Grafton Public Library

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


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

Details, Sarah Banister, 508-839-4649 or

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