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Save a Life This Summer: Donate to Boston Children’s Hospital Bloodmobile

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Stop by the Library on Saturday, July 14 between 10 am-4 pm and hop on the Boston Children’s Hospital Bloodmobile. A short 30-minute whole blood donation can help as many as 4 children.

To donate you must be in good health and weigh at least 110 lbs. In MA, 16 year old may donate blood but are required to have a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to donating. Print a copy of this form if you need it. If you are 17 and older, you just need to bring a form of photo ID with you.

How to Prepare to Donate Blood:

  • Make sure you are well hydrated at the time of your donation. Try and limit the amount of caffeinated beverages you consume prior to giving blood.
  • Do not donate on an empty stomach. Eat a good meal at least three hours prior to giving blood.
  • Get a good nights rest prior to coming in to donate.
  • If in the past your hemoglobin has been low, you can raise it by eating iron rich food.
  • Remember to bring a photo ID with you when you come to donate.

For further eligibility requirements click here.

Walkins are welcome, appointments are preferred. Schedule an appointment now!

CONTACT:  Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian    cushera@graftonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Grafton Public Library
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Reading Frederick Douglass Together: What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

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Thursday, July 5th  5:30-7:30 pm

Location: Grafton Common

This year, the nation celebrates the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass. Commemorate the life and legacy of this distinguished 19th century statesman, civil rights advocate and journalist, and especially his fierce determination to address the contradictions of American society. Celebrate Douglass’s commitment to equal justice, particularly as they relate to race, gender and immigration. The Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton & Upton (UUSGU) is sponsoring and leading Reading Frederick Douglas Together: a public reading of his famous Fourth of July address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

The event will be held on July 5, 2018 on Grafton Common beginning at 5:30 pm. (Rain location; Apple Tree Arts, 1 Grafton Common) Those attending the event are encouraged to bring a picnic. Event organizers will provide lemonade, water, and desserts.

5:30 – A music program will be presented by the Blackstone Valley Chorus, with singers from Apple Tree Arts and UUSGU.

6:00 – Reading of the Frederick Douglass speech.

6:45 – Follow-up discussion lead by Donna Maria Cameron. The reading will be followed by a discussion group(s) to explore the meaning and relevance of Douglass’ words to each of us today, particularly as they relate to race, gender, and immigration.

This program is produced in partnership with the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, Grafton Historical Society, and Apple Tree Arts. It is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Volunteers to assist with the event are needed; contact Suzanne Maas smaas2410@icloud.com to volunteer.

This event is appropriate for teens and adults. Please register ONLINE or call 508-839-4649.

Earn 2 tickets for the Grafton Public Library Summer Reading Program Libraries Rock! by attending. Listening to the reading counts towards the Read to Bead Program!

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Teen Crafternoon: Sharpie Socks

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Saturday, June 16th  1:00-3:00 pm

Use sharpie markers to personalize your own socks. Please bring your own white socks to the program (multiple pairs are welcome and preferred!). White t-shirts are also welcome.

This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. Please REGISTER for this program.

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Seven Times Salt Kickoff Concert June 5!

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Seven Times Salt concert – “Easy As Lying: The Music of Shakespeare’s Globe”
Tuesday, June 5  6:15 pm Renaissance Dance lesson, 7:00 pm Concert
Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common in the Great Hall

Free admission, gr. K-adult. Space is limited and FREE tickets are available on Evitebrite.

Thanks in part to Grafton Cultural Council Grant, early music band Seven Times Salt kicks off the 2018 Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock” with a performance of songs the Bard mentions by name, as well as works by his musical contemporaries.

The program beings at 6:15pm with a dance lesson. Concert begins at 7:00pm and includes choice excerpts from his plays read aloud by STS’s finest thespians. Dances from the Elizabethan and Jacobean courts and a saucy ballad or two round out the evening’s festivities!

This program includes Intro to Renaissance Dance for early birds who arrive by 6:15pm! In this short workshop open to all, you’ll learn the basics of English dancing from Shakespeare’s time. Then, show off your new skills and perform a dance during the concert! No partner needed; wear comfortable shoes. Recommended grade K & up.

Free admission, gr. K-adult. Space is limited and FREE tickets are available on Evitebrite.

The concert takes place at Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common in the Great Hall.

Seven Times Salt is a Boston-based early music ensemble specializing in repertoire of the 16th and 17th centuries. Praised for creative programming and an “impeccably balanced sound,” STS has performed since 2003 at venues throughout New England including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Plimoth Plantation, the New England Folk Festival, WGBH radio, and many others. We have also researched and presented original programs for the Amherst, Bloomington, and Boston Early Music Festivals (Fringe), the Society For Historically Informed Performance, and our own self-produced concert series. We delight in blurring the lines between “art music” and folk tunes, and feel at ease performing in the concert hall, the dance hall, or the beer hall!

Seven Times Salt is:

Karen Burciaga – violin & treble viol
Daniel Meyers – recorders, flute & percussion
Josh Schreiber Shalem – bass viol
Matthew Wright – lute

with special guests
Michael Barrett – tenor & recorder
Barbara Hill – soprano

Get a preview of the music at http://www.seventimessalt.com/listen/

Mass Cultural Council LogoThis program is supported in part by a grant from the Grafton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and Apple Tree Arts.

 

CONTACT:  Beth Gallaway  508-839-4649 x1105  info@graftonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common
DIRECTIONS: https://goo.gl/maps/9ukXaSkFX2p

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Summer LEGO Builds Registration is Open June 1st – June 11th

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Summer is coming and that means the Grafton Public Library is gearing up for the Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!” Due to the popularity of the Library’s LEGO Build programs, we are doing a special online registration for our summer series to ensure more patrons have the opportunity to participate. The registration link opens June 1st and closes June 11th. Please fill out the online form and we will do our best to match you with one of your top choices.

There will be FIVE mini LEGO builds. There will be THREE programs for each build: one for tweens, one for teens, and one for adults. Preference will be given to Grafton residents. Please sign-up for the appropriate age program on the Events Calendar under the Summer Lego Build Registration heading.

Brought to you by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library.

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Meet Lindsey Morand, great-niece of E.B. White

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As part of the Friends of the Library’s Community Read events, we invite you to visit with Lindsey Morand, great-niece of E.B. White, on March 31 at 2:00 pm. E.B. White is author of the children’s classic Charlotte’s Web among other beloved children’s titles.

Lindsey promised that she would never let her great-uncle be forgotten!! For over 40 years, she has enjoyed sharing her precious E.B. White photographs, letters, autographed first edition books and other heirlooms. Her presentation contains unique and interesting memorabilia for all ages. Children and adults are always familiar with E.B. White’s children’s books however they are not always knowledgeable about the author.

Her presentation is highlighted with the White family typewriter (c. 1900) and a 1911 Webster’s dictionary signed “Elwyn B. White” when he was eleven years old, signed 1st edition book The Lady is Cold published in 1929 and 17 other E.B. White books! Her most cherished item is an autographed book of Charlotte’s Web presented to her in 1952.  During the presentation, she will also be willing to answer questions about her famous uncle.  Stop by before the presentation to see the artifacts on display.

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Teen Crafternoon: Plush Pillows

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Saturday, March 24 1:00 pm

Come and create your own pillow or fluffy friend. Designs are limited and will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis.

This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. All supplies will be provided.

Please register online for this program.

 

      

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Community Read 2018

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Community Read 2018!

Pick up a copy of one of the Community Read books and check out the upcoming Community Read Events!

 

Adult title:

The Good Good Pig: the extraordinary life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery.

An ardent nature lover describes her unique friendship with a pig named Christopher Hogwood, a once sickly piglet who helped her develop a new relationship with neighbors in her small-town community.

Copies are available to check out at the Library.

 

 

 

Young Adult title:

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White ; pictures by Garth Williams

Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer’s Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.

Copies are available to check out at the Library.

 

 

 

Children’s Titles:

Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby

Pink, a piglet who is the runt of the litter, is adopted by Tink, a dachshund who is nursing a litter of her own, and Pink is raised in the house along with the puppies.

 

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Hogwood Steps Out : a good, good pig story by Howard Mansfield ; illustrated by Barry Moser

Hogwood the pig escapes from his pen and enjoys a spring day exploring neighborhood gardens.

Copies are available to check out from the Library.

 

 

Community Read Book Discussion:

March 19  7:00-9:00 pm

The Good Good Pig: the extraordinary life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery

The Community Read discussion of the book will be held at the South Grafton Community House located at 25 Main Street, South Grafton on Monday, March 19th. 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 19 discussion? Join us for one of these alternate discussion times of The Good, Good Times:

Daytimer’s Book Group  Tuesday, March 20  1:30 pm

Reads Well with Others Book Group  Monday, March 26  7:30 pm

Inspirational Book Group  Tuesday, March 27  7:30 pm

 

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Meet E.B. White’s Great-Niece – Lindsey Morand  Saturday, March 31  2:00-3:00 pm

As part of the Friends of the Library’s Community Reads events, and in honor of  Charlotte’s Web being one of the youth titles selected to go with the adult Community Read title (The Good Good Pig, by Sy Montgomery) we invite you to visit with Lindsey Morand, great-niece of E.B. White.

Lindsey promised that she would never let her great-uncle be forgotten!! For over 40 years, she has enjoyed sharing her precious E.B. White photographs, letters, autographed first edition books and other heirlooms. Her presentation contains unique and interesting memorabilia for all ages. Children and adults are always familiar with E.B. White’s children’s books, however they are not always knowledgeable about the author.
Her presentation is highlighted with the White family typewriter (c. 1900) and a 1911 Webster’s dictionary signed “Elwyn B. White” when he was eleven years old, signed 1st edition book The Lady is Cold published in 1929 and 17 other E.B. White books! Her most cherished item is an autographed book of  Charlotte’s Web presented to her in 1952.  During the presentation, she will also be willing to answer questions about her famous uncle.  Stop by before the presentation to see the artifacts on display.

 

 

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Teen Crafternoon: Pouches

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Saturday, February 24  1-3 pm

Practice your hand sewing while making these cute pouches with either a zipper or button closure. There are over 20 designs to choose from.

Please register here for this program.

This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. All supplies will be provided.

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Books Seeking a Good Home – these are for keeps!

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The Library has boxes of gently used books looking for a good home that are a result of weeding the collection to make room for new titles. Titles include adult and young adult fiction and nonfiction.  The books are free, and you may take all or just some. The books are currently stored in boxes, so it will require some time to sort through and see what titles are there.

If interested, please email Susan Leto at letos@graftonlibrary.org or call 508-839-4649 xt 1108.

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