2 GRAFTON-MIDVIEW PUBLIC LIBRARY || SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2023 || REGISTER ONLINE AT GMPLIBRARY.ORG FROM THE DIRECTOR Genealogist Tom Neel provides information on obtaining military records for genealogical research. Genealogy - Using Military Records Thursday, September 7, 6 PM Join coach Annamarie to explore the gentle art of Tai Chi through movement, breathing, self massage, and meditation. Tai Chi Easy with Coach Annamarie Saturdays, 9/9, 11/18, 1:30 PM Tai Chi Easy for Seniors Tuesdays, 9/12, 10/10, 11/14, 10 AM Friday, 10/20, 10 AM Wednesday, 11/8, 10 AM Join coach Annamarie to explore the gentle art of Tai Chi, incorporating mindful movements, breathing practices, self-applied massage, and meditation. ALWAYS Learning at the Library Tuesdays, 9/19, 9/26, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 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. Chair Yoga with Karen Jaynes Wednesdays, 9/20, 10/18, 11/29, 10 AM Join Karen Jaynes for one-hour sessions of chair-supported yoga. She will begin and end each session with mindfulness and guided breathing practices. Leave feeling present and relaxed with an increase in mobility. Please register for each session individually. Hope & Healing with Hospice of the Western Reserve Thursdays, 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 12/21, 10 AM Laurie Mason, Bereavement Coordinator for the Hospice of the Western Reserve, will facilitate a support group for older adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. Come and learn about helpful techniques to deal with your grief and find comfort in a supportive group setting. Registration required, with pre-screening questionnaire. Exploring the Creativity of AI: Generative Art, Speech, Text, and Music Saturday, September 23, 2 PM Come and learn how to use generative AI (artificial intelligence) to make pictures, generate text, and even make short video clips! Bring your own laptop to try it out during class or just come to learn. Putting Your Garden to Bed Monday, October 9, 6:30 PM Join Master Garden Volunteer Sue Schillig to learn how to put your garden to bed for the winter. Sue will talk about the chores to do in the Fall that will have your garden ready to go in the Spring. More Tales From Beyond with Jim Kleefeld Friday, October 27, 5 PM Jim Kleefeld brings a collection of artifacts collected over the years and presents stories and tales of mayhem, mental powers and the macabre. This program features a working replica of Thomas Edison's Spirit Telegraph, the keys and patient registry to the Colney Hatch Mental Asylum, Salem Witch Trials, and the Cleveland Torso Murders! Crystal Clear Monday, November 6, 6 PM Of quartz you'll learn all about crystals with Becky Chapin from Black River Crystals! Geocaching Around Grafton Tuesday, November 21, 6 PM Starting in September, embark on a Grafton geocache hunt for a chance to win our grand prize! Visit the Library or our website for clues. Find all caches to earn a season one completion certificate. Join our November meet-up to share experiences with fellow geocachers. LET OFF SOME STEAM Get on the right track to better mental, physical and emotional health. YOUR TICKET TO GREAT BOOKS, PROGRAMS & MORE! ADULT PROGRAMS All aboard the GMPL Express for a variety of great adult programs. Programs require registration unless otherwise noted. Registration begins August 16. Call, click, or visit to register. As we transition from hot summer days to a cooling period of colorful fall landscaping, GMPL is also looking forward to the Library's future. January 2024 marks the 80th anniversary of the Library. As our village and school district have grown, so have our services. Since 1944, the Library has moved once, added an addition, updated the expansion, and flipped our departments to broaden the benefits to our youth population. In the last decade, we doubled our programs but often outsourced the venue due to the small size of our community room. We added passport, notary, fax, and print services, and discontinued fines. We now bring high-speed internet through our computer stations; the Wi-Fi is available in and outside the building. Currently, the existing building is short on quiet space for tutors or small groups, short on shelving space for materials, and short on office workspace for employees. Our one constant, though, is our customer service. Grafton-Midview Public Library is where you always receive a warm greeting as you walk through the doors. Our professional help is top-notch, and our desire to fulfill your needs is ever-present. With this in mind, the Board of Trustees and administration must plan a library expansion supporting this community's needs and aspirations. We intend to look at our existing property and other properties in the district to ascertain the best space to meet the growing demands for the near future and beyond. We invite you on this journey with us as we gather feedback. You can rest assured; we want to know what is important to you because that matters. We intend to keep you in the loop, being transparent as we research and plan with you in mind. ~ Adele