Grafton Public Library

Weekly Report January 30- February 4, 2023

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This week we circulated 3,405 items, received 523 items in transit and sent 587 items. We requested 555 items and filled 515 hold requests; registered 36 patrons for library cards, and added 183 new items. The most popular book this week is Spare by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex—additional copies have been ordered to meet demand. We hosted 34 meetings in our conference, study, and tutoring rooms for 100 people including Apple Tree Arts Community Chorus Rehearsal, Brownies Troop 65197, Tai Chi Ladies, Capital Campaign, Capital Campaign Subcommittee, Dungeons & Dragons, and Girl Scout Award Planning, as well as private work, study, homeschool, and tutoring sessions.

We kicked off the Boston Bruins/MBLC Cradles to Crayons Pajama Drive on February 1 and are accepting donations of NEW pajamas for ages 0-18 through the end of the month. Staff will be wearing pajamas on Friday and Saturday all month to generate interest in the pajama drive.

Beth finished and submitted the Library’s 2022 Annual Report and assisted the Library Planning and Building Committee and Board of Trustees with their expenditures. She dealt with lighting and heating issues, approved meeting room requests, and made updates to the website. communicated with Grafton Public Schools about Summer Reading Lists, met with union representatives, and sent out the February newsletter. Sunshine Sign was on site to install the dedication plaque and several donor signs, and Veterans was on site to deal with an HVAC issue.

Eileen maintained the collection of periodicals, took care of incoming mail, and prepared bills. Debby compiled the Weekly Report, worked on upcoming social media posts, oversaw room reservations, edited and sent PR to local publications, attended and took notes at the staff meeting, coordinated details for the Super Cheesy Secret Cupid exchange, removed holiday decorations from the front planters, researched time-saving measures for setting up the Seed Library, worked on tasks for the Board of Library Trustees Policy Subcommittee, and completed payroll and scheduling tasks as well as tasks for the Board of Library Trustees.

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

Kara processed pending library card applications, prepared the second adult fiction order for January, calculated the total number of unique volunteers for the 2022 calendar year, reviewed industry newsletters to add upcoming titles to purchase lists, sent January’s OverDrive MARC records to CWMars, checked CWMars top titles against the collection, took down the January endcap display and graphic novel display, set up the February endcap display for Library Lovers Month, created signage and set up a graphic novel display for February for Valentine’s Day, pulled materials for Crescent Manor and made the monthly visit, and prepared the ARIS, circulation statistics, and circ narrative for January. Jane began the Niche Academy homelessness training, put up an endcap display for February (“Meet the Presidents”, featuring biographies of recent presidents), continued to post the Snow Joke of the Week, posted the New York Times Best Seller List for print and audio fiction and recommended titles for purchase, and completed the MMA webinar on First Amendment Audits. 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, processed pending library card applications, performed the monthly AED and first aid check, and put up the February endcap display for Historical Romance Reads. Sandhya managed out of network requests for materials, prepared a CLIO request that required an invoice, worked on interlibrary loans and followed up with patrons, cleared expired holds from the hold shelf and followed up with patrons, updated the event calendar information and graphics for the February adult programs, researched and planned for March programming for adults, set up the main staircase display for February, began preparing for the reopening of the seed library, and worked on the home delivery service, including ordering items, making calls, and coordinating volunteers. Allie ran the StaffConnect report for 2022, communicated with Bibliotheca for AMH support, displayed new books and CDs, removed November stickers from new books, trained a patron on how to reserve meeting rooms, assisted a patron with finding small business resources in our collection and online, created graphics and set up the “Everything Chocolate” endcap display, added Historical Fiction stickers to fiction titles, replaced missing signage in the New Fiction shelves, and accomplished newsletter tasks, including running the report, adding contacts, editing, creating graphics and a patterned background, and adding “FOR SCREEN READERS” alt text description for images.

Children’s Services
Sarah attended meetings, ran two sessions of Toddler Time, ran one session of Preschool Storytime, met with CR staff, planned for upcoming programming, met with Allison to discuss February school vacation programming, planned for upcoming programming, submitted January narrative, and submitted January statistics. Jen ran a session of Library Babies and LEGO Brick Builders, and prepped for upcoming February programming. Cyndi prepped for the upcoming sewing program, decorated the PJ drive bin, attended meetings, and ran a session of Saturday Sewing Club. Stacie decorated the CR for February, planned book displays, and prepped for upcoming programming. Mare assisted patrons, communicated with volunteers, reviewed volunteer schedules for upcoming weeks, ran pull lists and worked through some deletions, placed holds for patrons, and shelved items. Kristin coordinated with local schools, delivered C.A.R.E.S books to NGES and SGES, and assisted Cyndi with the Saturday Sewing Club.

Teen Services
Allison prepared upcoming Beanstack challenges and book orders to cover her maternity leave, and worked on completing January stats. Sarah planned programming dates for Anime and Manga clubs; researched cost of outdoor sporting items for passive programming; renewed the anime club free premium library subscription to Crunchyroll; checked in, stickered and shelved new YA fiction and graphic novels; and put up displays for American Heart Month and Black History Month.

Reference Services
Heidi and Eric assisted with tech and reference questions as well as circulation. Heidi hosted the Reads Well with Others Book Group discussion of Set My Heart to Five by Simon Stephenson and worked on program planning and research for the Community Read. Eric worked on updating the staircase display (Interpersonal relationships and relationships with yourself), updated nonfiction endcap displays, complied the monthly stats, and worked through new training modules for staff.

Technical Services
Cynthia ordered new books and unpacked items as they arrived; cataloged new adult fiction, nonfiction, audiobooks, and children’s books; worked on fixed problem items; ran cataloging statistics for the month of January; wrote her monthly report; and sent in requests for records and original cataloging to the CatCenter.

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