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Library Weekly Report August 8-13, 2022

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This week we circulated 3,344 items, received 687 items in transit and sent 606 items. We requested 540 items and filled 437 hold requests; registered 17 patrons for library cards, and added 19 new items. The most popular book this week is The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict. We hosted 18 meetings in our conference, study and tutoring rooms for 47 people, including private studying, tutoring, and a meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Graton and Upton.

We are extremely short staffed with vacancies and staff leave and have had over 170 instances of shortages in the last 10 months. The library closed at 5pm on Tuesday due to an unanticipated staffing shortage and the Children’s closed on Thursday evening at 5pm due to unanticipated staffing shortage. We do not have enough employees to adequately staff our service desks and provide the level of service and programming the public, Board, and MBLC expects.

 As Director, Beth managed patron feedback and incidents, ordered a rug for her office, scheduled fire extinguisher inspection, submitted the Library’s Food permit application. She dealt with an elevator issue which is still being resolved on Friday morning. The policy committee met to review the draft 3D printing policy and had a conversation around what would be allowed to be printed, how the requests to print would be managed, and other logistics. The most current draft may not reflect the increase in filament costs. The cost to run the machines would be recouped in the printing fee. It was suggested we add a 3D printer on the upper level for patrons of all ages to use. At this time, there is no 3D printing available until the policy is approved and staff are trained.

Eileen paid bills, ordered office supplies, and finalized FY22 encumbrances.

Debby worked on meeting minutes and correspondence.

We have multiple people on leave in multiple departments. Our new Head of Borrower Services began on Wednesday. We have extended an offer for the Technical Services Librarian position, which was accepted. Cynthia O’Neil will start Tuesday September 6.

As defacto clerk of the works, Beth provided FF&E invoices upon request and began categorizing expenses into eligible and ineligible costs, requested additional shelving purchases from the Capital Campaign, purchased a rug from her office, spoke with Colliers about HVAC commissioning.

 Borrower Services
As Acting Head of Borrower Services, Beth helped manage the department and provided some training to Kara, and scheduled training for Museum Passes and Evergreen, our circulation system. Kara received training on EventKeeper, our calendar, museum pass reservation, and meeting room reservation software, as well as general orientation.
Borrower Services staff served patrons at the Lobby and Circulation desks and triaged the sorting room. Sandhya managed out of network requests for materials, worked on Home Delivery requests (emails & calls to patrons, ordering books, emailing volunteer for pick up), made Closure signs for staff development and posted to the website and social media, cleared expired holds from hold shelf, emailed patrons with active holds to see if they picked their holds without checking them out, made a list of museum renewal forms, and managed Facebook correspondence.

Jane worked on locating items with alerts that need to be sent to cataloging, the New York Times best seller list for fiction and recommending titles that we do not own,  and preparing the Dewey Decimal Number of the Week display for the 600s (inventions, medicine, astronauts, cooking, homesteading, farm animals, dogs/cats, building/remodeling). Allie’s patron service interactions including assisting a patron with printing document via phone then adjusting her certificate’s brightness for proper printing,  Libby and fax assistance, reference and reader’s advisory; researching Tech Services computer Evergreen issues delivering blank screen, troubleshooting Star receipt printer issues in sorting room, resetting the connectGate via electrical room after a weekend power outage, processing delivery and holds shelf, emptying book boxes in Tech Services, creating IT tickets and updating our IT issues sheet. Allie’s tip of the week: do not make copies of master bookmarks with a stickie note attached!

Children’s Services
This week the CR was down 2 staff members. Due to coverage issues, we closed the room early on Tuesday and Thursday night and canceled our Wednesday evening Campfire Ghost Stories program. We are seeing an increase in returns as families prepare to head back to schools and begin to return materials that were heavily used over summer vacation. The heat continued in the early part of the week bringing many families in to cool off, but a much-needed drop in temperatures arrived in time for the end of the week and three of our outdoor programs.

Programs offered this week include the continuation of our Pet Food Drive, Summer DIY Chalk, Summer Movie & Craft featuring Disney-Pixar’s Onward, three sessions of Bookworms Book Club, two sessions of  Summer Tie Dye, a special appearance with books and sensory table at the Grafton Farmers Market, DIY Chalk Pick up & Drawing, Once Upon a Storytime at Willard House & Clock Museum, LEGO Brickbuilders, our final session of Summer Songs in the Park with Apple Tree Arts. and Color Me Calm.

Teen Services
Allison and Sarah managed the teen space, ran multiple programs, and worked on materials orders. Allison reviewed the draft 3D printer policy.

Reference Services
Heidi worked on telephone system maintenance (we are having several issues with ring groups and voicemail), and ran book discussion groups. Eric assisted patrons with tech, reference questions, and check-out; worked on Collection Maintenance, deleting obsolete/old materials from database and preparing withdrawn materials for sale or the free shelf, and utilized a free trial of Filmocracy, a niche film festival database.

 Technical Services
As Acting Head of Technical Services, Beth continued to manage out of system catalog records, conversions on the fly for items on hold for patrons, and Allie assisted with cataloging tasks.

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Weekly Report: August 1-6, 2022

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The Library will have a one-hour delay, opening 11am on Friday August 12 due to scheduled  staff development. ComCat (the integrated catalog for all nine MA library networks) will be down for an upgrade on Wed Aug 10 for about 15 minutes beginning at 10pm, and our CWMARS network will be experiencing some down time for a hardware upgrade from Wednesday August 10 at 11pm until Wednesday August 11 at 2am.

This week we circulated 3,488 items, received 612 items in transit and sent 501 items. We requested 389 items and filled hold 373 requests; registered 32 patrons for library cards, and added 24 new items. The most popular book this week is The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand. We circulated 15 museum passes and hosted 11 meetings in our conference, study and tutoring rooms for 19 people.

As Director, Beth completed payroll, worked on scheduling, submitted six Capital Requests, worked on key codes and alarm codes for new staff, and staffed the Library’s table at National Night Out with Heidi and members from the Board of Library Trustees and Friends, where she was interviewed on GCTV by Mr. Gallagher. She alerted raffle basket winners of their prize, available for pickup on Sat. Beth met with Evan, Karen (trustee chair) and multiple staff members, and provided updated job descriptions to grade 1, 4 & 5 staff. She corresponded with MBLC, the Friends, the Capital Campaign, Boy Scouts, DRA architects, and various vendors and program providers. She worked on an upcoming grant project, fall programming, and the Library’s Food Permit application. She worked on staff development day scheduling, approved meeting room requests, wrote August press releases, and updated the Library’s calendar and website. began planning an election worker recruitment event the Town Clerk, and responded to requests for information about the Library of Things from the Asst. Town Administrator, and to Accounting and HR on personnel and hiring details.

As de facto Clerk of the Works, Beth attended the shortest construction meeting to date – 15 minutes! Final HVAC commissioning is scheduled for Friday. Worcester Elevator was on site for a pre-inspection and we discovered our fire extinguishers are due for annual inspection; Beth scheduled an inspection with Impact. The building department repaired a piece of woodwork that fell off the wall. We reported continued leaking due to torrential rain in the teen room at the Emergency Exit door to the construction team (we added piece of hardware to divert the water last month). She submitted help tickets to American Alarm and to Signet for assistance with a security issue. Thank you to Mary Lauria, Town Accountant, for providing the complete set of building project invoices so we can allocate the funding for reporting purposes, and to respond to Library Journal’s survey of new construction for an upcoming issue, and to Jared for his assistance with Vadar.

As Acting Head of Borrower Services, Beth communicated with multiple patrons about returns of damaged books and met with various staff. She covered the Borrower Services desk and worked on scheduling, sent out updates from the C/W MARS network, and updated the Bibliotheca ticket for the AMH printing, display and email issues. The AMH jammed several times because patrons continue to stack books or place them into the machine pages first, which makes the book stick in the conveyer belt.

As Acting Head of Technical Services, Beth provided access to a not-yet-cataloged CD player to meet a patron request – Heidi did a conversion on the fly to allow for checkout.

As Volunteer Coordinator, Beth responded to requests for service hours. We are unable to place any new volunteers at this time but there is still opportunity to get service hours in our August wedding programs on Wednesday August 10 and 24.

Eileen processed museum renewals and prepared the warrant for payment, learning how to distribute funding on invoices associated with Purchase Orders. She also covered the Borrower Services desk and collected, sorted and processed all the mail from last week because we forgot to pick it up when she was on vacation!

Borrower Services
Staff covered the lobby desk, circ desk and sorting room, while down two positions – one vacancy, one person on vacation. Sandhya coordinated with Susan about Crescent Manor, and then visited Crescent Manner. She handled out of system requests, cleared Hold Shelf, sent Museum Pass Renewals to Eileen, worked on home delivery, calling patrons and placing holds for materials. Sandhya made bookmarks for Holds shelf directing people to checkout holds before leaving with them, and created a display. Jane worked on material with item alerts, New York Times audio fiction best seller list, and recommendations for an audio book order. Ranjita worked on her August display (friendship themed books), performed a monthly check of the AED and first aid boxes in each department, reviewed the NYT bestseller non-fiction book and CD audio book, and processed few out-of-network requests

Children’s Services
Patrons continue to make use of our cool, air-conditioned space to gather together to play, read, and meet with friends as the hot and humid weather continues. CR staff continue to assist patrons with their summer reading needs, run programs, and have begun to block out programming time frames for the upcoming school year. We have been fortunate enough to have a group of dedicated CR volunteers, but the volume of books has been high, so staff have been spending time shelving to keep up with returns.

Programs offered  this week include Summer Movie & Craft, Comic Creators Club, Summer Preschool Storytime, Summer LEGO Brickbuilders, Summer Songs in the Park (moved indoors due to the heat advisory), Nature is a Box of Colors,  and our third session of Summer Sewing Camp. Due to an unanticipated staff shortage, we had to cancel two of our programs this week.

 Teen Services
Allison and Sarah S. worked on programming, scheduling, and hosted teen movie night. The Teen Room was closed for 6 hours this week due to lack of staffing.

Reference Services
Heidi and Eric answered reference questions, helped with check-ins, tech and the like. Heidi created library cards for people, and worked on program planning, and statistics. Eric recorded July data for his assigned databases and met with Filmocracy to discuss pricing and subscription options. Both Heidi and Eric helped cover gaps at the Borrower Services Desk.

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Weekly Report: Week of July 11-15, 2022

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This week we circulated 3,518 items, received 617 items in transit and sent 591 items. We requested 636 items and filled hold 535 requests; registered 32 patrons for library cards and added 7 new items. The most popular book this week is The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor. We hosted 14 meetings in our conference, study and tutoring rooms for 18 people, for private work, study, and tutoring sessions.

Grafton Ukulele Musicians met at Apple Tree Arts to sing and strum. They will meet at ATA in August as well, and also plan to participate in Play Music on the Porch Day as a group on  Saturday August 27, location TBA. Beth and Dana Wilson from the Library Board of Trustees hosted the first Library Gardening program where seven volunteers donated eight hours of service pulling weeds from the library grounds. We saw a goldfinch and a hummingbird, moths and butterflies, and bees and bunnies while working. Pizza and salad were donated by
Pepperoni Express. The next event is Wed July 27 from 4-6 – RSVP at

Eileen and Beth attended VADAR training for the new accounting software, and managed to submit bills for warrant #3! Beth attended the Grafton Anti-Racist Book Club’s inaugural meeting; we will be providing support with space and assisting members get copies of the titles they will be discussing. She also gave Debby introductory training in scheduling and payroll.

Beth met with Evan, with Library department heads, with the Board of Trustees Chair, and corresponded with capital Campaign. She conducted final interviews for the Technical Services Librarian position and hired a new head of Borrower Service to start in August; a name will be released when the hiring memo is complete. She registered staff for an upcoming CPR training which will enable us to complete our Food Permit.

Willard House and Clock Museum will be donating a clock this fall, to be on temporary long-term loan for the Historic Reading Room. We are planning an event in November with a horology lecture and wine and appetizer reception. Beth also worked on dates for hosting some of the events for the Small Stones Festival of the Arts in October.

As acting head of Borrower Services, Beth corresponded with patrons about damaged and donated books. She also purchased eBooks and eAudio from OverDrive.

Beth met with the construction team, building committee, and our construction specialist from MBLC. Paul from CTA construction delivered all the operational manuals and plans for the new library building and was on site on Wed for a final review. HVAC work continued with Advantage and LG. The green roof was fertilized. GCTV worked with IT and we can now go LIVE with events, meetings and programs from our Community Room, a project ten years in the making. CAVT Solutions came out on Friday to address some A/V issues.

We received a recommendation to remove an item from the collection that negatively portrays Native Americans and will go through our request for reconsideration process for the item.

Sandhya Shenoy accepted a promotion to Senior Library Associate for the additional duties taken on with Susan Leto’s retirement. She has been employed with the Library since May 2016 with increased responsibilities over the last 4 years.

Borrower Services staff assisted patrons at the circulation desk and in the lobby. Sandhya  processed, ordered, requested and returned CLIO/COMCAT materials. She updated and renewed museum passes, added new seed packets to the Seed Library, handled issues with AMH systems, ordered books for August displays, and processed ILL emails. Sandhya and Ranjita processed home deliveries. Jane reviewed the NYT best seller fiction list while Ranjita reviewed the non-fiction list purchase suggestions were made. Jane also put together the Dewey Decimal Number of the Week display for 200-299 (religion, mythology, theology), and continues searching for complete large print Amish series.

The Children’s Room is in full swing with summer programming and the staff have been busy with children and caregivers reading, making use of public computers, attending programs, and cooling off in the air-conditioned space. Children’s Room staff have been hard at work assisting patrons, running various programs, and prepping for upcoming programming. Programs offered this week include Teddy Bear Camp-In, Summer Movie & Craft, Comic
Creators Club, Summer Stories for Babies and Toddlers, two sessions of Summer Tie Dye, Summer Preschool Storytime, Campfire Ghost Stories, Summer LEGO Brick Builders, Graphic Novel Design Class, Summer Songs in the Park, Summer HexBugs, Summer Gaming, and Color Me Calm.

Teen Services has spent most of their time this week on programming. This week’s programs included Tie Dye (a second session will be in August), Turning Red movie night, and Anime Club. We hosted two outside presenters this week: New York Times bestselling author Michael Tougias to talk about his book The Finest Hours and comic artist and author Cathy Johnson who will be teaching a zine making workshop on Saturday.

Heidi and Eric answered reference questions. Eric got a very nice compliment from a patron for his patience and helpfulness in assisting a patron with computer needs. Heidi created library cards for patrons and worked on statistics. She also shepherded the showing of the movie The Finest Hours on Tuesday, July 12th worked on event planning.  Eric met with Gale database representatives and is researching various options for rehoming weeded items.

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Weekly Report June 25-30

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This week we circulated 3,080 items, received 724 items in transit and sent 633 items. We requested 543 items and filled 410 hold requests; registered 32 patrons for library cards, and added 1 new physical item. The most popular book this week is The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand. We hosted 14 meetings in our conference, study and tutoring rooms for 23 people. Our pet food drive continues through August 31.

We are delighted to welcome Kara Dzindolet as our new Head of Borrower Services! She will start the first week of August. Eight staff and two trustees received HeartSaver training through the Board of Health, and as soon as we have our certification e-cards we can complete our Food Permit application.

Director’s Report
Beth covered the public service desk for the Children’s, Teen and Borrower Services department due to short staffing. She ordered e-books, met with Library department heads to discuss scheduling and programming; Allison created a survey with input from all. The survey is completed now and will go out in the August newsletters; we welcome public feedback on our programming survey.

Beth met with various Borrower Services staff on continuation of services until Kara arrives, and Beth, Allie and Eric worked on unpacking and sorting items ordered in July, and addressed some minor cataloging issues. Beth completed and sent the August newsletter, did some organizing in the Shares folder and Google Drive, updated staff procedures, updated the Library website, and updated pages in her jurisdiction in preparation for the new Town website, worked on a t-shirt order for the GUM program, and corresponded with Small Stones Festival of the Arts. No one attended the library gardening program to weed the garden beds; the next session is Wednesday August 10.

 The Board of Library Trustees Policy Sub-Committee met Monday evening to review Unaccompanied Adult Policy and Minimum Staffing Policy; no changes were recommended at this time. Beth prepared materials for the Board of Library Trustees meeting, held on Wednesday. We have received a request for reconsideration for a children’s book in the Dear America series and will convene a committee to review the request. Beth also met with CPC to review funding requests to restore and preserve antique furniture in our Historic Reading Room, and the cupola on the 1927 building that faces the Common.

Friends Update
The Friends met Tuesday to discuss their August Children’s Book Sale (Saturday August 27 from 10am-4pm), set a tentative date for fall Book Sale, plan an October fundraiser (save the date for Mobile MiniGolf on Sunday October 2) and voted to produce and sell two branded tote bags ($12 and $25).

Construction Update
Our FY23 grant reimbursement is available and we applied for that funding and signed an updated contract and assurances. The Construction Team met on Monday afternoon. Joe O’Brien Construction was on site to install handles and make some improvements to tutor room and other doors. Stanley Steemer cleaned the carpet in the Teen Gaming Room and the Community Room. LG was on site for HVAC work and noted a blown fuse in one of the cooling units on the roof, which resulted in some areas of the building not getting cooled. Griffin was on site by Thursday afternoon to replace the fuse and do some testing. Signet was on site to resolve a timing issue with the scheduled opening and closing of the doors at the Upton Street Parking Lot, and assist with creating key cards for new staff. Elevator inspection has been scheduled for the second week of August. Beth contacted American Alarm to generate disarm codes for fresh staff.

Borrower Services
Sandhya worked on out of network requests, home delivery, cleared the Hold Shelf of items not picked up by deadline, created an end cap display, troubleshooted the AMH Machine when it got stuck a few times due to patrons returning materials incorrectly, updated the Library website, made reminder calls made to patrons to pick up museum passes scheduled for Sunday & Monday, updated instructions for how to access your Library account on our website to match handouts in the welcome packet, and monitoring incoming messages on Facebook.  Jane placed an order for order for audio books in fiction and non-fiction, selected items from the New York Times best seller fiction for a future book order, worked on Amish series in large print, and a display for Dewey Decimal Number of the Week for 400-499 (language, grammar, ESL, German, Chinese, American Sign Language).

Children’s Services

The high temperatures continued this week and we saw many families take advantage of our cool, air-conditioned space! Summer Reading is always a busy time at the library Children’s Room staff assisted patrons, ran programs, managed volunteer schedules, shelved, and prepped for upcoming programming. As always, we have a selection of coloring pages, take and make craft activities, and a sensory table filled with a fun make your own s’mores dramatic play activity. Programs offered this week include The Bad Guys Summer Movie & Craft, PJ Storytime, Summer Preschool Storytime, Let Me Play Among The Stars craft program, Summer LEGO Brickbuilders, a special visit from Toto the Tornado Kitten, Summer Campfire Games: the Physics Bottle Flipping, and a visit from Blades the Boston Bruins Mascot!

Teen Services
Allison attended two meetings and worked with Sarah and Heidi to brainstorm ideas for a programming survey and then created one in Google Forms. The Pictionary program this week was canceled due to low enrollment. Other programs this week included movie night and our Bruins visit. Allison started putting together a list of new displays and titles for August.

Sarah S. worked on researching programming ideas for the fall and reaching out to different organizations and renewed our free library outreach crunchyroll subscription for our monthly anime club which now has 8 tweens and teens attending. Manga club met this week with 3 tween/teens all very excited and it was a great conversation. Sarah continued to read weekly manga reviews and keep up with new titles that will be releasing.

Reference Services
Heidi facilitated Book Groups, and worked on phone issues. She made library cards for people, researched and made suggestions for the Mystery Book Group about what to read, and tried to sort out what’s going on with the Common door people counter.

She and Eric answered reference questions. Eric assisted with unpacking July book orders and sending withdrawn materials to Better World Books. He and Allie to find books for the August displays, wrote up a blurb about the new databases for the August newsletter, reached out to MBLC and Gale to see if they had any publicity/advertisements we could use for the new databases, and assisted patrons with tech/reference questions and circulation upstairs.

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Weekly Report July 18-23

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This week we 3,467 circulated items, received 680 items in transit, and sent 651 items. We requested 477 items and filled 411 hold requests; registered 27 patrons for library cards, and added 18 new items. The most popular book this week is The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor.

For the first time, all of our meeting rooms were booked on Monday morning! We hosted 21 meetings in our conference, study and tutoring room for 54 people, and had 2 no shows.

Our air conditioning is running and we have unlimited access to filtered water for those in need of a cool place to go; thanks to the Board of Health for including us in their Heat Advisory this week.

The Library received a $1,000 grant award for mental health awareness programming in October 2022 from the Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Beth covered in youth services; updated the Library’s website, social media, and events calendar; worked on program planning; had a remote assistance session with Rambod from Vadar, worked on 5-year forecasting documents. She submitted bills and wrote 2 applications for CPS funding; prepared Library Board of Trustee materials; and reviewed the Library pages on the Town’s website. We have registered 10 staff and 2 trustees for Community CPR so we can apply for our Food License. Staff from several departments updated opening and closing procedures. She passed a funding opportunity on to the Friends.

We held our 124th job meeting and surpassed our one-year anniversary for substantial completion. Roman Iron came to sand down some edges on the glass staircase rail. The community kitchen fire suppression system passed its annual inspection. Beth provided appliance and door information to Ron from DRA, who is working on our LEED certification application. Beth did a lot of work to edit the list of outstanding items, passing some off to William Blake (thank you William!). Ron walked through with a millworker to get a quote for lowering sinks and counters to ADA compliance.

A visitor put over 30 items for donation through the book return Wednesday, even though the Library was open and the Friends have a book donation bin in the parking lot. There is a high likelihood that the machine will go out of order when the operating instructions displayed on the screen are not being followed. Please follow the on-screen instructions and return ONLY Library items one at a time, through the AMH. The following can cause a breakdown:
• Returning non-library items, such as book donations, that do not go in the book return
• Returning more than one item or stacking items
• Returning items at an angle, so they catch on the edge of the belt and stop the machine
• Returning items edge first instead of spine first or spine to the left– paperbacks and magazines are more likely to catch on the conveyor belt
• Sticking foreign objects into the flap, such as jackets, trash, food…

Our vendor has set up an alert if the AMH jams after hours, so in the future we can put out a message on social media if we know it’s not working. As a reminder, there is no urgency to returning items when the Library is closed—items are never scheduled to be due on Sunday or a holiday, and we do not charge late fees, and items automatically renew.

All staff covered the circulation desks and worked in the sorting room to manage returned items and delivery items. Sandhya worked on out of network requests, home delivery, cleared the Hold Shelf of items not picked up by deadline (we hold for 1 week). She provided Notary Services for 2 patrons. Sandhya submitted several tickets to Bibliotheca – we want to enable email due date slips from the self-checks, make edits to the printed slips, and get alerts when the AMH goes down. She prepared projects for our Friday volunteer for Friday and assisted a patron with a HotSpot when he lost connection to our Wi-Fi during meeting room use. She updated Museum Pass Checkout instructions for staff.

Allie worked on planning August main display, troubleshooting lobby self-check for patron and hold receipt errors, working with Bibliotheca technician on lobby self-check issues, worked extra to fill in for dinner gaps, meeting room reservations, curating content and creating graphics for August newsletter, helping patrons with copying, faxing, scanning to USB, processing deliveries, Libby app, CW MARS app and the Hoopla app. Jane worked on New York Times best seller fiction purchase recommendations, prepared the Dewey Decimal Number of the Week Display for 300-399 (economics, law, folklore), worked on an endcap display, and checked for patrons with the wrong home library. Ranjita worked on the New York Times best seller non-fiction purchase recommendations, organized the Library of Things, and processed requests and returns of from out of network items.

Children’s Room staff assisted patrons, running various programs, and prepping for upcoming programming. Programs offered this week include Summer Movie & Craft, 3 sessions of Summer Bookworms, Summer Stories for Babies and Toddlers, Camp Create with Sticks and Yarn, Summer Preschool Storytime, Summer Bubble Program, Summer Rock Games, Summer LEGO Brick Builders, Summer Songs in the Park, and our second session of Summer Sewing Camp.

Allison shifted a bunch of the YA fiction collection to help make more room on shelves and weeded some older, not circulating items from the YA nonfiction collection. She also worked on collection development to have book orders ready to go when the new Technical Services Librarian is hired. Summer programs this week included Teen Movie Night and Disappointing National Parks. The few people who had signed up for the Parks program cancelled so it was cancelled.

Heidi and Eric answered reference questions. Heidi created library cards for people, and worked on program planning. She also facilitated the Daytimers Book Discussion of The Movement of Stars, by Amy Brill as well as the GPL Mystery Discussion of Breaking Wild, by Diane Les Becquets. Eric updated the Gale database page procedure and the website at, helped with museum passes/room reservations, and circulation, reached out to Kanopy for pricing information, as we are thinking of moving on from Hoopla, and looking into options for shipping for BWB/getting boxes for weeding materials.

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Friends Announce Back to School Book Sale!

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Back to School Children's Book Sale (text) with image of stack of books with an apple , pencil cup, magnifying glass and alarm clock Support the Friends of the Grafton Public Library and stock up on some great children’s books at our Back to School Book Sale! Browse a selection of gently used books including board books, young readers, and some of the most popular series collections.

ATTENTION TEACHERS! We are offering 50% off ALL books so you can stock up on everything your classroom needs this school year. Prices range from $0.50 – $2.00/book. Special pricing for collections. Payment accepted via cash, check, or PayPal (for purchases over $5 only).


Bonus! It’s play Music on the Porch Day, and you can also hear the Grafton Ukulele Musicians jamming in the morning!

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Library Announces July Program Lineup for Adults

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All Ages Movie Night and Author Visit
Join us Tuesday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 13 for two exciting events surrounding what has been called the Coast Guard’s greatest small boat rescue off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952. On Tuesday, July 12 we will be screening the movie, The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The movie is PG-13 and has a running time of 117 minutes.
The following night, author Mike Tougias will be joining us on Wednesday, July 13 from 7-8 p.m. to discuss the book of the same name that he wrote with Casey Sherman on which the movie is based. Tougias will share his experiences writing the book and making the movie including his work with screenwriters, humorous stories about the actors, and his cameo in the movie.

Copies of the book and the movie are available for checkout at the Library. Participate in either program night and earn your Survival badge on BeanStack as part of our summer reading program: Read Beyond the Beaten Path. To learn more visit or Details, Heidi Fowler, Head of Reference Services, 508-839-4649 X1840.

Volunteers are needed to help weed the Library garden beds Wednesday, July 13 and Wednesday, July 27 from 4-6 p.m. Pepperoni Express will be donating pizza to volunteers and documentation of volunteer credit hours can be provided. All ages are welcome; children under 14 must be accompanied by a parent on site. Can’t make it? Get in touch to schedule daytime or weekend garden weeding. Details, Beth Schreiber, Library Director, 508-839-4649 X1836.

July Book Club Meetings
Join us Tuesday, July 19 at 1:30 p.m. as the Daytimers’ Book Group will discuss The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill, a love story about two unique individuals at odds with their time.
At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, the GPL Mystery Book Group will discuss Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets. The novel tells the thrilling tale of one missing woman in Colorado and another woman’s search for her whereabouts.

On Monday July 25th at 7:30 p.m., the “Reads Well with Others” Book Group will be discussing The Island of Missing Trees, by Elif Shafak. This book is a delicately constructed story of love, division, transcendence, history, and eco-consciousness.

On Monday July 26th at 7:30pm, for the Inspirational Book Group’s discussion of The Geography of Bliss : One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World, by NPR correspondent Eric Weiner. This non-fiction work is both a physical and psychological journey to some of the world’s happiest places.

Copies of all Book Club books are available for checkout in regular print and large print. They are also available in eBook and eAudio formats through Overdrive / Libby. Participate in any of these book discussion programs for adults to earn your Storytelling badge on BeanStack as part of our summer reading program: Read Beyond the Beaten Path. To learn more, please visit or

Details, Heidi Fowler, Head of Reference Services, 508-839-4649 X1840.


Saturday Afternoon Knitting
Experienced and novice knitters and crocheters are invited to bring your current projects to the Library for an afternoon of yarn crafting on Saturday, July 30 from 2-4 p.m. New knitters will be given free materials while supplies last. All ages are welcome. Sign up in person at the Grafton Public Library, online on our events page (, or by emailing

Check out the Library’s Give and Take Box to donate extra needles or yarn from your stash or pull from the donations to find inspiration for your next project. Details, Heidi Fowler, Head of Reference Services, 508-839-4649 X1840.

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Weekly Report: July 4-9

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The library was closed on Monday for Independence Day observance. The staffing shortage can really be felt now that summer is in full swing and we are managing regular duties and summer activities to the best of our ability.

Beth attended the MBLC meeting and learned that Grafton is officially off the MPLCP waitlist with full provisional funding of $7.4M and up to $260,226 for LEED certification (award dependent on level of certification). This is great news! We are anticipating another grant disbursement soon. Read the full press release at

This week we circulated 3,036 items, received 554 items in transit and sent 367; requested 520 items and filled 422 hold requests; registered 25 patrons for library cards, and added 20 new items. The most popular book this week is Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hildebrand. We hosted 7meetings in our conference, study and tutoring rooms for 11 people, including Friends of the Library and private study, test-taking, and tutoring.

Beth completed reference checks for Borrower Services candidates, interviewed for the Technical Services position, met with Roger Trahan from the Disability Commission, trained a new staff member, managed scheduling challenges, reviewed the FY23 budget, and wrote purchase orders for educational materials purchasing, contracted services and repair and maintenance items. Beth will be shepherding a Garden Weeding event for interested volunteers every other Wed this summer, and worked on program prep.

Renaud HVAC was on site for seasonal maintenance. Beth prepped materials for the Building Committee next Monday and met briefly with John Stephens. She had a trustee check in with new Chair Karen Ceppetelli, and met with Evan and various staff members. Eileen and Sarah joined her in interviewing candidates for the Technical Services Librarian position.

Borrower Services staff covered the circulation desk, processed delivery, Ranjita did the monthly AED check, processed a few requests from the Commonwealth Catalog, processed new fiction, and reviewed the NYT best seller non-fiction list and made purchase suggestions. Jane reviewed the NYT best seller fiction list and made purchase suggestions, reviewed material with item alerts, created a Dewey Decimal Number of the Week display for 100-199s, and searched for complete Amish series available in large print format for a patron request.
Allie updated lobby duties on Google Sheet, printed the July newsletter and updated the website with teen and general newsletters, organized printed book orders in Cataloging, planned the August newsletter, reset the staffConnect gate, and updated the Readers Advisory databases.
Heidi answered reference questions, created library cards for people, worked on statistics, and advertised library events. Eric worked on updating our database page and weeding. Heidi added to a book display to support the author visit with Mike Tougias being held on Wednesday, July 13th at 7pm and the showing of the movie based on his book The Finest Hours (which will be shown on Tuesday, July 12th at 6:30pm).

This week marked the first week of summer programming and the Children’s Room has been busy with children and caregivers reading, making use of public computers, attending programs, and cooling off in the air-conditioned space. Children’s Room staff have been hard at work assisting patrons, running various programs, and prepping for upcoming programming.

Programs offered this week include our big summer kick off event Ultimate Animal Adventures, session 1 of sewing camp, rubber band cars, Summer Songs in the Park with Apple Tree Arts, Once Upon a Storytime at Willard House and Clock Museum, LEGO Brick Builders, and Shadow Art.

Kristin prepared for book clubs, prepared for and attended the Grafton Farmers’ Market, where she provided information about the library as well as offered coloring activities and a sorting activity where children can separate play food by color.

This week kicked off the first week of programs for the summer. For teens this week we have Thursday movie night and Animal Adventures on Saturday. Allison spent time going through the damaged teen books to replace items and the June stats.

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Library Weekly Report, June 25-July 1

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This week we said goodbye to retirees Donna Bates-Tarrant who worked at GPL in the Children’s Room and then Technical Services, totaling 22 years, and Susan Leto, who worked for 19 years in Circulation. Susan will return to volunteer and temp after a vacation, and you’ll likely see Donna return at Mystery Book Group! We wish them well and will miss them!

Please welcome Eric Lindstrom, appointed as Reference Librarian – he will be working with Heidi Fowler – and Debby Jackson, appointed as Administrative Assistant.

Library Director Beth interviewed 3 candidates for the Head of Borrower Services position and came to consensus on a finalist. She set up interviews for the Technical Services Librarian position for next week. Beth met with the Construction Team, met with John Stephens from CPC, corresponded with Skip Currier regarding materials at Nelson Library, attended the Friends Annual Meeting, met with IT, met with Joe from Joe Obrien Construction for installation of rain gutters on a door with a leak, met with Advantage HVAC, and worked on overdue construction reports. She ordered books and new materials, reviewed the budget, planned programs, updated the Library website and event calendar, and tried logging into the new accounting software. She also covered in the Children’s Room.

Borrower Services staff managed the adult circ desk, the lobby, the AMH equipment, room reservations, museum pass reservations, placed holds and answered patron questions, assisted patrons with faxing and printing, assisted patrons with self -check in and self-check out and processed delivery.

Sandhya processed ILLs, updated Museum passes, cleared expired holds and ordered books for an upcoming display. Ranjita worked on NYTimes Best-seller list; did a first-aid/AED check, and ordered books for a July display.  Jane prepared for the staircase display on American Revolution fiction.She also prepared an endcap display for “Dewey Decimal Number of the Week” that will be changed each week, beginning with the “zero hundreds” to show what types of topics are in the 0-99 range. She also worked on a list of Amish Fiction series’. Allie created a museum flyer, worked on the July end-cap display poster, pulled books for July’s endcap display, assisted patrons, and worked on Readers Advisory and the newsletter.

Susan supervised the team, arranged for 6 items to be delivered to homebound patrons, compiled a current list of contacts for her replacement, reviewed Circ procedures for future new hires, trained a staff member to compile statistics and handle Home Delivery, completed some statistics, participated in 3 interviews, and cleared her office because she is retiring!

This week the Switch controllers were cataloged and teens could start checking them out to use in the Game Room. Allison finalized a book order for July. She also brainstormed and put together a list of books for end cap displays in July including: Sunglasses (on the cover), Beach Reads, Camping and more.

This week Heidi hosted the Reads Well with Others book group. We discussed Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst and she also hosted The Inspirational Book Group’s discussion of Featherhood: a memoir of two fathers and a magpie, by Charlie Gilmour. She also attended the Friends of the Library’s Annual Meeting. Heidi answered reference questions, created library cards for people, worked on statistics, on program planning and continued to advertise library events. Eric covered the reference desk.

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Gators… Cats… Bruins… Oh my! Things are getting WILD in the Children’s Room in July.

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It’s summer at the Library and we’re busier than ever. Have you signed up for Summer Reading yet? Register on Beanstack to be eligible for your Davis Farmland discount coupon.


On Saturday July 9th at 10:30am, Animal Adventures joins us for a 90-minute program. Two expert animal handlers will bring 10 animal ambassadors to the library. Registration isn’t required but encouraged. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Grafton Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


The Grafton Public Library is pleased to welcome back Toto the Tornado Kitten to Grafton. The hero cat and his human, Johnathan, will be visiting Grafton on Friday, July 29th at 10:30am. Jonathan and Toto have visited Grafton over half a dozen times.

In honor of our favorite feline friend, the Grafton Public Library will be collecting pet food and supplies for the Grafton Food Bank in July and August. Bring your donations of new, unopened, dog, cat, or small animal food, litter or supplies to the Grafton Public Library. Items particularly needed are dry cat food and canned dog food. There will be a collection box in the lobby.


On Saturday, July 30th at 1pm guess who’s coming to the Grafton Public Library? The Bruins Mascot Blades!

Blades will be at the Grafton Library for a special visit to celebrate summer reading. Pose for a photo with Blades in the hockey photo booth, win Bruins trivia, make your own Bruins button, or take your shot at some fun and games. This free program is for all ages – kids, teens, and adults. Registration is not required but encouraged.

Check out ALL the fun programs for different ages we’re hosting all month long! Remember that registration opens two weeks prior to each event. Please adhere to age guidelines when registering.


Stop the Summer Slide!

It’s important to keep kids reading while school is out.

If your child has a required reading list, we can help you order the books that you need. If a title is older, there may be limited copies in our network, so please be patient if it takes a bit longer for us to find you a copy.

If your reading list is recommended, not required, or if you’re looking for something a little different, we have some alternatives for you. Ask a librarian to suggest some titles for you, or peak at our new arrivals, located right at the entrance to the room.

There’s nothing better than choosing your own books. Come in and let your children browse the shelves. Summer is a great time to explore their interests. Are they interested in Minecraft? We have a book for that! How about rockets? We have that too.


With Summer comes an uptick in foot traffic, so we’d like to remind parents and caregivers of our unattended children policy:

• Children ages 0-7 must be accompanied at all times by a parent or caregiver who is at least 14 years of age.
• Children ages 8-12 may be left unaccompanied in the Children’s Room while a parent or caregiver pursues other activities in the Library, provided the child is able to use the Library independently, without supervision.

• Children age 13 and older may use the Library without an adult in attendance, provided the child is able to use the Library independently, without supervision.
• The Library cannot assume responsibility for the behavior or safety of children of any age left unattended at the Library. Staff members are unable to watch children for parents or caregivers.

The entire policy can be read online. 

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