This is an at-home activity and opportunity to connect with other crafters and sewers for a good cause!
Make a face mask to prevent the spread of germs. Create one for yourself, your family members, or hospitals/medical offices in need! Watch the video tutorial below, then connect with those in need. Post a comment here, or visit the DIY Face Mask Event Page and post a photo of what you made.
Use a tightly woven fabric (100% cotton – sheets or flannel suggested)
Keep in mind face masks will be worn by all genders.
Elastic can be purchased online through Joanne’s Fabrics, Michael’s or AC Moore. One of the many suggestions, however, is that fabric ties are more comfortable and last longer after frequent laundering than elastic if you want to find a video with directions using those instead.
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.
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!
We have doubled the monthly checkout limit to give our patrons more opportunities for in-home enrichment and entertainment. Hoopla is a free app; with your Grafton library card you can check out 16 titles per month, of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music, comics, and tv shows. All titles on hoopla are immediately available.
Stay tuned for information about more Overdrive digital options!
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 www.graftonlibrary.org/digital.
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 response to Governor Baker’s State of Emergency declaration and due to the rapidly changing situation related to the Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”), using an abundance of caution, and taking our cue from CDC and other health professionals, the Grafton Public Library Board of Trustees has decided to suspend all library programs–for all ages–indefinitely, effective Thursday March 12, 2020.
The health of our community is our foremost concern and library staff remains committed to maintaining all other library services. All other library services will continue to be available during normal hours of operation and we will continue to update you as the situation changes.
In addition, we are taking the following precautions:
Please, if you are sick, stay home. Give us a call and we will work with you to renew materials, extend due dates, and waive fines.
Please utilize self-check for library materials. Please ask a staff member for assistance if you need help and we will talk you through it!
Updated FLU signs (stay home if ILL!) to reflect COVID-19.
Placed 2 waste receptacles outside restrooms for paper towels (to encourage people use them to turn off the faucet and open the door).
Provided hand sanitizer in multiple locations (note this helps protect against bacteria, not viruses).
Provided sanitizing alcohol wipes and are requesting patrons using public computers to sanitize the mouse and keyboard before and after each use
Created a staff cleaning protocol for wiping down surfaces and door knobs/handles multiple times a day
Requested that Library staff wear gloves during transactions with patrons (handling cash, library cards, library materials, typing on public computers).
We apologize to all our patrons for any inconvenience and hope to reschedule the canceled programs, where possible, in the near future. We will continue to monitor the situation, in regard to the COVID-19 and will keep you informed on this website. Thank you for your understanding. Keep calm, and wash your hands!
Friends of the Grafton Public Library Community Read 2020
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment, The Friends of the Grafton Public Library encourage everyone in town to participate in the 2020 The Community Read Remember the Ladiesby Gina L. Mulligan. Remember the Ladies stars on a female lobbyist in 1887 hired by the National Women’s Suffrage Association who comes in conflict with a senator desperate to crush the amendment and it’s champion. In a political game where bribery, threats, extortion, and seduction prevail, who will win and at what cost?
Stop by the Grafton Public Library to pick up a copy of any Community Read title and come to any of the Community Read events.
In addition to various book discussions, the Library is hosting a variety of events celebrating women’s suffrage, including a felt rose craft and an evening with Steve Adams, Suffrage Balladeer, on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30pm in partnership with the Grafton Historical Society at 71 Main Street, South Grafton, MA. Steve will perform “A Fine Agitation: Scenes from the Struggle for Women’s Suffrage,” a program of original songs created to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. Covering key moments and individuals in the 72-year struggle for the 19th Amendment, the program presents Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Ida B. Wells, Frederick Douglass and others as they fight for women’s right to vote.
The Grafton Public Library seeks Grafton residents, business owners, and community leaders to volunteer to serve on a diverse planning committee that will assist in setting Library service priorities for the next five years (2021-2025) for the Grafton Public Library. Participants MUST attend two focus group meetings, scheduled for 6:30-9:30pm at the Library (53 N. Main Street, North Grafton MA) on Tuesday March 10 and May 12. The successful candidate has a strong working knowledge of the Grafton community, and may or may not be a current Library user.
The meetings will be facilitated by Library Consultant. Meetings will include defining a vision for the community served by the Library, brainstorming, and conducting analysis of the Library’s Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results. The feedback gathered will be used to develop a Long Range Plan for 2021-2025. Meeting attendance at both meetings is mandatory for planning committee members. Refreshments will be provided.
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.
The Long Range Plan is reviewed annually at an autumn meeting of the Grafton Public Library Board of Trustees, and the Library Director submit an updated a plan of action for the Library to the MBLC each December.
As the current Long Range Plan expires in December 2020, it’s time to see where we are going, next! Anyone can review the current Long Range Plan and Activity Plan online at www.graftonlibrary.org/lrp.
Can’t commit? Bored by meetings? You can still provide valuable input! A Library Satisfaction Survey will be forthcoming on the Library website in April 2020.
If you are interested in participating in the strategic planning process and joining the Long Range Plan committee, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, to get an information packet, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-839-4649.
With many prints and styles to choose from, you can celebrate the summer theme along with all our librarians and friends alike! The theme for 2020 is “Imagine Your Story” and there are three designs corresponding to the children’s, teen, and adult programs. Mommy and Me option available with matching Adult size t-shirts for the children’s theme.
Youth Sizes are $10 and Adult Sizes are $15 with tax and shipping included.
Pre-orders will be accepted for a limited time until the end of February! Shirts will be available for pickup at the library before the summer programs kick off. We will inform everyone when the shirts are available for pickup, and there will be a deadline by which you will need to pick them up.
Like all events hosted by the Friends, proceeds benefit Library programs. Friends of the Grafton Public Library membership is open to the public – please pick up a brochure at the Library today! We hope to see you at the library to support these fundraisers and THANK YOU for supporting the Grafton Public Library.