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

Monday, June 1

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This summer we are expanding our book clubs by including graphic novels! 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 or click here.

Seashore Touch Tank for Kids

Wednesday, June 10

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Stop in to see and touch live specimens from the Seashore Touch Tank. Russ Miller, Director of Meigs Point Nature Center will be here to
entertain people of all ages. Presented by Menunkatuck Audubon Society.

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Summer Reading Begins – All Ages (YS Department)

Wednesday, June 17

9:00 am - 8:00 pm

It’s the last day of school so summer reading at the James Blackstone Memorial Library has officially begun. As always, we have two summer reading programs. Every Hero has a Story for our K thru 4th graders and Unmasked for our middle schoolers and up!

Children can follow either link to sign up, learn about our prizes and track their reading. As always, we will be at the Branford Festival, so if you are interesting in signing up face-to-face look just look for us in the sea full of tents!

Make sure to check our calendar for a boat load of exciting programs and realize that some events do require registration and have cut-offs.

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Teddy Bear Superhero Sleepover – Babies thru Age 5 Storytime

Friday, June 19

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a late morning of stories, music, crafts and rhymes as we kick off our “Every Hero Has a Story” summer reading program for our little ones with a teddy bear sleepover. During the program participants will take part in a traditional storytime but will be asked to bring their teddy bear along to spend the night. Once our stories, rhymes and songs are through we will transform everyone’s teddy bears into heroes with masks and capes so that they can face the night away!

The following day participants can pick up their bears in the YS Department along with a little picture to see what kind of mischief their bears got into.
Registration for this program is not required.

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

Monday, June 22

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Are you and your kids interested in learning how to make files for 3D printing? Wouldn’t be fun to learn more about the MakerBot and all its possibilities together? Well, this class is especially geared towards the younger set and their caregivers. Our volunteer will walk everyone through basic 3D design and different computer software to create a simple file that you can then print on the library’s 3D printer!

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly and caregivers are required to come with child signups since this is a family activity.

Click here to register or call 203.488.1441. ext. 323.

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Power Play Provided by Stepping Stones Museum – K thru 2nd Grade (Auditorium)

Tuesday, June 23

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

It’s time to be a environmental hero with the Stepping Stones Museum and learn a little about the world’s renewable energy sources! The sun, wind and water are our most powerful energy sources! Through inquiry-based activities, such as developing sun prints, measuring wind generated electricity and creating a water turbine, we will explore how three renewable resources play a big role in our everyday lives and how we can use them to the world’s benefit.

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

Monday, July 6

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This summer we are expanding our book clubs by including graphic novels! 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 or click here.

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Superhero Training Camp – K thru 4th Grade (Outside)

Tuesday, July 7

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Think you have what it takes to be a full fledged superhero? Well, how about testing your ability with our superhero training camp? Participants will head to the library’s green to do a series of activities like: heavy lifting, knocking over super villains, making masks and more!

Participants are more than welcome to come in costume but we will supply add-ons!

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

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Super Birds and Their Super Abilities with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – For Families (Auditorium)

Friday, July 10

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Every wonder how birds are capable of doing all the fantastic things they do? Get up close and personal with nature’s flying machines and learn a little about what it takes to lift off and take flight. One of the center’s bird ambassadors will be visiting to demonstrate their abilities as well as particular characteristics that make birds amazing.

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. or click here.

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

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Hampstead Stage Presents: Hercules and the Heroes, a Greek Mythology Act – for Families (Auditorium)

Thursday, July 16

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Head to the Blackstone for an introduction in Greek Mythology with the Hampstead Stage! Let Epictitus, the mask-maker, and Ovid, the poet, take you on a journey of the imagination as you explore the ancient Greek heroes! Follow Greece’s greatest hero, Hercules, on his many adventures, as he battles mythological creatures and warriors. Through mask work, poetry and swordplay participants will discover the early stories of Greece. This play is designed to bring viewers closer to early civilizations by appreciating the similarities that we all share. Perfect for Rick Riordan enthusiasts as well as those that have always loved the traditional mythological tales.

Registration for this program is not required.

This program was made possible by the Guilford Savings Bank.

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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.