Grafton Public Library

Library Updates

Introducing Teachables

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Scholastic Teachables is a digital collection of worksheets, lesson plans, learning games, and more for grades Pre-K to 8! Formerly known as Scholastic Printables, Teachables offers printable activities for any subject: math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing, and beyond. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, and skills sheets for kids in any grade.

Search by topic, browse a list of subject, click Family Hub for resources by grade, or enjoy the featured seasonal and relevant collections on topics like fall, Halloween, and voting!

Log on to Teachables from home, work or school with your Grafton Public Library card number (14-digit barcode) and PIN! Not sure of your PIN or need to reset it? Call 508-839-4649 between 10am-4pm, Mon-Sat for a reset!

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Weekly Report — Oct 26-31

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Youth Services Staff stuffed 300 Trick or Treat bags which will be available via no-contact pickup on our porch on a first come first served basis next week: Mon-Sat, Oct 26-31 between 10am-4pm daily and through 8pm on Tue Oct 27. Please limit to ONE PER FAMILY. The bags contain bookmarks, foam stickers, scratch art, a craft kit, and an allergen-free lollipop, as well as a pumpkin coloring sheet to complete and post on social media. Don’t forget to follow, share and tag us!

The Interiors subcommittee of the Library Planning and Building Committee met on Wed Oct 21. They voted to approve the Historic District Commission’s color recommendation of pewter tankard (gray) for the siding for the Library expansion.
We are doing a semi-annual delivery survey and counting how many items are pulled from our collection and sent out via internetwork transfer (aka “delivery”) and will share those totals next week.

Grafton Public Library is joining libraries across the Commonwealth in Kids Cast Your Vote, a statewide election of the best books. Kids of all ages are invited to go online and cast their vote for their favorite book on www.KidsVoteForBooks.com. Voting opens October 26 and ends November 9. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) will tally up the votes and release the top 25 books as recommended by Massachusetts kids.

Upcoming meetings: Library Board of Trustees Wed 10/28, 7pm via Zoom

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Kids Vote for Books!

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Kids Elect the Best Books

Grafton Public Library is joining libraries across the Commonwealth in Kids Cast Your Vote, a statewide election of the best books. Kids of all ages are invited to go online and cast their vote for their favorite book on www.KidsVoteForBooks.com. Voting opens October 26 and ends November 9. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) will tally up the votes and release the top 25 books as recommended by Massachusetts kids.

“It’s a fun way to connect kids to the national and statewide elections and it gives them a voice in an election of their own, “said Sarah Banister, Children’s Librarian.

The list of “candidate” books for Kids Cast Your Vote came directly from Massachusetts kids. During the statewide summer library program in 2019, kids shared their favorite books with the MBLC which resulted in 500 books, too many for an election. The MBLC narrowed the list down to 52 “candidate” books. Kids can vote for their favorite “candidate” from the 52 or write in a “candidate.”
The books are available for checkout through the libraries eBook program and through curbside pickup.

“It’s exciting that this all came from Massachusetts kids. It’s about what they like and what they’re reading,” said Sarah Banister. “As librarians, we know that one of the best ways to help kids fall in love with reading is to let them choose. The candidate books give them some wonderful choices and the great thing about libraries is that we can always help them find more options.”

While libraries have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, they continue to find creative ways to serve residents. Over 435,000 children, teens, and adults recently participated in statewide summer library programming and many libraries are experiencing double digit increases in eBook checkouts.

The MBLC has developed a statewide calendar of virtual library events which allows residents to see what events are happening around the state and attend them no matter which library is hosting. First Lady of the Commonwealth joined the MBLC to create a video library with fun and educational videos that parents can use anytime. These are available through mass.gov/libraries.  Check out Grafton Public Library’s website for more offerings for all ages.

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Weekly Report – Oct 16-23, 2020

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The Director submitted the ARIS Financial Report to MBLC. Grafton met all 2021 MA State Aid to Public Libraries eligibility requirements for staffing, budget, hours open and percent of budget spent on materials for FY20, and submitted over 60 pages of data to the MA Board of Library Commissioners for their review.

Stats at a glance:

  • 190,708 total holdings (all physical and digital items)
  • 123,278 total materials circulated (all physical and digital items)
  • 791 programs
  • 6,610 attendees

Our typical annual State Aid award is around $20,000 which cannot be used in place of municipal funding, but to supplement it. Our state aid is banked by the Town and administered by the Library Board of Trustees. Past expenditures have included capital projects and architect fees, equipment, staff development, additional museum passes, programs, new collections, and previous years unpaid bills. The majority of our state aid funds are being saved for a donation to the Library’s Capital Campaign to defray construction costs. For more information about the State Aid program, please visit https://mblc.state.ma.us/programs-and-support/state-aid-and-aris/index.php.

Library storytimes resumed early October and are available via YouTube.

The Children’s Room continues a robust schedule of virtual programming, with their first virtual preschool visit to South Grafton Elementary School on Friday October 16 follow by a Mystery reader via Zoom. Young Scientists, sponsored by YMCA Family and Community Partnerships, continues on Thursdays. Please visit our events calendar for more information and to register in advance for those programs that require an RSVP: https://graftonlibrary.org/events/.

The Director completed a grant application to MA Office on Disability to defray costs of ADA compliant equipment for the library renovation, including the elevator and a ramp. Awards will be announced in December.

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Weekly Report – October 5-9, 2020

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This week we added a new library database called Teachables! Go to https://digital.scholastic.com/site/launch/tcb?ucn=600019967 and log in with your library card.

For a complete list of electronic resources, including Tutor.com, visit https://www.galepages.com/mlin_c_graftpl/all

Miss Sarah, our Children’s Librarian, has been providing Zoom storytime on select Fridays to Grafton preschool students.

Take our quick survey to help us plan fun activities for kids and teens on half-day Fridays!

Adult services has been providing home delivery to 25 patrons, mostly at Crescent Manor – please call 508-839-4649 x1108 or complete an online Home Delivery Request Form at  to sign up if you are a homebound Grafton resident.

The Library Director has been working to complete MBLC reports for state aid – financials and statistics are due each fall. Grafton’s award is around $20,000 each year. The funds are managed by the Board of Library Trustees, and are banked for a capital campaign donation to defray the costs of the Library Renovation and Expansion.

We have had 2 complaints in the last week that the Library is not open for browsing yet. An explanation is online at on our COVID-19 FAQ page.

There will be no curbside pickup or remote service on Monday October 12.

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Weekly Report: Sept 28-Oct 2, 2020

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The Library continues to average 120 curbside pickups and 150 reference questions a week via phone, email and Facebook. Place a hold online or call 508-839-4649 to request a specific title or a bag of books based on age and reading interest!

A reminder that TEACHER CARDS expired Sept 30 — please call 508-839-4649 to renew if you are a teacher.

We congratulate Marilyn Wilcox for achieving her paralibrarian certification over the summer.

We’ve launched 4 online reading programs for the fall; signup at https://graftonlibrary.beanstack.com/reader365.

We are finishing our Banned Books Week celebration and planning a Halloween Trick or Treat giveaway bag for all ages, while supplies last, during the last week of October.

Most staff have had an opportunity to tour the Library Construction Project, which remains on schedule and on budget.

Don’t forget to support the Friends of the Library with their in-person Used Book Sale Fundraiser on Saturday October 3 from 10am-1pm on Grafton Common – please wear a mask and socially distance at this event.

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