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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.

Cossitt Branch

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 Monday, Feb. 18 for the Presidents’ Day holiday. 

Programs for Adults and Teens

To register for any program call 860-844-5275 or email For more program information visit the library homepage at and click on Program Calendar of Events. Programs will be cancelled if there is no school in Granby due to bad weather.

Adults, Teens, Tweens and Families

Saturday, Feb. 2, 3–4 p.m. Take your child to the library day with story teller and folk musician Tim Van Egmond, GPL Main Branch. Enjoy the groundhog’s shadow and other tall tales with a special guest performer known for his spell-binding talent and dynamic style. Van Egmond offers an entertaining afternoon when he accompanies himself on a wide variety of traditional instruments, including mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, guitar, and limberjack. Families will love this versatile performer. Registration highly recommended; space limited. Snow date Feb. 9.

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Tune in to amateur radio, GPL Main Branch. Learn more about the amateur radio relay league. Local “hams” give a brief history of the ARRL, Morse code, and the important role amateur radio plays during times of emergency. It’s not all dots and dashes! Appropriate for adults and school age children. Registration recommended.

Mondays, Feb. 11, 18, 25, March 11, 25, April 15 and 29, 6:30–7:30 p.m. The You Can Uke group meets at GPL Main Branch. Ukulele players in Granby’s advanced beginner class are reminded to register soon for the next six sessions of ukulele jamming with instructor Jim Lenn. Registration required.

Tuesdays, Feb. 12 and 26, 6–7:45 p.m. Cossitt Writers Group meets at Cossitt Branch, upper level. Adult fiction writers are welcome to join this friendly group. Writing exercises, sprints and critiques are all a part of the semi-monthly sessions. Registration recommended.

Thursday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Chess Group meets at Cossitt Branch, upper level. Play the most popular game in the world. This newly formed group is still growing and you’re invited to join. Additional matches are being scheduled among the members; leave your name and contact info with library staff if interested. Registration recommended.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. What’s it worth? Small antique appraisal at GPL Main Branch. Find out how antiques are valued in today’s market. Long-standing and well-respected antique dealers Jay Kohler and Robert Chappell discuss the valuation process and answer questions about auctions, problems with counterfeits, establishing provenance, and more. Verbal appraisals of small antiques (such as decorative arts, furniture, maritime, gold, silver, jewelry, primitives, maps, globes, toys, clocks and watches; no guns, knives or military items) will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Registration required. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library and Salmon Brook Historical Society. Snow date Feb. 23. 

Saturday, Feb. 16, 3–4:30 p.m. Playing for pizza and board games at Cossitt Branch. Are you ready for a bit of friendly competition? All ages are invited to share a slice of Sotelo’s pizza and a round or two of a favorite board game. Choose from dozens of games at the library or bring your own. Registration recommended. Snow date Feb. 23.

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6:30–7:30 p.m. 3 Seconds Behind the Wheel at GPL Main Branch. View footage from the compelling and startling documentary that followed Connecticut and Florida drivers, ages 18 to 65, as they operated their vehicles on local roads and highways. A panel of experts will be on hand to answer questions about distracted driving and add commentary to the film. This very honest and intimate look at human nature is appropriate for adults, teens and tweens. Registration recommended. Snow date Feb. 27.

Saturday, March 2, 2–3 p.m. The historic New Haven and Northampton canal at Cossitt Branch. How did the beautiful greenway of bike and rail trails running through 16 Connecticut and Massachusetts communities come to be? Author Robert R. Madison takes us on a trip through time, starting with the New Haven and Northampton canal. “To Granby belongs the place where on Monday, July 4th, 1825, ground was first broken for the Farmington Canal.” Copies of the book, New Haven and Northampton Canal Greenway, will be available for purchase after the program. Registration required; space limited. Snow date March 9.

Better Living Series at GPL Main Branch

Come to one or all four programs in the series to learn more, have fun, and meet interesting people. Join us Tuesdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m. in February. Winter weather may move the program to Thursday afternoon, same week. Check the library website for postponements or cancellations.

Celebrate Chinese New Year

Feb. 5, celebrate Chinese New Year with delicious and traditional treats from the Zen Restaurant group. Join master chef James Chen for a festive presentation as we kick off the year of the pig! Registration highly recommended; space limited.

Gotta love therapy pets

Feb. 12, you’re in for a special treat when therapy dogs come to visit. Learn more from certified handlers about the benefits therapy animals provide and the various programs offered locally. Get a healthy dose of real “warm fuzzies” from James, Deja and Raven. Registration recommended.

Winter wellness with massage

Feb. 19, give your tired and tense muscles an opportunity to relax. Jadwiga (JC) Markowicz, LMT, offers a stress-reducing chair massage for those lucky enough to be at the library. Massages available on a first come, first served basis. Please register in advance.

Take control of your retirement

Feb. 26, financial advisors Dawn Lazarus and Brandon Phelps address retirement concerns and offer practical steps to create a personalized plan. Topics include social security income, inflation, healthcare expenses, and financial investing. Ample opportunity for Q and A. Registration recommended.

Book Discussions at GPL Main Branch

Copies of featured books are available to borrow from the library.

Something about the author: Monday, Feb. 4, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Around the world: Monday, Feb. 25, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Iceland)

SciFi / Fantasy: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7–7:45 p.m. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Children’s Programs

Call 860-844-5284 for more information or to register. Programs will be cancelled if there is no school in Granby due to bad weather.

Take Your Child to the Library: Saturday, Feb. 2. Drop by GPL Main Branch in the morning for crafts, games, toys and activities. Storyteller/singer/musician Tim Van Egmond will perform at 3 p.m., weaving together tales, tunes and songs from many cultures. He plays a variety of traditional instruments, including hammered dulcimer, guitar, conga drum and limberjack. Join us for this high-energy, interactive performance. Registration required.

Yoga for Kids: Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. at GPL Main Branch. Learn some simple poses, stretch out those winter blahs and have some fun with instructor Aubrey Schulz. Please bring a towel to use as a mat. Boys and girls, age 5–11, are welcome. Please register in advance, as space is limited to 15 participants.

Craft Week: Monday – Saturday, Feb. 11–16 at GPL Main Branch. Drop in anytime during the week and create a valentine bear magnet to take home. All materials supplied.

Wee Ones Story Time: Thursdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 10:30 a.m. at GPL Main Branch. Board books, finger plays, songs and gentle movement for ages birth to 2 years with caregiver. No registration required.

Preschool Story Time: Tuesdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 10:30 a.m. at GPL Main Branch. Preschoolers and a caregiver share stories, songs, finger plays and a craft with Miss Joan. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome.

Family Movie Night: Wednesday, Feb. 13, beginning at 6 p.m. at GPL Main Branch. Drop in and enjoy a family-friendly film. We provide the popcorn. Call for movie title. No registration needed. All ages welcome.

Cossitt Craft Days: Feb. 2, 5, 7 and 9 at Cossitt Branch. Stop by the children’s room and make a valentine. All materials provided.