Grafton Public Library

Library Updates

New Database for Readers and Learners at home: Introducing Age of Learning!

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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 logoABC 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
CODE: SCHOOL4374

 

Adventure Academy LogoAdventure Academy– grades 2-6
Language arts, math, science and social studies curriculum for grades 2-6.
Direct Link: http://www.AdventureAcademy.com/redeem
CODE: SCHOOL4374

 

 

ReadingIQ logoReadingIQ – PreK-grade 6
Over 7,000 books for all reading levels.
Direct Link: http://www.ReadingIQ.com/redeem
CODE: SCHOOL4374

If you have questions or need help with using your School Code, please email Customer Support at
Support@AofL.com.

Your access will continue while school is closed. Thanks, Age of Learning!

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Spring Bingo

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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.

Spring Bingo Resources for Adults

Spring Bingo Resources for Kids

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Passive Program: DIY Face Masks

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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.

Tips:

  • 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.

Pattern with elastics: https://thestitchingscientist.com/2020/03/how-to-sew-a-face-mask.html

Cricut / handcut pattern with ribbon ties: https://jennifermaker.com/face-mask-patterns-cricut/

Volunteer your time/donate your masks in Boston/New England:

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New Database for Learners and Readers at Home: Introducing TUMBLEBOOKS!

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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.

TumbleBook Library Logowww.TumbleBookLibrary.com – K-6 children’s ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/auto_login.aspx?U=tumble735&P=books
Username: tumble735
Password: books

animated gif for TumbleBooks Math logowww.TumbleMath.com – K-6 math eBook database
Direct Link: https://www.tumblemath.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

animated gif for TumbleBook's teen book cloudwww.TeenBookCloud.com – gr 7-12 eBook database
Direct Link: https://www.teenbookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

TumbleBook's Audio Cloudwww.AudioBookCloud.com – all ages audio book database
Direct Link: https://www.audiobookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

TumbleBook's Romance eBook Collectionwww.RomanceBookCloud.com – a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!
Direct Link: https://www.romancebookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

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!

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Hoopla Update

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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!

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Library CLOSED until Further Notice

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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 the meantime, please check out the full list of online resources and databases offered by the Grafton Public Library. Items marked with a * may require a Grafton Public Library card to access, and visit our list of free learning resources available for youth.

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Library Programs Suspended Indefinitely

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Graph showing slowing of spread of COVID-19 if social distancing protocal is adopted. Source:

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/11/science/ coronavirus-curve-mitigation-infection.html

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!
  • Please utilize digital materials instead of physical materials: www.graftonlibrary.org/digital.
  • We are working on ways to offer programs to go: individual take-home kits, alternatives to complete the Winter Reading Program, and online programming. More information will be forthcoming.
  • We are reviewing and updating our Minimum Staffing Policy.
  • We are drafting a Pandemic Policy.
  • All work-related travel is suspended until further notice.

We have already taken these steps to reduce spread of all communicable disease:

  • Removed soft toys from Children’s Room (washed in hot water and bleach before storing).
  • Removed sensory table (sanitized before storing).
  • Removed puzzles from Children’s Room.
  • Removed coloring tools from (take home coloring sheets are available).
  • Removed chairs from tables to encourage social distancing — current recommendation is 6 feet.
  • Sanitize hard toys daily.
  • Created an informative post from reputable sources for the public on our  website.
  • Provided free copies of the CDC fact sheet on COVID-19 for the public.
  • Posted CDC handwashing signs throughout the Library.
  • Posted WHO handwashing instructions at each sink.
  • 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!

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Want an Alias?

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Public Hold Shelf and Patron Privacy

For libraries with a public hold shelf, like Grafton, there is an option of using an “Alias” to protect patron privacy.

If you wish to have an “Alias” instead of your real name on your hold shelf slips, please present your library card to any staff member. It will take effect with the next item placed on hold.

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Get the Facts on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Get the facts on novel coronavirus! Check out these resources for up-to-date information: The Town of Grafton website has up-to-date information at https://www.grafton-ma.gov/home/urgent-alerts/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-information-check-back-regularly-updatesCoronavirus Disease: Get the Facts

Just for Kids: A Comic Explaining the Coronavirus (NPR)

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus (and ease their fears (NBC)

nCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Massachusetts Department of Public Health: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-public-health

Grafton Board of Health:
https://www.grafton-ma.gov/board-health/news/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-and-you-0

National Library of Medicine Guide to COVID-19:
https://news.nnlm.gov/…/covid-19-coronavirus-for-public-li…/

Medline: Coronavirus
https://medlineplus.gov/coronavirus/

And check misinformation on these sites:
NewsGuard: Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center
https://www.newsguardtech.com/coronavirus-misinformation-tracking-center/

Snopes Fact Check: The Coronavirus Collection
https://www.snopes.com/collections/new-coronavirus-collection/

CRAAP Test Worksheet for Evaluating Information
https://www.utwente.nl/en/lisa/library/miscellaneous/docs-ad/craap.pdf

 

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