388 North Granby Road, No. Granby, CT 06060
"Take another look. Even in the smallest of villages you will probably find a fanciful library unlike any other structure in the town . . . these library buildings appear to come straight out of the pages of a fairy tale book."
from Libraries in New England
The Cossitt Library was generously funded by a gift from Frederick H. Cossitt, which he left in his will to build a free public library, and by the spring of 1890 the Library was under construction. The Library, located at 388 North Granby Road in North Granby, opened its doors to the public in 1891 with a collection of 1,300 books, organized and managed by George Seymour Godard, aged 24, and a graduate of Wesleyan University; Godard later went on to become the third State Librarian for Connecticut at the turn of the century.
Today the Cossitt Library is part of the Granby Library System and is fully modernized with internet access, an online catalog and a full children's department in the lower level. Yet the Cossitt has maintained the grace and beauty of a gentler time, and the Children's Department is warm and inviting with an extensive collection of books, movies and play areas.
Public Service Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Closed
Tuesday: 10am - Noon; 3pm - 8pm
Thursday: 10am - Noon; 3pm - 8pm
Saturday: Noon - 5pm
Cossitt Library Staff:
Lynn Stewart, Branch Librarian
Angela Bleimeyer, Library Assistant
Ruth Crutchley, Library Assistant
Rosemary Freeman, Library Assistant
Heidi Johnstone, Library Assistant
Warren Markey, Library Assistant
Deborah Woodsome, Library Assistant