Age of Learning is providing you with free at-home access with the unique code SCHOOL4374 to their online learning programs ABCmouse, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ while your child’s school is closed. These research-based educational programs include thousands of digital learning activities, and they can help preschool, pre-k, elementary, and middle school students keep learning while schools are closed. All three programs can be used on computers, tablets, and smartphones, and you can add up to three children per account!
ABC Mouse – PreK-grade 2
A selection of online books, educational games, puzzles, art activities, and printables for preschool and early elementary students.
Direct Link: https://www.abcmouse.com/redeem
Looking for something to do while you’re staying at home? Try our Stay-at-Home Bingo! Whether you complete a few activities, get a bingo, or go for them all – use these activities to help pass the time. Our pink bingo board is for teens and adults and our yellow board is for kids and families.
Links to additional resources to help you complete prompts are after the bingo boards.
This is an at-home activity and opportunity to connect with other crafters and sewers for a good cause!
Make a face mask to prevent the spread of germs. Create one for yourself, your family members, or hospitals/medical offices in need! Watch the video tutorial below, then connect with those in need. Post a comment here, or visit the DIY Face Mask Event Page and post a photo of what you made.
Use a tightly woven fabric (100% cotton – sheets or flannel suggested)
Keep in mind face masks will be worn by all genders.
Elastic can be purchased online through Joanne’s Fabrics, Michael’s or AC Moore. One of the many suggestions, however, is that fabric ties are more comfortable and last longer after frequent laundering than elastic if you want to find a video with directions using those instead.
TumbleBooks has shared Direct Links for each account, which do not require library cards or authentication! The links will log users in with the click of a button. TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Your patrons can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly. Grafton Public Library’s access will continue through until August 31, 2020.
TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Your patrons can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.
Your access will continue through until August 31, 2020. Thanks, TumbleBooks!
We have doubled the monthly checkout limit to give our patrons more opportunities for in-home enrichment and entertainment. Hoopla is a free app; with your Grafton library card you can check out 16 titles per month, of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music, comics, and tv shows. All titles on hoopla are immediately available.
Stay tuned for information about more Overdrive digital options!
The Town of Grafton is suspending physical library operations until further notice in response to Governor Baker’s State of Emergency declaration and to encourage social distancing due to the rapidly changing situation related to the Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”). This decision has been made with an abundance of caution after communication with the Board of Library Trustees, town administration, and state departments.
No overdue fines will be charged for materials due; please hold items at home until further notice. A plan to provide virtual services and further updates will be provided on the library website next week. Visit our virtual branch 24/7 at www.graftonlibrary.org/digital.
We are using the Town’s website and Facebook Page to provide updated information on COVID-19 from the local, state and federal level. Please sign up for CODE RED for local alerts. Additionally, the Commonwealth’s 211 line has dedicated staff to answer questions about COVID-19.
Please continue to wash your hands regularly and if you have any flu like symptoms, please stay home
until you have been symptom free for 24 hours without medication.
In response to Governor Baker’s State of Emergency declaration and due to the rapidly changing situation related to the Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”), using an abundance of caution, and taking our cue from CDC and other health professionals, the Grafton Public Library Board of Trustees has decided to suspend all library programs–for all ages–indefinitely, effective Thursday March 12, 2020.
The health of our community is our foremost concern and library staff remains committed to maintaining all other library services. All other library services will continue to be available during normal hours of operation and we will continue to update you as the situation changes.
In addition, we are taking the following precautions:
Please, if you are sick, stay home. Give us a call and we will work with you to renew materials, extend due dates, and waive fines.
Please utilize self-check for library materials. Please ask a staff member for assistance if you need help and we will talk you through it!
Updated FLU signs (stay home if ILL!) to reflect COVID-19.
Placed 2 waste receptacles outside restrooms for paper towels (to encourage people use them to turn off the faucet and open the door).
Provided hand sanitizer in multiple locations (note this helps protect against bacteria, not viruses).
Provided sanitizing alcohol wipes and are requesting patrons using public computers to sanitize the mouse and keyboard before and after each use
Created a staff cleaning protocol for wiping down surfaces and door knobs/handles multiple times a day
Requested that Library staff wear gloves during transactions with patrons (handling cash, library cards, library materials, typing on public computers).
We apologize to all our patrons for any inconvenience and hope to reschedule the canceled programs, where possible, in the near future. We will continue to monitor the situation, in regard to the COVID-19 and will keep you informed on this website. Thank you for your understanding. Keep calm, and wash your hands!
Friends of the Grafton Public Library Community Read 2020
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment, The Friends of the Grafton Public Library encourage everyone in town to participate in the 2020 The Community Read Remember the Ladiesby Gina L. Mulligan. Remember the Ladies stars on a female lobbyist in 1887 hired by the National Women’s Suffrage Association who comes in conflict with a senator desperate to crush the amendment and it’s champion. In a political game where bribery, threats, extortion, and seduction prevail, who will win and at what cost?
Stop by the Grafton Public Library to pick up a copy of any Community Read title and come to any of the Community Read events.
In addition to various book discussions, the Library is hosting a variety of events celebrating women’s suffrage, including a felt rose craft and an evening with Steve Adams, Suffrage Balladeer, on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30pm in partnership with the Grafton Historical Society at 71 Main Street, South Grafton, MA. Steve will perform “A Fine Agitation: Scenes from the Struggle for Women’s Suffrage,” a program of original songs created to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. Covering key moments and individuals in the 72-year struggle for the 19th Amendment, the program presents Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Ida B. Wells, Frederick Douglass and others as they fight for women’s right to vote.