Granby Library’s Youth Summer Reading Prizes

November 3 - 13

If you participated in this year’s youth summer program and picked up your completion prize pack containing Book Bucks, now is the time to use them!
Due to COVID, in lieu of the usual raffle, we will choose prizes for readers. Stop by the library lobby during open hours to buy books with Book Bucks and/or fill out a summer raffle form by November 13 with the following information:
Name, age, phone number, number of Book Bucks you earned (attached blank Book Bucks to form) and your interests, favorite books and characters.
We will fill out Book Bucks for you and put them in raffle prizes that you would like.
You may choose books from our Summer Reading Book Cart which will be put out in the library lobby for you to buy books with your Book Bucks (1 buck per book) through November 3 -13.
Come by the library to fill out the summer raffle form or email the information to us by November 13.
In summary:
  1. Use Book Bucks for raffle - If you would like a chance to win a raffle prize with your Book Bucks – fill out a summer raffle form by November 3 -13.
  2. Use Book Bucks to buy books in lobby through November 13.For your safety, 1 person/ family is allowed in the lobby at a time. If you do not take a book on the Book Cart that you touch, there will be a quarantine basket for those books.
*If you finished the summer reading program and never turned in your reading and activity log sheets, please email Janice at

Puzzle of Parenting Workshops

Free Zoom workshops designed to support parents, grandparents and guardians of children from birth to Kindergarten age

First Steps to Reading: 
Did you know that you can help your child grow into
reading by talking, playing, sharing books and even
singing together? In this four-session zoom workshop we’ll find
out why these things are important.

WHEN: October 16, 23, 30, and November 6, 2020
TIME: 1 - 2pm

Screen Time and Managing Virtual Engagement:
iPads for infants, touch screens for toddlers, video games
for preschoolers - screens are everywhere! Join us for a
discussion on the impact of screen time on young
children's development, and guidance on screen time with
young children.

WHEN: October 21, 2020
TIME: 1 - 2pm

*Pre-registration is requested and helps us to plan.*

SIGN UP: with your playgroup facilitator
CALL: 413-588-5568

Granby Library’s Playgroup Returns on Zoom!

Starting September 15th

The Collaborative will sponsor this early literacy and STEM CFCE Playgroup every Tuesday at 10am. beginning on September 15th.

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.

Also in the works this fall- Socially Distant Meet Ups at Dufresne Park in Granby late September-October.

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

Upcoming CFCE Zoom Parenting Workshops:
Baby& Toddler Sign Language Class
First Steps to Reading
Helping Children Manage Anxiety
Hola Amigos y Amigas

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! 

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. 
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!