2 GRAFTON-MIDVIEW PUBLIC LIBRARY || JANUARY - APRIL 2022 || REGISTER ONLINE AT GMPLIBRARY.ORG FROM THE DIRECTOR... As we welcome 2022, our staff and administration look with renewed hope to a year of kindness and community outreach service for our new patrons and old friends! Our goal is to commit ourselves to helping improve our community and make an impact. We want to do this by taking a look around our Midview district and focusing on the needs. In January, our team will bring back our Denim for Dolly pledge to the children in our community. We want to support early literacy by wearing jeans and donating to the Lorain County Imagination Library one day each week. We hope to help each child in our district from birth to age 5 receive a free book in the mail each month of the year. In February, we focus on old and used electronic devices. Teaming up with PCs for People, we hope to do our part by recycling responsibly for the good of the earth while our collaborator supplies refurbished computers for those in need. Pets are a big part of our lives at GMPL. Just ask one of us about our wall of pet photos in our lounge! We have decided to partner with Multiple Breed Rescue to help spread the word about available adoptees. However, in March, we take it a step further to help our furry friends by providing educational sessions at the Library on safety with rescues, training, and the role of fostering. In April, we partner with our Library advocates, Friends of the Grafton-Midview Public Library, as we share a concern in the community: the lack of food and personal products. The Friends received a grant for aFood Pantry to collect non-perishables for people to take or donate. This past year, they added a Personal Pantry on the parking lot side of the Library building to supply people in need with sanitary products, shampoo, soap, diapers, and much more. Our goal is to bring awareness to these needed pantries and help the supplies keep coming. This is just the beginning of a year-long goal of assisting our fellow humankind. If you know of a need, please share it with us. Or, you might want to ask yourself, what will you do to help in 2022? Are you needed to volunteer, donate or even become a Library advocate by joining the Friends of GMPL? Could you help us make a difference this year? Adele Infante
GRAFTON-MIDVIEW PUBLIC LIBRARY || JANUARY - APRIL 2022 || REGISTER ONLINE AT GMPLIBRARY.ORG 3 Celebrate our new Grafton Grows Seed Library! Drop in between 2 and 3 PM to learn how the Seed Library works and create a variety of seed starter pots. March is the perfect time to start seeds indoors so they will be ready to plant after the last spring frost. While supplies last. Seed Starters Saturday, March 26, 2 PM Plant Swap Saturday, April 23, 2 PM Celebrate our new Grafton Grows Seed Library by joining our plant swap! Bring a beautiful plant (or 2 or 3 - who's counting?) to swap with fellow plant lovers. Plants can be full grown, rooted starts, cuttings, or seeds - as long as you're prepared to part with them and they're pest free. Everyone gets to go home with a new green friend! Light refreshments served. While supplies last. DIGITAL ESCAPE ROOMS Anime & Manga Society Wednesday, 1/12, 3/9, 4/13, 3:30 PM Join the Anime and Manga Society to watch and discuss Anime, draw Manga, and have a light Japanese style snacks and drinks. Video Game Day Thursday, 1/20, 2/17, 3/17, 4/21, 3:30 PM Come hang out with us and play one of these great systems: PS3 or PS4, Nintendo Switch or Wii, Xbox 360, or One. Enjoy light refreshments. Teen Advisory Group Tuesday, 1/25, 3/22, 3:30 PM Join Crystal to decorate the teen area for upcoming special events, make bookmarks or cards for our GMPL @ Home patrons, suggest teen program ideas or materials for the YA collection, and learn about earning service hours. Snack provided. Gamers Unplugged Thursday, 1/27, 2/24, 3/24, 4/28, 3:30 PM Game On! Come hang out and play tabletop games in the community room. Board Games, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic, Oh My! Local Manga Author, Halah Mohamed visits GMPL Wednesday, February 9, 3:30 PM GMPL hosts Manga author Halah Mohamed who began her career at the age of 14. Learn how to draw your own anime figure, explore Japanese culture, and get a sneak peek at her new novel. Escape Room - The Dentist Tuesday, March 29, 3:30 & 4:45 PM Do you have what it takes to escape the dentist? Can you keep your cool under pressure? This fun board-game style escape room is recommended for ages 16+. Perfect for teens and their parents to try and solve together. Register for one event or the other. Electric Bracelets, Pins, Bookmarks, OH MY! Thursday, April 14, 3:30 PM Join Crystal and Sally Hennessy, 4-H STEM Program Assistant OSU Extension to make cool, light up bracelets, bookmarks, or pins. Mondays, January 10, 24, 31 February 14, 21, 28, March 14, 21, 28, and April 11, 18, 25 at 1 PM Music and Movement Thursday, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 11:30 AM Toddlers and high-energy preschoolers will love this program! Learn your letters, explore numbers, and interact with a great story while you move to the music. Parent participation is encouraged! Registration is not required. Welcome back to our popular Homeschool Series. This program is geared toward families with school-aged children in grades K-5. Caregiver participation is expected. When registering, please include each child as supplies are limited. During the month of January meet public service members and learn about their roles and responsibilities in our community. In Februrary, learn new art skills under the guidance of renowned local artist Renee Atkinson. In March, Multiple Breed Rescue will share their expertise on all things dog from safety to training. Meet a new dog at each session. Finally, in April our friend Sally Hennessy from the OSU Extension Office will guide us through ChickQuest. We will explore the life cycle of chickens and even hatch our own! Tween Cafe Mondays, 1/31, 2/28, 3/28, 4/25, 4 PM Join us on the last Monday of every month to play games, code, craft, and snack. Depending on the activity, this program may take place in the children's space or in the Community Room. JANUARY - Zombie Outbreak Middle & High School grades and up FEBRUARY - Happy Hearts Elementary grades and up MARCH - It's Pi Day - Let's Celebrate the Circle Elementary through Middle grades and up APRIL - All About Keyla Elementary through Middle grades and up Test your sleuthing skills in these digital escape rooms. Age levels are recommended for each game room, however anyone is welcome to give it a try. Visit the Teen webpage to participate. CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS TEEN PROGRAMS ALL AGES & FAMILY PROGRAMS TWEEN PROGRAMS For Teens ages 12-18 or in grades 7-12. Registration is required unless notated. Register starting December 15. Programs require registration unless otherwise notated. Register starting December 15. HOMESCHOOL SERIES 2/9 - Local Manga author Halah Mohamed Programs require registration unless otherwise notated. Register starting December 15.
Tuesday Thursday Wednesday Friday Saturday Wednesday Thursday Sunday Monday Tuesday Sunday Monday Saturday Friday 25 26 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 2 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 28 1 2 3 4 29 27 Friends Meeting 6:30 PM Programs require registration unless otherwise notated. Registration begins December 15. 30 31 3 4 5 Homeschool Series 1 PM TechBytes: Ins & Outs of Using eBooks and More! 7 PM ALWAYS Learning at the Library 10 AM Nalu the Therapy Dog 4:30 PM Board Meeting 7 PM Inspired Readers 12 PM Anime & Manga Society 3:30 PM Registration for AARP Begins Chair Yoga with the Hive 10 AM Dark & Twisty Book Club 6:30 PM ALWAYS Learning at the Library 10 AM Video Game Day 3:30 PM Level Up Gaming 6 PM Flower Power 1 PM Homeschool Series 1 PM Cutting the Cord 6 PM ALWAYS Learning at the Library 10 AM Teen Advisory Group 3:30 PM Book It!: Monthly Book Discussion 10 AM Hope & Healing with the Hospice of the Western Reserve 10 AM Music & Movement 11:30 AM Gamers Unplugged 3:30 PM Book It!: Monthly Book Discussion 6:30 PM Homeschool Series 1 PM Tween Cafe 4 PM ALWAYS Learning at the Library 10 AM Friends Meeting 6:30 PM Pump Up Your Job Search with JobNow 10 AM Music & Movement 11:30 AM Stress Management & Mental Wellness 6:30 PM AARP Tax Aide 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM TechBytes: Finding Lost Relatives With Ancestry 10 AM Chocolate Creations with Fear's Confections 6 PM ALWAYS Learning at the Library 10 AM Nalu the Therapy Dog 4:30 PM Board Meeting 7 PM Inspired Readers 12 PM Anime & Manga Society Special Author Event 3:30 PM Chair Yoga with the Hive 10 AM Music & Movement 11:30 AM Dark & Twisty Book Club 6:30 PM AARP Tax Aide 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Homeschool Series 1 PM Art & Imagination: Living Well With Dementia 10 AM Music & Movement 11:30 AM Video Game Day 3:30 PM Last Great Race on Earth: Iditarod Trail Talk 6:30 PM AARP Tax Aide 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Homeschool Series 1 PM ALWAYS Learning at the Library 10 AM Techbytes: Ins and Outs of Using eBooks and More! 7 PM Book It!: Monthly Book Discussion 10 AM Music & Movement 11:30 AM Gamers Unplugged 3:30 PM Book It!: Monthly Book Discussion 6:30 PM AARP Tax Aide 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Homeschool Series 1 PM Tween Cafe 4 PM Library Closed Right to Read Week Library Closed to Celebrate the New Year Happy Valentine's Day Happy Groundhog Day 4
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Friday Saturday Thursday Wednesday Sunday Monday Tuesday 1 2 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 30 1 3 4 5 27 28 29 31 30 ALWAYS Learning at the Library 10 AM Friends Meeting 6:30 PM AARP Tax Aide 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM ALWAYS Learning at the Library 10 AM Nalu the Therapy Dog 4:30 PM Grapevine Bracelets 6 PM Board Meeting 7 PM Inspired Readers 12 PM Anime & Manga Society 3:30 PM Chair Yoga with the Hive 10 AM Music & Movement 11:30 AM Dark & Twisty Book Club 6:30 PM AARP Tax Aide 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Homeschool Series 1 PM Doors Can Open! Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities 6:30 PM ALWAYS Learning at the Library 10 AM Music & Movement 11:30 AM Video Game Day 3:30 PM Level Up Gaming 6 PM AARP Tax Aide 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Homeschool Series 1 PM ALWAYS Learning at the Library 10 AM Teen Advisory Group 3:30 PM Book It!: Monthly Book Discussion 10 AM Music & Movement 11:30 AM Gamers Unplugged 3:30 PM Book It!: Monthly Book Discussion 6:30 PM AARP Tax Aide 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Seed Starters 2 PM Homeschool Series 1 PM Tween Cafe 4 PM ALWAYS Learning at the Library 10 AM Escape Room: The Dentist 3:30 & 4:45 PM Fiber Arts with Lorain County Spinners & Weavers Guild 6 PM Techbytes:Strange Happenings in Grafton 10 AM Music & Movement 11:30 AM Traveling Ohio's Magnificent State Parks 6:30 PM AARP Tax Aide 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Meditation with the Hive 2 PM Innocent but Imprisoned: Wrongful Conviction in Ohio 6 PM Handsewn Felt Chicks 6 PM ALWAYS Learning at the Library 10 AM Friends Meeting 6:30 PM Music & Movement 11:30 AM Techbytes: The Ins and Outs of Using eBooks and More! 7 PM AARP Tax Aide 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Meditation with the Hive 10 AM Homeschool Series 1 PM Pump Up Your Job Search with JobNow 6:30 PM ALWAYS Learning at the Library 10 AM Nalu the Therapy Dog 4:30 PM Board Meeting 7 PM Inspired Readers 12 PM Anime & Manga Society 3:30 PM Chair Yoga with the Hive 10 AM Electric Bracelets, Pins, Bookmarks, OH MY! 3:30 PM Dark & Twisty Book Club 6:30 PM Homeschool Series 1 PM ALWAYS Learning at the Library 10 AM Video Game Day 3:30 PM Level Up Gaming 6 PM Plant Swap 2 PM Homeschool Series 1 PM Tween Cafe 4 PM How to Plan the Best Family Reunion 6 PM ALWAYS Learning at the Library 10 AM Book It!: Monthly Book Discussion 10 AM Gamers Unplugged 3:30 PM Book It!: Monthly Book Discussion 6:30 PM TechBytes: Ins and Outs of Using eBooks and More! 10 AM SPRING FORWARD EASTER SUNDAY Library Closed April Fools Day Drop Everything and Read Day St. Patrick's Day First Day of Spring 5 Hope & Healing with the Hospice of the Western Reserve 10 AM
6 GRAFTON-MIDVIEW PUBLIC LIBRARY || JANUARY - APRIL 2022 || REGISTER ONLINE AT GMPLIBRARY.ORG Programs require registration unless otherwise notated. Register starting December 15. Inspired Readers Wednesdays at 12 PM 1/12, 2/9, 3/9, 4/13 Join facilitator Peggy Wyar for a lively discussion of a different inspiring book each month. Feel free to bring your lunch. Dark & Twisty Book Club Thursdays at 6:30 PM 1/13, 2/10, 3/10, 4/14 If you like things that go bump in the night, please join us monthly for a lively discussion! Book It!: Monthly Book Discussion Wednesday,1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27, 10 AM or Thursday, 1/27, 2/24, 3/24, 4/28, 6:30 PM Join us every month for a lively discussion of a chosen book. Light refreshments are served. BOOK CLUBS Copies of books are available in the Library in advance prior to the meeting, while supplies last. Call the Library for more information or to place a book on hold. Registration is not required. January - Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury February - Together With You by Victoria Bylin March - The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers April - Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren January - We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper February - Home Before Dark by Riley Sager March - The Killer's Shadow by John E. Douglas April - Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay January - Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson February - The Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell March - Miracle Creek by Angie Kim April - We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza GMPL has a few different genres of book clubs that will meet each month. There's something for everyone. ADULT PROGRAMMING Cutting the Cord Monday, January 24, 6 PM Tired of paying for channels you don't watch? Join us to learn about alternatives to cable with demonstrations of some of the options available. Hope & Healing with Hospice of the Western Reserve Thursdays, 1/27, 3/3, 10 AM Join Laurie Mason, LISW-S, ACHP-SW, Bereavement Coordinator for the Hospice of the Western Reserve, who will facilitate a support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. Come and learn about helpful techniques to deal with your loss and find comfort in a supportive group setting. Pump Up Your Job Search with JobNow! Wednesday, February 2, 10 AM Monday, April 11, 6:30 PM Join reference librarian Kim for an in-depth tour of JobNow, an amazing all-in-one service designed for all of your career needs. Create a professional looking resume, write a cover letter, practice interviewing, and even get live on-demand assistance from expert job coaches! Stress Management & Mental Wellness Thursday, February 3, 6:30 PM Join Betsy Amador Ramos of NAMI of Lorain County to learn about the signs of stress, how to know when it is turning into more, and what resources are available for mental self-care. Chocolate Creations with Fear's Confections Monday, February 7, 6 PM Join Cassandra Fear of Fear's Confections to learn how to make stylish and delicious chocolate treats. All supplies are provided but you may bring your own apron if you'd like. Arts & Imagination: Living Well with Dementia Tuesday, February 15, 10 AM Join Jerry Devis, Executive Director of the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health in Westlake to learn about the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Hear about current research in the field, and how their organization embraces the arts as a way to increase socialization rather than isolation. ALWAYS Learning at the Library Tuesdays, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 10 AM Join the Library and Grafton's own Always Best Care Senior Services for a weekly educational program, fun games, and included FREE lunch. Come and meet other seniors, socialize, and learn about all the great assistance available in your own community on a variety of topics! No registration required. Chair Yoga with The Hive Thursdays, 1/13, 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 10 AM If you are curious about a yoga practice but have concerns about getting down to the floor, join Melissa Platten of The Hive for an interactive 45-minute session of chair yoga, breathing exercises, and silent meditation. While you use the entire body to the best of your ability in class, you'll either be seated in the chair, standing near the chair, and/or creatively using the chair or wall for support. No experience necessary! Level Up Gaming Thursdays, 1/20, 3/17, 4/21 6 PM Are you missing video games but are too old to attend the teen program? Are you an adult who loves to play video games? Then this program is for you. Come hang out with other adults and play video games. Enjoy one of our consoles or bring your own. Light refreshments served. Flower Power Saturday, January 22, 1 PM Explore the art of paper crafting using words of inspiration you can use to decorate your home or garden. Local artist Kathy Hyle will teach participants how to make and embellish fun flower shapes that can be creatively personalized. All materials for the activity are provided.
GRAFTON-MIDVIEW PUBLIC LIBRARY || JANUARY - APRIL 2022 || REGISTER ONLINE AT GMPLIBRARY.ORG 7 Last Great Race on Earth: Iditarod Trail Talk Thursday, February 17, 6:30 PM Come learn about the Last Great Race on Earth: The Iditarod! Eleanor Csizmadia, a local enthusiast who knows and loves everything Iditarod, is excited to share the history of the race (with a Cleveland tie-in), the rules of the race, the dynamics that make it the most challenging race on earth, and how to follow it from the warmth of your own home! Mush on down and share in the excitement before Iditarod 2022 leaves the starting line! Grapevine Bracelets with Cleveland Rocks and Beads Tuesday, March 8, 6 PM Enjoy a fun and educational evening learning the art of jewelry making taught by Jennifer Gerard and her staff from Cleveland Rocks and Beads in Cleveland Heights. Participants will create beautiful beaded grapevine bracelets with unique hand-selected beads and cording. All materials and tools are provided. Doors Can Open! Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Monday, March 14, 6:30 PM Join Arielle Bowers, a vocational rehabilitation counselor from the State of Ohio, who will discuss the different types of services her office can provide to assist Ohioans with disabilities in the workplace. TechBytes: Ins and Outs of Using eBooks and More! Monday, January 10, 7 PM Tuesday, February 22, 10 AM Wednesday, March 16, 10 AM Thursday, April 7, 7 PM Drop in and find out how to get the latest ebooks and more for FREE using the Library's Overdrive app. Join Kim of the Library's Information Department as she goes through the basics of how to download digital books, audiobooks, magazines, and videos using Overdrive on your tablet or phone. No registration is required. TechBytes: Finding Lost Relatives With Ancestry Monday, February 7, 10 AM Drop-in and join reference librarian John as he delves into the amazing depths of Ancestry and other genealogy tools in search of photos, military records, passenger lists, and more to help complete your family tree. No registration is required! TechBytes: Strange Happenings in Grafton Thursday, March 31, 10 AM Join Fred Backstrom for a fun and educational look through some of the more unusual and outlandish historical photographs and news stories out of the Grafton area using the Library's Biblioboard resource. No registration required - just drop in! Fiber Arts With Lorain County Spinners and Weavers Guild Tuesday, March 29, 6 PM Join the Lorain County Spinners and Weavers for an exciting presentation on fiber arts including hands-on instruction with looms and spinning wheels. Materials are provided to each participant to create their very own project. Traveling Ohio's Magnificent State Parks Thursday, March 31, 6:30 PM Join Park Naturalist Richelle Gatto from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, who will speak about all of the wonderful state parks in Ohio and the fabulous amenities available as you plan your travel this summer. Join Melissa Platten of The Hive for an educational and relaxing session covering multiple types of meditation. Melissa will lead you through the techniques and show you how to train your mind to focus on what you want, expanding your attention span and ability to remain in the present moment. Handsewn Felt Chicks Monday, April, 4, 6 PM Learn simple blanket stitching and make these adorable, posable felt chicks you can use for spring decorating! They can fly, they can dance, they can do yoga...whatever you choose! All materials and tools needed are provided. How to Plan the Best Family Reunion Monday, April 25, 6 PM Join Debra Jean Pfendler, Genealogy Librarian at Stark County District Library, for this fun and informative program on how to plan and throw a successful family reunion. Having trouble with your laptop or phone? Want help digitizing your old photos or learning the best ways to organize and save them for the future? Need to learn how to use digital books with Overdrive for an upcoming trip? Tech Tutor appointments provide one-on-one assistance for all of your technology related questions. Call or visit the Information Desk to book an individual session with a tutor! ADULT PROGRAMMING TECHBYTES TECH TUTOR Programs require registration unless otherwise notated. Register starting December 15. Meditation with the Hive Saturday, April 2, 2 PM or Monday, April 11, 10 AM This program is funded by the Friends of the GMPL and Read Between the Wines Sponsors.
GRAFTON-MIDVIEW PUBLIC LIBRARY || JANUARY - APRIL 2022 || REGISTER ONLINE AT GMPLIBRARY.ORG 8 WE THANK OUR VERY GENEROUS DONORS FRIENDS OF GMPL Wrongful conviction occurs when a person who is factually and morally innocent of a crime is nevertheless convicted and imprisoned. Since 1989, there have been over 2,800 exonerations of people who were wrongfully convicted in the United States, including at least 90 Ohioans. These cases include those in which a death sentence was imposed. The Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, provides free legal assistance to people who are innocent but imprisoned in Ohio. Please join us for this event to learn more about how and why wrongful convictions occur and the work being done in Ohio. Hear first-hand accounts from people who have endured the tragedy of wrongful conviction but triumph in freedom. Join Pierce Reed, the Policy and Engagement Director for OIP will appear along with a person who has been wrongfully convicted. Accompanying them will be Exoneree Raymond Towler and his Lydian Jazz Band. No registration is required. Program is presented by the Friends of GMPL and is free to the public. This is a compelling program, with an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. Innocent But Imprisioned: Wrongful Conviction in Ohio Saturday, April 2, 6 PM @ Midview Middle School Friends Meetings First Tuesday of each month, 6:30 PM January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5 The Friends of GMPL meet at the Library on the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, visit their website at http://friendsgmpl.org/. The January meeting is a social hour. Join us for desserts and information about what it means to become a Friend of the Library. We hope to see you there. Chris Bellamy Angela Carter Mrs. Theresa Edged Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz Kathy & Terry Gabel Ed & Lynn Greenwald Evelyn Hemmingsen Marianne Jalowiec Linda Kerekes Lois & Joseph Newton Sue & John Stipck Deborah M. Zarbaugh Mike & Melissa Filipiak Mr. & Mrs. Michael Labanow Jim & Cindy Snyczepanski To the Library Endowment Fund: A Donation to the Library: From the Palm Sunday Tornado to Memorial Day parades to the Lincoln Funeral Train (in the middle of the night!) Biblioboard is your window to the past. Browse newspaper articles, scrapbooks, postcards, interviews, photographs and more for free and with no login required. If you want to explore more fascinating people and places in our community check out our podcast, Postcards from Grafton, wherever you get your favorite podcasts. What will you discover? BECAUSE LEARNING TO READ COMES BEFORE READING TO LEARN.