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.
Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., and 3 – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 12 – 5 p.m.
Both Granby libraries will be closed on Monday, May 27.
To register for any program call 860-844-5275, email firstname.lastname@example.org or register on the website, granby-ct.gov/library. Just click on the Program and Events Calendar tab and select the programs you want to attend. You can still call or visit the library to sign up for programs, talks, activities and special events. We encourage you to take a look at the calendar today so you don’t miss out.
Book Discussions at Main Branch
Free and open to the public; copies of the selected titles or author’s works are available for borrowing. Drop in or register by visiting online or calling.
Something About the Author: Monday, May 6, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Featured author Julia Alvarez
Around the World: Monday, May 20, 6:30–7:30 p.m. A Small Death in Lisbon by Robert Wilson (Portugal)
SciFi/Fantasy: Wednesday, May 29, 7–7:45 p.m. The Dragonbone Chair by Tadd Williams
Drunken Surveyors? Lower Taxes? The Real Story Behind The State Line Notch
Thursday, May 2, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Main Branch. Whether you refer to the local state line oddity as the “Granby Notch” or the “Southwick Jog,” there are numerous stories about how it came to be, including drunken surveyors, lower taxes, or a way to keep Connecticut from sliding into Long Island Sound. Find out more in a lively illustrated talk with Southwick historian Lee David Hamberg. Learn how the jog changed over time, the reasons families and politicians in both states wrangled over the land parcel, and the lasting consequences this anomaly left for the inhabitants. Registration recommended.
The Whirligig of Time: The Changing Scene of Birdlife in Mclean Game Refuge
Wednesday, May 8, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Main Branch. Join us for a nature talk that highlights the past, present and future of birds in McLean Game Refuge. John Weeks, Granby’s favorite local wild bird expert, gives an inside look at birdlife currently found at the refuge, as well as birds that used to be there. Hear about the planned habitat improvements designed to allow birds to return and thrive. Registration recommended.
Thursday, May 9, 10–11:45 a.m. at Cossitt Upper Level. Chess fans are invited to friendly and competitive games the second Thursday morning of every month. If you want to play but the date or time doesn’t fit your schedule, please leave your contact info with library staff and we’ll put you in touch with others who are open to playing matches at other times. Registration recommended though drop-ins are always welcome.
Granby Library’s Spring Bird Walk
Friday, May 10, 7:30 a.m. (Rain date May 17) at Holcomb Farm East Trails. Local birding expert John Weeks leads a guided bird walk through field and forest on the East Trails at Holcomb Farm, West Granby. All levels of birders are welcome. Please bring binoculars, water and appropriate outdoor apparel. This annual event is always popular and registration is required. Please arrive early and meet outside the main barn; the group heads to the trailhead at 7:30 a.m. and returns when the bird sightings dwindle later in the morning.
Cossitt Writers Group
Tuesdays, May 14 and 28, 6–7:45 p.m. at Cossitt Library 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; drop-ins are always welcome.
The ABCs of CBD
Wednesday, May 15, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Main Branch. Learn about the sometimes controversial substance, cannabidiol (CBD), a naturally occurring compound that is considered to have significant therapeutic attributes. Hear straight talk about its legality, safety and effectiveness from Sara Thornton, certified clinical herbalist. Understand how CBD is used, its benefits and drawbacks, and how to research the various products available to the public. There will be time for questions and answers, but please note that no medical advice or diagnosis will be given. Registration recommended.
Crafters Café, Red, White And Blue
Wednesday, May 22, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Main Branch. Looking for a timely craft project to complement the upcoming holiday? Create a colorful centerpiece featuring tissue paper carnations, ribbons, flags and more. Craft goddess Gail Altschwager leads adults and teens in this DIY opportunity. No fee. Register early as space is limited to 12.
Travel Connecticut With Author Marty Podskoch
Thursday, May 30, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Cossitt Library Upper Level. Author Marty Podskoch’s latest book arrives at the perfect time—right before the summer travel season. The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut encourages readers to visit local landmarks and curiosities within the state’s 169 towns. Hear first-hand stories from the author about his adventures while writing the book. Copies will be available for sale after the program. Registration required; space limited.
How To Protect Your Computer From Scams, Hacking And Viruses
Wednesday, June 5, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Main Branch. It’s always helpful to hear the latest security tips from local experts. Adults and teens are invited to learn how to prevent hackers from accessing personal and private information. Chris Doering earned a Master’s Degree in Information Systems and has over 15 years’ experience in computer sales and repair. Get up-to-date information from those in the know. Registration recommended.
The Art of Photographic Expression: Realistic Photography or Photo Art?
Thursday, June 6, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Main Branch. Photography is an ever evolving art form. Enjoy an exploration of different perspectives with professional photographer and instructor, Andy Mars. Hear about two distinct styles: RAW, unprocessed photography and contemporary, digitally manipulated photography. View examples of both and be wowed by the different mediums. Registration recommended.
CHILDREN and FAMILIES
Registration is available in person, by telephone, or online.
Cossitt Craft Days
Beginning May 2 at Cossitt Branch. Stop by the Children’s Room and make a child-friendly craft to take home. All materials provided, while supplies last.
Monday to Saturday, May 6–11, at Main Branch. Drop in anytime during the week and create a seasonal craft to take home. All materials provided.
Preschool Story Time
Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Main Branch. Preschoolers and a caregiver share stories, songs, finger plays and a craft with Miss Joan. Best for ages 3–5. No registration required.
Wee Ones Story Time
Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Main Branch. Board books, finger plays, songs and gentle movement for ages birth to 2 years with caregiver. No registration required.
Kindness Klub For Tweens
Thursdays, May 2 and 16, 3:30–4:30 p.m. at Main Branch. It’s a new club for tweens age 8–12. Get together to participate in fun projects that help spread kindness in our community. Please register in advance.
Family Movie Night
Wednesday, May 15, 6 p.m. at Main Branch. Drop in and enjoy a family-friendly movie. We’ll provide the popcorn. Check the library website for film titles. All ages welcome.
Yoga For Kids
Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m. at Main Branch. Learn some simple poses, stretch out, 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.