Baby-Toddler Sign Language Classes Live Online

Wednesday Mornings at 10:30am

Are you ready to help your young child to communicate objects, emotions and desires by using some easy baby sign language? 
Join a 6 week live, online series on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 -11 am. starting January 20 and running to March 4, free, brought to you by The Collaborative for Educational Services.
Each week we will be learning new ASL signs and how to use them to support young children learn and use language, gain early literacy skills, and decrease frustration/challenging behaviors. Attend as many as you like.
The Granby Library playgroup facilitator and young child whisperer, Marti Wiechman, Early Learning Specialist will be teaching the classes. Email Marti for the zoom link at        

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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

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Learn to sew your own teddy bear!

Kids ages 6 and up are invited to take home a Teddy Bear Kit created by Amber, a library teen volunteer, which will include all supplies and a simple step-by-step instruction booklet. Amber has also made a great step-by-step video to sew along with!  

Sign up for a Teddy Bear Kit from December 29th on. Kit pick up will be January 19th - 22nd in the library lobby during open hours Tues-Fri 10:30am to 5:30pm.

Valentine Take & Make Bags

February 2nd - 12th

Make your own valentines with a variety of materials we will provide. Just add glue and crayons/markers. Stop by our lobby during pick-up open library hours T-F 10:30am to 5:30pm to pick up a bag. *While supplies last

Make & Take at the Granby Library & CFCE Zoom Playgroup

Join Marti, our playgroup facilitator, each week from 10-11am for sensory play, stories, songs & take and make crafts from the library.

Below are the playgroup dates. The Take & Make bags will be available at the library Tues-Fri 10:30am to 5:30pm. 

January 19th - The Snowman
Create your own snowman with cotton balls & more and hear a snowman story. (Pick up Make & Take Bag January 12-15)

January 26th - Snowflakes
Let it snow! Design your own snowflakes with cotton balls. We'll read a snowflake story. (Pick up Make & Take Bag January 19-22)

February 2nd - Valentine's Day
Tell someone how special they are when you make your own valentines with supplies we provide. A friendship story today. (Pick up Make & Take Bag January 26-29)

February 9th - Chinese New Year
To celebrate make a paper lantern, a magical dragon and hear a story about Chinese New Year. (Pick up Make & Take Bag February 2-5)

February 16th - No Playgroup

February 23rd - Post Office

Create a mailperson's carrier and some letters "to mail." What's it like to deliver the mail? We will read about it! (Pick up Make & Take Bag February 16-19)

March 2nd - Look Out Your Window
Assemble and decorate a window to peek through. Hear a story about what's outside our windows. (Pick up Make & Take Bag February 23-26)


What should we read next? Need help trying to figure out what to read next! We can help you with reader’s advisory for all ages. Learning about any topic and need some book…resources? Call us.


Books &  Bundles are Available!  5 picture books “bundled” together by themes that are ready to go. The Book Bundle list is on our library website. 

We can easily make a custom bundle for many more topics – just ask! Simply call and ask for a selection of books we will choose for you, based on your child’s age & interests!

*Our library backpacks and tote kits are not circulating at this time.      


Granby Library’s Playgroup on Zoom!

Every Tuesday at 10am

The Collaborative will sponsor this early literacy and STEM CFCE Playgroup every Tuesday at 10am. 

Join our playgroup leader, Marti live on Zoom for hands on sensory play, plus circle songs and storytime. Email the library at or (same link each week) link to the join in!

Everyone is welcome! Ideal for ages birth to 7 years.

Parent Conversation Groups on Zoom geared to the challenges of raising young children in the Time of COVID.

Visit for updates! You will need to download the newest version of Zoom on your computer, tablet or smart phone.

Granby Free Public Library is now offering access to Scholastic Teachables!

Scholastic Teachables offers worksheets, lesson plans, learning games, and more! Printable activities for any subject: math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing, and beyond. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, and skills sheets for kids in any grade.   Contact the library for login information to get started from home! 

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.


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! 


ABC Mouse at the Library

New!! 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!