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Library Hours at Main Branch

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Library Hours at Cossitt Branch, beginning Sept. 7.

Tuesday and Thursday: 3 – 8 p.m.

Summer Library Celebration Winners

With about 2,000 entries, the winners of our children, teen and adult prizes included: Abby L., Margot K., Natalie B., Wilson M., Alex U., and Kai S. (Prize 6: Frisbee Game), Sophia B., Owen B., Ty D., Chloe D., Nell G., Ryan S., Dawn B., Leala C., Coreen F., Mike G., Bill R., and Matt S. Congratulations to our winners!

Thank you ALL for your visits to the library, your celebration of library services, and your support. We’re so glad to welcome the community back into the Granby Public Library.

A Big Thank You to the Summer

Library Celebration Sponsors 

The Granby Public Library wishes to thank all of the sponsors of this Summer’s Celebration, including: Beman True Value Hardware, Cambridge House Brew Pub, Granby Stop and Shop, Horses and Hounds, Necker’s Toyland, Old Mill Pond Village Shops, Zippy’s Auto Wash, and Friends of Granby Public Library, Friends of Cossitt Library and Granby Library Association. 

Library Programs

Registration is required for many of the library’s programs. To register, follow the links on the library’s website or call the library. To learn more about upcoming programs, sign up for the library’s monthly eNewsletter on the website or by phone.

Adults and Teens

The Statue of Liberty: Wednesday, Sept. 8, 6:30–7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Lady Liberty was a gift from the French people commemorating the alliance of France and the United States during the American Revolutionary War. Learn how she became a world-famous icon of liberty from author and historian John Cilio. You’ll hear the story behind the statue’s genesis, the ensuing funding nightmares, and the heated competition between cities to claim her for their own. Register online to receive the Zoom link. Sponsored by Friends of Cossitt Library.

Plan B Book Club: Monday, Sept. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. Join us as we connect online through reading, conversation, and good books. Leading the discussions are Doug Soucier and Beth Morrill, who have led our popular in-person book discussions. Copies of each book are available for patrons to borrow at the library or digitally via Overdrive and hoopla. Register online or call the library to participate. Look for a confirmation email with a Zoom link and log-in information if you sign-up online. No computer/internet at home? Join us on the phone! Contact the library to learn how.

Superfoods 101: Thursday, Sept. 16, 6:30–7:30 p.m. via Zoom. We’re celebrating powerhouses of nutrition in this fun culinary program with Kim Larkin. Join us for tips, techniques and simple ways to incorporate popular nutrient-rich foods into your life. The first 15 people to register will receive a superfood sampler pack including goji berries, cacao nibs, berry tea and dark chocolate. The packs will be available for pick up at the library one week prior to the program. Register online to receive the Zoom link. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library.

Financial Fitness Checkup: Socially Responsible Investing and Making Your Money Last in Retirement: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 6:30–8 p.m. at Main Branch. Do you want to align your financial goals with your values? Are you concerned you will sacrifice returns to make a positive impact? Find out how to incorporate responsible investing in your financial plan. Making your money last in retirement will be a focus of the presentation. Key concerns such as inflation, health care expenses and market volatility will be explored. Two financial services professionals answer your questions. No obligation. Register online. 

Author Talk with Velya Jancz-Urban and Ehris Urban: Thursday, Sept. 23, 6:30–7:30 p.m. via Zoom. The knowledgeable and delightfully entertaining Grounded Goodwife duo will share their enthusiasm for using “Green magic” for personal wellness and holistic healing. The mother-daughter team recently released their second book, Dare to be a Green Witch, featuring recipes and strategies for an earth-friendly natural lifestyle. Register online to receive the Zoom link. Sponsored by Friends of Cossitt Library.

The Importance of Focus: Wednesday, Sept. 29, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Main Branch. If you want more out of life and would like to focus on making it happen, this interactive workshop is for you. Greg Dwyer will show you how to create real magic in your life and get more of what you desire. The former illusionist worked backstage for Doug Henning’s The Magic Show and was seen by over six million people on CBS with The Late Show with David Letterman. Dwyer knows how to make the impossible possible and has traveled the world sharing his insights with others. Space is limited; register online today. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library.

Writers Group: Tuesdays, Sept. 14 and 28, 5–6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Adult fiction writers are invited to hone skills using a variety of creative writing exercises and prompts. Join us for virtual, bi-weekly workshops led by members of the group. “Write on” by registering online to receive the Zoom link.

For Children and Families

Story Stroll: Every day, all ages at the Main Branch lawn, near the patio. Stop by anytime and check out the latest self-paced Story Stroll. Just follow the numbers on the signs to read an entire picture book or complete a fun family activity challenge. A new story will appear every few weeks, so be sure to check back often.

Crafternoon: Thursday, Sept. 16, 12-2 p.m. at Main Branch outside patio. For age 3+ (some crafts may have small pieces). There’s no school today so drop by and choose from an assortment of crafts and activities to take home and complete. We have craft kits, sticker stories, coloring sheets, paint with water pages and more. There’s something fun for all ages and levels of ability. No registration needed. In case of rain, we’ll have Crafternoon inside the Children’s Room. Sponsored by the Friends of Granby Public Library.

The Garbage Truck is Coming: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 10:30-11 a.m. (Rain date Sept. 28) at Main Branch outside patio. For preschoolers and a caregiver. Our friends at Paine’s Recycling and Rubbish Removal are returning for another visit. Join Miss Julie from Paine’s for a story or two and say hello to Gordon, our favorite Granby driver. After story time, each child will get the opportunity to sit up in the driver’s seat, behind the wheel of Gordon’s truck. We’ll have stickers and coloring sheets to take home, too. No registration needed. Please bring a blanket for your family to sit on. 

Take and Make Crafts: Saturdays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Main Branch Children’s Room. For ages 3 and up. Stop by the Children’s Room and select a craft kit from our Craft Box to take home and complete. No registration or reservation needed. An assortment of crafts for all levels of ability will be available. One craft kit per child, please. All materials and instruction will be provided. First come, first served. Supplies are limited. Note: some crafts may contain small pieces that could be a choking hazard to children age 3 and under. Sponsored by the Friends of Granby Public Library.

Story Times

Good Morning Story Time with Miss Joan: Tuesdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10:30–11 a.m. at Main Branch outside patio. Miss Joan invites her preschool (ages 3-5) friends and their caregivers to join her to sing, do a fingerplay and share a story together. Please bring a blanket or chairs for your family to sit on. No registration needed. Program will be held inside in the Children’s Room if it is raining. Sponsored by the Friends of Granby Public Library.

Bedtime Stories with Miss Heather: Thursdays, Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30, 5:30-6 p.m. at Cossitt Branch lawn. Join Miss Heather as she welcomes children ages 4-7 and their caregivers for story time—pajamas encouraged. We’ll read stories and sing songs together outdoors. Each child will also receive a craft to complete at home. Please bring a blanket or chairs for your family to sit on. In case of bad weather, the program will be held inside in the Children’s Room. Sponsored by the Friends of Cossitt Library.

Story Time on Your Time: All month at the Main Branch. For babies and toddlers. Too busy to attend a scheduled Story Time program? Stop by or call the library and request a Story Time Bag for you and your baby or toddler. Each bag contains board books, a washable toy and pages of suggested finger plays, songs and nursery rhymes to enjoy together. Keep each bag for up to one month, then return it and check out another. Each bag is unique. Place a hold in our online catalog or by calling 860-844-5275.

New and Ongoing Library Services

Hoopla: Granby Library patrons are now able to access the hoopla digital catalog, more than 900,000 titles of eBooks, eAudio books, music albums, TV series and more. Download the free app and log in with your GPL library card. Every patron can borrow up to four titles a month—with no holds, and no waiting. Take advantage of these free digital checkouts in addition to the items you can borrow through Overdrive/Libby and use your Granby Library Card anywhere you are.

Museum Passes: Granby Library Patrons can borrow museum passes that will provide visitors with free or reduced rates for dozens of museums across Connecticut and Massachusetts. Check the library website or call for more details.

Library Displays: Visitors love to look at the ever-changing displays in the library lobby and Children’s room! Do you have a special collection to display at the library? There are opportunities to exhibit your art or collection. Call Holly Johnson at 860-844-5279, or Joan Beatson (for children’s collections) at 860-844-5285.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten: It’s never too early to start reading to your child. Granby Public Library’s popular program is an easy and fun way to spend time reading together. We provide everything you need. We would love to help you get started. Ask for information at the Children’s Desk or give us a call at 860-844-5275 (main desk) or 860-844-5285 for Miss Joan, the Children’s Librarian.

Nutmeg Books: Did you know that Connecticut has its own book award where the students select the winners? The Nutmeg Book Award nominees are here—have you checked them out yet? We have the new titles for grades 2-6 in the Children’s Room and books for grades 7-12 in the Teen area. Come and choose a new favorite. Two Nutmeg book checkouts at a time, please.