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Behavior Management Procedure Change Effective Immediately Tue 10/4

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Due to the ongoing crisis with managing the middle school population at the Library, Department Heads met yesterday to develop a new plan for managing behavior expectations in the Library. To give the entire staff a much needed break and time to prepare for procedural changes, the Teen Room will be closed for the remainder of this week Tuesday-Saturday and reopen with new guidelines on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. If you are a parent or guardian of a child in grades 6-10, we urge you to please speak with your child about the value of the newly renovated and expanded public library with an engaging Teen Room.

Effective Immediately 10/3/2022

  • There is no open seating for middle schoolers on the upper level through 11/10/2022.
  • The meeting rooms on the Upper Level (202, 219, 228, 229) are restricted to for adults and high school students with high school ID AND library card. If high school students do not have a library card, they can get one with a school ID.
  • A library card is required to make a meeting room reservation for any room, including in person. All teens in the meeting room must have a library card to be in the room.
  • Once you’re in the meeting room, no in-and-out. Restroom breaks are fine.
  • Room limits on EventKeeper will be enforced – Group Study 202 is for 4 people, tutoring rooms for 2 people.
  • The Teen Room is closed temporarily for the remainder of this week. We apologize for the inconvenience. The room will reopen on Tuesday 10/11/2022 with new protocols.

Effective Tuesday 10/11/2022

  • Beginning next Tuesday 10/11/2022, we will implement a new system to communicate behavior expectations, enforce consequences, and limit numbers of middle school students. Tentative procedures are being drafted by the youth services team and include:
  • The Teen Room will be open to ages 13-17 with a library card (no crossover with the Children’s Room, which is 0-12 only; that age group has to have parent in the library)–with the following limits:
  • Teens will need to sign in to use the room and show an ID / Card to get into the room. No card in system = no entry; no card present = show on phone or confirm identity with two pieces of data (address, date of birth, phone number on file, email on file).  The library card would allow us access to their contact information should we need to reach out to a parent. If the students have the library card on their phone, this can be used to confirm their information.
  • We will enforce an occupancy of 22 in the Teen Room [2 in each of 2 tutor rooms; 2 groups of 4 in the gaming room; 10 seats for open seating (computers, maker space passive programming, general seating)]
  • Once you’re in the Teen Room or Meeting Room, you stay in the Teen Space. Students will need to locate all of their friends ahead of time who are signed up to be in the room and to come with everything they need. Restroom breaks are fine as long as they are not using them to play and be loud in the hallway.

Other Things to Know:

  • The Teen Room Staff are working on signage that clearly states specific unwanted behaviors with consequences and a behavior expectations contract modeled on what Boston Public Library does for their teen space.
  • We will not offer Teen Room Access on early release days for the rest of the school year; the Teen Room will open at 2pm.

Thank you for your compliance in these procedures.

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Library Weekly Report September 26-October 1, 2022

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This week we circulated 2,641 items, received 763 items in transit and sent 684 items. We requested 485 items and filled 592 hold requests; registered 25 patrons for library cards, and added 146 new items. The most popular book this week is The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict. We hosted 28 meetings in our conference, study, and tutoring rooms for 106 people including Tai Chi, Marvel Champions, Pleasant Street Neighbors group, and Girl Scout Troop 65070 as well as private work, study, and tutoring sessions.

Beth was out for two days for Rosh Hashanah observance. She worked on the financial part of the ARIS report, due on Friday October 7, and requested final FY22 figures from the Town Accountant’s office. She prepared meeting materials for next week’s policy committee meeting, attended the Library Board of Trustees meeting, and managed the Teen Room for part of the early release day. We had to close the room at 1pm due to lack of staffing. Teens were dispersed from the building and police were called to multiple locations on the Common in response to the crowds of middle school students.

Beth responded to a public records request and reviewed and edited Library page updates for the new Town website. She reviewed requests for camera footage—our cameras focus on library property, and we are unable to provide footage of the Common, Upton Street, or South Street. She reviewed and edited meeting room requests, tested A/V equipment, and met with a League of Women Voters member about their upcoming program. No one attended the Friday evening movie night last week, which Beth ran. She hosted a piano karaoke program that no one attended and worked with Apple Tree Arts on the October Ukulele 101 program. Beth reviewed incident reports, corresponded with the construction team, and worked on the July MPLCP report. She worked with IT to determine HDMI cable issues. Jonathan brought to our attention that the televisions are not properly secured, Beth will bring this up with custodial. She met with Cynthia regarding ordering new library materials; once we have straightened out which accounts from our jobber, Ingram, are coming in shelf ready, we can commence with ordering. Part of the delay is due to the long outstanding FY22 balance due to the new accounting system, but with this week’s warrant, we should be up to date and back in good standing. Beth requested a quote for new barcode scanners (two have stopped working) and will have to ask Trustees to fund as there is no budget for new equipment in FY23. Signet returned to manage staff key card issues and program our doors with the approved September Calendar. She completed and sent the October newsletter and paid bills. She reached out to a contractor for a quote on cupola restoration, and reviewed options for renewing our popular Wi-Fi hotspots, as the free program ends October 1.

Beth coordinated with Willard House and Clock Museum staff installed a Willard clock, made in Grafton, in the Historic Reading Room. This is on temporary loan. Willard House and Clock Museum: 50-Years of Collecting Excellence: An Illustrated Lecture will be presented by Robert C. Cheney on Monday November 14 at 7pm with a wine and cheese reception to follow. Registration begins Saturday October 1.

The Friends are planning their third Caddy Stacks mini-golf fundraiser, which takes place in the Library this Sunday October 2 from 12-4pm. Tickets are available in advance online at Thanks to all of our local businesses who are sponsoring holes!

Eileen maintained the collection of periodicals and prepared and prepared the weekly warrant for payment. We received a $1000 check for our grant from the Coalition from a Healthy Greater Worcester and a $50 memorial gift. This week Debby worked on diagnosing and trying to resolve concerns with the phone system, created graphics and communicated with vendors for the Emotional Wellness Fair. She planted new mums on the front porch, created and posted content to Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok accounts, attended the Board of Library Trustees meeting, and continued to work on scheduling, payroll, and Board of Library Trustees tasks.

Construction Update
Our stair gate arrived for installation on Thursday and we anticipate completion on Friday. The panel insets do not match what was selected by the Interiors Committee. Veterans was on site working on HVAC system. A solution for handles for the display case was provided by the architect.

Borrower Services
Staff managed the adult circulation 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 placed the large print fiction and nonfiction book order for October, processed damaged fiction titles and media, began working on an October endcap display, and attended training on using the A/V equipment in the meeting rooms.

Sandhya managed out of network requests for materials, worked on interlibrary loans, cleared expired holds from the hold shelf, followed up on missing holds with lending libraries, performed troubleshooting on the AMH, assisted patrons with technology questions and using the Libby app, answered patron questions on social media, and began decorating the Borrower Services areas for Halloween. She worked on the home delivery service, including ordering items, making calls, processing holds, and coordinating volunteers.

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, and prepared an endcap display for October for National Pizza Month. She worked with Allie on using the A/V equipment in the meeting rooms and provided training to Kara, Mary, and Cynthia.

Allie finalized content and graphics for the October newsletter, gathered materials for an endcap display, talked to young adults about appropriate behavior in the library and the Code of Conduct, and worked with the Bibliotheca support representative on troubleshooting instructions, including problems with the security gate and external return issues.

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 new hardcover adult fiction, and assisted patrons with technology questions.

Mary attended training on using the A/V equipment in the meeting rooms.

Children’s Services
In addition to shelving, assisting patrons, and managing volunteers, the Children’s Room staff worked on the following projects:

Sarah presented two Toddler Time programs and one Preschool program, communicated with YFCP and STEM Beginnings, shopped for Octoberfest donation baskets, attended a Blackstone Valley Youth Services Roundtable meeting, coordinated Tumble Bus and provided storytime to children waiting, discussed Halloween outreach programming, planned November programming, and reviewed the schedule and brainstormed possible solutions.

Jen provided storytime to children waiting for their turn on Tumble Bus, sent out the October Children’s Room newsletter, worked on the November newsletter, updated EventKeeper and posted to social media, planned November programming, and presented a successful session of Library Babies. Cyndi prepared the October room decorations, shifted collections, planned for October, began preparing for November, and made the program room more accessible. Stacie cleaned and organized the program room closet, began decorating for October, prepped book displays, and reorganized the CR toys.  Kristin covered lunches in the Children’s Room, dropped books off at both SGES and NGES, and communicated with the schools.

Teen Services
This week Allison shopped for and put together two themed baskets for Octoberfest at South Grafton Elementary School: Hocus Pocus and Bluey! Wednesday was a half day and there were dozens of tweens & teens in and around the library. Allison also ordered the remainder of items needed for Halloween and Grafton Celebrates the Holidays, and created and sent out the October Teen Newsletter.

This week Sarah helped the teens to change out games in the Nintendo Switch from Super Smash Bros. to Just Dance and put on an afternoon movie on Tuesday. She put up displays for LGBTQ History Month, Space Week, and Fall themed books. She made Halloween bookmarks as well as stenciled bats and werewolves for seasonal decorations.

Reference Services
Heidi and Eric answered reference, circulation, and tech questions.  Heidi created library cards for people, worked on program planning and statistics. In honor of National Library Card Sign-Up Month, she hosted the “Reads Well with Others” book discussion of The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson as well as the Inspirational Book Group (and Guided Meditation) discussion of The Writer’s Library: The Authors You Love on the Books that Changed their lives, edited by Nancy Pearl and Jeff Schwager.

Eric organized and repopulated book displays and planned for future displays. He continued weeding the non-fiction collection, worked on troubleshooting databases with GALE, and made more patron-requested seasonal bookmarks.

Technical Services
Cynthia has been working on cataloging Young Adult fiction, new adult fiction, and large print books. She unpacked and organized new shipments of books that came in and worked on fixing damaged items.

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It’s a very busy and slightly spooky October at the Grafton Public Library!

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Ghost stories, LEGO, yoga, and… goats? There is something for everyone this month in the children’s room!

On Saturday, October 1st, the Tumblebus will be parked at the Grafton Public Library. Tumblebus is a fully padded converted school bus that is filled with gymnastics equipment to provide a safe and fun environment for children ages 2-7. This program is drop-in, first come, first served. Only a small group of children will be allowed to enter the Tumblebus at a time.

Ms. Kayla from Apple Tree Arts will visit the Library for a Music and Movement program from children aged two and up on Monday October 3rd at 10:30am. Registration is required.

Join us for storytime every week in October! Library Babies runs on Tuesdays at 9:15am. (Drop-in)Toddler Time, an active program for walkers through age three, is held on Wednesdays at 9:15am AND 10:30am. Storytime for preschoolers is held on Thursdays at 9:15am. Registration is required for Toddler Time and Preschool Storytime.

On Wednesday, October 12th at 3:30pm, join us at the Willard House & Clock Museum for a special storytime and a tour of the museum’s beautiful grounds.  This program is for preschoolers ages three through five. Registration is required.

Young Scientists, the STEAM storytime run by STEM Beginnings, returns in October. Children aged three through six will learn STEAM concepts through hands-on activities, story time and simple experiments. Young Scientist starts on Friday, October 7th at 10:30am. Registration is required.

The “Young Scientists” series is sponsored by the YMCA Family & Community Partnership (YFCP), a Massachusetts Coordinated Family & Community Engagement (CFCE) Grant program funded by the Department of Early Education & Care and awarded to the YMCA of Central Massachusetts.

Older kids can join us for Comic Creator Club or join one of the three Bookworms book discussion groups.  All four programs meet on Tuesday, October 11th.  Please adhere to age requirements when registering. See to see what books each age group will be reading this month. Books can be picked up at the library.

Feeling creative? Drop-in to LEGO Brickbuilders every Tuesday in October from 3:30-4:30pm.  Feeling artistic? Drop in and create autumnal art on Tuesday, October 18th and Thursday, October 20th from 5:30-7:00pm.

Join us for a week’s work of wellness events, partially funded from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with the Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester. Mindfulness and Yoga for Kids will be held on Wednesday, October 19th at 4:00pm. Join us for a Children’s Movement class on Saturday, October 22nd, at 10:30am. Both programs are for children aged six through ten. Registration is required. Would you like to feed and cuddle with curious and playful baby goats? Drop by the library at 10:30am on Saturday, October 29th . This drop-in program is all ages. Please note-only a handful of people will be allowed to enter the goat pen at a time.

The library will be celebrating spooky season all month long!  Drop in to create a monstrous craft on Tuesday, October 25th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. We’ll be telling Ghost Stories on Thursday, October 27th at 6:00pm. We will dim the lights and gather around our campfire to hear some tales to give you chills!

Finally, on Halloween, Trick or Treat at the Library! Celebrate the spookiest holiday by stopping by the Grafton Public Library to pick up special Halloween treats. Visit each desk for a unique treat. Treats will be allergen free.

Please note that program attendees must also comply with the Library’s Unattended Child Policy:

  • 0-7 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times;
  • 8-12 must be accompanied by parent/guardian remaining in the Library;
  • 13+ may be unaccompanied, provided child is able to use Library independently and follow the Library’s Code of Conduct.



Friends Announce Mobile Mini-Golf Fundraiser

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image of golf balls and putter with text: Caddy Stakcs Saunday October 2 12:00-4:00 pmCome play 18 holes of mini-golf for the first time in our newly renovated building! Build a team of 2-5 players for an afternoon of fun and community.

Interested in becoming a Friend? Be the first to know about upcoming events and many additional benefits – purchase a membership ticket option (good for one year) and receive 5 tickets to play mini-golf!

Interested in becoming a sponsor of this event? Please contact us at for details. All proceeds directly benefit library programs.

Select your tee time and purchase a ticket through EventBrite:

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Upcoming Fall Events for Adults

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The Grafton Public Library is pleased to offer a number of programs this fall for adults and families, in addition to our regular schedule of youth programs. Please confirm all programs the library’s calendar at For details, please contact Beth Schreiber, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 X1836 or

Movie Nights
Movie Sing-a-Long. Friday, September 23, 2022 6:30 p.m. Runtime: 88 minutes
Please join us for a sing-a-long viewing of a musical about a shy flower-shop employee who finds an extraordinary plant with an unusual appetite; starring: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin, Levi Stubbs, and Vincent Gardenia. Rated: PG-13 Children under 13 will not be admitted to this program.

Spooky Movie Night. Tuesday, October 11, 2022 6:00 p.m. Runtime: 123 minutes
Please join us for this now classic film based on the novel by Anne Rice, featuring vampires, blood lust, and immortality; starring, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Christian Slater, Kirsten Dunst, and Stephen Rea. Rated: R Children under age 18 will not be admitted to this program.

Movie Sing-a-Long. Friday, October 28, 2022 8 p.m. Runtime: 105 minutes
Please join us for a sing-a-long viewing of a cult classic about a straight-laced couple who end up at the eerie mansion of a mad scientist and strangers in elaborate costumes when their car breaks down on a dark and stormy night; starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien, and Jonathan Adams. Costumes and (non-messy!) props encouraged. Rated: R Children under age 18 will not be admitted to this program.

Adult Programs
Presentation: BioPlastics. Saturday, September 17, 2022 11:30 a.m.
Join us for a presentation to learn about plastics, their impacts to the environment and how you can be part of the solution. Presented by Jude Thomas, St. John’s High School, and Jan Elyse Taylor, Conservation Assistant, Town of Grafton.

Saturday Afternoon Knitting Group. Saturday, September 24 2022 2:00 p.m.
Experienced knitters and crocheters as well as those who are wanting to learn are invited to participate, formal instruction is not provided for this meetup group. New knitters will be given free materials while supplies last.

“Reads Well with Others” Book Group. Monday, September 26, 2022 7:30pm
Discussion of The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson. Please email Heidi at to request a copy and RSVP.

Robert Boatright Lecture: Civility and Democracy. Thursday, October 27, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Ukulele 101. Tuesday, October 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 2, 9 6:30pm
Instructor Eric Guerin, courtesy of Apple Tree Arts, leads this 6-week workshop on how to hold, tune, strum and play basic chords on a soprano ukulele. Children under 13 will not be admitted to this program.

GUM Jam. Wednesday, October 12 6:30 p.m.
The Grafton Ukulele Musicians (GUM) meet monthly to strum and sing selections from Daily Ukulele and other suggested music. Children under 13 will not be admitted to this program.

All-Ages Programs
Piano Karaoke. Wednesday, September 28, 2022 1:00 p.m.
Sing along with our new Steinway Baby Grand Player Piano. Children under age 13 must be accompanied by parent/guardian.

Friends Fall Fundraisers
Caddy Stacks Mini-Golf Fundraiser. Sunday, October 2, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Come play 18 holes of mini-golf for the first time in our newly renovated building! This event is in partnership with Mobile Mini-Golf, who will be building an entire mini golf course that weaves through the stacks of Grafton Public Library. Tickets are available for purchase via EventBrite. Sign up to join the Friends of the Grafton Public Library and get five free tickets to the event! Go to Have a local business? Consider sponsoring a hole! Many levels of sponsorship are available, please email for information.

Friends of the Library Book Sale. Saturday, November 5 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Stock up on gently used books and media, enter a raffle, fill a branded bag, and select from themed book bundles! Proceeds benefit the Grafton Public Library.

Emotional Wellness Week
The Grafton Public Library will be hosting an Emotional Wellness Fair on Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 10 a.m.- to 4 p.m. We are seeking local businesses that provide goods or services that are centered around or contribute to one’s emotional well-being to display and sell products, as well as discuss and demonstrate services to reach a larger audience. The event is free for vendors and is a wonderful opportunity to connect with the community. Space is limited. Please email Debby Jackson at to reserve your space.


Willard House and Clock Museum: 50-Years of Collecting Excellence Lecture with Robert C. Cheney

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A program in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Willard House and Clock Museum and the loan and installation of a Benjamin Willard 1795 eight-day clock in the Library’s Historic Reading Room will be held on Monday November 14, 2022 at 7:00pm in the Community Room with a reception to follow. The clock was made by Benjamin Willard (1743-1803) here in the historic Grafton workshop preserved at the museum. Robert C. Cheney, Executive Director of the Willard House and Clock Museum will present “Willard House and Clock Museum: 50-Years of Collecting Excellence: An Illustrated Lecture.”

The Willard House and Clock Museum is on the National Register of Historic Places and was the birthplace and home of four Willard clockmakers working from 1760-1800 here in Grafton. The museum is known as “The Center of Early American Clockmaking” and now features over 90 masterpiece Willard clocks and timepieces, family portraits, furniture, books and ephemera, including an important Thomas Jefferson document providing Simon Willard with a drawing and instructions for the installation of Willard’s clock at Jefferson College in 1826.

photo, Robert C. Cheney,, in front of a portrait of Simon Willard

Robert C. Cheney, Grafton, Massachusetts is a third-generation clockmaker, dealer and
nationally recognized authority on early clocks, watches and scientific instruments. He
has served as a consulting conservator and curator for over fifty museums including Old
Sturbridge Village, Worcester Art Museum, American Antiquarian Society, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Consulting has also brought him to the United States Capitol and Supreme Court, the US Department of State and the oval office of the White

Cheney’s museum affiliations include numerous terms and officer positions on the boards of the American Clock and Watch Museum, Bristol, CT, the National Clock and Watch Museum, Columbia, PA and the Willard House and Clock Museum, Grafton, MA.
Cheney has lectured extensively on antique clocks in the United States, Canada and the U.K. and has appeared as an appraiser on the “Antiques Roadshow” for over a decade.

After a 35-year career of self-employment and a decade as founder and Director of the “Clocks, Watches and Scientific Instruments” department at Skinner Inc., he currently serves as Executive Director and Curator of the Willard House and Clock Museum in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Robert C. Cheney was recently (2018) honored as a Silver Star Fellow in the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors for his writing, lectures and leadership in the field of horology.

Registration will begin on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 10:00 AM.

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Looking for licensed caterers and TIPs certified bartenders for Facility Rental events

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Our library will be available for after-hours facility rental soon! We are putting together an informational list of local vendors for upcoming events serving food and alcohol.

If you are a licensed caterer (allergen aware, Serv Safe certified, ToG food permit) OR a TIPS certified bartender, please complete the form online and we will add you to the list of vendors that meeting conveners are requesting.

Please note:

  • The list will be provided for information and referral purposes only.
  • Only certified vendors qualify
  • Inclusion on the list is not an endorsement or recommendation.

Food/Beverage Service Provider Directory

Standard sized business cards may be mailed or dropped off at the Library at 35 Grafton Common for inclusion on our business bulletin board.


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Need Help Fast? GPL cares!

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red heartWe’ve compiled a list of resources for mental health support, safety and domestic violence and abuse. Call or text these organizations for  support. They are all free and confidential, and most are available to you 24/7. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

red heartIndicates available 24/7

American Red Cross of Massachusetts
(781) 410-3670

Grafton Food Bank
(508) 277-4535

red heartMassachusetts 2-1-1

red heartMassachusetts Substance Use Helpline
(800) 327-5050

red heartNational Domestic Violence Helpline
(800) 799-SAFE (7233)

red heartNational Runaway Safeline
(800) RUNAWAY (786-2929)

red heartNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline

red heartParents Helping Parents of MA
(800) 632-8188

Planned Parenthood League of MA Sexual Health Counseling & Referral Hotline
(800) 258-4448, option #3

red heartRape, Abuse & Incest National Network
(800) 632-8188

Riverside Community Care: Mental Health & Substance Use Evaluations
(800) 294-4665

red heartTrevor Project: LGBTQ Support
(866) 488-7386 or text START to 678-678

Westborough District Court: File for a Restraining Order
(508) 366-8266
If courts are closed, please visit or call the Grafton Police Station at (508) 839-2858. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

red heartTrans Lifeline
(877) 565-8860

red heartUnited Way of Tri-County Call2Talk
(508) 532-2255 or text C2T to 741741

red heartVeterans Crisis Line
(800) 273-8255 or text 838255

red heartIndicates available 24/7

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Director’s Report: August 2022

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The Library was open 27 days in August and had 6,489 visitors. We were open 273 hours and had 11 attempts/requests for access between 9-10am. We had 107 meeting room reservations for 261 participants with 1 no-show. We registered 126 new borrowers, and corrected 2 accounts for Grafton patrons. We provided 351 computer use sessions (not including Wi-Fi which is still not trackable). Staff answered 336 reference questions. We offered 31 programs to 259 attendees. September is traditionally a quieter month with back to school and post-summer reading program regrouping. The programming survey was completed by 56 people.

The Board of Library Trustees Policy Sub-Committee met on August 10 to review the 3D Printing Policy; draft was sent to legal for review. They met again on August 31 with guest Kristie Proctor, Director of Student Accessibility Services, Quinsigamond College and member of the Disability Commission, to review the Unaccompanied Adults policy after an incident in March 2022. Ms. Proctor felt the safety of children was of highest priority, and stated that if the person with the disability was satisfied with the reasonable accommodation offered, no further escalation should take place. She recommended a formal appeals process be defined that includes a timeline and procedure and include it in our policies; Beth will draft. The committee also reviewed a draft piano policy; Debby is researching PianoMe as another rental venue for our facility/piano use.
We convened a committee of staff and 2 board members and determined that My Heart is On the Ground by Ann Rinaldi (Scholastic, 2001) should have been weeded from our collection a long time ago due to misinformation and erroneous narrative about the Native American Boarding School experience.

We suspended notary service in August and are unable to offer Passport Acceptance due to low staffing. We had 42 low coverage instances where we had to pull someone from another department, derailing them from their work or duties; call in a temp; close a department and one building closure due to lack of adequate staffing. We extended an offer letter to Kara Dzindolet as our new Head of Borrower Services; she will begin in August. We extended an offer letter to Cynthia O’Neil as our new Adult Services Librarian—Technical Services.
Multiple staff attended a training on Bystander Intervention + Conflict De-escalation in the Workplace

We are unable to close FY22 and pay encumbrances and begin the ARIS financial report due to the transfer to VADAR, the Town’s new accounting system. We have a very tight FY23 budget.

Flooding during rain at the Emergency Exit door in the Teen Room continued to be an issue, repairs were made in September (a clogged gutter contributed to the issue).

Construction Update
• We continue to wait for the stair gate, folding doors for presentation area, additional signage.
• The HVAC system is the only remaining punch list item; Advantage will be back when parts arrive to complete work.
• We are still working to resolve other outstanding non-punch list items, including signage, office shelving, locks for cabinets and drawers in public spaces, soundproofing, landscaping, wiring, piano, patio furniture and lighting, and FF&E installations.

IT Update
No further movement on laptops for loan or meeting room tablets from work completed in July. Allie worked on Bibliotheca tickets and printer troubleshooting, new emails and logins were set up for new staff.

COVID-19 Update
Case counts in Grafton have remained stable but masking is still strongly encouraged.

Children’s Services
August brought the end of Summer Reading Programming and the beginning of the school year to the children and families in Grafton. We experienced high volumes of returns as families brought back materials checked out over the summer in preparation for starting the school year and transitioning to their fall schedules.

Staff were hard at work wrapping up the summer program, planning upcoming fall programming, decorating the room, and planning upcoming displays. We are eager to get back to our first series of in person fall programming since Fall 2019!

Order carts for new children’s materials are ready to go and our young patrons are eager to see an influx of new items!

Teen Services
The Teen Room was very busy the first week of school! Staff set behavior expectations and were overwhelmed by the number of kids. We capped at 40 and then started turning people away. Beth reminded youth of the unattended child policy and asked the schools to send the reminder to parents and students, to deter the under 13-year-olds from hanging out on site.

Staff displayed their favorite teen picks. We also worked on adding new manga titles to our future book order. Sarah S. hosted Manga Club and Anime Club this month. Allison worked on book orders, created a schedule for the book end themes, researched animal programs, escape room programs, Halloween and GCTH supplies, and booked programs for October and December.

Borrower Services
We circulated 13,959 physical items and 17386 digital items, bringing our total circulation for 2022 to 96, 424 physical and 120, 486 digital items. There were 104 museum pass reservations; 87 were picked up and there were 17 “no shows.”
4 seed packets went out. We made 13 out of network requests. Of note: Overdrive has scheduled monthly maintenance for the first Thursday of every month 6AM-8AM

Our main display for August was “Dog (and Cat) Days of Summer” to celebrate International
Dog Day and International Cat Day. The 3 smaller displays were: Cool Books for Hot Days, Good
Books about Friendship, and Ice Cream & Other Sweet Treats.

Volunteers and Outreach
Crescent Manor BookWagon had 15 participants, 20 check-outs and renewals, 5 requests, and 1
new card registration. We delivered 34 items to Homebound patrons. 27 volunteers donated 105 hours of service.

Reference Services
Staff placed 573 holds. We had 1106 database uses and 9,682 page views on our website over 5,684 sessions. The reference team created the displays on the themes of Read Beyond the Beaten Path display (Eric) and Beach Reads (Sarah L.)

We hosted the following programs in August:
“Not Just for Young Adults” Book Discussion Group met to discuss Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett.
Daytimers Book Group met to discuss The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin.
GPL Mystery Book Group met to discuss Celine by Peter Heller.
The “Reads Well with Others” Adult Book Discussion Group met to discuss How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior.
The “Inspirational Book Club” met to discuss The Secret Wisdom of Nature: trees, animals and the extraordinary balance of all living things: stories from science and observation by Peter Wohlleben; translated by Jane Billinghurst.
Lecture: Returning to the Moon – and What Comes Next.
Lecture: Chiropractic for Kids – What You Need to Know Before Heading Back to School.
Saturday Afternoon Knitting.
Grafton Ukulele Musicians met for their regularly monthly session at our partner Apple Tree Arts, held an extra practice session on site, and also played in the sun! on the patio for the first hour of the Friend’s Children’s Book Sale for Play Music on the Porch Day.

Technical Services
Items ordered at the end of June continued to arrive. Beth did some cataloging over Labor Day Weekend to get some of the bestsellers out before our new cataloger arrived.

The Friends held a Children’s Book Sale on Saturday August 27 from 10am-4pm and collected around GUM will be celebrating International Play Music on the Porch Day from 10-11am with family-friendly tunes. A book sale will be held on Saturday Nov 5. A bag fundraiser is underway, with 2 size options. Mobile Mini-Golf fundraiser will be held on Sunday October 2.

8/29 Yes, I can show you where to find the 616 nonfiction books.
8/29 Yes, we have audiobooks available.
8/29 Yes, I can help you locate your downloaded files.
8/29 Yes, I can help you make a copy.
8/29 Yes, I have a pen you can borrow.
8/29 Yes, I can help you print a document.
8/29 Yes, I can help you find a book by Lucy Knisley.
8/29 Yes, we can renew your library card and update your address.
8/29 Yes, a 10-year-old can be on their own as long as their adult is in the building.
8/27 Yes, we have A Street Cat Named Bob
8/13 Yes, you can get a lost card replaced
8/13 Yes, we take donations!
8/2 Yes, we have notary service — by appointment only.
8/2 Yes, I have a highlighter you can borrow.

NO Log
8/31 Can you tell me which books I recently returned?
8/29 Do you have access to LinkedIn Learning?
8/29 Do you have Microsoft Access on the public computers?
8/27 Do you have passes to Franklin Zoo?
8/26 Do you have notary service? (suspended in August due to short staffing)
8/25 Do you have Colleen Hoover books available?
8/24 Do you have a soda machine?
8/23 Patron wanted to know if the scan to email was working yet. (IT says it’s a Xerox issue, Xerox says it’s an IT issue! – BS)
8/18 No, you can’t drop off your 11-year-old and leave her here unattended.
8/13 No, we don’t have Apple computers, we have PCs. (we have 3 macs in the teen room for teens -BS)
8/13 No, you don’t need a code to use the computers.
8/13 No, we do not have a weekly mahjong group (we can provide the game and space if someone wants to start one!) -BS
8/5 No, when you use a museum pass, not everyone has to be a Grafton resident. Only the person reserving the pass.
8/2 No, I’m sorry we don’t have any more baby/toddler story times this summer. They won’t begin again until the fall. The patron was disappointed because she is a teacher and won’t be able to bring her child.
7/29 No, we do not have a keyboard (piano type, not computer type) in the Library of Things. (ordered! -BS)

Patron Comments


  • Building 2
  • Circulation 1
  • Collections 4
  • Customer Service 5
  • Heidi’s costumes 6
  • Programs 3
  • Gardening 2
  • Meeting rooms 1
  • Book Sale 1


  • Doors 2
  • Collections 2
  • Noise 2
  • Programs 1
  • Computer Privacy 1
  • Signage 1
  • AMH/Self Check 1

8/31 Oh boy, what’s going on in that room (pointing to YA). I would not want to be here with them being so loud, are they always here around this time? Yes – Oh, in that case I will avoid coming to the library around this time.
8/29: Where are all the teen new books? (explained about not being able to order or process books without a cataloger)
8/26 “Please stop looking at the DVDs. We don’t have a DVD player.” We have one available to check out for patrons in the Library of Things! -BS)
8/25 Patron wishes we would buy more copies of contemporary romance books (Hazelwood, Thorne, Hoover). They are available as ebooks but she likes physical books. (Me too! we have stickered all the romances and I would like to create a trade paperback collection -BS)
8/25 “My son was here the other evening and you closed an hour early because you didn’t have enough staff. Are you hiring?” I explained that we have to have a minimum number of staff in the building to remain open, and if one person goes home, we sometimes don’t have enough.
8/22 “I aim to use my library card as much as my credit card.”
8/20 A patron was looking for the Margaret Arnold plaque or the Margaret Arnold room. I told her I don’t think the plaques have been installed yet.
8/20 We were open for 32 hours over 4 Saturdays and have 784 visitors. Two patrons expressed surprise we were open: “Nobody is open on Saturdays in the summertime.” (We are open late to meet state aid requirements based on population and budgeting decisions. -BS)
8/17 A patron mentioned that she tried to apply for a library card online and there was no option to add a preferred name. She wanted to make sure her preferred name was added instead of her legal name. She was not sure if we can add that field to the online form.
8/16 My son is 18 and my daughter is 22. Do you have anime or manga programming for adults? (I said not at the moment but would take that request under advisement) -we can add if someone on staff wants to take it on -BS
8/16 “Seems like you guys have a lot of holidays coming”, staff member said, “No the next one is in Sept for Labor Day,” patron said, “Well that’s the day I would like to come.”
8/16 There’s an awful lot of Democrat books. Where are the conservative books? Who does the ordering? -AP & RH (We order books from a variety of viewpoints and purchase patron requests all the time! -BS)
8/13 You are open till 6 pm on Saturday? it’s too late , you should close early especially during summertime. (We are open late to meet state aid requirements based on population and budgeting decisions. -BS)
8/6 A patron was super impressed with all the offerings we have for children. She had read our website since April and was very impressed ~ no other library that she has been to has as many as we do. She loves the room and all the things for her child to do!
8/6 Patron, walked up to me and said that the public computers are visible to all when they are working on private and sensitive documents and if can install privacy screens on them.
8/5 “I have to say the new library is phenomenally beautiful! I grew up in Grafton and was recently here and stopped by the library. The architect did a great job of marrying the old with the new and maintaining the character of the Common. So lovely! I used to live in Westborough and was on a board that oversaw what could be built in the center of town and you did a great job. Take care of the building…I lived so close to the library as a kid that whenever I had a question, my parents would tell me to run over to the library to find the answer.”
8/2 “Unlock the door” said a mom to her young child who was in the restroom. We don’t have a key if someone can’t unlock the door. (locksmith: 1-800-555-1212 or 508-757-1434)

Respectfully submitted,

Beth Schreiber, Library Director

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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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Weekly Report: Sept 6-10

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The Library will be closed Friday Sept 16 from 11:30am-1pm in line with the municipal center for an all-staff BBQ.

This week we circulated 2,444 items, received 399 items in transit and sent 479 items. We requested 566 items and filled 372 hold requests; registered 17 patrons for library cards, and added 101 new items. The most popular book this week is The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict. We hosted 17 meetings for 82 people including Friends of the Library planning meeting for our Caddy Stacks Mini-Golf Fundraiser scheduled for Sunday Oct 2, local Girl Scout leaders, the Grafton Democratic Town Committee, and Grafton Girls Softball as well as private work, study, and tutoring sessions.

Our refurbished 1921 Steinway “O” Series grand piano was delivered on Tuesday September 6! Originally a player piano, a modern QRS PNO player system was installed when it was restored by Geoffrey Searles of Apollo Piano of Grafton, Massachusetts. When plans were made for the renovation and expansion of the library, the Community Room design included space for a baby grand piano, which was purchased for the Library by the Capital Campaign.

At 5′ 10¾” (180 cm) by 57¾” (147 cm), the Model “O” is the largest of Steinway’s “small grands.” It weighs 662 pounds (300 kg). This piano is large enough to satisfy the need for a full, rich sound, yet sized to fit in our Community Room. The rim and bridges are made of maple, the ribs of sugar pine, and the keys are made from European spruce, while the soundboard is Sitka spruce. The pedals are brass. The treble strings are made of high tensile Swedish steel wire, while the bass strings have a Swedish steel core wrapped with copper wire. Up to 20 tons of string tension is being exerted through the piano at all times; a bronzed cast iron plate provides the strength and stability for this force. The longest string is 54⅛” (137 cm).

Due to the delicate nature of this valuable instrument, the piano is currently off limits to the public; policy subcommittee meets September 21 at 7pm to finalize the piano policy. In the meantime, we are offering 2 events to introduce the piano to the public: Name That Tune on Wednesday September 14 at 1pm, and all-ages Piano Karaoke at 1pm on Wed Sept 28, an early release day.

We welcomed our new Adult Services Librarian – Technical Services Cynthia O’Neil on Tuesday. Visit the bulletin board outside of the Children’s Room to play our guessing game of Who’s Who on our display of staff school photos!

Paul Farrar cleaned carpets over the long weekend and they look beautiful. Renaud HVAC was on site for quarterly filter changing.

Construction Update
Beth worked on the July MPLCP report. The Construction Team met briefly on Monday afternoon. We had multiple leaks from the rain over the new weekend, which the construction team is addressing. The gate for the bottom of the stairs was delivered, but did not fit as designed/fabricated. The millworker took it back to the workshop and scheduled a meeting on site with someone from the construction team to review. An HVAC commissioning status review meeting is being scheduled for next week.

Beth worked on the ARIS report due next week, on policies, on collection development, cataloged materials including sending a request for original cataloging to the CW MARS Cat Center, worked on programming including press releases, provided orientation and trained our new cataloger in adding items, updated the Library website and social media, approved and corresponded about meeting room requests. She made purchase requests to the Capital Campaign and requested a meeting. She corresponded with patrons, trustees, and Friends; met with staff, with Grafton Public Schools regarding upcoming parent nights (the Library will send a representative to all sessions) and attended multiple meetings. She also worked on the FY24 budget proposal and staff schedule; of note, we have now had over 200 instances of inadequate staffing that required coverage from another department, calling a temp, closing a room, or closing the building in the last eleven months.

Debby worked on the Weekly Report, updating her calendar, PR deadlines for Blackstone Valley Express and Yankee Express deadlines, and researched PianoMe payment info as discussed in the last policy committee meeting. Eileen worked on bills.

IT was on site to work on a connection issue with one of the smart TVs and assisted in setting up access for our new staff member.

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

Kara finished the ARIS and circulation statistics for August along with the circ narrative, worked on scheduling the next Borrower Services department meeting, and did collection development on new releases, award winners, and mysteries. She pulled a list of upcoming meetings in the Community Room for Beth, worked with staff on alerts for AMH system problems, provided basic training for Cynthia on Evergreen and other circ functions, attended training on Open Meeting Law, and worked with Sandhya on ILL, including submitting CLIO requests.

Sandhya managed out of network requests for materials, worked on interlibrary loans, ordered items for the home delivery service, cleared expired holds from the hold shelf, and updated museum pass information, including the new location and passes for the Massachusetts Police Museum. She provided training for Cynthia on museum pass and meeting room reservations, updated the statistics for the Seed Library for August, and updated staff information on the library website. Jane created an endcap display for National Honey Month, located items in need of RFID tags or spine label corrections, and worked on pairing the televisions in the meeting rooms to an iPhone, iPad, and laptop–unsuccessfully. IT worked on the problem during their Thu visit and were successful, but staff could not replicate it. Jane posted the New York Times best seller list for print and audio fiction and recommended titles for purchase. Allie edited the September newsletter and posted links to the website, tested A/V peripherals (mobile phones, tablets, laptops, DVD/BluRay players) in the group study rooms, prepared topics for the Borrower Services department meeting, added piano events to the September event calendar, processed CLIO requests, trained and set alerts in Bibliotheca’s LibraryConnect admin account, and reset the staffConnect gate via the circuit board. Ranjita posted the New York Times best seller list for print and audio nonfiction and recommended titles for purchase, performed a routine check of the Library of Things, and processed out of network requests through the Commonwealth Catalog.

Children’s Services
School is back in session and children and families are getting back to the fall schedule. We have seen an uptick in young visitors in the morning and an increase in visitors during the after school hours. All Children’s Room staff have assisted patrons with various reference questions, reader’s advisory, and general information, as well as working with volunteers, shelving, and staffing the circ desk.

Sarah attended the “Me Difficult? Nah, They’re Difficult!” webinar presented by Niche Academy, met with staff to address concerns and schedule conflicts, finalized August statistics, brainstormed display ideas, planned additional programs through the end of the year, communicated with the new media clerk at North Grafton Elementary School, planned school visits, compiled summer stats for submission to MLS, worked on collection development and maintenance, planned upcoming programming, and worked on compiled this year’s CCG submission information.

Jen continued to plan for upcoming storytime programming, managed the CR newsletter, updated the Library Events calendar and social media, helped organize the “Guess Who?” back to school bulletin board display, and brainstormed program ideas. Cyndi has managed the Library of Things, followed up with volunteers, assisted in completion of our final Summer Sewing Camp project, assisted the Teen Room with crowd control and behavior management, and brainstormed program ideas. Mare has continued to coordinate volunteers for the fall season, shelf read picture books, and search the catalog for books that were donated– to see if we owned them, etc. before entering them into the catalog.  Stacie assisted with a media weeding project, updated the CR STEM Corner, put together passive programming, created book displays, and assisted the Teen Room with crowd control and behavior management.

Kristin has helped to decorate the CR, worked with Jen to create the Guess Who back to school bulletin board, reached out to schools, and planned for upcoming programming.

Teen Services
Allison and Sarah S. managed the teen room during busy after school hours. We had to close before school got out due to staff illness and no one to cover on Thursday September 8. Sarah S. worked on planning upcoming programs. We had two incidents with teen behavior.

Reference Services
Heidi and Eric answered reference, circulation, computer and printer questions.  Heidi worked on event planning.  Heidi helped the Senior Book Club with their book club selections. Eric worked on a Fall themed book display for the Historic Reading Room and put up a Banned / Challenged Book display.  He also continued weeding the non-fiction collection.

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Weekly Report August 28- September 3, 2022

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Library Weekly Report August 28- September 3, 2022
The Library will be CLOSED Saturday September 3 through Monday September 5 in observance of Labor Day, reopening at 10am on Tuesday September 6. No items are due.

 This week we circulated 2,944 items, received 618 items in transit and sent 667 items. We requested 476 items and filled 453 hold requests; registered 32 patrons for library cards, and added 33 new items. The most popular book this week is The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict. We hosted 18 meetings in our conference, study, and tutoring rooms for 34 people including the Marvel Championship game as well as private work, study, and tutoring sessions.

Nearly two dozen people watched (and some even sang along!) to GUM on Saturday morning at the Friends Book Sale. We sold a dozen shirts and 14 people strummed and sang. The book sale raised over $1400 dollars, thanks to all who participated. The next Friends Book Sale is Saturday November 5 from 10am-4pm.

The Director personally and warmly welcomed middle school students back to the Library Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. While well-behaved, the kids were polite but overwhelming in sheer numbers. We had to close the teen room due to staff illness on Wednesday, and Thursday had to cap room capacity at 45 (the number of seats available). We are reviewing room occupancies with the architect and Building Inspector. We are delighted to see so many students who want to use the Library after school, but must remind parents of our Unattended Child Policy, which applies to Library programs as well.

  • youth ages 0-7 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times;
  • youth ages 8-12 must be accompanied by parent/guardian remaining in the Library;
  • youth ages 13+ may be unaccompanied, provided your child is able to use Library independently and follow the Library’s Code of Conduct.

Thank you for your compliance, and for going over the Code of Conduct with your children. Policies are posted online at

Beth met with various employees, a potential volunteer, and members of the public; submitted 2 IT tickets, corresponded with the Capital Campaign, Board of Library Trustees chair, HR, Building Inspector, and Accounting. She did a walkthrough with Geoff Searles to confirm piano delivery for next week. Policy Subcommittee met to review Unaccompanied Adult Policy (we will draft a paragraph for all policies on the appeals process for special accommodations) and the 3D printer policy (waiting for legal review). She sent PR materials to the Friends for their Mini-Golf Fundraiser which takes place Sunday Oct 2 from 12-4pm at the Library. She worked on programming planning for September and October, including National Library Card Sign Up Month publicity.

The Construction Team met on Monday afternoon. Beth reviewed the proposals for the doors for the Maker Space and the Presentation area of the community kitchen, and for the humidity controls for the historical materials room. We are trying to resolve a leaking door in the teen room, but no leak test has been scheduled yet. Rugs throughout the building will be cleaned over the long weekend.

Beth responded to meeting room requests, worked on our application for a forthcoming Architecture Issue of Library Journal, and worked on the ARIS report. She reviewed and approved leave requests through December trained Debby on scheduling and reviewed payroll management.

It was a very spreadsheety week for Debby, who projected our department’s schedule through December. She worked on the Piano Policy, meeting minutes, and our Stick Library, debuting soon! Eileen picked up mail, put together the weekly warrant and department turnovers, corresponded with vendors, and covered the desk, and is heroically trying to get all of the FY22 bills paid.

Our new cataloger, Cynthia O’Neil, is scheduled to start next week! Beth worked on cataloging some items in technical services with help from Allie, and we got some bestsellers onto the new book display. Mary Bowen picked up some temp hours and continued training. Sarah B. and Allison C. completed crowd manager training.

Borrower Services
Staff managed the circulation desks, delivery, museum pass reservations, the lobby, room reservations and Automatic Materials Handling equipment. We assisted patrons, placed holds, performed readers’ advisory, and supervised volunteers. The Borrower Services team had a department staff meeting.

Kara assisted patrons with computer issues, processed received items, prepared a list of mental health comics to correspond with the upcoming emotional wellness event, reviewed the volunteer application form, met with Beth to review the conduct policy, did collection development activities for English mysteries, and started preparing the ARIS and circulation statistics for August along with the circulation narrative. She also trained with Susan on Crescent Manor and made the monthly visit.

Sandhya managed out of network requests for materials, worked on interlibrary loans, ordered items for the home delivery service and Crescent Manor, updated museum pass information, contacted patrons about available holds, planned September’s endcap display of eBooks, planned the display of the variety of items the library offers for Library Card Sign Up Month, and created graphics for the displays. Her patron service interactions included assisting with room reservations and technology issues.

Jane prepared the display for the Dewey Decimal Number of the Week for the 900s (geography, travel, ancient history, history of different parts of the world), corrected patron records, worked with Sandhya for e-book information, collected material to add to the staircase displays for September, worked on the New York Times bestseller list for fiction, recommended titles for purchase, and troubleshooted connecting an iPad to the television in the upstairs meeting rooms.

Allie selected materials for the main displays and planned an endcap display including checking out books and creating a poster. She created a graphic for Bioplastic Presentation for the September newsletter, ran a second report on patrons interested in newsletter, and edited the newsletter content. She created the Borrower Services September calendar print, tested airplay for mobile phones in the adult meeting rooms,  and formatted the Unattended Children Policy document. Her patron service interactions included monitoring the behavior of young adults throughout the Library on the first day of school.

Ranjita posted the New York Times bestseller list for nonfiction and audiobooks and recommended titles for purchase. She prepared an endcap display for September of Asian and Indian cookbooks. She performed the monthly AED check and first aid box check for each department. Thanks to Cyndi for recommending some heavier duty items to augment our kits on each floor.

Children’s Services
This week CR staff spent time assisting patrons, shelving books, managing volunteers, performing general circulation functions, and met as a staff. Grafton Public School resumed this week.

Sarah met with Jen to finalize the September calendar and October events, discussed program dates with YFCP and STEM Beginnings, scheduled Oct-May Apple Tree Arts visits, worked on collection management and development, booked a children yoga & mindfulness class and movement class as part of our October Wellness Month programming, booked Lauren Scheuer for April vacation programming, attended a Book Reconsideration Subcommittee meeting, attended a Crowd Manager Training  webinar, discussed programming opportunities with Busy Bee Academy, and continued lesson planning for upcoming fall programs.

Jen created signs and PR materials, worked on CR social media, updated and entered programs in EventKeeper, continued to work on the September CR newsletter, and began lesson planning for upcoming fall programs.

Cyndi managed the CR Library of Things, coordinated with volunteers, ran a final sewing camp session with Sarah, and began lesson planning for upcoming fall programs.

Mare worked on coordinating teen volunteer schedules for the fall, worked on volunteer schedules for the next two weeks (including alerting volunteers to the weekend we are closed), reviewed applicants for fall volunteering, and shelf-read picture books.

Kristin coordinated with local schools, began planning for upcoming book clubs, and began lesson planning for upcoming comic creators club.

Stacie has transformed the CR into a celebration of all things back to school (complete with our very own school bus), created signs and posters, and planned upcoming book displays.

Teen Services
As school is now in session, the library staff—particularly Sarah S. and Allison—have been dealing with a huge influx of middle schoolers in the afternoon, with over 60 students arriving between 2-3pm. Overall behavior has been pretty good, but there are a lot of students coming to utilize the space and not enough staff to manage the crowd.

This week Sarah S. and Allison arranged displays for National Suicide Awareness Month and for the Mass Teen Book Award that Grafton teens can vote on during the month of September.

Allison worked in Beanstack to close out summer challenges and updated the Beanstack page on our website: She added five new reading challenges: Back to School, Banned Books, Fall Into Reading, NASA’s Artemis Project, and On This Day in September.

Sarah S. set up new displays, finalized a date for a queer history program with author Sarah Prager, and printed and cut out bookmarks.

Reference Services

Heidi and Eric answered reference, circulation, computer and printer questions.  Heidi created library cards for people, and worked on statistics. She hosted two book groups: The “Reads Well with Others” Book Group discussed How the Penguins Saved Veronica, by Hazel Prior.  The Inspirational Book Group discussed The Secret Wisdom of Nature: trees, animals and the extraordinary balance of all living things by Peter Wohlleben; translated by Jane Billinghurst. Heidi also added science fiction / fantasy and mystery books to the Library Card Sign-up Month display.

Eric met with our Freegal representative to discuss advertising, stats and contract status. He will update the Gale database page to reflect some information he got from the Freegal representative, and forwarded information to staff. Eric selected non-fiction and biographies for the September staircase collection and worked on a Fall themed book display and a Banned / Challenged Book display.  He also continued weeding the non-fiction collection.

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September is National Library Card Sign Up Month!

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As of August 31, we have 8,874 Grafton cardholders (patrons with a library card barcode starting with 27445) and 9,612 Grafton residents with a library card (patrons who may have gotten the card in Worcester, Millbury or another CW MARS Library, but have a Grafton zip code). This averages to almost one card per household; 48% of our residents have a Library card!

If you are in the 52% without a card, September is the best time to come and get a card! Visit our website for more information. You can:

  1. Apply for an ecard only to get digital content through OverDrive/Libby;
  2. Apply online in advance, and come in to pick up the card and show your proof of identity/residency,
  3. Apply in person and come in during operating hours–Mon-Thu 10am-9pm or Fri/Sat 10am-6pm.

REMINDER: Please don’t share your card with family or friends! Every library user should have their own individual card.

Cards are FREE to Grafton residents, students and property owners, and to any MA resident. Replacement cards cost $1, but we waive that fee annually for the month of September. If you have LOST or misplaced your Library card, September is the BEST time to replace the card, because the replacement cost is WAIVED every September.

The Grafton Public Library continues to be FINE FREE for the duration of the Pandemic. If you have FINES or BLOCKS on your library card due to overdue or lost items at other libraries, we are happy to help connect you to the owning library to pay off balances.

For LOST or MISSING items, we ask you to speak with our selectors directly. We will often allow an exact copy (based on ISBN) replacement procured by the patron at a lower cost than list price. We also allow a one-time “work off the fees” program for youth ages 14-18, allowing them to volunteer at a rate of $10 per hour to pay off fees.

Every two years, your card must be updated so we can confirm we have current contact information for you. September is a great time to update your card!

Every four years, cards that have not been used are deleted from our database if the account has no items checked out and no accrued fines or fees. If we haven’t seen you in awhile, stop by to check your account status.

National Library Card Sign Up Month ambassadors Idina Menzel and Cara Mentzel

This Year, Find Your Voice @ the Library!
For 2022, Tony Award-winning performer, actress, singer-songwriter, and philanthropist Idina Menzel and her sister author and educator Cara Mentzel will serve as honorary chairs of Library Card Sign-Up Month 2022.
As honorary chairs, Idina and Cara will remind everyone that one of the best places to find your voice is at the library. And during Library Card Sign-Up Month, they want you to explore all the library has to offer, like new children’s books, access to technology, and educational programming.
“It’s a little card that goes a loud way. Let your imagination sing at the library.” — Idina Menzel
“The library is where your imagination sings. Get your library card and ‘check it out’ today.” — Cara Mentzel
Ways to Celebrate
1. Visit The Grafton Public Library
Visit the Library to see what’s new and take part in the celebration! Libraries across the country are participating. Do you have friends who don’t have a library card? Invite them to sign up during September.
2. #GetLibraryCarded
It’s the most powerful tool in your wallet – show it off! Share a photo of yourself with your library card for the chance to win $100!
Post to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #GetLibraryCarded. Entries can also be submitted by posting as a comment or wall post on the I Love Libraries Facebook page. Be sure not to reveal any personal information on your library card and don’t forget to tag your library! The creator of one randomly-selected post will receive a $100 Visa gift and a poster of choice from ALA Graphics. Three second-place winners will receive their poster of choice from ALA Graphics.
The #GetLibraryCarded promotion begins Thursday, September 1, at 12 noon CT and ends Friday, September 23, at 12 noon CT. All library lovers and librarians are encouraged to participate. The promotion is open to residents of the United States, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories. Employees of the American Library Association are not eligible to participate.
Please see the Official Rules for details, and don’t forget to tag the library! @Grafton Public Library on Facebook, @graftonpubliclibrary on Instagram, or @GraftonPubLib on Twitter.
3. Help Spread the Word
  • Follow I Love Libraries on Facebook and Twitter and the hashtag #LibraryCardSignUpMonth to join the celebration on social media.
  • Post Library Card Sign-up Month digital graphics on your website or social media accounts.
The Arrival of Our Piano is Imminent!
The Capital Campaign has acquired a 1921 refurbished “O” series Steinway baby grand piano, to be delivered September 6. Originally a player piano, a modern player system was installed when it was restored by Geoffrey Searles of Apollo Piano of Grafton, Massachusetts. When plans were made for the renovation and expansion of the library, the Community Room space was designed around the concept of including of having a baby grand piano which was purchased for the Library by the Capital Campaign. We are very excited to add this to our offerings of program and services, and the Policy Subcommittee is working on a piano use policy.
Musical Programs in September
In celebration of National Library Card Sign Up Month, and to help you Find Your Voice, we invite you to participate in several musical offerings this month, including two that feature our player piano:
  • Wednesday September 14 1:00 p.m. Name That Tune (adults)
  • Wednesday September 14 6:30 p.m. GUM Jam (teens & adults)
  • Friday September 23, 6:30 p.m. Sing Along Movie Night (ages 13+)
  • Wednesday September 28 1:00 p.m. Piano Karaoke (all ages)
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