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Granby Public Library System

The Granby Public Library will continue its phased reopening plans as public and staff safety guidelines are met and managed. Regardless of the building status, the library will continue to offer services throughout the summer in a variety of ways. 

Phone/Email

Members of the library staff are working on-site and are available to answer your questions by phone (860-844-5275) and email (GranbyLibrary@granby-ct.gov) between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. 

Online

Granby residents are encouraged to use the library’s “third location,” which is open 24/7—the library website (granby-ct.gov/library). There, you can access our digital services any time, including online programs, eBooks and eMagazines, Consumer Reports, Ancestry, and more. New titles are being added to the digital collections weekly, so check back often. Don’t have a library card? Register for your free library card on the library website or by calling the library.

In Person with Curbside Library Pickup

Library materials are available to borrow. Patrons can now request items online through the catalog or by telephone and arrange a pick-up time to come and get them. Call the library at 860-844-5275 for details.


Summer Reading Program 

Granby Public Library patrons of all ages are invited to join in this summer for this very special program. As we all stay close to home this summer, “Good in Granby” will celebrate our community and all things that make Granby great.

We are planning story times, adult and children’s programming, Take and Make crafts, and activities for the whole family. This year, due to safety concerns, many of these programs will be presented online. Call the library or visit the website for more information.

How the Summer Reading Program works:

• Register. Call the library or sign up online at granby-ct.gov/library

• Get raffle tickets for prizes. Every time you visit the library from now until Aug.  8, you’ll receive a raffle ticket to enter in our end-of-summer prize give-away. If you attend a library program (in person or virtually), you’ll get another ticket. Completed tickets can be returned when you return your books. Winners will be drawn and age-appropriate prizes purchased from and/or donated by the local community will be awarded at the end of August.

• Enjoy your summer relaxing, refreshing and reading.

Adults, teens, tweens and families

To register for any program, sign up online. Program participants will receive a confirmation email with the info needed to participate. Questions? Please call 860-844-5275 or email GranbyLibrary@granby-ct.gov Free library programs are always being added. For the latest information check the library website and be sure to sign up to receive the library eNewsletter.

Time For Tie Dye Love: Saturday, July 11, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (rain date July 18) on the Granby Public Library lawn. This outdoor tie dye fun is for all ages. Register in advance to schedule your time slot and table space, then follow the instructions regarding personal safety, including social distancing guidelines, face coverings, temperature checks and hand sanitizing. We supply all the tie dye supplies, you bring pre-washed cotton items like T-shirts, socks, towels or pillow cases. Let’s get together, at a safe distance, and enjoy creating some colorful, wearable art! Registration required.

EFT Tapping Group:  Monday, July 13, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is said to help people overcome anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, traumatic memories, grief, and emotional or physical pain. The process is a powerful procedure used by tens of thousands of practitioners around the world. Certified instructor Cris Jacobs leads a virtual group session. Registration requested.

Good Things in Granby Adventure: Sunday, July 19, 6 a.m. through Sunday, July 26, 6 p.m. It’s an all-ages adventure to find and document assorted landmarks, hidden objects, and other interesting things in Granby and neighboring towns. Register to receive your adventure game sheet, then find all the Granby “goodies” and submit your answers by the deadline. Earn a chance to win gift card prizes from local retailers. 

Take and Make Craft Program: The library’s Crafters Café series for adults and teens moves to curbside pickup. Maker supplies and instructions will be available to those who register. Supplies limited; check the calendar and sign up early.

Webinars

Granby Public Library and Granby Agricultural Commission are bringing the experts to you. Join us for a series of webinars featuring local farm and garden professionals. Each program in the series speaks to agricultural and environmental topics, and includes an opportunity for Q & A. 

Granby and the Future of Food in New England:  Monday, July 20, 6:30 –7:30 p.m.The industrialized food system is incredibly effective at producing massive amounts of food while keeping food prices low. However, this comes at a cost to the environment, public health and many communities. The global pandemic has exposed the fragility of our food supply chains and the inequalities of the current food system. Learn more about sustainable, fair and resilient food systems from Ann Wilhelm, Wilhelm Farm, as she shares the work of Food Solutions New England. Registration requested.

Brewing Beer: From the Garden to the Keg: Wednesday, Aug. 12, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Join Kate Bogli, Maple View Farm, as she walks us through the brewing process from field to tank. Learn how to make beer with four main ingredients: water, grain, hops and yeast. Pick up samples from The Brewery at Maple View Farm or your local package store and join the virtual tasting to learn more about flavor profiles like malty, hoppy, crisp and bitter. Registration required.

Children and Families 

While the library buildings are closed, our goal is to connect with the children in our community by holding virtual library events, sharing the resources we find online, and promoting reading through our digital collections. Be sure to check the library’s calendar and Facebook pages to see the latest in our virtual programming and sign up for our eNewsletter to have the latest information sent to your inbox.

Take and Make Crafts for Kids: Check our online calendar throughout the months of July and August for the opportunity to register for easy-to-make craft kits that you can take at curbside and make at home. We’ll provide instruction and all materials needed.

Curbside for Kids: Parents and kids can stay socially distant and keep reading. Patrons are encouraged to place holds through our catalog (or by phone) and pick up materials at the library. Not sure what to request? Call the library staff for recommendations or just give us enough information to “browse” for you.  And don’t forget to check those brown book bags when you pick up at curbside. We’ll be including coloring pages, activity sheets, stickers, bookmarks and special craft kits for little ones all summer long.

Reading Logs: Your teachers would love to know what you read over the summer. We have paper Reading Logs available at the library with lots of room to list your favorite titles and authors. 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: This popular program will still be offered throughout the summer. New to the program? Call the library and we will be happy to get you started. The benefits of reading to your little ones will last a lifetime!