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 www.friendsgpl.org
2 Prentice St, North Grafton
Donation Bin for Discoverbooks.com
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
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 https://bedlambookcafe.com/faqs/ for seller’s guidelines
Westborough Public Library
55 West Street, Westborough
See https://www.town.westborough.ma.us/public-library/about-wpl/pages/friends-westborough-public-library for donation guidelines.
Got 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 https://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/25-of-the-best-foods-for-food-donations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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 www.graftonlibrary.org/events 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.
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.
The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED on Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th for the Christmas holiday. No items will be due.
Museum Passes for Wednesday, December 26th may be picked up on Saturday, December 22nd until 5pm. The Library will re-open at 10am on Wednesday, December 26th at 10am.
New Years Holiday
The Grafton Public Library will be closing at 5pm on Monday, December 31st for New Year’s Eve and will be closed on Tuesday, January 1st for New Year’s Day.
Museum Passes for Tuesday, January 1st and Wednesday, January 2nd may be picked up on Saturday, December 29th or Monday, December 31st until 5pm. The Library will re-open at 10am on Wednesday, January 2nd.
Please visit our digital branch online to read a newspaper, check out an eBook, learn a new language, and more!
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.
Plan review continues.
Building Committee Minutes
November 19, 2018
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.
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.