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Weekly Report – January 4-8, 2021

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The Library has renewed the Freegal digital music subscription – stream up to three hours of music per day and download up to three songs per week to keep! Visit to set up a free account.

In other music news, our technical services librarian has been working to make our CD music collection more user friendly, and today staff took the final step of alphabetizing genres. Now, instead of deciphering labels against a chart, the collection has common genres like Opera and Pop-Rock instead of Q or MA.

Star Wars buttons were distributed to Winter Reading Program participants this week. It’s not too late to register, participate, and earn a button in the February distribution round. Go to for more information.

This week we learned the Discovery Museum is offering a free speaker series via Zoom. Check out the 2021 lineup at To see what other museums are offering in lieu of in-person visits, go to – click on any museum name, then click SITE.

We completed 680 curbside pickups in December! Call 508-839-4649 to place a hold or request a bag of books to delight and surprise you.

We have started working on our Annual report. In 2020, 30 unique volunteers donated 286 hours of service shelving library materials, delivering items to homebound patrons, completing clerical tasks and other activities. We are not currently accepting new volunteers, and have suspended the program with the change in COVID status to red. Thank you to all of our volunteers!

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Introducing Teachables

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Scholastic Teachables is a digital collection of worksheets, lesson plans, learning games, and more for grades Pre-K to 8! Formerly known as Scholastic Printables, Teachables offers printable activities for any subject: math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing, and beyond. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, and skills sheets for kids in any grade.

Search by topic, browse a list of subject, click Family Hub for resources by grade, or enjoy the featured seasonal and relevant collections on topics like fall, Halloween, and voting!

Log on to Teachables from home, work or school with your Grafton Public Library card number (14-digit barcode) and PIN! Not sure of your PIN or need to reset it? Call 508-839-4649 between 10am-4pm, Mon-Sat for a reset!

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Introducing Comics PLUS

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screenshot from ComicsPLUS website featuring Toy Story

We have resubscribed to ComicsPlus, an online collection of more than 20,000 digital comics, graphic novels, and manga, through LibraryPass.

Go to and log in with your library card and PIN for immediate access, 24/7. ComicsPlus is simultaneous use which means no waiting, and no hold! The collection includes popular titles for all age ranges and interests, like Avatar: The Last Airbender, Bee and Puppycat, Big Nate, Bone, Dramacon, Hero House, How to Draw Manga, Kirby Genesis, My Little Pony, March, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Stranger Things, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles… from publishers like Archie Comics, Andrews McMeel, BOOM Studios, Capstone, Dark Horse, Dynamite, Tokyopop, Valiant, and many more.

LibraryPass icon - teal blue with white letters

Download the LibraryPass app from the iTunes store or Google Play to read seamlessly on your phone or tablet.

Please note if you had a ComicsPlus account/login in the past, your login is now your library card number and PIN.

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We Need Your Feedback!

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The Grafton Public Library’s Long Range Plan expires in December 2020, and it’s time to see where we are going, next! We need your input. The Library’s Long Range Planning Committee met in March 2020 to begin to strategize and we now invite community feedback. Share your thoughts about Grafton (and what role the Library will play over the next 5 years) in our short Community Survey, online at There are no wrong answers, and we appreciate your time and thoughtfulness.

A Long Range Plan, or strategic plan, is a written document that provides goals, measurable objectives and specific activities for Library staff to carry out. Strategic planning isn’t new for Grafton; it is a routine part of running a successful Library, and considered to be a standard of best practices in library management. A Long Range Plan spanning five years is required by the MA Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) for any library that wishes to apply for—or keep—grant funding. The Library currently is in the middle of MA Public Library Construction Program Grant for Library renovation and expansion, and must create a plan and update an action plan (and remain eligible for State Aid) to keep this grant.

Traditionally, we first examine the needs of the community, and then in a subsequent meeting, discuss how the Library might meet some of those needs. In the interim, we invite the community to provide feedback about Grafton’s needs and brainstorm about what role the library can play in meeting those needs.

Anyone can review the current Long Range Plan and Activity Plan online at

Details, Beth Gallaway, 508-839-4649 x1105 or

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No-Contact Curbside Pickup Now Available

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The Grafton Public Library will remain CLOSED to the public as we move into Phase 1 Step 2. Thank you for continuing to return items in our Book Drop. For items too large or fragile for the book drop, please call the Library at 508-839-4649 between 10am-4pm, Mon-Sat and we will schedule a drop-off time and put a large return bin out, weather permitting.

We will begin to circulate materials via NO-CONTACT TAKEOUT from our porch beginning Monday July 13, weather permitting. This estimated date is subject to change or suspend, pending availability of PPE.  We may shift our plans as we have new COVID-19 data.

Can’t manage the steps? Let us know when we call, and we can leave your bagged items on the bench near our Hours sign.

Need help right away? Call 508-839-4649 between 10am-4pm, Mon-Sat and someone will assist you on the phone. We are not able to open the door or allow the public into the building at this time.

We will continue to offer free, no-contact home delivery service for the aged, infirm or incapacitated as capacity allows.

If you would like to request an item, you can:

  • Call the Library at 508-839-4649 between 10am-4pm, Mon-Sat. Leave a message and we will return your call.
  • Email or – we need your name, card number, phone number, and the request.
  • We’ve even been known to respond to Facebook messages requesting items.
  • Log on to your library account and place a hold yourself. If the item is AVAILABLE in Grafton, place a copy hold. The C/W MARS site has instructions for how to search for items, place a hold using our Evergreen catalog, and how to manage your library account online.
  • Request a book bundle based on age, interest, format, favorite authors and titles.

Ask us to place holds for you – we are more than happy to do it! 
You do not have to have a specific author/title subject request, we are happy to pull together a collection of materials to delight and entertain based on reading interest, format, and age.

You may log into your account online and see that holds have arrived, but this does not mean items are actually available for pickup.

We will be calling you directly to notify you of the availability of your items and to schedule a pick up window: between 10am-12noon or 2-4pm, Mon-Sat. After 2 weeks, we added one evening pickup each week from 6-8pm.

When you arrive to pick up your items:

  • Items will be waiting in a brown paper bag with your name on it, on the wooden bookshelf on the covered porch. Bags are alphabetical by last name.
  • Wear a mask from your car to the pickup location and back. Take only your bag with your items.
  • Observe social distancing. If you see another patron picking up their items, please stay at least 6 feet apart and give them space. We will provide markings for your convenience.
  • Follow all signage and staff directives.
  • Help yourself to hand-sanitizer before touching items, including railings, the book cart, etc.
  • Do not walk into the library, even if the door is open.
  • Do not approach staff.

Only staff and trained volunteers will have handled your requested items. We are taking all precautions to provide a safe and healthy environment, including quarantining items between patrons, sanitizing surfaces, washing hands frequently, and not working if feeling ill or in contact with anyone with COVID-19 symptoms.

If you would like to take additional precautions, the Institute of Museums and Libraries has conducted independent research and recommends quarantining items for 72 hours upon receipt, and you may feel more comfortable setting items aside for a few days before cracking open that book.

A reminder: please do not microwave materials to sanitize them. A three-day time-out is all that is necessary.

We have enabled auto-renew and extended due dates through 9/1/2020. Still see a fine on your account? Don’t worry, we won’t collect! If you are seeing a fine on your account, it may just mean it did not renew because someone is waiting for the item, in which case, please bring it back at your earliest convenience.

We are not charging fines through August 31. When we check items in we will use amnesty mode – no fines.. Even though there may be a charge on the account, you should still be able to use databases, Overdrive, Freegal, Hoopla and other digital resources. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any issues. Feel guilty? Food for Fines is still part of the Summer Reading Program!

If we fail to remove a fine from your account, please give us a call and we will remove it.

Please don’t be alarmed if items returned in the book drop remain on your account for a few days. We are quarantining everything for 72 hours before checking in.

Please do not leave items outside of the Book Drop. Items are still checked out to you and borrowers are responsible for all materials checked out – items must be in a dry and safe location for us to receive them back.

If the Book Drop is full, please hold your items and call the Library at 508-839-4649 between 10am-4pm, Mon-Sat. We will swap out the full bin for an empty one. Please remain in your vehicle until our staff member returns to the building.

Please do not donate materials via the Book Drop. We are not taking any materials donations at this time.

Please return Grafton items (barcode begins 37445) directly to Grafton if possible. Although some local libraries may be opening their doors or book returns sooner, there is NO need to overwhelm neighboring libraries.

Statewide delivery has started up again! We are now receiving items you may have placed on hold in March. We will be calling you this week or next to schedule your pick of items.

We do not have dates for reopening to the public or resuming in-person programming at this time. Once we complete Phase 1, we will move into Phase 2 (patrons allowed to enter but NO further than the circulation desk) and then Phase 3 Step 1 (browsing the collections at 40% capacity).

Our virtual summer reading program, Imagine Your Story, is underway; details at

We continue to return phone calls and emails daily between 10am-4pm; please don’t hesitate to reach out or visit us on Slack or Facebook for suggestions for what to read next, or help with digital resources!

REMINDER: If you don’t have a library card (or know someone who needs one!) please complete a digital card application  and we will issue a Grafton Public Library card number for access to digital resources. When the Library reopens, proof of residency in MA (or if you live out of state, proof that you work, go to school or own property in Grafton) will be required to get a physical card and check out physical items (books, movies and more). A Grafton card is good in most public libraries across the Commonwealth, but the Grafton barcode limits you to our selection of database subscriptions.

Sign up for Wowbrary to get a weekly update on new materials available in electronic format.

The Grafton Public Library continues to function as a digital branch! For a complete list of resources, please visit

Please continue to wash your hands regularly and if you have any flu-like symptoms, please stay home until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours without medication. Check our website for a list of resources for students and for self-quarantined adults.

Please note that all Library information comes through either our newsletter, our website, our social media pages, or Town of Grafton website.

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Library CLOSED to the Public until Further Notice

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For a complete list of COVID-19 FAQs for the Library, please visit

The Town of Grafton suspended physical library operations March 13-June 15 in response to Governor Baker’s State of Emergency declaration and to encourage social distancing due to the rapidly changing situation related to the Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”). This decision has been made with an abundance of caution after communication with the Board of Library Trustees, town administration, and state departments.

No-contact curbside pickup began July 13, 2020. Please call the Library Mon-Sat between 10am-4pm at 508-839-4649 to request materials.

No overdue fines will be charged for materials due for the duration of the pandemic.

The Town’s website and Facebook Page is the first stop for local, updated information on COVID-19 at the local, state and federal level. Please sign up for CODE RED for local alerts. Additionally, the Commonwealth’s 211 line has dedicated staff to answer questions about COVID-19.

Please continue to wash your hands regularly and if you have any flu-like symptoms, please stay home
until you have been symptom free for 24 hours without medication.

In the meantime, please check out the full list of online resources and databases offered by the Grafton Public Library. Items marked with a * may require a Grafton Public Library card to access, and visit our list of free learning resources available for youth.


Get the Facts on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Get the facts on novel coronavirus! Check out these resources for up-to-date information: The Town of Grafton website has up-to-date information at Disease: Get the Facts

Just for Kids: A Comic Explaining the Coronavirus (NPR)

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus (and ease their fears (NBC)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Massachusetts Department of Public Health:

Grafton Board of Health:

National Library of Medicine Guide to COVID-19:…/covid-19-coronavirus-for-public-li…/

Medline: Coronavirus

And check misinformation on these sites:
NewsGuard: Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center

Snopes Fact Check: The Coronavirus Collection

CRAAP Test Worksheet for Evaluating Information



Friday Fun Days Crystal Snowflake Kit

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Join the Grafton Public Library on each Friday school half-day for a special event or activity.

This week, stop by the Library’s temporary location to pick up a crystal snowflake kit! One kit per person please, while supplies last.


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World Reading Day Read Aloud Kits

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Reading is better when we do it together! The Grafton Public Library is celebrating #WorldReadAloudDay on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021.

Celebrate with us by watching these four special storytimes:

Families can register for a special Read Aloud day kit. Each kit contains a selection of our favorite books to read aloud, as well as some other fun activities and ideas that will help you to celebrate World Read Aloud Day.

Registration is required. Kits will be available at curbside pickup on Monday, February 1st, Tuesday February 2nd, or Wednesday, February 3rd. The books inside each kit will be checked out to you and will need to be returned to the library.

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Friday Fun Days-Mystery Reader

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Join the Grafton Public Library on each Friday school half-day for a special event or activity.

This week, we’re hosting an all-ages storytime with a special LIVE mystery reader!

Registration is required. Registrants will receive a link prior to the start of the program.

Register online!

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December 2020 Library Construction Report

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view down center aisle under skylight 12-01-2020The Library Planning and Building Committee met via Zoom December 7; minutes are online at

The construction team met Tuesday December 1,8 15, 22, and 29 via conference call with CTA Construction, OPM, Clerk of the Works, and DRA Architects.

Concrete was poured at the stairs for the electrical room, boiler room and main stair as well as the ramp. The exterior brick work is about 99% complete – in the next two weeks all brick will be completed and the limestone cap will be installed. It’s worth mentioning that the former openings for the LULA have been masterfully infilled by the masons.

First floor drywall started this week and is moving quickly. Second floor drywall is 95% complete and will be ready soon for paint. Asphalt shingles will start once the limestone caps have been installed. The low roof above the Community Room has been delayed by masonry scaffolding; work is scheduled to start the first week of January. The majority of the exterior windows are installed. Window trim and siding will begin the first week of January.

Rough plumbing is complete on both floors. Rough electrical on both floors is in very good shape, over 90%. HVAC ductwork is nearly complete on the second floor and 80% insulated. The first floor is over 75% complete. Mechanical piping is over 50% complete on both floors. Fire Protection pipe completion is over 90% on both floors; the dry system in the attic of the existing system is also around 90% complete.

Siding and roofing are both behind compared to the project schedule but neither are on the critical path. Overall the Substantial Completion date remains June 8th, 2021.

There has been good adherence to standard safety practices on site. Weekly safety review by an independent consultant has identified issues that need constant attention. COVID-19 protocol is in place and there has been good compliance.

The entire team has been working well in raising questions and concerns and getting responses to field issues in a timely fashion. Color selections of most materials (especially flooring) have been critical to get released to the GC.

A master list of all fixtures and equipment has been created to track the budget and purchasing going forward. We are working closely with CTA to identify when items will be needed based on their schedule and are providing subcontractors with information (for instance, gas range connections) as needed.

The Landscape Architects have developed (from our input) a concept plan with over a dozen projects of varying sizes that are either funded or able to be sold to prospective donors. A follow-up meeting is scheduled for the first week in January to prioritize items and discuss conceptual pricing. Of specific interest to the project team are any items that may impact the ongoing project (additional power requirements, for example).

The Interiors Subcommittee met December 2, 8 and 30 and has completed their selection of carpet, tile and paint, and continues to move through furniture and finishes discussion, review and selection. We reviewed font choices for signage, selected locker colors for the staff break room and grey formica and black granite counter tops to complement the Amber Maple casework throughout the building. The Interiors Subcommittee is waiting on responses from the design team for furniture selections and samples.

Building tours have been provided for Library staff and potential donors on a weekly basis. These occur after working hours for safety purposes.

See separate, updated cost report. The difference between projected cost and available borrowing is $440,211. That number takes into account CO#14 and other outstanding PCO’s that are likely to be approved.

Please check out photos in the Library Construction album on our Facebook Page.

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Young Scientists Virtual STEM Class

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Join STEM Beginnings for a 6-week virtual series for children, ages 3-6. Children will learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts through hands-on activities, story time and simple experiments.

Dates for these virtual classes are Monday, January 4th, 11th, 25th and Monday, February 1st, 8th, and 22nd.

Register online.

This is an interactive class using Zoom and parents/caregivers are encouraged to help their child. A list of materials for families to prepare for each class will be provided weekly.

Registration will begin two weeks prior to each event. By registering for this event, you are registering for this one event, not the entire six-week program. If the event is full, you may still submit this form to be placed on the waiting list. Attendees on the waiting list will be added to our next session.  A minimum of eight families are required in order for the class to be held. If we do not receive the minimum number of registrants, this event may be canceled. A valid email address is required to register for all Grafton Public Library programs. A Zoom link will be sent to each registrant no later than twenty-four hours before the event is scheduled.   If you are unable to attend, please call the Grafton Public Library at 508-839-4649.

Siblings are welcome. Only one registration is required per family.

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

Location: Zoom
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Weekly Report, December 21-23

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New Year’s Grab Bags will be available daily from 10-4 Mon December 26-Thu Dec 31.

Merry Christmas and Happy Solstice to all who are celebrating!

Happy New Year to all! May 2021 bring health, happiness, and prosperity to all.

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Weekly Report, December 7-11

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The Library continues to operate in Step 1, Phase 2 and is not open to the public. Staff are available Mon-Sat from 10am-4pm for remote reference, readers advisory and virtual programming. Please call 508-839-4649 for assistance or to schedule curbside pickup.

We processed 9 new adult non-fiction titles, 60 adult fiction, 130 childrens items, 15 teen and 32 electronic titles.

We put out 146 bags for contactless pick-up.

Please drive by to view our Grafton Public Library celebrates the Holidays display and VOTE!

Reminder: November and December are Food for Fines months for the Library, so please use this opportunity to make a donation to the Grafton Food Bank in lieu of fines.

Happy Hanukkah to all who are celebrating!

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