Grafton Public Library

Weekly Report October 11-15, 2021

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The Grafton Public Library received a temporary certificate of Occupancy on Tuesday October 12, 2021, enabling us to reopen fully to the public on Wednesday October 13, 2021. The Certificate is temporary and pending final resolution of ADA issues; all code and life/safety issues have been resolved. We continue to work through the punch list and discover new issues daily, such as a backwards door that locks from the inside and an unalarmed door in the Children’s Room. Our occupancy load is 384 for the Upton Street (lower) level and 168 for the Common level (upper floor). Hours are Monday-Thursday, 10am-9pm and Friday and Saturday 10am-6pm. Around 100 patrons came through to check out the new space on opening day, and visitors had many positive comments.

Beth updated Facebook and social media, addressed issues regarding phones, elevators, IT, and the Small Stones programming scheduled on site this week and next. We made an offer to a candidate for the Children’s Room vacancy and have extended an offer to two temps to cover desks so we can proceed with interviews for other vacancies. IT was on site Wednesday to continue working through issues. All four self-checks are up and running but hey are not desensitizing materials.

All adult circ staff spent last week preparing for opening. Adult Circ staff are rotate between managing the circulation desk on the upper level, covering the lobby and managing the AMH on the lower level. When we have off-desk time, Sandhya handles the Museum Pass Program and ILL.  Allie manages signage and the newsletter, and also does a lot of troubleshooting with printers and receipt printers. Ranjita and Jane share the New York Times bestseller list task including making recommendations for purchase, as well as keeping forms and brochures stocked. Susan manages four staff, the monthly BookWagon outreach program, the Home Delivery Program, the Volunteer Program, supply inventory and ordering;  purchasing adult fiction, adult fiction and non-fiction DVDs and audiobooks, and all Overdrive content. Susan is also responsible for overseeing the AMH sorting machine and self-check machines. All Circulation staff manage delivery, Readers Advisory, and assist patrons with checking in and out material.

Heidi answered reference questions and operational questions, delivered books to the Senior Center for the Senior Center Book Club’s November discussion, updated library accounts an registered new borrowers. Last week she facilitated the Not Just For Young Adults Book Group to discuss Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner. She worked with youth services staff on a local cultural council grant application. Heidi took the lead on phone installation.

Sarah and her staff worked to make the Children’s Room as welcoming as possible, and addressed space concerns with Beth and Ron – we will be meeting with Cori from Tucker next week. She worked on our Grafton Celebrates the Holidays Frosty Stop listing and scheduled NGES and SGES virtual school visits. The outdoor Mr. Kim program was a success!

Allison finished shelving YA and storing program materials. She continued to work on Winter Reading Program and finished designing art for buttons, completed Raffle Baskets for Octoberfest, and staffed the Teen Desk.

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