In anticipation of the Summer Reading Program for 2017,” Build a Better World”, the focus of this year’s Community Read is all about buildings, their architecture, and the amazing minds behind their creations, specifically Frank Lloyd Wright.
Pick up a copy of one of the Community Read books and
check out the upcoming Community Read Events!
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting in Oak Park, Illinois, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society
Young Adult Title:
The Wright 3 by Blue Balliette
In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra, and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Robie House from being demolished.
Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty;
illustrated by David Roberts
Ever since he was a baby, Iggy Peck has built towers, bridges, and buildings, which comes in handy when his second grade class is stranded on an island during a picnic.
Programs for Adults & Teens:
Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Coloring March 2 7:00-8:30 pm
Join us for an evening of Frank Lloyd Wright inspired coloring. You’ll be able to choose from postcards, stain glass coloring designs (that will look great in your window) or one of Wright’s iconic buildings. All supplies will be provided.
This program is for adults and teens in grades 6-12. Sign up is not required.
Make Frank Lloyd Wright style coasters March 6 7:00-8:00 pm
Exercise your craftiness. Celebrate the Friends of the Library Community Read selections by making Frank Lloyd Wright style coaters.
This program is for adults. Please register for this program.
Community Read Book Discussion: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan March 14 7:00-9:00 pm
Due to snow storm on Tuesday, the Community Read discussion will be rescheduled. The new date is TBA.
The Community Read discussion of the book will be held at the South Grafton Community House located at 25 Main Street, South Grafton. At 7pm refreshments will be served and chatting encouraged. Then at 7:30pm the book discussion will begin. Please register for this program. Copies of the book are available at the library.
The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright with Architect Kenneth Best March 20 7:00-8:00 pm
Join architect Kenneth C. Best (AIA, ALA, CSI) and learn more about famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Please register for this program. Ken is an architect at DRA (Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc). When he joined the firm, he brought with him expertise in historic preservation, a commitment to sustainable design and a passion for buildings that serve the public. He believes that his designs should not only meet the needs of the client, but should also enhance the experiences of users and have a positive impact on the community served. Public libraries make up a large percentage of his portfolio but, over his 35 year career, he has handled a variety of building types.
Programs for Children:
LEGO Club: FLW Style March 8 3:30-5:00 pm
Join for a special Community Reads edition of LEGO Club! Build a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired creation, from a prairie style house to arts and craft style mosaics. For grades 1-6. Please register for this program. Please note our unattended child policy: under age 7, parent must remain in proximity; ages 8-12, parent must remain in building,13+ may be unattended. Thank you for your cooperation!
Community Read Storytime & Craft March 21 3:30-5:00 pm
Join us as we read our Community Read book-Iggy Peck, Architect–and then design and build your own home. All-ages. Please register for this program. The Children’s Room will be available for limited use during this program. Please note our unattended child policy: under age 7, parent must remain in proximity; ages 8-12, parent must remain in building,13+ may be unattended. Thank you for your cooperation!
Join Jan Barlow of Apple Tree Arts in this introductory class. Class is limited to 8 participants. Ukuleles will be available for the first 5 registrants to borrow. Participants must commit to attending all 4 classes (that includes teens and adults!) on March 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Participation is limited to ages 13 and up. Registration is required, please call 508-839-4649. Classes will be held at Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common, 3rd floor classroom.
Registration opens Wed Feb 1!
Preview our Build a Better World Summer Reading Program Theme for 2017 with these great activities for school-age children!
Please note our unattended child policy: under age 7, parent must remain in proximity; ages 8-12, parent must remain in building,13+ may be unattended. Thank you for your cooperation!
CLOSED for President’s Day
10am-1pm: LEGO Free Play, gr. K-5
6:30pm: Movie Screening: The LEGO Movie
3-5pm: Coding with Minecraft* gr. 2-5 RVSP
10am-1pm: Drop in LEGO Craft, gr. K-5
2-5 pm: LEGO Tween Craft, gr. 2-5 RVSP
6:30pm Teen Movie Night: Suicide Squad (PG-13) Gr 6+
10am-1pm Domino Challenge, gr. K-5
2-3pm Family Yoga* gr. Pre-K-5 RSVP
gaming and more, gr 6+
*off site at Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road
Saturday, February 4th
We will be celebrating Take Your Child to the Library Day with all things Star Wars!
Star Wars Symposium, 11:00am-1:00pm
Join us for an all-ages celebration of all thing Star Wars. Come dressed as your favorite character! Join us for Star Wars trivia games and more!
*Please note: program will be held at the Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road
Millennium Falcon Lego Build, 2:00pm-2:45pm
Build Han and Chewie’s classic ship with legos. This is a complicated build, appropriate for older children and adults.
Grades 3+. Registration required.
*Please note: program will be held at the Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road
Check out our Resources page for links to all these databases. Register for Hoopla, Pronunciator, Tutor.com or ArtistWorks 4/1/17 and be entered to win $100 Visa Gift card!! A winner will be pulled from all registered users of these Library Databases
Join the Grafton Public Library and the Grafton Recreation Dept for a town wide summer celebration!
Games! Pie Eating Contest, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Dunk Tank & more!
Music! Live music from local groups!
Food! BBQ ($), Cotton Candy & other treats! Mrs. Cones from Grafton Country Store’s Cones on the Common, will be handed out discounted ice cream coupons from 12-1pm.
Mark your calendars! Next Saturday, July 23 is Fun in the Sun; an all new free fun event put on by the Grafton Recreation Department and the Grafton Public Library. Located at Nelson Park from 11am-2pm, there will be a water slide, inflatable obstacle course, a moon bounce with a snow cone table, and carnival games from Crystal Entertainment Services Inc. There will also be pie-eating contests and relay races in which you can win tickets and along with the tickets you can win from the carnival games you can turn them in for prizes at the prize tent. The Big Splash will also be there; dare your friends to sit under the bucket of water and for a donation to the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, you can try to throw a ball to spill the bucket and get them soaked!
Local groups will also be there providing information and hosting activities such as the Boy Scouts with relay races, the Girl Scouts with a pinwheel-making table, youth football and lacrosse with ball throwing stations and possibly the Farmers Market with seed planting and more.
Location: Nelson Park, 6 Prentice Street, North Grafton
Wed Aug 17: Game of Phones
You’ve spent hours together: late night sitcom binges, getting lost on road trips, looking through your old photos… Your phone is practically your best friend. Now you can invite your phone to the library for some fun. Get to know your friends and their BFFs (i.e. their phones) with Game of Phones, the card game that puts your internetin’ skills and jam packed photoroll to good use. It’s like a scavenger hunt on your phone! Each round you and your pals take turns judging each other on your googling abilities, photo snapping prowess, social clout and much more. While you and your smartphone win the “Find your best #selfie” round with that pic you took while SCUBA diving last summer, your buddy across the table picked up the card for “Create an emoji masterpiece.” Your relationship with your phone will finally be rewarded when you win Game of Phones.
Don’t forget to bring your phone!
Wed Aug 24: Big Picture Apples to Apples
Big Picture Apples to Apples will prove that a picture is worth a 1000 words and a million laughs. It’s still as easy as comparing “apples to apples” – players just select the picture card from their hand that they think is most like a green card played by the judge. The player whose card is picked by the judge wins an Apple Chip. First player to collect five chips wins the game.
Please register for Game of Phones and/or Big Picture Apples to Apples. These free programs are for teens in grades 6-12 and is limited to 12 participants. Each participant will earn 3 tickets for our end of summer prizes. Additionally, one lucky winner will go home with a free book.
The Rhode Island Computer Museum is coming on Wednesday, June 29 at 1:00 pm to present Robots on the Run. This workshop for teens aims to explain basic circuits and instructions on how to build a simple robot. You will learn programmable electronics and receive instructions for making lights blink, motors run, sounds and a lot more. We’ll take time to learn about interactive software titled “Arduino” and you can create your own sample “Robot”.
Please register for this program.
If you are a gadget geek, science nerd, budding engineer or other electronics-obsessed loved one, come build a robot with us. Bring your broken electronics and we’ll take them apart with you to learn about circuits.
The presentation is part of ongoing traveling exhibits by the Rhode Island Computer Museum. This Workshop is partially supported by IEEE-USA K-12STEM Literacy Committee’s outreach program.
North Street and Millbury Street Elementary Schools
Suggested titles, not required.
Students entering 2nd Grade
Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
Cam Jansen series by David Adler
Ready Freddy series by Abby Klein
Geronimo Stilton series by Geronimo Stilton
Horrible Harry series by Suzy Kline
Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown
Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant
Mr. Putter and Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant
Franklin series by Paulette Bourgeois
Students entering 3rd Grade
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
Owen and Mzee: The True Story about a Remarkable Friendship by Craig Hatkoff
A-Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy
Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker
39 Clues series by Various Authors
The Spiderwick Chronicles series by Tony DiTerlizzi
Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
Students entering 4th Grade
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Amber Brown Goes Fourth by Paula Danziger
Awfully Short for Fourth Grade by Elvira Woodruff
Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows
Fudge series by Judy Blume
Time Warp Trio series by Sarah Varon
Meg MackIntosh by Lucinda Landon
Rose by Nikki Giovanni
Students entering 5th Grade
Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig
The Friendship by Mildred Taylor
Dear America series by Various Authors
The Sister Grimm series by Michael Buckley
Charlie Bone series by Jenny Nimmo
The Magic Thief series by Sarah Prineas
The 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury by Jack Prelutsky
The Blue Fairy Book series by Andrew Lang
Shimmer and Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life by Jim Arnosky
Students entering 6th Grade
Rules by Cynthia Lord
The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings by Alan M. Gratz
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Heat by Mike Lupica
Egypt Game by Zipha Keatley Snyder
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Chaldenko
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman
Middle School: The Real Deal by Juliana Farrell and Beth Mayall
The Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch
Suggested Authors: Jerry Spinelli, Jack Gantos, Anthony Horowitz, Andrew Clements, Nancy Farmer, Sharon Creech, Walter Dean Myers, Avi, C.S. Lewis, Paul Zindel, Jane Yolen
Online Learning – Elementary Schools
Wonderopolis – check out the Wonder of the Day!
Raz-Kids – use your school login to keep on readin’!
Kids InfoBits – requires Library card to login
Research in Context (formally InfoTrac Jr. Edition) – requires Library card to login
Encyclopedia Britannica – requires Library card to login
Pronunciator (upgrade from Mango Languages for foreign language learning!) – requires Library card to login
Bookflix – requires Library card to login
Educational Television – use your Library card to borrow these great programs on dvd
Grafton Middle School
One Book, One School – Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
Grafton High School
Select one of the following:
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Truck: A Love Story by Michael Perry
Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Senior Year: A Father, A Son, and High School Baseball by Dan Shaughnessy
Jupiter’s Travels: Four Years Around the World on a Triumph by Ted Simon
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr
Nefertiti: A Novel by Michelle Moran
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Once a Runner: A Novel by John L. Parker Jr.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders by L. David Marquet
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Paper Towns by John Green
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
Behold a Pale Horse: Exposing the New World by Milton William Cooper
Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin
This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman
It Was Me All Along: A Memoir by Andie Mitchell
Broken Road: Turning My Mess Into a Message by Tony Collins with Bethany Bradsher (on order)
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope by Tom Brokaw
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Martian by Andy Weir
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living by Jason Gay
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
ON YOUR MARK, GET SET…READ! Summer Reading 2016 at the Grafton Public Library!
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW is on our Summer Reading 2016 Full Calendar! Download for info on programs, prizes, earning tickets, Food for Fines!
The 2016 Summer Reading Program hosted by the Grafton Public Library has an EXERCISE theme this year! All ages are encouraged to participate.
Registration begins June 1. Register by picking up a Summer Reading tote bag – it’s that easy!! The tote will be filled with a calendar of events, bookmarks, current list of museum passes, and in the children’s bags an IOU for a Davis Farmland pass.
After registering, you can earn raffle tickets for amazing cool prizes! Winners will be chosen in three age groups: adult, teen and kids. Winning is as easy as 1-2-3!
- Earn 1 raffle ticket for each day you visit the Library
- Earn 2 raffle tickets for each food item you donate to the Grafton Food Bank (Max of 20 tickets/10 items per person)
- Earn 3 raffle tickets for each Library program you attend
Prizes: Oh boy, the PRIZES!!! Grand Prize – Winner’s Choice from one of the following prizes:
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Check out ALL of the prizes on the GPL Summer 2016 Full Calendar of Events!!
Food for Fines: Donate to the Grafton Food Bank instead of paying your overdue fines this summer! The Library will accept non-perishable, unexpired food, toiletries and school supplies from June 20 – August 31 in lieu of fines. Food for Fines may not be used to pay for lost or missing materials, printing or faxing fees, or replacement library cards.
Grafton Public Library supports Grafton Public Schools – stop in for your summer reading titles!
Sponsors: The 2016 MA Statewide Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Grafton Public Library, the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, the Town of Grafton, the Grafton Recreation Department, Trek Stop, Apple Tree Arts, Willard House & Clock Museum, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.