Grafton Public Library

Weekly Report May 3-7

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We put out 164 curbside bags and 50 May activity packets. 8”x 8” canvases are still available for anyone who would like to participate in the Community Art Project Mind, Body & Spirit. Details at
60 adult blackout poetry kits went out in April, and 30 youth. Share your creations! #nationalpoetrymonth #graftonpubliclibrary.

The Library added 440 new physical items in April! Subscribe to Wowbrary for a weekly email delivery of our New Titles newsletter (includes new OverDrive titles!) or check out the CAROUSELS feature in our catalog, which highlights new titles at

A volunteer pulled approximately 150 duplicate adult fiction books to donate to The Friends Book Sale. Thank you to our Friends for a fantastic event last weekend, and to Quite Fetching, Anzio’s, Sarah Bejer, the Capital Campaign, and adult and youth volunteers for their help. Sales exceeded expectations, and it was so nice to see everyone out to support our cause. Proceeds benefit the Library.

Staff received training on Princh, our remote printing service. Visit or download the Princh app to send a document to our Library printer: # 103048!

This week staff member Kristin Pliakas met with Andy Deschenes and Bob DeToma to record a tour of the renovated and expanded library, to be included in a virtual field trip for Grade 3 at MSES and NSES as part of the annual Grafton History Day program. The video should be available soon on demand:

The Children’s Staff prepped for curbside kits to go, scheduled social media posts for May programs, prepared for kits for SLP 2021, hosted a STEM class for children ages 3-6, hosted Bookworms Virtual Book Club for 1st & 2nd Grade, and presented 4 sessions (6 classes) of preschool storytime outreach to NGES. A live music and movement program presented by Apple Tree Arts begins next week, register online. Next week, watch for our ladybug grab and go craft kits, and an announcement about our new partnership with the Grafton Land Trust!

Allison, the Teen Librarian, placed a book order, created individual graphics for each summer reading program badge and developed activities to complete each badge, created samples and felt instructions for one activity, and helped plan a co-presentation on Summer Reading for Library staff.

The Director worked on job descriptions for approved new positions (pending Town Meeting Approval) and updated many Library policies for Trustee review to ensure they will apply to the new facility, and worked with the Policy Committee on Minimum Staffing and Meeting Room policies in particular. Building Committee met to approve bills. Interiors Committee is completing the signage package. Beth Gallaway reviewed updated guidelines from the Commonwealth – libraries have been moved to “other sectors” with more relaxed guidelines and no more quarantining of materials required. The Trustees will meet Monday May 10 at 7pm on Zoom to determine if it is feasible to open to public browsing — we would love to give everyone an opportunity to stock up before we close to relocate back to 35 Grafton Common. Join the public meeting at 7pm 5/10 on Zoom:
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Meeting ID: 881 8945 8443; Passcode: 822673

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