Library Closed for Independence Day

Monday, July 4

All Day

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Electricity and Magnetism: Presented by The Children’s Museum – 4th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Friday, July 8

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Head to the library for an electrifying presentation provided by the Children’s Museum in West Hartford, CT. During this program participants will learn all about energy and how strong magnets create tight holds! This presentation will include live demonstrations of energy and magnets in action as well as series of stations so that participants can get hands-on experience with both of these concepts. It is time to get active by learning all about strength and energy!

Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 or click here.

This program was made possible by the Guilford Savings Bank.

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Get Active with Hula Hoops – K thru 2nd (Auditorium)

Wednesday, July 13

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Miss Mary and Miss Carly for a series of interactive games and competitions all based around the hula hoop! That’s right, we are using hula hoops to keep moving by not only challenging one another to “hula” in different ways but also to work together and have a blast by participating in a series of movement based games. Please know that previous hula experience is not required, it’s all about moving and having some fun. Participants will also get to take their hula hoop home so that they can continue to move and share the games we played with others.

Registration for this program is required. 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)

Saturday, July 16

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

This movie is rated PG.

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

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Scavenger Hunt – K thru 4th Grade and Caregiver (Outside)

Monday, July 18

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Let’s get active outside by taking part in our very own nature based scavenger hunt. Families will work together to collect a series of items off of the Blackstone’s nature scavenger hunt list. Families will walk around the library grounds collecting as many items as possible and then come back inside to share their findings and create an art project out of their discoveries. Fingers crossed that you will be able to find everything on your list!

Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323. or click here.

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Sports/Exercise Music and Movement Class with Two Right Feet – Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Thursday, July 21

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Two Right Feet Arts, Literacy, and School Readiness presents their newest educational program: “Time to be: Gettin’ Sweatin’”…. All About Exercise and Sports.

Come join the fun as we learn about the benefits of staying active while engaging in exercise and organized sports. Our program highlights include: live music (electric bass), creative dance, experimentation with various percussion instruments, an introduction to basic sign language, literacy and school readiness activities and games, and a dramatic, and a musical reading of the book Finklehopper Frog by Irene Livingston.

Two Right Feet is a highly interactive multi-­sensory, classroom ­based program that uses the arts (rhythm oriented music and dance) to promote a love of learning, language, and literacy.

Registration for this program is required. To do so please call us at 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 or click here.

This program was made possible by the Guilford Savings Bank.

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Fitness Fun: An Exercise Competition with Erin Zeidenberg – K thru 4th Grade (Outside)

Saturday, July 23

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Learning to make fitness your friend can be fun and fulfilling. By integrating physical fitness in a community setting, participants will come away with an understanding how important exercise is to their well-being and how much fun it can be, as well.

Guilford CrossFit owner and Professional Storyteller, Erin Zeidenberg, will introduce and guide us through warm-ups, high-intensity interval training and cool-down stretches.  In addition, there will be games and other activities demonstrating how getting fit is interesting and fun and how functional movements keep with a child’s natural way of moving.

Participants should dress comfortably and wear sneakers – a water bottle would also be a plus!

Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 or click here.

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1st Annual T(w)een Poetry Slam – Auditorium

Sunday, July 24

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Join the James Blackstone Memorial Library AND a two VERY ambitious Girl Scouts for our first ever Poetry Slam! The event is open to rising 5th through 9th graders. Students will review poetry genres and presentation skills and will then write poems that will be scored by their peers. The winner and runner up will receive a prize. Snacks will be provided.

The event is the brainchild of Girl Scouts Cordelia Keberle and Allison Rozear from Troop 060096 who prepared this event to qualify for their Silver Award, the second highest award a Girl Scout can achieve! So, please come and support their way of giving back to the community through creativity.

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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Waterworks: Presented by the Stamford Museum and Nature Center – 2nd thru 4th (Auditorium)

Tuesday, July 26

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Let’s learn all about water and how its energy keeps our planet big and strong! In this program participants will explore what a watershed is and discover the relationships between human activity and the health of the water, air, plants, and animals of a watershed. Through an interactive watershed model and a hands-on pollution clean-up lab, students will begin to connect water quality to watershed protection.

Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323 or click here.

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

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All About Plants: Presented by the Children’s Museum – K thru 3 (Auditorium)

Tuesday, August 2

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

It’s to learn all about the life cycle of a plant and the importance buds play in the growing process. During this presentation participants will hear a story about a girl and her adventures in gardening and then talk about how plants play an important role in keeping a healthy environment. Everyone will then get a chance to dissect a live flower, identify parts and talk more about the life cycle and how it works. So, get ready to learn all about how to maintain healthy plants and the role they play in the environment.

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

This program was made possible by the Guilford Savings Bank.

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

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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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!