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

Friday, July 28

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish 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 7 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. 

CLASS IS FULL – Build a Better T-Shirt: Tie Dye – K thru 4th Grade (Outside)

Friday, July 28

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This year’s summer reading theme is all about building a better world and creating something new! Why not bring in one of your old white shirts, shorts and/or even socks to tie dye so that they can become something filled with color and look brand spanking new?!? The library will provide all the necessary dyes, rubber bands and bags. All you need to bring is something that you want to spruce up for your summer spent outside.

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

The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe Presented by Shakesperience Productions Inc. – For Families (Auditorium)

Thursday, August 3

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The magical and imaginative journey into the world of Narnia, packed with exciting action and wonderful dialogue, entertains as it educates. The performance of this C.S. Lewis classic (adapted by le Clanché du Rand) encourages reading, imagination, critical thinking, and character development. Interactive pre-show and talk back sessions with the audience emphasize the importance of honesty, integrity, and treating others as you, yourself, would like to be treated.

Shakesperience educates and inspires students, families and theater professionals through the arts in order to explore social constructs and foster mutual respect for people. All of their performances are innovative, interactive and thought-provoking and deep rooted in classical literature.

This performance is sponsored by Shoreline Arts Alliance.

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

Friday, August 4

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish 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 7 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. 

Force & Motion with Roller Coasters Presented by the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut – 4th thru 6th Grade (Auditorium)

Friday, August 4

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

After exploring different roller coasters around the world and a “jumping on” a virtual ride, participants will break into teams and create a roller coaster of their own. Children will work with Newton’s three laws of motion and the forces involved in the operation of roller coasters as they design, build, and test their own creations.

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

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

Friday, August 11

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish 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 7 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, August 12

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

Pressure Power Presented by Mad Science – K and Up (Outside)

Monday, August 14

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Explore the excitement of energy and pressure with Mad Science! Discover how skaters put power into their spins and how you can sleep safely on a bed of nails. Take cover as we create a soda can fountain. If you thought Alka-Seltzer was only for upset stomachs, you’d better put your safety goggles on! Keep them on because we are going to be tossing raw eggs.

Registration for this program is not required. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323 or click here.

Intro to 3D Design with TinkerCad

Thursday, August 17

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn the basics of 3D modeling to create your own designs with TinkerCad. Join this workshop to have a guided introduction to the 3D printer, get an overview of 3D modeling and the tools used, then create your own 3D model for printing. Requires a free TinkerCad account – you can create an account ahead of time, here. Open to all ages (children + caregiver, teens, and adults).  Use a library laptop OR bring your own!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Kids and Teens Summer Reading Ends

Friday, August 18

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Today is the last day to check-in for summer reading! It is your LAST chance to roll the dice and get to the end of our interactive game OR to bring in your take home game board. Either way, you don’t want to miss getting entered into our final grab bag prize.

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 Mary that will 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.

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!