Grafton Public Library

Library Updates

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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Groundbreaking for Library Renovation & Expansion Project

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The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 10:30 a.m. at 35 Grafton Common to kick off the multi-million-dollar renovation and expansion of the Grafton Public Library. The event will be held rain or shine.

Architects Drummey Rosane Anderson designed the estimated $16.6 million project under the aegis of the Library Planning and Building Committee. The project will transform the circa-1928 building into a modern 26,000 square-foot library designed to meet the current population needs and expected population growth for the next 20 years.

The project team includes Ken Best, principal architect at Drummey Rosane Anderson; general contractor CTA Construction of Waltham; Mark Sullivan, D.A. Sullivan & Sons of Northampton whose owner is also the project manager; and Clerk of the Works, Andy Deschenes.

In July 2017, the town was awarded a $7.4 million grant from the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) or 48% of eligible estimated costs to fund the project.

The town’s share of the project funding is about $9.2 million. A capital campaign has been formed to support the building project and has received pledges and donations in excess of a quarter of a million dollars.

“We are excited and proud to build this renovated and expanded library as proof of our commitment to providing enrichment to all visitors,” said Tim McInerney, Grafton town administrator. “Everyone will continue to enjoy a place of learning and exploration where all are welcome. We appreciate the support of our excellent library programming. This updated facility will let us preserve our past and serve all future generations.”

The building project includes preserving the front section of the circa-1928 library with an entrance on the Grafton Common. The upper level (Common entrance) will include the historic main reading room, showcasing beautiful original Palladian windows and woodwork, as well as meeting rooms, collections and services for adults. The lower level (Upton Street entrance) will house youth services space and collections, including a children’s program room, a teen-tween program and gaming rooms, several tutoring rooms, and mechanical and electrical equipment rooms.

The expansion will provide updated spaces found in modern libraries including a large community meeting room, study rooms, tutoring spaces, teen and tween areas, a children program room, local history room, Friends of the Library book sale space, expanded areas for nonfiction and fiction collection and a patio.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide new services that the community has been requesting for a long time, especially meeting space,” said Library Director Beth Gallaway. “The 117-seat community room will be available for local organizations and other groups to use. We’ll be able to hold our own programs on site, have enough shelf space to archive and display materials, and provide more public access computers.”

The project began in October 2016 when the Library received the town’s permission to apply for a grant through the MPLCP and hire an architect to create a schematic design for the grant application. Ms. Gallaway applied for the grant in January 2017. In May 2017, town meeting voters approved the preliminary design, voted to accept the grant and also approved raising matching funds for the project. The measure was passed at a town-wide election a few weeks later.

This past May, the town received $460,000 from the MBLC that may be used for partial payment of eligible costs. The library qualified for the early reimbursement because the MBLC designated the library under construction due to the Grafton Select Board’s decision to borrow the full amount of the project. This money was funded from undistributed MPLCP grants.

The library has relocated to a temporary site at 53 N. Main St., North Grafton, at the former St. Andrews Church. The library continues to offer the same services, and operating hours remain the same – Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The project is expected to be completed by late spring of 2021 and is partially funded by as state grant administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Construction updates will be posted at

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It’s National Friends of Libraries Week!

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Thanks for supporting the Library through the Friends! Money raised by the Friends goes to purchase museum pass memberships, summer reading for a cause, summer reading program raffle prizes, and raffle gift baskets for Octoberfest and Fun Fair PTG fundraisers.

The Friends host Grafton Celebrates the Holidays, a Community Reads event, the spring Egg Hunt, and support the summer reading program. Additionally, they have pledged money for the Capital Campaign.

Bookbags and used books are still available for sale at the temporary library location.

Members should watch their mail for a renewal form this November; new members can join anytime and renew annually.

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Wowbrary: New item alerts via weekly email newsletter!

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Subscribe to Wowbrary for a free weekly email about the Grafton Public Library’s Newest Books, Movies & Music!

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Grafton Ukulele Musicians to meet at Apple Tree Arts Thu Nov 7

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Bring your ukulele and your singing voice to participate in this jam session lead by Miss Jan from Apple Tree Arts. Participants suggest the music and come together to play once a month. The Library provides copies of The Daily Ukulele on loan for use in the session. All levels are welcome and there is no fee. The group meets at Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common from 6:30-8pm on the second Thursday of each month, led by Jan Barlow.

Don’t have a ukulele? You can borrow a ukulele, as well.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

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National Voter Registration Day September 24, 2019

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REMINDER: National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday September 24, 2019! The Town Clerk’s office is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm daily with extended hours until 7pm on Tuesdays. Register in person, register online or pick up a Voter Registration form (at the Library or Clerk’s office) and mail in. If you aren’t registered, you cannot vote!
For more about voting in MA, visit or


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New Database: Driving Tests

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driving test database logoPractice Exams: Driving Tests

Prepare for your driver’s license exam, or give yourself a refresher with Driving Tests! Customized for Massachusetts, Driving Tests contains 14 car practice tests, 9 motorcycle practice tests, 27 CDL (commercial driver’s license) practice tests, 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL) and an FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 questions.

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Construction Update: August 2019

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Construction Update
The Library Expansion and Renovation Project has gone out to bid at $12.8 million. The project posted for 30 days with subcontractor bids due August 19 and general contractor bids due August 28. Five contractors submitted bids ranged from $10.5-12.6 million. Building committee met August 29 to review bids, and made a recommendation to the Select Board to contract with the low bidder, general contractor CTA Construction. It is anticipated it might take the construction team a few weeks to mobilize; a groundbreaking will be scheduled for this fall. The Library remains open the same hours with the same services in temporary quarters at 53 N. Main Street, North Grafton, in the former St. Andrews church facility.

August MBLC Report
Sub Bids
General Bids

Building Committee Minutes

August 5, 2019
August 29, 2019

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