Grafton Public Library

Library Updates

Construction Update October 2019

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Construction Update
MAAB approved the request for waiver for the Grafton Common entrance, requiring signage, an automatic door opener, and handrail extensions. A fully accessible entrance is planned for the parking lot entrance.

Groundbreaking was scheduled for November 6, 2019.

A kickoff construction meeting was held on Tuesday October 29, with CTA Construction, OPM, Clerk of the Works, and DRA Architects.

October MBLC Report

Lower Level (Upton St. Entrance) Schematics October 10, 2019

Upper Level (Grafton Common Entrance) Schematics October 10, 2019

Building Committee Minutes
The Library Planning and Building Committee did not meet in October.

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Construction Update September 2019

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Construction Update
The Library Planning and Building Committee met Sept 9 & 23. We selected a third party testing agent for the soil, concrete, and structural steel and are soliciting quotes for removal of the original (empty) oil tank. Schematics were revised and provided Sept 19 and are attached.

The Select Board voted to enter into a contract with CTA construction on Sept 3; the Notice to Award is attached.

The LULA was inspected for decommissioning. A walkthrough of the 35 Grafton Common property was scheduled.

Additional exterior lighting was added for the temporary facility.

September MBLC Report
Notice to Award

Building Committee Minutes

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Food for Fines Through December 31

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food for fines graphicGot fines? To aid the Grafton Food Bank, the Library will offer fine forgiveness in returns for donations of non-perishable items for the Grafton Food Bank. The program will run November 1 to December 31, 2019.

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 tolietries, diapers, baby food and formula and pet food. A list of suggestions can be found online on the Food Bank’s website.

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 bought to the Grafton Public Library temporary location at 53 N. Main Street, North Grafton. For more details about Food for Fines, or to discuss other alternatives to fees and to bring your Library card into good standing, please contact Susan Leto at 508-839-4649 x1105 or email at

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Groundbreaking Photos

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Project Updates
The Library Renovation and Expansion Project is estimated at $16.6M, $15.8M of which is eligible costs, about 47% of which is covered by the $7.4M grant from MBLC.

The rooftop garden and second floor patio have been eliminated.

October visitors at the temporary library totaled 4,568 or 175 people per day; in March 2019, our last full month at the Grafton Common location, visitors totaled 5,989, or 230 per day.

More updates at!




News Articles
Bowles, Sandy Quardros. “New $16.5 million library will be ‘legacy’ of Grafton.” The Grafton News, November 6, 2019.

Bowles, Sandy Quardros. “New $16.5 million library will be ‘legacy’ of Grafton.” Worcester Telegram and Gazette, November 6, 2019.

“Groundbreaking for $16.6 M Project at Grafton Public Library. The Grafton News, October 23, 2019.

Grafton Celebrates Groundbreaking Held for New Public Library.” Community Advocate, November 18,2019.

Lord Pulazzi, Jenn. “Ground Broken for Library Expansion.” Grafton Common, November 6, 2019.


The project is partially funded by as state grant administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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The Grafton Public Library Children’s Room

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The Children’s Room strives to be a fun place for children and families to learn and read together. We offer a wide variety of materials for learning and fun, including materials like books, media and games; toys like blocks, puzzles, puppets, and technology like computers.


The Library offers a variety of storytime programs for ages birth through 5 during the school year. Check the event calendar to see what’s happening this week!

We also offer programs and special events for kids up to and including age 12, such as:

  • Friday Fun with Mr. Kim — music and movement with Mr. Kim from Apple Tree Arts — on the second Friday of each month, for children ages 2-5. This program runs October through May. Registration opens one week prior to the program (first Friday of the month) and anyone on the wait list will automatically be placed in the next months’ session.
  • Special events and hosted performers
  •  Drop-in Crafts, toys, and a seasonal sensory table!


Unattended Children

For the safety of our youngest patrons, Library visitors 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;
  • 13+ may be unaccompanied provided child is able to use Library independently and follow the Library’s Code of Conduct;
  • Children under age 13 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over the age of 14.

Code of Conduct

While visiting the Library, please respect yourself, respect each other, and respect the space.

Program Policy

Please be mindful when registering for programs. If you cannot attend, please alert staff so we can give your spot to someone on the waiting list.

In winter months:

  • If school is cancelled, Library programs are cancelled.
  • If school is delayed, morning programs are cancelled and afternoon programs may be cancelled; please check our website for more information.
  • If school is released early due to weather conditions, afternoon programs are cancelled.
  • If the municipal center cancels evening programs and meetings, Library programs are cancelled.

All Library policies are online at



Please visit for access to materials cataloged with a juvenile audience.

Please visit for access to ebooks and eMedia with a juvenile audience.

Please visit to set a child’s Hoopla account (digital movies, music, ebooks and magazines) to juvenile audience.


bookflix database logo Bookflix offers an eBook experience for children in grades K-2, and pairs fiction and nonfiction picture books for a themed reading experience.
tutor logo offers homework help for students in K-12 from 2-9pm DAILY! Enter your Library card number to access.
Kids InfoBits contains kid-friendly topics in eBooks, articles, video and audio format, at a grade K-4 reading level. Searching is more visual. It’s perfect for resources school reports!
britannicabutton Learning Zone (preK-2)
Children’s edition (ages 5-12) 
Elementary School edition (gr 1-5)
Pronounciator logo Pronunciator is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more, with flash card for kids and a pre-K language learning module. Over 80 languages in English and your native tongue, free! Enter your Library card # and PIN to access.


A parenting section full of helpful information  can be found in the Adult non-fiction stacks.

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