Jurassic Egg Encounter

June 8 - July 15

The earth in Granby is starting to rumble, 10" eggs are being spotted in town.. what next?

Help us track and record the trail of the prehistoric invaders this summer in the GPL Jurassic Egg Encounter! 

If you can help us locate the eggs, you will be rewarded with a raffle chance to win great prizes. The best part is the thrill of the hunt! Download the packet here and sign up today! 

Dino Week 2
Dino Week 3
Dino Week 4
Dino Week 5

Baby and Toddler Summer Reading Program 2020

June 10 - July 23

*Ages birth - 3 years

Color in an ice cream cone every time you read 10 picture board books to your child. Each week, pick up a Busy Bag (while supplies last). Busy Bags are meant for older toddlers - with adult supervision. 

Download the packet here! 

Youth Summer Reading Program

June 3 - July 23

Sign up and log in your reading online through Beanstack at https://granbylibrary.beanstack.org or sign up at the library. Download the entire print packet here.
We have stream-lined our programming this summer to keep everyone safe.

Weekly Happenings
Each of these weeks, come to the library, do the weekly activities, storywalk, and pick up a bagged activity & Jurassic Egg Encounter hints.

July 8-15 Jurassic Egg Encounter, Dinosaur Storywalk 
Storywalk -
"How to Catch a Dinosaur" by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton
Jurassic Egg Encounter - Get this week's 2 clues. Bring in your Jurassic Egg Encounter sheet by July 24th, have it checked and pick up your own Jurassic Egg! 

This year, earn an extra Book Buck for each weekly activity you do! 

Fairy House Make & Take Thurs, July 23 2-3pm. Make a fairy house in a container with Minstrel Storyteller, Mary Jo Maichack. Meet other friends of Fairy. Pre-registration required. For ages 5-12 yrs.
*We will have a take & do at home version of this program if necessary.

Join in the Jurassic Egg Encounter!  June 8 – July 10                                       
     The earth in Granby is starting to rumble, 10” eggs are being spotted in   
      town…what next? Help us track and record the trail of the prehistoric   
      invaders this summer in the GPL Jurassic Egg Encounter.
Here’s how: 
1) Sign up for the Jurassic Egg Encounter and get your “Find Sheet.”

2)  A new pair of eggs can be spotted each week from Monday- Sunday, clues   
     will be provided.
3) Write down the location of the 2 weekly eggs on your “Find Sheet.”
4) Bring your “Find Sheet” into the library when you find all 10 eggs for a raffle
5) Send us a picture with one of the eggs for our Facebook page!
*More Jurassic Egg Encounter details will be on your “Find Sheet”

How do you do the Summer Reading Program? 
Sign up in the library & get a Summer Reading Time log sheet or
Sign up online and earn badges for logging time and activities-                   
Keep your log sheet all summer, bring it to the library only on set dates.
Online -earn logging badge and activity badges & we can check this at the end. 
This year earn a Prize Pack!
When you complete your Summer Reading Time Log Sheet or 8 Logging Badges online(which is 8 hours of reading) you earn a Summer Prize Pack.                                              
Your prize pack will include:
1 coupon for a free Ice Cream cone at Cindy’s Drive- In
8 Book Bucks – you may use them as raffle tickets or to buy books. Some goodies / treasure chest items.
**Prize Packs will only be given out on specific days – dates to be determined.*

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



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 July 14, 21, 28, and August 4 and 11.
Mr. Eric will join us for a live music sing-a-long on July 14th, July 28th and 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 from Jul 7 to  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 7-13 All About Me and My Family-
Activities to try at home this week: draw a portrait of yourself, your family, your pets, your friends; draw an outline of your whole body with chalk outside or with markers inside on big paper- add fun or silly hats, clothes,etc.; play hopscotch, Body part Bingo, Twister 
Preparation for next week: Go outside with an adult, observe what is moving near your home/in your yard, and dictate to an adult a list of what you see moving around you. Or draw a picture of it!

July 14-20 All About My Yard- Moving Things
**July 14 at 10 am Join Zoom playgroup for  Mr. Eric music sing-a-long , a story, and talk about what we saw moving in our yard this week.
Activities to try at home this week: use a magnifying glass to observe bugs, butterflies, animals, and other things moving outside; make bubble paintings; create a wind chime or windsock; make coffee filter butterflies, curlicue bugs, egg carton critters,  milk jug bird feeder, a yarn spiderweb.
Preparation for next week: Go outside with an adult and observe what is growing near your home/in your yard and dictate a list to your adult of what plants you see, or draw what you observe.

July 21-27 All About My Yard- Growing Things
July 21 at 10 am Join Zoom playgroup  planting seeds together, talk  about what everything needs to grow,  a story, and share what you saw growing around your house this week.
Activities to try at home this week: plant seeds outside; do leaf rubbings; make tissue paper flowers; bean collage; magic bean drawing; observe and chart your seed growth; make a growth chart for yourself; press flowers and leaves you find in your yard.
Preparation for next week: go for a walk with an adult, and carry a bucket to collect treasures you find along the way.

July 28-Aug 3 All About My Neighborhood
** July 28 at 10 am Join Zoom playgroup  for  Mr. Eric music sing-a-long , a story, talk about what you saw and collected on your neighborhood walk
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


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!