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
Adventure Academy– grades 2-6
Language arts, math, science and social studies curriculum for grades 2-6.
Direct Link: http://www.AdventureAcademy.com/redeem
ReadingIQ – PreK-grade 6
Over 7,000 books for all reading levels.
Direct Link: http://www.ReadingIQ.com/redeem
If you have questions or need help with using your School Code, please email Customer Support at
Your access will continue while school is closed. Thanks, Age of Learning!
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
While you’re stuck at home #socialdistancing, keep up with
Grafton Public Library’s
favorite Baby Storytime monkey!
Here is a copy of the complete Library Baby storytime program. Do it at home with your little ones. Insert whatever books you have available or download some great new ones online. Hoopla has fantastic music and Bookflix is an awesome resource at well.
George would love to see pictures of his friends, and hear about what books they are reading!
Curious George the character is owned by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Curious George the stuffed animal is owned by the Grafton Public Library. Ms. Jen took him home for an extended visit. He’ll be back at the library for storytime soon!
Have you tried our new online resource https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com?
Watch Beautiful Moon/Bella Luna by Dawn Jeffers in English AND Spanish.
Missing the Music & Egg shakers at Library Babies? Have an abundance of toilet paper rolls? You can make your own mini shaker!
Supplies needed: empty toilet paper roll, paper, scissors, tape, and cereal.
*Cut two paper circles slightly bigger than the end of the toilet paper roll.
*Place a circle over one end of the roll and fold it down. Secure it with tape.
*Next, fill each tube about one-third of the way with the cereal.
*Older babies & toddlers might like to help with this!
*Tape the uncovered ends of the toilet paper tube to keep the cereal from falling out.
*Turn on some Laurie Berkner and have a dance party at home.
GPL George spent this morning watching Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal on Tumblebooks. Log on today and check it out!
Time for another #stuckathomedanceparty
The popcorn song with Mr. Kim!
Hey, Library Babies friends!
Are you missing your Library Babies storytime music? So is GPL George. Raffi, Laurie Berkner and Countdown Kids-our Library Baby staples-are all on Hoopla:
Time for another dance party! Get your pets involved in this one!
Library Babies at the Grafton Public Library
Friends (members only)
Wowbrary Weekly New Releases
January 2020 – All audiences
January 2020 – Teen
Winter Reading Program Announcement!
December 2019 – All audiences
December 2019 – Teen
Wowbrary New Releases December 2019
November 2019 – All audiences
November 2019 – Teen
Wowbrary New Releases November 2019
October 2019 – All audiences
October 2019 – Teen
Wowbrary New Releases October 2019
September 2019 – All audiences
September 2019 – Teen
Wowbrary New Releases September 2019
August 2019 – All audiences
August 2019 – Teen
New Items August 2019
July 2019 – Teen
New Items July 2019
June 2019 – all audiences
June 2019 – Teen
New Items June 2019
Museum Passes are still available for many Massachusetts attractions over school break! Reserve in advance, pick up before you go, enjoy the discount, and drop any membership card passes back into our book drop (in their envelope!) on your way home. If you do reserve a pass, please do call to cancel if your plans change due to weather, obligations, or a better offer.
Visit our full Calendar of Events to check the schedule of programs for school age during school break. Storytime resumes in January.
- Thu 12/26 Movie Double Feature: 1pm Aladdin; 6pm The Lion King (live action version)
- Fri 12/27 10am-2pm Drop-in LEGO Open Play
- Mon 12/27 10am-2pm Drop-in LEGO Open Play
PARENTS/CAREGIVERS: CAN YOUR CHILD BE ALONE AT THE LIBRARY? Children are always welcome at the library. However, the library is a public building and very busy on a daily basis. For the protection and well-being of children, the Board of Library Trustees has established an Unattended Child Policy. Please note that program attendees must comply with the 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.
A reminder about our Inclement Weather Policy:
If there is NO SCHOOL in Grafton due to inclement weather, all programs are CANCELLED.
If there is a DELAYED opening, MORNING programs are CANCELLED.
If Grafton Public Schools DISMISSES EARLY due to inclement weather, AFTERNOON programs are CANCELLED.
All Library policies are online at graftonlibrary.org/home/policies.
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!
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.
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 http://graftonlibrary.org/home/policies.
Please visit http://catalog.cwmars.org/eg/kpac/home for access to materials cataloged with a juvenile audience.
Please visit https://cwmars.overdrive.com/cwmars-grafton/kids for access to ebooks and eMedia with a juvenile audience.
Please visit https://www.hoopladigital.com/my/settings/account to set a child’s Hoopla account (digital movies, music, ebooks and magazines) to juvenile audience.
HOMEWORK HELP & ONLINE RESOURCES
||Bookflix offers an eBook experience for children in grades K-2, and pairs fiction and nonfiction picture books for a themed reading experience.
||Tutor.com 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!
||Learning Zone (preK-2)
Children’s edition (ages 5-12)
Elementary School edition (gr 1-5)
||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.
Please visit our Summer Reading Program page for the program details for A Universe of Stories, an all-ages summer library program!
Full Calendar of Events
Join us for fun and friendly discussion on Monday, April 8 6:00-6:30 pm
for the BookWorms Book Club grades 1 & 2.
Please note the correction to the titles we will be reading this month.
Copies are available to check out from the library.
The Friends of the Grafton Public Library announce the titles for Community Read 2019!
ADULT Title: TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
Description: A tale spanning 150 years and two continents re-imagines the peace efforts of democracy champion Frederick Douglass, Senator George Mitchell and World War I airmen John Alcock and Teddy Brown through the experiences of four generations of women from a matriarchal clan.
The Book Discussion will be held at the Grafton Historical Society located at 71 Main Street, South Grafton on Tuesday, March 12th. Join us for refreshments at 7:00 pm and the book discussion will begin at 7:30 pm. Please register for this program. Copies of the book are available at the library.
Can’t make it to the March 12 discussion? Join us for one of these alternate discussion times of TransAtlantic:
Daytimer’s Book Group Tuesday, March 19 1:30 pm
Reads Well with Others Book Group Monday, March 25 7:30 pm
TEEN Title: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Description: In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American South, uses his wits and skills to try to bring justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family’s freedom.
The Book Discussion will be on Monday, March 11 7:30 pm and will be held at the Grafton Public Library.
CHILDREN”S Title: Two friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass by Dean Robbins
Description: This story imagines what it was like when Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass got together for a cup of tea and discussed their struggle for civil rights.
Join us March 21 6:30 pm for a special storytime featuring 2019’s Community Read kid’s book, followed by a quick discussion. What historical figure would YOU like to have tea with? This brief program best suited for our older elementary school friends.
SAVE THE DATE – Upcoming related programs
We know you’ll want to also mark your calendar for April 28th’s program on Frederick Douglass, June 2nd’s program on the women in Frederick Douglass’ life, and July 5th’s Reading Frederick Douglass Together. The Grafton Historical Society, Grafton Public Library, and the Unitarian Universalist Soceity of Grafton and Upton are proud to bring you these amazing programs.
The Grafton Public Library invites residents to participate in the Harry Potter Themed Winter Reading Program. In case you missed your acceptance letter via Owl Post: YOU have been accepted to participate in the Reading is Magic Winter Reading Program. Please find a list of all necessary books and equipment online at http://graftonlibrary.org/wrp. The Winter Reading Term runs from December 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.
Stop by the Grafton Public Library at 53 N. Main Street, North Grafton MA to pick up your Hogwarts letter and a lanyard in your house colors (while supplies last). You may choose your favorite house or visit the Sorting Hat (https://my.wizardingworld.com/passport – you may need to set up a free account) to determine your House placement.
Participants may earn up to 10 badges by completing tasks and reading challenges. Tasks can be completed by attending Library programs or by reading and/or listening to books. Once a task or reading challenge has been completed, return to the Library with your Hogwarts letter to receive your badge, and then complete another task.
Complete information on individual challenges, programs and workshops is available online at http://graftonlibrary.org/wrp and on the Library Event Calendar: http://www.graftonlibrary.org/events. Information, dates and times are subject to change. Workshop registration begins two weeks prior to each event. If your plans change, we ask you to kindly call the Library at 508-839-4649 x1103 to cancel, so that we may open your reserved spot to the next person on the waiting list.
Tasks and Reading Challenges include books and activities for coursework in Divination, Care of Magical Creatures, Herbology, and Potions, as well as Flying Lessons and orientation to the Hall of Portraits, the Hogwarts Library, Ollivanders, and Golden Snitch. Unfortunately, we were unable to find a Defense Against the Dark Arts Teacher, we just can’t seem to retain one…
The Annual House Cup competition takes place in the form of a Penny Fundraiser. Donate to your favorite Hogwart’s house (and deduct points from your competitors by putting donations in THEIR jars). All proceeds raised will be donated to the Grafton Public Library Capital Campaign.
We await your reply by Owl – or visiting the Library in person. Details, Allison Cusher or Sarah Banister, 508-839-4649 or firstname.lastname@example.org.