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Did You Know…

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 That we have an interesting collection of non-fiction DVD’s? They are now interfiled with the rest of our non-fiction collection on the top floor of the library. You can check out some great titles such as The Buddha, Planet Earth, American Quilts, Dogs Decoded, The Medicated Child, Jazz Icons, The National Parks, How to Guides for Home Improvement and many, many more-317 in fact!
Come on in and take a stroll through our rows of intellectual stimulation!

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Having Trouble Navigating the Online Catalog?

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Ask any staff member; we are always happy to help. But if you need assistance after hours, an online catalog help link has been added to the C/WMars catalog. From any catalog search page click on the word HELP on the menu bar to find tips on searching for materials, requesting materials, and managing many aspects of your library account.

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Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 3rd!

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Free Comic Book Day 2014
FREE Comics and Activities at Grafton Public Library!!

On Saturday, May 3rd the Grafton Public Library will give away FREE comic books from 10am-5pm! There will be selections for all ages and interests. Drop in to caption a cartoon, draw your own comic panel, and participate in other fun activities. Don’t forget to wear your super hero costume for a fun day celebrating comics!
The Grafton Public Library joins comic book stores and libraries throughout the world to celebrate comics and comic books with Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). Free Comic Book Day is held the first Saturday in May each year and celebrates an original American art form that’s fun to read.
For more details for the program, please Allison Cusher, Teen Librarian, at 508-839-4649 or by email at For more information about Free Comic Book Day, please visit

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Director’s Report: March 2014

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Director’s Report

A computer disappeared from the mezzanine, and was found a week later on a bottom shelf in the fiction stacks. We are not sure if someone moved it for a prank, took it and brought it back, or tried to steal it and chickened out. Cable locks have been ordered for all Library machines.

The Library has received Level III grant for the roving archivist’s return to assist with developing a collection development plan, and carry out some of the suggestions in the report, including consolidating materials to one accessible location. Rachel Onuf and I will begin working on the project in April.

The budget was turned in and the Town Administrator made a $17 increase to the request. With the support of the Board of Library Trustees, I went to Finance Committee March 15 prepared to defend the budget requests. The meeting seemed to go smoothly. Their concerns appeared to be funding that would allow us to maintain our state aid grant, and looking at ways to consolidate services like snow removal and IT. I have met with Tim to discuss snow, with Jen Sclar to discuss IT, and look forward to additional conversations.

In March, I spent a lot of time scheduling interviews, coordinating summer reading, and taking care of building maintenance. I also did the Willard House storytime at the beginning of the month. I drafted a call for Library volunteers, booked an author visit for April—Rick Wiggin is coming to discuss his book about Embattled Farmers during the revolutionary war—and an infant sign language presenter for May.

I also met with Donna Trainor to discuss logistics for the egg hunt and Betty from the Rec Department regarding filling the eggs with candy.

I ran a weeding list for the nonfiction collection and began pulling out-of-date, worn, and non-circulating titles. Biography and Oversize are done. Heidi will be taking a second look to see if there is anything to keep, replace or update. We’re considering integrating the Oversize titles and moving the shelving further apart; it may create more of a sense of space. The new seating on the mezzanine is used frequently, by tutors, wi-fi seekers, and teens.



Renaud returned to modify the gas vent valve, per MIIA specifications, and looked at 2 leaking radiators. Several more solutions were offered by the tech: install a steam capture on the spouting radiators, and drain and flush individual radiators. We also discussed individual thermostats instead of valves, to regulate heat in all areas of the building.

Seaver was contacted about the drip on the copper apron and we’re waiting for the roofing guy to finish another project before he returns. ADA solutions is replacing the tactile tile at no cost. Lidco will replace the lamp in the parking lot light when they are in town to do a few other jobs, by the end of April.


Jenny taped for GCTV, and Beth is scheduled to record on April 8. Volunteers and presenters are welcome for May-December! In June, July and August, we’d like to stick to a science-themed stories to promote the 2014 Summer Reading Program.



We received 14 applications for the Children’s position, and interviewed six people. All candidates were invited back for a second interview; one has accepted another job, and declined due to the low salary; we are $3-4 less per hour compared to similar positions in the Boston suburbs. The second interview includes a performance element and is open to the public. Dates and times follow:

Wed April 9, 10:30 am

Thu April 10, 1:00 pm

Fri April 11, 10:30 am

Sat April 12, 11:00 am
Staff had a meeting in March to touch base on the budget and share departmental news. Staff have been encouraged to attend information sessions on the proposed change to health care that would save the town $1 million annually by switching to GCI, and to information sessions regarding the budget.

I attended the Apple Tree Arts sponsored program on Music and Movement for young children, and it was excellent and I wish it had been better attended. Heidi attended Library Legislative Day in Boston on Monday March 31.  Eileen took a webinar on online learning. Jan attended a resource sharing meeting. Susan attended webinar on the impending ILL transition on 3/26.  The new system will be run by MLS with a different but similar process to the one we currently use, which is run by the Thomas Crane Library (QUILL). The software is Clio in the Cloud.  MLS believes there will be an increased ability for self-management. We will still be using the Boston Public Library Illiad process to get excerpts.  It is expected that C/W Mars will make the transition in June.

Susan also attended session 1 of a two-part program: Basic Library Techniques-Collection Development on 3/27 at the Flint Public Library in Middleton.  It was a really good program, and she is looking forward to part 2 on 4/10.  She have some great new resources for material sources, plus got tips on weeding, displays, and many other things.  She’ll give a full summary after session 2.

Donna attended the Roundtable meeting for Tech Services at the Chicopee Public Library, where she got an update on the state eBook project, which is still in pilot stage. A couple of libraries talked about circulating e-readers and the security they use for them, what they load on them, etc. Most of them used the devices they owned in-house for demos and instruction. Ours are quite out of date.

Donna is looking forward to some new Evergreen features –we’ll be able to add notes to our item records (local musician, town history, etc). She also picked up some additional ways to do batch functions using the “copy bucket.” Cataloging details may not very exciting, but we always manage to share a few time-saving and handy tips at these things, and once in a while we can even score some supplies at the supply-swap.


Children’s Room

The Children’s Room offered an activity every day except one! In March.  Highlights included Dr. Seuss stories on Read Across America Day, a St. Patrick’s Day craft, and a spring craft to create paper flowers from muffin pan liners, paper cups and construction and tissue paper. The daffodil ones were really impressive!

A patron asked us to do a display highlighting Dyslexia resources on March 15, and we decided to leave the display up for a month. A parent interest group for struggling readers was scheduled for Saturday March 29 to discuss concerns and strategies, but no one showed up. We will try to repeat the session in March. This is another great example of how when patrons come in with ideas, we try to take the ball and run with it.

Our collaboration with UniBank, the STEM-themed Bank on Reading, draws a crowd of ten. We approached MCU in South Grafton to ask if they might be interested in hosting a session at their location on a recurring basis. The Tuesday night program has been slow to grow an audience, so staff are planning to wear PJs on Tuesday April 8 to promote it.

We changed children’s DVD loan period to 3 weeks as an experiment to help cut down on hefty overdue fines. The ability to purchase Blu-ray DVD combo packs, and some great donations, have allowed us to expand the collection enough to accomodate the long loan period and unrestricted borrowing to still leave materials to choose from.

A display of Playmobile figurines got a lot of attention at the beginning of the month. A collection of Japanese erasers was featured at the end of the month. Email to find out how to display YOUR collection!


Teen Services

Two teen volunteers hosted a video-game-a-thon fundraiser for Cradles to Crayons as their NHS independent service project. They collected $300 and a large basket of games and toys. Total traffic was around 40 people between 6-11pm on Saturday evening March 22. No new library cards, but patrons did drop in and return materials. Super Smash Brother’s Brawl was the highlight in the Main Reading Room. The Children’s Room featured Mario Kart and a hand held gaming system, and the 3rd floor mezzanine was standing room only for Call of Duty. Parent chaperones augmented Beth’s supervision of the program; two staff members and an adult volunteer dropped in with their kids to play. The event indicates potential for a lock-in for the future; the participants were respectful and helpful.

A chocolate-y aroma filled the air of the Grafton Public Library on March 29th. Nine teens took on the difficult task of sampling twenty-five different kinds of chocolate for the Chocolate Taste Test program. The program, which was open to teens in grades 6-12, was split into two sections: milk chocolate and specialty chocolate. The winner of the best tasting milk chocolate went to Milk LINDOR Truffles Bar by Lindt, with three votes. The runners up in this category, each which received two votes were Godiva and Hershey’s. The second half of the program was devoted to more daring chocolate samples from dark chocolate to chocolate with chilies or wasabi flavoring. Due to the variety of offerings there was no clear winner: Hershey’s Special Dark, Wegmans White Candy Making Chocolate, Hebert’s Poppin’ Candy, and Intense Orange Excellence Bar by Lindt each received two votes.  A jelly bean taste test is next.

The program generated a noise complaint. Allison reports the teens had a very strong reaction to the wasabi chocolate, and had to be asked by staff several times to keep it down. A patron complained about the noise level to all staff working on Saturday 3/29. Beth spoke with Allison and Susan and wrote an incident report, then called the patron to follow up and have not had a return phone call. The space limitations of the building, and lack of designated meeting room or quiet study space, make it impossible to meet all the needs of the community.

In addition to the Chocolate Taste Test we also had some excited teens come to library in celebration of the Divergent movie release. We had two nights of programming: a book discussion and trivia night. We also had some new purchases to support the Divergent excitement with two new books: Inside Divergent: The Initiate’s World by Cecilia Bernard and Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth’s Divergent Trilogy.

The Teen Librarian’s Pick of the Month is Uninvited by Sophie Jordan: Davy Hamilton has the perfect life until a medical test reveals she is a carrier for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome. Now she’s being treated like the killer she may become…

Adult Services

We completed the quarterly MLS delivery survey, with 23 bins received, 28 sent containing a total of 700 items. This was the second highest number in past year (highest was last March @ 851) which indicates that although we are unlikely to loan more than we request, we are purchasing unique and in demand items.

The Senior Center Bookwagon on 3/24 was visited by 12 patrons.  We checked out 14 items, registered 2 new patrons, handled 2 reference questions and took some returns.  It appears the increased publicity and signage helped, but because of a smoke issue in the usual location we held it in the lobby, and we believe this location will be better on a permanent basis.

Susan completed revisions on the Home Delivery program materials. We have a new single page brochure, an updated Home Delivery Request form, and have developed and sent out a Home Delivery Survey to the current recipients.  Two have come back to date, and recipients are highly satisfied! “This service has been very helpful to me – thanks to all of you – special thanks to Susan,” wrote one recipient. Some of the new brochures and request forms have been brought to the Senior Center to give to the people who receive Meals on Wheels, and to have on hand for general interest.  We are issuing a press release about the program to the usual news sources, as well as posting on the website in April.

Tixkeeper was updated with current information on each pass, and the information will also be printed and put on the envelopes the passes go out in. Thanks to Jan Parise for helping on this—it was a time consuming project to accomplish amidst working on the desk!

We sent 21 boxes of discards to Better World Books, from our own weeding, plus some from Down Under.

Heidi was invited to present on the Grafton Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading program at the “Summer Reading Program 2014 Kickoff” program.  It was held at the Worcester Public Library on March 13th.  There were two break-out sessions at the meeting and she spoke to people interested in the topic at both sessions.

We discussed Hidden Talents, by David Lubar, at the “Not Just for Young Adults” Book Discussion Group on Monday, March 10th.  The Adult Book Discussion book was The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom.

Heidi also had the opportunity to do a St. Patrick’s Day themed storytime for the Preschool storytime.  We made shamrock trees.

Thanks to funding from the Friends of the Library, we hosted the program “Delectably Green and Clean.”  Cleaning Coach Leslie Reichert taught participants about less toxic and in some cases more effective products we could use to clean our homes and clothing.  She sent everyone away with a sample of an alternative to Comet cleaning powder. We had 10 people attend. Several other people couldn’t make it at the last minute but were still interested.  We also have a copy of Leslie’s book The Joy of Cleaning: a cookbook for green cleaning.

We had a “I don’t remember the title, but it’s green” display, which was fairly popular.  We also had an Irish display for St. Patrick’s Day week and put some of the “For the Love of Books” on display.

Tech Services

Donna and Eileen added 767 items in March! We deleted 148. Donna received records for and cataloged the collection of books from the For the Love of Books fundraiser, continued the project of centralizing series collections in the children’s room (re-cataloging, re-labeling, and repairing as needed); and continued the project of separating BLU-RAY/DVD combos in adult and children’s depts. This consists of re-cataloging the discs, putting them in appropriate separate cases (which I obtained by watching for free email offers of cases from other libraries) and re-creating the artwork for the covers).

Donna single-handedly changed the loan-period from 1 week to 3 weeks on the children’s DVDs and Blu-Rays and continued re-labeling, re-cataloging, and repairing older books in the children’s collection.

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Early Childhood Education Seminar for Parents on Benefits of Music and Movement

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If you missed this program on March 6th, check the Apple Tree Arts website page for other dates and locations.
Ideal for Parents/Caregivers of children birth through age 5

Led by Jan Barlow of Apple Tree Arts, attendees of this seminar will participate in developmentally appropriate music activities that help children develop an array of skills including spatial awareness, body part identification, crossing the mid line, listening and learning how to follow directions. These activities also support the development of language, pre-reading skills, pre-math skills, cultural literacy and expression. Attendees will receive songs and exercise activities that help children develop these skills.

Best of all, children will experience joy while singing songs and moving their bodies when parents and care givers learn how to incorporate music and movement into the children’s daily activities.

Objectives for participants:

  • Increase knowledge of why music, movement and music education is essential to children’s development.
  • Increase knowledge of how music is a powerful tool for brain development, creative thinking and communication.
  • Increase knowledge of ways to incorporate music into your families’ daily living and your comfort level with achieving this.

If you could not attend this seminar, Apple Tree Arts will be offering it again soon at other local libraries. Check the Apple Tree Arts website page for the other dates and locations.

Biography of Jan Barlow
The session is presented by Jan Barlow, education director of Apple Tree Arts, a nonprofit community music and theatre arts school based in Grafton. Jan has trained extensively in the MusikGarten curriculum and is Level 2 certified by the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. She is an alumna in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music and has a degree in Business Management from Dean College.

Jan oversees Apple Tree Arts’ early childhood music program. She has a passion for educating young children and their families during the informative early childhood years. She shares this passion through her music training programs for preschool teachers and day care providers and through the classes she teaches for children from birth through age nine.

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Here Comes the Book Wagon!

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The Grafton Public Library, in conjunction with the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, is launching a new program at the Grafton Senior Center. The Book Wagon, with a staff member and a volunteer, will visit the Senior Center on a monthly basis, beginning Thursday, February 20 at 11:00 am.

Subsequent visits will be on the fourth Tuesday of every month, beginning Tuesday, March 25 at 11:00 am.

The Book Wagon will be filled with a variety of materials including books, movies, magazines and music. Seniors will be able to check out whatever they like from the Book Wagon, and return it to the Senior Center the following month.  If someone doesn’t already have a library card, we will be able to sign them up right then and there!

At the same time, staff and volunteers will be able to help any Senior learn to use our catalog to request material, operate a kindle, iPad, or other device, and answer questions about other services the library has to offer.

The Book Wagon initiative utilizes the talents of a National Honor Society (NHS) student volunteer, and fulfills requirements for an NHS Leadership Project.

For more details, please contact Susan Leto, Circulation Librarian, at 508-839-4649 ext. 2  or by email at

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British Heritage Magazine Gifted to Library

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British-Heritage 2Travel to Britain via the pages of the British Heritage magazine! The subscription was given to the Library in memory of Cliff Granger, a former Grafton resident of British ancestry. The Library wishes to thank Sheila Granger and Bev and Tom Mara for their generous donation.

Gifts are a lovely way to honor a loved one–books or materials may be purchased as a birthday gift, graduation gift, memorial tribute, or for any other occasion or rite of passage.Please see Library Director Beth Gallaway for details, or visit the Library’s wish list.

A complete list of magazines that the Library currently subscribes to is on our Pinterest magazine board.


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Get Board This Winter

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Bored? Learn and play games from the Library’s Board game collection!

For Teens:

Sat 1/18 2-3:30 pm Consensus
Consensus is a fun and fast paced game that is simple to learn and requires no prior knowledge of anything whatsoever!

Thu 1/23 7-8 pm Reverse Charades
Reverse Charades is a hilarious twist on the classic game of charades. Instead of one person acting out a clue for a team to guess, in Reverse Charades, a team acts out the clues for one person to guess. The goal is to guess as many words as possible in 60 seconds.

Wed 7/29  7-8 pm Apples to Apples
Come and play the popular game of hilarious comparisons.

For Adults:

Wed 1/15  7-8 pm Ticket to Ride: India
Come learn this exciting train game where the player who comes a Grand Tour first is the winner! The year is 1911, and the world is changing fast in the British Raj. Will you complete your Grand Tour in time, or lose to more cunning – or simply better connected – opponents?

Wed 1/22  7-8 pm Settlers of Catan
Build roads and new settlements that eventually become cities. Will you succeed in gaining supremacy on Catan?

Wed 2/5 7-8 pm Wits and Wagers
This game of odds lets you score points by coming up with answers to trivia questions, and predicting what the most popular answer will be!

Wed 2/12  7-8 pm Killer Bunnies
This is a fast-paced card game where the player with the magic carrot is the winner! Keep as many Bunnies alive as possible, while eliminating your opponents’ Bunnies* with weapons like biological warfare and kitchen gadgets.

Wed 2/19  7-8 pm Pandemic
 Play a disease-fighting specialist and treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand.

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Database of the Month: IndieFlix

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indieflix_serviceThis streaming movie service provides unlimited access to award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries. With thousands of films to choose from across more than 50 countries, IndieFlix offers a viewing experience you can’t get anywhere else.

  • Film-festival hits — View films from major festivals all over the world, including Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more!
  • Find the right film for you — Sort by language, genre, or film length with easy-to-use filters
  • Support filmmakers — Viewing films on IndieFlix directly supports the filmmakers who made them
  • Available everywhere — Watch movies on any Internet-enabled computer, smartphone, or tablet with a Web browser! Also available on Roku, xBox, and Apple TV via Apple devices.

Create a FREE account, connect your Library card, and Stream away! Please note that not all movies may be suitable for all audiences.

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NEW to the GPL collection: Electronic Games!

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crgamesThe Grafton Public Library is very excited to add a new item to our collection – electronic GAMES!

From Mario Kart, Lego Star Wars,and  Just Dance 4 to Portal 2, Halo 4, Zumba Fitness 2, and Sims 3, we now have games for all ages as well as all platforms.

The games can be checked out for 3 week periods with 1 renewal (as long as they have not been placed on hold). Please limit yourself to no more than 4 per family. A complete list follows.

If we do not have a game you are looking for, try searching the C/W MARS catalog to request it from another library. HINT: You can limit format to software/video game–the last option on the format list.

This is a great way to “test drive” a game you have been wanting to try before you buy it, or play for the fun of it, or for parents to preview a game for their child.

Parents are encouraged to supervise their children’s media use, and to be aware of the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) game ratings. The ESRB has a number of resources for parents, including tips for talking about games with kids, a family discussion guide, and a brochure for parents on how games are rated, and what the ratings mean.

Don’t see a game you think we should have? Please contact us to request a title for purchase!

Games for Children (rated E)

Games for Teens (rated E, E10+, T)

Games for Adults (rated M)

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