Director’s Report: February 2021
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:
- “Not Just for Young Adults” Book Discussion Group discussed Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
- The Daytimers Book Group discussed The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig
- The GPL Mystery Book Group discussed The Outcast Girls by Alys Clare
- The “Reads Well with Others” Adult Book Discussion Group discussed The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn
- The “Inspirational Book Club” discussed Random Acts of Kindness Then & Now by The Editors of Conari Press
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!”