Grafton Public Library

Library Weekly Report January 17-22

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The Library was closed in observance of MLK Jr. Day on Monday. When patrons reported the intake for the book return was jammed, a staff member kindly came in over the weekend to clear the jam and get the machine running again.

Library Director Beth Gallaway worked on the Annual Report and December report and attended a construction meeting and a staff meeting. Beth finished reviewing revised job descriptions, and scheduled library maintenance visits with Renaud HVAC and East Coast Fire and a Ventilation. She met with a patron regarding donations and fielded questions about Library parking for a local event during operating hours, meeting room inquiries, and library photos . She met with Willard House and Clock museum to discuss several partnership opportunities, including a clock loan, lectures and other programs. Beth reached out to Bibliotheca to schedule trainings on new software. Beth corresponded with returning staff, the Board of Trustee Chair, the Capital Campaign President, accounting, IT, Integra (phone provider), MarketSpark (faxing) and MA Disability Commission regarding a grant award. She also responded to a patron complaint about the way new items added to the collection are displayed on a digital carousel in the library’s online catalog; patrons can go to;locg=45;bookbag=23343 to view a list of recently added titles or subscribe to Wowbrary, a weekly email that lists new titles, at Beth will be attending LibLearnX, the American Library Association’s midwinter virtual conference, over the weekend and through Monday.

Paul and Richard from CTA Construction Managers were on site to review punch list items, including window clips and HVAC, with various vendors.

We hear tax forms are coming soon. As usual, we allow printing of the first set of forms for FREE – additional copies and instructions are $.20/page for black and white, double-sided prints. You can access tax forms at

In the past week, we circulated 2,605 items, placed 598 holds, and pulled 394 items for patrons to pick up locally or at another library via delivery. We sent 566 items in-transit and received 357. We issued fourteen new library cards, including one eCard, and our most requested title was The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. We’ve counted 1,765 visitors this month to date.

The Grafton Public Library helped CW MARS reach a record-breaking two million digital book checkouts in 2021, checking out 31,154 to Grafton cardholders in 2021. For CW MARS, this milestone illustrates the continued growth and importance of library digital lending of eBooks and audiobooks, especially after a prolonged period of building closures due to the global pandemic. CW MARS, a consortium consisting of over 150 libraries in Central and Western Massachusetts, is one of 121 public library systems worldwide that surpassed one million checkouts (complete list here). Grafton Public Library and other CW MARS member libraries have been providing readers 24/7 access to eBooks and audiobooks for several years through the award-winning Libby app, the library reading app created by OverDrive.

Borrower Services staff accomplished all the normal weekly tasks involved with circulation; museum passes; volunteers; home delivery; ordering fiction, large print, audiobooks and DVDs, ordering and distributing supplies; overseeing ILL; overseeing the AMH system; tracking IT needs, and brainstorming future display ideas. We began putting genre stickers on our fiction titles, starting this week with romance. Allie worked on newsletter graphics and curation of content, and began assembling an online database of Readers Advisory Genres/Subgenres, with direct links to titles in the library’s online catalog.

Heidi hosted the virtual Daytimers Book Group Tuesday afternoon, discussing The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. She also hosted the virtual GPL Mystery Book Group Tuesday evening; they discussed White Corridor by Christopher Fowler. She also answered reference questions, created library cards for people, worked on statistics, and did research on books for a private mystery book club that borrows their books from the library, ordering the books for them once the titles have been agreed upon.

Allison created a more detailed spine label decoder sign for the volunteers that talks about the different call numbers and what sections they belong to. She also found three boxes of fiction books that contain part of the YA collection! She put up three new endcap displays: Animals (nonfiction), Make It, and One Word Titles. Allison is working on a Blind Date with a Book Display for the month of February.

Sarah met with Beth, began planning for February and March, submitted December stats, communicated with Apple Tree Arts in regards to February and March programming, Communicated with STEM Beginnings and YFCP about out upcoming preschool STEM series, met with Cyndi and Jen to update our volunteer program, cleaned in the CR program room, gathered supplies for disc cleaning, spoke to Donna and Susan about a damaged audio boo that may have been due to a bad pressing, met with Allison regarding upcoming tween programming, created grab and go activities for preschoolers and toddlers, moved the CR new books from carts to shelves we purposed from the nonfiction shelving project completed by Cyndi and Stacie, and corresponded with the schools.

Jen worked on the upcoming February newsletter, worked on Eventkeeper maintenance, put together baby grab and go program bags, and helped to create LEGO grab and go kits. Kristin prepped for upcoming book clubs, corresponded with the local schools, and decorated the CR/teen bulletin board. She ran three book clubs for Grades K-5 on Thursday evening via Zoom. Stacie reached out to Milford for our big window display and planned a space themed valentine to go with all our Heart decorations set to go up for February. She planned a fun poem scavenger hunt for the monthly mission for February in the children’s room. Cyndi and Stacie shifted and reorganized Children’s non-fiction creating a shelving section now for our oversize books as well. Cyndi organized in the Children’s Library of Things, and helped to pack LEGO grab and go kits.

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