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Silly Science CANCELLED for Monday January 27

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Silly Science Cancelled Monday January 27, 2020


Silly Science at UniBank scheduled for tomorrow, Monday January 27, has been cancelled due to staff illness. We apologize for the short notice and for any inconvenience! We plan to resume Silly Science as scheduled on Monday Feb 3.

Thanks to all who are registered for your patience and understanding.

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Library Demolition Has Begun!

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To make room for the proposed library expansion, the project will remove ~3,000 sq feet of stacks (brick box with metal shelving), salvaging the marble tile for future in the new foyer, to expand the building to ~26,000 sq ft! The tile was removed, and then the front part of the building was sealed off, and then brick was removed from both sides of the stack box before beginning to demo the rear of the building. Exciting progress!

Additional photos are online at

Donations to defray ineligible project costs (furniture, landscaping, equipment) can be made to the Grafton Public Library Capital Campaign at any UniBank location.

For more information about the project, please visit

This project is partially funded by a state grant administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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Reading is Magic: Owl Post from the Grafton Public Library

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The Grafton Public Library invites residents to participate in the Harry Potter Themed Winter Reading Program. In case you missed your acceptance letter via Owl Post: YOU have been accepted to participate in the Reading is Magic Winter Reading Program. Please find a list of all necessary books and equipment online at The Winter Reading Term runs from December 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.

Stop by the Grafton Public Library at 53 N. Main Street, North Grafton MA to pick up your Hogwarts letter and a lanyard in your house colors (while supplies last). You may choose your favorite house or visit the Sorting Hat ( – you may need to set up a free account) to determine your House placement.

Participants may earn up to 10 badges by completing tasks and reading challenges. Tasks can be completed by attending Library programs or by reading and/or listening to books. Once a task or reading challenge has been completed, return to the Library with your Hogwarts letter to receive your badge, and then complete another task.

Complete information on individual challenges, programs and workshops is available online at and on the Library Event Calendar: Information, dates and times are subject to change. Workshop registration begins two weeks prior to each event. If your plans change, we ask you to kindly call the Library at 508-839-4649 x1103 to cancel, so that we may open your reserved spot to the next person on the waiting list.

Tasks and Reading Challenges include books and activities for coursework in Divination, Care of Magical Creatures, Herbology, and Potions, as well as Flying Lessons and orientation to the Hall of Portraits, the Hogwarts Library, Ollivanders, and Golden Snitch. Unfortunately, we were unable to find a Defense Against the Dark Arts Teacher, we just can’t seem to retain one…

The Annual House Cup competition takes place in the form of a Penny Fundraiser. Donate to your favorite Hogwart’s house (and deduct points from your competitors by putting donations in THEIR jars). All proceeds raised will be donated to the Grafton Public Library Capital Campaign.

We await your reply by Owl – or visiting the Library in person. Details, Allison Cusher or Sarah Banister, 508-839-4649 or


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We’ve MOVED!

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porch with plants, adirondack chairs and tablesIn anticipation of our upcoming construction project, the Library has relocated to 53 N. Main Street, North Grafton MA 01536. The project is still in approvals stage and we are likely to go out to bid this summer.

Our hours remain Mon-Thu 10am-9pm and Fri & Sat 10am-5pm.

All services and collections are available, including computer use, library programs, faxing, scanning, copying, notary (free) and passport acceptance by appointment (fee).

We do not have any meeting rooms available for the public to use, although the setup of the space does provide for various study and reading spaces.

Parking is limited. Please park only between the white lines, and do not park at Truth or Trek Stop unless you are patronizing those businesses. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Director’s Report: November 2019

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November Statistics Overview

November 2019 Library Statistics

  • Met with Patti Keller to discuss G-Term project
  • Contacted GHS Re: Internship Program
  • Coordinated groundbreaking with Dana, Doug and BuildCom
  • Submitted FY21 budget draft
  • Developed the 2020 Action Plan
  • Attended BuildCom & construction meetings and wrote the MBLC construction report
  • Attended Friends Board meeting, publicized the Usborne Book Fair fundraiser, and promoted Grafton Celebrates the Holidays
  • Completed the 2020 Food Permit Application
  • Reviewed applications for a 20-hour / week vacancy, and began interviews
  • Worked on Program Policy
  • Posted Trustee vacancy
  • Building maintenance: parking lot lighting, dehumidifier, report leaks
  • Posted an online suggestion form to go with the physical suggestion box.

Heidi and Susan renewed Passport Acceptance Agent certification.
Jan and Susan attended the Annual Circulation Meeting in Charlton.
Marilyn completed 2 webinars on managing volunteers.

November marked the last Willard House Once Upon a Storytime and Historical Society Storytime of the year. We will take a break and resume programming at Willard House in March and the Historical Society in February. We plan this winter break due to lower attendance during the winter months. We look forward to resuming our outreach storytimes next year! Grafton Public School and Busy Bee Academy preschool outreach visits continues as normal throughout the academic year.

This November we ran an Usborne books sale at the library. It was a huge success!  We offered a family night on a Wednesday and had an extremely talented balloon artist come and make fabulous balloon art for the children in the library. We offered light refreshments and saw 28 people from 5:30-7:30. $746.00 in books were purchased during our book fair and the library $373.42 in free books. I am hoping this is a program we are able to offer again in the future.

We are making a change in how we are running Mr. Kim in the future. We have had an uptick in people not registering all family members for the program of just dropping in and we have been over in our numbers. We will be taking signup in person or over the phone and we will be limiting the number to twenty and moving it into the program room. We hope this helps alleviate the problems we have been experiencing.

Blackstone Robotics came to do a program for us on a half day in November. The program was well received, but even in a large space, we had trouble accommodating the group. We are looking forward to moving into the new library building and the larger programming spaces that will be available to us.


This month Allison spent a lot of time doing final preparations on the Winter Reading Program: Reading is Magic. All the details can be found at: She did teaser posts on social media, made dozens and dozens of buttons, and worked on getting the letters printed.  Additionally, Allison sent out General and YA newsletters and continued making social media posts.


Crescent Manor BookWagon had 14 visitors, 41 check-outs and renewals, 8 requests, and no new registrations.

Heidi took Scarecrow Pete to the Community Harvest Scarecrow Contest at the Harvest Home Fall Festival on  Sunday, November 3rd.  People who attended the event had the chance to see Pete and get the library’s name out there. Pete also got to bring props to the Festival.

There were a total of 23 people who put in 89 hours.

56 passes were reserved, 53 were picked up and there were 3 no shows.

We have a new pass to the Massachusetts State Police Museum and Learning Center! Reserve the pass online at

We issued 10 passports and Heidi and Susan renewed their Passport Acceptance Agent Training

We had 26 new borrowers registered. Jan and Susan attended the Annual Circulation Meeting in Charlton.

Collection Development

The upgrade to version 3.2 was accomplished without issues over Veterans Day weekend.

ComCat had a successful upgrade to the latest version of their software on 11/06.


“Not Just for Young Adults” Book Discussion Group met to discuss Fawkes by Nadine Brandes.

“Reads Well with Others” Adult Book Discussion Group met to discuss Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb.

Daytimers Book Group met to discuss The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg.

The “Inspirational Book Club” met to discuss Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & In Life, One Conversation at a Time by Susan Scott.

GPL Mystery Book Group met to discuss What the Dead Leave Behind by Rosemary Simpson.

Saturday Afternoon Knitters
G.U.M. (Grafton Ukulele Musicians) Monthly Jam

Library Display Topics

  • Thanksgiving
  • Downton Abbey

Circulation for November was 9,634 physical items (a 3% decrease from last month and an 11% increase compared to last November) and 2,038 digital items (a 3% compared to last month and 57% increase compared to last November).


623 items were added in November.

Ongoing projects include completing the NF tagging, YA series and genre projects, re-cataloging/replacing cases/tagging adult music collection, working with the Library of Things cataloging.


  • “Glad you have fax as a service.”
  • “I have to cancel my pass reservation for Roger Williams Park Zoo. Thank you so much for offering it.  Someday I’ll get to use it.”
  • “Has anyone told you it’s really musty in here?”
  • “You always look so cute.” and “I like your outfit” and “You’re always so festive. I love it.”  (All as a result of my “Reads Well With Others” Book Group costume for the book Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb.
  • “Thanks so much for the book recommendation.  It was awesome.” (The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas, I think).
  • “Like the new please check out holds with us sign.”
  • “Love new door display at entrance.”
  • “I’m so excited. I didn’t know you had a sewing machine until I saw the Facebook post.  I told my girlfriend and she said she wanted to borrow it to hem some drapes.  I said she’d have to wait until I returned it. “
  • “Thank you.  You made my day. (helping the person look at and check out history so she could ILL the Thanksgiving music she got last year.)  You ladies helped me appreciate instrumental music too because of the CDs you got for me.”
  • “The books save me.  Thanks for everything you do for me.  It helps so much.”  (After the death of her husband.)
  • “I’m so glad you have the light in the parking lot.”
  • “I love your yard decorations.  You make the library beautiful.”
  • “I love the decorations [on the lawn].  They are a pleasure to look at.  I appreciate you taking the time to do it.  It’s your doing isn’t it? (Heidi ).  I said know that no,  the pumpkins were done by all of us and the idea was someone else’s not mine…though I did make the scarecrow. “Well I love it.”
  • “I didn’t know we could check out magazines!”
  • Do you always do this?” (dress up in my Gandalf  the Gray hat and Sense and Sensibility finger-less gloves).  I said mostly.  She laughed and laughed and said I made her day.
  • “Patron wanted to let you now how much she appreciated your efforts to get this for her.” (a grant finding book.)


  • 11/16 – No we don’t have little plastic dividers for you to hold your place in case you want to put a book back after flipping through it. (Suggested a bookmark sticking out)
  • 11/16 No, we don’t have selective service registration forms (online at
  • 11/12 No, we don’t have 7,000 books for sale!  We got a phone call from someone looking at a website called “Booksale Finder” —  I sent an email to them to correct the entry for GPL.
  • 11/12 We do not have a subscription to Banker & Tradesman magazine.
  • 11/8 We don’t have any Robotics books for adults
  • 11/5 No, you don’t need to scan your books in to return them (have had this question numerous times)


(We apparently didn’t say YES to anything in November… or at least, not outstanding enough to record!)

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Changes to OverDrive Digital Content Platform

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overdrive login - password now required! hint: it's the same as your library account!For better security and to protect patron privacy, patrons will need to log into OverDrive with both their library card number (or username) AND PIN/Password beginning Tuesday, January 21, 2020.  This password is the same password you use to log into your library account online to request materials, view due dates or pay fines and fees.

If you have forgotten your password, request a Password Reset.Don’t know your password? If your card was set up prior to 2012, it may be your last name (all caps). After 2012, it might be the last 4 digits of your home phone number on file. You can customize your password at

Push notifications are now available in the Libby app. You can now manage notification preferences via the app to be notified when a hold is ready, when a title expires, etc. See details online at

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November Construction Report

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Construction Update

Groundbreaking occurred November 6, 2019.

The Library Planning and Building Committee met Monday November 4.

The construction team met Tuesday November 5, 12, 19 and 26, with CTA Construction, OPM, Clerk of the Works, and DRA Architects. A preliminary site layout is attached.

A project sign was approved; please see attached.

Procore was set up and the RFI process began. CTA applied for a building permit. Beth provided a ST-5C tax exempt form for contractor use.

A few remaining items were removed from the building, including an historic map and some wooden chairs.

Ceremonial groundbreaking occurred November 6, 2019. Over 100 people attended, including representatives from town and state government, MBLC, and library staff, Friends ,trustees, and supporters. It was covered by local press and Grafton Community Television. The event was documented at

The Library parking lot and adjacent municipal lot were closed November 11. Tree and stump removal followed.

After consultation the state, we determined we did not have to reject the tile bid and approved a subcontractor.

A wetlands scientist, Art Allen from EcoTec, was brought in on November 26 to supervise wetlands remediation. Under his direct supervision, both wetland replication areas were excavated to the appropriate sub-grade.The contractors were going to take the organic topsoil from the isolated wetland to be filled and place it into the replication areas but, upon inspection of the isolated wetland soils, it was apparent that the soil was very thin (<6 inches) and full of debris and invasive plants. Art recommended that, in accordance with Planting Plan Wetland Replication Note #4, off-site soil be brought in for the replication areas. Once the soil supply has been identified, Art returned to the site to witness finish grading. It is too late in the season to plant the woody material in the replication areas but they should be mulched for the winter. Plan note #6 calls for “leaf litter” to be used, to be sourced from the town compost facility or similar and should be whole or chopped leaves (not finished compost) at a depth of 1 to 2 inches. Alternately, weed-free straw can be used for mulching.

Final drawings were submitted by the architect at the end of November, and a LEED certification meeting for the contractors, subs and project team, was scheduled for December.

November MBLC Report

Building Committee Minutes
November 4, 2019

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Programs Over School Vacation

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Museum Passes are still available for many Massachusetts attractions over school break! Reserve in advance, pick up before you go, enjoy the discount, and drop any membership card passes back into our book drop (in their envelope!) on your way home. If you do reserve a pass, please do call to cancel if your plans change due to weather, obligations, or a better offer.

Visit our full Calendar of Events to check the schedule of programs for school age during school break. Storytime resumes in January.

  • Thu 12/26 Movie Double Feature: 1pm Aladdin; 6pm The Lion King (live action version)
  • Fri 12/27 10am-2pm Drop-in LEGO Open Play
  • Mon 12/27 10am-2pm Drop-in LEGO Open Play

PARENTS/CAREGIVERS: CAN YOUR CHILD BE ALONE AT THE LIBRARY? Children are always welcome at the library. However, the library is a public building and very busy on a daily basis. For the protection and well-being of children, the Board of Library Trustees has established an Unattended Child Policy. Please note that program attendees must comply with the 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.
Children under age 13 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over the age of 14.
A reminder about our Inclement Weather Policy:

If there is NO SCHOOL in Grafton due to inclement weather, all programs are CANCELLED.
If there is a DELAYED opening, MORNING programs are CANCELLED.
If Grafton Public Schools DISMISSES EARLY due to inclement weather, AFTERNOON programs are CANCELLED.
All Library policies are online at

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Library to CLOSE early at 1:30pm Tue Dec 17

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snow flakesThe Grafton Public Library will close early at 1:30pm today, Tuesday December 17. No overdue fines will be charged for materials due today! Please stay safe and off the roads while DPW works to clear, sand and salt.

Any further delays or closures will be updated here, but at this time we anticipate opening at 10am tomorrow Wednesday December 18.

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Wednesday 12/11 Storytime Sessions Cancelled

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snow flakes

Due to the pending inclement weather, Toddler Time (9am and 10:15am) on Wednesday December 11 has been cancelled.

December 11 is the final date for this session of Toddler Tim; Drop-in Toddler Time resumes Wed January 8.

No overdue fines will be charged for materials due on December 11. Please stay safe.

We will make a call regarding library hours (potential delay) at 7:00am, please check the website/Facebook for an update.

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The Grafton Public Library Board of Library Trustees is seeking to appoint an interim candidate to their 7-member board to serve through the May 2020 election. Apply online at You must be over 18, a registered voter, and a Grafton resident.

Trustee responsibilities include:

  • Hire and evaluate the Library Director
  • Monitor and evaluate the overall effectiveness of the library
  • Set Library policy
  • Review and adopt the annual budget (FY20: $858,751)
  • Develop long-term Library plans (2021-2025 Strategic Planning begins in January 2020!)
  • Advocate for the Library
  • Communicate regularly with the Library Director
  • Conduct the affairs of the Board at regularly scheduled meetings

Library boards of trustees carry out governing, policy, and planning activities to guide public libraries in communities throughout the country. In these turbulent times—when libraries face shrinking resources, demands for new technology services, and changing community expectations—trustees are much more than members of a traditional governing body. They are strategic leaders who serve as visionaries, community connectors, fundraisers, public voices, ambassadors, and persistent champions.

While library services are sometimes considered discretionary when it comes to allocating limited public funds, today’s library is an essential community resource that strengthens economic vitality, improves literacy, supports workforce development, and bridges the digital divide. As community leaders who understand the dimensions of modern library services, trustees can be the voice that shifts the library’s position among decision makers and funders from discretionary to essential.

Library familiarity is expected. Experience working with boards, fundraising, advocacy, and planning is desirable. Specifically, the Board seeks a candidate comfortable filling any of the following roles as defined and recommended by the MA Board of Library Commissioners:

  1. Visionary—crafting and supporting implementation of a long-term vision to strategically position the library throughout the community;
  2. Connector—expanding the library’s circle of influence in the community by building relationships and creating productive partnerships;
  3. Fundraiser—advocating for the library’s budget with financial decision makers and acting as a force for fundraising;
  4. Voice—being a visible, consistent, reliable, determined, and loud voice for the library in the community;
  5. Team Player—working together to strengthen the influence of the library board and ensure representative participation when board vacancies occur.

This is an elected office; due to a recent unexpected vacancy, this position must be appointed within 30 days by the Board of Library Trustees. If no suitable candidates are found, the Town of Grafton Board of Selectman may appoint a candidate to serve until the May Town election. The appointed candidate has the option to run for election in May against any other interested candidates.

The Library Board of Trustees meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm in the Municipal Center’s Room A. Meetings are recorded for later broadcast on GCTV Government Channel 34 (Verizon) or 191 (Charter). The time commitment is 4-6 hours per month.

For more about the Board of Library Trustees, please consider attending the next Board of Library Trustees meeting on Wednesday Dec 18, 2019, viewing past meetings online, reviewing minutes and agendas online, and visiting the MBLC guide for new trustees.

To apply for this vacancy, visit or go directly to

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