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Weekly Report – January 25-29, 2021

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Director Beth Gallaway attended the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference, attending sessions on core technology trends that included troublesome tech trends such as deepfakes, video surveillance, voice biometric surveillance, disaster capitalism and privacy concerns; library worker wellness initiatives; library responses to COVID-19; virtual professional development; advocacy; anti-racism work; racial injustice; and the youth media awards (visit for all the winners!) This year, Michaela Goade became the first Native American artist to win the prestigious Caldecott medal for best illustration in a book for children for her book We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom. A variety of publishers hosted virtual author visits and booktalks that inform library purchasing decisions. Keynote speakers included author Ethan Hawke, groundbreaking and award-winning actor Cicely Tyson, the US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, and closing speaker Dr. Jill Biden.

Staff put out 158 bags for curbside pickup from 1/22-1/28. As we anticipate more snow in February, we are trying to come up with creative solutions to continue curbside service and protect our library materials. If inclement weather is predicted, please be aware that curbside pickup hours may be limited or cancelled.

This Friday’s half-day activity is a crystal snowflake kit. There are 30 kits available. One kit per person, first come, first serve beginning at 10am Friday 1/29. If you did not get a kit, you can follow along with your own materials at home by viewing the instructions for the project at Next week: Star Wars valentines!

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Weekly Report January 19-22

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This week the Children’s Room staff hosted mystery reader, multiple stories, and several book discussions, as well as prepped a Grab and Go Lightsaber Bookmark Kit for distribution on Friday 1/22/21 while supplies last.
Adult services staff delivered to homebound and quarantined patrons and hosted online book discussions. GUM JAM, our partnership Ukulele program with Apple Tree Arts, is on hiatus, but you can visit ArtistWorks for strumming and playing lessons.

The Director worked with Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc and Tucker Interiors to go over a draft furniture requisition and finalize shelving needs for the library expansion and renovation project. We are also working on signage, equipment and finishes. The Automatic Materials Handler (AMH), security gates, and additional self-check machines have been ordered! The staff and Library Planning and Building Committee’s Interiors subcommittee have input through this process.

C/W MARS, the local library network that facilitates the shared Evergreen catalog, allows your Grafton card to be used at over 150 local libraries, and hosts our Overdrive ebook platform, has once again made the list of libraries with over one million #OverDrive checkouts in calendar year 2020. The network closed the year with 1.8M checkouts on e-content which is a 34% increase from 2019. Grafton totaled 24,918 digital circulations through OverDrive, a 22% increase from 2019 and a new record. What will you read next? Visit

If you are having trouble accessing digital resources, please do call the library at 508-839-4649 to update your expired accounts, get fines waived, renew overdue items, or reset your PIN. Our number one question this week was how do I get my account reinstated to access library databases?

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Friday Fun Days Crystal Snowflake Kit

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Join the Grafton Public Library on each Friday school half-day for a special event or activity.

This week, stop by the Library’s temporary location to pick up a crystal snowflake kit! One kit per person please, while supplies last.


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World Reading Day Read Aloud Kits

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Reading is better when we do it together! The Grafton Public Library is celebrating #WorldReadAloudDay on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021.

Celebrate with us by watching these four special storytimes:

Families can register for a special Read Aloud day kit. Each kit contains a selection of our favorite books to read aloud, as well as some other fun activities and ideas that will help you to celebrate World Read Aloud Day.

Registration is required. Kits will be available at curbside pickup on Monday, February 1st, Tuesday February 2nd, or Wednesday, February 3rd. The books inside each kit will be checked out to you and will need to be returned to the library.

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Friday Fun Days-Mystery Reader

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Join the Grafton Public Library on each Friday school half-day for a special event or activity.

This week, we’re hosting an all-ages storytime with a special LIVE mystery reader!

Registration is required. Registrants will receive a link prior to the start of the program.

Register online!

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Weekly Report – January 4-8, 2021

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The Library has renewed the Freegal digital music subscription – stream up to three hours of music per day and download up to three songs per week to keep! Visit to set up a free account.

In other music news, our technical services librarian has been working to make our CD music collection more user friendly, and today staff took the final step of alphabetizing genres. Now, instead of deciphering labels against a chart, the collection has common genres like Opera and Pop-Rock instead of Q or MA.

Star Wars buttons were distributed to Winter Reading Program participants this week. It’s not too late to register, participate, and earn a button in the February distribution round. Go to for more information.

This week we learned the Discovery Museum is offering a free speaker series via Zoom. Check out the 2021 lineup at To see what other museums are offering in lieu of in-person visits, go to – click on any museum name, then click SITE.

We completed 680 curbside pickups in December! Call 508-839-4649 to place a hold or request a bag of books to delight and surprise you.

We have started working on our Annual report. In 2020, 30 unique volunteers donated 286 hours of service shelving library materials, delivering items to homebound patrons, completing clerical tasks and other activities. We are not currently accepting new volunteers, and have suspended the program with the change in COVID status to red. Thank you to all of our volunteers!

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December 2020 Library Construction Report

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view down center aisle under skylight 12-01-2020The Library Planning and Building Committee met via Zoom December 7; minutes are online at

The construction team met Tuesday December 1,8 15, 22, and 29 via conference call with CTA Construction, OPM, Clerk of the Works, and DRA Architects.

Concrete was poured at the stairs for the electrical room, boiler room and main stair as well as the ramp. The exterior brick work is about 99% complete – in the next two weeks all brick will be completed and the limestone cap will be installed. It’s worth mentioning that the former openings for the LULA have been masterfully infilled by the masons.

First floor drywall started this week and is moving quickly. Second floor drywall is 95% complete and will be ready soon for paint. Asphalt shingles will start once the limestone caps have been installed. The low roof above the Community Room has been delayed by masonry scaffolding; work is scheduled to start the first week of January. The majority of the exterior windows are installed. Window trim and siding will begin the first week of January.

Rough plumbing is complete on both floors. Rough electrical on both floors is in very good shape, over 90%. HVAC ductwork is nearly complete on the second floor and 80% insulated. The first floor is over 75% complete. Mechanical piping is over 50% complete on both floors. Fire Protection pipe completion is over 90% on both floors; the dry system in the attic of the existing system is also around 90% complete.

Siding and roofing are both behind compared to the project schedule but neither are on the critical path. Overall the Substantial Completion date remains June 8th, 2021.

There has been good adherence to standard safety practices on site. Weekly safety review by an independent consultant has identified issues that need constant attention. COVID-19 protocol is in place and there has been good compliance.

The entire team has been working well in raising questions and concerns and getting responses to field issues in a timely fashion. Color selections of most materials (especially flooring) have been critical to get released to the GC.

A master list of all fixtures and equipment has been created to track the budget and purchasing going forward. We are working closely with CTA to identify when items will be needed based on their schedule and are providing subcontractors with information (for instance, gas range connections) as needed.

The Landscape Architects have developed (from our input) a concept plan with over a dozen projects of varying sizes that are either funded or able to be sold to prospective donors. A follow-up meeting is scheduled for the first week in January to prioritize items and discuss conceptual pricing. Of specific interest to the project team are any items that may impact the ongoing project (additional power requirements, for example).

The Interiors Subcommittee met December 2, 8 and 30 and has completed their selection of carpet, tile and paint, and continues to move through furniture and finishes discussion, review and selection. We reviewed font choices for signage, selected locker colors for the staff break room and grey formica and black granite counter tops to complement the Amber Maple casework throughout the building. The Interiors Subcommittee is waiting on responses from the design team for furniture selections and samples.

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

See separate, updated cost report. The difference between projected cost and available borrowing is $440,211. That number takes into account CO#14 and other outstanding PCO’s that are likely to be approved.

Please check out photos in the Library Construction album on our Facebook Page.

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Young Scientists Virtual STEM Class

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Join STEM Beginnings for a 6-week virtual series for children, ages 3-6. Children will learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts through hands-on activities, story time and simple experiments.

Dates for these virtual classes are Monday, January 4th, 11th, 25th and Monday, February 1st, 8th, and 22nd.

Register online.

This is an interactive class using Zoom and parents/caregivers are encouraged to help their child. A list of materials for families to prepare for each class will be provided weekly.

Registration will begin two weeks prior to each event. By registering for this event, you are registering for this one event, not the entire six-week program. If the event is full, you may still submit this form to be placed on the waiting list. Attendees on the waiting list will be added to our next session.  A minimum of eight families are required in order for the class to be held. If we do not receive the minimum number of registrants, this event may be canceled. A valid email address is required to register for all Grafton Public Library programs. A Zoom link will be sent to each registrant no later than twenty-four hours before the event is scheduled.   If you are unable to attend, please call the Grafton Public Library at 508-839-4649.

Siblings are welcome. Only one registration is required per family.

The “Young Scientists” series is sponsored by the YMCA Family & Community Partnership (YFCP), which is a Massachusetts Coordinated Family & Community Engagement (CFCE) Grant funded by the Department of Early Education and Care and awarded to the YMCA of Central Massachusetts.

Location: Zoom
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