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The Friends of the Grafton Public Library announce the titles for Community Read 2019!
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
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.
The Grafton Public Library is offering a 4-week class session titled “Ukulele 101.” This class will be taught by Jan Barlow, Music Education Director, of Apple Tree Arts and is for beginners ages 13 and up – teens and adults. The classes will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday March 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, and will meet at One Grafton Common, Grafton, MA. Participants must commit to attending all 4 classes. This free class is limited to 10 participants. Participants need to bring a ukulele to the class; the Library has 3 ukuleles available to check out for the course of the session.
Do you like to write? Do you want to get some practice in writing and possibly share with other writers? If so, please consider joining fellow writers at the Grafton Library. We gather to learn and to share at 3pm on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
The group is open to writers age 16 and up, and is held in the Main Reading Room of the Library, facilitated by Tasha and Stephen Halpert.
Do you wish you could take Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class? Do you think fantasy books are the best? Do you wish you had an unusual pet? How about a dragon? For this Crafternoon session we will create our very own dragon eggs.
This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. All craft supplies will be provided. Dragon food will not.
Sign up is required and starts February 9. Register online through the Events Calendar or by calling 508-839-4649.
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.
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
Join us for a crafternoon of star making. You’ll learn how to fold these mini origami stars and take them home in your own wishing jar. Your wishing jar will make a great decoration piece but can also use the stars to make earrings, garland, mobiles and more. All supplies will be provided.
TWEENS in grades 3-5 will meet from 1-2 pm. Sign up is required and opens January 12th. Sign up ONLINE or call 508-839-4649.
TEENS in grades 6-12 will meet from 2:30-3:30 pm. Sign up is required and open January 12. Sign up ONLINE or call 508-839-4649.