Spark Video: Bring Your Story to Life – 3rd thru 5th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, January 25

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us for an interactive story reading and creating where everyone will listen to a traditional fairy tale as well as a re-telling. Once we discuss the similarities and differences participants will be shown how to use the digital story creator called Spark Video. Through a series of formats, pictures and voice over capabilities participants will be able to create a re-telling of their very own! We will then share our masterpieces with one another on our projection screen.

This is a great way to not only tap into creativity but also get a mini hands-on introduction with a app that can be used in a lot of different ways.

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.

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

Saturday, February 4

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

This year both libraries are going musical as we host a series of hands-on music based performances that will have all ages moving and grooving.

The JBML will kick-off the event at 10am for the baby – age 5 crowd with free play and a shaker making workshop that will lead into a music and movement performance by Jennifer Sciglibaglo. Jennifer will use a combination of recorded and live music to engage listeners of all ages. Instruments and movement activities will be included.

Then head to the WWML around 1pm for a variety of games that incorporate music and movement. Perfect for elementary school students that want to get their wiggles out after lunch.

Both libraries will have information about their upcoming classes, resources and how to obtain a library card, so if you have not visited either of us before here is your chance.

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

Saturday, February 11

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch The BFG!?! 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, February 16

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 8 week program meets every OTHER Thursday, so when you sign up for one – you sign up for all 8.
Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Library Closed for Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 20

All Day

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

Friday, March 3

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Miss Mary and Miss Carly for a birthday filled morning as we pay tribute to Dr. Seuss through songs, stories and rhymes. Crafts and games 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 Green Eggs and Ham.

Registration is not required, the more the merrier.

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

Thursday, March 9

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 8 week program meets every OTHER Thursday, so when you sign up for one – you sign up for all 8.
Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

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

Saturday, March 11

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Finding Dory!?! 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.

Book Reading of Little Judo Girl by Michael Judson – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, March 15

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join Michael Judson for selected readings from his chapter book Little Judo Girl, which is based on a real life Judo competing girl by the name of Courtney! Live footage of Courtney will be included to set the stage for his book about her and the summer she spends with her cousin Annie and their plan to “trick” the local boys into wrestling Courtney in order to get out of completing a series of chores.

This coming of age story is filled with action, asks its readers to look outside of traditional male/female stereotypes all while remaining funny, lighthearted and accessible.

A question and answer session will be included.

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

 

Activities and Ideas for Struggling Learners provided by Hamilton Educational Learning Partners (Lucy Hammer Room)

Monday, March 20

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Many parents are just not sure how to help their kids academically. If you child is struggling in class, grasping new concepts or learning in general; now is the time to find the tools and strategies to help them. Instead of failing to plan – let’s all plan to succeed! During this 90 minute session we will discuss learning difficulties and share a series of activities, strategies and ways of learning that parents can use to help their young learners at home.

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.

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!