Grafton Public Library

Weekly Report – Library – Sept 6-10, 2021

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We are still unable to announce a reopening date and are postponing our Ribbon Cutting and Grand Reopening and will announce a new date ASAP.

All staff had Monday, Labor Day, off. Beth was out Tue & Wed in observance of Rosh Hashanah.

The Select Board proclaimed September as National Library Card Sign-up Month! Register online for a free or replacement library card at

Parking lot striping was completed. The retention basin was seeded. More shelving arrived and some A/V shelving is assembled. We are still waiting for framing and shelving for historical, new books, large print, and children’s collections. One of the EVSE was repaired and training is scheduled for 1pm on Friday. Don from Bibliotheca walked through on Thursday to see the new Automated Materials Handler and gates. Integra is coming on Fri to test the phone system but not date yet for arrival or installation of phones.

The Friends kindly delivered lunch from the Grafton Inn for Staff on Thursday afternoon – thank you!

Beth attended the Capital Summit, fielded many questions about reopening and COVID. We have reinstituted contact tracing. Beth updated the punch list – her list and the construction team’s list are not aligning.

Sarah, Cyndi, and Kristin discussed upcoming October programming. Sarah reached out to Allison and Heidi about booking art programs for this fall, contacted Pop Up Art School, submitted final SLP stats to MLS, attended two webinars (Anti-Racist Education: Building Your Inclusive Collection & Curriculum and Worthy Kids Author Extravaganza!), submitted August Stats and narrative to Beth, followed up with patrons needing assistance with SLP activity codes and damaged items due to a unexpected flood in their classroom, communicated with ATA about upcoming music programming at the library, and booked the fall session of the YFCP grant funded program, Young Scientists, with STEM Beginnings.

Cyndi looked into storage solutions from the approved vendor list, organized and inventoried the CR game collection, brainstormed programming ideas, and added month stickers to all of our new books. Jen worked on Event Keeper events and the October CR newsletter. Mare reviewed volunteer applications and organized volunteer correspondence.

Circulation staff practiced with AMH and A/V systems; attended the staff meeting, and brainstormed workflow. In addition, Ranjita and Jane had NYT best seller list training, (searching for what we own and putting titles in A FIC HOLD cart in Ingram); Sandhya updated museum pass info and the website, Allie worked on the Mind, Body Spirit canvases, and signage. The four circ assistants spent time reading Library Journal and BookPage to become more familiar with adult fiction. Susan conducted a BookWagon program at Crescent Manor Rest Home; delivered material to four homebound patrons, worked on tasks for circ staff; ordered supplies; made arrangements to begin receiving our 53 bins of material that has been held at the sorting center, and started tweaking the schedule. We continue to be thwarted from completing our set-up due to lack of shelving and storage space!
Heidi answered questions about passwords, holds, museum passes, where they can return materials, and when are we opening? She updated library accounts and created new ones for patrons. She attended a webinar titled “From Theory to Practice: How to Make Open Access Content Work for Your Library.”

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