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

Fridays at 10:30 am through August 19th

Summer Playgroups 
Through August 19th  Fridays at 10:30 am

To be held indoors for the rest of the summer due to hot temperatures. *Dress for a Mess* Playtime & Circle Time. Drop in! 

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.

Reading Buddies

Upcoming dates: 
Wed, August 10 & 24 from  11- 12:30
Thurs, September 8th from  3:30- 5pm
(No Reading Buddies Sept. 22  - the biweekly slot)

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


Flamingo Flock Find

Through August

The Library has an escaped flamingo flock! Can you help us find them? Ask for a Flamingo Flock Find Sheet then begin your hunt! The Flamingos are located in the garden areas outside the Children's Room. 

Flamingo Flock Find Sheets for all ages! Older kids write down flamingo names and younger kids check off flamingos by numbers. When you return your Flaming Find Sheet to a librarian, you will be rewarded with a "flamingo" egg - which contains a mini slime & mini yard flamingo. Your Flamingo Find Sheet will serve as a raffle ticket to win a bag of flamingo swag! 

Guess How Many Flamingos in the Jar

Guess how many flamingos are in the jar and you will get a fun flamingo prize pack! 

The Titanic

Through August

Want to learn more about the Titanic? Check out our Titanic display including fascinating books, activity sheets & a miniature model Titanic this month. The RMS Titanic, a British passenger ship, was once known as the "Unsinkable Titanic." How did it get this name, which would later prove to be grossly inaccurate? 
Titanic Activities for Children by Beverly Hernandez Thought Co.

Pirates Bounty, Ahoy Matie!

Through August

Check out our pirate books, activity sheets, pirate I Spy Jr. (for children up to age 5) and pirate themed StoryWalk, "Pirate Pete." Pirate Pete is in search of a crew for his new ship, and applicants must not only know how to act like a pirate but talk like one, too. 

Book Club Bookworms

A Book Group for Ages 8-12

Pick up a copy of "The Secret Zoo" to read this summer then join us in the fall. Date to be determined. 

Meetings include an ice breaker, discussion, and activity. Join us! 

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! 


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!