Grafton Public Library

Seeking Community Stakeholders for Library Long Range Planning

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The Grafton Public Library seeks Grafton residents, business owners, and community leaders to volunteer to serve on a diverse planning committee that will assist in setting Library service priorities for the next five years (2021-2025) for the Grafton Public Library. Participants MUST attend two focus group meetings, scheduled for 6:30-9:30pm at the Library (53 N. Main Street, North Grafton MA) on Tuesday March 10 and May 12. The successful candidate has a strong working knowledge of the Grafton community, and may or may not be a current Library user.

The meetings will be facilitated by Library Consultant. Meetings will include defining a vision for the community served by the Library, brainstorming, and conducting analysis of the Library’s Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results. The feedback gathered will be used to develop a Long Range Plan for 2021-2025. Meeting attendance at both meetings is mandatory for planning committee members. Refreshments will be provided.

A Long Range Plan, or strategic plan, is a written document that provides goals, measurable objectives and specific activities for Library staff to carry out. Strategic planning isn’t new for Grafton; it is a routine part of running a successful Library, and considered to be a standard of best practices in library management. A Long Range Plan spanning five years is required by the MA Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) for any library that wishes to apply for—or keep—grant funding. The Library currently is in the middle of MA Public Library Construction Program Grant for Library renovation and expansion, and must create a plan and update an action plan (and remain eligible for State Aid) to keep this grant.

The Long Range Plan is reviewed annually at an autumn meeting of the Grafton Public Library Board of Trustees, and the Library Director submit an updated a plan of action for the Library to the MBLC each December.

As the current Long Range Plan expires in December 2020, it’s time to see where we are going, next! Anyone can review the current Long Range Plan and Activity Plan online at

Can’t commit? Bored by meetings? You can still provide valuable input! A Library Satisfaction Survey will be forthcoming on the Library website in April 2020.

If you are interested in participating in the strategic planning process and joining the Long Range Plan committee, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, to get an information packet, at or 508-839-4649.

A few documents of interest:

MA Public Library Standards for Children
MA Public Library Standards for Young Adults
Project Outcome: Library Performance Measurement
National Library Standards
Library Standards Checklist

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