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Gators… Cats… Bruins… Oh my! Things are getting WILD in the Children’s Room in July.

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It’s summer at the Library and we’re busier than ever. Have you signed up for Summer Reading yet? Register on Beanstack to be eligible for your Davis Farmland discount coupon.

 


On Saturday July 9th at 10:30am, Animal Adventures joins us for a 90-minute program. Two expert animal handlers will bring 10 animal ambassadors to the library. Registration isn’t required but encouraged. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Grafton Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

The Grafton Public Library is pleased to welcome back Toto the Tornado Kitten to Grafton. The hero cat and his human, Johnathan, will be visiting Grafton on Friday, July 29th at 10:30am. Jonathan and Toto have visited Grafton over half a dozen times.

In honor of our favorite feline friend, the Grafton Public Library will be collecting pet food and supplies for the Grafton Food Bank in July and August. Bring your donations of new, unopened, dog, cat, or small animal food, litter or supplies to the Grafton Public Library. Items particularly needed are dry cat food and canned dog food. There will be a collection box in the lobby.

 

On Saturday, July 30th at 1pm guess who’s coming to the Grafton Public Library? The Bruins Mascot Blades!

Blades will be at the Grafton Library for a special visit to celebrate summer reading. Pose for a photo with Blades in the hockey photo booth, win Bruins trivia, make your own Bruins button, or take your shot at some fun and games. This free program is for all ages – kids, teens, and adults. Registration is not required but encouraged.

Check out ALL the fun programs for different ages we’re hosting all month long! Remember that registration opens two weeks prior to each event. Please adhere to age guidelines when registering.

 


Stop the Summer Slide!

It’s important to keep kids reading while school is out.

If your child has a required reading list, we can help you order the books that you need. If a title is older, there may be limited copies in our network, so please be patient if it takes a bit longer for us to find you a copy.

If your reading list is recommended, not required, or if you’re looking for something a little different, we have some alternatives for you. Ask a librarian to suggest some titles for you, or peak at our new arrivals, located right at the entrance to the room.

There’s nothing better than choosing your own books. Come in and let your children browse the shelves. Summer is a great time to explore their interests. Are they interested in Minecraft? We have a book for that! How about rockets? We have that too.

 

With Summer comes an uptick in foot traffic, so we’d like to remind parents and caregivers of our unattended children policy:

• Children ages 0-7 must be accompanied at all times by a parent or caregiver who is at least 14 years of age.
• Children ages 8-12 may be left unaccompanied in the Children’s Room while a parent or caregiver pursues other activities in the Library, provided the child is able to use the Library independently, without supervision.

• Children age 13 and older may use the Library without an adult in attendance, provided the child is able to use the Library independently, without supervision.
• The Library cannot assume responsibility for the behavior or safety of children of any age left unattended at the Library. Staff members are unable to watch children for parents or caregivers.

The entire policy can be read online. 

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Weekly Report June 13-19, 2022

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This week we circulated 2,655 items, received 481 items in transit and sent 479; requested 421 items and filled 330 hold requests; registered 20 patrons for library cards, and added 21 new items. The most popular book this week is Hello Lighthouse written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. This beloved picture book from two-time Caldecott Medal award-winner Sophie Blackall transports readers to the seaside in timeless, nautical splendor! Step back in time and through the door of this iconic lighthouse into a cozy dollhouse-like interior. Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp’s wick, and writes every detail in his logbook.

We hosted 10 meetings in our conference, study and tutoring rooms for 59 people, including meetings for the Grafton Girls Softball Board and the MetroWest Building Officials Association.
Library Director Beth Schreiber shepherded a program on Food Sensitivities – 57 people registered, and 35 attended. We also hosted a G-Term session led by Mr. Marando, who brought a dozen teens to come write in the library on Wednesday morning. They left with free books from the Friends of the Library Book Sale.

Beth worked on year end procedures, submitted names for appointment for 2 vacant positions, and completed blue sheets for FY23 salary increases for all staff. We recently received disbursements for State Aid to Public Libraries ($16,163.99) and for our ADA grant ($23, 251). Beth worked with the Friends on planning their upcoming Annual Meeting, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday June 29. Volunteers are always needed; if you are interested in being considered for the FY23 slate of officers, please contact the Friends at info@friendsgpl.org.

Drummey Rosane Andersen sent a team with principal architect Ken Best to take photos of the library for their documentation. Advantage was on site completing HVAC work to spec. Evergreen fertilized the green roof two weeks ago and the sedum on the is flowering with purple and yellow flowers. Landscaping on the side garden was completed by Perrault’s and the community garden beds will be getting some attention next. We need volunteers to help water, weed and maintain the gardens over the summer, please contact gallawayb@graftonlibrary.org.

Borrower Services staff managed the adult circ desk, the lobby, the AMH equipment, room reservations, museum pass reservations, placed holds and answered patron questions, assisted patrons with faxing and printing, assisted patrons with self -check in and self-check-out and processed delivery. Ranjita and Susan processed out of network interlibrary loans. Jane worked on New York Times Best Seller List, items with alerts report and patrons with wrong home library report. Allie worked with Donna/Cataloging for Ingram orders, assisted Donna at cataloging to export her cataloging templates, worked with IT/Jonathan about IT Issues list, Genre Sticker Project organization for volunteer/staff, worked on the July newsletter content planning and graphics creation, planned July endcap displays, worked on the Readers Advisory database, helped with staff printers, edited receipt templates to include Summer Reading 2022 QR codes, and created a Holds Notices list for patrons limited to landline phones.

Susan supervised the team, arranged for 6 items to be delivered to homebound patrons, ran a Crescent Manor BookWagon for 14 patrons, cleared the hold shelf, met with staff to review about ordering supplies and worked on an updated list of passwords.

Sarah ran a Children’s Room staff meeting, met with other Blackstone Valley Youth Services Librarians to discuss summer programming and plans, met with Cyndi regarding summer sewing camp, communicated with patrons, and worked on collection development and management. Additionally, Cyndi notarized a document, increased the shelving in the fiction section by adding shelves and shifting books, and shelved books. Jen updated EventKeeper, scheduled social media posts and worked on the July CR newsletter. Mare managed library volunteers. Stacie decorated the CR, managed book displays, Kristin reached out to the Farmer’s Market. All staff assisted patrons and worked on summer reading programming. Grafton Public Schools Passport to Learning and Summer Fun is available online and hard copies will be available at the Library at close of the school day on Friday June 17! The Passport to Learning keeps skills strong over the break by encouraging reading, writing and math, and library use, including databases and museum passes, for North Street and Millbury Street Elementary School students.

This week Sarah S. and Allison set up the Nintendo Switch system in the teen gaming room, and we will be cataloging the remotes for circulation. Additionally, Allison scheduled summer social media posts related to our summer programs and worked on an email for teens with all the info on summer events. Anime Club hosted by Sarah Slocum meets on Friday afternoon.

The “Not Just for Young Adults” book group met to discuss The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey. Heidi shepherded an author visit with Helen Blazis who shared from her book: Zosia: Immigration and Industry in Grafton; 80 people attended! Heidi answered reference questions, created library cards for people, worked on statistics, worked on program planning and continued to advertise upcoming Library events.

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Library to Collect Pet Food and Supplies in Honor of Toto the Tornado Kitten’s Return Visit in July

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graphic of cat and dog, with text: Pet Food Drive for the Grafton Food Bank Dry cat food and canned dog food are currently needed for distribution. but all new/unopened and non-expired food, treats, toys and supplies will be accepted.The Grafton Public Library is pleased to welcome back Toto the Tornado Kitten to Grafton. The hero cat and his human, Jonathan, will be visiting Grafton on Friday, July 29th at 10:30am. This program is for all ages: kids, teens, and adults.

One of our favorite summer guests, Toto made headlines in 2011 when he was found clinging to life after a devastating F3 Tornado struck western and central Massachusetts. Firefighter Jonathan adopted the tiny kitten, and later published a book about their adventure called Toto the Tornado Kitten. Together they visit schools and libraries, raising money for animal shelters throughout the state.

Jonathan and Toto have visited Grafton over half a dozen times. In honor of our favorite feline friend, the Grafton Public Library will be collecting pet food and supplies for the Grafton Food Bank in July and August. Bring your donations of new, unopened dog, cat or small animal food, litter or supplies to the Grafton Public Library. Items particularly needed are dry cat food and canned dog food. There will be a collection box in the lobby beginning

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Animals abound in another of our big Summer Reading programs. On Saturday, July 7th at 10:30am, we’ll be hosting expert animal handlers from Animal Adventures in Bolton with 10 animal ambassadors. Animals you might see include:

  • American Alligator (Go Grafton Gators!)
  • Ring Tailed Lemur
  • Eurasian Eagle Owl
  • Boa Constrictor
  • Mountain Coati
  • North American Porcupine
  • Bush Baby
  • Armadillo
  • Red Kangaroo
  • Fennec Fox

(Note that animals are subject to change based on their health and willingness to travel the day of the program.)

Come learn, see, and maybe even touch, some of these animals up close.

This program is for all ages: kids, teens, and adults. Sign up is required and begins June 20.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Grafton Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Learn more about our Summer Reading Program by visiting our website at graftonlibrary.org/srp.

Details, Sarah Banister, 508-839-4649 or banisters@graftonlibrary.org

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Weekly Report: June 6-11, 2022

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Congratulations to our Library Director who was awarded Library Advocate of the Year for 2022 by the Massachusetts Library Association’s Paralibrarian Section!

This week we circulated 2,294 items, received 482 items in transit and sent 505; requested 492 items and filled 393 hold requests; registered 14 patrons for library cards, and added 30 new items. The most popular book this week is Unplugged by Gordon Korman. We hosted 22 meetings in our conference, study and tutoring rooms for 75 people, including a Homeowner’s Association Meeting, a Grafton Middle School Book Club, and a Nursing Association Meeting. Reserve a room in advance online at https://graftonlibrary.org/reserve/meeting/.

On Friday afternoon, The GHS National Honors Society has organized a Pillowcase Project event. Children can come to fill their pillowcases with various items that would be beneficial during an emergency. Our goal is to provide kids with a feeling of security and preparation in case of an unfortunate situation. This is an Independent Service Project as a part of GHS NHS.

This week Beth approved meeting room use and totaled statistics, publicized upcoming events, greeted the Middle School Book club that held their last meeting of the year on site, and did a short A/V training for an upcoming program. She attended a construction team meeting and addressed building issues including HVAC, flooding after recent rain, the newly installed tutoring room doors, and a ceiling crack.
Eric attended a webinar on the new statewide databases and contributed to the Beyond the Beaten Path book display.

We extended offers to fill the administrative assistant and reference librarian positions and are hoping for acceptance and then appointments June 21.

Scanning is not functional right now because Microsoft added a layer of authentication and we need to reset the machine. In the meantime, computer users can scan to a zip drive—bring your own or purchase for $5. Staff are preparing for a major change to email and word-processing as the Town shifts back to Outlook and adds Office 365 from Gmail and Google Drive.

Borrower Services staff managed the adult circ desk, the lobby, the AMH equipment, room reservations, museum pass reservations, placed holds and answered patron questions, assisted patrons with faxing and printing, assisted patrons with self -check in and self-checkout and processed delivery. Allie, Jane and Ranjita visited the new Optima sorting facility in Worcester, to see where all the books are sorted for delivery. Interesting facts of the new Optima Facility Tour is that 300,000 items are sorted per week, 15 billion or sorted per year. Their accuracy is 99.95% and less than 5% of books are rolled over to the next day. The cost per item was 38 cents, less than the price of a postage stamp – very efficient!

Ranjita began learning how to process out of network interlibrary loans and did battery inventory checks. Jane worked on NYTimes Best Seller List, items with alerts report and patrons with wrong home library report. Allie worked on the Genre Sticker Project organization for volunteers and staff, updated the website with newsletters, made additions to the Readers Advisory database, tested the fax for confirmation reports, helped with the printer at the reference desk, edited receipt templates, attended a CW MARS Cataloging Roundtable, edited a new CW MARS brochure to add our logo, started working on July newsletter graphics, and processed items from the Commonwealth Catalog.

Susan supervised the team, worked with Market Spark on faxing issues, contacted Benchmark for scanning issues, completed an employed review, prepared for another employed review, arranged for six items to be delivered to homebound patrons, interviewed a prospective volunteer, cleared the hold shelf, processed out of network interlibrary loans and worked on an updated list of passwords.

Children’s Room staff planned and prepared for the upcoming Summer Library Program, and assisted patrons. Sarah coordinated the Tom Knight/Kindergarten Readiness program with the YFCP and blocked out the 2022/2023 library storytime schedule. Jen updated the Library event calendar and social media, and shepherded the Tom Knight/Kindergarten Readiness program with the YFCP on Thursday evening. Cyndi managed the CR library of things, followed up with volunteers. She has been placed on a Grand Jury, an appointment which will last up to 18 months, and we will be losing her a day a week from the Children’s Room, creating a scheduling gap. Mare managed volunteers. Stacie decorated the room for June—it’s full of rainbows!–and set up book displays. Kristin coordinated with the local schools.

Last week Heidi hosted the Inspirational Book Discussion of the book Clean My Space : the secret to cleaning better, faster — and loving your home every day by Melissa Maker. She also answered reference questions, planned programs, advertised library events and did Library Outreach at the Grafton Pride event on Saturday.

Summer Reading logging continues at https://graftonlibrary.beanstack.com/reader365.

A reminder that the Library will be CLOSED on Monday June 20 in observance of Juneteenth. No items are due.

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Weekly Report May 30-June 4

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Happy Pride Month! Staff worked on June displays and programs. This week we circulated 2,213 items, received 415 items in transit and sent 346; had 397 items requested and filled 287 hold requests; registered 10 patrons for library cards, added 45 new items. The most popular book this week is Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson. We hosted 6 meetings in our study and tutoring rooms for 19 people.

Library Director Beth Gallaway returned from vacation to address construction issues, incident reports, meeting room policy and an incident from May where a patron with a large pickup truck backed into one of the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, reviewing camera footage and filing a police report. We invite the person to save us some time by coming forward as we assess the damage to Town property.

Beth reviewed applications for the anticipated Technical Services Librarian and Head of Borrower Services vacancies and made an offer to candidates for the vacant Administrative Assistant and Reference positions. She sent out the June newsletter and program press releases, paid bills, completed payroll, updated the staff schedule for FY23, began completing blue sheets for staff salary increases, and made website updates.

Borrower Services staff managed the adult circ desk, delivery, museum passes, the lobby, room reservations and Automatic Materials Handling equipment. We assisted patrons, placed holds, and supervised volunteers.

Ranjita completed the monthly AED check, distributed new Book Page editions, processed new fiction, completed the NYTimes best-seller task for non-fiction and set up a Summer Travel display. Jane created an endcap display for Backyard Chicken Raising, completed the NYT best seller task for fiction, and ran a new items alert list for June. Sandhya updated the seed packets, processed out of network ILLs, did museum pass updates on the google document, created display graphics and set up the Juneteenth display, and submitted museum renewal forms. Allie helped the Scouts with their meeting in the community room,  redesigned and printed the events calendar, worked on Readers Advisory database, sent emails about meeting room requests, set up a Father’s Day endcap display and helped patrons with faxing and copying. Susan supervised the team, conducted an employee review, completed statistics for May, created a display of “Books to make you L.O.L”, and worked on the unfillables report for interlibrary loan requests we cannot fill.

This week Heidi hosted the The Inspirational Book Discussion of the book Clean My Space : the secret to cleaning better, faster — and loving your home every day by Melissa Maker. She also answered reference questions, planned programs, advertised library events and did Library Outreach at the Grafton Pride event on Saturday.

Sarah ran two sets of preschool storytime outreach for a total of 6 classes visited, interviewed a prospective volunteer, ran a table at Fun Fair to promote summer reading, ran a test run of a new program technique, communicated with patrons and staff, compiled May stats, and wrote the May narrative. Jen finalized the June newsletter and updated the Library’s Event Calendar. Cyndi cleaned the CR program room, and managed the Children’s Room Library of Things. Mare coordinated with volunteers. Stacie decorated the Children’s Room, and set up June displays. Kristin communicated with the local schools.  All staff worked on Summer Reading Program planning.

This week our summer reading program: Read Beyond the Beaten Path, went live. For more information visit graftonlibrary.org/srp. This week Allison continued to finalize the program descriptions and registration information for summer events. Allison sent out the June Teen Newsletter. Sarah S. put up our Pride displays in the teen room and she and Allison both worked together to put up a Juneteenth display as well.

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Weekly Report: May 23-29

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Borrower Services staff managed the adult circ desk, delivery, museum passes, the lobby, room reservations and Automatic Materials Handling equipment. We assisted patrons, placed holds, and supervised volunteers.

Allie added screen reader text for all photos and graphics in June newsletter, worked on newsletter content and graphics, room requests, provided fax and printing assistance, created an endcap and featured museum display posters for June, assisting Friends for Book Sale, ran a report for patrons interested in library newsletter, added contacts to newsletter, transferred Google drive files to Library Shares/Staff Shares, worked on Readers Advisory Database, reset staffConnect gate, created June event calendar printout for Adult Services, reinstalled Star Printer in sorting room. Jane ran the “items with alerts” report, and the “patrons with wrong home library” report, making corrections as needed, and added titles from the NYTimes Best Seller list to carts. Ranjita worked on Library of Things, checked battery status in the Community rooms, and processed new material. Sandhya ordered books for the June display, updated museum information on Tixkeeper and Google docs, cleared expired holds, worked with Bibliotheca to fix sorting rules, updated website information, processed Interlibrary loans, and conducted two notary appointments. Susan supervised the team, prepared an employee review, processed Home Delivery, placed holds for Crescent Manor residents, participated in moving the 2nd reference work station to be closer to adult circulation, recruited subs to fill schedule gaps, assisted the Historical Society with microphones for their event, and began staff training on running reports.

Children’s Services
Sarah assisted with the 3rd grade Grafton History Day field Trip, shopped for Fun Fair prizes, held a CR staff meeting, Coordinated possible the Blade/First Lady of the Commonwealth visit, presented Toddler Time, Preschool, and Willard House storytime programming, and prepped for Fun Fair. Jen presented on the Summer Library Program to 3rd grade during Grafton History Day, updated EventKeeper and Social media, put together resources to share with parents, attended the CR staff meeting, and ran the Library Baby program. Cyndi gave tours to the 3rd grade during Grafton History Day, attended MLA, attended the CR staff meeting, organized the library of things, and assisted patrons. Mare attended the CR staff meeting, attended MLA, followed up with Library volunteers, and assisted patrons. Stacie attended the CR staff meeting, prepped for summer programming, and began a summer reading Pinterest board. Kristin attended the CR staff meeting, presented at NGES’s parents night, and reached out to the local schools.

Teen Services
This week Children’s and Teen Services Librarians purchased items to put together a basket to donate to the upcoming Fun Fair at NGES. Our two basket themes are summer fun and crafts. The summer fun basket has a hoverboard, outdoor games, bubbles and more. The other is a rolling 3-tier cart filled with kid crafts and supplies. Allison created a flyer for use at outreach events and to share with schools about the summer reading program and I continue to work on the summer challenge on Beanstack.
Last Friday was the first anime club for teens at the library. We had two teens that were already well versed in anime and they had a good time. Once staff able to get CPR certified, they will be excited to bring various Japanese snacks to the events as well as other food related activities such as “make your own rice balls”. Monday Sarah S set up the LGBTQ+ Pride month Display and she is very excited to still have plenty of books in the collection to fill any gaps. Sarah also pulled books for the adult pride month nonfiction display upstairs next week. Tuesday was the first teen manga book club; we had teens join as well as others to get the book for next month. A display was also set up for Juneteenth. Teen Make Your Own Zine workshop date was finalized for July.

Reference Services
This week Heidi hosted the “Reads Well with Others” Book Discussion of the book Home to Woefield by Susan Juby. Heidi also answered reference questions, made library cards for people, facilitated the Trustees Meeting, planned programs and advertised library events.

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Weekly Report: May 16-21

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BORROWER SERVICES staff managed the adult circ desk, delivery, museum passes, the lobby, room reservations and Automatic Materials Handling equipment. We assisted patrons, placed holds, supervised volunteers and had a departmental staff meeting.

Allie worked on the newsletter, printed e-newsletter copies, added May newsletter to website, added screen reader text in all newsletter photos and graphics, added new patrons to Constant Contact list with report, created Juneteenth and Pride display graphics for newsletter, worked with IT technician on username and password issues, reset staffConnect gate, organized room reservations and community rooms, adjusted vendor list for Grafton Farmer’s Market in EK Room Use, compiled 7-day stats on New Fiction, helped patrons with Libby e-book/audiobook setup, helped presenters set up for BRWA Annual Meeting Event. Jane worked on the New York Times Best-seller list, item alerts report, and discussed future knitting group program with supervisor. Ranjita processed new fiction, arranged for two curbside deliveries, and followed up on a missing disc from another library. Sandhya processed Interlibrary Loans; created a flier in Canva; updated the website with new museum information; refreshed seed packets; contacted museums for renewal forms; cleared expired holds, researched books for Juneteenth display and conducted 3 notary appointments. Susan supervised the team, conducted an employee review, processed Home Delivery, ran a Crescent Manor Bookwagon program, monitored schedule issues and conducted a Department staff meeting

REFERENCE
This week Heidi hosted the Daytimers Book Discussion of the book Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf and the GPL Mystery Book Discussion of The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield. Heidi also answered reference questions, worked on book displays, program planning and continued to advertise library events.

CHILDREN’S SERVICES
Sarah ran three session of preschool outreach at SGES, communicated with the school in regards to future programming nad upcoming school visits, ran Toddler Time and Preschool Storytime, corresponded with patrons, prepped for summer, lesson planned and worked on program prep, and worked on filling gaps in the CR schedule.

Jen ran Library Babies, scheduled social media posts, and updated EventKeeper. Cyndi coordinated with volunteers, worked on program prep, notarized documents for patrons, and managed the library of things. Stacie decorated the Children’s Room and prepped for upcoming summer programming. Mare communicated with volunteers. Kristin coordinated with the local schools.

TEEN SERVICES
This week Allison continued to prepare for summer reading by updating EventKeeper, the website, and working on Beanstack. She also did some research on setting up a geocache outside of the library, as part of the summer program, but to continue afterward.

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June Programs for Adults

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Our all-ages Summer Reading Program kicks off June 1 with logging reading online; have you signed up for BeanStack yet? For full details of the program, please visit www.graftonlibrary.org/srp/.

Upcoming Events
Wed June 8 6:30pm GUM Jam
Come sing and strum with the Grafton Ukulele Musicians (G.U.M.). While we mostly work with The Daily Ukulele, participants may bring or suggest music to learn.

Tues June 14, 2022 7:00 pm Zosia: Immigration and Industry In Grafton
Author Helen Blazis will present a lecture from her new book Zosia: Immigration and Industry In Grafton: a Polish Immigrant Perspective by Stasia Obara Rawinski and Helen Rawinski Blazis. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Grafton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $25.

Wed June 15 7:00pm Are Food Sensitivities Causing Your Weight Loss Resistance?
Presenter Deborah A. Genovesi, FDN, CHHC Holistic Health Practitioner empowers high-performing, professional women to reverse chronic symptoms like fatigue, pain, hormone imbalance, weight gain and insomnia—naturally, without drugs. She will present on how food impacts health and facilitate a conversation.

Please register in advance for these programs at www.graftonlibrary.org/events.

June Book Groups
Mon June 13 7:30pm Not Just for Young Adults Book Group: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
A girl adopted and raised by a race of creatures with feathers for hair and magic in their veins becomes involved in an ancient war and a centuries-old love, discovering startling truths about the world she lives in.

Tue June 21 7:30pm GPL Mystery Book Group: Back of Beyond by C.J. Box
Cody Hoyt, while a brilliant cop, is an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety when his mentor and AA sponsor Hank Winters is found burned to death in a remote mountain cabin. At first it looks like the suicide of a man who’s fallen off the wagon, but Cody knows Hank better than that. Sober for fourteen years, Hank took pride in his hard-won sobriety and never hesitated to drop whatever he was doing to talk Cody off a ledge. When Cody takes a closer look at the scene of his friend’s death, it becomes apparent that foul play is at hand.

Mon June 27 7:30pm Reads Well with Others Book Group: Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst
An emotionally wrenching story of how a seemingly “normal” family could become desperate enough to leave everything behind and move to a “family camp” in New Hampshire–a life-changing experience that alters them forever.

Tue June 28 7:30pm Inspirational Book Group: Featherhood: A Memoir of Two Fathers and a Magpie by Charlie Gilmore
A wry, moving story of a young man who, as his estranged father is dying, saves a baby magpie only to find that caring for the mischievous bird has, in fact, saved him.

Copies of the books are available in regular print, so stop by the library to pick up a physical copy. Digital and audio may also be available—please contact info@graftonlibrary.org for details. Please register in advance for book groups at www.graftonlibrary.org/events.

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