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January 2020 – All audiences
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December 2019 – All audiences
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Programs Over School Vacation

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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

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The Grafton Public Library Children’s Room

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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!


Unattended Children

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.

Program Policy

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



Please visit for access to materials cataloged with a juvenile audience.

Please visit for access to ebooks and eMedia with a juvenile audience.

Please visit to set a child’s Hoopla account (digital movies, music, ebooks and magazines) to juvenile audience.


bookflix database logo Bookflix offers an eBook experience for children in grades K-2, and pairs fiction and nonfiction picture books for a themed reading experience.
tutor logo 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!
britannicabutton Learning Zone (preK-2)
Children’s edition (ages 5-12) 
Elementary School edition (gr 1-5)
Pronounciator logo 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.

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BookWorms Book Group Grades 1 & 2

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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.
Please REGISTER for this program.

Community Read 2019!

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The Friends of the Grafton Public Library announce the titles for Community Read 2019!

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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


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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.

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Reading is Magic: Owl Post from the Grafton Public Library

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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 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 ( – 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 and on the Library Event Calendar: 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


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Storytime at the Grafton Historical Society

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Join us Wednesday, February 27  1:15-1:45 pm for a special storytime at the Grafton Historical Society’s beautiful new South Grafton location.

This Preschool Storytime is a 30-minute program for children ages 3-5. Join Ms. Sarah and share stories, songs, and movement activities.
Please register for this event.

Registration will open two weeks before the event. Register ONLINE or by calling 508-839-4649.

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Grafton Ukulele Musicians Meetup July 11 at 6:30pm

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Welcome to Grafton Ukulele Musicians (GUM), a partnership between Apple Tree Arts and Grafton Public Library.

We meet the second Thursday of every month. All levels are welcome and there is no fee. GUM meets on the third floor of Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common. This month we meet Thursday, June 11 from 6:30-8:00 pm.

Bring your ukulele and your singing voice to participate in this jam session lead by Miss Jan Barlow from Apple Tree Arts. Participants suggest the music and come together to play once a month. The Library provides copies of The Daily Ukulele: Leap Year Edition AND The Daily Ukulele on loan for use in the session.

Don’t have a ukulele? You can borrow a ukulele, as well! Brush up on your strumming skills or learn new chords with the Ukulele Course online at ArtistWorks, for free! A library card is required to access.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Jan Barlow at

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Confetti Soapmaking Workshop!

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Wednesday, February 20th – there are ten – 20 minute sessions to choose from!

Come and create a one of a kind confetti soap! Each participant will make their own soapy creation using glycerin based soap. And you’ll be able to take your soap with you at the end of the program and begin using it the next day.

This free program is open to adults, teens (grades 6-12) and kids (grades K-5). Children under the age of 10 must have a parent or guardian to lend a helping hand since the soap can get hot.

Each session is limited to 6 participants. Each participant must register separately. Parents/guardians are welcome to create their own soap while assisting a younger participant but they must also register for a slot.

This program will be held at the Grafton Municipal Center, Room D, which is located on the second floor. In order to keep the day running smoothly please arrive 5-10 minutes early so that each session can start promptly.

Only one soap/slot/sign up per person. Duplicate registrations will be deleted.

Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM  Please go to the library Events Calendar and scroll down to February 20 to select your time and register.

Location: Grafton Memorial Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road, ROOM D

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