Summer Time Fire Safety

Storywalks & Giveaways

The Granby Fire Department has gifted the library with really nice Granby Fire Department lunch bags filled with goodies! Inside each thermal bag is: glow sticks, glow in the dark bracelet, gel ice pack, mini first aid kit, plastic frisbee, candies, stickers, and a cup! Fire safety is really important all year round. 

Check out at least one fire safety themed book and you will get one filled bag, a firefighter hat and coloring book. Call for a fire themed book and a pickup time for curbside pickup! 

Fire Safety Storywalks that will be up in mid-August: 
Firefighter's Handbook by Meghan McCarthy
Pete the Cat: Firefighter by James Dean

We are here to support you!

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 a topic and need some book resources? Call us! 

Book bundles are available! 
5 picture books "bundled" together by fun themes and ideas that are ready to take home. We can make a bundle for many more topics - just ask!
Bundle list: Bears, Birds, Cats, Dinosaurs, Dogs, Ducks, Farms, Fairytales, Feelings, Funny pets, Gardens, Horses, I Spy, Ponds, Pigs, Princesses, Rabbits, Silly Vegetables, Summer/Beach, Trucks & Trains. 

Eric Carle Museum and Forest Park Zoo Passes
Both locations are open by reservation - and are accepting library passes! Call the Library to find out if one is available. 

Congratulations to all those who participated in the Summer Reading Program!  GREAT JOB! Please save your book bucks until we open to use as raffle tickets or to buy books from our special book cart. We hope to see you soon!

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. 
Free resources and a list of education companies offering free subscriptions. 
Discover fun ways to grow your child's math skills.
STEM experiments and space themed storytimes.
Activate your kids' imagination with podcasts, audiobooks, and music.
Join the PBS Kids newsletter for access.
Scholastic Learn at Home


 

Playgroup

Play, Learn and Connect at Granby Library’s Playgroups
Playgroup has gone virtual!


Marti will be hosting a live CFCE summer Zoom playgroup in July and August. The virtual playgroup will be every Tuesday morning, at 10 am (families are welcome to come and go as you need to, just like regular playgroups),  We will be meeting on Tuesdays August 4 and 11.
Mr. Eric will join us for a live music sing-a-long on Aug 11th at 10 am

Every week at our Zoom playgroup we will explore a new theme; read a children's book, do a related sensory/art activity together and chat about the theme, and do a few finger plays/circle songs together. This playgroup and the related activities I share can be enjoyed/adapted for ages birth to age 7.


E-mail Marti at mwiechman@collaborative.org  for a  Zoom link to join us for as many groups as you wish- no need to sign up, and the same Zoom link will work for all meetings plus a description of our themes and activities:
Weekly CFCE virtual playgroup from 10 am to noon on Tuesdays through  Aug 11

You will need to download the newest version of Zoom on your computer, tablet or smart phone.
Each week we will be posting related STEAM activities on the library Facebook page.  These screen free activities will also be printed out and available by the library front door during pick up hours. You don’t need to attend the Zoom playgroup to enjoy these fun activities with your family
The overall theme will be All About Me.  Here are the weekly themes and activities:


July 28-Aug 3 All About My Neighborhood
Activities to try at home this week: Create a map of your house, neighborhood or town in chalk outside, or on paper indoors; make a milk carton village, cardboard house, box fire station, fishing boat,etc; paint kindness rocks or appreciation rocks for a neighborhood rock “garden;”
Preparation for next week: Look for farms when you are in the car with your family, make a list of what animals and crops you see on the farm- what colors are they?

August 4-10 All About My Community- Farms
August 4 at 10 am Join Zoom playgroup  making cornstarch goop and play with making it different colors/mixing colors (bring some plastic farm animals to hide in the goop, if you have any), talk about what animals/crops/colors you saw on a farm during your drive this week, and read a story.
Activities to try at home this week: magazine cutout farm; playdough animals with a juice carton barn; color mixing; squirt gun art, clay squishing; dancing lemon ladybug.
Preparation for next week- Look for ponds, lakes or woods while out on a drive with your family- if possible, plan a family walk on a nature trail. Draw a picture of what you see to share.

August 11-17 All About My Community- Ponds, Lakes, Woods
** August 11, 10 am Join Zoom playgroup for  Mr. Eric music sing-a-long , a story, and talk about what you saw/drew on your nature drive/nature walk. 
Activities to try at home this week: Play Go fish card game or magnet fishing game; make a faux fishbowl; make a fairy house in the woods; paint with nature; paper bowl turtles; wave machine/calming bottle; painting with water

 

Birthday Bonus - Is it your birthday?

Let us know it's your birthday month and you will get a birthday certificate, sticker & coupon for a free book from our book sale cart.

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!!

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!