Grafton Public Library

Library Updates

It’s National Friends of Libraries Week!

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Thanks for supporting the Library through the Friends! Money raised by the Friends goes to purchase museum pass memberships, summer reading for a cause, summer reading program raffle prizes, and raffle gift baskets for Octoberfest and Fun Fair PTG fundraisers.

The Friends host Grafton Celebrates the Holidays, a Community Reads event, the spring Egg Hunt, and support the summer reading program. Additionally, they have pledged money for the Capital Campaign.

Bookbags and used books are still available for sale at the temporary library location.

Members should watch their mail for a renewal form this November; new members can join anytime and renew annually.

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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

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Grafton Ukulele Musicians to meet at Apple Tree Arts Thu Nov 7

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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. The group meets at Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common from 6:30-8pm on the second Thursday of each month, led by Jan Barlow.

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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Auto Renewal Begins July 1!

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Now, not only can Grafton residents use their local library card to check out materials at any CW MARS public library across the state, but checked out items will be automatically renewed.

Patrons will no longer have to remember to log into their account to renew physical items they have checked out. If a checked out item can be renewed it will automatically be renewed on the due date.

An email notification will be sent on the due date alerting patrons of renewal status for checked out items. It will indicate if their items were successfully renewed or unable to be renewed. Patrons can also log into their account via the CW MARS Libraries app to view the status of all checked out items.

All 147 CW MARS member libraries are participating in auto renewal! This means that no matter where in CW MARS your materials were borrowed from, they will automatically renew on the due date if a renewal is available.

“We want to make borrowing materials as convenient and easy as possible for our patrons” said CW MARS Executive Director Jeanette Lundgren.

Network membership gives residents of Grafton access to over eight million physical items (books, DVDs, audiobooks, etc.) Our shared library catalog and information about accessing our resources can be found at http://catalog.cwmars.org.

CW MARS was founded in 1984 to promote the sharing of resources between libraries in Massachusetts. CW MARS is the largest library network in Massachusetts and is made up of 147 member libraries with 174 branches throughout Central and Western Massachusetts. Learn more about CW MARS at www.cwmars.org.

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