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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CFCE Playgroup

Wednesdays and Fridays at the Library - 10:30am to 11:30am

Join Marti for play, stories and circle songs. Pre-register for each date. There is a 10 person limit per session. Masks are required in Playgroup for ages birth through 5. A verbal health check is done upon arrival.

Made possible with funding from a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant from the MA Department of Early Education and Care, administered by the Collaborative for Educational Services.

Help Us Name Our Pet Octopus

Vote for a name for our summer mascot! Check off your favorite names on our ballot.
Check our some informative and fun books about these fascinating sea animals.


Help Solve the Scooby Snack Mystery!

Ruh- Roh! Velma, Fred and Daphne forgot how many Scooby Snacks they have to coax Scooby and Shaggy into chasing after ghosts and goblins. Help them crack the case.
The closest guesser without going over wins a box of Scooby Snacks (for people.)

The Hitchcock Center is coming!

June 1 at 10:30am

Join us for some nature fun outdoors brought to you by the Hitchcock Center for the Environment (we will move inside if it rains.)  
No pre-registration required. This program will take place in lieu of Playgroup.

Forest Park Wildlife on Wheels

Friday, June 3 10:45am

Pre-register to visit with some animals that live at the zoo!
This program is funded by a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant from the MA Department of Early Education and Care.

Children’s Garden with Gratitude

In the library patio area, veggie seeds that children in the community planted will grow in a square raised bed this summer. This Garden is for visitors to take a nibble from once plants mature. Paint a gratitude stone to add to our garden!

Reading Buddies

Upcoming dates: June 2, 16 & 30 from 3:30- 5pm  
Children in Kindergarten & up ~ Sign up to reserve a 20 minute spot to read to Gwen, the sweetest greyhound, she loves to be read to!

To pre-register, stop in or call the library during open library hours. 413-467-3320


Book Club Bookworms

A Book Group for Ages 8-12

Icebreaker game, book chat and activitiy included at our meeting. Copies of the books are available at the library in advance.

Friday, June 3rd at 3:15pm

 Read the book and join us!


Spring Take & Color Sheets

Pick up a May doorknob decoration. In June, make dad a bookmark for Father’s Day!  

East Meadow Art Displays

Throughout the school year, art teach extraordinaire Charlene Cloutier, from East Meadow School brings a new monthly display of artwork created by her talented art class students. See the display in the board book/early reader area.

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! 


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Scholastic Teachables


The Granby Library has Scholastic Teachables for you to use for free from any device! Tons of printables, lessons and more for  students through grade 6. You do not need to have a Granby library card (other communities welcome). Go to the following link:
On Teachables:    
         Username – granbypl
         Password – granbypl
 *You must go though our link – the picture on our library Children’s tab/ page*
Help Navigating
Here’s a couple of great YouTube videos that walk you through Scholastic Teachables. These videos help you navigate Teachables for it’s full potential and show you how to reach your specific needs.
Search YouTube for:
                          eResources Review: Scholastic Teachables
                          Volusia Reads: Scholastic Teachables Tutorial
 Remember to use OUR library link, username & password (no library card needed).


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.
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.


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!