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.
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Scholastic Learn at Home


 

Playgroup

Play, Learn and Connect at Granby Library’s Playgroups
Upcoming dates TBA

When Granby, Amherst or Belchertown schools are delayed or closed due to inclement weather, there will be no playgroup.

Playgroups provide times where moms and dads, grandparents, caregivers, children and babies can meet in a relaxed and friendly environment. The Granby Library Playgroup meets every Wednesday and Friday at the Granby Library between 10:30am. and 12 noon, is organized and run by the Collaborative for Education. Children have the opportunity to have fun, make new friends and develop many new skills through informal play. Parents and caregivers have a chance to spend quality time with their children while developing relationships with other families. The library’s Playgroup Facilitator, Marti Wiechman, is an excellent resource for parenting skills and techniques.

How it works -  Playgroup takes place in the Children’s Program Room at the Granby Library. Families with children from birth to age 5 (and siblings) are welcome to drop in to Playgroup anytime. Playgroup Schedule: Free play time (including a special weekly activity) takes place from 10:30am. to 11:30am, a healthy snack is served at 11:30am, a circle time and story concludes Playgroup at 11:45am. There is no Playgroup when Granby Schools or the library is closed. Join us!

 

Book Club Bookworms

The first Friday of each month at 3:15pm

A book club for ages 8-12.   
TBA - 3:15pm. El Deafo by Cece Bell
*Copies of the books are available at the library.

 

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. Take a picture with our special birthday hat, too!

After School Homework Area

The Program Room within the Children's Room is available for quiet study and homework on weekday afternoons, 2:30pm - 4pm. For ages 8 and up. Homeschoolers - ask, any time the room is not in use.

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! 
 

Children's Room Wish List

- New toys, games, puzzles, craft sets, etc for use as prizes or for library use.
- Children's books (new or used)
- Small toys & trinkets (McDonald's toys, party favors, etc.)
- Wrapped candies and bagged candies
- Craft supplies:  markers, white glue, glue sticks, construction paper, feathers, etc.)