Art Program - School Vacation Week
ArtWorks and the Friends of the Upton Town Library
Present a free workshop for ages 5 and up. All materials will be provided.
Adults are expected to stay and supervise their children.
Please call or email the library to register.
Tuesday, April 21st 2pm to 4pm at Memorial Elementary Cafeteria.

Library Hours Sun/Mon - Closed T, W, Th - 10am - 8pm Friday - 10am - 2pm Saturday - 9am - 5pm

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Upton Library offers three programs during April Vacation Week!



Upton Town Library   April School Vacation Programs 2015

Children’s Art Workshop with Artworks!  April 21st, Tuesday.  2pm – 4pm
Registration required.  For ages 5 and up.  Join us for two hours of fun art and drawing with the professional instructors from Artworks Studio.  Held at Memorial Elementary School Cafeteria.  Space is limited, call the library to register, 508-529-6272.

Earthworms: Humble Heroes!  April 24th, Friday.  2pm – 3pm
Registration required.  A hands-on program about the earthworm and the incredible role it plays in our environment.  Hold a worm, or just observe from a safe distance!  For ages 3 and up.  Held at Memorial Elementary School Media Center.  Call the library to register, 508-529-6272.

Psychic Demonstration and Author Visit!  April 25th, Saturday.  1pm
Psychic, medium and author Diane Lewis will offer a free book reading and psychic demonstration.  Diane will read passages from her latest book, “A Little Inspiration”, which contains spiritual guidance and self-help messages.  After sharing her book, Diane will conduct a psychic demonstration and medium session for participants.  Held at the Upton Town Library Reading Room.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Report of Library Director for March 2015


Building Program complete  – Spring activity  – Swap Magazines

Circulation
March circulation activity was 4,744.  This is 13.1% higher than last month.  March of 2014 was the month the library was closed for renovations.  4,744 is 8.9% lower than March of 2013.
Laptops: 3.  Nooks: 2.   Games: 47.

Unique Patrons
March 2015: 1,854 items checked out to 733 unique patrons.

Digital Content Use
BYKI: 1 user for 3.8 hours, learning French.
Overdrive: eBook circulation to Upton patrons: 292, eAudio circulations: 92.
Wowbrary:   We have 143 active subscribers to Wowbrary. (+2)
New Patron Registrations:  16 new patrons registered in March.
New Items: We added 178 items to the collection in March.
Passport Applications  processed in March: 19.
 
Programs
Library book group:  6 people met on March 25th.
Senior book group: 8 people met on March 10th.
Thursday storytime 5 sessions, averaged 5 children.
TinyTots lapsit 3 sessions, averaged 4 children.
Library Table: 4 visits, averaged 7 patrons and 20 items.
ESL classes: 3 classes, averaged 3 students.

Friends of the Library – Met once to renew museum passes.  Their annual meeting to select Directors will be April 9 at 11am.  Spring Booksale will be Saturday, May 23rd.

Plans for Next Month
1) Sign contract with OPM
2) New shelving installed in main library
3) Plan for spring attic cleanout

Special Events – Matthew and Lee Ann attended MURSD’s technology night, sharing information on library cards and using Overdrive to borrow ebooks.

Upcoming April Events
April 21, Tuesday 2pm-4pm : Children’s Art workshop at Memorial Elementary, sponsored by Friends of Library.

April 25, Saturday 1pm : Diane Lewis - author visit and psychic medium demonstration in the Reading Room at the library.

Planning and Design Grant
Building Program is ready for review and approval by the Trustees.  Submitting the building program to the MBLC needs to be done by April 30th.
Once the building program is complete we can request payment from the state for the first 80% of the grant funds.
OPM contract has been signed with Vertex Engineering, and they have already attended a feasibility committee meeting and started working on the Designer RFQ and Site RFP.
The next steps to accomplish are:
Start looking for a Designer / Architect
Write RFP to look for privately owned sites in town
Work with COA to write a joint building program.

Visit: http://sites.google.com/site/uptonlibraryplanning for the latest information on the planning and design process.

Library Improvements
New shelving for the main library arrived and is installed.  Staff moved a number of collections to use the new shelves.  Net gain was more space for Fiction, Large Print, Audiobooks and DVDs.
Electrician came in and properly hardwired the circulation desk.
Exterior door has been examined by contractor, and he is ordering parts.  No price estimate yet.
Budget: after paying for the shelving, we have $2,800 left.  That needs to pay the electrician and the door replacement, with hopefully some left over for the staff break room furnishings.  The door price might be higher than hoped, the hardware/crash bar is expensive, could easily be $2,000 or more for the door replacement.  If needed, I will use State Aid funds to finish the project.

Winter Storm Damage
DPW employees came out and put some patches on the two worst potholes in the parking lot.  Thank you to the DPW for responding quickly to my request.
The patches are temporary, and the rest of the lot is still in bad shape with a lot of cracks and crumbling asphalt.  I will continue talking with DPW and Town Manager about a long term fix.  We also need to figure out how to repair the hole in our sidewalk.

Magazine Swap Rack
I have removed our rarely-used pamphlet rack in the entryway, and put up a magazine swap rack for patrons to drop off and take used magazines.  I will be evaluating this service to see how it is used, and after a few months we can decide if we should keep the swap rack in place.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Online Catalog functional again

Access to the Upton Library catalog and your library accounts has been restored.

C/WMARS related websites, including library catalog offline

Hello Library Patrons,
All C/WMARS websites, including the online catalog and your library account are offline due to hardware failure at the computer server.

What this means is that you won't be able to access the library catalog, or log into renew or request items.

Latest estimate is that we'll be down all of Monday, and hopefully up again Tuesday morning.
Sorry for any inconvenience,
Matthew Bachtold, Upton Town Library

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Holocaust Suvivor to speak at Nipmuc HS, March 19th 1pm



Nipmuc Regional High School in Upton, MA will host a guest speaker, Janet Applefield, on March 19th from 1:00 – 2:00pm in the auditorium.  All Mendon and Upton residents are welcome to attend.  Mrs. Applefield will speak about her life and her loss as a survivor of the atrocities of the World War II Holocaust. As a four year old Jewish girl, her country of Poland was attached by Germany setting off a series of tragic events that destroyed her family and would see genocide committed on over six million European Jews. Mrs. Applefield will speak about what hate and prejudice did to her family and life. As a victim to the Holocaust, she knows her personal experiences have an impact on people. Her story is not about hatred toward Jewish people, it is about prejudice against all people the Nazis did not like. Survivors of the Holocaust are a dying breed. This speaker wants to make an impression and an impact to make others aware.  “This program is supported in part by a grant from the Mendon Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency”.

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