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Easter Egg Decorating – All Ages (Auditorium)

Friday, April 3

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for another year of Easter egg decorating as we celebrate the Friday before the Easter bunny arrives by dying eggs. The library will provide all the necessary dyes, stickers, holders and other materials all you have to do is bring the eggs. Families will have the best time working together and you will leave with one colorful display. Remember, the eggs need to be hardboiled!

Registration for this program is not necessary, just bring the whole family. 

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Monkey Wrench Warning is (CANCELLED)

Saturday, April 4

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Experience the Underground Railroad in a unique and attention-grabbing presentation – using handmade quilts and stories children will learn how slaves transformed quilts into maps that were then shared to lead them 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 to create a quilt and then place on display later in the week.

Can’t sew?  No problem!  The instructor will teach everyone 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 and an outgrown item of clothing that we can transform into a quilting square! Hopefully we will gather a variety of materials to make one vibrant, happy go-lucky quilt.

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Bookworms: Book Club SPECIAL EDITION with author and illustrator of Annabelle Please-Don’t-Tell – 3rd & 4th Grade (YS Department)

Wednesday, April 8

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come for a fun-filled exploration of the five-star chapter book My COMPLICATED Week (from the Annabelle-Please-Don’t-Tell! series). Author Carole Lyn Woodring and illustrator Kasia Simura will guide participants through this hilarious story of Annabelle Merriday (who has 156 secrets), her brother Andrew-I-Do-Too, their puppy Yap-A-Doodle, and Annabelle’s best friend Kayla Davis.

Activities will demonstrate principles taught in 3rd and 4th grades including point-of-view and narration, but it is not necessary to already be a strong reader to enjoy the fun. Carole and Kasia will sign books and give out favors from Annabelle and you don’t have to be a member of the book club in order to participate.

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 or click here.

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Jon Cap Magic Show and Balloon Animal Workshop – K – 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Monday, April 13

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Join local magician Jon Cap for a mini show followed by a hands-on workshop that will allow participants to learn/practice tricks that can be repeated at home. Balloon animals will be included so this is surely going to be a smile filled afternoon.

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.

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

Tuesday, April 14

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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Barnyard Birds: Provided by the Stamford Museum and Nature Center for PreK – 2nd Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, April 15

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Discover the Stamford Museum and Nature Center’s farm fowl and what makes them important parts of farm life in an interactive hour long program. Learn about the different types of feathers that birds have and life inside of an egg. Explore the similarities and differences in beaks, feet, and other adaptations through artifacts, pictures, and live birds. Simulate eating like a chicken or duck with a hands-on “Barnyard Beaks” lab which will help kids match farm beaks with the type of food eaten.

A perfect hands-on event for spring break. Those interested need to register 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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Oozing Oobleck: Discovering the Properties of Liquids (2nd – 4th Grade)

Friday, April 17

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the Blackstone Library as we partner with the Regional Water Authority to provide a hands-on activity that asks participants to experiment with the properties of different liquids to see how they change as different materials are added to each mixture. This program is inspired by Dr. Seuss’ book Bartholomew and the Oobleck and will surely be icky, gooey and messy fun!

This program is meant for participants in 2nd – 4th grade and registration is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 or click here.

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Munchies and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages

Saturday, April 18

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Penguins of Madagascar!?! 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 mild action and some rude humor.

Girl Scout Informational Session – for families (Auditorium)

Monday, April 20

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Head to the Blackstone Library to learn more about the girl scouts and what it takes to join. Information and a small activity will be provided. All are welcome to attend.

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Watersheds: An Earth Day Program: 4th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Wednesday, April 22

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Head to the Blackstone Library for another partnership with the Regional Water Authority for a hands-on Earth Day program that has to do with watersheds and the dangers of pollution. A watershed describes an area of land that contains a common set of streams and rivers that all drain into a single larger body of water, such as a large river, a lake or an ocean. Participants will learn about the importance of watersheds and then create their own to see how everyday activities that happen on land can contaminate the water traveling below.

This program is meant for those in 4th grade and up and registration is required. To do so please call 203, 488. 1441 ext 323 or click here.

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.