Annual Halloween Parade: Stories with Miss Mary and Miss Carly (Babies thru Age 5)

Annual Halloween Parade: Stories with Miss Mary and Miss Carly (Babies thru Age 5)

Friday, October 31

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

It is time to have a spook-tacular morning at the Blackstone Library as Miss Mary and Miss Carly put on their annual Halloween Parade! Kids are welcome to come in full costume to partake in Halloween rhymes, books, movement activities and even apps. It will certainly be a blast and one NOT to miss. We will close the hour with a parade around the building so that EVERYONE can see your amazing costumes and share in a couple of non-food based treats.

Registration for this program is not required. This storytime is meant for babies through age 5.

Family Zumba with Tracy Brody (K thru 4th Grade and Caregivers)

Family Zumba with Tracy Brody (K thru 4th Grade and Caregivers)

Tuesday, November 4

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ready to get up and move? Well, Zumba instructor Tracy Brody is heading to the Blackstone to bring families together in a high energy type of way. Boys, girls and caregivers will have a blast taking part in this highly interactive class inspired by Latin music that uses a combination of movements and rhythms to promote exercise and release energy. It is almost like – exercise in disguise! Prior Zumba experience is not necessary and caregivers are more than welcome to join in on all the fun – sure to be a great way to get up and move!

* Realizing that this is a high energy class we ask that participants come prepared with bottled water and loose fitting clothing in order to move and groove.

This program is meant for participants in K thru 4th Grade and registration is not required – the more the merrier.

 

Munchies and a Matinee - Movies for All Ages

Munchies and a Matinee – Movies for All Ages

Saturday, November 15

12:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Mr. Peabody & Sherman?!? 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 action and brief rude humor.

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

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

Tuesday, November 18

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

Library Closes at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 26

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thanksgiving Creations: Decorations for Turkey Day - (K and Up)

Thanksgiving Creations: Decorations for Turkey Day – (K and Up)

Wednesday, November 26

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us the day before Thanksgiving for a series of crafts/decorations that will make your Thanksgiving tables shine! Children in kindergarten and up are invited to take part in different craft stations filled with recycled materials, paints, pre-made packets and so much more. Each table will have all the necessary materials, samples of what to make as well as instructions. Participants can come anytime between 2:30 and 4:30pm to create and are more than welcome to make one or all the crafts provided.

This program is meant for participants in kindergarten and up. Registration is not required, just pop in to enjoy!

Thanksgiving Day – Library Closed

Thursday, November 27

All Day

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

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

Tuesday, December 16

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

Christmas Eve – Library Closed

Wednesday, December 24

All Day

Christmas Day – Library Closed

Thursday, December 25

All Day

Ongoing Events

Make it or Take it Craft - All Ages

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.

Tablet Tales - Ages 3 to 5

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!

Play/Stories - Ages 3 to 5

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

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

Math Matters: Stories and Activities – K thru 2nd Grade

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

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

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

Bookworms: Book Club – 3rd & 4th Grade

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

 

 

We Create: Storybook Art - K thru 4th Grade

We Create: Storybook Art – K thru 4th Grade

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
PJ Stories - Babies thru Age 5

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

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.

Book Buddies: Book Club - 1st thru 3rd Grade

Book Buddies: Book Club – 1st thru 3rd Grade

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.

Storytime Break – All Week

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Storytime Break – All Week

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

BECC: Circle of Security - A Parenting Group for those with Children from Birth thru 5

BECC: Circle of Security – A Parenting Group for those with Children from Birth thru 5

Tuesdays

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Branford Early Childhood Collaborative in partnership with the United Way of Greater New Haven and the Branford Family Resource Center have come together to facilitate a parenting group that focuses on building the bond between parent and child. Parents with children from birth thru 5 will come together once a week to share their experiences, learn techniques as well as ways in which they can be their children’s first teachers! Those that complete 80% of the program will receive a $50 dollar gift card!

The group will meet every Tuesday starting Sept. 9th thru Nov. 11th
from 11:30 to 1pm.

* Lunch will be provided as well as childcare if needed.

*Signup is required to do so please call 203. 415. 5237 OR email the BECC at branford.becc@gmail.com