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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 Closings

Both libraries will be closed on Nov. 11 for Veterans Day, and Nov. 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving.

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

Author Talk with Serene Hackel: Saturday, Nov. 2, 1–2 p.m., Main Branch. 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. Don’t miss an opportunity to hear more about this time in history from someone who lived it. Copies of the book are available for purchase after the talk. Registration recommended.

You Can Uke: Mondays, Nov. 4, 18, and Dec. 2; 6:30–7:30 p.m., Main Branch. The 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, $5 per session. For more information about lessons, ability level and commitment requirements, please contact library staff.

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. Hear about flight, feathers, wattles and snoods! Apple covers everything you ever wanted to know about these interesting birds. Registration required. Sponsored by Granby Public Library and Granby Land Trust.

Resolve To Be Ready! Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Main Branch. Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can. Be prepared with great advice and tips from Granby’s Community Emergency Response Team. CERT members speak about planning for and preventing disasters at home. Free handouts and other resources will be available for attendees. Registration recommended.

Movie Matinee: Tuesdays, Nov. 12 and 26, 1–3 p.m., Main Branch. You’re invited to 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-wining films from all genres. Movie listings are posted the beginning of each month. Last month’s audience gave us “two thumbs up!” Register in advance or drop-in.

Cossitt Writers Group: Tuesdays, Nov. 12 and 26, 6–7:30 p.m., Cossitt Branch. Fiction writers are invited to celebrate NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and Come Write In at the historic and inspiring Cossitt Branch Library. New participants are welcome to join the group at semi-monthly meetings, and all writers are encouraged to visit the branch any time during regular hours to hone skills and get the words out. Registration recommended. See also a special NaNoWriMo event, Writing the Artist’s Way, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., Main Branch.

Crafters Café: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Cossitt Branch. This month adult crafters will create a seasonal Giving Thanks centerpiece for the home. All materials are provided. Register early as space is limited. Sponsored by Friends of Cossitt.

Writing The Artist’s Way: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Main Branch. Experience a guided encounter with your own creativity. Writers participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) events will take inspiration from Julia Cameron’s acclaimed book, The Artist’s Way. Instructor Gail Altschwager shares Cameron’s techniques to help you write more creatively. Registration required. 

Chess, Anyone? Thursday, Nov. 14, 10:30 .m.–12 p.m., Main Branch. Play one of the very first strategy board games invented. Chess fans are invited to friendly, competitive games the second Thursday morning of the month. Registration recommended, but drop-ins are always welcome.

Hell On Wheels—The Wild West: Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Main Branch. From the 1850s until the 1890s, the West was a dangerous place and one that took a high human toll. Hamish Lutris, delivers an engaging presentation featuring three aspects of that danger: cattle, which drew cowboys and big business out west; Indians, who contested that expansion doggedly; and the railroad. Each contributed to the reality and mythology of the West and they remain powerful images today. Registration required. 

Intro To Emotional Freedom Technique: Saturday, Nov. 16, 10:30–11:30 a.m., Main Branch. EFT is a powerful procedure used by thousands of practitioners around the world to help people overcome anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, traumatic memories, guilt, grief, and emotional/physical pain. EFT, often called “tapping,” is a form of emotional acupuncture, except that instead of needles, we tap with our fingertips to stimulate specific meridian energy points, while tuning in to a troublesome issue or memory. Join certified practitioner Cris Jacobs and learn to use the Emotional Freedom Technique. Registration required.

Mostly Makers, for teens and tweens: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 3:30–4:30 p.m., Main Branch. Kids 10 and older are welcome at monthly maker sessions to design, build, mix and tinker! All materials are provided at no charge. This month’s gratitude theme will inspire makers to create a project to share with family or friends just in time for the holidays. Check the library website for more details. Registration recommended. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library.

Author Talk with Steve Rushin: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Main Branch. Steve Rushin, novelist and award-winning writer for Sports Illustrated magazine, picks up where he left off in his acclaimed memoir,Sting-Ray Afternoons. Rushin brilliantly captures a bygone era, and the thrills of new adulthood in the early 80s in Nights in White Castle. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing after the program. Registration required.

Granby Gets Street-Wise: Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Main Branch. Members of Granby’s Salmon Brook Historical Society reveal the stories behind how various town roads were named. Bring your local history questions and ask the experts. Bill Ross and Carol Laun will do their best to answer them. Registration required. Sponsored by Granby Public Library and Salmon Brook Historical Society.

Book Groups

Something About the Author: Monday, Nov. 4, 1:30–3 p.m., Main Branch. Featured author is Eowyn Ivey.

Around the World: Monday, Nov. 18, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Main Branch. Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan (Italy).

Children and Families

Zumba For Kids: Saturday, Nov. 2, 10:15–11 a.m., Main Branch. Move it to music with instructor Amy Thompson. Boys and girls ages 5–11 are welcome to register.

Kids’ Clothing Swap: Thursday, Nov. 7, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Main Branch. Bring your clean kids’ clothes and shoes to swap. All ages/sizes accepted. Items not chosen will be donated to Granby Social Services. Call for more details.

Yoga For Kids: Saturday, Nov. 9, 10:15–11 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.

Make A Mini Gingerbread House: Saturday, Nov. 23, 3–4 p.m., Cossitt Branch. Create a miniature gingerbread house to take home with crackers, frosting and other fun ingredients. All materials provided. Age 5 and up with caregiver. Please register in advance as space is limited.

Craft Week: Monday to Saturday, Nov. 4–9. Main Branch. Drop in anytime during the week and create a fun craft to take home. All materials supplied.

Family Movie Night: Wednesdays, Nov. 6, 13 and 20 (no Nov. 27) beginning at 6 p.m., Main Branch. Drop in and enjoy a family-friendly film, popcorn provided. All ages. Call for titles.

Steam Lab: Tuesdays, Nov. 12 and 26, 4–5 p.m., Main Branch. Check out the new maker kits. Ages 6–12. No registration needed.

Chess Club: Tuesdays, Nov. 5 and 19, 4–5 p.m., Main Branch. Challenge your friends. We provide the chess sets and some guidance. Ages 6–12.

Pokemon Club: Wednesdays, Nov. 6, 13 and 20, 4–5 p.m., Cossitt Branch. Bring your cards and play a game with a fellow fan. All ages encouraged to drop in.

Story Time

Preschool Story Time: Tuesdays, Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10:30 a.m., Main Branch. Preschoolers with a caregiver share stories, songs, finger plays and a craft. Ages 3–5. Drop in.

Wee Ones Story Time: Thursdays, Nov. 7, 14 and 21 (no Nov. 28), 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, Nov. 7, 14 and 21 (no Nov. 28), 6:30 p.m. at Cossitt Branch. Picture books, songs, stories and a craft, for ages 4-7 with caregiver. Pajamas encouraged! Drop in.

Coming in early December

An Astronomical View Of The Christmas Star: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Main Branch. The story of the Christmas Star is among the most endearing chapters of the Christmas celebration. Join us when Scott Tracy presents an intriguing look at some compelling historical events that add to the intrigue of this favorite holiday story. Registration required.