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!


September is National Hispanic Heritage Month

Check out our book display and our outdoor StoryWalk: La Princesa and the Pea and learn some Spanish words! Join us to make Mexican paper flowers on the 17th. 

CFCE Playgroup

Every Wednesday and Friday at 10:30am
Ages birth - 5 (older siblings welcome)

New SATURDAY Playgroup! 
To be held on the third Saturday of each month at 10:30amn
October 15th, November 19th & December 17th

Parents and grandparents - join Miss Marti for a free playgroup where you and your child can play and enjoy an activity, stories and songs! Don't wear your best - we get messy and have fun. 
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.


Chess Play

Are you interested in a drop in chess playing time? Leave your contact info if so! When we get enough interest we will meet on Thursdays from 3 - 4pm.  We have sets to play with!
Please note - No lessons will be provided.
For kids ages 8 & up, that can already play chess at any level.

Mexican Paper Flowers

Saturday, September 17th at 10:30am

Drop in to make a colorful bouquet with tissue paper!
Ages 3 and up with help. 

Fall Fun Drop-in Crafts

Saturday, September 24th at 10:30am

Get ready for fall! Drop in to create a scarecrow's head magnet, a scratch art leaf and more! 

Halloween Read-a-Bingo Sheets

September 17th through October 22nd

Sign up, ask for a sheet, read books about the objects pictured on the Bingo sheet. Get a Halloween Bingo when you read 4 in a row. When you get 2 Bingos (in any direction) show us your Bingo sheet on October 4th or later for a prize.
Ages 3-10 years.

Would you like to play Magic the Gathering?

Ages 10 and up

Let us know you're interested in meeting on Thursdays or Fridays at 3:30pm. 

Read to a Dog! Reading Buddies

Thursdays from 3:30pm - 5pm

Upcoming dates: 
October 20th
November 3rd and 17th
December 1st, 15th and 29th

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


Book Club Bookworms

A Book Group for Ages 8-12

For our next meeting Friday, October 7th at 3:15pm we will read short ghost stories (each reader's choice)!  We will have some icebreaker activities, a snack and a craft at the meeting. 

Upcoming dates: 
November 4th, and December 2nd

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!