Library Closed for President’s Day

Sunday, February 14

All Day

Library Closed for President’s Day

Monday, February 15

All Day

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Beasts and Books with the Stamford Museum and Nature Center – All Ages (Auditorium)

Tuesday, February 16

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

It is time to welcome back the Stamford Museum and Nature Center and their newest program for all ages entitled Beasts and Books! This program allows participants to meet some of their favorite animals from our most loved books like: Charlotte’s Web or The Salamander Room. Participants will hear some of our favorite stories and then in turn meet the animals – making them jump right from the page. The Blackstone Memorial Library will be sure to have multiple copies of the books featured so that those listening can keep the magic going by checking one of them out and taking them home.

This program was made possible by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation.

Registration for this program is not required. This event is meant for all ages. 

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

Saturday, February 20

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Hotel Transylvania 2!?! The movie will include…snacks, projection viewing, free admission and a place for you and your friends to hang.

* Feel free to bring your own snacks or bag lunch.
Rated PG for some scary images, action and rude humor.

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Half Day: MakerLab Program – K thru 4th Grade and Caregiver (Auditorium)

Wednesday, February 24

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Are you looking for something to do on your half day? How about coming to the Blackstone Library to learn how to code, create games and use Scratch? During this two hour session participants will try a couple of coding games from code.org, be introduced to our video game creator and may even get a chance to use Scratch. Participants can then share their games and/or Scratch creations with one another. This is a hands-on way to be introduced to the coding language behind games, website and videos.

We have limited number of computers so registration is required. To do some please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323 or click here.

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Branford Preschool Fair – For Families at Trinity Church, Parish Hall

Saturday, February 27

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Want to learn a little more about preschools in the area and compare their learning styles, hours and availability at once – then head to our 2nd Preschool Fair at –

Trinity Church, Parish Hall
1109 Main Street
Branford, CT

Activities and giveaways will be included so feel free to bring the entire family any time between 10 and 12 PM.

This event was created in partnership with the BECC, JBML and WWML.

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Dr. Seuss’ Birthday: Special Storytime – Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Wednesday, March 2

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Miss Mary and Miss Carly for a birthday filled morning as we pay tribute to Dr. Seuss through songs, stories and rhymes. Crafts that celebrate the beloved author will be included. Feel free to stay for a quick snack and viewing of the cartoon version of one of our favorite picture books The Cat in the Hat.

Registration is not required, the more the merrier.

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Amazing Discovery of Speech and Language – Parents of Children Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Monday, March 21

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Laurey Sandler will be visiting our traditional Play/Stories class to share with parents ways in which they can enhance their child’s speech as well as review what communication milestones they should be hitting at various ages. Questions are welcome and the discussion will be open.

Laurey is the Director of Shoreline Speech Therapy and has over 30 years of pediatric speech therapy experience. She has her Masters in Speech/Language pathology and has worked extensively in Connecticut Public Schools. She also served as a speech and language pathologist for the hearing impaired population at Maryland School for the Deaf.

Miss Mary and Miss Carly will be present for the presentation and the room will be setup for play, so please feel free to bring your children for the discussion.

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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Easter Egg Decorating – All Ages (Auditorium)

Friday, March 25

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for another year of Easter egg decorating as we celebrate the Friday before the Easter bunny arrives by dying eggs. The library will provide all the necessary dyes, stickers, holders and other materials all you have to do is bring the eggs. Families will have the best time working together and you will leave with one colorful display. Remember, the eggs need to be hardboiled!

Registration for this program is not necessary, just bring the whole family. 

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Munchies and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages

Saturday, March 26

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch The Peanuts Movie!?! The movie will include…snacks, projection viewing, free admission and a place for you and your friends to hang.

This movie is rated G.

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

Ongoing Events

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Make it or Take it Craft – All Ages

Saturdays

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

Mondays once a month

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This we are going to keep our graphic book club rolling! 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. Since this year’s summer reading theme is “Every Hero Has a Story” all of our graphic novels will have to do with main characters that make a difference.

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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We Create: Storybook Art – K thru 4th Grade (YS Department)

Every 2nd Thursday of the Month

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us every month for a different hands on craft that brings various authors work to life! Each month participants will come face to face with a different author and some of their favorite books. Participants will hear stories, discuss and then create different pieces of art based on the books’ themes or illustrator’s techniques. All the materials for this craft will be provided. Space is limited so registration is required. To do so call 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. We will close the hour with cleanup and a brief circle time. Registration for this program is not required.

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Book Buddies: Book Club – 1st thru 3rd Grade (YS Department)

Every 3rd Friday of the Month

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

It is time to read, discuss and share at the Blackstone Library as we take on different gentle reads from month to month. Perfect for those that are still reading with their parents before OR for those that are interested in tackling beginning chapter books on their own. Either way. we will take the time to share our thoughts as a group, ask the ‘right’ questions to extend the story and provide an activity that ties everything together nicely. 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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Read to a Dog: Building Literacy Skills with Pet Partners – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Fridays

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!

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Saturday Stories – Babies to 5: this program will begin April 2016

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.