Granby Public Library
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cossitt Public Library
Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., and 3 – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 12 – 5 p.m.
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Both libraries will be closed on Wednesday, July 4; Saturday, Sept. 1; and Monday, Sept. 3
Pre-registration is required for many programs. Call 860-844-5275 (GPL Main Desk); 860-844-5284 (GPL Children); 860-653-8958 (Cossitt); or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Granby Public Library
Book Clubs are free and open to the public. Copies of the selected titles or author’s works are available for borrowing. Please call 860-844-5275 to register or get additional information.
Something About the Author: Tuesday, July 3, 1:30 p.m., the group will discuss the author Sarah Vowell. Monday, Aug. 6, 1:30 p.m., the group will discuss author Junot Diaz.
Around the World: Monday, July 16, 6:30 p.m. New Guinea is the chosen country; the group will discuss Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff. Monday, Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m. Northern Ireland is the chosen country; the group will discuss The Cold, Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty.
Sci Fi / Fantasy: Wednesday, July 25, 7 p.m. The group will discuss The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m. The group will discuss The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.
Adult and Teen Programs
Granby Library Rocks! Mondays in July, 6:30–7:30 p.m. on the lawn. Celebrate the history of rock ‘n’ roll at our live music series Mondays in July. Birth of Rock (July 2) features the British invasion and special guest Debra Argosy. Classic Rock (July 9) showcases favorite tunes from the late 60s/early 70s. Don’t miss Folk Rock and Jam Band hits (July 23) with special guest musician Mark Mercier. Finish the series with a nod to Hip Hop and Disco (July 30) when Damian Curtis joins the talented group of performers. No admission fees, simply bring a lawn chair or blanket and be sure to stop by the Reading Terrace for light refreshments. Program moves indoors in bad weather.
Many thanks to our generous sponsors: Fiduciary Investment Advisors, Simbury Bank, Arrow Concrete, Martocchio Music and the Granby Library Association.
Connecticut Rock ‘n’ Roll with Tony Renzoni: Monday, July 16, 6:30–7:30 p.m. The Nutmeg State’s influence on the history of rock ‘n’ roll is aptly recognized when author Tony Renzoni leads us on a sonic trip that captures the spirit and zenith of our local music scene. With in-depth interviews as well as rare, never-before-seen photos, Renzoni takes us from Gene Pitney to Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison to Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper Band) and Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz (Talking Heads) to SNL Band’s Christine Ohlman. Rock on! Registration recommended.
Let’s Dance! New England Dance and Gymnastics Centers offer summer dancing parties and professional instruction for boys and girls at Granby Public Library. How cool is that? Registration required.
Moana Dance Party, age 5–12: Tuesday, July 3, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Jazz It UP, age 8–14: Wednesday, July 11, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Fairy Princess Ballet, age 3–7: Wednesday, July 18, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Broadway Bound Musical Theater, age 8-14: Wednesday, July 25, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Time to Tap, age 8–14: Wednesday, Aug. 1, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Superheroes Dance Party, age 5–12: Wednesday, Aug. 8, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Raise your Glass with Em Sauter, Master Cicerone: Thursday, July 12, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Holcomb Farm’s North Barn Pavilion. Craft beer is more popular than ever and author Em Sauter, Beer is for Everyone (of Drinking Age), will take you through the main elements that make beer what it is, from malt to hops to water. Learn about diverse styles and ingredients in the world of beer, and taste a sample or two during the presentation. For adults 21 and older. Registration highly encouraged as seating is limited.
Rock a Doodle Art, age 8 and up: Thursdays, July 19 and Aug. 9, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Debby Reelitz leads a Zentangle-inspired program where doodling becomes a rockin’ piece of art. Registration required; space limited.
Crafters’ Café, Painted Rocks: Thursday, July 19, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Adults and older teens are invited to register for a special painting opportunity. All artistic levels are encouraged to attend the rock-painting workshop. Drop by the library to view samples. All materials supplied. Registration required; space limited.
On the Rocks: Thursday, July 26, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Looking for a non-alcoholic beverage to enjoy at summer picnics and parties? Julie Wern, foodie and cooking educator, returns with a thirst quenching presentation for adults and older teens. Sample the offerings and take home the recipes. Registration highly recommended as seating is limited.
The Heat is On, Fun with a Toaster Oven: Tuesday, July 31, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Junior chefs pick up kitchen tips in this hands-on workshop. Kids 8 and older are welcome to join Julie Wern in making and baking fan-favorite foods. Registration required; limit 12.
Yankee Bluegrass Jammers: Thursday, Aug. 2, 6:30–7:30 p.m. on the lawn. Back by popular demand, YSB brings a bluegrass festival to the library. Music fans of all ages are invited to enjoy a toe-tapping evening. No fees, just bring your own lawn chair or blanket.
Granby Grunts Robotics: Friday, Aug. 10, 3–4 p.m. in the Senior/Youth Services Community Room. All ages are invited to a live robotics demonstration by the GMHS Robotics Team. Learn about the design and build process, and try your hand at the controls. Make a mini bot to show your friends. Registration recommended. Please remember caregivers must remain with children under 12.
Call 860-844-5284 for more information or to register.
Painted Rocks: Available all summer, drop by any time and paint a rock for the library display or make one for yourself and one to give to a friend. All materials supplied.
Music Explorers: Mondays, July 9 and 23, 10:30–11:15 a.m. Preschoolers and caregivers are invited to sing, clap and move with instructor Jessica Pietrosanti.
Riverside Reptiles: Wednesday, July 11, 1:30–2:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. See and touch a variety of reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, insects and more. Don’t worry—they won’t bite. Age 6 and up, advance registration required.
Craft Week: Monday to Saturday, July 16–21. Drop in anytime during the week and create a fun project to take home. All materials supplied.
Origami Airplanes: Monday, July 16, 1–2:30 p.m. Children age 8 and older will enjoy making up to six different origami flying toys. All materials will be provided by instructor Gail Altschwager.
Move It: Wednesday, July 18, 1:30–2:30 p.m. at the Holcomb Farm North Barn Pavilion. Beat the summer heat and join us as we explore different ways of moving to music. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Please register in advance.
Learn To Play A Ukulele: Wednesday, July 25, 1:30–2:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. Families are invited for a lesson, a sing-a-long and a craft with instructor Julie Stepanek. Twenty ukuleles will be available for use; please bring your own if you have one. Registration required in advance; no drop-ins, please.
We Love LEGOS: Fridays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Aug. 3, 10 and 17, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Come play with our Legos and Duplos! Age 3 and older, please. No registration required.
Preschool Story Time: Tuesdays: July 10, 17, 24 and 31, and Aug. 7 and 14, 10:30–11 a.m. (No July 3). Preschoolers and caregivers share stories, songs, finger plays and a craft with Miss Joan. No registration required.
Wee Ones: Thursdays, July 12, 19 and 26, and Aug. 2, 9 and 16, 10:30–11 a.m. (No July 5). Board books, finger plays, songs and gentle movement for children from birth to age 2 with a caregiver. No registration required.
Family Movie Night: Wednesdays, July 11, 18 and 25, and Aug. 1, 8 and 15, beginning at 6 p.m. (No July 4). Bring the family and enjoy a movie, we’ll even supply the popcorn! Call for film titles then drop in.
Play Time: Mondays, July 2, 16 and 30, and Aug. 6 and 13, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Drop by the GPL Program Room for unstructured toddler fun and socialization.
Fun With Rhythms: Wednesday, Aug. 1, 1:30–2:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. Edward Leonard presents a drum circle designed to teach kids the fundamentals of music while playing creative, interactive rhythm games. Drums and percussion instruments from around the world will be provided for use during the program. Ages 5 and up, advance registration required.
Talent Show: Wednesday, Aug. 8, 1:30–2:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. Can you dance, love to sing, tell jokes, perform magic tricks? Everyone, ages 5 to 105, is invited to share their talent with friends and neighbors at the show. Intergenerational acts (moms and daughters, grandparent and grandchild, for example) are especially encouraged to participate. Stop by Granby Public Library to register by Aug. 1.
Magic Show: Wednesday, Aug. 15, 1:30–2:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. Ed Popielarczyk returns with another amazing magic show for age 5 and up. Please pre-register.
Investment Camp for Kids: Monday to Thursday, July 16–19, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Kids age 8–14 will learn how money is used and invested when James Rice, CFA, leads this popular camp. Daily online stock market visits are all part of the fun. Play money games like Monopoly and Risk. Register early as space is limited.
Painted Rocks: Drop by this summer and decorate a rock. It’s fun, cool and your art talents may earn you a prize. Make one for yourself, a friend, or the library display. We supply the rocks or you may choose to bring your own.
Cossitt Craft Days: Kids and caregivers are invited to browse for books and movies, then make and take home a simple craft project in 5 minutes or less. No fee, no registration. Call for dates.
Good Night Stories: July 10, 17, 24 and 31, and Aug. 7, 6:30–7 p.m. Guest readers from Granby schools and libraries offer a special story time and activity for preschoolers and siblings. Registration recommended to ensure there are enough craft materials for everyone.
Music for Little People: July 12, 26, Aug. 2 and 16, 10:30–11 a.m. Summer time in Granby means music and mooovement—Amber Wyzik leads a barnyard boogie. Preschoolers are encouraged to register and bring their caregivers.
Teeny Tiny Rock Art: July 12 and 26, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Kids 8 and older will have a beachy good time with colorful sand art. Make and take home a sandy design in a bottle. Registration required as space is limited. All materials supplied, no fee.
Adult / Teen / Main Room
Secrets of the Stars: Friday, July 13, 7:30–8:30 p.m. It’s everything you always wanted to know about the stars in the night sky. Scott Tracy, member of the Greater Hartford Astronomical Society and a retired science educator, reveals all in this presentation and science demo. You will learn what the stars tell us when they twinkle in different colors. Space is limited so registration highly recommended; for adults, teens and youth age 8 and older.
Rockin’ Tie Dye: Saturday, July 14, 12–2 p.m. on the lawn, (rain date July 21). All ages are welcome to drop in for a groovy time. Bring a prewashed cotton T-shirt, towel, pillowcase or pair of socks—we supply the rest. No registration, no fee, just good times.
Writers Group: Tuesdays, July 10 and Aug. 14, 6–7:45 p.m. in the Upper Level. (Please note the summer schedule—the group will meet the second Tuesday of the month in July and August.) The group welcomes adult writers of all genres. Over the summer attendees will continue to take inspiration from Steering the Craft by Ursula LeGuin.