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Granby Public Library System


Library Hours, Main Branch

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.

Library Hours, Cossitt Branch

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 on the website or by telephone

2022 Summer Library Celebration Winners

With over 3,200 entries, the winners of our children, teen and adult prizes include: Abby S., Addison L., Alexis N., Ashton B., Ben W., Brayden W., Camryn S., David T., John W., Logan C., Melissa R., Paige L., Rob G., Sara L., Shannon M., Sophie R., Walter P. and Wyatt S. Congratulations to our winners!

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

2022 GPL Trail Map Challenge Winners

Over 500 people registered to be a part of the GPL Trail Map Challenge, and 163 people (and three dogs!) completed the challenge and participated in the grand prize drawing. The winners of the fantastic prizes, sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library, were Dorothy L., Ava S. and Ellie F. Congratulations to all who participated.

Big Thank You to Summer Library Celebration and Trail Map Challenge Partners

The Granby Public Library thanks all of the sponsors of this summer’s celebrations, including: Granby Stop & Shop, Collinsville Canoe and Kayak, Zen Catering, CT DEEP, Friends of Granby Public Library, Friends of Cossitt Library and Granby Library Association. In addition, thank you to all of our program presenters who helped take this summer “Beyond the Beaten Path.”

The Library also thanks its partners in the Trail Map Challenge: Granby Ambulance Association, Granby Department of Public Works, Granby Department of Recreation, Granby Land Trust, Granby Senior Center and Youth Services, Lost Acres Fire Department, McLean Game Refuge and the Salmon Brook Historical Society.

Adult Programs

Hawk Talk: Thursday, Sept. 8, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Holcomb Farm’s North Barn Pavilion.

Hawk Watch: Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Blueberry Hill, Granville, Mass.

Four billion North American birds migrate south each fall in one of nature’s greatest spectacles. Avian educator John Weeks will talk about this unforgettable show and explain how to identify the hawks, eagles, ospreys, harriers and falcons that fly overhead. What’s the difference between a raptor and a hawk? Why are Cooper’s hawks and sharp-shinned hawks so difficult to tell apart? Are falcons actually parrots in disguise? Weeks will answer these and other questions.

The Sept. 8 Hawk Talk is paired with the Sept. 10 Hawk Watch suitable for adults and children old enough to enjoy using binoculars. Attendees to the Hawk Watch provide their own transportation and are welcome to attend any time between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Register online for each individual program. Sponsored by Granby Public Library and Granby Land Trust.

Author Talk with Gregory Dillon: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Main Branch. Gregory B. Dillon is a former FBI agent who discovered misconduct, reported his concerns, and suffered reassignment, demotion, harassment, and threats of employment termination. Hear more of this true Connecticut saga from the author of The Thin Blue Lie: An Honest Cop vs. the FBI. Copies of the book will be available for purchase (cash, check, credit card, Venmo) after the presentation. Dillon donates a portion of the proceeds to  Register online. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library.

Secret Stories Behind the World’s Most Iconic Paintings: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. From American Gothic to Whistler’s Mother to Nighthawks, there are some images that are so ubiquitous in our culture that we may overlook them, but they have stories to tell. Join art educator and curator Jane Oneail when she delves into these iconic works and shares the secret stories behind their creation and reception. Register online. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library.

Conservation Conversation: Trash and Taxes: Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30 -7:30 p.m. at the Main Branch. The public is invited to a presentation and discussion with members of Granby’s Conservation Commission and special guests. Learn about alternative means of trash disposal for Granby residents and the opportunity for positive financial impact. Find out more regarding the Sustainable CT initiative and how local action will benefit the community. This program is part of a continuing series of Conservation Conversations sponsored by Granby Public Library and Granby Conservation Commission. Register online to save a seat and receive alerts regarding program updates. Sponsored by Granby Public Library and Granby Conservation Commission.

Time for Chess: Thursday, Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Main Branch. The public is invited to friendly, competitive chess matches the fourth Thursday of the month. All skill levels welcome! Registration recommended.

Page Turners Book Club: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Main Branch. The group will discuss Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen, which is a pen name for author Janet Quin-Harkin. This title kicks off the popular Molly Murphy Mysteries series and was the winner of the 2001 Agatha Award for Best Novel. Leading the discussion is Beth Morrill.

SciFi/Fantasy Book Club: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6 – 7 p.m. at the Main Branch. The group will discuss Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. Written in 1992, the novel won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Leading the discussion is Doug Soucier.

Something About The Author Book Club: Monday, Oct. 3, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Main Branch. The group will discuss The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan. Published in 2016, this biography that reads like an adventure novel details the life and times of Thomas Francis Meagher. As a dashing young orator during the Great Famine, Meagher led a failed uprising against British Rule and was banished to a Tasmanian prison. He escaped, and made his way to New York to lead the newly formed Irish Brigade, which fought many fierce battles in the Civil War. With his fame and renown, Meagher was later appointed de facto governor of the Montana Territory, where he clashed with the Committee of Vigilance, who enforced its own version of law and order. Meagher’s death was a mystery and remains unresolved to this day. Leading the discussion is John Rusnock.

Books are available at the library, online and through curbside pickup. Register online or call the library to reserve your seat.

Teen and Tweens Program

Monday Funday: Pirate Fluxx: Monday, Sept. 19, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Main Branch. For grades 6-12. Ahoy! Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day by learning how to play the ever-changing card game Pirate Fluxx. Registration requested.

Children’s Programs

Story Times

Baby Rhyme Time: Tuesdays, Sept. 13, 20 and 27, 10:30 – 11 a.m. at the Main Branch. Babies and toddlers up to age 2 with caregivers are invited to an interactive lap-sit program featuring a story, nursery rhymes, songs and baby sign language. Registration requested.

Mother Goose on the Loose: Wednesdays, Sept. 14, 21 and 28, 10:30 – 11 a.m. at the Main Branch. Children 18 months to 4 years with caregivers are invited to an interactive program featuring nursery rhymes, stories and music activities that promote language development, visual literacy, social and emotional skills. No registration needed.

Bedtime Stories with Miss Heather: Tuesdays: Sept. 13, 20 and 27, 10:30 – 11 a.m. at the Cossitt Branch. For ages 4–7 Join Miss Heather for stories, songs, and a craft activity. Pajamas encouraged. Registration requested.

Special Events

Teddy Bear Picnic: Friday, Sept. 9, 11 – 11:30 a.m. at the Main Branch. For ages 2–5. Let’s celebrate Teddy Bear Day with a picnic—bring your teddy bear or another favorite toy animal, a picnic lunch and a blanket to sit on while we engage in stories and bear-themed activities. Registration requested.

Mini Movers: Fridays, Sept. 23 and 30, 10:30 – 11 a.m. at the Main Branch. For ages 14 months–4 years. A fun interactive music program featuring songs, dancing, scarves, and shaker egg activities. Registration requested.

ARR! Talk Like a Pirate Day: Saturday, Sept. 17, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. For grades K–5. Ahoy matey! Celebrate with a craft and pirate-themed activities. Registration requested. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library.