Grafton Public Library

Weekly Report September 3-9, 2023

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This week we circulated 2,264 items, received 524 items in transit, and sent 604 items. We requested 511 items and fulfilled 424 hold requests; registered 15 patrons for library cards, and added 141 new items. The most popular book this week is The Five-Star Weekend by Elin Hilderbrand. We hosted 25 meetings in our conference, study, and tutoring rooms for 139 people including Friends of the Grafton Library Back to School Book Sale, Small Stones Festival planning, and Girl Scout leaders, as well as private work, study, homeschool, and tutoring sessions.

The Library was closed Monday, September 4, 2023 for the Labor Day holiday.

Eileen maintained the collection of periodicals, took care of incoming mail, sent late notices, prepared bills, paid invoices and assisted with coverage for Borrower Services.  Debby compiled the Weekly Report, and worked on payroll, scheduling, social media, and tasks for the Board of Library Trustees.

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, performed readers’ advisory, and supervised volunteers.

Kara prepared the ARIS, circulation statistics, and circ narrative for August; placed an order of CD audiobooks; ran Evergreen reports for lost, transit, and missing items for August; sent August’s OverDrive MARC records to CWMars; pulled materials for Crescent Manor and made the monthly visit; ordered items for next month’s Crescent Manor visit;  checked CWMars top titles against the collection; reviewed industry newsletters to add upcoming titles to purchase lists; and corresponded with volunteer applicants and staff coordinators. Jane posted the New York Times Best Seller List for print and audio fiction and recommended titles for purchase; corrected patron records with the wrong home library; collected items with alerts from invalid RFID tags; collected items with alerts from old displays; and continued weeding fiction. Ranjita posted the New York Times Best Seller List for print and audio nonfiction and recommended titles for purchase; performed the monthly AED and first aid kit checks; processed ComCat requests; processed pending library card applications; performed a routine check of the Library of Things; and set up a September endcap display for “Positive Thinking Reads”. Sandhya managed out of network requests for materials; cleared expired holds from the hold shelf and followed up with patrons; worked on the home delivery service, including ordering items, making calls, processing holds, and coordinating volunteers; worked on interlibrary loans and followed up with patrons; sent a reminder email to Adult Diamond Art Program participants about the next session in September; processed incomplete ComCat requests and followed up with lenders; and set up a September endcap display for banned books. Allie has been out so far this week. We miss her!

Children’s Services
This week the Children’s Room opened back up to the public for the first time since the Library’s flood in August. Children’s Room staff welcomed families, assisted patrons, and shelved numerous children’s materials. Families were happy to be back and are eagerly awaiting the return of library programming!

Teen Services
Allison worked on book orders, figuring out the new email through Outlook, and organizing the teen office. Sarah S contacted presenters about rescheduling programs, checked in new titles, shelved books, and coordinated with volunteers. Shawn has been greeting teens, having them sign contracts, and overseeing the room.

Reference Services
Heidi assisted with tech and reference questions as well as circulation. She also worked on collection development, program planning, and statistics.

Technical Services
This week Cynthia ordered new books and unpacked items as they arrived, cataloged new DVDs and Young Adult books, and worked on fixing problem items. She covered the desk for Borrower Services, ran reports to gather statistics for her monthly report, and wrote her monthly narrative for August.

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