In this Newsletter: Expansion Update, Upcoming Programs, Features of the Month, Friends
Expansion Update
Construction Update
The Grafton Public Library reopened in temporary quarters at 53 North Main Street, North Grafton MA, formerly St. Andrews Church.  on Wednesday May 15 - thanks to all for your patience! We have unpacked all 75 boxes of items in delivery to fill your requests, and items can be picked up on the new self-service hold shelf. Self-check will be installed the first week of June.

Our Library Renovation and Expansion plans were approved by the Planning Board on May 20. Plans need to be approved by Conservation Commission, Historic District Commission and the Building Department. Because we would like the steps and doors to the Common to remain open to the public, we are in process of applying for a variance for ADA compliance from the MA Architectural Access Board. We also need a final sign off from the MA Historical Commission. The architect has proceeded to creating construction documents. We are also waiting for a final cost estimate. A more complete hazardous materials survey is scheduled for the 35 Grafton Common Building for June.

And in other news, the Town is waiting for a partial, advance grant disbursement of $460,000 from the Commonwealth of MA, expected to arrive before the end of the fiscal year.

Next Building Committee Meetings
Monday June 3 6pm, Municipal Center, Room B
One Card, Many Libraries
DID YOU KNOW? can use your Grafton Library card to check out and return materials at any one of the public member library locations across the state?

In fact, Grafton Public Library's membership in the CW MARS Library Network gives Grafton residents access to over eight million physical items (books, DVDs, audiobooks, etc.) and over 65,000 e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines. CW MARS also recently joined a new eBook and audiobook sharing program which gives residents access to digital collections of six other library networks. Statewide, network membership helps give residents access to more than 53 million items.

As part of the One Card, Many Libraries campaign, CW MARS libraries would also like to hear from residents about what’s important to them. Residents can share their comments at:
What's Happening in June
Summer Program 2019!
The Library's Summer Program officially begins Monday, June 17! Stop by our temporary location (53 North Main St., North Grafton) daily for a ticket to win one of our end of summer prizes (winners will be chosen in 3 age groups: adults, teens & kids)! Pick up a Summer Program Calendar and start tracking with Read to Bead!
For all the details, go to our 2019 Summer Reading Program web-page.
Adult Events
Presentation: Women in the World of Frederick Douglass
Sunday, June 2 2:00-3:30 pm
Leigh Fought, author of the award-winning Women in the World of Frederick Douglass and professor of history at Le Moyne College, will tell the story of the important women who created and supported Frederick Douglass, including his mother and grandmother, slave-mistresses, two wives, and the many activist women who kept the movement for human rights alive.

The program is part of the Rising Towards Unity, a series of events that seeks to raise awareness of the influential role history of slavery continues to play in the United States as we struggle to achieve a more equal, just, and peaceful society. Rising Towards Unity is a project of the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, the Grafton Historical Society, the Grafton Public Library, and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton & Upton

LOCATION: Community Barn,
36 Wheeler Road, North Grafton
Monthly Book Clubs for Adults
Adult & Teen Events
Saturday, June 1 from 2-4 pm
No registration necessary

LOCATION: GPL Temporary Location: 53 North Main Street, North Grafton  
Thursday, June 13 from 6:30-8pm

Held at Apple Tree Arts,
One Grafton Common
Teen Events (Grades 6-12)
Come play the popular RPG - D&D at the Library. Snacks will be provided.
This free program is for teens entering grades 6-12.

LOCATION: GPL Temporary Location: 53 North Main Street, North Grafton 
Our New Home (temporarily!)
Set your GPS to 53 North Main St.
North Grafton, MA

Book Drop is located at the top of the circle so you return items and circle back down.
Entry Way
Drop your returns in the big bin, grab your holds off the shelf,
have a cup of coffee/tea
and browse the
Friends' book sale.
Adult fiction/non fiction
Public Access Computers
Turn to your right and walk into the Main Circulation services area to pick up a museum pass, check out items, browse adult fiction and non-fiction, use a computer and copy/print.
Down the Hall
Turn left from the entry way and you will find adult dvd's, 3 reading rooms that hold magazines, adult graphic novels, music cd's, large print books, audio books and our adult video games collection.
Children's Room
Walk further down the hall and visit the Children's Room. All children's items located in a bright and spacious room...
but something is missing...
Children's Program Room
You found it!...our favorite Eric Carle rug is here too in our Children's Program Room ready for storytime!
Rooms for
Tweens & Teens
Just off the Children's Room, there is space just for
Tweens and Teens.
Be sure to leave us note on the chalkboard!
See all of our upcoming events:
See what's happening around town:
Features of the Month
Museum Pass:
NEW! Trustees GO Pass
Founded in 1891, The Trustees mission is to preserve and protect the natural and historic landscapes of Massachusetts for all to enjoy. This organization oversees 25,000 acres of land for public use in the state, with 117 properties—varying from farms, gardens, beaches, historic houses and more.

LIBRARY PASS: Admits 2 adults and children under 18 years of age for free or reduced admission, depending upon the property's admission policy.  VALID FOR ADMISSION ONLY.  The pass is equivalent to a Trustees Family Membership admission price at Trustees properties that charge an admission fee.
Please go to The Trustees website for specific information on their various properties.  

Road Trip with a good Audiobook!
Before you set out on your travels this summer, make sure you have a good audio book to listen to! Browse and download any adult, teen, or children's titles with Libby, the CWMars app for eBooks and Audiobooks.

Browse Audiobook titles and borrow them with your library card - for free!
Digital Commonwealth
Provides access to photographs, manuscripts, books, audio recordings, and other materials of historical interest that have been digitized and made available by members of Digital Commonwealth, a statewide consortium of libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies from across Massachusetts.

Stop by the Library to use this database or access it from home with your Library card.
Library of Things:
Toy Sphero BB-9E Droid
BB-9E is a menacing astromech droid of the First Order. Control it with your smart device and keep it rolling optimally with the augmented reality Droid Trainer. Watch BB-9E interact with other Star Wars App-enabled Droids by Sphero, and view films from the Star Wars saga with BB-9E by your side. This is NOT the droid you’re looking for… it’s the droid that’s looking for you.

You can check out the droid for 3 weeks. Comes in carrying case.
Friends of the Grafton Public Library
Next Friends Board Meeting
Fundraising Meeting Tuesday June 4 7:30pm
Grafton Memorial Municipal Center Room D 30 Providence Road Grafton MA
Fundraising Ideas Brain Storming session.

Friends Annual Meeting
Friday June 21, 7:00pm
35 Grafton Common Grafton MA
Hear reports from board members about how the year went, vote in Friends board elections, get an update on the expansion progress, and finish it off with refreshments.
Only members can vote, so please renew your membership in advance at
Have a recommendation on what the Library should purchase?

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