Playgroup

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

Play, Learn and Connect at Granby Library’s Playgroups
No Playgroup on the following dates: November 29th, December 11th and 27th.


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!

 

After School Lego Building - Freestyle

Fridays, November 15th and 22nd

Come in to the Library on Friday afternoons to get creative with our great collection of Lego blocks and mini figures. Ages 5 and up.

Thanksgiving Crafts

Saturday, November 16 at 11am

Drop in to make a turkey basket and Indian corn hanging. Gobble, gobble!

Strumming with Ukuleles

Thursday, November 21st at 6pm

Strum along with us at this family ukulele program. Kids ages 6 and up through adults are invited to learn to play this fun little instrument. Ukuleles will be on hand to use, or bring your own!
Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. 

Gingerbread House Making

Saturday, December 7th at 11am

Create a holiday favorite with graham crackers, icing & goodies galore! Pre-registration begins November 1st.

Read for Treats

Pick up a Sheet & get a treat for reading!

Pick up a "Read for Treats" sheet and read 5 picture books or 1 chapter book, write the title(s) on the lines provided. Return the sheet to the Library to redeem for a treat!

After School Homework Area

The Program Room within the Children's Room is available for quiet study and homework on weekday afternoons, 2:30pm - 4pm. For ages 8 and up. Homeschoolers - ask, any time the room is not in use.

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! 

 

Book Club Bookworms

The first Friday of each month at 3:15pm

A book club for ages 8-12.   
November 1st meeting - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
December 6th meeting - The Promise by Jackie French Koller

*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.)