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Upcoming Books to Movies of 2018

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As the Oscars approach, many of us have movies on the brain!  We look ahead to some of the great books becoming movies in 2018. There is nothing quite like seeing one of your favorite books come to life on the big screen!


Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Release date: February 23, 2018


Every Day by David Levithan

Release date: February 23, 2018


The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith

Release date: February 23, 2018


Redsparrow : a novel by Jason Matthews

Release date: March 2, 2018


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Release date: March 9, 2018


Love, Simon based on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli

Release date: March 16, 2018


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Release date: March 30, 2018


Where’d you go, Bernadette : a novel by Maria Semple

Release date: May 11, 2018


Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Release date: August 17, 2018


The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Release date: September 14, 2018


Boy Erased : a memoir by Garrard Conley

Release date: September 28, 2018


First Man based on First man : the life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen

Release date: October 12, 2018


The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Release date: October 19, 2018


The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

Release date: October 19, 2018


Mary, Queen of Scots based on Queen of Scots by John Guy

Release date: November 2, 2018


How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Release date: November 9, 2018


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Release date: November 16, 2018


Mary Poppins Returns based on Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers

Release date: December 25, 2018

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Library CLOSED for President’s Day Holiday 2018

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The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observation of President’s Day on Monday, February 19, 2018. No items are due this day. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, February 20.

Museum passes for Monday 2/19 or Tuesday 2/20 may be picked up in advance on Friday or Saturday (10 am-5 pm).

Please visit our digital branch online to read a newspaper, check out an ebook, learn a new language, and more!

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Director’s Report: December 2017

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Snow and ice removal and communication around inclement weather closures is an ongoing issue.

Landscaping and Garden

Budget is on track; staff leave may necessitate hiring more temps.

Circulation for December was 9,075 physical items (down 6.75% from last month and down 6.8% compared to last December) and 1,389 digital items (a 3% decrease from last month and a 16% increase from last December. Please see the attached Circulation Report.

Collection Development
The Playaway Launchpad collection was returned to the vendor – they offered free replacements for any machines with issues, because we were early adopters of the product. As both screens and chargers have evolved since our initial purchase, Sarah elected to send them ALL back for replacements. Kudos for Sarah for providing feedback throughout to the vendor and for being tenacious about getting value for our investment.

Museum Passes
In December, 86 passes were reserved, 80 were picked up and there were 6 “no shows.” We have come to the end of our complimentary tickets to the New England Aquarium and the Boston Museum of Science which had been donated by a patron, who has since moved out-of-state. Applications for regular passes have been submitted.

Borrowers, Attendance & Usage Statistics, Program Statistics, Reference Statistics, Web Metrics, Social Media Metrics
Please see attached ARIS statistics.

Library Renovation
The OPM search continues. Next meetings: January 8 at 7:30pm, Mon Feb 5 at 7:30pm. Interviews are as follows; please contact Doug Bowman or Beth Gallaway for instructions to log on from home via WebEx.

Mon 1/22
7 pm PMA
8 pm Daedalus

Tue 1/23
7 pm DAS
8 pm Andy Deschenes

We are getting rid of our physical server and switching over to cloud computing (finally!) thanks to Coghlin. Move date TBD. We have a work order in to replace 2 OPACs with the Children’s Room public computers, replace the children’s computers with laptops, and upgrade Beth and Sarah’s computers, retiring the very old laptop that we use for programming. We also replaced the Children’s Room staff printer and acquired a postcard printer to be used for printing passport photos. I got a quote for Deep Freeze to help maintain all 8 patron computers; this would allow patrons to make changes, but changes wouldn’t stick, requiring less staff intervention to remove old documents, programs and downloads, lessening the chance of viruses, and ensuring all the computers have the same software and desktop icons loaded. Slowness continues to be an issue; Dan Cusher suggested emailed the Town’s Technology Committee to help figure out why our broadband access is so slow, even after reconfiguring internet access.

Outreach and Partnerships
Grafton Celebrates the Holidays was wonderful! We had a great turnout for our Henna artist—Mandy did 105 Henna tattoos in 3 hours! Sadly, we had to turn some people away at the end. In order to accommodate more people next year we will not offer the more elaborate designs. Many families came to make snowmen and write letters to Santa and the troops. People were appreciative that we had an activity for older children and adults. Due to the high demand for henna art, managing the sign up proved challenging for staff that were also needed to answer questions, greet/direct patrons and accept payment for raffle tickets, book bundles, and ornaments. In the future it would be helpful to have a Friends volunteer to run the Henna signup and manage the crowd that gathers around the artist’s table.

Sarah and Allison went to Millbury Street School at the request of a teacher to help fill in an activity for the 6th graders who did not attend the class field trip. We came with LEGOs for free play, 4 Sphero robots, sticker painting and the holiday coloring (cards, boxes, ornaments, etc). We ended up not using the LEGOs and determined that we would not offer LEGO free play for outreach as it is very heavy and awkward to move. We set up the Spheros with 2 Library tablets and used 2 school tablets. Overall the program was well received. The students said it was their favorite time of the whole week and the teachers were impressed.

Crescent Manor BookWagon had 14 visitors, 62 check-outs and renewals, 17 requests, and 1 new registration.

Jan and Beth were invited to appear on Upton Community Television to promote the program, and an article on G.U.M. (the Grafton Ukulele Musicians) is forthcoming in the Blackstone Yankee XPress in January. The group meets on the second Thursday of the month at Apple Tree Arts, 1 Grafton Common, from 6:30-8pm.

The Library collected non-perishable goods valued at 461.26 in lieu of cash for fines, and the items on the knitting tree were donated to the Food Bank for families in need.

South Grafton Elementary School encouraged parents and students to visit the Grafton Public Library to foster a love of reading on December report cards.

Through the Friends we sold $370 worth of our Snowflake and Wreath LEGO Ornaments (74 kits). The money raised will go towards future LEGO build programs. Hopefully next year we can offer additional designs for a LEGO Ornament fundraiser. We’d like to do stars and poinsettias next year. Thank you to Aaron Swartz for organizing themed raffle baskets from the Down Under Collections as a holiday fundraiser.

A total of 32 people volunteered 162 hours. Susan reports, “Every year it’s a struggle to find an affordable gift to give our regular, ongoing volunteers as a token of our appreciation. This year, we were fortunate to have The Grafton Country Store affordably priced 36 gift cards for complimentary ice cream cones, which they creatively wrapped as a cone filled with tootsie rolls attached to the card with a ribbon.  It felt great to use a town business!” Many thanks to Carol Dauphinais for her generous support.

Sue Witham completed a webinar titled “Shoot Me an Email, Library Style” by Leah Sewell, sponsored by NoveList. A number of staff are going to be out on leave over the next few months. I am planning to add two more emergency temps to help cover hours, and grant additional hours to Sue Witham as Jen McNeil is cutting back.

Tech Services
431 items were added in December. Donna weeded, shifted, maintained mystery and SFF sections; replaced broken cases in DVD and CDBk collections; updated/weeded NF continuations with Susan and continued the database clean-up project.

Children’s Room
Our December LEGO Build was a success with kids, teens, and adults each having their own program where they built a mini arcade game and a Super Mario Question Mark Block complete with its own mushroom inside. As always, our LEGO programs are well attended and always leave people wondering when our next program will be held and what we will offer.

School vacation week offered patrons the opportunity to see Despicable Me 3, a Drop in and Build program that provided a variety of building materials for patrons to explore, a LEGO drop-in program (thanks to whomever donated a sizeable collection of LEGO!), and a New Year’s at Noon program. Our LEGO program was by far the most well attended program of the week. New Year’s at Noon was fun for our young patrons as we celebrated with a balloon drop, bubbles, and music at the strike of noon.

Teen Services
Sarah and Allison also hosted back to back LEGO builds with tweens, teens and adults. Attendees made two geeky ornaments: a vintage arcade machine and a Mario question cube (which held a little mushroom inside!).

Dungeons & Dragons had another great turnout this month with 20 teens.

Although we receive requests for more coloring night programs for teens and adults, we did not have any attendees at either session this month.

Adult Services
The “Not Just for Young Adults” Book Discussion Group met to discuss The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser; the Daytimers Book Group met to discuss Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, by Kathleen Rooney; the GPL Mystery Book Group met to discuss Unintended Consequences, by Stuart Woods; the “Inspirational Book Club” met to discuss Option B: facing adversity, building resilience, and finding joy by Sheryl Sandburg and Adam Grant; and the “Reads Well with Others” Adult Book Discussion Group met to discuss Christmas Bells by Jennifer Chiaverini.

In addition, the Library hosted Grafton Celebrates the Holidays, Christmas Coloring, GUM (Grafton Ukulele Musicians) with Apple Tree Arts, an Adult LEGO Build, the Grafton Writer’s Group, Saturday Afternoon Knitters.

Heidi proctored 2 tests. Cyndi notarized 9 documents.

Display topics included a Christmas music display and a Christmas book display. The fiction display for December was Staff favorite Christmas movies. We borrowed many DVDs from other libraries and they were flying off the shelf all month!

Comments from the Public:

  • “I’m so glad you mentioned Children’s Room video games. We won’t have to buy games to play on the gaming system we got for Christmas.”
  • “This is such a pleasant place to work.”
  • “Just wanted to let you know (because I think you were both here) that you encouraged me to buy raffle tickets and I was so excited on Sunday to find out I won the baseball one. Thanks.”
  • “I came to pick up a book and got these lovely ornaments! How nice to pass them on.”
  • Mystery Book Group folks praised the health of the plants and the caretaker who makes them so.
  • A patron asked about LEGO ornaments because of the outdoor sign. He also wanted us to know that he read our copy of The Finest Christmas Tree, by John Hassett, to his grandkids at their school. It was liked.
  • “You guys are the only place anymore that seems to do photocopying and you have great hours!”
  • “I mostly read ebooks (from Overdrive) but there’s just something about a book.”
  • “My daughter can’t wait for her birthday. She’s especially excited because she wants to come to the library because she’ll be able to be in the Children’s Room alone.”
  • “I like your elf costume. There are such wonderful things going on at the library now.”
  • “The place looks very nice – Christmasy!”
  • “How festive.”
  • “The library is cozy.”
  • “The library is kind of like my 2nd office.”
  • “The library has a really good movie selection.”
  • “You bring such Christmas joy with your outfit.”
  • “I’m so enjoying the [Christmas] CDs you got for me. So much!”
  • “I can’t wait for January 1st… when my Hoopla download limit resets!”

NO Log
12/27 No, we don’t have Cake, Pop, Crush –CZ (ordered Wish series – jFic -BG)
12/26 No, we don’t have any games for Nintendo Switch -CZ
12/21 No, neither Pronunciator nor offer help with Latin –SL (send alert to both database reps)
12/7 No, we don’t have a private meeting area. -EL
12/3 Had to shut down Henna line at 3:10ish and turn people away. Mandy was leaving at 3:30 and we had 15 people on the list. We looked into a second henna artist for next year (total would be $650 versus $350 we paid this year). Staff concluded that we should limit the designs to less intricate designs next year in an effort to cut down time per person. Although Mandy did do more than 100 people from 12:30-3:30! -AC
12/1 No, we don’t offer discount tickets to Stone Zoo. -EL

12/18 Patron at Stop and Shop tapped me on the shoulder and nearly scared me out of my shoes.  “Thank you and everyone at the library for all that you do. My kids and I just started coming to the library, and we’re going to start using it a lot more. Happy Holidays and enjoy your…(looks down) cheese balls and coco puffs.”
12/20 Someone called looking for an idea of a children’s home to donate books for Christmas-in shares-programs & services we have a list of local social resources which includes a homeless shelter -SL
12/7  Sarah and Allison visited some 6th grade students at Millbury Street Elementary who did not go on the class trip. We brought with us some app-controlled Spheros, Christmas cards and boxes to color and sticker painting. We received a lot of positive comments from the teachers and students. AC
12/4 Do you have tax deduction slips for book donations? -AC
12/3 Lots of positive comments on henna and the fact that it was free. -AC
12/3 These book sets are really only $3? -AC (Friends’ holiday bundles)


1/22 7/8pm OPM interviews Municipal Center, B
1/23 7/8pm OPM interviews, Municipal Center, B

Tue 2/6 7pm Board of Selectman Municipal Center, Conference Room A
Thu 2/8 6:30pm Grafton Ukulele Musicians at Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common
Thu 2/8 7:00pm Victorian Huswifery with the Alcotts at the Community Barn, Wheeler Road
Mon 2/12 Special Town Meeting, Grafton High School, Providence Road
Tue 2/13 7:30pm Friends mtg
Fri 2/16, 7:30am Legislative Breakfast, Worcester Public Library

Community Read TBA
Budget Hearing, Date TBA
Mon 3/5 7:30pm BuildCom mtg, Municipal Center
Tue 3/13 7:30pm Friends mtg
Sat 3/31, 10/11am Easter Egg Hunt, Grafton Common

Mon 4/2 7:30pm BuildCom mtg, Municipal Center
Tue 4/10 7:30pm Friends mtg

5/1 7:30pm BuildCom mtg, Municipal Center
5/8  7pm Annual Town Meeting, Grafton High School, Providence Road

Respectfully submitted,

Elizabeth S. Gallaway,
Library Director


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Teen Crafternoon: Pouches

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Saturday, February 24  1-3 pm

Practice your hand sewing while making these cute pouches with either a zipper or button closure. There are over 20 designs to choose from.

Please register here for this program.

This free program is for teens in grades 6-12. All supplies will be provided.

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Director’s Report: January/February 2017

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Over January and February, the Library participated in an I Love My Library Campaign, with valentines placed by the construction drawings. I am gratified that at special Town Meeting on January 9 the voters agreed to dedicate land to the stewardship of the Trustees for the purpose of Library renovation and expansion. Much of the month was taking up writing the Library Annual Report for 2016 (everything is up again, except total borrowers and computer use!) and completing the MPLCP grant application.

Snow and ice removal continues to be an issue. A staff member was injured when she slipped and fell in the untreated lot. The Town was low on sand/salt, the packed parking lot means cars prevent the sand/salt from being spread, and requests as early as 11:30 am did not result in dispatch of sand/salt trucks. If the Library lot is deemed a hazard, the Library cannot remain open to the public. It seems we revisit this issue annually with no change.

Garden & Landscaping
The library was closed on February 9 for a snow day, along with the majority of libraries and schools in the region.

The FY17 budget should be 66% spent by the end of February. P/T Personnel is running high.

Total Circulation for 2016 was 139,627 physical items, and 14,101 digital items for a total of 153,728 items circulated in 2016.

Please see the attached Circulation statistic report for January and February circulation statistics for print, media and electronic materials, and the attached ARIS report for borrowers, attendance & usage statistics, program statistics, reference statistics and web and social media metrics.

Library Renovation
The MPLCP grant was submitted! Thanks to Diane, Beth P, Marilyn C and Allison for helping to collate, and to Doug Bowman for hand-delivering the 8 binders to the MBLC by the deadline. DRA developed a 3D rendering of the proposed expansion at

The Library Planning and Building committee met once, and minutes are online at

Outreach and Partnerships
Sarah continued with her visits to Grafton’s north and south preschool classes. She planned her lesson to tie into their monthly theme of shadows and reflections. The children really loved the story Dark, Dark Night by M. Christina Butler and helped make the sound of the wind through the trees and the creaking, squeaking lantern.

Silly Science resumed in the beginning of January. Silly Science has really taken off with a full class of young scientist, engineers, and creative thinkers ready and willing to learn new concepts and take on new and fun challenges. We kicked off our session with a lesson about dinosaurs. Children were given a rock and they were given the task of uncovering a dinosaur. We also made imprints using toy dinosaur and play dough and talked about trace fossils and body fossils. Some of our other lessons included building towers and talking about nutrition and keeping our bodies healthy. We look forward to our next session beginning on February 27.

Crescent Manor had 12 visitors, 61 check-outs and renewals, and 7 requests in January and Crescent Manor had 12 visitors; 68 check-outs and renewals and 23 requests in February.

We were able to give 80 free tickets to staff, town employees and patrons through a generous gift from a former Friends member. Thanks to the Friends for launching canvas bag sales, and for hosting a plant night fundraiser that was great fun! It was nice to see that Friends and Trustees and staff also attended.

A Procedures committee has been formed and met twice this month to develop a Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) manual. We identified over 80 procedures to update or create by July 1. The committee members signed up for various procedures, and will be asking for staff help as well. A draft “format” is being developed for Beth’s approval. This task was assigned by Tim as part of Beth’s Department Head goals for FY17, due by July 1 2017, in addition to completing an electronics inventory and a calendar of recurring annual events, like the ARIS report and summer reading.

It’s been decided that we will wait until the Town offers free training, as our quotes from both the Red Cross and Med Star were between $800-$900 to renew our certifications.

In February, Lee participated in a MLS Listening Tour workshop on “Fake News.” The general consensus among the librarians at the workshop was that Libraries should be pro-active in helping our communities understand and have the tools to identify Fake news from factual news. Lee shared links to resources. This subject will be put on the agenda for the next staff meeting.

Heidi attended the Coalition for a Healthy Grafton Healthy Eating & Active Living sub-committee Meeting.

Tech Services
521 items were added in January. Donna processed a large children’s orders had many items that needed record request and did original cataloging on, and processed toys, games. She also assisted with drafts for tech services procedures and continued database clean-up, removing expired messages (ongoing). 581 items were added in February. Donna also did original cataloging on games and toys, re-cataloged/re-labeled YA DVD collection to Anime, and maintained mystery section, and provided coverage at the desk.

Children’s Room
Library Babies and Toddler Time resumed their session in January. On January 14, the Library hosted a LEGO Death Star build. 21 children, teens, and adults came together for this program to create a unique display piece and chat about Star Wars. Our LEGO build events have proven themselves to be a popular program across age groups. One challenge of offering this type of program to the community is our current programming space. This program can’t take place in the Children’s Room due the number for children and families that come to use the space to read, play, and explore. This leaves the tables upstairs in the Main Reading room as our only on site option, but fitting 10 people and a projector around a table while still providing an ample amount of space to build and sort pieces proves to be a real challenge. There was also an issue with a parent insisting that an underage child be included. This was problematic, as the build proved too challenging and created a problem with the pacing of the program. In the future, we must insist age limits, which are provided with careful thought, are strictly enforced.

Mr. Kim’s monthly visit was met with a room of excited toddler and preschool aged patrons. They love singing along, playing games, and hearing his puppets tell jokes and stories. We are thankful we have the opportunity to work with Apple Tree Arts to provide this program to the community.

Teen Services
Allison attended two training programs: one on Youth Mental Health First Air and another on Suicide Prevention. Additionally she attended the ALA Midwinter conference in Atlanta, GA as her final duties of being on the YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers committee. To see the 2017 final list, and the culmination of her hard work, visit YALSA at

Nerdfighters and Dungeons & Dragons met monthly. January’s teen programs included the rescheduled LEGO Death Star ornament and February’s teen programs included a Star Wars Symposium, LEGO Millenium Falcon build, and a screening of Suicide Squad. Allison developed a survey for suggestions of what movies teens want to watch at the library this summer. Send us your suggestions on our survey at

January’s book selection is Heartless by Marissa Meyer. In this prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Cath would rather open a bakery and marry for love than accept a proposal from the King of Hearts, especially after meeting the handsome and mysterious court jester. In addition to the book, we own a Playaway copy. If the name Marissa Meyer looks familiar it’s because she’s the author of the Lunar Chronicles series that begins with Cinder.

Allison worked on a weeding project to make some space in the teen fiction collection. We are looking into local organizations that are willing to take our discards so that they still may be enjoyed and used in the community.

February’s book of the month is The Art of Magic The Gathering: Kaladesh by James Wyatt. This full-color book showcases the award-winning art of Magic: The Gathering, bringing the Kaladesh plane – and all its inhabitants, inventors and artifacts–to vibrant life.

Adult Services
Heidi proctored 2 exams in January and 1 in February.

There was an Evergreen system crash on January 17; after spotty service for an hour or so, it went down completely from 3:00 to closing. All staff were being trained in Off-line Circulation procedures for potential future crashes (we process checkout as normal and upload data when the system comes back online. Eliminates errors from writing by hand or scanning to word and saves time!

Evergreen had scheduled maintenance on 2/20, Presidents Day. There were multiple issues with the hardware at C/W MARS which caused a lengthy downtime on Tuesday 2/21. This was further impacted by the usual large increase in returns on the day after a holiday. Staff implemented Offline Circulation mode, and from all reports it ran smoothly, with no patron complaints about some of the functions unavailable during Offline Circ (registration, paying fines, information about holds or searching the catalog). Patrons were compassionate when they saw the piles of books awaiting check-in; there were approximately 350 items in the Children’s Room and approximately 200 in Adult Services. The upload after Evergreen was restored was completed by Heidi; there were 120 check-outs in the Children’s room, 111 in Adult Services and 24 “exceptions” which are transactions that could not be processed in Offline Circ (patron accounts or material barcodes that weren’t found). Heidi spent approximately an hour processing the upload and resolving the exceptions.

“Books to Movies” was January’s Fiction display, to coincide with the kick-off of the 2017 awards season. We have quite a few sets of book/movie which are displayed together, until one or the other is checked out! Susan restocked the display cart a few times, and this display will remain until the Oscars. A display in February of the US Constitution and the Presidency had little check outs! Another display was prepared by Allison with the theme “Nevertheless she persisted” and a few of those books have been checked out. January’s “In Memoriam” display honored Mary Tyler Moore and John Hurt. Heidi curated a “Flora in Winter” display to go with the Garden Club program, a terrarium display to go with the fundraiser, and a “January is National Hot Tea Month” display, and in February, displays promoted the upcoming March Community read of Loving Frank and Valentine’s day.

In January, the “Not Just for Young Adults” Book Discussion Group met to discuss Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross; the
Daytimers Book Group met to discuss the Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah; the GPL Mystery Book Group met to discuss
Out Cold, a Brady Coyne novel by William G. Tapply; the “Reads Well with Others” Adult Book Discussion Group met to discuss The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth; and the “Inspirational Book Club” met to discuss This Year I Will– : how to finally change a habit, keep a resolution, or make a dream come true by M.J. Ryan.

In February, the “Not Just for Young Adults” Book Discussion Group met to discuss The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan; the Daytimers Book Group met to discuss Broken For You by Stephanie Kallos; the GPL Mystery Book Group met to discuss Faithful Place by Tana French; the “Reads Well with Others” Adult Book Discussion Group met to discuss Happy People Read and Drink Coffee by Agnès Martin-Lugand ; translated from the French by Sandra Smith and The “Inspirational Book Club” met to discuss Love For No Reason: 7 steps to creating a life of unconditional love by Marci Shimoff with Carol Kline.

The Saturday Afternoon Knitters met in January and February. We also offered two LEGO projects for AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO), holiday ornaments and a Millennium Falcon build. The Library partnered with the Grafton Garden Club to host a ‘Flora in Winter’ Presentation, and the Friends offered Build Your Own Terrarium Workshop fundraiser at ArtWorks Studio.

Collection Development
21 boxes were shipped to Thrift Books in January; 2 from discards, and 19 from Down Under. 12 large print books, 8 fiction and 6 audiobooks were weeded in February to accommodate returns. Non-fiction continuations have been coming in, and are waiting to be reviewed by the reference librarian before being put on the shelves. Non-fiction shelves are gradually being “shelf read” by specific volunteers who only perform this task. Any badly damaged or duplicate items are brought to the Head of Borrower Service to be discarded. A report of outdated materials that have not circulated in 5 years or that required updates (medical, legal, travel, etc.) was run by Allison. Heidi is going through the report gradually, and so far has withdrawn 20 items from the Dewey 100’s series.

Comments from the Public:
• “Thanks. I appreciate you getting this movie for me (out of region request)”.
• “I’m so glad you’re going for an enlargement. It’s been long overdue. Libraries are so important. People don’t think so because of technology but they are. This library is very special. I always find what I need here. Thank you very much.”
• “I’m glad they put [the flier] in with the census so we could learn about the databases.”
• “Gosh, I haven’t been here since I was 15.” (Came to get tax forms).
• Comment from tutoring person about noise from knitters: “Can you ask them to quiet down?”
• “I’d hire whoever cleared the walks out there. They are bare. Good job.”
• “Love your “Refugees Welcome” sign.”
• Patron appreciates the signs he’s seen popping up around the Library about being welcoming.
• A patron waxed reminiscent about inventive displays (blind date with a book). The person smiled at our current display.
• A patron put The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth because it was seen on our “What We’re Reading” section of our website.
• “She’s awesome” (helping her find sheep breed books). Another patron agreed and said “They’re all awesome. What would we do without them?”
• “We’ve saved so much money using the library.”
• Patron so appreciates having her daughter’s eyeglass prescription mailed back to her. It was in a book she returned.
• “Thanks for all your help. (Kids event calendar, museum passes and library card). I didn’t realize you had so much.”
• “It’s so pretty in this room, isn’t it?” [main reading room]
• “You are the most help helpful library. I love this library.”
• Patron complained about Nerd Fighters – suggested she try the third floor. She said she “was inspired to read Truman because of your “Spot Light On…” display.
• “I just read a review [of The Lost City of the Monkey God] last night and I find it here today…I can always count on this library.”
• “I read and enjoyed a book because of your display. Thanks.” (It was Into the Wild).
• “The bags are $20 each. You have a good supply? That’s a really good price. I’ll be back.”
• “How many red bags do you have left? I want to buy one before February vacation. We are going to Vermont and I’m going to have all the books in one bag.” She looks forward to her kids asking where their books are and being able to say “in the book bag.”
• “Are they new?” (book bags). Cool. I wish they just said “Grafton Public Library.”
• “I’m excited the vote passed. I tried to share it with as many people on my FB pages as I could.”
• “I’ve lived in town for 30 years and it’s overdue.” [Library building project].
• “How cute.” (tea display)
• “You guys do such a great job with displays” (book/movie).
• “Library should have a collage art night.”
• “I so appreciate how easy it is to use your computers. The printer works. You don’t have to log in to use, or worry about timing out, or need to pay to release the print job. It’s a joy to use.”
• “I have to say I’m loving that Hoopla! I’m telling everyone I know about it. You set it up and you’re waiting to pay, but you don’t have to because the library rocks.”
• “I love the Hoopla app.”
• “I read all the time and I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to borrow kindle books from the library.”
• “Will you be getting Southwick’s Zoo passes?

NO Log
2/28 Do you have a meeting room I can use to run an SAT prep class?
2/15 Second complaint about the sidewalk to curb area. A 66 year old patron took it upon himself to do it! -SL (these folks will call the town; they did for the last storm too)
2/15 Do you accept credit cards to pay a fine?
2/15 Complaint that the area between the curb and the sidewalk aren’t plowed -SL (suggested call the town)
2/15 We didn’t know our phones were down last night! -SL
2/8 Do you accept credit cards to pay a fine?
2/4 No we can’t have the “Take Your Child to the Library Day” programs at the Library. We also couldn’t have them at the police station, fire station, or Apple Tree Arts. And yes we did have to pay custodial fees to use the municipal center on a Saturday. -AC
2/4 Can you break a $100?
2/01 No federal tax instructions (several times every day)
1/31 No, we don’t have federal tax instructions (at least 3 requests per day!)
1/19 Patron was upset & surprised we only had one copy of the Very Hungry Caterpillar. (Our copy was out.) She assumed we’d have multiple copies of the very popular picture books. We explained we just don’t have the space to keep multiple copies of anything.
1/17 We don’t have more than 2 copies of every new best-seller -SL
1/10 No, we don’t have private tutoring booths -SL
1/5 A patron wanted a copy of Escape from Warsaw on DVD. The problem is that the DVD was only released in the UK and even buying a copy doesn’t guarantee that it would play on DVD players in the US. -AC
1/4 We can’t issue a new library card over the phone -SL
1/3 “There’s not enough room for someone with a disability to work at the computers. It’s difficult to have a document up and also be able to use the keyboard.” -AC
1/3 No, we do not have any private study space to tutor a student. -AC
1/18 “Can I get a passport here?” -LM

2/28 Could you help me get into my email?
2/28 Could you help me print this picture?
2/28 Can I borrow a pencil and ruler?
2/14 Can I get a library card today?
2/8 I saw two people today using their Friends bags to check out books. The second person said “These bags are the greatest! You can put a thousand pounds of books inside and it holds it all!” -AC
2/8 Can I leave these few books from Down Under while I grab some money? – AC
2/7 We like this (library babies) more than the music class we pay for!
2/03 “The Library needs this expansion! The teens need their own space!” (from teens at D&D) – AC
2/03 Yes, the Library does “get to keep” money given as a donation (i.e. keep the change) -SL
2/03 Yes, we can let you know if a library close by has a movie you want -SL
2/01 Yes, you can send a double sided fax -SL
1/27 You’re doing a movie night again during February break? We love the movie nights.
1/27 Yes, your 8mo can absolutely come to library babies.
1/27 My Grandson loves Mr. Kim. He got puppets and a guitar for Christmas because of him!
1/19 Yes, there is still room for the superpark if the library expansion goes through.
1-10 “I’m so excited-I came in with vague information about 2 different books my daughter needs and you have both of them!”-(Book Thief and Devil’s Arithmetic) ,SL
1/10 Yes we can help you print a full sized map from Google Maps (11×17 size print, patron was thrilled and I learned something!) -SL
1/10 Can you tell me where I can find information about whales?
1/5 “The library’s resources really helped me when I was looking for a new car. Having access to Consumer Reports in print and online really helped me to pick a great car as well as know what was a reasonable price to pay. Having that information made the whole process much less stressful.” -AC
1/4 “I just love the (Grafton tote) bag that we bought! It’s a great bag.” -AC

Respectfully submitted,
Beth Gallaway
Library Director

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Director’s Report: March 2017

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I was personally thrilled to shepherd—and participate!—in 4 sessions of Getting to Know Your Ukulele during the month of March. Ms. Jan Barlow of Apple Tree Arts provided an excellent beginner’s class that left me personally inspired. We hope to offer it again, and to partner in the fall on a monthly ukulele jam band.

Evergreen has had several issues with “outages” this month. They are usually resolved within minutes, but some have taken several hours, so it has been disruptive. We employed “Offline Circ” on two occasions, and it was easy to use and presented no problems during the upload.

C/W MARS introduced a new ticketing system was introduced this month, and we’ve submitted a few tickets which went smoothly and had a successful outcome.

The bi-annual delivery survey took place during the week of March 20-27. We sent out 29 bins with 879 total items, and received 27 bins. For comparison:
Oct 2016: sent 26 bins with 830 items, received 26
March 2016: sent 32 bins with 700 items, received 28

Collection Development
One patron wrote on one of our “I Love My Library” valentines that they would like more Christian material. Fortuitously, our Large Print Publisher ran a special on Christian titles this month, so I took advantage of that and added 10 new Christian fiction titles. We also ordered two award-winning non-fiction books and one audio, and I’ve added the names of two more popular Christian authors to our “automatic ship” list so we will continue to get new titles.

Museum Passes

Borrowers, Attendance & Usage Statistics, Program Statistics, Reference Statistics, Web Metrics, Social Media Metrics
Please see the new ARIS stat handout.

Library Renovation
We continue to wait for word on our grant status, to be announced July 13, 2017.

After a number of tickets to C/W MARS and Coughlin, it was determined that we needed to replace the modem provided by Charter/ C/W MARS. Our speed issue was almost immediately resolved!

Outreach and Partnerships
Crescent Manor had 15 visitors, 68 check-outs and renewals and 28 requests.

Thanks to the Friends for a great community read! This year’s title, Loving Frank, focused on the architect’s life from the point of view of his mistress.

30 volunteers provided 162 hours of service. We had one new volunteer start this month, and one left for spring sports, bringing the number of regular weekly scheduled volunteers to 27.

Several staff completed the Conflict of Interest webinar, which is required to be updated every two years for staff and trustees. At staff development, we offered a Fake News webinar that was really informative and inspiring!

Tech Services
Donna reports that 645 items were added in March. She did original cataloging on games/kits tried Qello (a concert database), completed database cleanup/items with messages, completed re-cataloging/labeling items on the “weird series issues” list, and maintained the mystery section.

Children’s Room
The Bookflix usage numbers in March continued to grow and we saw a 57% increase over last month’s. We are so pleased to see such a fantastic online resource get used by the community.

March meant the beginning of our monthly spring Willard House visits. Our March visit had a Dr. Seuss theme and each of the children got to make and take home their very own Cat in the Hat mask. We look forward to continuing this wonderful program throughout the spring and summer and enjoying the beautiful grounds.

Miss Kristin was back again for another successful session of Silly Science. We are lucky enough to partner with the YFCP to bring STEM Beginnings to Grafton. In March, we learned about hibernation, fireflies, your brain, and sound!

The sensory tab’s dino dig has been a huge success. Children love playing paleontologist and uncovering the various dinosaurs hidden in the dried beans. Be on the lookout for our next sensory table theme, construction.

March’s Community Reads theme was building and the children’s room read Iggy Peck Architect. After our story, the children were encouraged to make various structures using recycled materials and masking tape. The children’s room was filled with homemade bridges, towers, and other cardboard creations.

Jan Barlow of Apple Tree Arts was kind enough to run a parent workshop on the importance of music and movement for children. As always the class was fun and informative. We look forward to continuing our fantastic partnership with Apple Tree Arts.

Teen Services
Our recurring programs (Dungeons & Dragons and Nerdfighters) were both well attended this month. At the Teen Crafternoon, we made mini plush food and animals.

This month, in addition to the monthly programming email about upcoming events, Allison added a second email that will highlight items in our teen collection. This month she paired emoji with YA books and will be adding them as a list to our website in the future.

After a Facebook plea, generous patron Elizabeth Clements donated a bookshelf that now allows our adult and teen video game collection to be housed in one location! Thanks Elizabeth!!

We also added new magazines to our teen collection. Keep an eye out for them: Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Justine, Official XBOX, Catster, Dogster, and J-14.

Allison also stopped by the Grafton High School to meet with some ESL students and booktalked some of our graphic novels and fun non-fiction titles. Sarah and Allison met with some representatives at the Grafton Middle School to talk about how we can work together on summer reading books. She is working on a list of survival titles for them to look at.

This month’s feature book is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. After witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter’s life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

Adult Services
Display themess for the month of March included Architecture, books about Frank Lloyd Wright, and Community Read Books. The Spotlight display this month is Climate Change.

In honor of the Community Read, the “Not Just for Young Adults” Book Discussion Group met to discuss The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett; the Daytimers Book Group met to discuss Loving Frank by Nancy Horan; the GPL Mystery Book Group met to discuss The Architect by Keith Ablow; the “Reads Well with Others” Adult Book Discussion Group met to discuss Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan; and the “Inspirational Book Club” intended to discuss Originals: how non-conformists move the world by Adam Grant but the session was cancelled due to weather.

Other programs were to support the Community Read Title Loving Frank. Thanks to Heidi for planning a great selection of events that included Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Coloring, Community Read: Make Frank Lloyd Wright style coasters, Community Read: The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright with Architect Kenneth Best, and the RESCHEDULED Community Read Book Discussion, as well as Getting Started Homeschooling, an Early Childhood Seminar with Apple Tree Arts, and Saturday Afternoon Knitters and the Grafton Writers Group. Heidi also proctored two exams.

Comments from the Public

  • “You guys are so great.” [Re: genealogy databases]
  • “I’m so excited.” (about the stack of books on hold for her)
  • “Thank you so much. That was so great how you were able to help me.” [format word document, print, scan and attach to an email. He came back with a bag of Lindt chocolate for us to show his appreciation!]
  • “Love, love, this library. First time I’m reading in 30 years.”
  • “I like the pairing of the DVDs with the books in the mystery section.”
  • “You’re always so helpful. What would I do without you?” [You’re too kind. Thank you.] “It’s true.” [helped with photocopier.]
  • “This is my first visit – it’s packed here!”
  • “Thank you. You found me an extra book for my wool presentation and they liked it.”

NO Log
3/28 We don’t have quiet study rooms -SL
3/27 No, you can’t pay for egg hunt tickets with a credit card at this time. Also, no I cannot watch your grandchild while you run next door to get some cash. It’s against our policy. I will reserve a ticket for you, and you can come back and get it when you have cash or check available.
3/27 No, you can’t go into the CR staff aisle to browse for games, even if you can reach in over the gate. We have a binder with a complete list of games available for patrons to browse. Via CR daily info sheet
3/24 Do you have any storytimes today? Sat -AC
3/24 Do you have any kids programs today? (Sat) -AC
3/23 Do you have passes for Sky Zone?
3/11/ No, I can’t look through the entire aisle of unsorted books Down Under to find a Worcester audiobook you might have accidentally donated 2 weeks ago! -SL
3/11 No, you can’t look for it yourself! -SL (took name and # for Aaron in case he finds it)
3/8 You may not drop off your 9 year old alone for Lego club –SL
3/7 “I can’t browse the Down Under shelves for a specific book while you are on hold, but we have it to lend if you can’t find it!” -SL
3/6 A couple browsing Down Under was very upset that Down Under no longer sells videotapes. (I wanted to tell them they may just have none in stock, but they left before I could.)

3/31 “We didn’t know we were able to borrow games and puzzles from the library” via children’s room daily info sheet
3/16 “Thank you for buying this (video game), I love it!” SB
3/11 “What a great day at the library with crafts and free books.” via CR daily info sheet
3/9 “I love this rug. It’s so nice.” comment heard in the children’s room via daily info sheet
3/8 Are those books really free? Question asked by a preschool teacher via CR daily info sheet
3/1 This is our first time coming (to Toddler Time) What a wonderful program. We loved it so much!
3/1 “Libraries are so awesome! I love the nonfiction

Respectfully submitted,
Beth Gallaway
Library Director

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Director’s Report: April 2017

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Much of April was spent gearing up for Town Meeting – drafting warrant articles, setting a final public hearing, creating a powerpoint, meeting with Building Committee, preparing publicity materials. Thanks to trustees, Friends and capital campaign for the help and support!

Following the Egg Hunt, we had some ants and asked for Ransford to be mindful of spraying at their next visit. They also placed some strong commercial grade traps that cleared up the issue very quickly.

Garden & Landscaping
Beth Patch provided spring flowers in time for the Egg Hunt.

The FY17 budget is on target to be expended by June 30. We have a deficit in part time personnel from adequately staffing the desk to provide coverage for the volume of business we do and have trimmed back a bit. Thanks to Anita Patel, the Town Accountant, for her help.

Please see circulation stats handout.

Collection Development
A major non-fiction weed is underway. Some discards will go to Thrift Books, some to the free shelf and some to recycling. So far we have completed the 000-009; 100-199, 300-399 and 400-499.

Museum Passes
133 reservations were made; 113 were picked up. The decision was made to not purchase the Southwick Zoo pass this summer due to the cost ($750 for 50 discount coupons). We are renewing Davis Farmland along with all the other passes we’ve been providing.

Borrowers, Attendance & Usage Statistics, Program Statistics, Reference Statistics, Web Metrics, Social Media Metrics
Please see the new ARIS stat handout.

Library Renovation
We continue to wait for word on our grant status, to be announced July 13, 2017.


Outreach and Partnerships
Crescent Manor had 16 visitors; 73 check-outs and renewals, and 23 requests.

Allison attended a meeting at Whitinsville Public Library with local children’s and teen librarians to discuss a joint Summer Passport Program. She created a new design for all the libraries to use for this program. More details we be available in the Summer Calendar packet as well as our website as we get closer.

The Annual Egg Hunt was a huge success with the event sold out, lots of volunteers on hand to help, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. An egg wreath and folding rabbit basket were hits at the craft table – we are getting a lot of mileage out of the Ellison dies that have been purchased!

28 volunteers donated 107 hours. Three new volunteers started delivering books for our Home Delivery program.

Sarah’s wrist continues to heal from her injury in February.

Tech Services
Donna reports that 480 items were added in April. She updated YA series titles, changed all large type books to reflect Blackstone Valley floating collection status, and cataloged and processed quilting kits, Simply Fit Boards and DVDs, and assorted toys and games

Children’s Room
Due to the new temporary schedule many CR staffers have adopted, additional coverage gaps have formed. As a result, the children’s room is working very short staffed and has had to call upstairs for additional coverage as needed.

This month at our monthly Willard House & Clock Museum visit we read books about spring and eggs. The children were each given a wooden frame to decorate and use to display their favorite photo.

Our morning school vacation week drop-in programs were a success. On Tuesday we hosted a LEGO free play even that brought in 47 children and caregivers. The Children’s Room was packed and the kids had so much fun playing. On Thursday we had 28 friends attend our drop in paper airplane event. We left out instructions, books, and paper and had the children create their own airplanes. Friday morning we hosted a domino open play session. The children had so much fun building (and destroying) their domino creations.

Shannen, an instructor with Absolute Yoga, did a wonderful job hosting a fun and energizing yoga program for children ages 4-10. Be on the lookout for our upcoming summer yoga programs!

In our Tween Garden Craft program, we painted kindness rocks that tie into the Grafton Rocks Facebook page initiative, made wind chimes, and recycled CD light catchers. Unfortunately, a number of tweens who registered for the program didn’t attend so waitlisted patrons didn’t have the opportunity to participate.

Teen Services
Allison working on both program and book list emails for this month and May, June, July, and August, and finalized the new Calendar and Information packets for the summer. She added the e-newsletter book lists to the website for future reference., created a list of suggested survival theme books for the middle school summer reading committee to consider, and worked on the grant application for Adulting 101. She worked with Donna and went through all the YA books to make sure that all books that are part of a series have the proper spine label. She worked on a teen resources list for the website and adding NF books to supplement our collection.

Programs this month included: D&D, Nerdfighters, LEGO Sea Turtle build, Harry Potter Incredibuilds, and a Fantastic Beasts movie night. We had a great response to the Incredibuilds and teens can vote on what we will offer this summer:

The book of the month is The Hero’s Closet: Sewing for Cosplay and Costuming by Gillian Conahan. This essential handbook offers detailed, step-by-step instructions that cover the basics of sewing costumes (which often require skills not found in standard sewing guides) to help even the most novice sewists create the costumes of their dreams. If you are interested in cosplay and learning more about it save the date for July 12th when we will have a Cosplay 101 program.

Adult Services
Displays for the month included Shakespeare’s Birthday month and Multiple Birth Awareness Month.
The “Not Just for Young Adults” Book Discussion Group met to discuss Prince of Shadows : a novel of Romeo and Juliet by Rachel Caine; the “Reads Well with Others” Adult Book Discussion Group met to discuss The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown; the Daytimers Book Group met to discuss The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber; the “Inspirational Book Club” met to discuss Originals: how non-conformists move the world by Adam Grant. (Originally scheduled for March 28th) and Just Listen : Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone by Mark Goulston and the GPL Mystery Book Group met to discuss The Deep Blue Good by John D. MacDonald.The Library hosted Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Haunted Mind (In co-operation with the Grafton Historical Society) and the Grafton Writers Group. Heidi proctored one exam.

Comments from the Public:

  • Sandy from the Bushnell-Sage Library in Sheffield MA wanted you to let Susan know how very much she appreciated her help getting a Grafton item to one of her patrons. She said she called Susan was willing to help and followed through. She said “We all just want what’s best for our patrons. It’s refreshing [that she acted in a way that was consistent with Sandy’s belief].”Thank you soooo much!”
  • “I love libraries and am of course using one today. But it’s so expensive and I’m a fiscal conservative. You should put a picture of the proposed library in the Grafton News every week. I voted no the last time. But the picture won me over. I thought it would be nice to have something like that in my town.”
  • Another patron said she wants to be involved with the ADA aspects of the library building project. One of her friends thinks there’s already too much traffic in the center of town. Could you build new in Nelson Park? The patron said she’s new to town so she really doesn’t know what’s best but is in favor of the project.
  • “Wow, you even have coffee!”
  • “The flowers looks so nice out front. So much like spring.”
  • “You had the tax form I needed and I am very happy.”
  • A patron mentioned that she is going to England to see her son and while there intends to visit the Bodleian Library (due to how much she enjoyed the Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness, which she said I suggested.)
  • Thanks to the tax form from the library, I got my taxes done on time (and most of the questions write *smile*).”
  • “My jaw dropped when I saw this [library item]. I can’t believe you already have it. It just came out. I almost bought it for $30 (and then I came here). [Walking Dead a New Frontier for DS4].
    -Another patron was impressed we already had a new non-fiction as it is brand new (don’t recall the title, was in the 158.2s).
  • “I love this place! I always have.” (held finding the bus schedule she needed, online).
  • “I love you girls at the library!” (Fran Kuchinsky).

Space requests: 2
Study rooms, small meeting space.

NO Log
4/25 No. we do not have room for a group to have dance practice. (yet! – BG)
4/24 I’m sorry, I can’t sign your twins up for Silly Science. The program and the wait list are full. -SB
4/20 No, we do not have any Davis Farmland passes yet.
4/18-No, we don’t get the special editions of Time Magazine (2nd person asking-will talk to EL) -SL
4/3 No, we will not be offering the Southwick’s Zoo pass this spring/summer. -SB

4/20 – “The teen events are great! My son loves the LEGO builds and the (Harry Potter) Incredibuild was awesome!” -AC
4/20 – “Thanks for having these great programs! The Library was suggested to us as a place to come and I wasn’t sure but you have amazing events all the time!” -AC
4/12- “This is so great! I asked the right person!” To Marilyn, after she found several great kid’s books on the slave trade for a very happy patron.

Respectfully submitted,
Beth Gallaway
Library Director

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Director’s Report: May 2017

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Town Meeting was a success, with both Library articles passing and the election the following week was also a success, with the ballot question for library funding passing!!!

I attended a meeting at Massachusetts Historical Commission with Doug Bowman, Tim McInerney and Ken Best to discuss remediation for the adverse effect of demolishing the stacks. It was overall a positive meeting and Ken and I will be working on provided required information about the decision making process to eliminate the stack box, and why it is the best – really, only – recourse for the project, with suggestions on how to retain the value of the historical piece, through salvage and through a permanent display of the library as it used to be.

The Overdrive App is getting a facelift. Meet Libby! The App debuts June 20. Here’s a link to a 40 second video that shows how it looks, if you want to get a quick idea about it!

At May Town Meeting, the Town voted to expend $10,708 for column repair, restoration, and preventative sealant; I took care of the PO and Beth Patch got in touch with the only vendor to respond to our request for proposals to do that work. As his bid came in at 9,000.00 we can proceed; we added 20% contingency.

Garden & Landscaping
Thanks to Beth Patch for working with volunteers to weed and mulch the Library gardens. A planting day was held at the beginning of June, to much success.

The FY17 budget is on target to be expended by June 30. We moved money from expenses and state aid to cover a gap of $41000 in personnel expenses to cover the Library’s 2 desks and ensure adequate coverage for the volume of transactions at the public service desks. Thanks to Anita Patel, the Town Accountant, for her help.

Circulation increased from last month and last year; please see the circulation stat handout.
C/W MARS conducted their annual purge of patrons meeting the following criteria:

  • Public and decertified patron Permission Groups only*
  • Expired 4 years or more
  • No checkouts
  • No holds
  • No messages
  • No notes
  • No fines/bills

We were notified that 554 of our patron’s accounts were purged. There were a total of 37,874 accounts from 154 libraries purged.

We received a number of emails and phone calls regarding patrons not receiving their Overdue notices, Courtesy notices and Holds available notices.  We were able to determine that in all the cases, the emails were generated in Evergreen and sent out via Gmail.  Most of the patrons that are having problems have accounts.  We are reminding our patrons that they should be white listing the domain and checking the junk and/or spam folders.

Collection Development
Our non-fiction weed project continues; we have completed 100-199, 300-399, 400-499, and 500-599. 

Museum Passes
This month 124 passes were reserved, and 110 were picked up. Davis Farmland passes have arrived along with free coupons for any child who signs up for Summer Reading.

Borrowers, Attendance & Usage Statistics, Program Statistics, Reference Statistics, Web Metrics, Social Media Metrics
Please see the new ARIS stat handout.

Library Renovation
We continue to wait for word on our grant status, to be announced July 13, 2017.

We had a problem with wireless printing that IT helped to resolve. Patrons need to download the correct driver to print wirelessly.

Outreach and Partnerships
Crescent Manor had 16 visitors; 71 check-outs and renewals and 17 requests. Beth did a farm-themed storytime at SGES, complete with ukulele singalong to Old MacDonald and B-I-N-G-O. The Grafton News invited us to contribute to their annual guide to summer, which is a wonderful opportunity to highlight library programs and events.

Annual meeting is scheduled for Friday June 20 at 7:30pm.

One new library volunteer began in May, and one ELL student has been matched with a tutor. This month we had a total of 31 people who put in 141 hours.


  • Susan attended Annual Circulation Meeting and the Annual Resource Sharing Meeting at Millbury Public Library on May 31.
  • Several staff members had vacations in May, but we managed to operate short-staffed. Moods were happy because of the vote!
  • Half the staff attended a training session on the Employee Assistance Program offered through MIIA; free and confidential support for work and life issues encompassing financial and psychological.
  • I attended the MA Library Association conference and attended sessions on Using Reference Statistics for Positive Change, Assessment and Evaluation for Librarians, Sustainable Thinking, Step Into Your Office: The Library as a Coworking Space,: Mind in the Making: Creating Play and Learn Spaces @ your library, Content Strategy for Librarians, Keeping Patrons Engaged Beyond Small Collections, and Mobile Tech,. Notes were tweeted at, worth it just for the session on Memes.

 Tech Services
Donna continued work on YA and childrens’ series, re-cat and relabeling, cataloged odds & ends that have been coming back from C/W MARS, completed original cataloging on assorted games and toys, worked on database clean-up, maintained Mystery section and provided desk coverage. 

Children’s Room
The sensory table now has construction vehicles and aquarium gravel, and has been a big hit. I stepped in to do Toddler Time for Sarah when she was out, and it’s always a (humbling) reminder that she is so very good at what she does with our young children and families. An insight into her process follows:

“Wednesday will be a bug themed day. I have put The Very Hungary Caterpillar and Beetle Bop aside to be read. The books, signs to be put on the doors, and flannel board pieces are provided. Lucy (cat puppet) is in the CR on the shelf. Repetition is important, so we sing every song twice. Two little Dicky birds is lots of fun for the kids. One is named Quiet (whisper name), one is named Loud (speak loudly). Occasionally, we have a child who asks for an encore, so you can play it by ear and do it again if the group seems into it.  During Baa Baa Black sheep, the first time we sing we clap our hands, the second time we sing, we pat our laps. There is a built in wiggle song before the first book, but if the kids are sitting nicely, you may not need it. Sometimes if you try to put a wiggle in when they are listening intently, it is harder to bring them down. If they are already wild, a wiggle song acts like a steam vent, and afterwards they can usually settle. The flannel board song is Bubble, Bubble, Pop! I have red, blue, and yellow fish, but the color order may be different that the one used in the video. I usually do the song counting up, 1-2-3, than again counting down, 3-2-1, as the fish swim away.  We round out the lesson with Itsy Bitsy Spider and Open Shut Them. All of this is also written in lesson form that I usually tape to the easel for quick reference.  The Laurie Berkner CD is in the CD player. I will ask Jen to keep the bubble machine in an easily accessible location and leave the shaker basket out where you can find it. My Toddler Group is filled with rock stars! Children and adults know the routine and I’m sure they will help you out. The first session tends to be smaller and more mellow, and go with the flow.  The second group tends to be larger and have a bit more energy. As, I’m sure you know, we know we don’t expect toddlers to sit perfectly still.”

May is all about summer reading prep. We were grateful to have a chance to review the Summer Learning Passport for MSES & NGES.

Teen Services
Teens celebrated Free Comic Book Day and Nerdfighters.

 Adult Services
Heidi proctored 2 tests.

Display themes for May included “Motherhood,” the Great Outdoors, Get Caught Reading Month, and Memorial Day.

The “Not Just for Young Adults” Book Discussion Group met to discuss Article 5 by Kristen Simmons; the Daytimers Book Group met to discuss The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick; the GPL Mystery Book Group met to discuss The Lost Garden: an English garden mystery by Anthony Eglin;  “Reads Well with Others” Adult Book Discussion Group met to discuss The Gilder by Kathryn Kay; and the “Inspirational Book Club” met to discuss Lean In: women, work and the will to lead by Sheryl Sandberg.

The Library also hosted Free Comic Book Day, Saturday Afternoon Knitters and the Grafton Writers Group.

Comments from the Public:

  • “Thank you for the book suggestion. It was perfect.” (Heidi saw a book that she thought a patron might like, while shelving, and suggested it to her.
  • “I love this library. I grew up in Westborough and getting my blue library card with the metal number on it was the high light of my 5th birthday. Now as my kids turn 5 I get them their own cards. My 4 ½ year old is chomping at the bit.”
  • “I was told your library had a great craft book collection.”
  • “Thanks for the glasses basket. I’m always forgetting mine at home.” (we added reading glasses to the copier table)
  • Patron so appreciative of our ability to get an out of state ILL for her as the item is $200 online.
  • “I could do cartwheels I’m so happy.” (Re: that we can scan documents.)
  • “I love the message at the bottom of the receipt. I used to buy hardcover books. Then I rediscovered the library about 10-15 years ago. (Re: the part of the receipt that tells how much a person saved).
  • A patron thinks we should reach out to folks who voted no.
  • Do you have book sales? Figured with the new library passing, that it would make a good fund raiser
  • “He’s going to be in 7th Heaven.” (about books we specially ILLed for a patron).
  • “Who can I call to say the Grafton Public Library should be number 1 on the grant list?”
  • “I wanted to thank everyone here at the library for their help and understanding. Things have been tough at home this year and the Library has helped.”
  • “The museum passes are amazing. You’ve saved me so much money and now we can spend Mother’s Day at the Aquarium!”

Space requests: 3

NO Log
5/22No Franklin Park Zoo passes -SL
5/13-No quiet area -SL
5/06-No private study areas -SL 

5/10 – Yes we can get you other Magic School Bus books from other libraries.
5/8 – Yes you can use on the children’s computers. (but not from home) -AC

Respectfully submitted,
Beth Gallaway
Library Director



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Director’s Report: June 2017

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Happy Anniversary, Grafton Public Library! And Happy Birthday, and thank you, Jerome! Thanks to the Gala committee and the many volunteers who put together a fantastic event on Saturday June 24. In spite early morning rain showers and ensuing mugginess, we celebrated Jerome Wheelock’s birthday with a grand carnival extravaganza on the common. Our committee of volunteers led our youngest patrons in a series of lawn games. There was a bouncy house, snow cones, and cake for everyone.

Beth P and I are working on estimates for brick repointing. A leaking pipe turned out to be a roof issue, and we have in hand an estimate of $1,000-$1,600 to add a witch’s hat and sealant to the roof by the fire escape to prevent water from entering the building. Column repair will be scheduled for the fall.

Garden & Landscaping
Thanks to Beth Patch for leading a planting day at the beginning of June, and for maintaining the containers are the Library’s entrances. Thanks to Linda Casey, who did a phenomenal job pruning, splitting plants, weeding, removing vines and mulching in the Library’s formal beds. Follow the stepping stone path to a delightful fairy house!

The FY17 budget is closed. We submitted a request for over $6,000 in encumbrances and missed one bill for $56 for the copier, which will be brought to Town Meeting.

Overdrive introduced a new app called Libby. Most of the staff have used it personally or have learned how to use it. It allows users to store several library cards (from different networks) and thus have more borrowing opportunities. Another plus is that one can start reading the downloaded book right from the app rather than having to open up another site. Overdrive has been slow to create new brochures, but we have made some fliers to hand out to our patrons in the meantime.

The FY ’17 Mediated ILL statistics show that we submitted 111 requests and 81 of those requests were filled. (A separate report will be written to show the outcome of the unfilled requests.) Figures for FY ’16 were 102 requests with 62 filled.

NOTICE: On Sunday, August 20, between 6AM and 4PM, we are replacing our old database server with a brand new, faster server. We are also upgrading the Postgres database software underpinning our Evergreen ILS. These significant improvements will boost performance across the board. Evergreen will be completely unavailable during the upgrade. Reports will be down longer than the rest of the functions. Reports will be up by the end of the day on Tuesday. Our EZ-Proxy server will be set to “pass through” mode so any services using EZ-Proxy authentication will continue to allow patron access to those resources. However, patrons will not be able to login to Overdrive and use other services using SIP related functions including self-check machines during the downtime on Sunday.

Museum Passes
June was a big month for museum pass use; we had 177 reservations and 157 were picked up. Once again we will be using donated tickets for the New England Aquarium, and this year the same person donated tickets for the Museum of Science. Southwick has been requested multiple times—it’s a very expensive “pass” that involves the Library pre-chasing discount tickets. They were not all used last year, and were used as a prize giveaway for summer reading and for a volunteer appreciation event. Given the popularity we will revisit for next summer.

Five new volunteers started this month. We had 47 people putting in 163 hours this month, including one person whose been working hard on the grounds and flowers, and 9 young adults from St. James Church who contributed to the grounds clean up. One volunteer has offered to do an in-service on Excel for any interested staff, which will be discussed at our next staff meeting.

Borrowers, Attendance & Usage Statistics, Program Statistics, Reference Statistics, Web Metrics, Social Media Metrics
Please see the ARIS stat handout.

Library Renovation
We continue to wait for word on our grant status, to be announced July 13, 2017. Next Library Planning and Building Committee meeting is August 7 at 7pm.

There was an issue with IT changing our DNS server and not letting us know; computers were down for a half day.

Outreach and Partnerships
Crescent Manor had 19 visitors, 71 check-outs and renewals and 17 requests.

At the Friends of the Library Annual meeting, a social media coordinator was introduced, the new slate of officers was voted in, and fundraising was discussed. The program was well attended and it was nice to see new faces.

One new library volunteer began in May, and one ELL student has been matched with a tutor. This month we had a total of 31 people who put in 141 hours.

There were lots of days we worked “short” as staff needed to use vacation days before the year end. June tends to be a stressful month with the start of Summer Reading creating extra work, increased patrons needing help, fewer staff, and much larger deliveries to process. Once July comes, things seem to smooth out, but June saw several of us heading home in a very weary state!

Donna attended webinar on Libraries and Compassion Fatigue.

Tech Services
125 items were added in June. Donna did Original cataloging on games, equipment, worked on series re-cataloging and labeling in the Children’s Room, did repairs on spine labels, cases, re-covering, re-packaging, maintained mystery section, and provided desk coverage.

Children’s Room
At the beginning of the month, we wrapped up our Spring Storytime sessions, and promoted our Summer Reading program by visiting each elementary school. Sarah and I also participated in a new outreach program at the schools-Tech Day. We led three groups of kids through a series of fun, engineering activities featuring LEGO!

As the school year ended, we saw an uptick in elementary-aged visitors. Our daily ticket and animal voting project were great incentives for daily visits. We provided plenty of copies of the school’s summer recommendations, and even provided suggestions of our own. Several of our summer programs filled up within hours of registrations going live, proving that staggered registrations was a good way to ensure program availability for all. It looks like it will be a busy summer!

Teen Services
Sarah and Allison spent a day at the Grafton Middle School talking about our program and booktalking their summer reading choices to English classes. Sarah, Allison, and I also went to the Grafton High School and set up a table during the three lunch periods. We used our spin wheel and it was a great success to attract attention. We gave away free books, comic books, note pads, candy, and stress toys while signing up teens for the summer program.

A lot of time was spent getting the summer programming packets ready and finalizing books, video games and supplies to order July 1st. We will be adding a bunch of new books, board games, and video games to our collection in July so stay tuned!

Adult Services
The “Not Just for Young Adults” Book Discussion Group met to discuss These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly; the Daytimers Book Group met to discuss The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair; the GPL Mystery Book Group met to discuss Dead Man’s Chest by Kerry Greenwood; the “Reads Well with Others” Adult Book Discussion Group met to discuss Walden by Henry David Thoreau and the “Inspirational Book Club” met to discuss The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis.
The Library also hosted Wonder Woman Day, Planting Day, Saturday Afternoon Knitters, the Grafton Writers Group, the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting, Songbirds of the Northeast with naturalist John Root, and the very well-received Jerome Wheelock Birthday Party.

Displays included themes such as the Great Outdoors, Get Caught Listening (June is Audiobook Month), Songbirds of the Northeast, Beach Reads display, and Green Cleaning display to go with an upcoming program in July. The fiction display for the month was “Stories for and about Dog Lovers”, and it was been incredibly popular!

Heidi proctored 2 tests.

Comments from the Public:
• “You just made my night.” (Reminding an adult to sign up for Summer Reading)
• “You must love your job. You’re always dressing up.”
• “You always have such pretty flowers.”
• “It’s a pleasure [coming to GPL Mystery Book Discussion Group].
• “I don’t know how you do it. But every time I look, I find new books I’ve never seen before and want to check out. You keep it fresh. (non-fiction)
• “I really appreciate the help with my research.”
• “I’ve heard of other libraries having local art exhibits in their libraries. I think we should in the new library. It would bring people in and give excitement to people knowing something very important to them is being shared. And they’d have friends and family from away come see it too.”
• “Congratulations on your triumph.” (the building vote passing)
• “Thank you for looking over my resume.”
• “The flowers out front are so pretty.”
• “She dresses up as characters. It’s so cool.” (One person said to her friend)
• “Your flowers are beautiful outside, aren’t they?” (out front)
• “Love these. I don’t have to deal with 11 discs to switch out.” (MP3 audio discs)

NO Log
6/28 No, there is no Mr. Kim program this week. Hulafrog has inaccurate information.
6/26 No Southwick passes -AC
6/22 No, we don’t have Grandma Gatewood’s walk : the inspiring story of the woman who saved the Appalachian Trail / Ben Montgomery -HF
6/21 No coloring group this year? We’ll miss it! It was nice for the whole family.
6/21 No Southwick passes -SL
6/20 No Southwick passes -SL
6/19 No Southwick passes -SL
6/17 No nooks to lend -SL
6/15 No, we don’t give out passes for Southwick Zoo.
6/13 We don’t know where the bus stops on the common. (I called WRTA for brochures today) –SL

6/28 “I’m so happy I was able to get this notarized here!”
6/7 “Looks like you’ve outgrown this space.” Patron comment in Children’s Room
6/6 Yes, our catalog computers do have “Paint’! –SL
6/5 Yes, you can access Pronounciator from home -SL

Respectfully submitted,
Beth Gallaway
Library Director

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