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.
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.
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. 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.