Grafton Public Library

Library Updates

We’ve MOVED!

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porch with plants, adirondack chairs and tablesIn anticipation of our upcoming construction project, the Library has relocated to 53 N. Main Street, North Grafton MA 01536. The project is still in approvals stage and we are likely to go out to bid this summer.

Our hours remain Mon-Thu 10am-9pm and Fri & Sat 10am-5pm.

All services and collections are available, including computer use, library programs, faxing, scanning, copying, notary (free) and passport acceptance by appointment (fee).

We do not have any meeting rooms available for the public to use, although the setup of the space does provide for various study and reading spaces.

Parking is limited. Please park only between the white lines, and do not park at Truth or Trek Stop unless you are patronizing those businesses. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Important Information for Patrons with Holds

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hold shelfHolds are now available and are SELF-SERVICE! Please see a staff member if you would like to create an alias for your library account so Holds are not shelved under your legal name.

If the hold is from another library, please see a staff member to check out. Grafton items on hold can be borrowed with our self-check.

We look forward to seeing you at 53 North Main St!

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Wowbrary: New item alerts via weekly email newsletter!

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Subscribe to Wowbrary for a free weekly email about the Grafton Public Library’s Newest Books, Movies & Music!

https://wowbrary.org/signup.aspx

✓ Receive free weekly email alerts or RSS

✓ Discover the latest books, DVDs and CDs

✓ Reserve bestsellers instantly

✓ Enjoy the early notification

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Grafton Ukulele Musicians to meet at Municipal Center Thu Oct 10

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Bring your ukulele and your singing voice to participate in this jam session lead by Miss Jan from Apple Tree Arts. Participants suggest the music and come together to play once a month. The Library provides copies of The Daily Ukulele on loan for use in the session. All levels are welcome and there is no fee. This month, due to a private event at Apple Tree Arts, GUM will jam at the Grafton Memorial Municipal Center, Room D, second floor, from 6:30-8pm, lead by guest host Eric Guerin.

Don’t have a ukulele? You can borrow a ukulele, as well.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email missjanbarlow@gmail.com

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National Voter Registration Day September 24, 2019

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REMINDER: National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday September 24, 2019! The Town Clerk’s office is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm daily with extended hours until 7pm on Tuesdays. Register in person, register online or pick up a Voter Registration form (at the Library or Clerk’s office) and mail in. If you aren’t registered, you cannot vote!
For more about voting in MA, visit https://www.nonprofitvote.org/states/massachusetts/ or http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm

 

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New Database: Driving Tests

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driving test database logoPractice Exams: Driving Tests

Prepare for your driver’s license exam, or give yourself a refresher with Driving Tests! Customized for Massachusetts, Driving Tests contains 14 car practice tests, 9 motorcycle practice tests, 27 CDL (commercial driver’s license) practice tests, 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL) and an FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 questions.

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Construction Update: August 2019

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Construction Update
The Library Expansion and Renovation Project has gone out to bid at $12.8 million. The project posted for 30 days with subcontractor bids due August 19 and general contractor bids due August 28. Five contractors submitted bids ranged from $10.5-12.6 million. Building committee met August 29 to review bids, and made a recommendation to the Select Board to contract with the low bidder, general contractor CTA Construction. It is anticipated it might take the construction team a few weeks to mobilize; a groundbreaking will be scheduled for this fall. The Library remains open the same hours with the same services in temporary quarters at 53 N. Main Street, North Grafton, in the former St. Andrews church facility.

August MBLC Report
Sub Bids
General Bids

Building Committee Minutes

August 5, 2019
August 29, 2019

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Friends Fundraiser: Cards for a Cause Are In!

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UPDATE: If you placed an order, please visit the library to pick up your cards. Thanks for supporting the Library!

 

Haven’t placed an order yet? Do so by August 31! Stop in and browse the collections, and then purchase at the Library (cash or check) or online (paypal). Cards for a cause make a great first day of school gift for a teacher! Busy parent? Save yourself the birthday card runaround for all those parties your child attends! Get a head start on your holiday card sending tradition (or start a new one!) Cards for a Cause are a wonderful, practical fundraiser and proceeds benefit the Grafton Public Library.

The Friends group will being taking orders in person accepting all forms of payment (cash, checks and debit/credit cards are all accepted!) for the Cards for a Cause Fundraiser.

 

These boxes each contain 30* beautiful, hand-crafted cards & envelopes with a variety of options to choose from and the cost is $30 per box.

*Holiday box contains 50 Cards for $30!

To preview the boxes and/or place an order online, visit https://forms.gle/f5zeUdURBHYFADqBA

Boxes will be available for pickup at the library in Sept at the conclusion of the fundraiser with more details to come on this Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/439976293274541

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Library CLOSED for Labor Day Weekend

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of Labor Day on Saturday, August 31 through Monday, September 2, 2019. No items are due on these days. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 3.

Museum passes for the weekend may be picked up in advance on Thursday (10 am-9 pm) or Friday (10 am -5 pm).

Please visit our digital branch online to read a newspaper, check out an ebook, learn a new language, and more!

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Construction Update: July 2019

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Construction Update
Library Renovation and Expansion plans were approved by the Conservation Commission and by the Historic District Commission. Plans need to be approved by the MA Historical Commission, the Building Department, and Fire Marshall. We are in process of applying for a variance for ADA compliance from the MA Architectural Access Board. A more complete hazardous materials survey is scheduled for the 35 Grafton Common Building for July.

The Town has received a partial, advance grant disbursement of $460,000 from the Commonwealth of MA.

July MBLC Report
MHC Agreement
Central Register Bid

Building Committee Minutes
July 1, 2019

 

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Scholastic Teachables Database is available in July & August 2019

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Scholastic Teachables offers worksheets, lesson plans, learning games, and more! Formerly known as Scholastic Printables, it includes printable activities for any subject: math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing, and beyond. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, and skills sheets for kids in any grade. Great to keep up skills during the summer, for homeschoolers, and for K-12 students just for fun and learning!

Check it out at https://teachables.scholastic.com/teachables/homepage.html

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