Granby Public Library, Main Branch
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.
Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., and 3 – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 12 – 5 p.m.
Find us online
Town of Granby (www.granby-ct.gov); use the links to join us on Facebook and Pinterest.
Both libraries will be closed on Monday, Oct. 8, for Columbus Day.
Pre-registration is required for many programs. To register for any program call 860-844-5275 (GPL Main Desk), 860-844-5284 (Children’s), 860-653-8958 (Cossitt), or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Main Branch, Granby Public Library
Adults, Teens and Families
A Day That Will Live in Infamy—The Attack on Pearl Harbor: Thursday, Oct. 4, 6:30–7:30 p.m. On Dec. 7, 1941, the U.S. was drawn into World War II when the Japanese Imperial Navy launched a massive military strike on U.S. and British installations across the Pacific. Learn more about the planning, execution and aftermath of this audacious and ultimately unsuccessful plan. Hamish Lutris, Associate Professor of History at Capital Community College, shares his knowledge with adults and teens. Registration recommended.
Iwo Jima/World War II Traveling Museum: Saturday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. (rain date Oct. 13) The museum is designed to honor American soldiers, specifically from the World War II era, and it is in Granby for only one day. View an array of pictures, uniforms and actual sand from Normandy Beach. The museum on wheels serves as a tribute to local men and women who served in all branches of service all over the world.
Shannon Shattuck American Legion Post 182 Exhibit: Oct. 1 – Oct. 27. All ages are encouraged to view an exhibit of local veteran’s memorabilia, medals and awards, and other historically significant display pieces.
Author Talk and Book Signing with sports journalist Mike Shalin: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Mike Shalin is a veteran of more than four decades in sports journalism, working for the Boston Herald and the New York Post. His latest book, The Hometown Team, features Fenway Park’s most memorable players. Relive the glory days of Red Sox legends and enjoy behind-the-scenes reports from an official Fenway Park Scorekeeper. Registration recommended.
Bobcats in Connecticut: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Today, close to 60 percent of Connecticut is covered in forest and bobcats are regularly observed throughout the state. Learn more about their life history, preferred habitat and what to do if you are lucky enough to see one. Ginny Apple, Master Wildlife Conservationist with CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, shares her knowledge with all ages. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library and Granby Land Trust. Registration recommended.
Crafters Café, Honor a Vet: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Create a personal tribute for the military service person in your life. Calligrapher Debby Reelitz leads a workshop where attendees of any artistic ability make a calligraphy memento. Each piece will be personalized with the vet’s branch of service, years served and initials. See samples at the library or online. Register in advance with a $5 fee. Space limited.
Something About the Author: Monday, Oct. 1, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Author Erik Larsen.
Around the World: Monday, Oct. 15, 6:30–7:30 p.m. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah (France)
SciFi/Fantasy: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 7–7:45 p.m. Blindsight, by Peter Watts
Children and Families
Zumba, ages 5–11: Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. Move it to music with instructor Amy Thompson. Preregistration is required, as space is limited to 12 participants.
Preschool Story Time: Tuesdays, Oct. 2, 16 and 23 (no Oct. 9), 10:30–11 a.m. Preschoolers with a caregiver share stories, songs, finger plays and a craft with Miss Joan. No registration required.
Preschool Halloween Party: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 10:30–11 a.m. Wear your costume and join us for (not too scary) stories, songs, finger plays and fun. Everyone gets a special Halloween goody bag to take home, too. For preschoolers with a caregiver. Advance registration suggested.
Wee Ones, ages birth to 2: Thursdays, Oct. 4, 18 and 25 (no Oct. 11), 10:30–11 a.m. Board books, finger plays, songs and gentle movement for children with a caregiver. No registration required.
Play Time: Tuesday, Oct. 9 and Thursday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Drop by for unstructured play and socialization for toddlers with a caregiver.
Family Movie Night, all ages: Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24 (no Oct. 31), beginning at 6 p.m. Bring the family and enjoy a movie, we’ll supply the popcorn. Call for film titles. No registration needed, just drop in.
F. H. Cossitt Branch, Granby Public Library
Adults, Teens, Tweens, Families
Writers Group: Tuesdays, Oct. 9 and 23, 6–7:45 p.m., Upper Level. The group embraces writers of all genres; sessions feature writing prompts, critiques and readings. The group continues to take inspiration from Ursula LeGuin’s Steering the Craft. Work on your material with this friendly group every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Registration recommended.
Harvest of Field and Stream: Sunday, Oct. 21, 2–3 p.m., Upper Level. What did it take for our 18th century ancestors to catch a brown trout or rid their fields of varmints? European settlers followed in the footsteps of the indigenous peoples of New England and altered the landscape through agricultural practices. Dennis Picard, Living History Educator, explains how these practices impacted New England’s flora and fauna then and to this very day. The talk includes an 18th century fowling piece, all its accouterments, hand-forged animal traps, hide boards, and handmade fishing gear. Sponsored by Friends of Cossitt Library and Granby Land Trust. Registration required; space limited.
Cossitt Craft Days: Oct. 4, 6, 9, 11 and 13. Kids and caregivers are invited to browse for books and movies, then make and take home a simple seasonal craft project in 5 minutes or less. No fee; no registration.
For more program information visit www.granby-ct.gov and click Program Calendar of Events.