Grafton Public Library

Director’s Report: May 2021

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The Director worked on job descriptions for approved new positions (pending Town Meeting Approval) and updated/drafted many Library policies for Trustee review to ensure they will apply to the new facility. Policy Committee met to discuss Minimum Staffing and Meeting Room policies in particular. Building Committee met to approve bills. Interiors Committee met to complete the signage package, roof rail, locking staircase gate, and window films. The Board of Library Trustees voted to reopen to the public for limited browsing during the month of June! We stopped quarantining, ended curbside, and spent a lot of time discussing logistics and scheduling for reopening Tue June 1: Mon/Tue 10am-2pm, Wed/Thu 2-8pm, Fri/Sat 10am-2pm.The Director toured the building with MBLC and with a donor.

Our AMH has got through the Suez Canal and is waited to pass through customs, with installation at the new library scheduled for week of June 7. Staff met with a Bibliotheca representative to go through the logistics of the sorting machine. We started the deaccession project – items that will not be coming to the renovated and expanded library will be first offered to Town departments for re-homing, and then go to public auction.

Of note, RB Digital content has been acquired by Overdrive, so access to ArtistWorks is now via Libby, and we have added IndieFlix (streaming independent film), Qello (streaming video of on-demand concerts) and The Great Courses (streaming audio lectures from renowned academics). This new content will be available beginning next week under an EXTRAS feature in the Libby App – download at

Children’s Services
Staff member Kristin Plaikas 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:

Young Scientists, a grant program sponsored by the YFCP and hosted by the Grafton Library concluded for the year this May. The spring session saw a fantastic turn out and we were happy to end the program on a high note. A caregiver emailed me to let me know her son LOVED the program and sent us photos of him participating in class:

We continued our outreach visits to the local GPS preschools with six preschool classes from NGES and three preschool classes from SGES. We read books to tie into their curriculum’s theme of farm animals, a contrast from last month’s jungle animal theme.

May brought an end to the library’s virtual storytime at home series. Per publisher permissions, all videos have been removed from YouTube. Preschool at Home had 7 total views and Toddler Time at home had 10 total views.

Sarah completed social media graphics for the upcoming GPL/GLT mind and body partnership, created a social media posting schedule, and wrote the social media text template that will be used in all posts. We are excited for this partnership, which promotes exercising mind and body, with hiking and nature books!

The majority of time in the CR this month has been focusing on the upcoming Library Summer Program, Tails and Tales, and prepping kits for virtual summer programming.

Book clubs continued this month, the children are really enjoying reading graphic novels together.

Looking ahead to June, we have an amazing lineup for DIY Kit and online programming. Visit for more information and the sign up – registration begins June 1.

Teen Services
May was all about summer reading again. Allison placed book orders, 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, then oversaw compiling of dozens of kits and activity packets.

Adult Services
We had 479 curbside pickups in May. During the last 2 weeks of May we put out 24 adult wind-chime kits, and finished collecting Mind, Body and Spirit canvases.

Our BookWagon at Crescent Manor resumed Thursday, May 13! We had 12 participants with 28 checkouts and 10 requests. We delivered 31 items to 7 Home Delivery patrons.

Seven Home Delivery recipients checked out 46 items. We issued 8 new library cards, and corrected 4 accounts for Grafton patrons after running the “Patrons with wrong home library” report, which we are now running monthly.

There were 42 museum pass reservations, 40 were picked up and there were 2 no-shows. We added the Mass Audubon Society pass; information can be found at Sandhya has been meticulously adjusting museum pass procedures almost on a daily basis as museums revise their COVID restrictions. It’s still a cumbersome process. Patrons need to get the code from us when they reserve the pass, then contact the museum (some require a phone call, some can be handled online) to make a reservation at the museum, and then call us back to reschedule the pass if they were unable to make a reservation at the museum.

Two adult volunteers put in a total of 31 hours. Our two regular adult volunteers are fully vaccinated. We received two new volunteer applications. We anticipate welcoming teen and additional adult volunteers in the fall, and plan to offer a group training. One volunteer pulled approximately 150 duplicate adult fiction books to donate to The Friends Book Sale. The Friends Book Sale at Mill Village Park was a great success. Thank you to our Friends for a fantastic event, and to Quite Fetching, Anzio’s, Sarah Bejer, the Capital Campaign, and adult and youth volunteers for their help. Sales exceeded expectations.

Technical Services
204 items were added in May.

Staff Update
Congratulations to Cyndi Zarriello who achieved her Paralibrarian II Certification from MLA. Sarah attended the Blackstone Valley Libraries youth services librarian’s meeting. Staff participated in the following Professional Development Opportunities in April
• Princh training
• 2021 MA Library Association Conference, with a focus on paralibraianship.
• Basic Cataloging for New Employees (DBT)
• Ordering on the Grid (DBT)
• On-line Passport Acceptance Agent Training (EL)
• Allergen Awareness Certification (JB)
For a complete list of FY21 staff development, please visit

Yes, we are reopening June 1.

NO Log
No, there are no more canvases for the mindful art project (we gave away 100).

Patron Comments
5/27 “First of all, I want to say thank you. It has been so wonderful to have things to watch during the pandemic. I really appreciate all that you’ve been doing.” -HF
5/27 “Thanks for this great service.” (The GPL Select – Your Library Concierge form). -HF
5/6 “All the work you are doing is wonderful” (no-contact, curbside pickup). -SL

Respectfully submitted,

Beth Gallaway

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