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New Year’s at Noon Countdown Grab Bags

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Stop by the Library’s temporary location between 10AM and 4 PM to pick up a New Year’s Countdown Grab Bag.

Grab Bags contain a variety of seasonal activities and items to help the whole family celebrate 2021 together at home! One bag per family, please. While supplies last.

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STEM Videos

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Have you watched all of our amazing STEM videos? Learn all about oil spills and crystals, and even learn how to design your own chicken coop in this series of video for kids in grades K-2 and grades 3-5.

 

Catch up now!

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Kids Vote for Books!

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Kids Elect the Best Books

Grafton Public Library is joining libraries across the Commonwealth in Kids Cast Your Vote, a statewide election of the best books. Kids of all ages are invited to go online and cast their vote for their favorite book on www.KidsVoteForBooks.com. Voting opens October 26 and ends November 9. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) will tally up the votes and release the top 25 books as recommended by Massachusetts kids.

“It’s a fun way to connect kids to the national and statewide elections and it gives them a voice in an election of their own, “said Sarah Banister, Children’s Librarian.

The list of “candidate” books for Kids Cast Your Vote came directly from Massachusetts kids. During the statewide summer library program in 2019, kids shared their favorite books with the MBLC which resulted in 500 books, too many for an election. The MBLC narrowed the list down to 52 “candidate” books. Kids can vote for their favorite “candidate” from the 52 or write in a “candidate.”
The books are available for checkout through the libraries eBook program and through curbside pickup.

“It’s exciting that this all came from Massachusetts kids. It’s about what they like and what they’re reading,” said Sarah Banister. “As librarians, we know that one of the best ways to help kids fall in love with reading is to let them choose. The candidate books give them some wonderful choices and the great thing about libraries is that we can always help them find more options.”

While libraries have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, they continue to find creative ways to serve residents. Over 435,000 children, teens, and adults recently participated in statewide summer library programming and many libraries are experiencing double digit increases in eBook checkouts.

The MBLC has developed a statewide calendar of virtual library events which allows residents to see what events are happening around the state and attend them no matter which library is hosting. First Lady of the Commonwealth joined the MBLC to create a video library with fun and educational videos that parents can use anytime. These are available through mass.gov/libraries.  Check out Grafton Public Library’s website for more offerings for all ages.

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Bookworms Virtual Book Club

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Join Ms. Kristin for a virtual book discussion for kids in first and second grade.

Copies of the book Summer Green to Autumn Gold by Mia Posada will be available for pick up at the Library. The book is also available on Hoopla.

We will also be completing a book-themed craft after discussion inspired by the works of Henri Matisse. A google form will be sent out after registration regarding necessary supplies and those who would like to may pick up a supply kit at the library prior to the Book Club.

Participants attending this program can earn their Fall Favorite Badge, as part of the Fall into a Good Book Beanstack Challenge. Read more about our Beanstack Programs.

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Storytime Schedule Fall 2020

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Storytime Schedule

The Grafton Public Library provides a variety of storytime sessions. Attendance is drop-in unless otherwise noted. Promptness is appreciated. We expect the little ones to wiggle! Don’t feel you have to sit through the entirety of each session – it’s fine to excuse yourself and come back later or the following week. If school is cancelled, storytime is cancelled as well. If there is a half-day of school, morning storytimes are cancelled.

Research shows that the strongest predictor of school success is caregivers who read with their children at home. Don’t forget to browse for materials to take home before or after the program!

Unless noted, all Fall 2020 storytimes will be virtual. We hope to return to our temporary location at 53 North Main Street in North Grafton soon

FALL 2020 STORYTIME PROGRAMS AND SESSION DATES:

YOUNG SCIENTISTS SPONSORED BY YFCP                 

Join STEM Beginnings for a 6-week virtual series for children, ages 3-6. Children will learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts through hands-on activities, story time and simple experiments.

This is an interactive class using Zoom and parents/caregivers are encouraged to help their child. A list of materials for families to prepare for each class will be provided weekly.

The “Young Scientists” series is sponsored by the YMCA Family & Community Partnership (YFCP), which is a Massachusetts Coordinated Family & Community Engagement (CFCE) Grant funded by the Department of Early Education and Care and awarded to the YMCA of Central Massachusetts.

THURSDAYS at 10:30am

OCTOBER 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, NOVEMBER 5

VIRTUAL PRESCHOOL STORYTIME

Preschool Storytime is program for children ages 3.5-5.  Join us as we share stories, songs, felt board fun, and movement activities.

Program goes live on TUESDAYS at 9:00am

OCTOBER 6, 13, 20, 27, NOVEMBER 10, 17

TODDLER TIME

Toddler Time is a 30-minute program for children who are walking-age 3 years.  We will share stories, sing songs, enjoy movement activities, and recite rhymes and finger plays together.

Program goes live on WEDNESDAYS at 9:00am

OCTOBER 7, 14, 21, 28, NOVEMBER 4, 18

LIBRARY BABIES

Library Babies is a Live 20-minute virtual program for our very youngest patrons, ages birth-walking. In this prerecorded program, we will read stories, sing songs, and interact with the babies using bounces and finger plays.

Watch any time, any day!

Program Grab Bags will be available to pick up at the library via no contact curbside pickup.One bag per family please. Grab bags must be returned to the library.

Storytime Programs in hiatus:

Pajama Storytime

Once Upon a Story at Willard House & Clock Museum

Storytime at the Grafton Historical Society

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The Ultimate Back To School Reading List

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Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know!

A Place Called Kindergarten by Jessica Harper

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Back to School Rules by Laurie B. Friedman

Brown Bear Starts School by Sue Tarsky and Marina Aizen

Danbi Leads the School Parade by Anna Kim

David Goes to School by David Shannon

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

How to Get Your Teacher Ready  by Jean Reagan

How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander and Melissa Sweet

I Got the School Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison

I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien

If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t by Elise Parsley

If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff

Nana Akua Goes to School by Tricia Elam Walker

One by Kathryn Otoshi

Pirates Don’t Go to Kindergarten! by Lisa Robinson and Eda Kaban

Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman

Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat! by Rob Scotton

The Cool Bean by Jory John and Pete Oswald

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson  

The Exceptionally, Extraordinarily Ordinary First Day of School by Albert Lorenz

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley-Newton

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

The Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems

This School Year Will Be the Best by Kay Winters

Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind by Jessica Hische

Ways to Welcome by Linda Ashman

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

You’re Finally Here! by Melanie Watt

Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

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