Grafton – The Grafton Public Library will hold two community events in March. On Tuesday, March 25, Friends of the Grafton Library will host Community Read 2016: “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” at the South Grafton Community House, 25 Main St. The event will begin at 7 p.m. with refreshments, followed by a book discussion with Helen Whall, a professor at the College of the Holy Cross, at 7:30 p.m.
In the 21st century, most Americans know “The Wizard of Oz” through the technicolor lenses of the 1939 movie. But before the movie, before the Broadway show that became the movie, Americans read Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” The discussion will look at ways the book’s wonders – some of them quite horrible – reflected the challenges inhabitants of a new century would have to face. Part fantasy, part science fiction, Baum’s vision is wholly American. But has the vision of Oz and America changed in more than a hundred years?
Friends of the Grafton Library will also host the annual Spring Egg Hunt Saturday, March 26, on Grafton Common with start times of 10 or 11:30 a.m. Bring a basket to collect eggs and a camera for photos with the Easter Bunny.
Tickets will be available at the Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Common, Tuesday, March 8. Purchase your tickets in advance for $4. No same day tickets will be sold this year. There are a total of 180 tickets available for purchase. Proceeds benefit library programs.
The Egg Hunts will start promptly at 10 and 11:30 a.m. so make sure to line up in time to hand in your tickets at the gate. Each child gets to hunt for up to six candy-filled eggs; a golden egg means an extra-special prize. In addition, be sure to print your child’s name and phone number on the back of his ticket to enter the raffle. Two raffle prizes will be given out for each hunt.
As in years past, after the hunts, the children are invited to walk over to the library to listen to springtime stories and do some fun crafts in the Children’s Room.
Friends of the Grafton Public Library membership is open to the public – brochures are available at the library. This year Friends are giving away passes to the Museum of Science with Friends memberships.
Volunteer help is welcome at the egg hunt; contact Beth Gallaway, library director, at 508-839-4649 or by email at [email protected] or [email protected] to donate your time. This is a great way for families with older children to stay involved in the fun.