Granby Free Public Library Children's Room Newsletter

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Keep up with the most relevant information about the Granby Free Public Library and what's happening in the Children's Room!


CFCE Playgroup

Every Wednesday and Friday at 10:30am
Ages birth - 5 (older siblings welcome)
Join us for this free playgroup where you and your child (birth-5 years) can enjoy playtime, an activity and story circle time with Marti. 

*Spring Playgroups will end Wednesday, June 21st. There will be a break before Summer Playgroups start - once weekly. Date to be determined.
Playgroup is made possible with funding from a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant from the MA Department of Early Education and Care, administered by the Collaborative for Educational Services.

Help the Endangered Monarch Butterflies

Known for its bright orange colors and its incredible annual migration, the monarch butterfly is now classified as "endangered." The monarch caterpillar's only food source, milkweed, is rapidly disappearing and so are the butterflies. Pick up books about monarchs, more tips for helping monarchs and take some milkweed/butterfly weed seeds to plant for monarchs, while supplies last.

Summer Reading Adventure

June 12th - August 4th

Join the Summer Reading Adventure for all ages this summer! All Together Now @ Granby Library
Download the Summer Reading Adventure Flyer Here

Sign up for the Summer Reading Adventure, read or have someone read to you. Log
how many days that you read for at least 15 minutes. Claim your prizes! Ages birth –
11yrs. Check out our summer activities below!

KID’S CRAFT CLUB Tuesdays Drop in throughout the day Ages 3 & up
June 20 - Plant a Seed of Kindness Sunflower activities
June 27 - Kindness Quilt Create a quilt square & add it to our quilt.
July 6 (Thurs.) - Friendship with Elephant & Piggie Elephant & Piggie fun!
July 11 - Be Kind To Animals Sign up to adopt a Plush Pet Pal (gently
used in library) Enjoy some Bluey Themed Fun!
July 18 - The Dot Make your mark and add a dot to to our “Dot Art Show.”
July 25 - Charlotte’s Web Add words of encouragement to the web!
August 1 - Build a Better World Drop in STEM activities; Maze Stunts, Straw Fort,
Builderific and more!

Can’t make it on Crafty Tuesdays? We will bag left-over crafts,which will be
available while supplies last. Each week, check out a themed display of books.

Summer StoryWalks & Guessing Jars
Mystery Character Boxes – Book character friends will be wrapped
in boxes. One character box for ages 5 & under and one for ages 6 & up. Can you
guess who they are using 3 weekly clues? Fill out weekly guess slips and if you are
correct, you will be entered in a drawing to win what’s inside the box! *Starts in August.

Log reading between June 12-August 4
Write the date on your log sheet circle each day that you read (or are read to) for at least 15 minutes. Keep your log sheet & Grand Prize Entry sheet all summer. Fill out an Entry Ticket for each 5 days that you read (15 minutes or more). After 15 days of reading you earn a 2 pack of gel pens & Cindy’s Ice Cream Coupon.
After 30 days of reading you earn a Goodie Grab Bag, a lei & a free book.
**Full instructions are attached to log sheets. **Prizes for children 4 & under differ.

​Alchemy Laboratory, Ed the Wizard

Thursday, June 29 at 2pm

Learn levitation and transfiguration…magic meets real science! Kids will learn how to
perform magic using items they have at home. Perfect for Harry Potter fans!
**Pre-register**Ages 7 & up

This program is supported by a grant from the Granby Cultural, a local agency
which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

​Bugaboo Review Puppet Show

Thursday, July 13 at 11am

Some people think creepy crawlies are just plain gross. But if you look closely, every
bug in your garden has a song to sing about the special job it does to help plants grow.
Lean more about why it’s important to keep bugs alive and to eat and garden
organically. Interactive songs. Recommended for ages 2-8. Pre-register!

This program is supported by a grant from the Granby Cultural, a local agency which is supported
by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Rock & Mineral Program

Saturdays at 10:30am on June 3rd, July 1st and August 5th

Granby Rock Collector, Jack Marcy, will show you his collection, teach you how to identify and catalog rocks and minerals. You will take home rocks and minerals to start your own collection. If you have a collection, bring it with you! Ages 8 to 12. *Pre-register for each session. Come to 1, 2 or all 3!

Read to a Dog! Reading Buddies

Thursdays from 3:30pm - 5pm

Upcoming dates: 
June 1st, 15th, and 29th
July 13th and 27th
August 10th and 24th

Children in Kindergarten & up ~ Sign up to reserve a 20 minute spot to read to Gwen, the sweetest greyhound, she loves to be read to!

To pre-register, stop in or call the library during open library hours. 413-467-3320


Book Club Bookworms

A Book Group for Ages 8-12

Friday, June 2nd at 3:15pm
Pick up a copy of Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan 
and join us for an icebreaker and book chat! 

Magic the Gathering Club

Every Friday at 3:30pm

All formats & all levels welcome. Decks will be provided if needed. Drop in to play! Bring decks if you have them. Ages 10 and up.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Make sure your child is as ready as they can be for one of the biggest moments of their little life - starting school. Read them 1,000 books before kindergarten & keep track with this nation-wide program. 

Program Overview: 
The concept if simple, but the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, or toddler. The goal is to read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your child starts kindergarten. 

Sound hard? Not really if you think about it: If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read 365 books in one year - that's 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five, you have more time thatn you think (to get started)! 

How to participate: 
Read with your child. Keep track of how many books you've read by filling in the shapes on your log. Books read at storytime count too! When each log sheet is completed, bring it back to the Youth Services Desk and receive your next log! You will get a sticker for every 100 books read. 

When your child reaches 1,000 books, they will have their photo taken for our Wall of Fame, they will get a certificate and a medal, and may pick out a free book! 

You may read (and re-read) ANY book. We do have a list of book suggestions if you need help choosing books.

Scholastic Teachables

The Granby Library has Scholastic Teachables for you to use for free from any device! Tons of printables, lessons and more for students through grade 6. You do not need to have a Granby library card (other communities welcome). Go to the following link:
On Teachables:    
         Username – granbypl
         Password – granbypl
 *You must go though our link – the picture on our library Children’s tab/ page*
Help Navigating
There are a couple of great YouTube videos that walk you through Scholastic Teachables. These videos help you navigate Teachables for it’s full potential and show you how to reach your specific needs.
Search YouTube for:
                          eResources Review: Scholastic Teachables
                          Volusia Reads: Scholastic Teachables Tutorial
 Remember to use OUR library link, username & password (no library card needed).

Children's Resources

Great online resources offered free of charge

Teach Your Monster To Read! The groundbreaking game that makes learning to read fun!
Learning apps and games.
Make any room a classroom. 
An online hub for literacy and reading that features many lesson plans, activities, and printable materials such as book-themed word searches, crosswords, and memory games. 
Get printable worksheets, at-home lesson plans, craft ideas, and activities. 
STEM experiments and space themed storytimes.
Activate your kids' imagination with podcasts, audiobooks, and music.
Join the PBS Kids newsletter for access.
The publisher offers writing and drawing activities, puzzles, games and mazes, word searches, and coloring pages themed around picture books, nonfiction books, and chapter books.
Candlewick Press has produced a myriad of resources featuring some of our favorite characters like Stink and Mercy Watson. Click on "Resources" and then "Activity Sheets and Reproducibles."
Fun printables based on picture books published by Harper Collins. Also some great storytime tips!
Resources, downloadable activities, bookslists and more! Click on "Activities and Printables" to find printable learn-at-home activities.


ABC Mouse at the Library helps kids learn to read through phonics and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music and much more!  For kids ages 2 - 7+.  Use it on the computers in the Children's Room of the Library!