Introduction to Languages with Audrey – Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, March 31

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish or French to your household with a series of classes that use a combination of stories, games and songs to practice basic greetings, sayings, identifying colors, numbers, everyday objects and more! All in hope of bringing the language to life. They say when it comes to learning a second language that starting early makes all the difference, so we believe that this will make for a great starting point for those that are interesting in sharing the gift of languages with their little ones.

Audrey is a native French speaker who was born and raised near Paris, France. She earned a B.A. in Spanish from Paris XIII University. She has  2 daughters who have been brought up in a bilingual household. She has taught French and Spanish to Lower School (as young as 3 years old) and Middle School students for 15 years in a private school in Madison and provides private lessons.

Please note that this is an 6 week session – if you are signing up for one class you are signing up for them all.
Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323. 

Families Are Special: a Storytime Presented by the JBML and FRC – Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Monday, April 3

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a special storytime in collaboration with the Family Resource Center that has to do with families and how each and every one is unique! Children ages 3 to 5 will enjoy a series of songs, finger plays and stories that revolve around different kinds of families. Participants will then share stories about theirs and create a family portrait that will be displayed in the children’s rotunda throughout the month of April, so we are hoping for a lot of participants!

Registration for this program is not required, the more the merrier.

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

Thursday, April 6

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.

This program is currently full.

Introduction to Languages with Audrey – Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, April 7

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish or French to your household with a series of classes that use a combination of stories, games and songs to practice basic greetings, sayings, identifying colors, numbers, everyday objects and more! All in hope of bringing the language to life. They say when it comes to learning a second language that starting early makes all the difference, so we believe that this will make for a great starting point for those that are interesting in sharing the gift of languages with their little ones.

Audrey is a native French speaker who was born and raised near Paris, France. She earned a B.A. in Spanish from Paris XIII University. She has  2 daughters who have been brought up in a bilingual household. She has taught French and Spanish to Lower School (as young as 3 years old) and Middle School students for 15 years in a private school in Madison and provides private lessons.

Please note that this is an 6 week session – if you are signing up for one class you are signing up for them all.
Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323. 

Blues of Flats Brown: A Musical Story Hour with Peter Menta – Ages 6 to 11 (Auditorium)

Tuesday, April 11

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Get into the blues spirit this spring break with Peter Menta, the band leader of Washboard Slim and The Blue Lights Jug Band! Peter has 30 years experience with performing jug band and blues music and has traveled all over to share his talents with the drums, harmonica, washboard, kazoo, guitar and vocals.

In this kid centered hands-on experience Peter will have participants use a variety of handmade instruments to bring the Blues of Flats Brown to life. Get ready to sing, dance and play with this fully interactive show.

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.

Fairy Fun with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – K thru 2nd Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, April 12

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Put on your fairy wings and grab your pixie dust as we celebrate the beginning of spring with storytelling, crafts and more. Come explore the wonderful world of Fairies. Learn about the fairy world, and famous fairies as we explore their connections with nature.

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.

This program was made possible by a grant for the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation

3D File Creation and Printing for Kids and Caregivers – 3rd thru 6th Grade (Auditorium)

Thursday, April 13

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Interested in learning more about 3D printing and the overall design process? Want to be able to use opensource software to create something all your own? Then sign up for our 3D File Creation and Printing class for families. Participants will learn all about the printer’s components, be introduced to one of the many FREE 3D design programs and then create something to be printed on the Blackstone’s 3D printer. It will be the perfect way to jump into 3D design and creation.

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

Introduction to Languages with Audrey – Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, April 14

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish or French to your household with a series of classes that use a combination of stories, games and songs to practice basic greetings, sayings, identifying colors, numbers, everyday objects and more! All in hope of bringing the language to life. They say when it comes to learning a second language that starting early makes all the difference, so we believe that this will make for a great starting point for those that are interesting in sharing the gift of languages with their little ones.

Audrey is a native French speaker who was born and raised near Paris, France. She earned a B.A. in Spanish from Paris XIII University. She has  2 daughters who have been brought up in a bilingual household. She has taught French and Spanish to Lower School (as young as 3 years old) and Middle School students for 15 years in a private school in Madison and provides private lessons.

Please note that this is an 6 week session – if you are signing up for one class you are signing up for them all.
Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323. 

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

Saturday, April 15

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life!?! 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.

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

Thursday, April 20

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.

This program is currently full.

Ongoing Events

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

 

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.

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.

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!