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Quilters Retreat Days
The 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at 12:30pm. 
Next Sessions - September 10th and 24th
The Granby Free Public Library is hosting a Quilters Retreat Day twice a month in our Community Room! Anyone wishing to join is more than welcome!  Bring your project, sewing machine and whatever you will need to work.  A few experienced quilters will be there to offer help!  

Scrabble at the Library
Tuesdays at 1pm and Thursdays at 6pm 
Adults who are avid Scrabble fans - join us!  Drop in to join in on some friendly games of Scrabble.  

Round Robin Quilt Group
Friday, September 19th from 10:30am to 3:00pm
This group meets on the third Friday of every month.  The group will not be meeting December.  

New Writer's Club!  
Saturdays at 11am
All are welcome!  A writing prompt will be provided but does not have to be used.  No writer is forced to share their words but it is encouraged - only positive feedback will be given!  Sign up at the library or just drop in.  

Town-Wide Fall Craft Sale & Flea Market
Saturday, September 27th from 9am to 3pm  *Rain date Oct. 4th
On the Town Common
Spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are $30 for each 15' x 15' space.  You may also choose to have your tag sale at your own home in Granby and be added to our Town-Wide Tag Sale Map for $6.  For more information contact the library at 413-467-3320 or granbypubliclibrary(at)gmail(dot)com. 
Download the forms:  Registration Form  |  Seller Information Sheet  |  Home Tag Sale Map Form

"How to Be Compassionate" Book Discussion 
Thursday, October 2nd at 6:30pm

Please read Chapter 1 of "How to Be Compassionate: A Handbook for Creating Inner Peace & a Happier World" Dalai Lama and join us for discussion.

Doing genealogy research?  The Granby Library now has access to Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest Online for all patrons doing research in the library!  Stop in today for more information.  
Ancestry Library - Must be used in the library.
HeritageQuest Online - Must have library barcode to access.

Check out a great resource for America's news and local newspapers all in one place at NewsBank InfoWeb!  Unlimited access with just your library card barcode! 

Meeting Rooms
The New Granby Free Public Library has meeting room space available for use by any non-profit group or organization by reservation!  Click the links below to read our policies and print an application for reservation.  Meeting Room Use Policy / Meeting Room Application
Community Room Use Policy / Community Room Application / Community Room Key Policy

The Granby Library has a booth at Kev's Barnyard Flea Market
Stop in at Kev's Barnyard and check out a wide array of items such as vases, tea cups, kitchen tools, lamps, framed pictures and prints, dishes, office supplies, jewelry, candles, knick-knacks, small appliances and more.  All proceeds benefit the New Library Furnishings Fund.  Kev's Barnyard Flea Market - Located in the Chateau Harmony Building.  185 West State Street, Granby. Our booth is on the upper floor!  Open Weds through Sun 10am to 4:30pm.  
  

 

Today in Our Libraries:  End the Digital Lockout 

  • 75% of Americans aged 16-29 say free access to computers and Internet is very important for libraries to have.  BUT There are only 6,044 computers with internet access in libraries to serve a Massachusetts population of 6,646,144.  Every 6 minutes a Massachusetts resident sits down at a library computer.
  • 83% of our residents want statewide access to eBooks.  BUT  Due to vendor lending restrictions, residents have limited access to eBooks.  Residents can get print and other materials from libraries across the state. 
  • Making matters worse, some publishers charge libraries 6X more than consumers for the same eBook.  Print and eBooks can be lent the same number of times so why the price disparity? Libraries simply cannot afford a 600% increase in the cost of books.  12 of the top 25 of USA Today's bestsellers are not for sale to our libraries.  
  • eBook demand is up over 5,000%!  In comparison, demand for print went up 12%, video went up 20% and audio went up 2.9%.  
  • How did we get to this point?  Years of underfunding libraries have left them struggling to bring new technology in and into the hands of our residents.  Funding to support library technology is down 56% and State Aid to support local libraries is down 31%. 
  • Increased funding to libraries will break the digital lockout!  

Why is the Library Important to You?

  • More people visit Massachusetts public libraries each year than attend entire seasons of the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics combined.  
  • 37% = Reduction in state funding to support libraries since 2001.
  • 85,000 = Number of open hours lost by libraries since 2002. 
  • 58 million = Number of items borrowed by residents last year - about 110 per minute. 
  • 1/10th of 1% = Percentage of the state's budget that goes to support libraries. 
  • $1.05 = State aid funding to libraries per resident.
  • 22,000 = Number of people using their library's internet every day (no including WiFi). 
  • 24/7 = Free access for every resident to the best online information through mass.gov/libraries
  • 14.3 = Items that were delivered by the Massachusetts Library System through Interlibrary Loan last year.
  • In a single year eBook borrowing has more than tripled. 

Statistics from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Legislative Agenda FY2014
Check them out and support your library!  
Video: www.youtube.com/users/masslibraries
Website: libraries.state.ma.us
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mblcma
 

 

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