton Library Card. If you haven’t tried it yet, register today at

Now is a great time to try Hoopla while we have increased the borrow limit from 8 to 12 items!

We are thankful for our patrons and have increased the borrow limit on hoopla to 12 from November 23 through the end of the year as a gift to help with your Holiday viewings!

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