Grafton Public Library publishes weekly report August 16-20


August 19, 2021

The library will not be able to open to the public as scheduled on Monday, August 23, 2021 due to delays in raw materials, manufacturing and shipping. Without the remaining shelves, we cannot put away the moved items or finish storing the collections.

In addition, issues related to COVID, weather conditions and other vendors have delayed various installations and training on the A / V system, new Xerox copiers, key cards and the alarm / security camera, printer output software and PC reservation software. The phones are not yet installed. While there are several checklist items we can work on, we cannot plan the workflow, nor learn and practice systems that have not yet been implemented, nor open to the public. if it is not safe to do so.

Construction specialists from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners – our funders – visited this week to review the project. They were happy with the design and had some feedback. MBLC advised to remain fully closed for two full weeks AFTER everything is in place so staff have time to acclimatize – MBLC does not tolerate the partial opening we had planned and said we had to be fully open 60 hours / week or closed, which puts us in September for reopening to the public. The dates will be announced as soon as possible. In the meantime, please continue to keep home documents and shared digital resources at

We know how disappointing this is for the community, key stakeholders and donors. Please know that the staff are doing everything in their power to prepare for the open house, we miss you and thank you for your patience.

An inauguration ceremony is still scheduled for Friday October 1 at 11 a.m. Further celebrations will take place next summer.

All staff (not on vacation) have completed key training and been interviewed for the Salary and Compensation Study. All staff are reading Ariana Franklin’s Mistress of the Art of Death for our next Reader Advisory Training in September. In medieval Cambridge, England, Adelia, a female forensic expert, is summoned by King Henry II to investigate a series of gruesome murders that have wrongly implicated the Jewish population, yielding even more tragic results. As Adelia’s investigation takes her behind the closed doors of churches across the country, the killer is about to strike again.

Heidi answered questions about library accounts, reservations, advice to readers, kits, when we’re open, where they can return the materials. She updated the library accounts and created new ones for patrons. She attended the weekly staff meeting and took the minutes. Heidi attended the Daytimers’ Book Group discussion on Cat Shout For Joy by Shirley Rousseau Murphy and the GPL Mystery Book Group discussion on Dead as a Dinosaur, by Frances and Richard Lockridge.

Allie got in touch with the representative of Princh – Ronnie in Denmark and installed and configured Princh, Jane and Sandhya attended, then they set up the four client computers and added Princh to their favorites. Allie also connected the receipt printers to the staff computers and installed Hatch.

Allie worked on the September newsletter. Jane set up the loan desk and made a video on using the Automated Material Manager using Canva. Ranjita helped set up the traffic office, unpack and clean the fridge and freezer in St. Andrews. Susan, Allie, Jane and Ranjita all helped revamp the magazines in the historic reading room.

Sandhya completed the work on the Wi-Fi hotspots, read the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) resources, added new material to Library of Things, and worked on a reader advisory assignment.

The children’s staff continued to work on the layout of their space. Allison made the final summer reading program kit pickup on Wednesday and Thursday.

This press release was produced by the Grafton Public Library. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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