Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

Saturday, March 23rd and Wednesday, April 17th

Saturday, March 23 10:30 -12 and Wednesday, April 17  2-3:30pm.

Stop in the Granby Library to meet Milo, a Bright Spot Therapy Dog, reserve a spot to read to the greyhound, from 10:30am on.

Children in Kindergarten & up will enjoy reading aloud to gentle, comforting Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading. 

Please stop in the library or call the library during open library hours to pre-register for a 20 minute time “read to a dog” slot. Space is limited. 

Easter Egg Decorating

Saturday, April 6th at 11am

Bring your own hard boiled eggs and we will provide dyes and decorations! Families will have a great time working together and will leave with one colorful display.
*Pre-register

Spring Read for Treats

Pick up a sheet & get a treat for reading!

Read 5 picture books or 1 chapter book, write the title(s) on the lines on the sheet. Return the sheet to the library for a treat through Friday, April 19th.

Take the Granby Library Kid's Spring Challenge!

Through May 24th

Grab a Spring Reading Challenge Bingo Sheet and join in on the fun!

For readers age 6-12:
Read 4 chapter books in a row based on the subject in each square to complete a bingo and earn a chance to win our Family Game Night Basket.

For younger "read-to-me" participants (birth - 5)
Read 3 rows - 15 picture books, based on the subject in each square to complete a bingo and earn a chance to win our Family Game Night Basket.

Early Reading Skills Workshop

Friday, April 26th at 10:45am

Talking, singing, playing and reading with your child all build early reading skills. Join us to learn how you can do more of these activities with your child and how these and other everyday interactions with your child provide preparation for reading. During Playgroup, free babysitting available. Drop in!

April Vacation Happenings


The Princess Who Escaped From Pirates Puppet Show

Wednesday, April 17th at 11am

At first, even frog disgusts princess Ida, but by the time she sneaks out of the palace and manages to escape from some very silly pirates, this is not a girl to mess with. By the end, she will even face a dragon to rescue the prince she loves.  Performed by Talking Hands Theatre. Pre-register!

Sponsored by the Collaborative for Education and the Friends of the Granby Library.

Come and Create! Fusible Beads

Thursday, April 18th at 6pm

Fusible beads are a fun activity!  Using a peg board, you place your beads onto the pegs following the designs or creating your own. Once your design is laid out, an adult will apply an iron to fuse each creation. Ages 5 and up. Drop in. Special guests will be on hand to help.

Elephant and Piggy Ice Cream Party!

Friday, April 19th at 11am

Listen to "Should I Share My Ice Cream," create some Elephant and Piggy puppets and share some ice cream! All ages welcome.  Pre-register!

Color Your World - Doodle Art Coloring & Zentangle

Saturday, April 20th at 11am

We'll provide the coloring tools & elaborate coloring sheets; bring your creative mind and let's experiment with color. Learn how to create fun doodles in Zentangle. Drop in!  Open to ages 5-12.

Train Table

Please help!

New wooden Thomas trains are needed for our library train table. Feed our dinosaur banks for the cause! Donations of Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway engines & vehicles are also welcome this holiday season!

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. 

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program in a nutshell: 
1. When you enroll your child you will receive a folder that contains your first 100 books chart. For every book read, cross off one circle on your chart.
2. When you have read 100 books to your child, bring the completed chart to the library. Your child will get his or her name on our Wall of Fame (great photo op!), a sticker and a new chart for the next 100 books. 
3. After every 100 books, make sure to pick up your sticker and the next chart.
4. When your child reaches 1,000 books, he or she will receive a book and a Certificate of Achievement.
5. Finished all the steps? Congratulations! You did it! You gave your children a priceless gift - the readiness to read!

Every child in your family can participate, from infant to Kindergarten! 
Does reading 1,000 books seem totally overwhelming? We promise, it's not as hard as you think! 3 books per day for 1 year = 1,095 books . 1 book per day for 3 years = 1,095 books. 

You can:
Read the same book over and over and over
Read in any language
Storytimes count too!

It's simple, fun and we'll help you get there! 

Playgroup

Every Wednesday and Friday 10:30am - 12:30pm For ages birth - 5 years

If there is a school weather delay or cancellation in Granby or Amherst, there will be NO Playgroup.
Play, Learn and Connect at Granby Library’s Playgroups

*There will be NO Playgroup on April 17th and 19th for School Vacation Week


Playgroups provide times where moms and dads, grandparents, caregivers, children and babies can meet in a relaxed and friendly environment. The Granby Library Playgroup meets every Wednesday and Friday at the Granby Library between 10:30am. and 12 noon, is organized and run by the Collaborative for Education. Children have the opportunity to have fun, make new friends and develop many new skills through informal play. Parents and caregivers have a chance to spend quality time with their children while developing relationships with other families. The library’s Playgroup Facilitator, Marti Wiechman, is an excellent resource for parenting skills and techniques.

How it works -  Playgroup takes place in the Children’s Program Room at the Granby Library. Families with children from birth to age 5 (and siblings) are welcome to drop in to Playgroup anytime. Playgroup Schedule: Free play time (including a special weekly activity) takes place from 10:30am. to 11:30am, a healthy snack is served at 11:30am, a circle time and story concludes Playgroup at 11:45am. There is no Playgroup when Granby Schools or the library is closed. Join us!

 

Book Club Bookworms

Friday, April 5th at 3:15pm

A book club for ages 8-12.   
The group will read Tales of Beedle the Bard, then we'll chat on Friday, April 5th at 3:15pm!

May 3rd meeting - Tommysaurus Rex
June 7th meeting - Who was King Tut?

*Copies of the books are available at the library.



 

Registering for Events

Please stop in to the Library or call during open library hours to pre-register for events.

Library phone: 413-467-3320
Library hours: 
T, W, F 10:30am - 5:30pm
Thurs 1-8pm
Sat 10:30am - 1:30pm

Seeking Reach-Out Readers

Would you like to be a guest reader at a Granby Preschool on behalf of the Granby Library?  You are invited to volunteer!  Reach Out Readers is Granby Library’s early literacy program that arranges for a volunteer reader to provide a story time for children in a Granby Childcare Center.  To become a volunteer we require you to complete a volunteer application/volunteer guidelines packet, a CORI background check and volunteer orientation.  We put together books for you. Storytimes may include books, songs, a fingerplay or felt board fun. Our readers are usually needed on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

If you are interested in becoming a Reach Out Readers please contact: Janice McArdle, Youth Service Librarian, Granby Free Public Library by email janicemcardlegpl@gmail.com or telephone 413- 467-3320 during open library hours. 

ABC Mouse at the Library

New!!

ABCmouse.com 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! 

Children's Resources

Recommended by Library Staff



Children's Room Wish List

- New toys, games, puzzles, craft sets, etc for use as prizes or for library use.
- Children's books (new or used)
- Small toys & trinkets (McDonald's toys, party favors, etc.)
- Wrapped candies and bagged candies
- Craft supplies:  markers, white glue, glue sticks, construction paper, feathers, etc.)