Grafton Public Library

Weekly Report June 13-19, 2022

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This week we circulated 2,655 items, received 481 items in transit and sent 479; requested 421 items and filled 330 hold requests; registered 20 patrons for library cards, and added 21 new items. The most popular book this week is Hello Lighthouse written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. This beloved picture book from two-time Caldecott Medal award-winner Sophie Blackall transports readers to the seaside in timeless, nautical splendor! Step back in time and through the door of this iconic lighthouse into a cozy dollhouse-like interior. Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp’s wick, and writes every detail in his logbook.

We hosted 10 meetings in our conference, study and tutoring rooms for 59 people, including meetings for the Grafton Girls Softball Board and the MetroWest Building Officials Association.
Library Director Beth Schreiber shepherded a program on Food Sensitivities – 57 people registered, and 35 attended. We also hosted a G-Term session led by Mr. Marando, who brought a dozen teens to come write in the library on Wednesday morning. They left with free books from the Friends of the Library Book Sale.

Beth worked on year end procedures, submitted names for appointment for 2 vacant positions, and completed blue sheets for FY23 salary increases for all staff. We recently received disbursements for State Aid to Public Libraries ($16,163.99) and for our ADA grant ($23, 251). Beth worked with the Friends on planning their upcoming Annual Meeting, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday June 29. Volunteers are always needed; if you are interested in being considered for the FY23 slate of officers, please contact the Friends at

Drummey Rosane Andersen sent a team with principal architect Ken Best to take photos of the library for their documentation. Advantage was on site completing HVAC work to spec. Evergreen fertilized the green roof two weeks ago and the sedum on the is flowering with purple and yellow flowers. Landscaping on the side garden was completed by Perrault’s and the community garden beds will be getting some attention next. We need volunteers to help water, weed and maintain the gardens over the summer, please contact

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. Ranjita and Susan processed out of network interlibrary loans. Jane worked on New York Times Best Seller List, items with alerts report and patrons with wrong home library report. Allie worked with Donna/Cataloging for Ingram orders, assisted Donna at cataloging to export her cataloging templates, worked with IT/Jonathan about IT Issues list, Genre Sticker Project organization for volunteer/staff, worked on the July newsletter content planning and graphics creation, planned July endcap displays, worked on the Readers Advisory database, helped with staff printers, edited receipt templates to include Summer Reading 2022 QR codes, and created a Holds Notices list for patrons limited to landline phones.

Susan supervised the team, arranged for 6 items to be delivered to homebound patrons, ran a Crescent Manor BookWagon for 14 patrons, cleared the hold shelf, met with staff to review about ordering supplies and worked on an updated list of passwords.

Sarah ran a Children’s Room staff meeting, met with other Blackstone Valley Youth Services Librarians to discuss summer programming and plans, met with Cyndi regarding summer sewing camp, communicated with patrons, and worked on collection development and management. Additionally, Cyndi notarized a document, increased the shelving in the fiction section by adding shelves and shifting books, and shelved books. Jen updated EventKeeper, scheduled social media posts and worked on the July CR newsletter. Mare managed library volunteers. Stacie decorated the CR, managed book displays, Kristin reached out to the Farmer’s Market. All staff assisted patrons and worked on summer reading programming. Grafton Public Schools Passport to Learning and Summer Fun is available online and hard copies will be available at the Library at close of the school day on Friday June 17! The Passport to Learning keeps skills strong over the break by encouraging reading, writing and math, and library use, including databases and museum passes, for North Street and Millbury Street Elementary School students.

This week Sarah S. and Allison set up the Nintendo Switch system in the teen gaming room, and we will be cataloging the remotes for circulation. Additionally, Allison scheduled summer social media posts related to our summer programs and worked on an email for teens with all the info on summer events. Anime Club hosted by Sarah Slocum meets on Friday afternoon.

The “Not Just for Young Adults” book group met to discuss The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey. Heidi shepherded an author visit with Helen Blazis who shared from her book: Zosia: Immigration and Industry in Grafton; 80 people attended! Heidi answered reference questions, created library cards for people, worked on statistics, worked on program planning and continued to advertise upcoming Library events.

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