Grafton Public Library

Weekly Report, July 19-23

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Two families were very disappointed when kits that were set aside on the porch with their families’ names on them were taken by someone else. Please do not take items that are not designated for you! We clearly mark on our calendar and on the bags which programs require advance sign up and which ones are free for all. In the future, kits for registered patrons will be stored on the holds shelf.

Please continue to hold donations until Monday August 23. Once the shelving is installed in the Friends storage closet at the new library, we can resume accepting gently used materials in salable condition for future book sales.

The Grafton Public Library will close to the public at close of business Saturday July 24 at 2pm. KITS will still be available next week at 53 N. Main Street in N. Grafton Wed/Thu from 4-8pm and Sat from 10-2pm. No items are due until August 23 – if we are able to work around our moving schedule and open the lobby at 35 Grafton Common for pickup of kits, museum passes and holds after Aug 2, we will – watch our website and social media for details. In the meantime, no library materials are due until August 23, no fines will be charged, and the Grafton Public Library card is good at a number of local libraries – visit for a complete list of members.

A date has been set for the Library’s Grand Reopening, with a ribbon cutting at 11am Friday October 1, and an event for families in the morning and an evening celebration for adults on Saturday October 2.

Beth worked on the June Trustees report and other documents for next week’s Board of Library Trustees meeting, began booking fall programs, tested meeting room software, edited policies and meet with Town Counsel to review edits, reviewed job applications, worked on getting new hotspots to circulate through an MBLC program funded by the Emergency Connectivity Fund.

Impact came to inspect fire extinguishers at the temporary location, and American Alarm came to repair an issue with communication to Zone 9 that was not an emergency, but resulted in several middle of the night alert calls to designated staff.

Sarah, Kristin, Allison and Beth worked on creating book and resource lists featuring books with Neurodivergent & Disabled Characters for children, teens and adults in celebration of Disability Pride Month, celebrated in July. Check out the lists at

Multiple staff read through draft policies and provided feedback. Fulltime staff worked on their position classification questionnaires.

Allie created “now available” poster for Library of Things; the Library of Things now contains a metal detector, an acoustic pickup for your ukulele or guitar, and more! Board games went on display near to holds shelf to encourage checkout.

Susan did a lot of logistics around planning for the move and closure. Staff have started packing!

Sarah and Beth worked on collection development and placed book orders through Ingram, our book jobber.

Sarah prepped for this week’s LEGO Mini Build and contacted registrants and then ran the live zoom LEGO Mini Build program, Frog Prince, with Allison.

Cyndi has been working on packing up the craft supply closet in preparation for the move back to the common, organizing SLP grab and go craft kits, and notarized a number of documents for patrons.

Jen has been working on the CR newsletter and a storytime survey; Allie has been working on the newsletter for adults.

Sarah attended Reimagining School Readiness, hosted by Massachusetts Library System. Beth attended an Asureforce training and an Emergency Connectivity Fund training.

Jen and Cyndi have been caring for the CR monarch butterflies – two more hatched!

CR staff attended an all-staff meeting on Wednesday.

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