Granby Public Library System
The Granby Public Library has moved to the next phase of reopening with preliminary open hours at the Main Branch, access to the Children’s Room by appointment, and continued Curbside Library Pickup, digital services, and telephone support. As with all previous phases, the focus is on public and staff safety, continued access to information, and exceptional service to the Granby community.
The Main Branch of the GPL has reopened with these limited service hours:
Tuesday and Thursday 12–3 p.m. and 4–7 p.m. (closed 3-4 p.m. for cleaning)
Saturday 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Children’s room by appointment (call 860-844-5275 to schedule)
Curbside Library Pickup
For maximum social distancing and safe, convenient library access, Curbside Library Pickup continues to be a great option. Library materials can be reserved online through the catalog or by telephone, and then patrons can schedule a pick-up appointment—no need to come inside. Call the library at 860-844-5275 for details.
Granby residents are encouraged to use the library’s “third location,” open 24/7, the Library website (granby-ct.gov/library). There, you can access digital services any time, including online program registration, 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.
Members of the Library staff are working on-site and are available Monday through Saturday to answer your questions by phone (860-844-5275) and email (GranbyLibrary@granby-ct.gov).
To register for any program, go to the Calendar of Events tab at granby-ct.gov/library or call 860-844-5275. 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
Programs covering a variety of topics are always being added to the events calendar. For the latest information check the Library website and be sure to sign up to receive the Library eNewsletter.
Adults, teens, tweens, and families
Coyotes: Nature’s Tricksters: Wednesday, Sept. 9, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Eastern coyotes were first documented in Connecticut more than 60 years ago. Today they are common throughout the state. Often described as opportunistic animals with regard to habitat and diet, the coyote is also known as the “trickster” in Native American folklore. Master Conservationist Ginny Apple presents the eastern coyote’s backstory as well as offering tips about how to prevent conflicts with this North American wild canine. Registration required. Sponsored by Granby Public Library and Granby Land Trust.
EFT Tapping Group: Monday, Sept. 14, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a process used by tens of thousands of practitioners around the world. It is said to help people overcome anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, traumatic memories, grief, and emotional or physical pain. First-timers and repeat attendees are welcome to join the monthly group “Tapping” session. Registration required.
Herbal Teas, Taste the Difference: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Teas have been used to boost immunity, alleviate headaches, treat insomnia and calm digestive problems. Learn about the ancient and modern-day healing properties of herbal teas from Sara Thornton, Ravenswood Natural Health. Be sure to visit the library prior to the program and pick up a complimentary three-tea sampler pack. Quantities limited. Registration required.
Making Your Money Last in Retirement: Tuesday, September 29, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Learn how to fulfill your retirement expectations with tips from Cris Jacobs, financial advisor, Edward Jones. The presentation covers key retirement concerns such as inflation, health care expenses, market volatility and other unexpected events. Bring your questions; there will be an opportunity for both live and texted dialog. Attendance does not obligate you in any way and the library does not share personal information with the presenter. Registration required.
Programs and services for children and families
We are so happy to see families in the library again. Due to current safety restrictions, the Children’s Room is open to one family (or pod) at a time, by appointment only. Call 860-844-5275 to schedule your time to visit.
Story Stroll: Have you discovered our Story Stroll yet? You and your family can read a picture book together as you stroll the grounds of Granby Public Library. Pages from a colorful children’s book are posted on several signs trailing around the library lawn, and if you follow the numbers on the signs, you can read the book in its entirety. Each story begins near the walkway to the patio (to the right of the library’s front door). Check back every time you visit. New books will be posted often, through the fall season.
Take and Make Crafts: Check our online calendar throughout the month for the opportunity to register for easy-to-use craft kits that you can TAKE from the library (at curbside or during a visit) and MAKE at home. We’ll provide instruction and all materials needed. Supplies are limited so registration is required.
Back To School: Whatever it looks like this year, it’s time to go back to the classroom. If your child kept a Reading Log of books this summer, be sure to turn it in to your teacher or school librarian.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: It’s never too early to start reading to your child. Studies show that a child who has been read to is more likely to do better in school—and in later life—than one who has not been exposed to books when young. Granby Public Library’s popular program, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, is an easy and fun way to spend time reading together. We provide everything you need! Register and, as you and your child reach 100-book milestones on your way to 1,000 books, your child will receive small toy prizes and books to celebrate your accomplishments. A very special personalized gift will be presented to your child when you reach the goal of 1,000 books. Call the Children’s Room to learn more and to register, 860-844-5284.