Grafton Public Library

Friends of the Grafton Public Library Community Read 2021

In celebration of the library’s construction project and National Library Week, The Friends of the Grafton Public Library encourage everyone in town to participate in this year’s Community Read. Stop by the Grafton Public Library’s temporary location (53 North Main Street, North Grafton MA –the old St. Andrew’s Church) to pick up a copy of the adult, young adult and / or children’s Community Read title using our no-contact curbside pickup and attend any of the virtual Community Read events.

Learn more about public library services of the past and how libraries change lives by reading this year’s Community Read selections. The adult title is The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes, the young adult title is A Kind of Paradise by Amy Rebecca Tan, and the children’s title is That Book Woman by Heather Henson, illustrated by David Small. Please register for programs online or call the Library at 508-839-4649.

Programs for Adults & Teens

Community Read Book Discussion: The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
Thursday, April 29 7:30-9:00pm
Discussion: https://app.slack.com/client/TVB2CUNPP/C01RQV9U9PC
Slack Channel: #april-29-community-read-the-giver-of-stars

Cover: The Giver of Stars yellow sky & purple mountains in ApplachiaThe Friends of the Library Community Read discussion of the book The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. will be held online. Copies are available for pick up at the Library using our no-contact curbside pickup service. It is also available as an Overdrive eBook and eAudio book.

Set in Depression-era America, The Giver of Stars is a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond. Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope. At times funny, at others heartbreaking, this is a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond. This program is for adults.

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There will be several opportunities to discuss the book. Each of the discussions will be held online on the Library’s Slack Channel.

Use the following link to sign up for an account:
https://join.slack.com/t/graftonpubliclibrary/shared_invite/zt-gevuyf4g-j3XtdeTQ8JSEUpI8GHItNQ

If you have already signed up for an account, use this link to get to the log in screen: http://graftonpubliclibrary.slack.com

If the discussion link does not show at the top of the screen, click “Add Channels” from the menu on the left and select Browse all channels. Mouseover the link to the far right and click “Join.”

If you have any questions about how to read or listen to the digital titles, how to get a physical copy of the book or how participate in the discussion, contact the Grafton Public Library at info@graftonlibrary.org

Daytimers Book Group
Tuesday, April 20 at 1:30pm
Discussion link: https://app.slack.com/client/TVB2CUNPP/C01SEMR3L9W
Channel: #april-20-daytimers-book-group-the-giver-of-stars

“Reads Well with Others” Book Group
Monday, April 26 at 7:30pm
Discussion link:
https://app.slack.com/client/TVB2CUNPP/C01SEN7KKH6
Slack Channel: #april-26-reads-well-with-others-the-giver-of-stars

Community Read Book Discussion: The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
Thursday, April 29 7:30-9:00pm
Discussion link: https://app.slack.com/client/TVB2CUNPP/C01RQV9U9PC
Slack Channel: #april-29-community-read-the-giver-of-stars

“Not Just For Young Adults” Book Group
Monday, April 12 at 7:30pm
Discussion Link: https://app.slack.com/client/TVB2CUNPP/C01SEPWJVFS
Slack Channel: #april-12-njfya-book-group-a-kind-of-paradise

Cover: a kind of paradise girl in green room grabbing books from the airThe “Not Just For Young Adults” book group will discuss A Kind of Paradise by Amy Rebecca Tan. Copies will be available for pick up at the Library using our no-contact curbside pickup service. It is also available as a Hoopla eBook.

Thirteen-year-old Jamie Bunn made a mistake at the end of the school year. A big one. And every kid in her middle school knows all about it. Now she has to spend her summer vacation volunteering at the local library – as punishment. What a waste of a summer! Or so she thinks. But she quickly grows to love the people there and enthusiastically joins the fight to save the library. A Kind of Paradise is an unforgettable story about the power of community, the power of the library, and the power of forgiveness. Read the book and then join us on Slack.

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T.A.G.  (Teen Advisory Group)

Monday, April 12 at 7:30pm

Teens in grades 6-12 are encouraged to join our Teen Advisory Group to share their input on their library!

Meet with the Teen Librarian Allison Cusher to hear about the teen space in the renovated library and share your ideas for upcoming virtual and take home programs for teens!

Interested teens can sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQzR18D3NyYOlMRhKt-K-RwIDU8tRC9cu6QgZWJh-wZ9WWkA/viewform

The meeting will be held on Zoom.

Community Read Creative Take and Make Kits

Adults are encouraged to stop by the library between 10am-8pm to pick a Community Read themed activity to create at home, while supplies last.

  • Thursday, April 15
  • Wednesday, April 21
  • Tuesday, April 27

GPL Mystery Book Group
Tuesday, April 20 at 7:30pm
Discussion Link: https://app.slack.com/client/TVB2CUNPP/C01RR11J0Q2
Slack Channel: #april-20-gpl-mystery-book-group-read-it-and-weep

bookcover: Read It and Weep image of a brick library in the autumn, with a black dog running down the front steps of the buildingThe GPL Mystery book group will discuss Read It and Weep by Jenn McKinlay. Copies will be available for pick up at the Library using our no-contact curbside pickup service. It is also available as an Overdrive eBook and eAudio.

Answering Shakespeare trivia comes with the job description for library director Lindsey Norris. But when the Briar Creek Community Theater mounts their newest production of the Bard, she has no intention of leaving the stacks for the stage. Unfortunately a villain is waiting in the wings. Former Broadway actress Violet La Rue is holding auditions for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and everyone from the sour spinster librarian Ms. Cole to Lindsey’s youthful library pages are trying out for parts. Brought in to play the mischievous Puck is the flirtatious professional actor Robbie Vine, who seems to have eyes for Lindsey. Before her blush has faded, the Bard’s dream turns into a nightmare, when one of the cast is poisoned. Now Lindsey and her crafternooners must take center stage to unmask the culprit before the final curtain call. This program is for adults.
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Inspirational Book Group
Tuesday, April 27 at 7:30pm
Discussion Link: https://app.slack.com/client/TVB2CUNPP/C01RR7WP8AX
Slack Channel: #april-27-inspirational-book-group-the-library-book

book cover: red jack with gold border and lettering for titleThe Inspirational book group will discuss The Library Book by Susan Orlean. The book “chronicles the Los Angeles Public Library fire and its aftermath and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the actor long suspected of setting the fire, showcases the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives, and delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity.” Copies will be available for pick up at the Library. This program is for adults.

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Programs for Children

Bookworms Book Club 1st & 2nd grade
April 12 6:00-6:30pm
The Zoom discussion link will be sent via email to registered participants

Cover of That Book Woman - barefoot children on a porch watching the arrival of a woman on horsebackJoin Ms. Kristin for a fun book discussion for kids in first and second grade. Copies of That Book Woman by Heather Henson, will be available for pick up at the Library using our no-contact, curbside pickup. It is also available as an eAudio on Hoopla. “A family living in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1930s gets books to read during the regular visits of the “Book Woman”–a librarian who rides a pack horse through the mountains, lending books to the isolated residents.” Registration is required and opens on March 29th.
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Bookworms Book Club 3rd, 4th & 5th grade
April 26 6:00-6:30pm
The Zoom discussion link will be sent via email to registered participants

Cover of That Book Woman - barefoot children on a porch watching the arrival of a woman on horsebackJoin Ms. Kristin for a fun book discussion for kids in third, fourth and fifth grade. Copies of  That Book Woman by Heather Henson, will be available for pick up at the Library using our no-contact curbside pickup. It is also available as an eAudio on Hoopla. “A family living in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1930s gets books to read during the regular visits of the “Book Woman”–a librarian who rides a pack horse through the mountains, lending books to the isolated residents.” Registration is required and opens on April 12th.

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Please review the calendar of events and register for programs online at www.grafton.org/events, or call the Library at 508-839-4649. A downloadable poster of events is also available.

Details, Heidi Fowler, 508-839-4649 x1102 or fowlerh@graftonlibrary.org.