Calendar of Events

Come visit us at our new location!  
297 East State Street
Granby, MA 01033 

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Great Summer Reading!!  
Visit our Children's Page to learn more about the Summer Reading Program for youth and teens.  Visit our Adult Page to learn more about our Adult Summer Reading Program! 

Jay Mankita in Concert for Kids! 
The Amazing Time Travel Show
Thursday, August 7th at 6:30pm
An amazing musical journey through time and space for young readers and adventurers!  Don't miss Jay at our Summer Reading Program Finale! 
 

Quilters Retreat Days
The 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at 12:30pm. 
Next Sessions - August 13th and 27th
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!  

 

Quilting ABC's Class
Thursdays, September 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and October 2nd 
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Join a beginning quilters' class for a fun five-week session in learning the basics of quilting at the Granby Free Public Library in September in the Community Room.  If you've been looking for an easy way to try quilting, get answers to quilting questions or have a quilting UFO (unfinished object) in your closet, perhaps this is the place for you.  Members from the town's COA Quilters will present the class and several members will be on hand to give individual attention to attendees.  This program will be free of charge but have limited number of spaces available.  A registration form is available at the library or for download here.  More information is available at the library. 

 

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

 

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.  
 

Got Summer Reading?  Granby High School Summer Reading.  We've got you covered!
The Library has your required summer reading books.  You may check out 1 summer reading book at a time for one period of 3 weeks.  Many other students are reading the same books, so please fill out the hold form ahead of time, return it to the library and we will hold a copy of the book you need and notify you when it comes in.  

You can view your required summer reading lists at http://www.edline.net/pages/Granby_JrSr_High_School/SUMMER_READING_2014

 

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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