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Music Together Class – Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, December 9

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Help us welcome back our friends from Musical Folk as they put on a Music Together class. The class uses a combination of live music, rhymes and recorded hits to enhance movement, learning and enjoyment. Kids will have the best time working together, playing instruments and most importantly taking new rhymes and songs home.

Space is limited for this program so registration is required. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 323 or click here.

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Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, December 15

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which children can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Library Closed for Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24

All Day

Library Closed for Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25

All Day

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Water Science Mysteries – 2nd thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, December 28

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Spend the afternoon learning about the properties of water and so much more as use a combination of stories and hands-on experiments to see whether or not water contains color, how rain clouds are made and whether or not water reacts differently when it is hot or cold?  All of these hands-on activities were created by the Regional Water Authority and make it possible for you to learn more about the world around you! Plus, this is will be an excellent way to encourage scientific exploration and learning by doing.

Registration for this program is required, so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323 or click here.

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Cookie Decorating – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Thursday, December 29

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

It is time to fill the library with delicious treats as we share in a series of yummy stories that feature colorful cupcakes, cookies and pies. Once our bellies start to rumble and our brains get inspired by the fun books and bright illustrations we will make these sweet treats a reality by decorating sugar cookies! The library will provide all of the necessary decorations like: frosting, chocolate chips, sprinkles and more! Prior cookie decorating skills are not required – it’s time to just break free and have some fun.

Registration for this program is required so that we can prepare accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441. ext. 323 or click here.

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Munchies and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages (Auditorium)

Friday, December 30

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Spend this winter break getting in the holiday spirit by visiting us for our annual showing of the Polar Express!?! The movie will include…snacks, projection viewing, hot coco and a place for you and your family to hang.

This movie is rated G.

* Feel free to bring your own snacks or bag lunch.

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Happy NOON Year – Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Saturday, December 31

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Can’t stay up till midnight? Well don’t worry! The James Blackstone Memorial Library knows exactly how to make a New Year’s Eve splash with our NOON Year’s Eve Party! This event is for babies thru age 5 and their families and will include traditional storytime elements like: music, books and movement but will include special activities like: decorating your own party hats, a silly dance contest, a photo booth and so much more. We will also have a countdown to NOON, 12PM with all the bells and whistles. This is definitely something you do not want to miss.

Registration for this program is not required – the more the merrier!

Library Closed for New Years Day

Sunday, January 1

All Day

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Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, January 5

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which children can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Ongoing Events

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Make it or Take it Craft – All Ages

Saturdays

All Day

Join us every Saturday in the preschool room for a different simple cut, paste, and color craft along with a variety of picture books that have to do with the crafts topic! Coloring pages are included and  the craft is setup all day, so you can stop in at any time. For those on a tight schedule simply grab that weeks craft and go! Registration for this program is not required.

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Saturday Stories – Ages 3 to 5

Saturdays

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Children and caregivers will take part in an hour long storytime with Miss Carly and Miss Kat that will focus on non-fiction books and include: singing, dancing, musical instruments and more. A simple paper craft or activity will follow.

Registration for this program is not required.

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Graphic Reads: A Graphic Novel Book Club – 3rd thru 5th Grade (YS Department)

Mondays once a month

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Each month we will meet to discuss a different graphic novel and share our thoughts and feelings about the characters, story and overall plot all while focusing on the artwork and how it enhances the story.

This month’s book can be found in the Youth Services Department and is ready to be checked out.

Registration for this program is required so that we know how many books to provide. To do so call us at 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323

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Play/Stories – Ages 3 to 5

Mondays

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Children and caregivers will experience a half hour of play with Miss Mary that will lead into singing, dancing, and rhyming. A themed storytime will follow along with a paper based craft.

Registration for this program is not required.

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Stories for 2’s

Tuesdays

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Children and caregivers will take part in an hour long storytime with Miss Mary that will include: singing, dancing, musical instruments and reading. A simple paper craft will follow.

Registration for this program is not required.

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Math Matters: Stories and Activities – K thru 2nd Grade (YS Department)

Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Miss Carly the second Tuesday of every month for a mathematical filled story time! Participants will take part in a traditional story hour with stories, music and rhymes but each month we will focus on a different mathematical concept like: counting, shapes and sequencing. We will close out the hour with a hands-on mathematical activity. Registration for this program is required so that we can be prepared match activity wise! Please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 today!

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Stories/Music – Babies up to 23 months

Wednesdays

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Babies and caregivers will come together for a gentle story time with Miss Mary that will encourage participation through rhyming, movement, and singing. Short and simple stories will also be included. Registration for this program is not required.

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Stories/Music – Babies up to 23 months

Wednesdays

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Babies and caregivers will come together for a gentle storytime with Miss Mary that will encourage participation through rhyming, movement, and singing. Short and simple stories will also be included. Registration for this program is not required.

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Bookworms: Book Club – 3rd & 4th Grade (YS Department)

Every 4th Wednesday of the Month

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Kids, join us at the Blackstone Memorial Library for some good reads, conversations, and plenty of snacks! Students in 3rd and 4th grade are invited to take part in our informal book club that meets once a month. So, if you like reading, have an opinion, and are looking for something new sign up today! This month’s book can be found in the Youth Services Department and is ready to be checked out. Registration for this program is required, so we know how many books to provide. To do so call us at (203) 488 – 1441 ext. 323

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PJ Stories – Babies thru Age 5

Thursdays

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Head to the Blackstone for a sleepy story hour with Miss Carly. The class will be filled with rhymes, movement, and songs mixed in! Children and their caregivers will then get ready for bed with a sweet story and stickers. All ages are welcome and coming in your PJ’s is a plus. Registration for this program is not required.

 

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Stay and Play – Babies thru Age 5

Fridays

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a late morning of make believe as we put out a variety of age appropriate toys, crafts, and games! Perfect for children to make friends and a wonderful way for parents to come together. Registration for this program is not required.

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Read to a Dog: Building Literacy Skills with Pet Partners – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Fridays once a month

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Pet Partners is working with the library to provide therapy dog read-aloud sessions for children in K thru 4th Grade. The program will run for an hour once a month where participants will sign up for 15 minutes blocks to read aloud to a dog of their choice with a book provided by the library or from home. All participating dogs have been vetted through the Pet Partners program; which means they have passed all of their therapy dog training, are up to date on their vaccines, and have experience working with a range of people and ages.

Research shows that children reading aloud to dogs rather than humans reduces stress and creates a slight gain in reading ability and attitude toward reading in general. Most children are calmed by a dog’s presence and are more apt to read aloud since they know the dog will not be judgmental. This builds confidence and creates an enjoyable reading experience that allows children to tackle fluency, vocabulary and more difficult text without even realizing it.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 today.

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Mini-Maker Table – For All Ages

Fridays & Saturdays

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us every Friday and Saturday for a mini-maker project from our MakerLab! Every month we will feature a quick project or new piece of equipment to mess around with. The results may have you leaving with something to physically take home OR just the satisfaction that you were able to create a circuit, power on an Arduino or thread a sewing machine. The projects are easy, meant for all ages and 100% drop-in. It is just up to you to find out which floor we are featuring the project on and drop on by.

Registration for this table is not required – just come ready to tinker, play and create!