The Library celebrated National Library Week with a proclamation from the Select Board, a gift from the Friends for staff, and giveaways and incentives to patrons including a coloring sheet, word search, bookmark and pen in all curbside pickup bags this week.
Community Read books are still available – please call 508-839-4649 or email email@example.com to request – community read details are online.
The Library Director attended the Select Board meeting Tuesday evening and was grateful to learn the “Marbles” television production, filming locally, is donating $5,000.00 to the Library. The production centers around a television series that was a book series first! If you love true crime or gory police procedurals, check out OverDrive for eBook and eAudio versions, and music from the series on Hoopla.
We are debuting remote printing! Visit print.princh.com or download the PRINCH app on our mobile device to send and pay for printouts – we will leave them for you on the curbside pickup porch once digital payment comes through.
Staff received training in how to run reports through Evergreen, our Library database.
Are you looking to find information on a particular health topic? The Gale Health and Wellness database, available via the Grafton Public Library’s website or directly at https://www.galepages.com/mlin_c_graftpl/, is a great start to doing just that. You can find information on hundreds of different areas of health. This includes serious disease, common physical conditions, and practices for improving your physical and mental wellness.
Just go to www.graftonlibrary.org, click on “Digital,” then “Complete List of Digital Resources and Databases.” From there, scroll down and click on “Gale Health and Wellness.”
When you are in the database, you will see a search bar where you can type in the topic, a description of the topic, or symptoms. If you aren’t sure exactly what you want, you can click on “Browse Topics” and you will find over 300 health areas to choose from.
For instance, I typed in “Food Allergies and Intolerances.” Below is an example of the available links:
Once you locate what you’re looking for, you will find extensive and comprehensive information, with links to related articles and subjects. You also have the option to pick the content type for the material you are looking for. You can choose reference materials, audio, video, magazines, the news, academic journals and imagery.
If you want specific information on your topic, or wish to find information on a related subject, a certain publication, or document type, you can choose to narrow your search by going to “Filter Your Results”. There are also other additional options available to help you locate the information you want.
After looking through this database, I highly recommend it as a great tool for parents, students, teachers, or anyone else searching for comprehensive Health and Wellness information.
The Gale Collection of Databases is provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
The Library Planning and Building Committee met via Zoom February 1, 2021; minutes are online at https://www.grafton-ma.gov/library-planning-building-committee.
The Library Planning and Building Committee met via Zoom February 1, 10, and 24, 2021; minutes are online at https://www.grafton-ma.gov/library-planning-building-committee.
First floor drywall is complete, prime painting is ongoing. Second floor drywall is complete, painting is 75% complete. The Ceiling grid is 40% on the first floor, 50% on the second floor. The Main Entry doors/frames are 90% complete.
The elevator hoistway equipment is installed. Asphalt shingles at dormers and adjacent north roof are complete. The low roof above the Community Room is complete except for the edge detail. Roof detail at the existing building is 75% complete. Cornices held up by structural detailing; asphalt shingles follow cornices.
All exterior windows except for one on the north side (at temp heat) have been installed. PVC trim and siding is complete except for the book return area on the north side.
Exterior hose bibs have been installed. The transformer is installed and wire pulled by National Grid. The electrician has pulled their wire to the building. Low voltage wiring has been run, 85% complete. Some lighting fixtures have been installed on the second floor. Wiring to mechanical equipment at 60% Fire alarm wiring is at 75%.
HVAC ductwork is complete, including insulation. Mechanical piping is complete and tested. ATC installation is at 50%. The Fire Protection system is complete except for finishes; the FP main from the street was flushed and is charged.
See separate, updated cost report. We have a couple of smaller PCO’s coming for next month and will also see where the furniture numbers fall out. We have some additional costs coming from the Design Team, for extended schedule (Design Team) and additional site work (Weston & Sampson) both of which are significant and reduce our remaining ‘contingency’ greatly.
We need to have a discussion about donor funding:
- Need to identify what project costs are going to receive contributed funds, especially any in-scope costs like the glass handrail, etc.
- We are working towards pricing of the additional landscaping package so knowing what’s been committed is going to be critical to understand what is possible and what will not be included.
Roofing and completion of trim remains behind compared to the project schedule but is not affecting the critical path. Overall, the Substantial Completion date remains June 8th, 2021. Please see separate updated schedule.
There has been good adherence to standard safety practices on site. The weekly safety review by an independent consultant has been good in identifying issues that need constant attention. COVID-19 protocol is in place and there has been good compliance. CTA initiated additional COVID cleaning this month in response to an overall sense that cases have increased at their job sites. We haven’t seen any significant impact at this project.
The entire team has been working well in raising questions and concerns and getting responses to field issues in a timely fashion.
Clerk of the Works Andy Deschenes met with the Town’s IT consultant and we have a plan in place to procure and set up that scope of work. We expect that in the next month we’ll begin that process in order to stay ahead of the project.
The Interiors Subcommittee has completed their review and selection of finishes and (for the most part) furniture. Ron is meeting with the furniture dealer on Thursday to finalize many items (especially shelving, which is move-critical).
Specific selection of equipment is being coordinated with trades to ensure that infrastructure is provided correctly. Examples include RFID panels, washer/dryer, gas range.
No new PO’s have been opened yet, but March will see a lot of activity. Andy reviewed the project with the new Town Finance Director, so she knows what to expect and that we have an agreed-upon process. The Landscape additional scope has been focused down to one scheme based on input from the HDC, Beth and DRA; the team is developing that scheme and is focused on providing the construction team with prioritized information based on a late March restart for the site contractor along the South side of the building.
The Historic District Commission has asked for visual screening of the rooftop equipment, we are looking at options and will ask CTA for pricing. They also want a sign submission for the site sign at the main entrance.
Please check out photos in albums on our Facebook Page.
Prepared by Beth Gallaway, Library Director & Andy Deschenes, Clerk of the Works
In addition to our weekly Friday Fun activities, stop by the GPL’s temporary location at 53 North Main Street, North Grafton to pick up a packet filled with new, seasonal activities for April. One packet per child please, while supplies last. Packets will be available on Monday-Friday only, during the curbside pick-up hours of 10am-4pm.
Can’t make it to the Library? Print a kit from home!
We put out 191 bags for no-contact curbside pickups, put out 20 adult DIY lavender journaling kits, and delivered 17 items to 5 Home Delivery patrons. 16 Families took Nature Scavenger Hunt activities. There are another 14 available. Tomorrow’s Fun Friday craft is Water Beads.
This week we created a short animated tutorial on how to create an account and access Freegal. Have you tried Freegal yet? Freegal is a digital music service. Grafton Library cardholders can register for an account and then stream up to 3 hours of music a day and download 3 songs – to keep! – each week. Create playlists and select favorites at https://grafton.freegalmusic.com.
We updated the Museum Pass overview page; Davis Farmland, Garden in the Woods, and USS Constitution are opening soon! Southwick Zoo has increased their pass price by $250 and is only providing a $5 discount this year, making it not cost effective to provide. Don’t forget to check availability with the museum first, then check our website for pass availability and the discount code before you make your reservation with the museum.
We continue to prepare for our Community Read – online discussions start soon! In celebration of the library’s construction project and National Library Week, The Friends of the Grafton Public Library encourage everyone in town to participate in this year’s Community Read. Stop by the Grafton Public Library’s temporary location (53 North Main Street, North Grafton MA –the old St. Andrew’s Church) to pick up a copy of the adult, young adult and / or children’s Community Read title using our no-contact curbside pickup and attend any of the virtual Community Read events. The book discussions will be held on Slack. Learn more about public library services of the past and how libraries change lives by reading this year’s Community Read selections. The adult title is The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes, the young adult title is A Kind of Paradise by Amy Rebecca Tan, and the children’s title is That Book Woman by Heather Henson, illustrated by David Small. Please register for programs online at graftonlibrary.org/events, visit the Community Read page, or call the Library at 508-839-4649. If you have any questions about how to read or listen to the digital titles, how to get a physical copy of the book or how participate in the events, contact the Grafton Public Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-839-4649.
Wondering what to read next? As part of our year-long reader’s advisory training, we have launched GPL Select, a concierge service to connect you with your next read, album, movie or series! Complete the form at http://bit.ly/GPLSelect.
Just in time for April Fool’s Day, we debuted the newest addition to our Library of Things – CATS for loan! Visit https://graftonlibrary.org/cats/ for more information.
Please join the Grafton Public Library on Thursday, April 22 at 3:00 p.m. for a virtual presentation of Earth Day: Revenge of the Toxic Robot presented by Talewise (formerly ScienceTellers). This program is for families with school-age children. No pre-registration is required. For more information and the direct link on the day of the event please visit the Library’s event calendar online at www.graftonlibrary.org/events.
In Earth Day: Revenge of the Toxic Robot, when the town’s park is suddenly gated and locked, a group of friends decides to investigate. Their adventure leads them deep into the woods, where they are chased away by a strange robot powered by toxic sludge! Can the robot’s toxic power be repurposed for good? Join the gang on their quest to clean up the act of a despicable polluter and save their park from being destroyed. Along the way, you will learn all about reducing waste and recycling, reusing everyday products around you, and how pollution affects the environment. You can make a difference in protecting our planet!
In celebration of the library’s construction project and National Library Week, The Friends of the Grafton Public Library encourage everyone in town to participate in this year’s Community Read. Stop by the Grafton Public Library’s temporary location (53 North Main Street, North Grafton MA –the old St. Andrew’s Church) to pick up a copy of the adult, young adult and / or children’s Community Read title using our no-contact curbside pickup and attend any of the virtual Community Read events.
The book discussions will be held on the Library’s Slack online discussion forums. Learn more about public library services of the past and how libraries change lives by reading this year’s Community Read selections. The adult title is The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes, the young adult title is A Kind of Paradise by Amy Rebecca Tan, and the children’s title is That Book Woman by Heather Henson, illustrated by David Small. Please register for programs online at graftonlibrary.org/events, visit the Community Read website or call the Library at 508-839-4649. If you have any questions about how to read or listen to the digital titles, how to get a physical copy of the book or how participate in the events, contact the Grafton Public Library at email@example.com or 508-839-4649.
In February I attended many, many construction-related meetings and phone calls – things are amping up as we finalize the shelving and furniture and equipment orders.
I spent many, many hours reviewing and correcting minutes and documents for posting to the Town website per Open Meeting Law, for Board of Trustees, and for the Library Planning and Building Committee’s Interiors Subcommittee.
I continued to manage and oversee COVID-19 protocol, no-contact curbside pickups, and remote services for the Library. We had 633 curbside pickups and 304 staff-placed holds.
I completed the 2020 Annual Report and provided additional budget information and meetings with Carter. Our hearing is scheduled for Wednesday March 10, 2021.
I met with the new Town Administrator to give him a brief tour of the St. Andrew facility – he and William Blake toured the new building the same morning.
I attended the Friends meeting and assisted with promotion of the Spring fundraiser, Easter themed.
We had a remote session with Zoll to test our AED’s. Both are functional and the batteries are up to date.
February wrapped up our Star Wars Winter Reading Program. We had 76 participants who earned 245 badges. We had significantly less participation this year than last year’s Harry Potter theme. Remaining earned badges/pins will be available for pick up in March.
This month dozens of new fiction books for teen collection were added from ALA and YALSA awards.
We continued with our partnership program with the YFCP, a winter session of Young Scientists, this month. We had some sessions fill completely and have full attendance, while other weeks the program had openings and no shows. This is a wonderful opportunity provided by the YFCP and I look forward to offering a session in the spring. We allow week by week registration and we hope that this helps families by not having to commit to the full 6 seek session. We also take registrations up to 30 minutes before the start of the program, if there is still space available, so families that realize they have a free morning can register that morning.
Book clubs are back at the library! Ms. Kristin has had good luck with her 1st & 2nd grade session, but the grade 3rd – 5th grade session has had a tough time getting off the ground due to low enrollment. She will be adding high interest titles and graphic novels as choices to increase interest and attendance.
We celebrated World Read Aloud Day this month by offering custom kits and adding new videos read alouds to the Library’s YouTube channel. 4 families registered to have staff pull curated World Read Aloud Day book kits for their children. Our World Read Aloud videos (The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, A Big Bed for Little Snow by Grace Lin, Two Problems for Sophia by Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail, and Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg) had a total of 19 views.
Preschool Storytime and Toddler Time continue to be offered via the Library’s YouTube channel. February concluded the winter session and new spring storytimes will be added soon. This month we had 25 preschool storytime video views and 19 toddler time video views. Subscribe at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDztdT4ZwbJPXB5K1N0GbFg.
We continued our partnership with Apple Tree Arts, and our Early Childhood Music Class had 29 views.
We continued to offer Friday half day programming throughout the month. On 2/2 we offered 90 Star Wars valentine packets so you could tell your friends and family that you think they are out of this world. We had pre-colored and line art that you could color yourself available to pick up at the library. On 2/12 we offered 20 Valentine Craft kits including stickers, foam and gem embellishments, doilies, cardstock, and more so you could make you own custom valentines.
During the week of February vacation the Library put together a total of 78 kits including diamond art, macrame wall hangings, constellation viewers, color your own kits with fabric markers, and more! We encouraged families to come and take one kit per child, unfortunately, the week kicked off with an unknown person taking a large number of kits, box and all! We have been so fortunate that our honor system kit collection has been respected. We hope that this was an isolated occurrence and look forward to continuing to provide kits for children in the community. The last grab and go kit of the month was felt lightsaber ice pop holders, complete with ice pops to freeze and enjoy. We created 30 ice pop holders and the kits were placed out for curbside pickup on 2/26.
Virtual school visits are in full swing at the Library! We see the Grafton preschool classes monthly, but would be happy to visit any class via zoom. These visits continue to be a success, although this month we ran into our first true technology hurdle and we have high hopes that the remainder of the school year will go smoothly!
Our Book Wagon at Crescent Manor has been suspended by the new owner there, because of COVID. We have been told we can resume the program as soon as Crescent Manor is approved. The residents are in process of getting vaccinated. During the month of February we delivered 25 items to 7 Homebound patrons
We were able to invite our two adult volunteers to return when Grafton was taken out of the Red zone. We had 2 volunteers who put in 6 hours in February.
There were 27 reservations made, 16 were picked up and there were 11 no-shows. The process of using passes is complicated by the restrictions from the museums, which require timed entry, and may not have openings compatible with our reservation system. We have added information to the pop-up on the Tixkeeper reservation page that includes the code where appropriate, and info as to whether reservations at the museum needs to be made by phone, and the phone number for quick reference.
Heidi facilitated the following virtual book discussion groups for adults online via Slack:
541 items were added in December. Evergreen database clean-up is ongoing.
Susan provided two Adult Circ zoom trainings. Topics covered were: Comcat returns; Clio requests; and adding networks to Libby accounts. Other workshops attended:
- “Digital Organization for Genealogists” Worcester Public Library (Donna)
- “Resiliency of Ordinary People Like You and Me” Library Works (Donna)
- “Library Journal Winter Summit: Building the Next Normal” (Donna)
- Novelist Day of Learning (Beth Gallaway, Marilyn Wilcox)
- Tri-State Summer Summit (Sarah Banister)
2/12 Why must I wait from Saturday to Wednesday to pick up my holds? You can’t come today (I offered), Monday is a holiday, Tuesday may be a snow day, and Wednesday would be the next available day. [Our policy has been no same-day pickup due to staffing and workflow – we do generally make exceptions when we are able, but it might have been too late in the day when we go the message from the patron. -BG]
2/12 “We miss seeing you all too. You are doing a great job managing all these book orders and endless emails, but it sure will be great to be there in person once again!”
We continue to provide virtual and DIY curbside pickup programs – visit http://www.graftonlibrary.org/events for the Library Calendar.
The Director continues to focus on FY22 budget, meeting room policy, and furniture, fixtures and equipment for the new building.
We were pleased to accept a book on Grafton Land Trust Reference Guide from local Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Madison Berardi – thank you for the donation, the books are available for checkout!
We received a nice compliment from Grafton Public Schools on our Teachables database, access free with your library card.
We put out 212 bags for curbside pickup from Friday 2/26-Thursday 3/4, and we delivered 18 items to four homebound patrons.
Staff are working on creating demonstrations of learning for the professional development undertaken during the pandemic. Check out the first one, by Donna Bates-Tarrant, on Ancestry.com! https://graftonlibrary.org/2021/02/28/become-a-time-traveler-like-donna/
A book that makes animal noises had staff on site looking for a live, trapped cat in the building – some unexpected drama around the periodic, realistic meowing noises! No cat was actually in the building.
The Director met with the architect project manager and furniture/shelving vendor to finalize the quote for these two pieces of the Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment scope for the construction project. The Library Planning and Building Committee’s Interiors SubCommittee meets Thursday 3/11 to review and vote on the shelving and furniture package.
The Director met with the new Town Administrator to give a quick tour of the temporary library and talk shop.
We had a remote session with Zoll to test our AEDs. Both are functional and the batteries are up to date.
The Friends launched a Bunny & a Book fundraiser in lieu of the annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Common. Each Book and Bunny gift bag set is $15. Multiple Bunny & Book Bags are available and additional books are available at low cost. Bunny & Book packages will be delivered to your home address in time for Easter! Proceeds benefit the Grafton Public Library. Purchase at https://www.jotform.com/form/210545040322035