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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, Wednesday and Thursday: 3 – 8 p.m.

Saturday: 2 – 5 p.m.

Holiday Closing

Both libraries will be closed on Monday, Oct. 14.

To register for any program call 860-844-5275, email or register on the website, Just click on the Program and Events Calendar tab and select the programs you want to attend. Of course 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.

Adults, teens, tweens and families

Farmington River Quilt Exhibit: Oct. 1 thru 31, during library hours at the Main Branch. The Farmington River Quilt Project is an inspiring and creative undertaking by dozens of quilters. The culmination of their effort is a 50-foot long quilt representing 25 locations on the Wild and Scenic Farmington River. Drop by for a self-guided tour of the quilt and learn more about the artists and the locations they chose to depict.

Wild And Scenic: Salmon Brook and Lower Farmington River: Thursday, Oct. 3; 6:30–7:30 p.m., Main Branch. Learn about the recent federal “Wild and Scenic” designation granted to local waterways. Environmentalist and Committee Chair Sally Rieger leads the talk and explains what the legislation means for towns in the Farmington River Valley. Members of Salmon Brook Watershed Association will also be available to answer questions. Sponsored by Granby Public Library and Granby Land Trust.

Friday Fitness Sampler: Shaolin Butterfly Style: Friday, Oct. 4, 9–10 p.m., Main Branch. Sample the ancient Kung Fu art form of Shaolin Butterfly with a master, Sifu Michael Fuchs. Enjoy learning about the origins of this physical art form, its historical and philosophical significance, and then apply the technique under Fuchs’ guidance. Incorporating over 30 years of experience in a variety of Asian martial, meditative, and healing arts, Fuchs has authored The Shaolin Butterfly Style: Art of Transformation. Copies will be available for purchase after the program. The program is free but registration is required. 

You Can Uke: Mondays, Oct. 7, 21, Nov. 4, 18, Dec. 2, 6:307:30 p.m., Main Branch. This popular ukulele instruction series for advanced beginners keeps on strumming through the fall. Musician Jim Lenn leads the group of adults and teens. Registration required; space limited. Suggested donation is $5 per session. For more information about lessons, ability level and commitment requirements, please contact library staff.

Movie Matinee: Tuesdays, Oct. 8 and 22, 1 – 3 p.m., Main Branch. New this fall! Enjoy free screenings of pre-selected movies on the library’s big screen. Join us the second and fourth Tuesday of the month when we feature award-winning films from all genres. Movie listings are posted the beginning of each month. Registration recommended.

Cossitt Writers Group: Tuesdays, Oct. 8 and 22; 6 – 7:30 p.m., Cossitt Branch. Fiction writers are invited to join this friendly group. Hone your skills with writing exercises, sprints and critiques at bi-monthly sessions. Registration recommended, but drop-ins are always welcome.

Explore the Connecticut Wine Trail: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Main Branch. When looking for great wines you don’t need to travel far. There are dozens of fantastic, award-winning wineries right here in Connecticut. With beautiful scenery, daily tastings, live music, and lots of special events, Connecticut wineries are the perfect destination on your fall foliage tour. Pick up insider tips for exploring the Connecticut Wine Trail from Michelle Griffis, wine trail advocate and former writer for Grape juice and cheese will be served. Registration required. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library.

Chess, Anyone? Thursday, Oct. 10; 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Main Branch. Chess fans are invited to friendly, competitive games the second Thursday morning of the month. Play the most popular game in the world. Registration recommended; drop-ins are always welcome.

Mostly Makers for teens and tweens: Wednesday, Oct. 16; 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Main Branch. Kids ages 10 and older are welcome at monthly maker sessions where we design, build, mix and tinker. All materials are provided; there’s no fee. Check the library website for featured projects. Please register to ensure there are enough supplies for everyone. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library.

Crafters Café: Leather and Beads Bookmark: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Main Branch. Need a special gift for a friend? Create a unique bookmark with leather and jewelry beads. Instructor Tannia Hotchkiss leads the group of adults and older teens in this DIY craft session. All materials are provided. Register early as space is limited. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library.

Not-So-Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Friday, Oct. 18, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Cossitt Branch. Kids 8–12 and their parents are in for a treat. First we’ll make a seasonal puppet craft with puppeteer Audrey Laird. Then—if you dare—we’ll head upstairs in the historic library building for some scary and not-so-scary storytelling. Registration required. Sponsored by Friends of Cossitt.

Scottish Country Dance: Monday, Oct. 21, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Salmon Brook Park House Gathering Room. Join your friends and neighbors for a festive evening of music, dance and merriment. Members of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society share the history of the dance, a bit of Scottish lore, and demonstrate traditional dance formations in multi-couple sets. Brave souls are encouraged to take a turn on the dance floor. Start your week off with a smile by joining us. Registration recommended.

Amish Fiction: It’s All in the Research: Thursday, Oct. 24, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Main Branch. Do you know how to tell whether an Amish male in Lancaster County, Pa. is in his late thirties or early forties? Do you know why some Amish raise white tail deer or how an Amish bishop is chosen? Learn the answers to these and other questions about Old Order Amish from national bestselling author Laura Bradford. The talk includes pictures, fun facts, and other anecdotal information gleaned while researching Amish-based women’s fiction and Cozy Mystery novels. Copies of the author’s books will be available for purchase after the talk. Registration recommended.

Spooky Tales: Vintage New England Legends and Ghost Stories: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Cossitt Branch. Celebrate the season with historian Dennis Picard when he shares eerie tales from the past. Adults and teens are invited to the upper level of the historic Cossitt Library building for chills and thrills. Registration required. Sponsored by Friends of Cossitt.

Adult Book Groups

Something About the Author: Monday, Oct. 7, 1:30 p.m., Main Branch. Featured author is Candice Millard. 

Around the World: Monday, Oct. 21, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Main Branch. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay (South Africa)

SciFi/Fantasy: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7–7:45 p.m., Main Branch. FEED, by Mira Grant

Children and Families

Preschool Story Time: Tuesdays, Oct. 1, 8 and 22 (no Oct. 15), 10:30 a.m., Main Branch. Preschoolers and a caregiver share stories, songs, finger plays and a craft. Ages 3–5. Drop in.

Wee Ones Story Time: Thursdays, Oct. 3, 10, 24 and 31 (no Oct. 17), 10:30 a.m., Main Branch. Board books, finger plays, songs and gentle movement for birth to 2 years with caregiver. Drop in.

Bedtime Stories for the “I’m-Not-Tired”: Thursdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 (no Oct. 31), 6:30 p.m., Cossitt Branch. Picture books, songs, stories and a craft for ages 4–7 with caregiver. Pajamas encouraged. Drop in.

Preschool Halloween Party: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 10:30–11 a.m., Main Branch. Preschoolers and a caregiver are invited to listen to some (not-too-scary) stories, sing songs and take part in our costume parade around the library. Everyone gets a goody bag to take home. Please register in advance, and remember to wear your Halloween costume!

Zumba for Kids: Saturday, Oct. 12, 10:15–11:15 a.m., Main Branch. Move it to music with instructor Amy Thompson. Boys and girls ages 5–11 are welcome to register.

Yoga for Kids: Saturday, Oct. 19, 10:15–11:15 a.m., Main Branch. Learn some simple poses, stretch and relax with instructor Aubrey Schulz. Bring a towel or a yoga mat. For boys and girls ages 5–11. Please register in advance as space is limited.

Not-too-Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Friday, Oct. 18, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Cossitt Branch. Older kids and their parents are invited for storytelling followed by puppet crafts to make and take. Ages 8–12. Registration required in advance as space is limited.

Craft Week: Monday to Saturday, Oct. 7–12, Main Branch. Drop in during the week and create a fun craft to take home. All materials supplied.

Family Movie Night: Wednesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, beginning at 6 p.m., Main Branch. Drop in and enjoy a family-friendly film with popcorn provided. All ages. Call for titles.

STEAM Lab: Tuesdays, Oct. 1, 15 and 29, 4–5 p.m., Main Branch. Check out the new maker kits! Age 6 and older. No registration needed.

Chess Club for Kids: Tuesdays, Oct. 8 and 22, 4–5 p.m., Main Branch. We provide the chess sets and some guidance. Ages 6 and up. Drop in.

Pokémon Club: Wednesdays, Oct. 2, 16 and 30, 4–5 p.m., Cossitt Branch. Bring your cards and play a game with a fellow fan. All ages encouraged to drop in.

We Love Rainbow Loom: Wednesdays, Oct. 9 and 23, 4–5 p.m., Cossitt Branch. Swap design ideas with your friends. Bring your loom and your stash of bands. Age 6  and over. Drop in.

Coming Early November

Author Talk with Serene Hackel: Saturday, Nov. 2, 1–2 p.m., Main Branch. Author Serene Hackel is best known for a book she co-authored with her late husband Eugene. Skipper Goes to War: The True Story of a Pilot and His Dog is a true story of a WWII B-17 pilot, crew and canine good-luck mascot. Copies of book are available for purchase after the talk. Registration recommended.

Let’s Talk Turkey: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Main Branch. Master Conservationist Ginny Apple offers a timely presentation about the wild turkey. Registration required. Sponsored by Granby Public Library and Granby Land Trust.