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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.

Adult Programs

Crafters Café: Basket Making: Thursday, Nov. 3, 6–7:30 p.m. at the Main Branch. Learn a simple technique for making baskets from rolled newspaper. Craft instructor Denise Hannon, Designs by Dee, will guide participants in this Do-It-Yourself workshop. Sample baskets will be on display at the library. All materials are provided; space is limited. Registration required. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library.

Stitch-In: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1:30–3:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. at the Main Branch. Members of the Connecticut River Valley Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America invite adults, teens and tweens with an interest in embroidery to a Stitch-In. Bring your stitching and enjoy a relaxing session with others who share the same hobby. Bring your questions, too, and take advantage of the knowledgeable stitchers in the room. Registration requested though drop-ins are encouraged. Be sure to view the Guild’s exhibit entitled, We’re Back!, on display through November at the Main Branch.

Metaphysical Monday: Crystals: Monday, Nov. 7, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at the Main Branch. Many people believe gemstones and crystals can be used to promote mental wellbeing as well as immunity and pain relief. Understand these unique healing properties and learn to harness their energy with Isabel Carrington, The Bell and Raven. Registration required. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library.

Conservation Conversation: Choose to Reuse: Monday, Nov. 14, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at the Main Branch. Join us for a presentation and discussion featuring practical options for reducing waste by reusing durable products. Special guests from Granby Social Services will answer questions about the Town’s successful medical loan closet, and members of Granby’s Conservation Commission will share additional information about other reuse options to benefit the community. This program is part of a continuing series of Conservation Conversations sponsored by Granby Public Library and Granby Conservation Commission. Registration requested.

Crafters Café: Holiday Centerpiece: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at the Main Branch. Enjoy the season by creating a holiday nature-scape for your home. Allie Kraushaar, founder of the new age nursery Mosslife, leads a holiday arrangement workshop for adults. All materials are provided; space is limited. Registration required. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library.

Cantica Nativitatis: Six Centuries of Christmas Music: Thursday, Dec. 1, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at the Cossitt Branch. For adults, teens, tweens. No tradition has yielded a greater collection of music than Christmas. Historian and musician Richard Franklin Donohue will explore this extraordinary repertoire from the 14th through 19th centuries. Hear carols sung in their original languages of German, Latin, Middle English, French and Modern English accompanied on Harpsichord and Portative Organ. Sponsored by Friends of Cossitt Library and the Salmon Brook Historical Society.

Time for Chess: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Do you enjoy the game of chess? Players of all skill levels are encouraged to register online for friendly matches held weekly on Thursday mornings. Drop-ins are welcome.

Book Discussions

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

Something About the Author Book Club: Monday, Nov. 7, 1:30–2:30 p.m. at the Main Branch. The group will read and discuss works by Chris Bohjalian. In 1998, Bohjalian’s book Midwives was selected for Oprah’s Book Club and it became a #1 bestseller on the NYT and USA Today book lists. Since then, his popular works have been published in over 30 languages and have been adapted into three films and a television drama. His novels tend to focus on ordinary people facing difficult situations. Bohjalian lives in Vermont (where many of his novels take place) with his wife. To participate in the book club, read any Bohjalian novel of your choosing and attend the discussion lead by John Rusnock. Registration is requested.

Page Turners Book Club: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at the Main Branch. The group will read and discuss, Lock Artist, the 2011 Edgar Award Winner for Best Novel by Stephen Hamilton. The novel is narrated by Michael, a young man who hasn’t spoken a word since surviving a trauma at eight years old, and who has an extraordinary talent for picking locks and cracking safes. He becomes a hot commodity in the criminal world until a seemingly simple job turns into a nightmare and he’s forced to return home and finally face the secret that has kept him silent for all these years. Discussion lead by Beth Morrill. Registration is requested.

Sci/Fi Fantasy Book Club: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 6 – 7 p.m. at the Main Branch. Read and discuss, On the Beach, the 1957 apocalyptic novel by Nevil Shute. World War III has destroyed the entire Northern Hemisphere and deadly radiation is spreading towards Australia bringing certain death to the few remaining survivors. Among these survivors is an American submarine captain and his crew. When a faint Morse code signal is heard transmitting somewhere near Seattle the captain leads his crew into the ruined world looking for signs of life. As the radiation nears, each character deals with impending death differently. Discussion lead by Doug Soucier. Registration is requested.

Teen and Tween Programs

Monday Funday: Woven Stars: Monday, Nov. 14, 3:30–5 p.m. at the Main Branch. For grades 6–12. Create your own rustic woven winter stars using cardboard, book pages and twine. Registration requested. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library.

Children Programs

Story Times

Baby Rhyme Time: Tuesdays, Nov. 1, 15, 22 and 29 (no Nov. 8), 10:30–11 a.m. at the Main Branch. For ages Birth to 2 years, with caregivers. Join us for an interactive lap-sit program featuring a story, nursery rhymes, songs and baby sign language. Registration requested.

Mother Goose on the Loose: Wednesdays, Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 23, 10:30–11 a.m. at the Main Branch. Children 18 months to 4 years and their caregivers are invited to join us for an interactive program featuring nursery rhymes, stories and music activities that promote language development, visual literacy, social and emotional skills. Registration requested.

Bedtime Stories with Miss Heather: Tuesdays, Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 29 (no Nov. 22), 6–6:30 p.m. at Cossitt Branch. Children aged 4 to 7 years join Miss Heather for stories, songs, and a craft activity. Pajamas encouraged. Registration requested.

Special Events

Dia de la Muertos (Day of the Dead): Wednesday, Nov. 2, 4–5 p.m. at the Main Branch. For ages 8–12. Join us in celebrating the Mexican Day of the Dead with a special craft activity. Registration requested. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library.

Thursday Makers: Thursdays, Nov. 3, 10 and 17, 4–5 p.m. at Cossitt Branch. For grades K–5. Join us for fun, engaging hands-on learning activities. Each week will feature a different theme and type of S.T.E.A.M. activity. Registration requested. Sponsored by Friends of Granby Public Library.

Pokémon Art: Saturday, Nov. 12 10:30–11:30 a.m. at the Main Branch. For grades 2–5. Join us as we prepare for the release of the next chapter of the Pokémon Game by painting our own Pokémon cards