Grafton Public Library will be shut down

LibraryVertThe Grafton Public Library is closing — at least temporarily.

The library will be closed to the public for renovation from Monday, April 22 through Monday, June 10.

The renovation calls for a wheelchair lift and accessible restroom, new carpeting, and other accessibility and safety improvements to bring the 1927 facility (built for a population of 6,000) up to code.  The town is currently under the gun to make the building accessible to residents with handicaps, a fix the library trustees had hoped to make through a controversial expansion plan that failed at the ballot in December 2011.

“We are thrilled to be moving forward with this project and delighted at the prospect of being accessible to all members of our community at last,”  Library Director Beth Gallaway said.

Effective immediately, all borrowing limits on Grafton items are waived. Patrons are invited to borrow as many movies, books, CDs, and audiobooks that they may need for the duration of the renovation. Overdue fines for materials due between April 22 and July 1 will be waived.

If you have booked museum passes, call the library to discuss alternatives.

All three-week books, audiobooks, and DVDs checked out after April 4 will have a June 11 due date; all seven-day books, magazines, and videos checked out after April 14 will have a June 11 due date.

Items currently on hold will be automatically routed to the Millbury Public Library, 128 Elm St. Patrons placing holds after April 10 will be able to choose any location except Grafton to pick up newly requested items.

After April 20, no Grafton Public Library materials may be returned in Grafton; although materials may be returned to other area libraries, patrons are encouraged to keep items in a safe place at home until the library reopens to the public in June. The book drops will not be available; materials left outside of the library building during construction are subject to lost book fees.

Grafton library cards may be used at any C/W MARS member library, and with a government issued ID, anywhere in the Commonwealth. The Grafton Public Library offers a variety of digital resources as well, including downloadable eBooks, a language learning program, magazines and newspapers, and streaming independent films. Please visit http://www.graftonlibrary.org for a complete list of offerings.

“We understand this is an inconvenience, and appreciate your patience and continued patronage,” Gallaway said.

May children’s programs will take place in partnership with Apple Tree Arts, and the library will be doing outreach in many locations, including schools, daycares, and local organizations.

To follow construction updates, and get a list of the closest local public libraries, visit graftonpl.wordpress.org; for more information, contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 or bgallaway@cwmars.org.

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