Celebrate DINovember with us!

The earth around the library is starting to rumble! What's happening?

DINovember Dino Find
Through the month of November, find and identify a whole alphabet of dinosaurs (through wall stickers). Show us your Find Sheet for a small prize!

Picture yourself with the dinosaurs!
Take a photo in front of our dinosaur packed backdrop.

Drop-in Scratch Art dinosaur craft 
*While supplies last

Put together a dinosaur puzzle

Check out our dinosaur track case

Bring home a dinosaur library book from our collection

Role play with dinosaur figures

Through November - For all ages! 


November Youth Happenings at the Granby Free Public Library

Download and print out the full flyer here.

CFCE Playgroup at the Granby Library

Wednesdays and Fridays 10:30am to 11:30am

Join us for this free playgroup where you and your child (birth - age 5) can enjoy playtime, an activity and circle time with facilitator Marti. There is a limit of 12 individuals per playgroup session. Please pre-register. 

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.


Outdoor Playtime

Wednesdays and Fridays 11:30am - 12pm

Stop by to join Marti outside for some outdoor fun. No sign up required for this outdoor time. Stay after Playgroup or come specially for Outdoor Play on our library patio and lawn area. Dress for the weather and possible messy activity. 

Zoom Baby Signing

Fridays through December 17th at 9:30am

Emal Marti for the Zoom link - mwiechman@collaborative.org

Reading Buddies

Thursdays 3:30 - 5pm December 2nd 30th

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


Granby Free Public Library Children's Room Newsletter

Paper copies of our Children's Room Newsletter are available in the lobby of the library. If you'd like to be added to the GFPL Children's Room Newsletter email list, please email Janice McArdle at janicemcardlegpl@gmail.com.

View our current newsletter here.


Holiday I-Spy

Check out our aquariums with I Spy items inside. Pick up an I Spy checklist and get spying some holiday scenes! Hand in your sheet for a holiday treat through December.

Holiday Gingerbread Themed Crafts

Thursdays, December 9th from 3pm to 6:30pm and Saturday, December 4th from 11am to 1pm.
In the Children's Program Room, make an assortment of festive faux gingerbread theme crafts - magnets, pins, house front. Tables will be distanced and only 8 allowed in the room at one time.

Ages 3 and up. Pre-register! 

Ugly Sweater Contest!

Create or buy an ugly sweater and show it off!

Drop off your ugly sweater for display between November 30th and December 4th. Library patrons will then vote for the best adult and children's sweaters. Voting will end December 11th.

Kid's Ugly Sweater DIY Decoration Bar

All day on November 27th and 30th. December 1st from 12pm and on. 
Drop in to pick up decorations for your DIY sweater at our ugly sweater decoration supply bar. Fill a small bag of things that you can sew or glue on to your sweater at home. Bring your sweater to display at the library by Saturday, December 4th!

Library Holiday Sale

December 4th through the holidays

Holiday gift baskets and homemade craft and knit items will be for sale at the library. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Granby Library, who support the library's programming. 

Hot Cocoa Bar - Saturday, December 4th from 10:30am to 1pm in the Community Room. Enjoy a treat while you shop! 

Reindeer Scavenger Hunt

Through December 18th

Oh, no! It's a few weeks before Christmas and all of Santa's reindeer have gone missing in the town of Granby. Help the Granby Library find them for Santa. Pick up a clue sheet starting on December 4th and return it to the Library by December 18th for a chance to win fun prizes. Fun for all ages! Prize categories for both adults and children. 
*Each child who signs up for the Reindeer Scavenger Hunt will receive a Take & Make Reindeer Holiday Craft.

Book Club Bookworms

a Book Group for Ages 8-12

Icebreaker game, book chat and activitiy included at our meeting. Copies of the books are available at the library in advance.

Friday, February 4th at 3:15pm
The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin

It's the Chinese New Year and Pacy and her family in New York are preparing a delicious dinner in celebration. Friendship and Asian American cultures make for a fun read. The group will also celebrate Chinese New Year at this meeting! Read the book and 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! 


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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: https://digital.scholastic.com/site/launch/tcb?ucn=600019968
On Teachables:    
         Username – granbypl
         Password – granbypl
 *You must go though our link – the picture on our library Children’s tab/ page*
Help Navigating
Here’s 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.
Find coloring pages themed around bilingual Nick Jr. characters with words in English and Spanish.
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


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!