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Passive Program: DIY Face Masks

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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.

Pattern with elastics:

Cricut / handcut pattern with ribbon ties:

Volunteer your time/donate your masks in Boston/New England:

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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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Hoopla Update

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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!

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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.


COVID-19 UPDATE: Library Programs Suspended Indefinitely

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Graph showing slowing of spread of COVID-19 if social distancing protocal is adopted. Source:

Source: coronavirus-curve-mitigation-infection.html

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!
  • Please utilize digital materials instead of physical materials:
  • We are working on ways to offer programs to go: individual take-home kits, alternatives to complete the Winter Reading Program, and online programming. More information will be forthcoming.
  • We are reviewing and updating our Minimum Staffing Policy.
  • We are drafting a Pandemic Policy.
  • All work-related travel is suspended until further notice.

We have already taken these steps to reduce spread of all communicable disease:

  • Removed soft toys from Children’s Room (washed in hot water and bleach before storing).
  • Removed sensory table (sanitized before storing).
  • Removed puzzles from Children’s Room.
  • Removed coloring tools from (take home coloring sheets are available).
  • Removed chairs from tables to encourage social distancing — current recommendation is 6 feet.
  • Sanitize hard toys daily.
  • Created an informative post from reputable sources for the public on our  website.
  • Provided free copies of the CDC fact sheet on COVID-19 for the public.
  • Posted CDC handwashing signs throughout the Library.
  • Posted WHO handwashing instructions at each sink.
  • 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!

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Want an Alias?

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Public Hold Shelf and Patron Privacy

For libraries with a public hold shelf, like Grafton, there is an option of using an “Alias” to protect patron privacy.

If you wish to have an “Alias” instead of your real name on your hold shelf slips, please present your library card to any staff member. It will take effect with the next item placed on hold.

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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



2020 Community Read: Remember the Ladies

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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 Ladies by 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?

The young adult title is The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters, and the children’s title is Marching with Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage by Claire Rudolf Murphy, illustrated by Stacey Schuett.

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.

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

Details, Heidi Fowler, 508-839-4649 x11XX or


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Seeking Community Stakeholders for Library Long Range Planning

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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

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 or 508-839-4649.

A few documents of interest:

MA Public Library Standards for Children
MA Public Library Standards for Young Adults
Project Outcome: Library Performance Measurement
National Library Standards
Library Standards Checklist

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Friends T-Shirt Fundraiser – Order by Feb 29!

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Dear Friends, we have an exclusive just for you for a limited time! Have you seen the Summer Library Program T-Shirts and wished that you could snag one? Well,  now you can!

Shop Here:

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.

Friends Fundraiser: Summer library program tshirts! 3 designs for youth, teens and adults

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.

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