Swan Lake Read Aloud and Ballet Demo – Preschoolers (Auditorium)

Thursday, June 1

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Help the Connecticut Youth Ballet celebrate their spring performance of Swan Lake by hearing a short excerpt from the story followed by audience participation in a guided dance presented by performers in the show! This will be a great way for little ones to get a taste of the ballet.

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

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

Thursday, June 1

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 program is currently full.

A Date Under the Stars: Introducing the Astronomical Society of New Haven’s Lendable Telescope (Auditorium)

Saturday, June 3

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Blackstone Library is partnering with the Astronomical Society of New Haven to offer a specially designed 4 1/2 inch telescope for patrons of all ages to borrow from the Blackstone and use at home! Join us on June 3 for the official hand-over to the library, meet members of the Astronomical Society, and learn about the new lending program and how to use the telescope.

During this mini-workshop, you’ll also learn how to read a star chart to make your star-gazing experience even better. The society will also share what “space sites” are prevalent in the summer months so that if you check out theirs OR use your own telescope you will be able to zero in on what to look for in the night sky.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

The society is celebrating 80 years of fostering interest in astronomy and for the past 20 they have been working closely with the Branford community by arranging public astronomical observation events at Young’s Pond Park. Members of the Society set up their telescopes for people to look through so they can learn about at the Moon, planets, stars, double stars, star clusters, nebulas, galaxies, and whatever else can be seen through scopes or your eyes! The next observation is scheduled for the evening of June 17th, weather permitting. Check out the Blackstone telescope and get star-gazing!

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

Saturday, June 10

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

Kids and Teens Summer Reading Begins

Monday, June 12

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Summer Reading at the James Blackstone Memorial Library has officially begun. As always, we have two summer reading programs, but this year they have the same named Build a Better World!

K thru 4th grade Program and Middle School and Up Program!

Children can follow either link to learn more about program specifics, this years prizes, and how we are shaking things up from your “traditional” reading log. As always, we will be at the Branford Festival, so if you are interesting in signing up face-to-face just look for us in the sea full of tents!

Make sure to check our calendar for a boat load of exciting programs and realize that some events do require registration and have cut-offs, so the sooner you sign up the better.

Start of Summer Popsicle Social – All Ages

Monday, June 12

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

School has FINALLY ended and summer has begun! Let’s celebrate at the library with a little popsicle social. Music, games and crafts will be included and all ages are welcome. PLUS, we cannot wait to show you our new summer reading game! Participants in K thru 4th grade can sign up, check-out our game board and make their game piece, while kids in middle school and up can grab their take home board and jump head first into the challenge. Information about how each program works as well as our summer programming calendar will also be present during this meet and greet.

* Registration for this program is not required, just come by anytime between two and four to enjoy.

Build a Better House with the Three Little Pigs – Storytime for Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, June 16

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

It’s time to go back to a few of our favorite folktales and nursery rhymes as we dissect ways that certain characters were able to overcome bullies and make their storybook worlds that much better! During each storytime we will use a combination of music, movement activities and rhymes as well as a craft that illustrates the story so that it can be repeated at home. Our hope is that you and your child will enjoy going down memory lane as much as we do and that you will continue to use these tried and true stories in the future.

Registration for this program is not required, just drop on by to join in all the fun!

I Spy With My Little Eye Miss Mary and Miss Carly at the Branford Fest

Saturday, June 17

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

See if you can find Miss Mary and Miss Carly at the Branford Fest! We will be setup with giveaways, information about the summer reading program as well as library cards. We cannot wait to see you there.

Best Built Nest: Provided by the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Monday, June 19

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Birds are not the only living creature that build nests. What other animals build nests that can withstand all types of weather and protect their young? Learn about all the different types of nests and the animals that build them. Meet some native nest builders and try your hand at nest building using lots of natural materials.

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 Allan Louis Loeb Foundation

Build a Better Bridge with the Three Billy Goats Gruff – Storytime for Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, June 23

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

It’s time to go back to a few of our favorite folktales and nursery rhymes as we dissect ways that certain characters were able to overcome bullies and make their storybook worlds that much better! During each storytime we will use a combination of music, movement activities and rhymes as well as a craft that illustrates the story so that it can be repeated at home. Our hope is that you and your child will enjoy going down memory lane as much as we do and that you will continue to use these tried and true stories in the future.

Registration for this program is not required, just drop on by to join in all the fun!

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!