February School Vacation Week


Go on an African Safari!

Wednesday, February 20th at 10:30am

Get ready to go wild!  Join us for a safari adventure in Kenya.  Spot an elephant or prowling lion with Alice and Phil Denette as your guide.  Kids are also welcome to make clay safari animals.  This is a family program, all ages are welcome!

Lego Free Build Block Party

Thursday, February 21st from 1-3pm

Bring your imagination and build away with our extensive collection of Lego.  Ages 4 and up.  Drop in!

Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

Wednesday, February 20th at 2pm

Reserve a spot to read to Milo from 2-3:30pm. Children in Kindergarten & up will enjoy reading aloud to gentle, comforting Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs.  Please stop into the library or call during open library hours to pre-register for a 20 minute time "read to a dog" slot.  Space is limited.

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.
*There will be NO Playgroup on Wednesday, February 13th.
*There will be Playgroup during February School Vacation Week on Weds Feb. 20th and Fri Feb. 22nd.
Play, Learn and Connect at Granby Library’s Playgroups


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, March 1st at 3:15pm

A book club for ages 8-12.   
The group will read "Shipwrecked - Island" by Gordon Korman, then we'll chat on Friday, January 4th at 3:15pm!
March 1st meeting - Anne of Green Gables (Classics Starts Edition)
April 5th meeting - Tale of Beetle the Bard 
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.)