Grafton Public Library

Library Updates

Weekly Report October 15-21, 2023

Posted by mcneilj on

Library Weekly Report
Week of October 15-21, 2023

This week we circulated 2,013 items, received 702 items in transit, and sent 607 items. We requested 542 items and fulfilled 433 hold requests; registered 8 patrons for library cards, and added 233 new items. The most popular book this week is The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age by Janet Wallach. We hosted 25 meetings in our conference, study, and tutoring rooms for 60 people including Brownie Troop 65197, office hours for Senator Michael Moore, and Grafton Girls Softball, as well as private work, study, homeschool, and tutoring sessions.

The Grafton Public Library was closed 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for staff development on Thursday, October 19. The event was attended by all available staff and was a chance for staff to collaborate across departments.

The Children’s Room and Community Rooms continue to be closed awaiting reconstruction to remediate flood damage. Assistant Town Administrator William Blake is in communication with and will be notified by MIIA insurance adjusters when work can begin. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Admin
The Director is out on FMLA leave through the end of 2023. In her absence, things are running smoothly with no disruption to service as GPL staff and Town of Grafton employees are pitching in. Special thanks to Jen McNeil from the Children’s Department for updating the website and making a number of corrections and additions to EventKeeper, trustees Roger Trahan, John Bubriski, and Carrie Hogan who have come in to sign warrant sheets so that bills can be paid on time, Town Accountant Mary Lauria for assisting with payroll submission, and to William Blake and who has been maintaining communication with department heads and providing staff and facilities support.

Eileen maintained the collection of periodicals, took care of incoming mail, sent late notices, prepared bills, paid invoices, picked up lunch for staff development, and assisted with coverage for Borrower Services. Debby planned and coordinated details for Thursday’s staff development; compiled the Weekly Report; worked on payroll, scheduling, social media, and tasks for the Board of Library Trustees; and completed a number of tasks left on the Director’s To-Do List.

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 helped plan for upcoming staff transitions; prepared adult fiction orders for November; prepared the large print adult fiction order for November & December; prepared an order of graphic novels and manga for November; prepared for the move of the second and first floor desks; and helped organize storage and free up workspace in the Technical Services office. 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 adult fiction. Ranjita posted the New York Times Best Seller List for print and audio nonfiction and recommended titles for purchase; processed ComCat requests; and performed a routine check of the Library of Things and First Aid Kits throughout the building. Sandhya managed out of network requests for materials and followed up on open issues; worked on interlibrary loans and followed up with patrons; cleared expired holds from the hold shelf and followed up with patrons; worked on the home delivery service; hosted the final session of the Diamond Art program; hosted a craft session for attendees at staff development; prepared graphics and selected materials for the November endcap display; planned for and tested adult programming options for November and December and ordered supplies; processed museum pass renewals and reviewed upcoming expiration dates; and continued preparing for the next season of the Seed Library. Allie created and adhered shelf labels for Blu-ray, DVD, Video Games, and Manga sections; requested additional shelf labels; worked on the November newsletter by requesting content from staff members and creating a new design, including new graphics, an updated Upcoming Events section, and an updated High Demand Holds section; created graphic for November’s Native American Heritage Month staircase display and a printable general events calendar for November; worked on the New Fiction shelf display, including processing new adult fiction; researched an older mystery book series for a patron; and discussed Art Rail additions with a trustee.

Children’s Services
The Children’s Room staff continues working out of the temporary CR space while we await repairs to damaged sustained in the August flood. As we enter our fourth week of displacement, we are feeling the strain and challenges of working with limited space and resources. Staff have continued to field questions and concerns from the public ranging from sympathetic understanding to frustration about the closure of the Children’s Room, our current programming hiatus, and the temporary suspension of the Friends of the Grafton Public Library’s book sale on a daily basis. At this time, the timeline of the project continues to be unclear, making it challenging to alleviate the concerns of the public.

Children’s Outreach programming is back in full swing with staff providing outreach to NGES preschoolers, Silver Spruce, and hosting a table at Octoberfest.

Teen Services
Allison worked with department heads to help plan for staffing issues in the coming weeks. Sarah S shelved new books, facilitated Dungeons and Dragons, ran Anime Club, and coordinated with teen volunteers. Shawn supervised the Teen Room during after school hours and provided much needed support to Borrower Services staff when there was an altercation between patrons on Tuesday.

Reference Services
Heidi and Eric assisted with tech and reference questions, circulation, room reservations and museum passes. Heidi hosted the Daytimers’ Book Group discussion of Other Birds, by Sarah Addison Allen, the GPL Mystery Book Group discussion of Artifacts by Mary Anna Evans; and worked on a grant and event PR. Eric also set up their new desk space and helped clear out the reference desk before it was moved.

Technical Services
This week, Cynthia ordered new books and unpacked items as they arrived. She cataloged new YA graphic novels, adult fiction, and audiobooks; worked on fixing problem items and replacement items; added grids to items in Ingram; sent in requests for records to the CatCenter; and covered the desk for Borrower Services.

No comments

CLOSED in Observance of Thanksgiving Holiday

Posted by switham on

Text: Happy Thanksgiving with a branch of autumn leaves

The Grafton Public Library will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 and will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 2023 in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday. No items are due on the days we are closed. The Library will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 25.

Please pick up museum passes for Friday and Saturday  before the Library closes at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday November 22.

Please visit our online digital branch 24/7 at www.graftonlibrary.org – you can even get a digital card for the OverDrive catalog if you do not have a library card.

For a complete calendar of 2023 Library closings, please visit https://graftonlibrary.org/2023-closings/

No comments

2024 Library Closings Announced

Posted by mcneilj on

Monday, January 1 CLOSED – New Year’s Day
Monday, January 15 CLOSED – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Friday, January 19 DELAYED – Professional Development Day – open at 2 p.m.
Monday, February 19 CLOSED – President’s Day
Thu, March 7 CLOSED – Professional Development Day
Monday, April 15 CLOSED – Patriots’ Day
Saturday, May 25 CLOSED – Memorial Day weekend (unpaid)
Monday, May 27 CLOSED – Memorial Day

Wednesday, June 19 CLOSED – Juneteenth
Wednesday, July 3 EARLY CLOSING – Close at 5 p.m.
Thursday, July 4 CLOSED – Independence Day
Friday, August 16 DELAYED – Professional Development Day – open at 2 p.m.
Saturday, August 31 CLOSED – Labor Day weekend (unpaid)
Monday, September 2 CLOSED – Labor Day

Monday, October 14 CLOSED – Indigenous People’s Day
Thursday, October 17 CLOSED – Professional Development Day
Monday, November 11 CLOSED – Veterans’ Day Observance
Wednesday, November 27 EARLY CLOSING – Close at 5 p.m.
Thursday, November 28 CLOSED Thanksgiving Day
Friday November 29 CLOSED Thanksgiving (mandatory personal day)

Tuesday, December 24 CLOSED – Christmas
Wednesday, December 25 CLOSED – Christmas (observed)

Tuesday, December 31 EARLY CLOSING – Close at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, January 1, 2025 CLOSED New Year’s Day

No comments

Director’s Report for September 2023

Posted by mcneilj on

Director’s Report September 2023

The Library was open 23 days in September and had 6,786 visitors. We had to delay opening to 1pm on Saturday September 30 due to multiple staff out on leave. We offered 9 programs for 56 attendees (no children’s or teen data as of 10/5/2023) and hosted 2 days of the Friends Book Sale for 954 attendees. We had 158 meeting room reservations for 418 participants, 0 cancellations, 1 postponement, and 0 no-shows. We hosted an additional 18 meeting room uses for staff use (photography, meetings, programs etc.), and filed 6 incident reports, including for disruptive behavior and first aid.

 

Admin

Beth attended Union Negotiation meetings and met and corresponded with patrons regarding meeting room and facility rentals, Unattended Child Policy, and Code of Conduct; with Trustees, staff, and the Town Administrator’s office. She submitted bills for payment, made updates to the schedule, procedures manual, website, event calendar, and social media pages.

 

Beth shepherded the monthly GUM Jam session in partnership with Apple Tree Arts and the return of Eric the Plant Guy, who did a lecture and demonstration on cannabis harvesting. She attended the BoLT policy committee meeting, worked on policy and procedure updates, and attended the monthly Board of Library Trustees meeting. Beth reviewed and submitted payroll and bills, approved meeting room usage; updated the website, social media, and calendar of events.

 

Eileen maintained the collection of periodicals, took care of incoming mail, and prepared bills. Debby worked on scheduling and payroll, compiled Weekly Reports, worked on upcoming social media posts, assisted with planning Staff Development Day and Grafton Celebrates the Holidays, covered the Teen Room, and worked on Board of Library Trustee tasks.

Staffing
We have added one additional On-Call Temporary Library Associate-Teen Services: please join me in welcoming Nicole Granstaff. The Director has put in for FMLA and will be on leave through the end of the year.

We recorded 30 low coverage instances – more than 1 each day we were open—due to scheduled, earned leave of benefitted staff, chronic understaffing in the Teen and Reference departments, and staff out on leave.

The Director will be taking an FMLA-eligible leave of absence through the end of the calendar year.

Budget
We continue to have unexpected building expenses, such as water absorbers to all entrances in the event of future flooding and writeable CDs and zip drives for public record requests.

Building
ServPro began demolition in the Community Room, Children’s Room and Children’s Program Room, Children’s Staff Workroom, and Children’s Storage Closet on Monday September 25. Preserve 24 will begin reconstruction as soon as ServPro completes demolition. Reconstruction is expected to last 8-10 working days. The Children’s Room remains closed to the public, with a selection of materials available in the Friends Corner (many thanks to our gracious Friends for temporarily relocating items and giving up this space!). Community Meeting Room Reservations continue to be suspended until reconstruction is completed. The Director addressed a heating issue, a door issue, and key card issues; reached out to three roofing/gutter companies for quotes for necessary work to address gutter issue near the exterior patron book return.

 

Construction Update
The Building Committee met in September to review and pay bills. Beth sent the completed the Post Occupancy survey, the July, August, and September MPLCP report, and a final grant narrative. The Final Financial Report is pending final payment to CTA Construction.

 

We are still waiting for return of chairs from Tucker, they are repairing stitching issues on the upholstery of several chairs.

IT Update
IT has been supportive through the rough transition to Outlook, and plans to introduce teams next month.

Volunteers, Outreach and Partnerships
Crescent Manor BookWagon had 7 participants, 32 check-outs and renewals, 15 requests, and 2 sign ups (1 new card & 1 expired renewal). We delivered 9 items to Homebound patrons. We had 18 volunteers who put in 56 hours.

 

Social Media
We have 1,019 followers on TikTok, 2,226 followers on Facebook, 811 on Instagram, 113 on YouTube, 419 on Twitter, 429 on Pinterest, and are holding steady at 8 on Flickr. We have 2,118 subscribers on Constant Contact.

Children’s Services
Due to flood remediation, the Children’s Room staff have relocated to the Friend’s Café to set up a temporary Children’s Room while our space was demolished in preparation for construction to begin.  Staff have been adjusting to working out of the Friend’s Café, but it has been a rocky transition. Children’s Room staff have been fielding near-constant questions and concerns from the public ranging from sympathetic understanding to frustration about the closure of the Children’s Room, our current programming hiatus, and the temporary suspension of the Friends of the Grafton Public Library’s book sale. Notifications were sent out to the public via social media and signs were hung in the library, but people are still taken by surprise by the current state of Library.

 

Children’s Room staff have worked through a number of programming scenarios depending on when the room construction is completed, but are unable to move forward and finalize or publicize any plans until we have more information from the construction company.

 

Teen Services
Back to school kicked into full gear during September. We asked new and returning teens to complete an updated contact for the new school year. The form now asks for grade, age, birthdate, and guardian phone number. In addition to getting this information it also provided us the opportunity to remind teens of the behavior expected of them in the Library.

 

Several staff members attended the parent’s Open House events at schools throughout the district to reach parents of our tweens and teens—Allison at Grafton Middle School, Debby at North Street Elementary for 6th grade, and Kristin at Millbury Street for 6th grade.

 

Teens coming after school is our biggest traffic time. We usually see between 8-20 teens each school day afternoon, and on early release days we are seeing closer to 40 teens coming to the Teen Room. I’ve also noticed that teens are staying longer in the teen space since they have in the past. Historically after 5-6 pm there would be few, if any teens left in the teen room. Lately 4-8 teens have been staying until 7-8:30pm.

 

Borrower Services
We circulated 9,220 physical items and 3,077 digital items, a significant decrease from last month and last year, due to the Children’s Room limiting programming due to space and staffing and relocation for construction, and the unavailability of the Community Room for programming and meetings. This is demonstrably proof that our Children’s staff, services and programming brings in users that check out books!

There were 55 museum pass reservations; 45 were picked up and there were 10 “No Shows.” We registered 79 new borrowers and corrected 1 account for Grafton patrons. We made 6 out of network requests; 1 was unfillable.

The seed packets program is wrapping up for the season; materials were created to request seed donations from this year’s growth.

Our main display for September was Hispanic Heritage Month, featuring books by Hispanic authors. The 4 smaller displays were: “Happy Birthday Stephen King,” Banned Books, Positive Thinking Day, and Healthy Aging Month. A graphic novel display was set up for fall. Sandhya hosted 1 daytime “Unplug with Art” program for adults: 6 people attended. She hosted the second session of the Diamond art program for adults: 8 people attended (and 3 registrants were out sick).

Reference Services
We held the following in person book discussion groups:  “Not Just for Young Adults” Book Group discussion of The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy; Daytimers Book Group discussion of Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown; GPL Mystery Book Group discussion of Wicked Autumn by G. M. Malliet; “Reads Well with Others” Adult Book Group discussion of The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams; The “Inspirational Book Club”and Guided Meditation discussion of 52 Ways to Walk: The Surprising Science of Walking for Wellness and Joy, One Week at a Time by Annabel Streets.

Other Events: Happy Harvesting with Plant Guy Eric (Monday, September 11th; 6pm-8pm); Grafton Ukulele Musicians – GUM (Wednesday, September 13th; 6:30pm-8pm); Saturday Afternoon Knitting, Etc.  (Saturday, September 23rd at 2pm).

Displays: Eric made a “Fall into a Cozy Book” staircase display. Heidi made an “In Memoriam” end cap display for Jimmy Buffett.

Outreach: Heidi set up a table at the Grafton Farmers Market and interacted with 26 adults, 7 kids, and 1 young adult. She checked out one book and answered one reference question.

Heidi assisted with tech and reference questions as well as circulation and room reservations, and worked on collection development, program planning, PR, and statistics. Eric assisted patrons with technology, reference, room requests and circulation questions; ordered new books for the non-fiction collection, planned for October displays, shifted the collection to make more space, performed collection maintenance, gathered monthly statistics, and put out new non-fiction books.

 

401 Staff Placed Holds

Data base uses: Gale 25, Transparent Language 4, Novelist 4, Ancestry.com 141, ComicsPLUS 6, Pronunciator 0, MA Driving Tests 38, Tutor.com 10, PebbleGo 0, Peterson’s 0.

Computer use: Adult – 93, YA – 17, CR – 58 and 4,121 WiFi users.

 

Technical Services

Cynthia added 559 items in September and deleted 114 items; she worked on fixing 74 items.

She ordered book through Ingram for each department and unpacked items as they arrived, sent in requests to the CatCenter for records to be added to the Catalog, worked on adding grids to carts in Ingram, worked on replacement items, requested quotes and ordered more RFID tags, and created records for Library of Things items and added holdings to the catalog. She also reports in Ingram and Baker and Taylor to see if there were any cancelled items and sent them to the appropriate selectors if they had any. Cynthia attended meetings and prep sessions regarding the union, and helped cover the desk for Borrower Services.

 

Friends

The Friends Book Sale was a success, taking in over $2,500. They are unlikely to schedule another sale before spring 2024.

 

The next Friends meeting will be posted to the Friends Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GPLFriends.

Completed and edited,

Debby Jackson

 

Respectfully submitted,

Beth Schreiber

 

No comments

November and December 2023 Library Closures

Posted by mcneilj on

The Library will be closed on the following days in November and December:

Saturday, November 11 CLOSED – Veterans’ Day
Wednesday, November 22 EARLY CLOSING – Close at 5 p.m.
Thursday, November 23 CLOSED Thanksgiving Day
Friday November 25 CLOSED Thanksgiving holiday
Friday December 15 EARLY CLOSING – Close at 12 p.m.
Saturday, December 23 CLOSED – Christmas
Monday, December 25 CLOSED – Christmas
Monday, January 1, 2024 CLOSED New Year’s Day

Items may be returned in the automated return outside. Please visit our online digital branch 24/7 at www.graftonlibrary.org – you can even get a digital card for the OverDrive catalog if you do not have a library card.

For a complete calendar of 2023 Library closings, please visit https://graftonlibrary.org/2023-closings/

No comments

Weekly Report October 8-14

Posted by mcneilj on

Library Weekly Report 

Week of October 8-14, 2023 

This week we circulated 1,969 items, received 495 items in transit, and sent 517 items. We requested 437 items and fulfilled 402 hold requests; registered 11 patrons for library cards, and added 138 new items. The most popular book this week is The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age by Janet Wallach. We hosted 24 meetings in our conference, study, and tutoring rooms for 138 people including GPL Capital Campaign and Small Stones Festival Planning, as well as private work, study, homeschool, and tutoring sessions.  

The Grafton Public Library was closed on Monday, October 9, 2023 in observance of Indigenous People’s Day. 

Building Update 

The Children’s Room and Community Rooms remain closed as we await reconstruction of walls and replacement flooring from flood damage in August. ServPro completed their demolition work over a week ago and we are waiting on our insurance to give the go-ahead for reconstruction crews to begin. Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding.  

 

Admin 

The Director will be taking an FMLA-eligible leave of absence through the end of the calendar year. Town Administrator, Evan Brassard, and Assistant Town Administrator, William Blake, have begun a search for an Interim Director.  

 

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. She communicated with Town Administration, trustees, and staff to facilitate communication and develop plans to keep things running smoothly, and attended to numerous tasks to keep things moving forward in various areas in Beth’s absence. 

 

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 put out new adult fiction and graphic novel titles for October; reviewed industry newsletters to add upcoming titles to purchase lists; corresponded with volunteer applicants and staff coordinators; ordered requested e-book and e-audio titles; placed an order of music CDs; ran Evergreen reports for lost, transit, and missing items for September; prepared a third adult fiction order for October; worked with staff on shelving adjustments in media and graphic novels; and created bookmarks for circulation desks. 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 and alerts from old displays; processed pending library card applications; continued weeding adult fiction; and assisted a patron with A/V issues. Ranjita posted the New York Times Best Seller List; for print and audio nonfiction and recommended titles for purchase; processed ComCat requests; processed pending library card applications; and performed a routine check of the Library of Things. Sandhya managed out of network requests for materials and followed up on open issues; worked on interlibrary loans and followed up with patrons; cleared expired holds from the hold shelf and followed up with patrons; planned for and tested adult programming options for November and December; processed museum pass renewals and reviewed upcoming expiration dates; worked on the home delivery service, including processing holds, coordinating volunteers, and registering a new patron; and prepared for next season of the seed library to reopen in March or April of 2024. Allie edited room use reservations sheet; planned, requested materials, and created display graphics for November’s Native American Heritage Month staircase display; contacted a patron about a problem with holds notices not automatically generating; performed; troubleshooting on the receipt printer; helped a patron find a cancelled title on their account; gathered content for the November newsletter; and recorded statistics for 7-day bestsellers. 

 

Children’s Services 

The Children’s Room staff continues working out of the temporary CR space while we await repairs to damaged sustained in the August flood. They continue to field questions and concerns from the public ranging from sympathetic understanding to frustration about the closure of the Children’s Room, our current programming hiatus, and the temporary suspension of the Friends of the Grafton Public Library’s book sale. At this time, the timeline of the project continues to be unclear, making it challenging to alleviate the concerns of the public. 

 

Teen Services 

Allison attended the department head meeting, coordinated with other departments in regards to Beth’s absence, worked on a book order, and teen program planning. Sarah S helped teens set up the switch, performed readers’ advisory, checked in new YA fiction, and coordinated with teen volunteers. Shawn interacted with teens and provided supervision in the Teen Room during after-school hours.  

 

Reference Services 

Heidi and Eric assisted with tech and reference questions as well as circulation, room reservations and museum passes.  Heidi also hosted the “Not Just for Young Adults” Book Group discussion of The Downstairs Girl, by Stacey Lee and worked on a grant and event PR.  Eric also performed collection maintenance and new book ordering for the non-fiction collection. 

 

Technical Services 

This week, Cynthia ordered new books and unpacked items as they arrived; cataloged new adult fiction, graphic, and YA books; added grids to items in Ingram; worked on fixing problem items; sent in requests for records to the CatCenter; worked on fixing problem items; attended the staff meeting; and covered the desk for Borrower Services. 

No comments

Library CLOSED in Observance of Veteran’s Day Saturday Nov 11, 2023

Posted by bethg on

White text Veteran's Day with an American FlagThe Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED in observance of Veteran’s Day, honoring all who served the US in the military, on Saturday, November 11, 2023. No items are due this day. The Library will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 13.

Thank you to all who serve or have served in the military and to their families for their support.

Please pick up museum passes for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before the Library closes for the long weekend at 6pm on Friday November 10.

Please visit our online digital branch 24/7 at www.graftonlibrary.org – you can even get a digital card for the OverDrive catalog if you do not have a library card.

For a complete calendar of 2023 Library closings, please visit https://graftonlibrary.org/2023-closings/

No comments

Weekly Report October 1-7, 2023  

Posted by bethg on

This week we circulated 2,305 items, received 455 items in transit, and sent 523 items. We requested 529 items and fulfilled 442 hold requests; registered 12 patrons for library cards, and added 149 new items. The most popular book this week is The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age by Janet Wallach. We hosted 27 meetings in our conference, study, and tutoring rooms for 87 people including Capital Campaign, Girl Scouts, Small Stones Festival planning, Brownie Troop 65219, as well as private work, study, homeschool, and tutoring sessions.

Admin
Beth addressed emergency staffing issues over her holiday weekend so the Library could open by 1pm Saturday. This week, she completed payroll, submitted the Financial Report for State Aid, submitted construction reports to MBLC, and responded to patron, staff and trustee requests,

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, wrapped up minutes from several meetings last week, provided desk coverage for the Children’s Department, and worked on payroll, social media, tasks for the Board of Library Trustees, and scheduling, working through numerous staffing issues in an attempt to avoid additional library closures.

 

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

Kara checked CW MARS top titles against the collection; reviewed industry newsletters to add upcoming titles to purchase lists; corresponded with volunteer applicants and staff coordinators; ordered requested e-book and e-audio titles; pulled materials for Crescent Manor, made the monthly visit, and ordered items for next month’s Crescent Manor visit; placed an order of CD audiobooks; placed an order for new DVDs and Blu-rays; prepared the ARIS, circulation statistics, and September narrative; and sent September’s OverDrive MARC records to CW MARS. Jane posted the New York Times Best Seller List for print and audio fiction and nonfiction and recommended titles for purchase; corrected patron records with the wrong home library; collected items with alerts from old displays; continued weeding adult fiction; watched a webinar on substance abuse; and attended a CW MARS training seminar on running metabase reports. Ranjita processed ComCat requests; processed pending library card applications; set up a monthly endcap display for “Autumn Fiction”; performed a routine check of the Library of Things and processed collection items; and performed the monthly check of the AED and first aid kit. Sandhya managed out of network requests for materials and followed up on items stuck in transit; worked on interlibrary loans and followed up with patrons; cleared expired holds from the hold shelf and followed up with patrons; prepared for adult programming in November and December, including planning and testing activities; and collected and prepared supplies for upcoming programming. Allie edited and proofread the October newsletter; created signage during the internet outage; created the printable October Adult Event Calendar; removed July New Fiction books and recorded 7-day New Fiction stats for July; setup Stranger Reads endcap display for October; and printed shelf labels for the DVD/Blu-ray section.

Children’s Services
The Children’s Room staff has been adjusting to working out of the temporary CR space. They have been fielding questions and concerns from the public ranging from sympathetic understanding to frustration about the closure of the Children’s Room, our current programming hiatus, and the temporary suspension of the Friends of the Grafton Public Library’s book sale. Notifications have gone out to the public via social media and signs have been hung in the library, but people are still taken by surprise by the current state of Library. CR Staff are working through a number of programming scenarios depending on when the room construction will be completed, but are unable to finalize or publicize any plan until we have more information from the construction company.

 

Teen Services
Allison worked on a book order and researched ideas for potentially bringing back the winter reading program. Sarah S. coordinated with volunteers to run teen led activities, put up Halloween themed, staff picks TBR, LGBTQ history month displays. She also monitored the first session of teen-led Dungeons and Dragons. Posted flyers for upcoming programming.

Reference Services
Heidi and Eric assisted with tech and reference questions as well as circulation, museum passes and room check-ins.  Heidi also worked on statistics, collection development and event planning.  Eric also did collection maintenance for the  non-fiction collection, put out new non-fiction books and worked on the monthly ARIS statistics.

Technical Services
Cynthia ordered new books and unpacked items as they arrived; cataloged new children’s books, adult nonfiction, and fiction; she added grids to items in Ingram; worked on fixing problem items; sent in requests for records to the CatCenter; and ran reports to gather statistics for her monthly report and wrote her monthly narrative for September. She helped cover the desk for Borrower Services.

No comments