Grafton Public Library

Weekly Report April 25-30, 2022

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We circulated 2, 378 items in the last week, requested 392 items, fulfilled 294 hold requests, sent 561 items in transit and received 562 items, and added 23 new borrowers and 80 new items to the Library’s collections. We had 17 meeting room uses with 42 participants through Thursday evening.

With COVID numbers creeping up and two staff out, Beth sent a reminder about Town COVID policy, protocols and recommended increasing personal vigilance. Beth met with the construction team, with Evan, with the Board of Library Trustees, with IT and Aaron Swartz from the Friends Board on upcoming programs and events. Multiple staff were out on leave, and Beth spent a lot of time on scheduling and logistics. While covering the Teen Room and explaining Library appropriate-behavior, she offered a brief pop-up program on primal screaming for 9 middle school boys. Apologies to our neighbors on the Common.

Beth also worked on budget, documents for the upcoming Board meeting, and planning upcoming programs – we are excited to host an after-hours event on Friday, the North Grafton PTO’s Spring Fling fundraiser. Friday is also Poem in Your Pocket Day – anyone with a poem to share gets a free Library magnet! Beth is running Star Wars Day on May 4 (May the FOURTH Be With You!) with support and help from the Friends of the Library. Join us for crafts and activities, fan videos and art, and a 6pm Costume Contest. The day culminates in a screening of the FOURTH movie in the series. The Friends will have FOUR raffle baskets available for bid. Raffle tickets go sale Monday May 2. Star Wars themed Book Bundles will also be available for sale.

Two staff gave notice due to finding other jobs. We thank Kate Kazlauskas, our part-time Reference Librarian, and Erin McGrady, temp, for their time, service, and contributions, and wish them well on their future endeavors. Beth completed blue sheets for the changes in employment, as well as for two anticipated retirements, and posted two anticipated vacancies.

The Historic Reading Room Clock was refurbished offsite and installed; thanks to the Capital Campaign for funding this side project and to Brad Schlapak for polishing the silver plate and repainting the numerals! Ransford Pest Control visited to assess an ant infestation and determined they were carpenter ants. Bob from Willard House came by to assess a location for a clock that will be on temporary loan; it will go in the Historic Reading Room. We will be spraying on Monday morning in affected areas. Evergreen Environmental came out to fertilize the green roof and assess some new leaks.

The Reference Department hosted the Community Read, with a book discussion on Thursday evening. The League of Women Voters hosted a lecture on Saturday on Native Plants. We are also prepping for a virtual program next week: A Virtual Conversation About Racism: Staying Curious, Moving Forward, and Being Part of the Solution moderated by Allen Davis, Ed.D., an educator and racial justice advocate and featuring three Black people, Jeanne Hall, Gloria Matlock, and Dick Hall, who have generously offered to share what it means to be Black in Massachusetts and the United States. Register to get the Zoom link and reserve your spot!

Borrower Services staff handled all the usual circulation functions, including holds, delivery, lobby, AMH system, museum passes, room reservations, and patron assistance. Allie reset the staffConnect gate and sent email to AMH for gate issues, processed holds in CLIO/COMCAT, ran a report for patrons interested in GPL newsletters, worked on historical fiction sticker list, finalized the general newsletter design and content, reported inventory, trained on telescope (Library of Things), created an in-house training survey/form, and worked on an endcap display for May. Jane worked on an endcap display for May (theme: Intrigued by the First Line?), New York Times Best Seller list, and self-trained on accessibility features for low vision patrons on Windows computers. Ranjita took care of circulation tasks, delivery, and updated the Library of Things binder.

Sandhya processed holds in COMCAT/CLIO, created gardening & Canva display signs for endcaps, cleared expired holds, displayed Oversized Gardening books, sent AMH emails about issues, and updated patrons with emails on the Roger Williams Zoo pass, ticketing policy before their visit, Sandhya took the lead on the Seed Library, including promotional information for social media and display and working with Allie on marketing materials. Debby packaged. Seeds will be available (2 packs per visit! on Monday May 2. More information is available on the Seed Library page.

Teen behavior from a select group of teens upon returning from spring vacation has been difficult as their respect of the library and those in it waxes and wanes depending on the day. Jen and Allison went to the Millbury Street Elementary School to do an outreach program with sixth graders who did not attend Nature’s Classroom. They brought LEGO, Kapla blocks, scratch art, coloring books, and more. It was a lot of fun. I’m working on the May teen newsletter and I continue to prepare for summer reading. Sound dampening tiles for the gaming room and maker space arrives, and Allison will work with Paul to install them as an art piece with rope lighting.

Sarah S. picked out titles for the first four months of our manga book club as well as got approved by the anime streaming service Crunchyroll to start hosting anime nights at the library. Sarah worked with Allison to schedule the first four dates; titles will be soon to follow. A make your own zine workshop is in the works for June with a comics artist and educator from Providence. Sarah is also working on increasing the manga and graphic novel collection as those are our most checked out. It’s always great to see teens and tweens taking armfuls of books from one manga series to check out to read and then come back for more.

Stacie led an impromptu school visit with Touchstone School. She worked on the upcoming May window displays, May’s monthly mission, the science nook is set for May, refreshed the book displays, and started planning book displays for May. Marilyn managed volunteers, assisted patrons, helped with CR displays about veterinarians and assisted with training a temp in Children’s Room logistics. Kristen led the Book Worm Book Clubs and the Comic Creator Club.

Cyndi started making the quilt for the summer program, labeled the music CD shelves, enforced Library policy with non-compliant middle schoolers, assisted with training a temp in Children’s Room logistics, assisted Marilyn with volunteers, added a “read alike” sign for the graphic novel section, worked through the problem bin resolving many issues, and worked on moving shelving. Jen covered the school visit with Allison; worked on the Children’s Room newsletter and planned May story times. We look forward to welcoming 3rd graders participating in Grafton History Day over the next few weeks.

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