Grafton Public Library

Weekly Report, April 26-30, 2021

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Congratulations to Cyndi Zarriello, who received a Paralibrarian II certification from the Massachusetts Library Association!

March stats: 850 curbside pickups (including 22 museum pass reservations), 8 home deliveries, 665 reference questions, 518 new items added, 11 new library cards issued, 2 volunteers, and 277 participants in 14 programs. Read the full March Director’s Report online.

The Community Read culminated in a virtual book discussion on Slack Thursday April 29. Thank you to the Friends for sponsoring the program, and to Heidi Fowler, for representing the selected titles through dramatic costuming all month.

The Library promoted the Friends Book Sale, which takes place Saturday May 1 from 10-2 at Mill Villages Park in South Grafton. Purchase a canvas tote bag and/or gently used books and media that have been quarantined per state guidelines, and snacks available from Anzio’s, Gary’s Ice Cream Truck, and pet treats from Quite Fetching. This fundraiser will include a Capital Campaign fundraiser as well: sale of bookmarks by local artist Sarah Bejer. Masks are required, please follow social distancing guidelines at this outdoor event.

Director Beth Gallaway worked on the May newsletter, copier procurement, a LEED pilot project regarding the innovative patio spaces in the new library, and worked with C/WMARS on SIP2 protocol (setup for the Automated Materials Handler (AMH) and Andy Deschenes on phones for the new library. She planned an author visit with local author Pamela Hollander (Wed 6/2) to discuss Pam’s new book Gen X at Middle Age in Popular Culture. Beth completed the March MA Public Library Construction Program Grant Report and an EBSCO grant application for Solar Panels this week.

We prepped our Community Art project Mind, Body & Spirit, designed by staff member Allison Coelho Picone. Take home a canvas the week of May 3-8 and return the finished product the week of May 24-28 to take part in a Community Art Quilt display when our renovated library opens! For more information, please visit

Coghlin (IT) visited to reconnect some printers that went rogue after the Evergreen catalog update over Patriots Day weekend.

The Board of Library Trustees met and had a conversation around COVID-19, deciding the library should remain closed to the public through the move to the new building, scheduled to begin the week of July 12. Social distancing and ventilation in the temporary quarters pose a challenge that town departments and other libraries in the area. We continue to offer curbside pickup 6 days a week from 10am-4pm plus one evening a week until 8pm, and remote reference and readers advisory as well as virtual and DIY programming.

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