Grafton Public Library

Weekly Report – Library October 4-9, 2021

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The Library opened with Lobby access only for patrons returning materials and picking up requested items.

Beth Gallaway met with Library Planning and Building Committee and had phone meetings with Victor from Bibliotheca; Aaron Vandesteen, Trustee chair; Mary Fritz, Building Committee Chair; Ron Paolillo, DRA; MBLC, and Evan. She met with staff in small groups and individually; with CMD to go over outstanding IT needs for patron computers, and with Joe from Bibliotheca about the security gates. She corresponded with Kathy from Small Stones Festival of the Arts, American Alarm, and Darcy from APA HVAC;  interviewed three Bibliotemp candidates; put together a non-fiction book order; worked with Mike from Integra on phone installation; and reviewed policies for Group Visits, Inclement Weather, Informational Display (bulletin boards) and Privacy and Confidentiality. She worked with Kristie Proctor and Roger Trahan from the Disability Commission to draft a grant application for $57K for accessibility software and hardware for patrons with low vision. She completed the annual Financial Report to meet State Aid eligibility requirements – Grafton will be compliant and certified for FY2022.

All hands were on deck this week as we welcomed patrons into the lobby for book returns and holds pickup. Staff attended training on Mystery Reader’s Advisory on Thursday.  Allison worked on getting ready for the Library opening to the public, primarily shelving returns from the delivery so that we have room in the sorting room for when items are returned. In order to do this she had to completely shelf-read the YA NF area as huge chunks were shelved incorrectly by the moving crew. Additionally, she had to shift the entire YA Fic collection by three bays because there was not enough room to shelve when they put the collection on the shelving unit. Allison also compiled September stats.

This week in the Children’s Room, Sarah, Jen, Cyndi, and Kristin worked on creative problem solving to figure out where to put the majority of the children’s nonfiction collection since we do not have enough shelving to house the collection. Some overflow has been placed in the CR tutoring room and we removed display shelving and borrowed flat shelving from Adult Services to allow us to move where the biographies and video games are shelved.  Sarah set up two AWE early literacy computers, looked at desk coverage and made a preliminary schedule, coordinated with onsite IT about where additional printers should be set up, and helped Allison C. go through and sort some remaining boxes in the teen area. Sarah, Jen, and Cyndi spent a large amount of time in the lobby welcoming patrons and answering questions. Jen worked on EventKeeper and Social Media to push this Friday’s Mr. Kim program. Susan took care of homedeliveries and visited Crescent Manor. Ranjita shifted large print and fiction,and worked on the NYT bestseller list. Jane worked on the NYT bestseller list,shifted fiction and researched coat racks. Sandhya worked on museum passes, answered Facebook questions, rearranged Large Print, worked on her Notary application, and read BookPage and Library Journal. Allie worked on the Library newsletter, created pdfs to update website with newsletters for the past year, worked on a tutorial pdf for Susan, created signage, and treated the plants with Neem.

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