Weekly Report – Oct 16-23, 2020
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.