The children’s room has been busy reimagining our popular in-person programs into fun, interactive take-home kits!
Starting on Tuesday, January 18th, special activity kits for school-aged kids will be available. These kits (more details coming soon) will be available to pick up in the children’s room starting at 3pm. Kits may contain small items.
Are you a fan of our storytimes? You can hold a GPL-inspired storytime of your own with our Take Home Storytime Kits. These kits will contain a seasonal book bundle*, activities, special treats, and a program guide. It’s everything you need to host storytime at home!
- Library Babies -Kits will be available starting on Tuesday, January 18th & again on Tuesday, January 25th
- Toddler Time- Kits will be available starting on Wednesday, January 19th & again on Wednesday, January 26th
- Preschool Storytime- Kits will be available on Thursday, January 20th & again on Thursday, January 27th
Kits will be available in the Children’s Room, on a first come, first served basis, starting at 10:00am.
*Book bundles will need to be returned to GPL.
Whereas, a library card is the most essential school supply of all;
Whereas, libraries and librarians play a crucial role in the education and development of children;
Whereas, libraries offer a variety of programs to stimulate an interest in reading and learning;
Whereas, library resources serve students of all ages, from early literacy to STEAM programs to research databases;
Whereas, signing up for a library card is the first step on the path towards academic achievement and lifelong learning;
Whereas, a library card gives students the tools that foster success in the classroom and beyond;
Whereas, librarians create welcoming and inclusive spaces for students of all backgrounds to learn together and engage with one another;
Whereas, a library card empowers all people to pursue their dreams and explore new passions and interests;
Whereas, libraries are constantly transforming and expanding services to meet the evolving needs of their communities;
Therefore, be it resolved that I ,Peter Carlson, Select Board Chair, proclaim September Library Card Sign-up Month in Grafton, Massachusetts and encourage everyone to sign up for their own library card this month.
Sign up at https://graftonlibrary.org/home/get-a-library-card/
Summer 2021 Reading:
Don’t forget to check out the Library’s summer program!
Sign up for our new 2021 Virtual Summer Reading program:
JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH
LGBTQ Pride Month occurs in the United States to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBTQ people have had in the world.
While your at the library, check out our Pride Month book display!
Red : a crayon’s story by Michael Hall
Julian is a mermaid by Jessica Love
Worm loves Worm by J.J. Austrian
The boy & the bindi by Vivek Shraya
Introducing Teddy : a gentle story about gender and friendship by Jess Walton
Rainbow, a First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart
Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman
This Day in June by Gayle Pitman
Stella Brings the Family by Miriam Schiffer
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
The Rainbow Flag by Michelle Fisher
Be Amazing by Desmond is Amazing
Early Childhood Music Class with Apple Tree Arts Tuesday, May 11th at 10:30am
We’re pleased to present a live Zoom music class for preschool-aged children performed by Apple Tree Arts faculty.
Register to reserve your spot in this class. Once registered, you will receive a Zoom link to the class on June 14th.
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.
Dates for these virtual classes are Monday May 3rd, Monday May 10th, Monday May 17th, and Monday May 24th.
All classes begin at 11:00am.
A separate registration is required for each date.
Register online for one class or all of them!
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.
Registration will begin two weeks prior to each event. By registering for this event, you are registering for this one event, not the entire six-week program. If the event is full, you may still submit this form to be placed on the waiting list. Attendees on the waiting list will be added to our next session. A minimum of eight families are required in order for the class to be held. If we do not receive the minimum number of registrants, this event may be canceled. A valid email address is required to register for all Grafton Public Library programs. A Zoom link will be sent to each registrant no later than twenty-four hours before the event is scheduled. If you are unable to attend, please call the Grafton Public Library at 508-839-4649.
Siblings are welcome. Only one registration is required per family.
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.
Check in with the Grafton Public Library for a special event or activity on every Friday! One kit per child please, while supplies last. Kits will be available during the curbside pick-up hours of 10am-4pm.
Friday May 7th:
Friday, May 14th:
Friday, May 21st
Friday, May 28th
On Monday, May 3rd at 4:15pm, join Ms. Kristin for a virtual book discussion of Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty for kids in first and second grade. Copies of the book will be available for pick up at the Library. The book is also available on Hoopla. The book is also available on Libby.
Registration is required.
Description: Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.
On Monday, May 17th at 7pm, join Ms. Kristin for a virtual book discussion of Amulet Book 1 The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi for kids in third, fourth, and fifth grade. Copies will be available for pickup at the Library. The eBook is also available.
Registration is required.
Description: Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a talking fox, a giant robot—-and two ordinary children on a mission.
After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.
Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.
In addition to our weekly Friday Fun activities, stop by the GPL’s temporary location at 53 North Main Street, North Grafton to pick up a packet filled with new, seasonal activities for May. One packet per child please, while supplies last. Packets will be available on Monday-Friday only, during the curbside pick-up hours of 10am-4pm.
Can’t make it to the Library? Print a kit from home!