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Spring into eBooks

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Friday, March 23  1:00-2:00 pm

Bring your favorite device – phone, tablet, laptop or eReader – and we’ll introduce you to Libby, a free app for getting free digital books!

Space is limited, RSVP is required. Please register online.

This program will also be offered on Wednesday, April 4 at 7:00 pm and Tuesday, April 10 at 11:00 am

Get a head start — and come with questions! — by checking out this overview at

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Grafton Writer’s Group

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Do you like to write? Do you want to get some practice in writing and possibly share with other writers? If so, please consider joining fellow writers at the Grafton Library. We gather to learn and to share on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 3:00 to 4:30pm.

The group is open to writers age 16 and up, and is held in the Main Reading Room of the Library, facilitated by Tasha and Stephen Halpert.

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Grafton Ukulele Musicians (G.U.M.) Thursday, July 12

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Bring your ukulele and your singing voice to participate in this jam session lead by Miss Jan from Apple Tree Arts. Participants suggest the music and come together to play once a month. The Library provides copies of The Daily Ukulele on loan for use in the session. All levels are welcome and there is no fee. GUM meets on the third floor of Apple Tree Arts, One Grafton Common.

Don’t have a ukulele? You can borrow a ukulele, as well.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

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Community Read 2018

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Community Read 2018!

Pick up a copy of one of the Community Read books and check out the upcoming Community Read Events!


Adult title:

The Good Good Pig: the extraordinary life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery.

An ardent nature lover describes her unique friendship with a pig named Christopher Hogwood, a once sickly piglet who helped her develop a new relationship with neighbors in her small-town community.

Copies are available to check out at the Library.




Young Adult title:

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White ; pictures by Garth Williams

Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer’s Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.

Copies are available to check out at the Library.




Children’s Titles:

Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby

Pink, a piglet who is the runt of the litter, is adopted by Tink, a dachshund who is nursing a litter of her own, and Pink is raised in the house along with the puppies.




Hogwood Steps Out : a good, good pig story by Howard Mansfield ; illustrated by Barry Moser

Hogwood the pig escapes from his pen and enjoys a spring day exploring neighborhood gardens.

Copies are available to check out from the Library.



Community Read Book Discussion:

March 19  7:00-9:00 pm

The Good Good Pig: the extraordinary life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery

The Community Read discussion of the book will be held at the South Grafton Community House located at 25 Main Street, South Grafton on Monday, March 19th. Join us for refreshments at 7:00 pm and the book discussion will begin at 7:30 pm. Please REGISTER for this program. Copies of the book are available at the library.

Can’t make it to the March 19 discussion? Join us for one of these alternate discussion times of The Good, Good Times:

Daytimer’s Book Group  Tuesday, March 20  1:30 pm

Reads Well with Others Book Group  Monday, March 26  7:30 pm

Inspirational Book Group  Tuesday, March 27  7:30 pm


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Meet E.B. White’s Great-Niece – Lindsey Morand  Saturday, March 31  2:00-3:00 pm

As part of the Friends of the Library’s Community Reads events, and in honor of  Charlotte’s Web being one of the youth titles selected to go with the adult Community Read title (The Good Good Pig, by Sy Montgomery) we invite you to visit with Lindsey Morand, great-niece of E.B. White.

Lindsey promised that she would never let her great-uncle be forgotten!! For over 40 years, she has enjoyed sharing her precious E.B. White photographs, letters, autographed first edition books and other heirlooms. Her presentation contains unique and interesting memorabilia for all ages. Children and adults are always familiar with E.B. White’s children’s books, however they are not always knowledgeable about the author.
Her presentation is highlighted with the White family typewriter (c. 1900) and a 1911 Webster’s dictionary signed “Elwyn B. White” when he was eleven years old, signed 1st edition book The Lady is Cold published in 1929 and 17 other E.B. White books! Her most cherished item is an autographed book of  Charlotte’s Web presented to her in 1952.  During the presentation, she will also be willing to answer questions about her famous uncle.  Stop by before the presentation to see the artifacts on display.



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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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