Grafton Public Library

Weekly Report May 30-June 4

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Happy Pride Month! Staff worked on June displays and programs. This week we circulated 2,213 items, received 415 items in transit and sent 346; had 397 items requested and filled 287 hold requests; registered 10 patrons for library cards, added 45 new items. The most popular book this week is Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson. We hosted 6 meetings in our study and tutoring rooms for 19 people.

Library Director Beth Gallaway returned from vacation to address construction issues, incident reports, meeting room policy and an incident from May where a patron with a large pickup truck backed into one of the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, reviewing camera footage and filing a police report. We invite the person to save us some time by coming forward as we assess the damage to Town property.

Beth reviewed applications for the anticipated Technical Services Librarian and Head of Borrower Services vacancies and made an offer to candidates for the vacant Administrative Assistant and Reference positions. She sent out the June newsletter and program press releases, paid bills, completed payroll, updated the staff schedule for FY23, began completing blue sheets for staff salary increases, and made website updates.

Borrower Services staff managed the adult circ desk, delivery, museum passes, the lobby, room reservations and Automatic Materials Handling equipment. We assisted patrons, placed holds, and supervised volunteers.

Ranjita completed the monthly AED check, distributed new Book Page editions, processed new fiction, completed the NYTimes best-seller task for non-fiction and set up a Summer Travel display. Jane created an endcap display for Backyard Chicken Raising, completed the NYT best seller task for fiction, and ran a new items alert list for June. Sandhya updated the seed packets, processed out of network ILLs, did museum pass updates on the google document, created display graphics and set up the Juneteenth display, and submitted museum renewal forms. Allie helped the Scouts with their meeting in the community room,  redesigned and printed the events calendar, worked on Readers Advisory database, sent emails about meeting room requests, set up a Father’s Day endcap display and helped patrons with faxing and copying. Susan supervised the team, conducted an employee review, completed statistics for May, created a display of “Books to make you L.O.L”, and worked on the unfillables report for interlibrary loan requests we cannot fill.

This week Heidi hosted the The Inspirational Book Discussion of the book Clean My Space : the secret to cleaning better, faster — and loving your home every day by Melissa Maker. She also answered reference questions, planned programs, advertised library events and did Library Outreach at the Grafton Pride event on Saturday.

Sarah ran two sets of preschool storytime outreach for a total of 6 classes visited, interviewed a prospective volunteer, ran a table at Fun Fair to promote summer reading, ran a test run of a new program technique, communicated with patrons and staff, compiled May stats, and wrote the May narrative. Jen finalized the June newsletter and updated the Library’s Event Calendar. Cyndi cleaned the CR program room, and managed the Children’s Room Library of Things. Mare coordinated with volunteers. Stacie decorated the Children’s Room, and set up June displays. Kristin communicated with the local schools.  All staff worked on Summer Reading Program planning.

This week our summer reading program: Read Beyond the Beaten Path, went live. For more information visit This week Allison continued to finalize the program descriptions and registration information for summer events. Allison sent out the June Teen Newsletter. Sarah S. put up our Pride displays in the teen room and she and Allison both worked together to put up a Juneteenth display as well.

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