Grafton Public Library

Weekly Report: June 1-5, 2021

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The Library opened for browsing Mon June 1! We trained patrons in using self-check. It was wonderful to see so many friends after a long 15-month closure.

We recognized Cyndi Zarriello for her achievement of Paralibrarian II at the Trustee meeting last week.

We accepted many beautiful canvases returned by creative patrons! Please do return your completed canvas ASAP, if you are participating in the Mind, Body & Spirit Program.

Director Beth Gallaway spent a lot of time on opening logistics; the deaccession project; writing job postings; scheduling training for the new AMH, security gates, and handheld RFID scanner for the new library; creating staff schedules for reopening, the move, and FY22; compiling the April 2021 MBLC report, and completing the paperwork for the MPLCP grant so that MBLC can award Grafton a partial payment of $1,859,714 toward our construction grant this fiscal year. Lauren Stara, the construction specialist from MBLC, visited the construction site on Fri May 28 for a tour.

We hosted a Zoom visit with Pam Hollander editor of Gen X at Middle Age in Popular Culture. We will be adding to a Pinterest Board at of li consisting of Library items featured in the essays in the book, and will be developing a Generations display at the new Library this fall.

Eleven staff members participated in a Reader’s Advisory training on the Romance genre. Please ask use what to read next at

We launched our Summer Program Tails & Tales! There are many ways for all ages to participate; please visit for more information. Thank you to the Friends of the Grafton Public Library for sponsoring the raffle prizes.

We had a few museum pass issues this week. Thanks to the public for being patient and carefully reading through all the info at – each museum has different rules, policies and passcodes for discounts; luckily, more and more museum partners are going digital, which means we can send you a QR code and you don’t even have to come to the Library to pick up the pass anymore.

Children’s Room staff continued kit prep for the 2021 Library Summer Program, including Friday Fun summer photo scavenger hunt kits. Thanks to Cyndi who reorganized the program room and organized all of our grab and go kits by date.

Sarah has been in contact with NGES PTG and SGPTO to get the Library added to their June agendas to discuss library updates and SLP information. She also created lesson plans for the June NGES and SGES preschool storytime outreach visits, and Sarah and Kristin collaborated with Kristin Parone to finalize the RLA summer/library video.

Sarah also worked on the Grafton Cultural Council Grant owl pellet program and hosted a STEM class for children ages 3-6.

Marilyn worked on a Pride book list for the June newsletter. Mare has been continuing to work on her Paralibrarian documentation in preparation for the next application round, and reviewed recorded sessions from last week’s MLA conference that she was unable to attend live and wrote up program notes.

Jen helped a homeschooling mom stock up on American History books for a summer road trip, and Jen and Mare collaborated on a display of “Summer Reads” including picks from the schools’ summer reading list as well as our own diverse picks.

Adult Services created displays for Pride and Juneteenth.

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