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.
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 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 is a Live 20-minute virtual program for our very youngest patrons, ages birth-walking. Join Ms. Jen for a biweekly short Zoom storytime. We will read stories, sing songs, and interact with the babies using bounces and finger plays. Registrants will be emailed a Zoom link 24 hours before the scheduled program start time.
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. There will be a new Grab Bag for each biweekly session.
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
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.
Library Babies is a Live 20-minute virtual program for our very youngest patrons, ages birth-walking. Join Ms. Jen for a biweekly short Zoom storytime. We will read stories, sing songs, and interact with the babies using bounces and finger plays.
Registrants will be emailed a Zoom link 24 hours before the scheduled program start time.
Program Grab Bags will be available to pick up at the library via no contact curbside pickup starting October 5th at 10am. One bag per family please. Grab bags must be returned to the library. There will be a new Grab Bag for each biweekly session.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.