Workshop: Finding Poetry Everywhere Brand New Museum Pass to Hill-Stead Museum Teddy Roosevelt: Mind, Body, Spirit Mini Maker Table (Each Fri. & Sat. 10am-4pm) Fall Concert Series

Workshop: Finding Poetry Everywhere

Explore “found poetry,” where everyday elements like art, music, newspaper articles, photos & more are transformed into poems. You'll be encouraged to think outside the box & find the poetry hiding in daily life. 9/10, 17, 24 @ 10am. RSVP HERE 

Brand New Museum Pass to Hill-Stead Museum

Did you know that the library provides discounts to 25 local museums, sanctuaries and historical sites? Our newest addition is the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington; where you can explore

Teddy Roosevelt: Mind, Body, Spirit

One man. One hour. One unforgettable show. Combining history, drama, & fun, actor Ted Zalewski gives voice to many of Roosevelt's own words, writings, and beliefs. Get ready for a “bully” time! Sept. 18 at 2:00 p.m. RSVP here.

Mini Maker Table (Each Fri. & Sat. 10am-4pm)

Come tinker, play, and create with a new MakerLab project each month! The projects are easy and fun for all ages. This month stop in and create a bubble magnet that can be displayed on your fridge!

Fall Concert Series

Join us for our free fall concerts! Piano Masterworks (9/10 @ 2p),  Bear Minimum (9/23 @ 7:30p), Washboard Slim & the Bluelights (9/25 @ 2p), & Blue Meanies (11/13 @ 2p).

Annual Book Sale on the Branford Green

book sale

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE – October 13 to 16, 2016

Preview Night – $15 entrance fee – Thursday, 5pm to 8pm (Members of Friends of Library Free)

General Sale – Free admission
Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 midnight
Saturday, 9:00 am to 12:00 midnight
Sunday, 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm

Great Prices
Trade paperback $2.00, Hardcover $3.00, Coffee table $5.00
Children’s Books 50 cents and up
Sunday bargains: Fill a bag for $10! (Bags provided by Friends of Library)

FOOD AVAILABLE: Cafe Blackstone, Hot Dogs, crumb cake, muffins, cinnamon buns, chocolate chip brownies, coffee, tea, lemonade, water

More information is available here.

New Regulations for the State Delivery Service


The State Library has enacted new regulations in order to reduce the backlog in its delivery system.  Effective July 1, holds are limited to 5 for items that are not owned by your home library.  New items that have been published within the last 6 months will not be delivered from other libraries at all.

We hope that these restrictions will be temporary, until the delivery system is working better.  In the meantime, if you have reached the 5 item limit, please see a staff member who can place targeted holds on items that Blackstone Library owns. (These items must be picked up at Blackstone Library.)

We can also help you locate items to borrow from other libraries that you can pick up immediately at the owning library.

Comments and questions regarding the state’s new policies may be directed to Kendall Wiggin, State Librarian at 860-757-6510 or

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Pay Your Fines Online


Electronic payment of your library fines is now available. Login to your Blackstone Library account and click on the unpaid fines and bills icon, which is located on the left hand side of your patron account page. Accepted forms of payment are Discover, Visa and Mastercard. Feel free to contact the library if you have any questions.