Grafton Public Library

Weekly Report November 26 – December 2, 2023

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Library Weekly Report

Week of November 26 – December 2, 2023

This week we circulated 1,759 items, received 595 items in transit, and sent 677 items. We requested 421 items and fulfilled 297 hold requests; registered 13 patrons for library cards; and added 43 new items. The most popular book this week is Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. We hosted 37 meetings in our conference, study, and tutoring rooms for 73 people, including Girl Scouts, as well as private work, study, homeschool, and tutoring sessions.

Make plans to join us for Grafton Celebrates the Holidays on Sunday, December 3 from 12-4 p.m.!

The Children’s Room and Community Room remain closed, and the Friends of the Grafton Public Library book sale remains on hold awaiting reconstruction to be completed from flood damage sustained in August. Drywall work began this week, yet we have no definitive timeline for completion of the project.


The director is on FMLA leave through the end of the calendar year. In her absence, there has been no disruption in services and every department is running along smoothly. Thank you to everyone who has been helping out during this time.

Admin staff managed communications and accounts.

Borrower Services

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, managed out of network requests for materials, performed readers’ advisory, processed pending library card applications, administered the home delivery program, and supervised volunteers. Staff performed collection development activities, processed new materials, prepared materials and graphics for the monthly staircase and endcap displays, prepared for upcoming adult programming, and worked on the newsletter.

Children’s Services

Children’s Room staff continued program planning for the new year, reorganized and maintained the temporary collection, stored excess materials that were not able to fit on current shelving, lesson planned for December outreach programming, assisted patrons with hold requests and reader’s advisory, communicated with patrons, updated displays with seasonal items, began summer reading planning, continued planning a Children’s Room Grand Reopening party, prepared for GCTH programming,  created seasonal room décor, presented two sessions of outreach storytime to Busy Bee Academy, met with the Teen Department, met with Tech Services, reviewed Children’s Room Library Associate applications, and fielded many questions about the Children’s Room closure.

Teen Services

Staff interacted with teens and provided supervision in the Teen Room during after-school hours and supervised volunteers.

Reference Services

Reference staff assisted patrons with tech, circulation and reference questions; ordered books for the adult non-fiction section; hosted the “Reads Well with Others” discussion of The Kitchen Front, by Jennifer Ryan and the Inspirational Book Group and Guided Meditation discussion of Sorry, Sorry, Sorry: The case for good apologies by Marjorie Ingall and Susan McCarthy; worked on statistics; and planned a December staircase display.

Technical Services

This week Allison started moving her office items upstairs in anticipation of her new role in Tech Services and worked on creating carts of replacement items for damaged items in the Children’s Room.

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