Library Closes at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 26

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thanksgiving Creations: Decorations for Turkey Day - (K and Up)

Thanksgiving Creations: Decorations for Turkey Day – (K and Up)

Wednesday, November 26

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us the day before Thanksgiving for a series of crafts/decorations that will make your Thanksgiving tables shine! Children in kindergarten and up are invited to take part in different craft stations filled with recycled materials, paints, pre-made packets and so much more. Each table will have all the necessary materials, samples of what to make as well as instructions. Participants can come anytime between 2:30 and 4:30pm to create and are more than welcome to make one or all the crafts provided.

This program is meant for participants in kindergarten and up. Registration is not required, just pop in to enjoy!

Thanksgiving Day – Library Closed

Thursday, November 27

All Day

Music Together Class - Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Music Together Class – Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, December 5

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Help us welcome back our friends from Musical Folk as they put on a Music Together class. The class uses a combination of live music, rhymes and recorded hits to enhance movement, learning and enjoyment. Kids will have the best time working together, playing instruments and most importantly taking new rhymes and songs home.

Space is limited for this program so registration is required. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 323

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

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

Tuesday, December 16

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

Christmas Eve – Library Closed

Wednesday, December 24

All Day

Christmas Day – Library Closed

Thursday, December 25

All Day

Cookie Decorating - K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Cookie Decorating – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Friday, December 26

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

It is time to fill the library with delicious treats as we share in a series of yummy stories that feature colorful cupcakes, cookies and pies. Once our bellies start to rumble and our brains get inspired by the fun books and bright illustrations we will make these sweet treats a reality by decorating sugar cookies! The library will provide all of the necessary decorations like: frosting, chocolate chips, sprinkles and more! Prior cookie decorating skills are not required – it’s time to just break free and have some fun.

Registration for this program is required so that we can prepare accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441. ext. 323 or to register online click here.

Hot Chocolate and a Matinee - Movie for All Ages

Hot Chocolate and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages

Saturday, December 27

12:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch The Polar Express?!? The movie will include…hot chocolate, projection viewing, free admission, and a place for you and your friends to hang. This movie will require a sign-up so we know how much hot chocolate to get! Click here to sign up!

* Feel free to bring your own snacks or a bag lunch.
* Rated G for the entire family.

New Year’s Eve – Close at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 31

12:00 am

Library open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ongoing Events

Make it or Take it Craft - All Ages

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.

Tablet Tales - Ages 3 to 5

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!

Play/Stories - Ages 3 to 5

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

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)

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

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

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)

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

 

 

We Create: Storybook Art - K thru 4th Grade (YS Department)

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
PJ Stories - Babies thru Age 5

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

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.

Book Buddies: Book Club - 1st thru 3rd Grade (YS Department)

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.

BECC: Circle of Security - A Parenting Group for those with Children from Birth thru 5

BECC: Circle of Security – A Parenting Group for those with Children from Birth thru 5

Tuesdays

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Branford Early Childhood Collaborative in partnership with the United Way of Greater New Haven and the Branford Family Resource Center have come together to facilitate a parenting group that focuses on building the bond between parent and child. Parents with children from birth thru 5 will come together once a week to share their experiences, learn techniques as well as ways in which they can be their children’s first teachers! Those that complete 80% of the program will receive a $50 dollar gift card!

The group will meet every Tuesday starting Sept. 9th thru Nov. 11th
from 11:30 to 1pm.

* Lunch will be provided as well as childcare if needed.

*Signup is required to do so please call 203. 415. 5237 OR email the BECC at branford.becc@gmail.com

 

Start with a Book - PreK to 1st Grade (Auditorium)

Start with a Book – PreK to 1st Grade (Auditorium)

10:30 am - 11:30 am

During the winter break Miss Mary and Miss Carly will be putting together a multidisciplinary storytime that combines music/movement, stories, rhymes, apps and hands-on activities! The program was inspired by Reading Rocket’s start with a book program, which encourages the use of play, creation and discovery in order to enhance learning and build upon the importance of reading.

This week we will focus on three themes – bodies of water, stars or the night sky and dinosaurs! We hope that these topics will inspire your little ones and we are looking forward to implementing the program.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 323.