Build a Better World

Summer Reading Program June 19th - August 4th

Programs and incentives will be available for ages birth through 18.  Sign up starts in the library in early June.  Granby students may also sign up and get needed materials through their school library.  

What is the Summer Reading Program?  The Summer Reaidng Program is a state-wide program that encourages kids to read (or be read to) during the summer. 

The Granby Library's free, flexible read-at-home program is perfect for the busy family because your child can read (or be read to) on vacation, at the beach, or in the car.

Visit the library whenever or as often as you like.  You may read books from home or the library. Readers must sign up and obtain a logsheet to record reading time.  Bring reading logsheets to the library by August 4th to receive prizes.

Read & Earn Book Bucks!  Earn 1 book buck for every 2 hours that you read.  Between June 19th and August 4th, you may fill in a space on your logsheet.  After you fill out 2 spaces on your logsheet ask a parent to fill out a Book Buck for you.  Tell a parent what you read and a bit about the book(s) you have read.  

Spending Book Bucks - Choose from 3 ways!  Use Book Bucks as raffle tickets, to pick a treasure chest item, or to buy books! 


Summer Storytimes

Tuesdays at 10:45am

July 11 Mini Architects
July 18 Three Little Pigs
July 25 Rainforest Ages 3 & up

Thursday Themes

Time: 3:30pm Ages 4 & up - Pre-register

Kindness Rocks - July 6
Paint some rocks to add to the library’s inspiration garden as part of “Kindness

Super Building Mullusks - July 13
Create some spectacular shell critters.

Tiny Homes with Natural Materials - July 20
Make a mini home for fairies or frogs.

Lego Building Fun - July 27
Try a challenge, game or activity & the London Bridge Challenge! Working with a partner create a Lego bridge to span a river.


Sat, July 8 at 11am

Play bingo! Lots of fun for children of all ages. Win great prizes.

Pokemon Party

Sat, July 29 at 11am

Pokeball & Pikachu cubee making, scavenger hunt, trivia fun!

Creativity Builds a Better World with Pied Potter Hamelin

Thurs, July 27 at 6:30pm

Creativity Builds a Better World
"It’s said that "every piece of clay is a piece of someone's life". This is an exciting program where the pottery wheel will connect our communities as we explore how a better world was built from clay. The tiny speck of clay can be used to create beauty, build structures or cook and serve a meal. This pottery demonstration begins with the basic concept of pressure and motion, involving simple forms that I will use to complete several projects, bringing to life creatures one piece at a time while I share stories from the mud that connect and celebrate our unique differences." 
* Pre-register

Roller Skating Party

Thursday, August 3 5-8 pm. Interskate 91

Skating fun and raffles! Ask for your free ticket.

Storytime with the Author

Wednesday, July 19th, 11:30am - 12:30pm

Join us for a story and crafts with Doreen Haggerty, local author of "The Little Old Woman and the Field Mice."  Drop in! 


Every Wednesday and Friday 10:30am - 12:30pm For ages birth - 5 years

Are you the parent or caregiver of a child age birth through 5 years?  Come to a free parent-child playgroup where you and your child can play, engage in early literacy activities, make new friends, share a snack and have fun with stories, songs, and finger play at circle time.  The playgroup meets every Friday and Wednesday morning at 10:30am.  No pre-registration is required.  

Spring Playgroup runs twice weekly through to June 30th 
Summer Playgroup will be held once weekly on Wednesdays from July 12th - August 16th
Fall Playgroup will resume twice weekly on September 6th

*There will be no playgroup when West Street School or the library is closed.  
Playgroup is made possible with funding from a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant from the MA Department of Early Education and Care, administered by the Collaborative for Educational Services.

Book Club Bookworms

Will resume in September!

A new book club for ages 8-12.   The Bookworm Book Group will not meet in July and August.  The next meeting will be in September, date TBA.  Over the summer, the group has invited young people to read a trilogy of 30 Clues books: "The Medusa Plot," "The Dead of Night," and "A King's Ransom," which the group will discuss at their fall meeting.  Copies of the books are available at the Library!

Rock & Mineral Hound Club

Saturdays July 1st and August 5th at 10:30am

Learn how to identify and catalog rocks & minerals.  You will take home new minerals each time.  Come once, twice, or all three times! Each meeting is new.  Pre-register for each date.

Seeking Reach-Out Readers

Would you like to be a guest reader at a Granby Preschool on behalf of the Granby Library?  You are invited to volunteer!  Reach Out Readers is Granby Library’s early literacy program that arranges for a volunteer reader to provide a story time for children in a Granby Childcare Center.  To become a volunteer we require you to complete a volunteer application/volunteer guidelines packet, a CORI background check and volunteer orientation.  We put together books for you. Storytimes may include books, songs, a fingerplay or felt board fun. Our readers are usually needed on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

If you are interested in becoming a Reach Out Readers please contact: Janice McArdle, Youth Service Librarian, Granby Free Public Library by email or telephone 413- 467-3320 during open library hours. 

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! 

Children's Resources

Recommended by Library Staff

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.)