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, Wednesday and Thursday: 3 – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 2 – 5 p.m.
Both libraries will be closed on Dec. 25 for Christmas Day, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day, and Jan. 20 for Martin Luther King Day. The libraries will close early on Dec. 24 and 31.
The Friends of Cossitt Library will host a Puzzle & Game Sale Jan.. 20 – Feb. 15. The Friends are now accepting puzzle and game board donations for the upcoming sale. If you have some complete, gently used puzzles and games to donate, please drop them off at either branch of the library.
The library now offers all Granby Library Card holders full access to the Consumer Reports Online Database. Follow the link on the library’s “Online Learning and Research” page to log in with your card number. You will have access to all of the print content, as well as thousands more online articles, product reviews, repair suggestions, and more.
To register for any program, call 860-844-5275, email firstname.lastname@example.org, sign up online at granby-ct.gov/library, or visit either library branch. Library programs will be cancelled if Granby schools are cancelled due to bad weather.
School Vacation Week
Family Fun Time
Mondays, Dec. 23 and 30, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Tuesdays, Dec. 24 and 31, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., at Main Branch. Take a break from the holiday stress and bring the family for some fun at the library. We have board games, puzzles, a train table, coloring, crafts and more. Drop in.
Family Movie Matinee
Thursday, Dec. 26, beginning at 2 p.m., at Main Branch. Come in from the cold and enjoy a family-friendly movie and some popcorn. Drop in. All ages welcome.
We Love Legos
Friday, Dec. 27 and Saturday, Dec. 28, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., at Main Branch. We have lots of Legos and Duplos. Just bring your imagination. Age 3 and up. Drop in.
Crafts for Kids at Cossitt
Tuesdays, Dec. 24, 31; Thursday, Dec. 26; Saturday, Dec. 28, at Cossitt Branch. Drop in anytime and make a cool craft to take home. All materials provided. All ages.
ADULTS, TEENS, TWEENS, AND FAMILIES
You Can Uke: Monday, Dec. 2; 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Main Branch. The popular ukulele instruction series for advanced beginners strums again in December. 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.
EFT Tapping Group: Mondays, Dec. 2 and Jan. 6, 6:30-–7:30 p.m. at Main Branch. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a powerful procedure used by tens of thousands of practitioners around the world. EFT, also known as tapping, helps people overcome anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, traumatic memories, grief and emotional or physical pain. Certified instructor Cris Jacobs leads a monthly group session. Space limited; registration required.
An Astronomer’s View Of The Christmas Star: Wednesday, Dec. 4; 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Main Branch. The story of the Christmas Star is among the most endearing chapters of the Christmas celebration. Join us when Scott Tracy, Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford member and science educator, presents a fascinating look at the compelling historical events that add to the intrigue of this favorite holiday story. Please register.
Bagpipes Around The World: Monday, Dec. 9, 6:30-–7:30 p.m. (snow date Dec. 12) at Main Branch. All ages are welcome to experience the music of the bagpipe and to learn more about the origins of these unique instruments. Talented piper Lawrence Cole will share his knowledge and musical skill on a variety of pipes from different countries. Enjoy the sounds of the Sackpipa Swedish bagpipe and Lowland Scottish bagpipe. View a Great Highland Scottish bagpipe and Galician (Spanish) bagpipe. Registration recommended.
Movie Matinee: Tuesdays, Dec. 10, Jan 14, 28, 1–3 p.m. at Main Branch. Enjoy free screenings of pre-selected movies on the library’s big screen. Join us the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month; check movie listings the beginning of the month on the Library’s website or by calling the main number. Registration recommended.
Crafters Cafe: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Main Branch. December’s craft is Holiday Gift Tags and Bags, just in time for the gift-giving season. Adults and teens are invited to create festive bags and tags to adorn holiday packages. Sponsored by Friends of GPL. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Cossitt Branch. Artist Susan Canavan leads a lesson in handcrafting paper flowers from custom materials. Adults and older teens are invited to create floral art with the highest quality Italian and German crepe paper. Sponsored by Friends of Cossitt Library. All materials provided. Registration required.
Chess, Anyone? Thursdays, Dec. 12 and Jan. 9, 10:30 a.m.–noon, at 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 Cookie Battles: Wednesdays, Dec. 18 and Jan. 15, 3:30–4:30 p.m. at Main Branch. Kids 10 and older are welcome at monthly maker sessions to design, build, mix, and tinker. December’s project features a decorative cookie battle. Clever confections win prizes. GMHS volunteers lead the January battle. Everything needed is provided at no charge. Registration recommended to ensure enough cookies are on hand for everyone to participate. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library.
Off The Wall Embroidery Exhibit: January 2 thru 31 at Main Branch. Enjoy the Connecticut River Valley Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild’s Off the Wall Embroidery exhibit. The display features pieces that celebrate the art of decorating useful items—boxes, trays, coasters, pillows, linens, clothing, ornaments, toys, and much more. An assortment of stitching accessories will also be on exhibit.
Stitch-Ins: Saturday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m.–noon (snow date Jan. 18) and Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1:30–3:30 p.m. (snow date Jan. 22) at Main Branch. Adults and teens are encouraged to attend one or both Stitch-Ins with members of the Connecticut River Valley Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild. Bring your own projects to work, ask questions and pick up needlework tips.
Cool Cosmos—View the Winter Night Sky: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 6:30–7:30 p.m. (snow date Jan. 16) at Holcomb Farm Workshop and Patio. Long winter nights, dry air and bright stars provide excellent conditions for viewing the night sky. Granby Public Library and Granby Land Trust presents a stargazing opportunity with Scott Tracy, science educator and astronomer. Program begins inside with astronomical highlights, and moves outside for hands-on viewing by telescope. Appropriate outerwear highly recommended. Registration required.
Souper Soups: Saturday, Jan. 11, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (snow date Jan. 18) at Main Branch. Save the date for this “souper” good culinary program with Sarah Cowles-Gentile, proprietor of The Whisk. Hear about special ingredients and cooking techniques, and then enjoy sample tastings of flavorful and comforting soups. Registration required. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library.
Author Talk with D. H. Robbins: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6:30–7:30 p.m. (snow date Jan. 29) at Main Branch. Local author, lecturer, and publications strategist David (D.H.) Robbins has been actively writing fiction for nearly 30 years. His novels take place during the culturally rich era of the 1960s. Robbins’ first published novel, The Tu-Tone DeSoto (2014), introduces eight teenagers coming of age in an Iowa suburb. His second soon-to-be published novel, The Reverend, is a crime mystery based in New York City, and a third novel, The Weight of Indifference, takes the reader to San Francisco and Vietnam. Copies of his work will be available for purchase after the program. Registration recommended.
An Introduction To Probate: Thursday, Jan. 30; 6:30–7:30 p.m. (snow date Feb. 6) at Main Branch. Probate is the legal process in which a will is reviewed to determine whether it is valid and authentic. It also refers to the general administering of a deceased person’s estate without a will, and it impacts everyone at one time or another. Judge of Probate Cynthia C. Becker offers a straightforward presentation for those who are interested in learning more about this topic. Registration highly recommended.
What About Waffles? Monday, Jan. 27, 6:30–7:30 p.m. (snow date Feb. 3) at Main Branch. Whether we enjoy them at breakfast or dinner, the waffle holds its own any time of day. Learn more from Sandra Urban, former sous chef, Sur La Table, and enjoy samples of sweet, savory and gluten-free options. Take home recipes. Registration required. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library.
Book Groups and Writers Group
Something About The Author: Monday, Dec. 2, 1:30 p.m., featured author Minette Walters. Monday, Jan. 6, 1:30 p.m., featured author Ruta Sepetys. Held at Main Branch.
Around The World Book Group: Monday, Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m., France is the chosen country; the book is A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle. Monday, Jan. 20, 6:30 p.m., Italy is the chosen country; the group will discuss Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin J. Walker. Held at Main Branch.
SciFi / Fantasy Book Group: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7–7:45 p.m., book is His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik. Wednesday, Jan. 8. 7–7:45 p.m., book is The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 7–7:45 p.m., book is To Say Nothing of the Dog, or How We Found the Bishop’s Bird Stump by Connie Willis. Held at Main Branch.
Cossitt Writers Group: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6–7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, Jan. 14 and 28, 6–7:45 p.m., at Cossitt Branch. Fiction writers are invited to join this friendly group. Attendees brush up on skills with writing exercises and gain feedback from fellow writers. Registration recommended; drop-ins are always welcome.
Children and Families
Preschool Story Time: Tuesdays, Dec. 3, 10, 17 and Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Main Branch. Preschoolers (ages 3–5) and a caregiver share stories, songs, finger plays and a craft. Drop in.
Wee Ones Story Time: Thursdays, Dec. 5, 12, 19 and Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30 at 10:30 a.m. at 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, Dec. 5, 12, 19 and Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Cossitt Branch. Picture books, songs, stories and a craft for ages 4–7 with caregiver. Pajamas encouraged! Drop in.
Send A Letter To The North Pole: Dec. 1 thru 20 at Main Branch. We have a special mailbox and everything you need to send your note or wish list to the North Pole.
Mason Jar Holiday Craft: Thursday, Dec. 5, 6:30–7:45 p.m. at Main Branch. Just in time for the holidays, ages 8 and up are invited to create a gift to give or keep. Each participant will go home with two mason jar crafts and/or a lovely hand-painted wine bottle. Please register in advance as space is limited.
Make A Mini Gingerbread House: Saturday, Dec. 7, 3–4 p.m. at 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.
A Visit from Jingles, Santa’s Favorite Elf: Saturday, Dec. 21, 10:30–11:30 a.m. at Main Branch. Jingles will be at the library with Miss Joan, reading stories and singing songs with families. Jingles will meet with the kids (photo op), listen to their last-minute Christmas requests, and then will take all of the letters we’ve collected with her to the North Pole for Santa. There will be special coloring sheets and candy canes. Please register in advance.
Craft Weeks: Monday–Saturday, Dec. 9–14 and Jan. 13–18, at Main Branch. Drop in anytime during the week and create a fun craft to take home. All materials supplied.
Family Movie Night: Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11, 18 and Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, beginning at 6 p.m., at Main Branch. Drop in and enjoy a family-friendly film, with popcorn provided. All ages. Call for titles.
Pokemon Club: Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11, 18 and Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, 4–5 p.m., at Cossitt Branch. Bring your cards and play a game with a fellow fan. All ages encouraged to drop-in.
Yoga For Kids: Saturday, Jan. 11 at 10:15 a.m., at Main Branch. Learn some basic poses, stretch and relax with instructor Aubrey Schulz. For boys and girls ages 5–11. Please bring a towel or a yoga mat. Please register in advance.
Crafternoon: Thursday, Jan. 23, 4–5 p.m., at Main Branch. Time to get creative. Stop by after school and make a fun craft project. We’ll supply the instruction and all the materials. For ages 8 and up. Please register in advance.
Crafts For Kids at Cossitt: all January, stop at Cossitt Branch and create a cool winter craft. All materials provided. All ages welcome. No registration needed.