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Take Your Child to Library Day for All Ages at the WWML

Saturday, February 7

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library and James Blackstone Memorial Library’s annual joint event Take Your Child to the Library Day!

This year we are hosting a “Be Your Own Author” theme as both libraries provide budding authors and illustrators plenty of opportunities to create their own works digitally and physically – graphic novels are included! Plus, local authors will be visiting so come prepared with questions about what it takes to write and illustrate.

The WWML will host local author Cathrene Youngquist and her retelling of the Three Billygoats Gruff. Puppets, music and movement will be included and will start at 10:30am.

Then head to the JBML around 1pm to hear Jason Marchi share his new book The Growing Sweater. A follow up activity will be included.

Both authors books will be available for purchase.

Families that attend both events will receive a small prize, so we hope to see you at both.

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Take Your Child to Library Day for All Ages at the JBML

Saturday, February 7

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join us for Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library and James Blackstone Memorial Library’s annual joint event Take Your Child to the Library Day!

This year we are hosting a “Be Your Own Author” theme as both libraries provide budding authors and illustrators plenty of opportunities to create their own works digitally and physically – graphic novels are included! Plus, local authors will be visiting so come prepared with questions about what it takes to write and illustrate.

The WWML will host local author Cathrene Youngquist and her retelling of the Three Billygoats Gruff. Puppets, music and movement will be included and will start at 10am.

Then head to the JBML around 1pm to hear Jason Marchi share his new book The Growing Sweater. A follow up activity will be included.

Both authors books will be available for purchase.

Families that attend both events will receive a small prize, so we hope to see you at both.

Yoga for Home School Students in Partnership with the CELC and Smiling Spirit Yoga – (4th – 8th Grade)

Tuesday, February 10

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

CELC and Smiling Spirit Yoga are working together to provide FREE monthly yoga classes for students in 4th thru 8th grade. Previous yoga experience is not required, so why not get out of the house and give it a try?

Yoga invigorates your mind, body and spirit by:

stretching and toning your muscles…releasing tension…improving circulation…

cultivates concentration…supports mental clarity…builds up confidence…

encourages self-awareness…honors inner thought…invites stillness and relaxation.

Currently there are 6 openings and registration is required.
To do so contact the CELC office at 203.433.4658 OR email mandm@CTExperiential.org

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Munchies and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages

Saturday, February 14

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day?!? 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 a bag lunch.
* Rated PG for mild thematic elements.

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Monkey Wrench Warning: An Underground Railroad Interactive Story with Jan Doyle – 1st thru 5th Grade (Auditorium)

Tuesday, February 17

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Experience the story of the Underground Railroad in a unique and attention-grabbing presentation. Using handmade quilts, children will learn how slaves used quilts as map to safety.

After the presentation, children will have the opportunity to start  creating their own quilt with some materials provided by the library and presenter. Each participant will potentially create their own quilt square, which the library will then sew together and place on display later in the week.

Can’t sew?  No problem!  The instructor will teach how to do a running stitch that is perfect for your project and something that you can take with you when you go home.

* Participants MUST bring good scissors that will cut cloth, an outgrown item of clothing and a spool of gray thread! Hopefully we will gather a variety of materials to make one vibrant, happy go-lucky quilt.

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

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Book Reading – “Maddie and the Beanie’s Magical Journey” shared by Marilyn Davis: Art Activity Included (K – 4th Grade)

Wednesday, February 25

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Head to the library to hear local author Marilyn Davis share her picture book inspired by her own personal experience with saving a pony! Marilyn will share her book, thoughts on being an author as well as a video of the horse that inspired her to teach others about horse rescue shelters. She is also working with the Tara Farm Puppet Theater to bring her book to life, SO one of her puppets will make a very special appearance.

She will close the program with a finger puppet craft so that children can reenact the story at home.
Questions are always welcome and copies of her book will be for sale.

Registration for this program is required so that we know how many participants to expect. To do so, please call 203.488.1441 ext. 323.

 

 

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

Monday, March 2

10:30 am - 11:30 am

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.

Yoga for Home School Students in Partnership with the CELC and Smiling Spirit Yoga (4th – 8th Grade)

Tuesday, March 10

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

CELC and Smiling Spirit Yoga are working together to provide FREE monthly yoga classes for students in 4th thru 8th grade. Previous yoga experience is not required, so why not get out of the house and give it a try?

Yoga invigorates your mind, body and spirit by:

stretching and toning your muscles…releasing tension…improving circulation…

cultivates concentration…supports mental clarity…builds up confidence…

encourages self-awareness…honors inner thought…invites stillness and relaxation.

Currently there are 6 openings and registration is required.
To do so contact the CELC office at 203.433.4658 OR email mandm@CTExperiential.org

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Celtic Tales with Local Storyteller Erin Zeidenberg: K thru 4th (Auditorium)

Friday, March 13

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join local storyteller Erin Zeindenberg for an afternoon filled with leprechauns, shamrocks and mystery. During the 45 min. performance Erin will tell a combination of traditional and modern Celtic tales that will get everyone in the Saint Patrick’s Day Spirit. Perfect for the entire family and a great way to get some folklore in before the celebration on Tuesday. Oh, and audience participation is a must!

Registration for this program is not required, bring everyone along!

 

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Munchies and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages

Saturday, March 21

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Big Hero 6!?! 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 action and peril, some rude humor, and thematic elements.

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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Tablet Tales – Ages 3 to 5

Every 4th Saturday of the Month

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join Miss Carly the last Saturday of every month to take part in a traditional storytime that includes a technological twist! During the hour children and caregivers will take part in our usual storytime filled with songs, rhymes, books and fingerplays! We will then boost up the level of technology by giving every child and caregiver an iPad so that they can explore apps one on one or as a group based on each month’s theme. Registration for this program is required so that we can be prepared tablet wise! Please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 today!

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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.