Playgroup

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

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!

Puppet Show - Two Dinosaurs Are Better Than One

Wednesday, February 21st at 11am

Two Dinosaurs Are Better Than One by the Talking Hands Theater
Meet different kinds of dinosaurs from the Jurassic Era, and find out what the dinosaurs plan to do about that big carnivore, Allosaurus, who is pushing everyone else around.  Catchy songs and bright puppets make this a fun show!  
Please pre-register for this event.  Ages 2 and up.

Makerspace Workshop

Saturday, February 24th from 11am to 1pm

Technology Fun with Arthur and Peter Evans!
Who: Anyone curious about new technologies. Ages 11 - 18
What: 3D printing, robotics, and more!
Space is limited, so please pre-register for this event.

Each participant will design and print their own 3D image.  We'll play with robotics such as Little Bits Electronics, Ozobots and Spheros.  There won't be time to print everything during the workshop, but Makerspace Workshops will print all items and send them to the library for later pick up. 
*Sponsored by the Friends of the Granby Library

New! Saturday Storytimes!

March 17th at 10:45am

Join us on the third Saturday of each month for fun seasonal storytimes with special guest reader, Miss Coco.  Stories, songs & crafts included!  Drop in. 

Book Club Bookworms

Friday, March 2nd at 3:15pm

A book club for ages 8-12.   
For our March 2nd meeting, read "Awkward" by Svetlana Chmakova.  Copies of the book are available at the Library. 

For our April 6th meeting, read "Who Was Sacagawea" by Judith Bloom Fradin.?

Easter Storytime

Saturday, March 17th at 10:45am

After the story & songs, we invite you to join us in decorating eggs.  If you would like to decorate eggs, bring some hard boiled eggs, we will provide the rest!  Ages 3-7.  Drop in. 

Easter Egg Decorating

Saturday, March 17th at 11am

Bring your own hard boiled eggs and we'll provide dyes and decorations!  Families will have the best time working together and you will leave with one colorful display!  *Pre-register for this popular event!

Forest Park Zoo on the Go

Saturday, April 7th at 11am and 11:40am

Forest Park Zoo on the Go will be stopping by the library with some of their animal friends.  Your child will get to learn interesting facts about exotic animals and get to touch them too! This wild time is perfect for children of any age and adults!  
*Pre-register for one of the two shows.  This program is funded in part by a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant from the MA Department of Early Education and Care as well as by the Friends of the Granby Library. 

Come & Create! Fusible Beads

Wednesday, April 18th at 10:30am

Fusible beads are a fun activity!  Using a peg board, you place your beads onto the pegs following the designs or creating your own design.  Once your design is laid out, an adult will apply an iron to fuse each creation.  Ages 5 & up.  Drop in!

Color Your World - Doodle Art and Zentangle

Friday, April 20th at 10:30am

We'll provide the coloring tools and elaborate coloring sheets; bring your creative mind & let's experiment with color.  Learn how to create fun doodles in Zentangle.  
Open to ages 5 - 12.  Drop in! 

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.)