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Storytime Returns in May!

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Miss our May newsletter? You can view a copy here!

Preschool storytime programs resume this May at the Grafton Public Library! Join us for unique programs for three different age groups starting the week of May 9th.

  • Library Babies, featuring songs, bounces, and interactive board books, runs on Tuesdays at 10:30am.
  • Toddler Time, an active program for walkers through age three, is held on Wednesdays at 10:30am. Join Ms. Sarah to share stories, sing songs and recite rhymes and finger plays.
  • Storytime for preschoolers is held on Thursday at 10:30am. This 45-minute program includes stories, felt board fun, and movement activities. These three programs will run for three weeks in May. Registration is required.

Returning to an in-person format is Young Scientists, the STEM storytime for ages three through six. Presented by STEM Beginnings, this 6-week series introduces STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts through hands-on activities, story time and simple experiments. 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. Registration is required.

On Thursday, May 26th at 3:00pm, 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 and registration is required.

Mr. Kim is back on Friday, May 13th and Friday May 20th at 10:30am. Registration is required.

Only in May! Elementary aged children are invited to register for the How we Role program. Meet members of the Cummings School of Veterinary medicine in this series of interactive classroom activities. Sessions highlight the many jobs that veterinarians do, the fact that animals get many of the same diseases that people get, and how we have learned to live
with and come to love dog behavior. This program is for children in grades two through four and will be held Saturday, May 7th, 14th and 21st at 10:30am. Registration is required.

 


Comic Creator Club meets on Monday May 23rd at 5:30pm. Learn about the characteristics of comics/graphic novels and then try drawing or writing some of your own!This workshop is for children in grades two through five. Registration is required.

Bookworms Book Clubs will be held on May 19th. Grades Kindergarten and first grade will read Miss Nelson is missing by Harry Allard. The case of the Weird Blue Chicken by Doreen Cronin is the second and third grade pick. Fourth and fifth grades will be reading 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan. Registration is required for all programs and all books are available to check out at the library.

To sign up or see all Library programs, please visit our online event calendar.

 

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Seed Library Debuts in Time for Spring Planting Season

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Those warm sunny days are perfect for working in the garden. Thanks to a generous donation from Prairie Moon Nursery (MN) and Russell’s Garden Center (Wayland, MA), as well as anonymous donors, we are pleased to launch our Seed Library, just in time for the 2022 growing season!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Pick up your free seed packets at Grafton Public Library.
  2. Take them home and grow them in your garden.
  3. Harvest seeds from produce and thoroughly air dry them.
  4. Place them in the envelopes provided, label and return to the Library so others can grow them next year. (optional)

This new program to provide free seeds to the community will help us meet goals to encourage the use of native, heirloom, open-pollinated and organic seeds; encourage gardeners to save seed and donate seed back to the Seed Library from successful varieties of plants they have grown; educate our community on topics related to gardening, ecology, food and nutrition, health and wellness and the environment; promote the importance of organic gardening for our health and the health of our planet, and increase awareness of and mitigate food scarcity in our community.

We will also take in orphan seeds from local gardeners who have extras and make those available to gardeners who need extra. We are happy to help gardeners with their research to choose seeds and give you the information to get growing. In addition to seeds, the Library has a bulb planter and gardening set available for checkout from the Library of Things, as well as our collection of books on gardening and starting and saving seeds. We can’t wait to see what you grow!

For more information, please visit our Seed Library page!

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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
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
(800) 273-8255

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
(RAINN)
(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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Storytime Returns in May!

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Preschool storytime programs resume this May at the Grafton Public Library! Join us for unique programs for three different age groups starting the week of May 9. Library Babies, featuring songs, bounces, and interactive board books, runs on Tuesdays at 10:30am. Toddler Time, an active program for walkers through age three, is held on Wednesdays at 10:30am. Join Ms. Sarah to share stories, sing songs and recite rhymes and finger plays. Storytime for preschoolers is held on Thursday at 10:30am. This 45-minute program includes stories, felt board fun, and movement activities. These three programs will run for three weeks in May. Registration is required.

Returning to an in-person format is Young Scientists, the STEM storytime for ages three through six. Presented by STEM Beginnings, this 6-week series introduces STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts through hands-on activities, story time and simple experiments. 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. Registration is required.

On Thursday, May 26 at 3:00pm, 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 and registration is required.

Only in May! Elementary aged children are invited to register for the How We Role program. Meet members of the Cummings School of Veterinary medicine in this series of interactive classroom activities. Sessions highlight the many jobs that veterinarians do, the fact that animals get many of the same diseases that people get, and how we have learned to live with and come to love dog behavior. This program is for children in grades two through four and will be held Saturday, May 7, 14 and 21 at 10:30am. Registration is required.

Comic Creator Club meets on Monday May 23 at 5:30pm. Learn about the characteristics of comics/graphic novels and then try drawing or writing some of your own! This workshop is for children in grades two through five. Registration is required.

Bookworms Book Clubs will be held on May 19. Grades Kindergarten and first grade will read Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard. The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken by Doreen Cronin is the second and third grade pick. Fourth and fifth grades will be reading 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan. Registration is required for all programs, and all books are available to check out at the library.
To sign up or see all Library programs, please visit our online Calendar of Events.

Details, Sarah Banister, Head of Children’s Services, 508-839-4649 x 1811.
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Weekly Report April 25-30, 2022

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We circulated 2, 378 items in the last week, requested 392 items, fulfilled 294 hold requests, sent 561 items in transit and received 562 items, and added 23 new borrowers and 80 new items to the Library’s collections. We had 17 meeting room uses with 42 participants through Thursday evening.

With COVID numbers creeping up and two staff out, Beth sent a reminder about Town COVID policy, protocols and recommended increasing personal vigilance. Beth met with the construction team, with Evan, with the Board of Library Trustees, with IT and Aaron Swartz from the Friends Board on upcoming programs and events. Multiple staff were out on leave, and Beth spent a lot of time on scheduling and logistics. While covering the Teen Room and explaining Library appropriate-behavior, she offered a brief pop-up program on primal screaming for 9 middle school boys. Apologies to our neighbors on the Common.

Beth also worked on budget, documents for the upcoming Board meeting, and planning upcoming programs – we are excited to host an after-hours event on Friday, the North Grafton PTO’s Spring Fling fundraiser. Friday is also Poem in Your Pocket Day – anyone with a poem to share gets a free Library magnet! Beth is running Star Wars Day on May 4 (May the FOURTH Be With You!) with support and help from the Friends of the Library. Join us for crafts and activities, fan videos and art, and a 6pm Costume Contest. The day culminates in a screening of the FOURTH movie in the series. The Friends will have FOUR raffle baskets available for bid. Raffle tickets go sale Monday May 2. Star Wars themed Book Bundles will also be available for sale.

Two staff gave notice due to finding other jobs. We thank Kate Kazlauskas, our part-time Reference Librarian, and Erin McGrady, temp, for their time, service, and contributions, and wish them well on their future endeavors. Beth completed blue sheets for the changes in employment, as well as for two anticipated retirements, and posted two anticipated vacancies.

The Historic Reading Room Clock was refurbished offsite and installed; thanks to the Capital Campaign for funding this side project and to Brad Schlapak for polishing the silver plate and repainting the numerals! Ransford Pest Control visited to assess an ant infestation and determined they were carpenter ants. Bob from Willard House came by to assess a location for a clock that will be on temporary loan; it will go in the Historic Reading Room. We will be spraying on Monday morning in affected areas. Evergreen Environmental came out to fertilize the green roof and assess some new leaks.

The Reference Department hosted the Community Read, with a book discussion on Thursday evening. The League of Women Voters hosted a lecture on Saturday on Native Plants. We are also prepping for a virtual program next week: A Virtual Conversation About Racism: Staying Curious, Moving Forward, and Being Part of the Solution moderated by Allen Davis, Ed.D., an educator and racial justice advocate and featuring three Black people, Jeanne Hall, Gloria Matlock, and Dick Hall, who have generously offered to share what it means to be Black in Massachusetts and the United States. Register to get the Zoom link and reserve your spot!

Borrower Services staff handled all the usual circulation functions, including holds, delivery, lobby, AMH system, museum passes, room reservations, and patron assistance. Allie reset the staffConnect gate and sent email to AMH for gate issues, processed holds in CLIO/COMCAT, ran a report for patrons interested in GPL newsletters, worked on historical fiction sticker list, finalized the general newsletter design and content, reported inventory, trained on telescope (Library of Things), created an in-house training survey/form, and worked on an endcap display for May. Jane worked on an endcap display for May (theme: Intrigued by the First Line?), New York Times Best Seller list, and self-trained on accessibility features for low vision patrons on Windows computers. Ranjita took care of circulation tasks, delivery, and updated the Library of Things binder.

Sandhya processed holds in COMCAT/CLIO, created gardening & Canva display signs for endcaps, cleared expired holds, displayed Oversized Gardening books, sent AMH emails about issues, and updated patrons with emails on the Roger Williams Zoo pass, ticketing policy before their visit, Sandhya took the lead on the Seed Library, including promotional information for social media and display and working with Allie on marketing materials. Debby packaged. Seeds will be available (2 packs per visit! on Monday May 2. More information is available on the Seed Library page.

Teen behavior from a select group of teens upon returning from spring vacation has been difficult as their respect of the library and those in it waxes and wanes depending on the day. Jen and Allison went to the Millbury Street Elementary School to do an outreach program with sixth graders who did not attend Nature’s Classroom. They brought LEGO, Kapla blocks, scratch art, coloring books, and more. It was a lot of fun. I’m working on the May teen newsletter and I continue to prepare for summer reading. Sound dampening tiles for the gaming room and maker space arrives, and Allison will work with Paul to install them as an art piece with rope lighting.

Sarah S. picked out titles for the first four months of our manga book club as well as got approved by the anime streaming service Crunchyroll to start hosting anime nights at the library. Sarah worked with Allison to schedule the first four dates; titles will be soon to follow. A make your own zine workshop is in the works for June with a comics artist and educator from Providence. Sarah is also working on increasing the manga and graphic novel collection as those are our most checked out. It’s always great to see teens and tweens taking armfuls of books from one manga series to check out to read and then come back for more.

Stacie led an impromptu school visit with Touchstone School. She worked on the upcoming May window displays, May’s monthly mission, the science nook is set for May, refreshed the book displays, and started planning book displays for May. Marilyn managed volunteers, assisted patrons, helped with CR displays about veterinarians and assisted with training a temp in Children’s Room logistics. Kristen led the Book Worm Book Clubs and the Comic Creator Club.

Cyndi started making the quilt for the summer program, labeled the music CD shelves, enforced Library policy with non-compliant middle schoolers, assisted with training a temp in Children’s Room logistics, assisted Marilyn with volunteers, added a “read alike” sign for the graphic novel section, worked through the problem bin resolving many issues, and worked on moving shelving. Jen covered the school visit with Allison; worked on the Children’s Room newsletter and planned May story times. We look forward to welcoming 3rd graders participating in Grafton History Day over the next few weeks.

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May the 4th Be With You!

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Star Wars Day! May the 4th Be With You!Please join us to celebrate the Star Wars franchise and fanday, for a day of events concluding with a viewing of George Lucas's Oscar-winning space fantasy about a young man who joins a rebel alliance working to overthrow an evil empire that's taking over the galaxy. 10am-4pm drop in crafts, coloring sheets, LEGO building, DIY trivia 3-4pm Star Wars fan videos screening 4-6pm dinner break DIY off site! 6pm Costume contest & parade 6:30-8:35pm Movie screening: Rhymes with Czar Doors: A Few Nope! Our Friends group will be raffling off a number of Star Wars prizes - stop by to preview the book bundles beginning May 2!Please join us to celebrate the Star Wars franchise and fandom, for a day of events concluding with a viewing of George Lucas’s Oscar-winning space fantasy film about a young man who joins a rebel alliance working to overthrow an evil empire that’s taking over the galaxy.

12pm-4pm drop in crafts, coloring sheets, LEGO building, DIY trivia
3-4pm Star Wars fan videos screening OR film (student vote)
4-6pm dinner break DIY off site!
6pm Costume contest & parade
6:30-8:35pm Movie screening: Rhymes with Czar Doors: A Few Nope! (1977, run time 2 hours 4 minutes, rated PG)

Our Friends group will be raffling off a number of Star Wars prizes – stop by to preview the book bundles beginning May 2!

Raffle Rules

  1. The Star Wars Book Bundle Raffle Contest to run from 10:00 am Monday 5/2/22 through 9:00pm Wednesday 5/4/22.
    •  Winners for each basket will be drawn at 10:00AM Thu 5/5/22.
    • Winners will be notified by phone number provided within 1-2 days afterwards.
    • Winners can then pick up their basket(s) at the GPL Library operating hours once notified (based on).
  2. There are 4 raffle baskets available to choose from, displayed in the Lobby of the Library.
  3. Tickets are $1 each (or 6 for $5, or 12 for $10).
  4. Tickets can be purchased at the Lobby Desk at the Upton Street Entrance of the Library.
  5. Tickets may be paid for by cash or check at time of purchase.
  6. Each ticket has two parts. On the back of one is lines for your personal information. When you receive your raffle ticket(s), be sure to fill out your name and phone number on the back of the applicable part of the ticket. Put this part into the can for the basket you are interested in. Retain the other part. We ask that all winners bring in the winning ticket(s) when they arrive for their basket(s). If you do not have your ticket, we may have to ask for other identification.
  7. There are no restrictions on the number of tickets a person may purchase.
  8. The only people that cannot participate are Aaron Swartz and immediate family members.
  9. Cans will be fully shaken before each individual basket drawing so it will not matter when you add your ticket.
  10. Items may be added by Aaron Swartz to the baskets after 5/2/22 but before 5/4/22 6:00 PM. IE, the baskets may only get better. In addition a better quality copy of a book may replace the same book already in the basket(s) during this time.
  11. Last but very important: ALL ITEMS HAVE BEEN DONATED. MOST HAVE BEEN USED AND THEREFORE REFLECT SUCH USE.
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Weekly Report: April 18-23, 2022

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The Library was closed in observation of Patriot’s Day on Monday April 18.

In the last week, we circulated 2,875 items, placed 266 requests and filled 350 requests. We sent out 466 items in delivery and received 354 items. We added 19 new items and 25 new borrowers. The most requested title remains The Maid by Nita Prose.

Beth met with Evan and Mary to review salary increases for Library staff, a result of the salary and classification study, and with Dana from Capital Campaign to discuss a few outstanding projects. She attended a Friends of the Library meeting; worked on agenda, minutes and reports for next week’s Board of Library Trustees meeting; covered the teen room; dealt with building issues including a leak in the Community Room; continued tracking down construction invoices to close purchase order loops; planned upcoming programs for adults; worked on the Library’s Food Permit Application; corresponded about meeting room use; and spent a lot of time on scheduling as numerous staff were out unexpectedly, on top of scheduled leave time.

Advantage continues their site work on the HVAC system. The architect and a millworker were on site to formulate the plan to lower non-compliant counters to ADA standard. The clock in the historical room is still under refurbishment. Evergreen Environments will be on site next week for maintenance to the green roof.

The Friends still have a number of book bundles and puzzles for sale for the bargain price of $4 ($5 through PayPal). They are planning to raffle off and give away Star Wars themed items on Wednesday May 4, and are planning their Spring Book Sale (May 21-22) and Annual Meeting.

Sarah completed the CR tech inventory, contacted nonfiction rep about placing an order, ran two sessions of a craft and movie program, planned for summer, troubleshot programming space conflicts with construction to come up with a backup plan, and prepped for next week’s school visit.

Jen cleaned LEGO bricks, updated Event Keeper and social media, worked on the May newsletter, and planned for programming for babies. Cyndi ran a successful tornado in a bottle program. Stacie planned summer programming, began working on spring and summer room decorations, and assisted patrons during a very busy school vacation week. Mare and Cyndi coordinated with volunteers. Kristin planned upcoming book club programming and summer reading, and coordinated with the schools. All scheduled staff assisted patrons during a very busy school vacation week.

This vacation week Teen Services offered a movie/craft night, doodling workshop, and drop in LEGO building. Allison also completed our department’s IT inventory, and met with Sarah S. to talk about upcoming programs. Summer reading prep continues.

The Evergreen upgrade over the holiday weekend went off without a hitch. Borrower Service Staff handled all the usual circulation functions, including holds, delivery, lobby, AMH system, museum passes, room reservations, and patron assistance. Allie created signage for the changes in the Large Print room, worked on the newsletter, trained a new substitute staff member on holds, pull list, check-in, and transit bins; completed the Historical Fiction sticker document for regular print fiction; watched a training video on the new catalog design; and reset the lobby gate (twice). Ranjita worked on Library of Things and did the monthly AED check. Jane handled the NYT bestseller list and the technology inventory. Sandhya created and affixed stickers to museum pass envelopes and updated museum pass information, requested and processed out of network and out of state loans, and worked on notary training.

Susan supervised the team, oversaw a volunteer working on a list of Lost items; worked on an upcoming employee review; ran a department staff meeting, did some receipt printer troubleshooting, worked on the IT inventory, followed up with Bibliotheca and Orion Manufacturing to get timelines for receiving equipment, and submitted audiobook and Large Print orders.

This week Heidi hosted the Daytimers Book Group. We discussed the Friends of the Library Community Read title, The Overstory by Richard Powers. Heidi also hosted the GPL Mystery Book Group—they met to discuss Hold Your Breath, China  by Qiu Xiaolong. Heidi also hosted an Invasive Plants lecture as part of the Community Read. The speaker was Karro Frost, the Conservation Planning Botanist for the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.

Heidi also answered reference questions, created library cards for people, worked on statistics, worked on program planning and continued to advertise for the Friends of the Library Community Read events. Eric worked on automating some functions of the very large library statistics spreadsheet.

Kate continues to work her way through a list of approximately 2,700 non-fiction titles that have not circulated in 5+ years, identifying candidates for weeding using the library standard CREW (Continuous Review, Evaluation, and Weeding) method using MUSTIE criteria (is the item M = Misleading—factually inaccurate; U = Ugly – worn beyond mending or rebinding; S = Superceded – by a new edition of/or by a much better book on the subject; T = Trivial – of no discernible literary or scientific merit; I – Irrelevant to the needs and interests of the library’s community; and/or E = Elsewhere – the material is easily obtainable from another library). This week, she made her way into the 600 range. Since de-acquisitioned books need to be rehomed, Kate reached out to a couple book donation services in order to find a company who will accept our weeded items that might not merit a place in the book sale; Kate is working with Aaron from the Friends, who is embarking on a similar project for Friends items that cannot find buyers.

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Library Weekly Report April 11-16

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The Friends of the Library Spring Egg Hunt was a smashing success, even with the less-than-ideal weather! We had 531 visitors and averaged 80 children per hunt; 177 people stopped by our craft room and 121 children and families participated in storytime. Thanks to the Friends of the Library, to Goretti’s and Stop and Shop for sponsoring, and to our Boy and Girl Scout troops who assisted with crowd control, stuffing and hiding eggs, and assisting with crafts and event set up and clean up!

In the last week, we circulated 2,768 items, had 587 materials requests and filled 424 requests, sent 638 items in transit and received 711, added 29 new card holders, and 191 new items.

We welcomed back the Grafton Farmers Market on Wednesday afternoon and are planning to have another Market in May. Grafton Ukulele Musicians (GUM) met to strum and sing on Wednesday evening. Beth took the Crowd Manager Training, checked in with the Trustee Chair, met with policy committee, and attended the construction team meeting. Beth also worked on getting postings ready for two anticipated vacancies for retiring employees. Beth continued to work on construction finances and year end budget and ordered nonfiction.

Several staff were trained in Mac accessibility features as part of our Massachusetts Office On Disability ADA grant. Beth unboxed and tested items purchased with the funding, wrote an interim grant report and invoiced for reimbursement. A high-definition OCR with Zoom capability is now available for use, along with several Explore handheld digital video magnifiers. 

Griffin returned to install exit signs with wheelchair icons, and fix a lighting issue in the Community Room. Advantage was,on site to work on the HVAC system and American Alarm installed a cover over the alarm panel in the vestibule. We are still waiting for study room doors, as well as doors for the maker space and presentation area, and gate for the bottom of the stairs.

We are getting ready for a software update for our library catalog! Evergreen, our online catalog, will be unavailable due to an upgrade to version 3.7.from 6:00 PM on Saturday April 16 through Monday April 18.

Beginning sometime on Monday, you will see a new catalog interface at grafton.cwmars.org with a new, modern design that is much more responsive to smaller displays and mobile devices, and the ability to limit to available items when searching and when viewing a record’s item list.

Please note that some databases will work with EZproxy bypass will be in place, while others (OverDrive, Kanopy, ComCat and other sites authenticating with SIP) will not be able to be accessed. We apologize for the inconvenience; access is likely to be restored over the weekend before the update is complete.

For more details, including an overview of changes and updated instructions for how to search and browse the online catalog, how to place holds, and how to manage your account and lists, please visit https://cwmarsnews.blogspot.com/2022/03/a-new-catalog-experience-is-coming.html. Thank you for your patience while we upgrade!

Borrower Service Staff handled all the usual circulation functions, including holds, delivery, lobby, AMH system, museum passes, room reservations, and patron assistance. We had a department staff meeting and reviewed the procedure for checking the telescope in and out. We are continuing to work on the technology inventory. 

Allie spent the week reviewing room reservations, reminding teens about Code of Conduct in Adult Large Print room, giving 2 warnings, writing an incident report, organizing Circ Signage files, creating and printing display bookmark templates to be laminated, updating newsletter links on website, assisting patrons with faxing, copying, scanning, training Sarah L in Circ (fax, copy, register, check-in, sorting room, overview of museum passes, phone, tour of study group rooms, monthly displays), planning May’s newsletter and displays, HF list, assisting patrons with room reservations, creating new newsletter graphics, and adding descriptive text for newsletter graphics for screen readers.

Ranjita updated the Library of Things and created a display for “Thing of the Month”; Jane finished changing the status of a list of items that had been marked “in storage”; researched ideas for a future display; and did collection development with the NYT Best-seller list. Sandhya processed out of network and out of state holds; cleared the hold shelf; oversaw a volunteer doing a sticker project in Library of Things; and helped a patron print from a USB drive.

Susan supervised the team, completed an employee review, completed the Items in Storage report, changing the status of 44 items from “storage” to “available”; ran transit and missing reports, trained a staff member on running reports, and met with staff about the volunteer program.

This week Heidi hosted the “Not Just for Young Adults” Book Group Monday evening.  We discussed Code Blue by Marissa Slaven. It is also the Friends of the Library Community Read Young Adult title.

Heidi also answered reference questions, created library cards for people, worked on statistics, worked on program planning and continued to advertise for the Friends of the Library Community Read events.
 
Thanks to Debby, the Large Print nonfiction and Large Print biography collections have been fully shifted from the regular print area to their actual home in the Large Print Room. Over the next several weeks, we will continue to check for any returns and make sure they are shelved here as well.
 
Kate is embarking on a nonfiction collection management project. This involves evaluating our item reports in order to identify candidates for weeding. The regular management of the nonfiction collection was interrupted by COVID, so this evaluation is long overdue by several years. Taking a closer look at the items on our shelves keeps the collection appealing, relevant, and helpful for more Grafton patrons. 
 
Eric has reviewed the “Grafton Area Social Services” document that Kate compiled, and based on his law librarianship career experience, has some additional suggestions to add in the legal category. Kate will be reviewing and incorporating these this week. Eric also worked on populating monthly data to the summary field on our statistics spreadsheet.

This week Sarah coordinated with local schools about upcoming school visits, brainstormed summer programming, created a July and August jam board for CR collaborative planning, met with Cori from Tucker interiors to discuss additional shelving, put together a non-fiction order for our ABDO rep, and attended the webinar Parent Management for Librarians presented by Jungle Jim.

Jen updated the online calendar of events, scheduled social media posts, planned for Library Babies program that will reconvene in May, prepped the May newsletter, and prepped the Stuffed Animal Hospital program with Cyndi, who also managed library volunteers, and prepped for April vacation programs. Stacie scheduled upcoming monthly missions and science nook activities, and assisted patrons. Mare coordinated with volunteers and assisted patrons. Kristin collaborated with the schools and planned for her upcoming book club and comic club programs. Children’s room staff worked on summer reading program planning.

Teen behavior has calmed down a bit after intervention at the Middle School from a reminder to students from the principal on appropriate Library behavior. Allison put out two new end cap displays: Cats and Dogs and shifted the graphic novel collection so that the top shelf can be used for display and so that taller books can stand upright. Additionally she spent more time working on summer reading including continuing to put together a list of recommended books that go with each badge category.

 

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Online Catalog and Access to Some Electronic Resources Unavailable Over Patriot’s Day Weekend due to Evergreen Software Update

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screen shot of new CW MARS online catalogEvergreen, our online catalog, will be unavailable due to an upgrade to version 3.7.from 6:00 PM on Saturday April 16 through Monday April 18.

Beginning sometime on Monday, you will see a new catalog interface at grafton.cwmars.org with the following new features:

  • New, modern design that is much more responsive to smaller displays and mobile devices.
  • Ability to limit to available items when searching and when viewing a record’s item list.

Please note that some databases will work with EZproxy bypass will be in place, while others (OverDrive, Kanopy, ComCat and other sites authenticating with SIP) will not be able to be accessed. We apologize for the inconvenience; access is likely to be restored over the weekend before the update is complete.

For more details, including an overview of changes and updated instructions for how to search and browse the online catalog, how to place holds, and how to manage your account and lists, please visit https://cwmarsnews.blogspot.com/2022/03/a-new-catalog-experience-is-coming.html.

Thank you for your patience while we upgrade!

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Library Weekly Report April 4-9

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We celebrated National Library Week with a typewriter poetry program, a free live Friday night concert, and look forward to our Friends Spring Egg Hunt fundraiser on Saturday! A bagel and fruit breakfast was provided to staff for Fri/Sat.

No gate counts were provided this week; we had 6,327 visitors in March. We circulated 2,523 items, had 444 materials requests and filled 371 requests, sent 552 items in transit and received 503, added 23 new card holders, and 121 new items.

Several staff were out on scheduled leave, and you may have seen new faces as we called in temps to work: Debby, Eric, Erin, Mary and Sarah. Mary completed a Crowd Manager training and received a certificate through the Commonwealth, and other staff were encouraged to take it.

Beth received all of the open purchase orders for the construction project, and was tasked with tracking down all of the invoices and quotes and orders to determine what money remains. This is a huge project that took most of the week. She met with GCTV, staff, Evan, had a weekly check in with the Board of Trustees chair, and opened the building for the Friends and Girl Scouts to stuff eggs on Sunday.

Beth attended the Department Head meeting and the Construction Team Meeting; we are still waiting for punch list items. Window film was applied, Verizon installed equipment, the lighting technician returned, and the clock in the Historic Reading Room was removed for repair. Art rail has been received and will be installed next week.

The Children’s Room “Masks Required” mandate has shifted to “Masks Recommended” and staff will continue to make masks available for free to those who want or need them. Masks remain optional for patrons and staff in the rest of the Library.

Borrower Service Staff handled all the usual circulation functions, including holds, delivery, lobby, AMH system, museum passes, room reservations, and patron assistance. We also practiced using the Remote Meeting OWL 360-degree camera and began working on the technology inventory.

Allie reset the Bibliotheca gate and got it working again, created signage for new April displays; assisted patrons with faxing, copying, and account history preferences; processed egg hunt tickets; cleaned up room use reservations; wrote a Performance Review self-assessment for Readers Advisory; framed Fiction, Mystery and Sci-Fi Readalikes handouts for shelves; worked on the Readers Advisory database and Historical Fiction lists.
Ranjita worked on Library of Things and discards. Jane handled the NYT bestseller list and the items with alerts report. Sandhya updated the GPL website, hiding past egg hunt posts; submitted ComCat requests; updated museum pass information, e sheets; processed out of network and out of state loans and worked on notary training.

Susan supervised the team, completed monthly statistics and Circulation narrative, conducted an employee review, weeded 75 duplicate fiction titles, ran transit and lost and paid reports,

Heidi received a very kind compliment from a patron regarding her customer service and dedication. She worked on promotion for the Community Read. Kate finished a long-term project on Grafton Area Social Services, for staff reference when working with patrons. This guide includes contact information and summaries for approximately 60 different social service providers. The “At a Glance” part of the guide outlines the providers and which of 16 different social service categories they fulfill. Examples of these categories are “addiction and recovery,” “citizenship and ESOL,” “emergency shelters,” “food and pantries,” etc.

Using lists generated by Susan, Kate began shifting Large Print non-fiction titles from the regular non-fiction area (where they are currently interfiled), to the designated “Large Print” room. She and other temp staff will continue shifting these over the next several workdays and hope to have the non-fiction and biographies fully relocated by the end of the week.

Sarah communicated with the schools, ran three preschool outreach storytimes at SGES, assisted with Friends of the GPL Spring Egg Hunt programming, addressed collection development and maintenance, planned storytime lessons for both SGES and the Spring Egg Hunt, communicated with Apple Tree Arts, cleaned and prepped the CR Program Room for this weekend’s program, and managed staff and volunteers.

Jen updated the online calendar and social media, assisted with the Spring Egg Hunt programming, and planned for Library Babies. Cyndi got caught up on projects after being away on vacation and cleaned and prepped the CR Program Room for this weekend’s program. Mare managed volunteers and assisted patrons. Stacie decorated the Children’s Room, planned and prepped the STEM Corner, and set up the April Monthly Mission activity. Kristin communicated with the local schools, planned for her upcoming Book Clubs and Comic Club programs, and set up the April sensory table.

This week, Allison shifted the teen nonfiction collection again. Now the top shelf is for display. This allows for nearly all books to stand up straight for easy browsing (the top shelf is slightly shorter than the other three). For one particular bay a shelf was removed as many of the books in that collection were oversized. This allows them to be shelved normally and we don’t have to have a separate collection that would have to be re-cataloged to accommodate the larger books.

Additionally Allison is working on book recommendation lists for our summer reading badge themes (camping, crafting, astronomy, etc.) that highlight items from our collection as well as items that are available instantly through Hoopla. These will be added to the summer reading website.

Sarah is working on a list of manga as suggestions to be added to the collection for teens wanting more to read as well as to broaden what we can have for the manga book club.

Saturday the end of last week was quiet. Several teens with parents  came in to hang out and work on projects. A group of teens arrived to use the computers to play games together. Later more of their friends arrived mostly girls and they all played apples to apples and in general hung out together. They were all very respectful of the space and of their noise level. They were great.

Teens using the game room during the week continue to be challenging to work with. Monday there were issues with teens remotely accessing the television and computers using Bluetooth connection from unknown teen’s phones. We will be replacing the wireless keyboards and mice with wired ones and turning the Bluetooth off and requiring headphones for computer use, which can be checked out from a staff member. Two teens scattered the cards from Apples to Apples all over the Teen Room, ruining the game for teens who were actually playing. Food and drinks continue to be an issue, especially in the Gaming Room and the Maker space. Teens were reminded again of behavior and respecting the space on Tuesday. Erin, who came over to help from the Children’s Room, worked with a teen very interested in making origami cranes and made one successfully.

Beginning on Monday, any patrons with a previous policy violation who has a new policy violation will be served with an Order of No Trespass and expelled for one week. The order will be served to the teen and parents/guardian at home, and they will have to meet with the Head of Teen Services or their delegate before returning. Repeated violations will result in longer periods of expulsion. Teens who cause damage to the library property or collections will be charged for the damage.

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April in the Children’s Room

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Spring is a time for new beginnings in the Children’s Room. We are reintroducing our computers, wall manipulatives, coloring sheets, sensory table, games, and toys. Come visit and stay a while! We’re a great destination for playdates, grandparent outings, or rainy days.

In-room activities this month include the Monthly Mission animal match game. Investigate seedlings in our Science Nook. Celebrate National Poetry month by composing a quick poem on our magnetic poetry board.

To celebrate Pet First Aid Awareness Month, we’re hosting a Stuffed Animal Hospital. If your favorite stuffed friend isn’t feeling well, check them in for a stay. Drop off your friend any time on Monday, April 11th through Thursday April 14th. Pick them up by Saturday, April 16th.

Programming is also back this month! The first of three Mr. Kim shows is Friday, April 8th at 10:30. Registration is required. Families may only sign up for one Mr. Kim program per month. Additional shows are Friday, April 15th and Friday, April 29th. Register online.

Elementary school aged kids will find lots to do at the Grafton Public Library during vacation week.

On Tuesday, April 19th, children in grades three and up can craft a cute felt puppet. All materials will be provided. Register online.

On Wednesday, April 20th, celebrate Earth Day with us by crafting using recycled materials! Children in grades Kindergarten and up can make tornadoes in bottles. All materials will be provided. Register online.

On Thursday April 21st, Lego Brickbuilders Club meets. What will you create with the library’s HUGE collection of LEGO? Drop-in.

Friday April 22nd is movie day! Watch a magical family saga and make something magical of your own. Suncatchers at the 10:30am show, and perler beads at the 3:30pm show. Craft projects will be available on a first come, first served basis.

 

On Monday April 25 , learn about the characteristics of comics/graphic novels and then try drawing or writing some of your own.

 

Community Read Bookworms Book Clubs Thursday, April 28th

In celebration of the green building practices used during the library’s renovation and expansion project and Earth Day, The Friends of the Grafton Public Library encourage everyone in town to participate in this year’s Community Read.

Register online.

 

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Thursday April 28 at 3:00pm

Join us for a special storytime, fun activities, and see a highlighted feature of the Willard House & Clock Museum.
This program is for preschoolers ages 3-5 and registration is required. Register online.
Location: Willard House & Clock Museum, 11 Willard St.

 

Next Month-Storytime returns! Keep an eye on our Event Calendar for all the up-to-date info!

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