Grafton Public Library

Weekly Report, Nov 15-20, 2021

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The Library had to be evacuated and close early at 8pm on Wed evening due to staff illness from noxious odors from the first-floor ladies restroom, where cleaning chemicals emitted their scent throughout the building for over eight hours. The problem was exacerbated by the out-of-commission HVAC unit on the roof, we are working to resolve it’s functional issues.

Furniture installers returned on site to continue putting together remaining items after a shelving shipment arrived; the order is still not complete. The tree leaves in the Children’s Room are being installed, along with the ordered wall manipulatives; as a result the Children’s Room will be closed for three morning next week, but a selection of materials as well as the AWE Early Literacy Computers are being made available in Community Room A/B. We have a date for call forwarding on the new phone system! Beginning Dec 1, incoming calls should work again.

The Director met with the Board of Library Trustees, construction team, Friends of the Library, Historic District Commission and various vendors and partners. We are planning ukulele programming to begin in the New Year. Beth made a list of outstanding tasks and staff are volunteering for items, such as updating the Emergency Evacuation Plan to reflect the renovated building, and step-by-step instructions for the alarm system.  Beth worked with IT on patron software, reached out to the door company on timing for the door opener, and dealt with alarm, elevator, keycard and lock issues.

Donna ordered new materials, recataloged items, and began cataloging patron laptops for in-house use.

Borrower Services continued to serve patrons from their service desks and began updating the procedures manual.

Allison went through a group of damaged items to either reorder or remove from the collection. She is  working on getting some D&D programs scheduled for teens based on their feedback.

This week Stacie continued to orient herself in the CR by shelf reading, shelving, and performing circulation duties, Marilyn corresponded with volunteers, Jen ran Library Babies, updated EventKeeper and social media, and worked on the December newsletter. Cyndi worked on organizing the library of things and shifted the holiday/seasonal section. Kristin continued to reach out to the schools and ran 2 book club sessions.  Sarah ran Toddler Time and preschool storytime, planned and ran two sessions of preschool outreach for South Grafton Elementary School, coordinated with CR staff, met with Allison about the Winter Reading Program and Summer Reading Program, shepherded a session of Young Scientists, and spoke with contractors regarding hanging the leaves in the children’s room.

Please save the date: a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the renovated and expanded Grafton Public Library will be held Friday December 17 at 11am.

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