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

Ages Birth - 5

Drop in every Wednesday and Friday at 10:30am 
Join us for this free playgroup where you and your child can enjoy playtime, an activity and story circle time with Marti. Playgroup welcomes all families with children birth through age 5 and siblings!

No in-library Playgroups will be held June 12th and 14th (Field Trip)
No Playgroup on June 19th - The Library is closed for "Juneteenth"
No Playgroup June 26th and 28th

Summer Playgroup - Once weekly on Wednesdays
July 10th - August 21st at 10:30am

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.

Summer Kick Off! - Family Celebration

June 21st from 10:30am to 12pm

Families are invited to join us for fun, games and music. Rain or Shine!

10:30 am - Enjoy outdoor games (weather permitting)

Indoor activities (inclement weather)

11 am - Music with Under the Tree Arts

All Families Welcome to Drop In! 

Sign up for the Summer Reading Adventure too!

This event is made possible with funding from a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant from the MA Department of Early Education & Care, administered by the Collaborative for Educational Services.

Read to a Dog! Reading Buddies

Thursdays from 3:30pm - 5pm

Give your kids a fun, laid back chance to practice by reading to a dog. Our friendly, certified therapy pooch is ready to listen (along with their human teammate). A child's reading improves with practice – and the dog vocabulary will benefit, too!
Dog + kid + book = fun! Pencil in a pup appointment! 

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!

Thursdays 3:30 -5pm
June 27th
July 11th and 25th 
August 8th and 22nd
September 5th and 19th

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

Meetings include an ice breaker activity, discussion and activity. Join us! Add your name to the email list for updates.

Friday, June 14th at 3:15pm
Frindle by Andrew Clements

*Booksworms will be off for the Summer! See you in September. 

Rock & Mineral Program

Saturdays: July 13th and August 3rd from 10:30am to 12:30pm

Granby rock collector, Jack Marcy, will show you his collection and 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 of your own, bring it in!
Ages 8-12. *Pre-register for each session. Come to 1, 2, or all 3! 

Summer Reading Adventure

June 21st - August 9th (Ages birth - 11 years)

How the Summer Reading Adventure works: Put an X on each calendar day that you read/are read to for at least 15 minutes between June 21st and August 9th - using our log page. When you reach 25 days of reading, turn in your log page. You will receive a Cindy's Coupon for a free ice cream cone & a free book coupon. The log page is also your raffle entry for raffle prizes. *Bring your log page in by August 9th.

Folders & Stickers: When you sign up for the summer reading adventure, you will receive a folder. Keep "Your Adventure Begins at Your Library" folder & log page in a safe place all summer. Each week of the summer program we will have weekly theme stickers for you to pick up & decorate your folder with. Visit weekly for a sticker! 

Prizes this year: We will have small theme raffles this summer for checking out theme books, scavenger hunts, attending select programs; Dinosaur, Super Hero, Craft, Pokemon, and Disney. There will be a few large prizes. Main prizes: $175 gift card for Southwick's Zoo, $125 Lupa Zoo Seasonal Family Pass. 

The last day of the program is August 9th, pick up your coupons, free book & turn in your log page by August 9th! 

DIY Dinosaur Lego Glasses Build

Friday, June 21st at 10:30am

Pre-register to create a pair of Lego type dinosaur glasses to keep! Ages 5 and up. 

Dinosaur I Spy & Hunt

June 14th - 28th

Earn a chance for doing each; the I Spy and the Dino Hunt, and earn chances for a dinosaur prize. Guess how many dino eggs are in the jar, too! 

Super Hero Take-Home Lego Mystery Challenge Boxes

June 21st - 25th

Sign out a box of Lego and return it by July 25th with a creation on top using the included super hero figure. Returned creations on display July 25th-31st. Ages 4 and up. 

Craft Camp

Thursday, July 11th at 3pm

Suncatchers, paint a plaster pet, Perler Beads, craft basket raffle and more. Get your craftiness on!
Drop in, ages 3 and up. 

Gotta Catch 'Em All

July 2nd - 6th

Check out a Pokemon book this week and get a raffle ticket for a Pokemon prize (1 ticket per visit). Do the Pokemon Scavenger Hunt for another chance to win the prize (1 time per child). Pokemon activity table, too! 

Disney Week

July 9th - 13th

Check out a Disney book or DVD this week and get a raffle ticket for a Disney Basket. Disney activity table, too! 

Artful Mechanisms

Thursday, July 18th at 10:30am

Jay Mankita of Playful Engineers presents this hands-on, creative engineering workshop in which imagination meets the marvels of mechanical movement. Construct your own mechanisms! Through these simple kinetic creations, we will explore and discover the interplay of form and function. Come and build a simple mechanical linkage, or delve into the complexities of crank-driven automata, and take home what you build. 
Pre-register. Ages 7 through teen. 

Guess the Book in the Jar

July 16th - 30th

If you guess which book is shredded in the jar you win a surprise (book related) pack!

Lego Marvel Adventure "The Hulk"

Thursday, July 25th at 10:30am

In this group build, assemble a large hulk mosaic. Enter a Marvel book raffle. Ages 4 and up. Drop in! 

Harry Potters Adventures

August 1st - 3rd

Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday with drop-in Harry Potter fun! Harry Potter themed Lego, Puzzles, Bookmarks and Raffle. Ages 6 and up. 

Critter Encounters! "Let's Go On a Bug Hunt"

Thursday, August 8th at 2:30pm

Discover some of our fascinating local bugs - such as beetles, worms, slugs, ladybugs and caterpillars with "Hands On Nature!" Observe live bugs with magnifiers and see the world through the eyes of an insect with our "bug glasses." Learn more about the world of insects as we explore together on a fun LIVE BUG HUNT on the grounds of the library! Rain or shine.
Pre-register. Ages 3 and up. 

Guess How Many Rainbow Worms are in the Jar

August 1st - 17th

The person with the closest guests wins the worm critters in the jar!

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).

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! 

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.

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.