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Weekly Report, December 21-23

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New Year’s Grab Bags will be available daily from 10-4 Mon December 26-Thu Dec 31.

Merry Christmas and Happy Solstice to all who are celebrating!

Happy New Year to all! May 2021 bring health, happiness, and prosperity to all.

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Weekly Report, December 7-11

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The Library continues to operate in Step 1, Phase 2 and is not open to the public. Staff are available Mon-Sat from 10am-4pm for remote reference, readers advisory and virtual programming. Please call 508-839-4649 for assistance or to schedule curbside pickup.

We processed 9 new adult non-fiction titles, 60 adult fiction, 130 childrens items, 15 teen and 32 electronic titles.

We put out 146 bags for contactless pick-up.

Please drive by to view our Grafton Public Library celebrates the Holidays display and VOTE!

Reminder: November and December are Food for Fines months for the Library, so please use this opportunity to make a donation to the Grafton Food Bank in lieu of fines.

Happy Hanukkah to all who are celebrating!

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Weekly Report, December 14-18, 2020

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This week we updated our list of Museum Pass offerings, as many institutions have closed again due to the rollback to Phase 1 Step 3. Library Museum Passes are still available for five properties: MA State Parks, MA State Police Museum, Tower Hill, Discovery Museum, and Trustees Go Pass (limited properties). Please visit http://graftonlibrary.org/passes for details and check each attraction’s website for details and restrictions before booking your reservation and securing your library pass.

Staff prepped a snowflake craft related to our Winter Reading Program. Star Wars fans of all ages (kids, teens, and adults) are encouraged to stop by the Library to pick up a kit to create their own Star Wars Snowflakes. There are five snowflakes included in each kit: Baby Yoda, Porg, BB-8, Darth Vader, and R2-D2. Kits will be available daily beginning Friday December 18 through Wednesday December 23 during no-contact pick up hours (10 AM – 4 PM). Participants of our Star Wars Winter Reading program can use the Star Wars Snowflake Kit to complete their Jedi Order badge. For more details, and to sign up for our Winter Reading Program visit graftonlibrary.org/wrp. These snowflakes are from Anthony Herrera Designs. Visit http://www.anthonyherreradesigns.com/starwarssnowflakes for more characters and designs.

Freegal, our streaming and downloadable music database, has several holiday playlists – visit http://grafton.freegalmusic.com to stream up to three hours a day or download 3 songs a week to keep!

Tune into Story Time with Elsa and Anna!

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Bookworms Bookclubs for January

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Monday January 11th, 2021

6:00pm-6:30pm

LIVE via Zoom!

Join Ms. Kristin for a virtual book discussion for kids in first and second grade.

Copies of the book On Account of the Gum by Adam Rex will be available for pick up at the Library. The book is also available on Hoopla.

We will also be completing a book-themed craft after discussion.

Registration is required.

Monday January 25th, 2021

6:00pm-6:30pm

LIVE via Zoom!

Join Ms. Kristin for a virtual book discussion for kids in third, fourth, and fifth grade.

Copies of the book Wildwood by Colin Meloy will be available for pick up at the Library. The book is also available on Hoopla.

We will also be completing a book-themed craft after discussion.

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Storytime Schedule Winter 2020-2021

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Storytime Schedule Winter 2020-2021

Research shows that the strongest predictor of school success is caregivers who read with their children at home.

The Grafton Public Library provides a variety of online storytime sessions. We expect the little ones to wiggle! Don’t feel you have to sit through the entirety of each session – it’s fine to excuse yourself and come back later.

Unless noted, all Winter 2020-2021 storytimes will be virtual. We hope to return to our temporary location at 53 North Main Street in North Grafton soon.

 

WINTER 2020-2021 STORYTIME PROGRAMS:

VIRTUAL PRESCHOOL STORYTIME

Preschool Storytime is program for children ages 3.5-5.  Join us as we share stories, songs, felt board fun, and movement activities.

This Winter’s storytime session contains four all new video programs. The videos will be available until February 28th. Watch them all now!

 

TODDLER TIME AT HOME

Toddler Time is a 30-minute program for children who are walking-age 3 years.  We will share stories, sing songs, enjoy movement activities, and recite rhymes and finger plays together.

This Winter’s storytime session contains four all new video programs. The videos will be available until February 28th. Watch them all now!

 

LIBRARY BABIES AT HOME

Library Babies is a 20-minute virtual program for our very youngest patrons, ages birth-walking. In this prerecorded program, we read stories, sing songs, and interact with the babies using bounces and finger plays.

Watch the Library Babies playlist now!

 

Storytime Programs in hiatus:

  • Pajama Storytime
  • Once Upon a Story at Willard House & Clock Museum
  • Storytime at the Grafton Historical Society
  • Young Scientists
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Director’s Report: October 2020

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In October, we went Fine Free for the duration of the pandemic and for one year from opening the new library.

The Library delivered 712 bags of materials to library patrons via no-contact Curbside pickup on the porch, answered 285 reference questions, and added 435 new items, including new items for the Library of Things were cataloged, processed, and packaged. Faded spine labels were replaced in the SFF and Mystery collections. The cataloger took a series of webinars from Ingram explaining best use of their iPage, streamlining the workflow, and introducing some new features; watched a series of webinars from Bibliotheca, featuring libraries from around the world and how they are coping with opening during the pandemic and watched a series of upcoming book announcement webinars from Macmillan featuring interviews with various authors. She also explored Ancestry.com and performed catalog maintenance.

Our BookWagon at Crescent Manor has operated outdoors for the past 3 months. In October we had 14 participants, 36 check-outs and renewals, 8 requests, and 1 new registration.

Our two adult volunteers put in a total of 12 hours; we signed off on hours for five Senior Tax write-off volunteers.

There were 19 Museum Pass reservations made, 15 were picked up and there were 4 no-shows. We continue to update the Museum Pass chart and our website to reflect the changing statuses of the museums we have passes for.

ComCat and CLIO our out of network transfer system for requesting materials statewide and beyond Massachusetts, are both up and running again.

In October, we completed the twice yearly Delivery Survey. We received 633 items in 17 bins, and sent out 20 bins. These figures are pretty close to last October, when we were open! In October 2019 we received 697 items in 23 bins and sent out 23 bins.

All staff attended the webinar, “Dealing with Hostile and Potentially Dangerous Library Users and have assignments to complete. We are working on an emergency calling tree and a handy chart for emergency numbers and de-escalation tips to have at each staff desk near the telephone.

Staff were given the opportunity to tour the progress of the new library (Thank you, Andy!).

The Reference librarian hosted multiple book discussions on Slack, and the Grafton Ukulele musicians met via Zoom.

During October we purchased an Apple Pencil and the YA Librarian was able to design some doodles to use with our Star Wars Winter Reading Program. The art will be used on Beanstack and on physical buttons. We ordered 300 custom lanyards for the challenge, which will be set up and run through Beanstack and will begin Dec 1. Additional Beanstack challenges to be added on Dec 1 include: Warm Up With a Good Book (a winter themed challenge) and Read the Rainbow (a book cover color challenge). We are also working on the Grafton Cultural Council grant to cover two programs for the Star Wars Winter Reading program. Other additional work was done on social media, newsletters and ordering.

In October we had our first virtual preschool visit with SGES. It was so much fun to see the classes via zoom and share songs and stories together. Transitioning preschool outreach to zoom has been working well, with only a few minor technical issues. We look forward to continuing virtual visits throughout the year.

The Children’s Librarian attended the ALSC (Association for Library Services to Children) National Institute virtually in early October. She attended sessions on creating welcoming children’s spaces, a sing and share session where members taught each other songs and music based movement activities to use in storytime, listened to wonderful keynote speakers in the panel Family Matters: Sharing Generational Love in Children’s Literature, added many books to my collection development list, and so much more.

October also brought our first Halloween in our temporary space. Due to the challenges of programming during a pandemic, the youth services worked together to find a low risk way to celebrate with the community. In the end, we stuffed 300 bags that were made available for contact free curbside pickup. We gave out about 250 (out of 300) trick or treat bags during the week of Halloween. The Library also offered an all ages live zoom program to share costumes, songs, and stories with children and their families.

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November Construction Report

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The Library Planning and Building Committee met via Zoom November 2; minutes are online at https://www.grafton-ma.gov/library-planning-building-committee. Watch the archived meeting online on GCTV Video-on-Demand.

The construction team met Tuesday November 3, 10, 17, and 24 via conference call with CTA Construction, OPM, Clerk of the Works, and DRA Architects. 

The foundations for the concrete benches at the round patio and the Community Room were poured. The area at the round patio was backfilled and made safe. The remaining edge of slab on the second floor was poured, along with the electric room floor and some miscellaneous items. A heavy timber guardrail was installed.

The exterior brick work is about 96% complete – some minor details/infill remain but the bulk of the building is done. First floor framing is 99% complete; drywall and taping has started at the main stair wall and second floor drywall is ongoing, primarily at the upper skylight area.

Sloped roofs are ready to receive asphalt shingles. The low roof above the Community Room is scheduled to be done this week; that will close up the source of most of the water coming into the building. Vapor barrier installation on the exterior walls is complete with the exception of work around the north façade windows.

Exterior windows on the south façade are installed. Skylight work is complete except for some touchup. Detail of AVB/window trim/caulking discussed and mocked up on north elevation to ensure the  appropriate detail is achieved.

Rough plumbing is in good shape on both floors. Copper lines are being run to fixture locations. The permanent gas line has been piped and is in use for temporary heat. CO detectors have been installed inside the building. All partial plumbing inspections have passed. Conduit and boxes for power on the first floor are at 75%; 60% on the second floor. All partial electrical inspections have passed. 

Ductwork is at 85% on the second floor; 50% on first floor. Mechanical piping is at 25%, both floors. Roof top equipment was craned to the roof and placed. FP pipe is 70% first floor, 50% on second floor. 

See separate, updated cost report. The difference between projected cost and available borrowing is $472,548. Please note that this number has been corrected to match the latest review of the cost spreadsheet. Change order #13 for $193,158.19 for existing building repairs, revised construction details, lower level finishes, materials removal and excavation, and another oil tank removal was approved by the Select Board and is attached.

The timing for masonry to be completed was good; windows are ongoing and should be completed on time; siding will begin on time. Roof shingles are over a month behind but don’t hold anything else up; in the meantime, the building is dry. Overall the Substantial Completion date is still June 8th, 2021.

There has been good adherence to standard safety practices on site. Weekly safety review by an independent consultant has been good in identifying issues that need constant attention. Covid-19 protocol has been in place and in general everyone has been compliant since the building was closed up.

The entire team has been working well in raising questions and concerns and getting responses in a timely fashion. There has been good cooperation and communication between the subs on the job.

A master list of all fixtures and equipment has been created to track the budget and purchasing going forward. All purchasing will be coordinated with Accounting.

The Interiors Subcommittee met November 4, 10,18 & 24 and has completed their review of finishes and is moving through furniture discussion, review and selection. 

Building tours have been provided for Library staff and potential donors on a weekly basis. These occur after working hours for safety purposes.

A kickoff meeting with the Landscape Architect was held to discuss additional design of areas to be funded by known and potential donors; a concept plan and list was generated, further discussions to follow.

Please check out photos in albums on our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/GraftonPublicLibraryMA/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3005138386209267

 

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October Construction Report

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The Library Planning and Building Committee met via Zoom October 5; minutes are online at https://www.grafton-ma.gov/library-planning-building-committee. Watch the archived meeting on GCTV Video-on-Demand.

The construction team met Tuesday October 6, 13, 20, and 27 via conference call with CTA Construction, OPM, Clerk of the Works, and DRA Architects.

Hydroseeding was done around parking lot and detention pond and grass has begun to sprout. The existing curved concrete sidewalk at the front of the old building had several sections that were destroyed during the utility work in that area; suggest that the project consider replacing the entire sidewalk in the Spring.

First floor slab on grade was poured. Masons started exterior brick just recently with a very small crew; poor weather this week further delayed progress so we are looking ahead to the beginning of November to see how this time can be made up.

Interior framing on the second floor is complete, some insulation and drywall at beams, column tops and tops of some walls has been installed. Door and window frames have been installed. First floor framing has begun and should be in very good shape within the next two weeks.

Work on the sloped roofs is about 85% complete before they start asphalt shingles. Vapor barrier installation on the exterior walls is about 90% complete. Hollow metal frames for doors and windows are being installed. The skylight is substantially done. Exterior window installation will start next week.

Rain leaders and piping is 90% complete. Rough plumbing for toilet rooms and floor drains has been ongoing with good progress. The domestic water service from the street was connected.

Electrical feeds from the telephone pole to the transformer and then to the electric room have been installed, covered in concrete and backfilled.

Quite a bit of progress with ductwork; the second floor is 40% in and first floor is 20%. The ends of the duct are protected to prevent dust or water from getting into the system during construction. The Construction team is reviewing MBLC recommendations for improved HVAC filtering.

The FP line from the street was connected. The first delivery of materials for the FP sub arrived today.

An updated cost report is attached; our contingency is $437,149

We are slightly behind schedule due to a slow start for masonry and some poor weather but there is still plenty of time to catch up. The key is still to have the exterior envelope complete by early December.

Submittals and RFIs are in great shape. There has been good adherence to standard safety practices on site. Weekly safety review by an independent consultant has been good in identifying issues that need constant attention. Covid-19 protocol has been in place and loosely followed on site. With window openings being closed, the roof and skylight now tight and temporary heat about to start, this is going to require some additional work to achieve better compliance.

Our UTS representative has been on site to perform concrete testing during the slab on grade pour. The electrical ductbank and underground conduit was inspected prior to being covered. The entire team has been working closely on layout questions and concerns as walls start to be laid out and installed. There has been good cooperation and communication between the subs on the job.

Building tours have been provided for Library staff and potential donors on at least a weekly basis for the past month. These occur after working hours for safety purposes.

The Interiors Sub-committee met Tuesday October 27 to review carpet and tile samples and begin discussing furniture preferences. We set a schedule to meet every week through year end.

Please check out photos in albums on our Facebook Page at:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/GraftonPublicLibraryMA/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3005138386209267

 

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Weekly Report Nov 9-13

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We are planning our Star Wars themed Winter Reading Program, working on the FY22 budget, and waiting for the results of the Kids Vote for Books winner.

Next week we will be celebrating Marilyn Wilcox’s Paralibrarian Certification at the Board of Library congratulates Marilyn Wilcox in achieving Paralibrarian Level 1 status through the Massachusetts Library Association. The Paralibrarian Committee formally certifies paralibrarians who demonstrate breadth of knowledge in up to seven areas of expertise through points earned for education, experience, and professional activities. Not everyone wants to (or is able to) obtain an advanced degree to further their library career; MLA wants to encourage professional goals and career development in paralibrarians.

Marilyn has worked for the Grafton Public Library for over fifteen years in the Children’s Room in positions with increasing complexity. She currently oversees Children’s Room volunteers, puts together displays, provides excellent reader’s advisory, and delivered an in-person pajama storytime, pre-Covid-19. She is also a member of the MA library Association and the Paralibrarian section, which provides a forum for networking and career development opportunities. Marilyn has a Masters in Divinity and when she is not working for the library, she serves as the Pastor at the United Church of Clinton.

Unfortunately, with the cancellation of the Massachusetts Library Association’s 2020 Spring conference, due to the pandemic, there was no recognition or awards ceremony, so we are virtually celebrating Marilyn’s achievement at the Library Board of Trustees meeting on Zoom on Wed Nov 18 at 7pm. That link can be found on the Town website at under Boards and Committees -> Board of Library Trustees-Grafton Public Library (https://www.grafton-ma.gov/board-library-trustees-grafton-public-library-0)

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Weekly Report Nov 30-Dec 4

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This week, the Library completed an FY22 budget request, the October Construction Report, and the 2021 Action Plan. View the plan online at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ME3-Fv2wXUGhLJmuO5WU7qC8-sgR9fyn/view?usp=sharing; this is an update to the 2016-2020 Action Plan in lieu of a new strategic plan, with extensions granted by MA Board of Library Commissioners due to the Pandemic. The Community Survey is still open at bit.ly/LRP2025

We put out 172 bags for contactless pick-up last week. Total curbside pickup for November was 591. Please call 508-839-4649 or email graftonlibrary.ma@gmail.com to request materials or get suggestions for gift books!

Star Wars themed activity packets went out Monday December 1, coinciding with the start of our winter reading program – sign up at www.graftonlibrary.org/wrp. May the Force be with you!

Reminder: November and December are Food for Fines months for the Library, so please use this opportunity to make a donation to the Grafton Food Bank in lieu of fines.

Stop by our curbside pickup porch during Grafton Celebrates the Holidays! Family Fun Kits will be available from 12-4pm. Vote for our Business Display celebrating family, inclusion, and winter holidays at https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6044002/Home-Business-Decorating-Contest — a special thank you to Beth Patch for coordinating this effort.

The Friends of the Library collected $116 from the Stop & Shop shopping bag fundraiser, thanks to all who supported this project. Membership makes a GREAT holiday gift! www.friendsgpl.org.

We are planning a New Year’s At Noon celebration via Zoom this year, with Countdown Bags available to help you celebrate. Stay tuned for details!

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