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Introducing FREEGAL

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Freegal® is a free music service from the Grafton Public library.  Freegal offers access to 16 million+ songs, 1 million + albums , and 40,000+ music videos, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, and over 15,000 music videos. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels. New music available the same day it shows up on Amazon or iTunes–new content added daily. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions.

Library users can stream up to 3 hours of music per day, and download — to keep — up to 3 downloads a week. Set up your free account at

Freegal features over 600,000 popular artists including Beyonce, Adele, Jennifer Lopez, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Harry Styles, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Yo-Yo Ma, Prince, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Aerosmith, BTS, John Mayer, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Meghan Trainor, John Legend, Khalid and many more.

Freegal’s collection includes music from over 100 different countries

Best of all, Freegal allows unlimited simultaneous access for the library for both downloads and streaming — no holds, no wait times!

Patrons create their own listening experience. Choose to stream entire albums, parts of albums if desired, or audio books, individual songs, or pre-created playlists.

Create your own playlist. Keep it private for your own personal use, or submit to the Library for publication. We’ve created our own playlists, too!

blue button with white freegal image - white letter f with a musical note on the stemLog in now at or download the Freegal app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play

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Introducing Comics PLUS

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We have resubscribed to ComicsPlus, an online collection of more than 20,000 digital comics, graphic novels, and manga, through LibraryPass.

Go to and log in with your library card and PIN for immediate access, 24/7. ComicsPlus is simultaneous use which means no waiting, and no hold! The collection includes popular titles for all age ranges and interests, like Avatar: The Last Airbender, Bee and Puppycat, Big Nate, Bone, Dramacon, Hero House, How to Draw Manga, Kirby Genesis, My Little Pony, March, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Stranger Things, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles… from publishers like Archie Comics, Andrews McMeel, BOOM Studios, Capstone, Dark Horse, Dynamite, Tokyopop, Valiant, and many more.

LibraryPass icon - teal blue with white letters

Download the LibraryPass app from the iTunes store or Google Play to read seamlessly on your phone or tablet.

Please note if you had a ComicsPlus account/login in the past, your login is now your library card number and PIN.

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We Need Your Feedback!

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The Grafton Public Library’s Long Range Plan expires in December 2020, and it’s time to see where we are going, next! We need your input. The Library’s Long Range Planning Committee met in March 2020 to begin to strategize and we now invite community feedback. Share your thoughts about Grafton (and what role the Library will play over the next 5 years) in our short Community Survey, online at There are no wrong answers, and we appreciate your time and thoughtfulness.

A Long Range Plan, or strategic plan, is a written document that provides goals, measurable objectives and specific activities for Library staff to carry out. Strategic planning isn’t new for Grafton; it is a routine part of running a successful Library, and considered to be a standard of best practices in library management. A Long Range Plan spanning five years is required by the MA Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) for any library that wishes to apply for—or keep—grant funding. The Library currently is in the middle of MA Public Library Construction Program Grant for Library renovation and expansion, and must create a plan and update an action plan (and remain eligible for State Aid) to keep this grant.

Traditionally, we first examine the needs of the community, and then in a subsequent meeting, discuss how the Library might meet some of those needs. In the interim, we invite the community to provide feedback about Grafton’s needs and brainstorm about what role the library can play in meeting those needs.

Anyone can review the current Long Range Plan and Activity Plan online at

Details, Beth Gallaway, 508-839-4649 x1105 or

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Friends Announce Community Read: Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

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Events over the last few weeks have alarmed, saddened, and deeply affected many people. Though social injustices in this country are not new, in the time of COVID-19, we are all facing many challenges all at once, which can feel overwhelming. Despite all of that, it is encouraging to see peaceful protests happening here and around the world and that people are seeking to educate themselves on the issues, which include institutional racism and police violence.

The Friends of the Grafton Public Library would like to help. We are hosting a Community Read: “Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.” We invite the public to read something on this topic, and then come together on Zoom Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 7:30pm, to discuss these important issues through the lens of the book or books participants have chosen to read.

Details are on the Facebook Event Page.

The discussion will be facilitated by Ken Wagner. He was one of the founding members of the New England Region’s Antiracism/Anti-oppression/Multicultural Transformation team called GRACE. He has also served for the last nine years on the Executive Steering Committee of the Allies for Racial Equity and just completed a two year term as president of that organization. He is currently active in the Montachusetts Martin Luther King Coalition. Ken frequently speaks at church and community events across the country with a focus on the examination of race and the impact of white supremacy on our lives.

Your participation earns a badge in our Library Summer Program Imagine Your Story!

Reading suggestions for all ages follow. Read any or all. Don’t see anything on the list you are interested in reading? Don’t let that stop you! Pick out your own title and come to the discussion. Need help finding something of interest? Contact the Grafton Public Library’s staff for help (508-839-4649 or

Need a Grafton Library Card to access electronic versions of these titles? Complete an application online.

Community Read Book List 

A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara (board book for young children)
book cover: A is for Activist (orange background with a brown-skinned child's arm in a blue sleeve, raised in a fist, and an upside down black cat peeking from the top)Overdrive eBook
Hoopla eBook
A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for.
The alliteration, rhyming, and vibrant illustrations make the book exciting for children, while the issues it brings up resonate with their parents’ values of community, equality, and justice. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love for books.
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (young adult novel)
book cover: All American Boys Overdrive eBook
Overdrive eAudio
Two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.



Black Boy, White School (on order) by Brian F. Walker (young adult novel)
book cover: Black Boy, White SchoolHoopla eBook
When 14-year-old Anthony “Ant” Jones from the ghetto of East Cleveland, Ohio, gets a scholarship to a prep school in Maine, he finds that he must change his image and adapt to a world that never fully accepts him. But when he goes home he discovers that he no longer truly belongs there either.



The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and R. Gregory Christie (picture book)
cover: The Book Itch ( brown-skinned boy in light blue shirt and brown pants reading on a stack of books in red, green and black)Overdrive eBook
Hoopla eBook
Lewis’s dad said he had an itch he needed to scratch?a book itch. How to scratch it? He started the National Memorial African Bookstore. It became a center of black culture and a home to activists like Malcolm X.



Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (middle school memoir in verse)
OverDrive eBook
Overdrive eAudio
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone (young adult novel)
book cover: Dear Martin (white jacket with an African-American in a red jumpsuit)Overdrive eBook
Overdrive Audio
Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out. Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.

I’m Not Dying with You Tonight by Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones (young adult novel)
book cover: Two brown-skinned teen girls facing each other, one upside down, with the title of the book in bold red text and upside down in yellow script, on a white circle on a black background)Overdrive eBook
Overdrive eAudiobook
Hoopla eBook
Told from two viewpoints, Atlanta high school seniors Lena and Campbell, one black, one white, must rely on each other to survive after a football rivalry escalates into a riot.


Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad (adult non-fiction)
book cover: title, Me and White Supremacy, is in gold text on a teal backgroundOverdrive eBook
OverDrive eAudio
Hoopla eBook
Hoopla as an eAudio
Based on the viral Instagram challenge that captivated participants worldwide, Me and White Supremacy takes readers on a 28-day journey of how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson (young adult novel)
book cover: Midnight Without a Moon (girl standing in a field between cotton plants staring at a house with lights on)Overdrive eBook
Hoopla eBook
Rose Lee Carter, a thirteen-year-old African-American girl, dreams of life beyond the Mississippi cotton fields during the summer of 1955, but when Emmett Till is murdered and his killers are unjustly acquitted, Rose is torn between seeking her destiny outside of Mississippi or staying and being a part of an important movement.

My Hair is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera (picture book)
book cover: My Hair is a Garden (African American Girl with a beautiful full head of hair, on a pale blue background)Overdrive eBook
Hoopla eBook
After being teased yet again about her unruly hair, MacKenzie consults her neighbor, Miss Tillie, who compares hair care with tending her beautiful garden and teaches MacKenzie some techniques. Includes tips for shampooing, conditioning, and protecting black hair, and recipes for hair products.



The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (young adult novel)
book cover: the Hate U Give (African-American teen girl in blue shorts, with a red hairband, body obscured by a sign reading "The Hate U Give")Overdrive eBook 
Overdrive eAudiobook
Hoopla eBook
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

March series by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin (non-fiction graphic novel for ages 8 and up)
book covers for John Lewis's March graphic novel seriesOverdrive eBook
Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.Book One spans John Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their activism.
In Book 2, Lewis his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before. Faced with beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, arson, and even murder, the movement’s young activists place their lives on the line while internal conflicts threaten to tear them apart.But their courage will attract the notice of powerful allies.
In Book 3,  Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative projects, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and a pitched battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (adult non-fiction)
book cover: The New Jim CrowPaperback
Revised edition (2012)
10th Anniversary edition (2020)
Overdrive eBook
Overdrive eBook 10th anniversary edition
Overdrive eAudiobook
Hoopla eBook 10th anniversary edition
Law professor Alexander argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education, and public benefits create a permanent under caste based largely on race. As the United States celebrates the nation’s “triumph over race” with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status – much like their grandparents before them. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community – and all of us – to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

Not My Idea: a Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham (picture book)
book cover: Not My Idea in blue letters on a purple felt circle, next to a white girl holding an American flag)Hoopla eBook
A white child sees a TV news report of a white police officer shooting and killing a black man. “In our family, we don’t see color,” his mother says, but he sees the colors plain enough. An afternoon in the library’s history stacks uncover the truth of white supremacy in America. Racism was not his idea and he refuses to defend it.


The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (adult novel)
book cover: The Revisioners (title in yellow on blue & navy, green & pink, and pink and red striped background)Overdrive eBook
Hoopla eBook
Hoopla eAudio
In 1925, Josephine is the proud owner of a thriving farm. As a child, she channeled otherworldly power to free herself from slavery. Now, her new neighbor, a white woman named Charlotte, seeks her company, and an uneasy friendship grows between them. But Charlotte has also sought solace in the Ku Klux Klan, a relationship that jeopardizes Josephine’s family. Nearly one hundred years later, Josephine’s descendant, Ava, is a single mother who has just lost her job. She moves in with her white grandmother Martha, a wealthy but lonely woman who pays her grandchild to be her companion. But Martha’s behavior soon becomes erratic, then even threatening, and Ava must escape before her story and Josephine’s converge. The Revisioners explores the depths of women’s relationships?powerful women and marginalized women, healers and survivors. It is a novel about the bonds between a mother and a child, the dangers that upend those bonds. At its core, The Revisioners ponders generational legacies, the endurance of hope, and the undying promise of freedom.

Ruby Bridges: a Brave Child Who Made History (on order) by Jeri Cipriano (picture book)
book cover: Ruby Bridges, a Brave Child who made History (African American girl with a big pink hair bow seated at a desk in a classroom)Overdrive eBook
Hoopla eBook
Ruby Bridges just wanted to go to a good school. She did not ask to be a hero, but she knew how to be strong. Her bravery made it possible for classrooms today to be safe places for children of all races.


So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo (adult nonfiction)
book cover: So You Want to Talk About RacePaperback
Overdrive eBook
Overdrive eAudio 
Hoopla eAudio
A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today’s racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that listeners of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide. In So You Want to Talk about Race, editor-at-large of the Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions listeners don’t dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans. Oluo is an exceptional writer with a rare ability to be straightforward, funny, and effective in her coverage of sensitive, hyper-charged issues in America. Her messages are passionate but finely tuned, and crystallize ideas that would otherwise be vague by empowering them with aha-moment clarity. Her writing brings to mind voices like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay, and Jessica Valenti in Full Frontal Feminism, and a young Gloria Naylor, particularly in Naylor’s seminal essay “The Meaning of a Word.”

Stamped From the Beginning: the Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (adult nonfiction)
book cover: stamped from the beginingOverdrive eBook
Overdrive eAudio
Hoopla eAudio
A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today’s racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that listeners of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide. Stamped from the Beginning reveals how racist ideas were created, spread, and became deeply rooted in American society.
Some Americans insist that we’re living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America—it is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues, racist ideas have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit.
In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. He uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to drive this history: Puritan minister Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and legendary activist Angela Davis.
As Kendi shows, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. They were created to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation’s racial inequities.
In shedding light on this history, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose racist thinking. In the process, he gives us reason to hope.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (young adult nonfiction)
book cover: Stamped: Racism, AntiRacism and You (arfican-american silhouette with red striped and the word STAMPED in blue)Large Print
OverDrive eBook
This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.
The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited. Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas—and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

Stella By Starlight by Sharon M. Draper (middle school novel)
book cover: Stella by Starlight (2 African-American children watching a fire in the background)Overdrive eBook 
Hoopla eAudio
When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.



This Book Is Anti-racist by Tiffany Jewell and Aurélia Durand (young adult nonfiction)
Cover: This Book is Anti-RacistOverdrive eBook
Gain a deeper understanding of your anti-racist self as you progress through 20 chapters that spark introspection, reveal the origins of racism that we are still experiencing and give you the courage and power to undo it. Each chapter builds on the previous one as you learn more about yourself and racial oppression. 20 activities get you thinking and help you grow with the knowledge. All you need is a pen and paper. Learn language and phrases to interrupt and disrupt racism. So, when you hear a microaggression or racial slur, you’ll know how to act next time.
This book is written for EVERYONE who lives in this racialized society—including the young person who doesn’t know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life, the kid who has lost themselves at times trying to fit into the dominant culture, the children who have been harmed (physically and emotionally) because no one stood up for them or they couldn’t stand up for themselves and also for their families, teachers and administrators.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis (middle school novel)
book cover: The Watsons Go To Birmingham -- 1963AudioCD
Overdrive eBook
Overdrive eAudio
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.


White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin J. DiAngelo (adult non-fiction)
book cover: White Fragility (title in white, fractured like a mirror, on a black background)AudioCD
Overdrive eBook
Overdrive eAudio
In this groundbreaking and timely book, antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility. Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo explores how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.


These books are available in various formats on two digital platforms: Overdrive) and Hoopla. The Hoopla eAudiobooks and ebooks are available to as many people as would like to check them out. Overdrive items behave more like paper books, most of the time. Usually if all the copies are checked out, you have to wait for a copy to be available. However, as noted above, some formats are available for simultaneous use for a limited time. Other formats may exist in the Overdrive catalog (either the C/W Mars catalog or the partner library’s catalogs), but a person may need to place the item on hold. These platforms require you to have a library card to check them out. If you need help, please contact the Grafton Public Library at or 508-839-4649.

The Friends of the Grafton Public Library and the Grafton Public Library hope to bring people together in calm, respectful conversations that look at the facts of the situation, try to make sense out of them, and hopefully bridge ideological divides.

Please join us!

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No-Contact Curbside Pickup Now Available

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The Grafton Public Library will remain CLOSED to the public as we move into Phase 1 Step 2. Thank you for continuing to return items in our Book Drop. For items too large or fragile for the book drop, please call the Library at 508-839-4649 between 10am-4pm, Mon-Sat and we will schedule a drop-off time and put a large return bin out, weather permitting.

We will begin to circulate materials via NO-CONTACT TAKEOUT from our porch beginning Monday July 13, weather permitting. This estimated date is subject to change or suspend, pending availability of PPE.  We may shift our plans as we have new COVID-19 data.

Can’t manage the steps? Let us know when we call, and we can leave your bagged items on the bench near our Hours sign.

Need help right away? Call 508-839-4649 between 10am-4pm, Mon-Sat and someone will assist you on the phone. We are not able to open the door or allow the public into the building at this time.

We will continue to offer free, no-contact home delivery service for the aged, infirm or incapacitated as capacity allows.

If you would like to request an item, you can:

  • Call the Library at 508-839-4649 between 10am-4pm, Mon-Sat. Leave a message and we will return your call.
  • Email or – we need your name, card number, phone number, and the request.
  • We’ve even been known to respond to Facebook messages requesting items.
  • Log on to your library account and place a hold yourself. If the item is AVAILABLE in Grafton, place a copy hold. The C/W MARS site has instructions for how to search for items, place a hold using our Evergreen catalog, and how to manage your library account online.
  • Request a book bundle based on age, interest, format, favorite authors and titles.

Ask us to place holds for you – we are more than happy to do it! 
You do not have to have a specific author/title subject request, we are happy to pull together a collection of materials to delight and entertain based on reading interest, format, and age.

You may log into your account online and see that holds have arrived, but this does not mean items are actually available for pickup.

We will be calling you directly to notify you of the availability of your items and to schedule a pick up window: between 10am-12noon or 2-4pm, Mon-Sat. After 2 weeks, we added one evening pickup each week from 6-8pm.

When you arrive to pick up your items:

  • Items will be waiting in a brown paper bag with your name on it, on the wooden bookshelf on the covered porch. Bags are alphabetical by last name.
  • Wear a mask from your car to the pickup location and back. Take only your bag with your items.
  • Observe social distancing. If you see another patron picking up their items, please stay at least 6 feet apart and give them space. We will provide markings for your convenience.
  • Follow all signage and staff directives.
  • Help yourself to hand-sanitizer before touching items, including railings, the book cart, etc.
  • Do not walk into the library, even if the door is open.
  • Do not approach staff.

Only staff and trained volunteers will have handled your requested items. We are taking all precautions to provide a safe and healthy environment, including quarantining items between patrons, sanitizing surfaces, washing hands frequently, and not working if feeling ill or in contact with anyone with COVID-19 symptoms.

If you would like to take additional precautions, the Institute of Museums and Libraries has conducted independent research and recommends quarantining items for 72 hours upon receipt, and you may feel more comfortable setting items aside for a few days before cracking open that book.

A reminder: please do not microwave materials to sanitize them. A three-day time-out is all that is necessary.

We have enabled auto-renew and extended due dates through 9/1/2020. Still see a fine on your account? Don’t worry, we won’t collect! If you are seeing a fine on your account, it may just mean it did not renew because someone is waiting for the item, in which case, please bring it back at your earliest convenience.

We are not charging fines through August 31. When we check items in we will use amnesty mode – no fines.. Even though there may be a charge on the account, you should still be able to use databases, Overdrive, Freegal, Hoopla and other digital resources. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any issues. Feel guilty? Food for Fines is still part of the Summer Reading Program!

If we fail to remove a fine from your account, please give us a call and we will remove it.

Please don’t be alarmed if items returned in the book drop remain on your account for a few days. We are quarantining everything for 72 hours before checking in.

Please do not leave items outside of the Book Drop. Items are still checked out to you and borrowers are responsible for all materials checked out – items must be in a dry and safe location for us to receive them back.

If the Book Drop is full, please hold your items and call the Library at 508-839-4649 between 10am-4pm, Mon-Sat. We will swap out the full bin for an empty one. Please remain in your vehicle until our staff member returns to the building.

Please do not donate materials via the Book Drop. We are not taking any materials donations at this time.

Please return Grafton items (barcode begins 37445) directly to Grafton if possible. Although some local libraries may be opening their doors or book returns sooner, there is NO need to overwhelm neighboring libraries.

Statewide delivery has started up again! We are now receiving items you may have placed on hold in March. We will be calling you this week or next to schedule your pick of items.

We do not have dates for reopening to the public or resuming in-person programming at this time. Once we complete Phase 1, we will move into Phase 2 (patrons allowed to enter but NO further than the circulation desk) and then Phase 3 Step 1 (browsing the collections at 40% capacity).

Our virtual summer reading program, Imagine Your Story, is underway; details at

We continue to return phone calls and emails daily between 10am-4pm; please don’t hesitate to reach out or visit us on Slack or Facebook for suggestions for what to read next, or help with digital resources!

REMINDER: If you don’t have a library card (or know someone who needs one!) please complete a digital card application  and we will issue a Grafton Public Library card number for access to digital resources. When the Library reopens, proof of residency in MA (or if you live out of state, proof that you work, go to school or own property in Grafton) will be required to get a physical card and check out physical items (books, movies and more). A Grafton card is good in most public libraries across the Commonwealth, but the Grafton barcode limits you to our selection of database subscriptions.

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The Grafton Public Library continues to function as a digital branch! For a complete list of resources, please visit

Please continue to wash your hands regularly and if you have any flu-like symptoms, please stay home until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours without medication. Check our website for a list of resources for students and for self-quarantined adults.

Please note that all Library information comes through either our newsletter, our website, our social media pages, or Town of Grafton website.

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Library Book Drop Opens on Wed Jun 17 for Returns Between 10am-4pm

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The Library is currently CLOSED to the public but staff are available by phone at 508-839-4649 Mon-Sat from 10-4.

The Book Drop is CLOSED until Wednesday June 17.  Please drop off materials between 10am and 4pm Wednesday 6/17 through Saturday 6/21. The Book Drop will be CLOSED on Sunday. We will reopen it again on Monday June 22 at 10am.

IF YOU HAVE OVERSIZED ITEMS please call between 10-4pm, Mon-Sat, to arrange for us to wheel a collection bin out before your arrival.

Materials are due July 1, but NO OVERDUE FINES WILL BE CHARGED FOR MATERIALS THROUGH AUGUST 30. There is no rush to get materials back to us.

PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ITEMS OUTSIDE THE BOOK DROP OR LIBRARY. Borrowers are responsible for all materials checked out – items must be in a dry and safe location for us to receive them back. If the Book Drop is full, please hold your items and call the Library at 508-839-4649 between 10am-4pm. We will alert you when it is available for returns.

PLEASE RETURN GRAFTON ITEMS TO GRAFTON. No need to overwhelm libraries that may be opening sooner – the delivery system is not in operation at this time.

The Grafton Public Library will remain closed to the public and begin to circulate new materials via NO-CONTACT TAKEOUT/DELIVERY service sometime in July.

We do not have a date for reopening to the public or resuming in-person programming at this time but we are planning a virtual summer reading program “Imagine Your Story.”

Any and all dates are subject to change pending PPE and other COVID-19 data. We will shift our plan as we have new information.

Please note that all Library information comes through either this website, our social media pages, or Town of Grafton.

Please continue to wash your hands regularly and if you have any flu-like symptoms, please stay home until you have been symptom free for 24 hours without medication.

Thanks for your patience and understanding! We miss you!

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New Database for Learners and Readers at Home: Introducing TUMBLEBOOKS!

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TumbleBooks has shared Direct Links for each account, which do not require library cards or authentication! The links will log users in with the click of a button. TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Your patrons can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly. Grafton Public Library’s access will continue through until August 31, 2020.

TumbleBook Library – K-6 children’s ebook database
Direct Link:
Username: tumble735
Password: books

animated gif for TumbleBooks Math – K-6 math eBook database
Direct Link:
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

animated gif for TumbleBook's teen book – gr 7-12 eBook database
Direct Link:
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

TumbleBook's Audio – all ages audio book database
Direct Link:
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

TumbleBook's Romance eBook – a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!
Direct Link:
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Your patrons can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.

Your access will continue through until August 31, 2020. Thanks, TumbleBooks!

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Library CLOSED until Further Notice

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The Town of Grafton is suspending physical library operations until further notice in response to Governor Baker’s State of Emergency declaration and to encourage social distancing due to the rapidly changing situation related to the Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”). This decision has been made with an abundance of caution after communication with the Board of Library Trustees, town administration, and state departments.

No overdue fines will be charged for materials due; please hold items at home until further notice. A plan to provide virtual services and further updates will be provided on the library website next week. Visit our virtual branch 24/7 at

We are using the Town’s website and Facebook Page to provide updated information on COVID-19 from the local, state and federal level. Please sign up for CODE RED for local alerts. Additionally, the Commonwealth’s 211 line has dedicated staff to answer questions about COVID-19.

Please continue to wash your hands regularly and if you have any flu like symptoms, please stay home
until you have been symptom free for 24 hours without medication.

In the meantime, please check out the full list of online resources and databases offered by the Grafton Public Library. Items marked with a * may require a Grafton Public Library card to access, and visit our list of free learning resources available for youth.


Get the Facts on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Get the facts on novel coronavirus! Check out these resources for up-to-date information: The Town of Grafton website has up-to-date information at Disease: Get the Facts

Just for Kids: A Comic Explaining the Coronavirus (NPR)

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus (and ease their fears (NBC)

nCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Massachusetts Department of Public Health:

Grafton Board of Health:

National Library of Medicine Guide to COVID-19:…/covid-19-coronavirus-for-public-li…/

Medline: Coronavirus

And check misinformation on these sites:
NewsGuard: Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center

Snopes Fact Check: The Coronavirus Collection

CRAAP Test Worksheet for Evaluating Information



Black Lives Matter Children’s Room Display

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Check out our Black Lives Matter Children’s Room Display.

Here’s a sampling of some of the fantastic titles we’ve curated. Place a hold on one…or more today!

Why Am I Me

As Brave as You

Full Cicada Moon


Ziggy Marley Family Time

I’m An Activist

Lola Loves Stories

Something Happened In Our Town

Say Something

Bold Women in Black History

Finding Langston

Ada Twist Scientist

Last Stop on Market Street

Everyone Counts

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Book Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

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The Immortalists, the second novel by Chloe Benjamin, introduces us to the four adolescent Gold children, from a religious Jewish family, during the steaming summer of 1969 in New York’s Lower East Side. The word on the street is that there is a traveling psychic currently installed on Hester Street who tells fortunes, including the exact date of one’s death.  Not all of the children are totally on board with the idea, but with a little pressure from the oldest sibling they seek out this woman and after meeting with her individually, are each informed of their fates. It isn’t until years later that they share with each other what they have learned.

The book plays out in four parts, each examining the lives of Daniel, Varya, Klara and Simon.  There is a wide divergence in their stories and fates. Simon comes out and leaves town for the free sexual scene in pre-Aids San Francisco.  Klara, fascinated with magic, eventually pursues a career as a stage performer in Las Vegas; Daniel becomes a military doctor and Varya a primate researcher investigating the secrets of longevity.

The premise of the book is intriguing.  The forbidden knowledge the children obtain is both curse and blessing.  The story revolves around their sensitivity to matters such as the impermanence of life, destiny vs. choice, reality and illusion, and what is beyond, if anything.  Does knowing when you will you die propel you to live a fuller life, or strip you of any joy in whatever time you are allotted?  You wonder if they believe the psychic and if they will keep their appointed dates with death.  What are the repercussions of this knowledge?

The book is well written, the unique personalities of the characters clearly fleshed-out.  They are compelling, if not all entirely likable.  The first part of the book moves quickly as we see Simon and Klara’s story play out.  The chapters with Daniel and Varya later on are a bit slower and somewhat darker.  Their stories are interesting, but do veer to a bit depressing, sometimes tragic and a little unsettling.

If you are looking for a light read, this is not for you.  But it held my interest for the most part.  Was the prophecy going to be true for them all? There are so many questions here, about life choices, family obligations, destiny, self-fulfilling prophesies, morality and free will, that it is quite a good pick for a book group discussion.  You can start with asking “Would you want to know the day you will die?”

If you like The Immortalists, you could also try Chloe Benjamin’s debut novel, The Anatomy of Dreams.

Regular book edition

Large print edition

CD Audiobook edition

E book edition

E book audio edition


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Director’s Report: April 2020

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During the month of April, staff continued to work from home, answering reference questions, helping patrons remotely with technology issues, and continuing their professional development. Some are volunteering in some capacity – tutoring, making masks, and participating in a Library of Congress handwriting transcription project. All have mandatory daily self-care practice of their choosing, ranging from exploring yoga and meditation resources on Hoopla and OverDrive to taking webinars on self-care and finding new practices. Some highlights:

  • Sarah B., Allison C. and Heidi F.began planning a virtual summer reading program (IMAGINE YOUR STORY is the theme);
  • Cyndi Z. and her son Graham moved D&D online via Discord; Cyndi has sewn over 400 masks;
  • Allison C., our Teen Librarian, did many social media posts and produced interactive events on FB and published several newsletters for various audiences;
  • Allie made reader’s advisory readlikes videos on our YouTube channel and has received over 1,000 views;
  • Beth P. produced a slideshow for the poem The Walrus and The Carpenter;
  • Jan P. began working on By The People, a Library of Congress project to transcribe handwritten primary source documents, and has been sharing library resources with her grandchildren, and has sewn a LOT of masks.
  • Jen producing a Baby lapsit storytime — due to publisher restrictions, they are private;
  • Sarah B. is producing toddler and preschool storytimes and planning summer reading. She advocated very well for using BeanStack and our purchase of a 3-year contract was approved;
  • Kristin P. has been learning social media and working on virtual programming and read-alouds;
  • Sandhya S. has been providing STEAM programming and social media posts;
  • The entire children’s room staff made a We Miss Our Friends! video:
  • Eileen L. our accounts manager, has continued to pick up mail, get the bills paid, and worked a few days on site;
  • Donna B-T., our cataloger, is doing database cleanup from home and returned to work a few days a week to deal with receiving and cataloging new books;
  • Heidi F. is running book group on SLACK and managing the library email account and voicemail with Susan – they are fielding reference questions, helping with expired accounts and getting into Library databases and issuing virtual cards;
  • Susan L. has done purchasing via OverDrive to keep new content coming! She has also been checking in on volunteers and home delivery recipients;
  • Marilyn W. has taken an overwhelming number of webinars and shared her knowledge. Please join me in congratulating her to moving from 35 to 20 hours a week to take on a part time clergy gig.

We continue to issue library cards for remote access to library databases and electronic resources.

I have joined the Return to Work team for the Town of Grafton.

I have drafted a press release for reopening — we are getting emails, Facebook messages, and blog post comments asking when we will reopen to the public.

I have drafted a Phased Plan for reopening with input from staff and Town Administration. Current plan is for staff to report June 15 and take book drop returns, and begin no contact curbside pickup/home delivery 2-3 weeks later.

When we open to the public, we would be required to do contact tracing for anyone who enters the building from staff to patrons to service and delivery persons. This is in conflict with ALA guidelines. Even during a public health emergency, libraries should continue to adhere to their mission and stand by the law and ethical standards that govern the provision of library services. Please review: I would recommend continuing curbside/delivery as long as possible for safety and privacy reasons.

I put together a supply list of sneeze guards, footprints, stand here decals, gloves, gowns, masks and paper bags and shared with the RTW committee – we are trying to centralize ordering. ToG will provide 3 cloth masks per employee and paper masks for the public (when buildings open to the public). We will need gloves and masks for the book drop, 9 sneeze guards, footprints to show a path through the building, stand here signs, and caution tape to block off furniture/rooms.

I have drafted a list of staff returning/working from home (due to age, immuno-compromised status, children at home, and ability to work from home, etc.) and shared with Town Administration and HR. Staff who can continue to work from home have been encouraged to do so.

I have participated in phone/zoom calls and meetings for Board of Health, Library Construction Project, Building Committee, Grafton Community Preservation Plan, and Department Heads as well as RTW committee.

I did advocacy for MA Libraries participating in Virtual Library Legislative Day including sending personal invitations to Rep. Muradian and Senator Moore, and advocating at the national, state, and local for library worker protection and funding.

I participated in 3 webinars:

  • ALA Connect Live: COVID-19: Well-being of Library Workers
  • Working Together on Planning, Policy and Legal Issues for Reopening a Public Library: The Board, the Attorney and the Librarian
  •  MBLC Zoom call regarding the MA Public Library Construction Program grant (MPLCP)
  • Additionally, I was a panelist on a National Library of Medicine webinar “Leading with Compassion during the COVID-19 Crisis”

I did some collection development, ordering materials via Overdrive.

And, as always, managing staff and budget and building and the construction project.

The staff has continued to provide fast service to patrons who contact the library and found creative ways to offer programming.

Construction Update
To clear up some misinformation, our construction site has been continually staffed, and due to 19 days of rain in April, there was a lot of rainwater pooling on site (not contaminated groundwater). As of the end of May, the foundation work has started!


infographic of April 2020 Library Stats

Staff produced 39 programs with 259 views! Adult services hosted 5 online book discussions and co-hosted GUM Jam for a dozen participants. We posted a number of interactive games and activities on Facebook. A report on the Winter Reading Program was forwarded under separate cover on May 6 – We had 202 people register to participate in the program. Since the Library closed before the official end of the event, I will not have total numbers of badge counts until we are back at the Library and give patrons a chance to pick up any unclaimed badges. Allison sent out a Winter Reading Program survey and had 38 patrons respond, including some who did not participate in the program…

CIRCULATION IS DOWN due to our closure. Staff checked out 132 items in April. We circulated 3,010 digital items from OverDrive and Hoopla, a 26% increase from March. We purchased 202 digital ebooks and eaudio for all ages. Bookflix had 344 hits. had 41 hits in April, and we are renewing our contract in July and increasing available hours from 2-9pm to 9am-9pm at no extra cost.

Cyndi did 10 socially distanced notarizations for a neighbor closing on a house; since the Governor signed an emergency order to do virtual notary services, we will use Zoom going forward. No passports, per Department of State. No test proctoring due to closure. No volunteers or museum passes. No computer use, but 97 wifi sessions (at least 8/day were internal from the Folding at Home project).

4/21 Yes, we can set up online chat – we have a widget on our website, and have responded to questions via FB, email, phone and even text message all hours the library was open – 10-9 Mon-Thu and 10-5 Fri & Sat. (took a while to set up!) -BG
4/8 Yes, we have access to the New York Times via Gale databases (it is embargoed — current day not available until the next day) – Go to -HF

4/28 No, we are not accepting returns yet.
4/22 No, the Library does not yet have a plan for disinfecting books when we re-open -we waiting on guidance from state and national organizations doing research on the longevity of the virus on library materials -BG
4/8 No, we do not have online access to the Wall Street Journal – but you can access with a BPL e-card . -HF

4/21 During the GPL Mystery Book Group: “Thanks Heidi for organizing these reads and for bringing us joy during these stress filled days.”
4/18 “I can’t wait for the addition to be finished! I drive by it everyday and voted for it multiple times.”
4/10 Patron Facebook comment about online toddler storytime: “Luke LOVED it! He watched it twice! Nice to hear a familiar voice again.”
4/3 “Heidi, Thank you so much for going above and beyond to help me with my question. You not only called me twice but also sent me detailed instructions. Since you were able to help me so much, I was able to sign up with Hoopla and Overdrive.”


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Book Review: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

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The Widows of Malabar Hill, inspired by the woman who made history to become India’s first female lawyer, is the first installment of a new mystery series.  Sujata Massey introduces us to Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Parsi family living in Bombay of the 1920’s.  She attended law school at Oxford, and now works for her father’s firm, but because she is a woman, cannot fill the role of solicitor and appear in court.  She instead is tasked with examining paperwork and doing research for contracts, wills, and settlements.  She chafes at this, since she is entirely capable of being a full-fledged attorney, but it is simply not done at that time in that place. 

She is assigned to review the execution of the will of a wealthy Muslim mill owner, Omar Farid, who has left behind three widows and several children.  The widows live in full purdah, strict seclusion, never leaving their home or speaking to any men from the outside.  Perveen notices inconsistencies in the signatures on the settlement paperwork, and fearing the wives are being taken advantage of, she is granted permission to speak to them in person for clarification.  As a woman, she is uniquely able to do this.  But her inquiries spark conflict within the Farid household that escalates to murder.  Now she must add that factor to her sleuthing about what is really going on within this cloistered space, as she attempts to ensure the family is protected.

Perveen, a sympathetic heroine, is sharp, strong-willed and independent, but also compassionate, with a painful back-story, fleshed out within a secondary plotline.  She fights for justice in a system where women’s rights and relationships shaped by religious and cultural norms are complicated and fraught.  These conventions frustrate her, but she is insightful enough to recognize she must stay within the rules to achieve her ends. 

The characters are unique and well-described.  You sympathize with Perveen as she wages an uphill battle in a man’s world, in which some of her best attributes get her in trouble and are a source of impatience and derision even among those close to her.  In this novel of place, the author deftly provides richly drawn cultural and period details of social interaction, architecture, politics and gender dynamics as a backdrop to the drama unfolding in Perveen’s life and that of her clients. Multicultural Bombay comes to life with engaging descriptions of the city itself, the enigmatic world of the Muslim purdah and Parsi cultural traditions, especially as they affect the lives of women. 

This story can be enjoyed by both mystery and historical fiction lovers alike.  It provides a fascinating setting, engaging characters, a mystery with twists and historical detail in which a strong female lead is both a source of sympathy and admiration. If you enjoy this book, the next in the series is The Satapur Moonstone.  For more from this author, you may also want to check out her first set of mysteries, eleven volumes featuring a current day heroine Rei Shimura, set in Tokyo, the first of which is The Salaryman’s Wife.

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