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Granby Public Library System


Main Branch Hours

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.

Sunday: 1–4 p.m.

Cossitt Branch Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 3–8 p.m.

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 in person, on the website, or by phone.

Adults and Teens

Old Growth Rising: Wednesday, Feb. 2, 6:30–7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Four hundred years after the arrival of Europeans and the intensive land use that followed, forestland is finally recovering throughout the Northeast. Join us for a virtual presentation by Connor Hogan, Director of the McLean Game Refuge, to learn about Connecticut’s aging forestlands and their potential to become old growth. Register online for the Zoom program link. Sponsored by Granby Public Library and Granby Land Trust.

Maximizing Space in the Garden—Creating More of a Good Thing: Thursday, Feb. 3, 6:30–7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Horticulturist and author Tovah Martin shares innovative ideas to help you garden efficiently, prolifically, sustainably and beautifully. Martin will show how to create layers in varied habitats including the perennial, berry and vegetable gardens. Explore ways to find a balance between what you need and what nature needs. Register to receive the Zoom link and receive a handout to accompany the program. Print copies of the handout will also be available at the library.

Monday Funday: Feb. 7, 4–5 p.m. For ages 10-18. Register for a virtual Valentine craft workshop led by student volunteers and library staff. Register online to receive the Zoom program link; then stop by the library the first week of February to pick up the craft supplies. There is no fee and the craft kits will be available while supplies last. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Writers’ Group: Tuesdays, Feb. 8 and 22, 5–6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Adult fiction writers are invited to hone writing skills with timed prompts and other creative writing exercises. Attendees have the choice of participating in critique sessions to gain helpful input from fellow writers. Register online to receive the Zoom program link.

Recipe Makeovers (Winter Wellness Series): Wednesday, Feb. 9, 6:30–7:30 p.m. via Zoom. We all have recipes passed down from family and friends that we cannot live without. Unfortunately, many favorites are often enjoyed with a side of guilt. Join us and learn the simple three-step process to make over recipes with guaranteed delicious and healthy results. Presented by Anna Kazmierczak, nutrition consultant and owner of Manageable Pieces, LLC. Register online to receive the Zoom program link.

Author Talk with Anna Kacmierczak (Winter Wellness Series): Sunday, Feb. 27, 2–3 p.m. “Food enjoyment is a vital component of a vibrant life,” says the author of How to Eat Mindfully and Mindlessly Lose Weight. Find out more about mindful eating practices from Anna Kazmierczak, wellness coach and nutrition consultant. Learn simple changes to transform your eating experience and avoid having to say goodbye to foods you love. Copies of the author’s book will be available for purchase though there is no obligation to buy. The program is free to the public. Registration required.

The Winter Wellness Series includes a total of five talks planned between February 9 and April 6.

Photo Workflow Organizing: Tuesdays, Feb. 8 and March 8, 1:30–2:30 p.m. at Cossitt Branch. Sort and arrange your photos and folders using Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, and Apple Mac laptops. Professional photographer and technology educator Andy Mars guides participants with step-by-step instruction. Registration required.

A Perky Pairing: Saturday, Feb. 12, 1–2 p.m. at Main Branch. Coffee and chocolate—what more is there to say? Kim Larkin, Klassic Kreations, returns with another tasty and informative lecture. Registration required.

Crafters Café: Thursday, Feb. 24, 6:30–7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Florists from Vine and Ivy Flowers will lead us in a virtual project that is sure to impress! Visit the website for more information and to register. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Plan B Book Club: Evening Zoom meeting, date to be determined. Join us for a friendly Zoom conversation about one of our favorite things – books! Veteran discussion leaders Doug Soucier and Beth Morrell lead this fun monthly conversation about a new title each month. Check the website or stop in to see what we’re talking about next.

For Children & Families

Special Programs

Celebrate International “Take Your Child to the Library Day!” Saturday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Main Branch. Celebrate this special day at the library with activities, giveaways and more. Check the Library website for details. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library

Pokemon Legends: Granby: Saturday, Feb. 19, 10:30–11:30 a.m. at Main Branch. For ages 7-12. Welcome to the world of Pokémon. Bring your partner Pokémon (stuffie, action figure, trading card) and join fellow trainers for a morning of all things Pokémon. Discover new regional form Pokémon, enjoy a trivia game, and more. 

Family Yoga with Aubrey Schulz: Saturday, Feb. 26, 9–9:45 a.m. at Main Branch. For ages 5 and up. Learn some basic poses and enjoy some relaxing downtime with your family. Please register in advance through the website. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library

Take and Make Crafts: Saturdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Main Branch. For ages 3-12. Stop by the Children’s Room and pick up a craft to take home and complete. We have crafts for all ages and abilities. No registration needed. Some crafts contain small pieces that could be a choking hazard to age 3 and under. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library

Story Times

Good Morning Tuesday! and Good Morning Wednesday! with Miss Joan

Tuesdays, 10:30–11 a.m. and Wednesdays, 10:30–11 a.m. at Main Branch. Miss Joan invites her preschool friends and their caregivers to join her for story time. Let’s sing, do a fingerplay and share a story together. You choose which day fits better in your schedule—Miss Joan offers the same program twice each week. No registration needed. Sponsored by Friends of GPL

Bedtime Stories with Miss Heather: Thursdays, 6–6:30 p.m. at Cossitt Branch. 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. Each child will also receive a craft to complete at home. No registration needed. Sponsored by Friends of Cossitt.

New and Ongoing Library Services

Personal Service: Need help choosing books (or other library materials) for yourself or your family? Our resourceful staff are always available to help. Please stop in or call for assistance in selecting your next favorite title: 860-844-5275 for adults and teens, 860-844-5285 for children.

Learning @ Your Library: Did you know that the library offers people free access to several online learning databases, ready to help people gain new professional skills, creative abilities, and job-seeking tips? Check out the library website’s “Online Learning” page to access LinkedIn Learning, CreativeBug, JobNow, and the Computer Skills Center to see what you can learn next!

Libby: Use this Library App to check out up to 10 titles at a time, and read or listen to best-sellers, old favorites, and new releases—all with the click of a button. With titles that can be read on nearly any device (including your kindle), there is something for everyone. This “digital bookshelf” allows you to place holds on popular titles and download the books people are talking about as easily as pulling out your Granby library card.

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 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.

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

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: 860-844-5275 (main desk) or 860-844-5285 for Miss Joan, the children’s librarian.