Grafton Public Library

Weekly Report September 19-24, 2002

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This week we circulated 2,740 items, received 5645 items in transit and sent 593 items. We requested 589 items and filled 438 hold requests; registered 22 patrons for library cards, and added 87 new items. The most popular book this week is The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict. We hosted 23 meetings in our conference, study, and tutoring rooms for
90 people including Grafton Republican Town Committee and MetroWest Building Officials Association as well as private work, study, and tutoring sessions.

Eileen maintained the collection of periodicals and prepared and paid bills. Debby worked on press releases, social media content, partnerships with local businesses, finalizing the Caddy Stacks mini golf display and the upcoming Emotional Wellness Fair. She attended the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium expo as well as scheduling, payroll, and Board of Library Trustees tasks. This is the last week to participate in our Library Card Selfie Contest! We’d LOVE to hit 10,000 borrowers by the end of September. Current count: 9,635 residents with cards (8,901 borrowers with Grafton cards).To enter, post a picture of yourself with your Grafton Public Library card by 9/30/22 at 6 p.m. for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card. Post your library card selfie as a comment to this post to enter. Rules: There is no age limit, if you have a Grafton Public Library card in your name, take and post a picture with it to enter! If your card is expired, call the library to renew it over the phone! 508-839-4649. The winner will be chosen at random and the winner notified via Facebook Messenger on the account they used to post their entry. A parent/guardian may post one entry per child in their home through their Facebook account, but the child must have a library card in their name. (There is no minimum age to get a library card!) If you don’t have a library card, you still have time! What are you waiting for?

Beth attended a Capital Summit with other department heads, completed and submitted the ARIS report, and responded to patron correspondence. She met with town counsel to review draft policies. She worked on PR and website updates for upcoming October programs, collection development and responded to staff and patron requests.

CTA construction addressed the leak at the teen room door. No leaking during the rainstorms this week! The gate for the stairs is scheduled to be installed next week. Work to meet ADA compliance for counters and sinks is anticipated for November. HVAC commissioning continues. We are moving forward with a plan for a humidifier for the historical documents room Beth attended meetings with the construction team.

Borrower Services
Staff managed the circulation desks, delivery, museum passes, the lobby, room reservations and Automatic Materials Handling equipment. We assisted patrons, placed holds, performed readers’ advisory, and supervised volunteers.

Kara worked on replacing damaged items, had a phone meeting with the large print vendor representative, ordered new large print adult fiction and nonfiction, prepared for upcoming orders, selected horror comics for a Scary Stories display, worked on collection development for adult horror, and tested and provided training on transferring title-level holds.

Sandhya managed out of network requests for materials, worked on interlibrary loans, cleared expired holds from the hold shelf, processed holds on museum passes, and assisted patrons with technology questions. She worked on the home delivery service, including ordering items, making calls, and processing holds. Jane posted the New York Times best seller list for print and audio fiction, recommended titles for purchase, collected items with alerts for cataloging corrections, worked on using the DVD players in the study rooms, and developed a list of winter holiday fiction for a display. Allie created graphics and curated content for the October newsletter, applied new formatting to the newsletter template, arranged a display for new fiction, planned an endcap display, and performed troubleshooting and cleaning of the AMH. Ranjita posted the New York Times best seller list for print and audio nonfiction and recommended titles for purchase, processed ComCat requests, performed a routine check of the Library of Things, and processed new hardcover adult fiction. Mary trained on Teen Room procedures with Allison and got an introduction to the Children’s Room from Jen.

Children’s Services
Sarah presented Toddler Time and Preschool Storytime programs, booked the school year outreach with Busy Bee Academy, coordinated with presenters, practiced collection maintenance and collection development, planned for upcoming fall programming, shopped for Octoberfest basket donations, and met with staff.

Jen presented a Library Babies storytime, worked on the October newsletter, decorated the room for fall, created a Banned Books display, updated EventKeeper, and created CR PR.
Cyndi decorated the room for fall, planned for upcoming fall programming, managed the Library of Things, and assisted Mare with volunteers. Mare wrote letters of recommendation for a few of our CR volunteers who are applying to be in the NHS. Kristin attended school open houses, delivered books to local schools, and planned upcoming fall programming and displays,
Stacie decorated the room, planned for upcoming fall programming, and created displays.

Teen Services
This week Allison attended the Grafton High School Open House and spoke to an assembly of parents to let them know about our space and highlight our new Peterson’s Test Prep database and She is also working on 3D printing the parts needed to set up the 3D printer enclosure and updating the Ingram cart when new books can be ordered. Sarah staffed the teen room and worked on October programming, including movie nights and an Author Fair scheduled for October 8.

Reference Services
Heidi and Eric answered reference, circulation, computer and printer questions. Heidi created library cards for people, worked on program planning and statistics. She hosted the Daytimers’ book discussion of The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron as well as the GPL Mystery Book Group discussion of Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae. Heidi also attended the Grafton Anti-Racist Book Group (GARB). Eric replaced books checked out from the Banned / Challenged book display, selected books and made graphics for the Fall Reading display in the Historic Reading Room and continued weeding the non-fiction collection.

Technical Services
Cynthia cleared the backlog of adult books and tween books from the summer, learned how to use the label maker, and followed up on original cataloging requests. She is working on finishing cataloging the new adult and children’s books–nonfiction, fiction, graphic novels, and manga.

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