The future of Grafton’s libraries

I vow to get through this post without a single library pun.

Tonight is the first of two open meetings on the town’s library system, which is undergoing an overhaul. Grafton now has three libraries — the main branch near the common, the North Grafton branch on Prentice Street, and the South Grafton branch on Main Street. The library trustees has been examining the configuration of the town’s library system.

The meetings will discuss possible expansion at the Center Library, the future of the branches and talk about how use has been changing through new technology.

Speaking of technology — it’s very clever, I think, that the library hosts its Web site on Blogger (can I say that on WordPress?). Makes it super-easy to update, they can link to sites that need to be secure, such as various online catalogs, and you really don’t need to have a lot of technical expertise to use the CMS.

I have to say, I was surprised there were three libraries when I moved to town. I’ve only visited the one near the Common, so I really can’t say “oh my God, no one ever uses the branches, we should conserve resources and shut them down.” Can anyone tell me what the advantages to having additional branches with more limited hours?

The meetings are both tonight, 7 p.m. at the Municipal Center, Room B, and also Saturday, 10 a.m. in the same location. I won’t get going out tonight — I’m still recovering from my late night last night! — but I’m going to head over Saturday morning to check it out, unless my kids tell me I’m otherwise booked.

Darn it! So close!

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