Grafton Library news: make an explosion box, play “Shark Tank” and more

Stop by the library on June 21 and learn how to make an explosion box. photo: Grafton Public Library.

Stop by the library on June 21 and learn how to make an explosion box. photo: Grafton Public Library.

What’s an explosion box? It’s a scrapbook in the shape of a box! Come create this unique memory keepsake on Saturday, June 21, 2 p.m. at the Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Common. You’ll create and decorate your own explosion box just in time to fill it with memories and souvenirs of the summer.

All supplies will be provided. This free program is for teens in grades 6-12.  For questions or to register, please call the Library 508-839-4649 or email Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian, at


Based on the reality competition series “Shark Tank” produced by Mark Burnett, the Grafton Public Library, located at 35 Grafton Common, will be holding their own library version of this popular program…for children.  On Thursday, June 26, 3 p.m., the “shark” investors (library staff) will gather in the Children’s Room ready to review the new and exciting products that are designed and created by the aspiring entrepreneurs (children).  Participants will create a model of their invention or product plus  a “business plan” to present to the panel of “shark” investors.  Will any “deals” be made? Will the “shark” investors and budding entrepreneurs agree to any business ventures? Time will only tell… but prizes will be on hand.

This program is for ages 8-11. All supplies will be provided. Please register for this program by calling the library 508-839-4649 or emailing


This summer, celebrate Literary Elements by participating in a reading program for adults June 28-August 17. Read a paper book, download an eBook or eAudiobook from our digital catalog: (, or listen to an audiobook,  a magazine or  a subtitled movie. Read video game instructions, a recipe, or a poem, or the newspaper. Read to your children.  All reading is good reading, and it all counts toward your opportunity to win prizes.

Register onlinethrough August 1 at to be entered in a drawing for an Apple Tree Arts gift certificate for a free seat at a summer music class for your child, or a free pass to a Mass. Audubon Society location.

Beginning Saturday June 28, log your reading. The more you read, the greater your chances are of winning in the weekly drawings for Down Under Book Store gift certificates, fine waivers, and free books. Additionally, adults may write a book review or complete an Ideal Bookshelf entry form during a library visit or at a program for a weekly prize drawing.  Recommended titles will be added to the Library’s Awesome Box at At the end of the summer, random adult readers who log their reading online will win gift certificates to local businesses, and all participants will get a free book.

Featured programs in July include:

  • Visit from Lauren Scheuer, author of Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens Thursday July 10 at 7pm

  • Book Discussion: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kambwamba &Bryan Mealer Tuesday July 16 at 1:30 pm

  • Pandemic Board Game Night Thursday  July 24 at 7 pm

  • How to Download an eBook class July 28 at 7pm and July 29 at 2 pm

  • Clock-making Workshop at the Willard House and Clock Museum
    Thursday July 31 at 7 pm (RSVP to

  • The Epic Adventures of a Massachusetts Bird Photographer

  • weekly lunchtime App Chat Fridays at 11:15 am

  • weekly family movie night Tuesdays at 7 pm

  • weekly teen movie night Wednesdays at 6 pm

August programs include a Dr. Who Party, the return of the Green Cleaning Lady, and a Perseids Party and campout to watch the meteor shower at the LIONS Clubhouse and Field off Brigham Hill Road.  For the full calendar of summer events, please visit

Follow us on Twitter (@GraftonPubLib) for 50 days of science, featuring science books, films, magazines, podcasts and websites, starting June 28. #50daysofscience.

The Library is pleased to support the Grafton Food Bank by offering fine amnesty through Food for Fines through August 31. We will also accept school supplies in lieu of fines from July 28-Aug 17.

Literary Elements is open to adults ages 18 and up, and is sponsored by the Grafton Public Library, Town of Grafton, the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, Massachusetts Library System, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Boston Bruins.

For more details or to register for the program, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director,  at 508-839-4649 x1105 or by email at