Childrens

All About Plants: Presented by the Children’s Museum – K thru 3 (Auditorium)

Tuesday, August 2

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

It’s to learn all about the life cycle of a plant and the importance buds play in the growing process. During this presentation participants will hear a story about a girl and her adventures in gardening and then talk about how plants play an important role in keeping a healthy environment. Everyone will then get a chance to dissect a live flower, identify parts and talk more about the life cycle and how it works. So, get ready to learn all about how to maintain healthy plants and the role they play in the environment.

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 Guilford Savings Bank.

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Sing, Laugh and Learn with Mr. Joe – Babies thru Age 6 (Auditorium)

Thursday, August 11

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mr. Joe will be visiting to get everyone moving and grooving with a series of original songs that will bring laughter and cheer. Audience participation is a must as Mr. Joe uses live instruments to reinforce different concepts, which makes learning fun. Babies through age 6 will have blast with this live musical show. Please feel free to bring the entire family.

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 Guilford Savings Bank.

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MAD SCIENCE Presents: Body Basics – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Friday, August 19

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Eating right and staying fit is important and learning how your body works to stay in tip-top condition can make all the difference. MAD SCEICNE will be visiting the Blackstone to share a little about the science of your insides by reviewing its major systems. (Ewwwwww) Through a hands-on approach learn about how your food is digested, how your blood flows through your body and how your brain controls all of these parts. Take home a Digestor Inspector and get ready to see some guts in action!

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 Guilford Savings Bank.

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

Saturday, August 20

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Little Giants!?! The movie will include…snacks, projection viewing, free admission and a place for you and your friends to hang.

This movie is rated G.

* Feel free to bring your own snacks or bag lunch.

Summer Reading

Kids and Teens Summer Reading Ends

Monday, August 22

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Today is the last day to check-in for summer reading! If you have met your reading goal make sure to pop into the library to create your 3D print. We would love to see you and cannot wait to wish you fun on the rest of your summer break.

Storytime Break – Babies thru Age 5

Monday, August 22 - August 27

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Jon Cap Magic and Balloon Animal Show – All Ages (Auditorium)

Monday, August 22

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

It’s time to close out our summer reading program with our favorite magician Jon Cap! During this performance Jon will be sharing some brand new material filled with comedy and hands-on opportunities. Your kids will have a blast coming up on stage and being part of the show. To exercise our brains Jon will include a mini balloon animal workshop where kids and parents can work together to make their own creations.

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

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Music Together: Music and Movement Class (Babies thru age 5)

Thursday, September 1

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join our friends from Musical Folk for a rhythm filled morning with a series of music and movement activities. The class uses a combination of musical instruments. recordings and sing-a longs to promote social, cognitive, physical and language skills. You do not have to be a fantastic musician or singer to enjoy – this is just another way to bond with your child through their natural draw towards all things musical and a great way to bring some musical tips and tricks back 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.

Library Closed for Labor Day

Monday, September 5

All Day

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

Thursday, September 8

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.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

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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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.

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

Mondays once a month

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This we are going to keep our graphic book club rolling! 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

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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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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. Registration for this program is not required.

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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.

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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!