CANCELLED Munchies and a Matinee – All Ages (Branford Fire Headquaters)

Saturday, June 23

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the Brandford Firehouse to watch Sing!?! 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.

Branford Fire Headquarters is located at 45 North Main Street. 

Lunch Bunch: Intermediate Nutmeg Nominee Book Club – 4th thru 6th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, June 26

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Interested in reading in a group setting, dying to discuss one of your favorite books or just tired of reading the same old thing? Then it is about time that you joined our monthly book club! Every month the Youth Services Department provides a different book from the intermediate Nutmeg Nominee list where participants can come together to discuss as a group and participate in various activities. This is a great way for book lovers to socialize, reinforce comprehension, make personal connections  and gives readers a chance to come in contact with different genres.

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. 

Digital Design: A Computer Science Club – 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer Room) Session Focuses on MUSIC

Thursday, June 28

1:30 pm - 2:30 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 week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! This summer we will be focusing on music, so participants will be making their own music videos, sound effects and more! 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.

Musical Art: Art Projects Inspired by Song – K thru 2nd Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Monday, July 2

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

During this Musical Art Monday we will share a couple of books about different string instruments. Then we will listen to orchestra recordings and use a combination of string, paper and paint to create different designs. We will share our creations at the classes close and talk about what particular songs inspired us.

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 – 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer Room) Session Focuses on MUSIC

Thursday, July 5

1:30 pm - 2:30 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 week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! This summer we will be focusing on music, so participants will be making their own music videos, sound effects and more! 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.

Fun with Rhythms: A Family Drum Circle with Edward Leonard – All Ages (Outside)

Saturday, July 7

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

“Fun with Rhythms” is an educational drum and music circle designed to teach children (and adults) the fundamentals of music while playing interactive rhythm games with drums and hand-held percussion instruments from around the world. Parents and caregivers are invited to join in the fun, making this a quality event for the entire family!

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. 

Tie Dye a T: Bringing Color to Life – K thru 4th Grade (Outside)

Tuesday, July 10

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for another year of tie dying on our library green! 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 filled with music and movement.

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 – 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer Room) Session Focuses on MUSIC

Thursday, July 12

1:30 pm - 2:30 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 week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! This summer we will be focusing on music, so participants will be making their own music videos, sound effects and more! 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.

StoryWalk Group Walk – All Ages (Meet at the Library)

Saturday, July 14

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Want to experience StoryWalk® as a group? Meet us at the library as we progressively read Ada’s Violin, the story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay along Main Street. We’ll enjoy the great outdoors, complete some of the challenges and discuss our favorite parts of the book.

Registration for this program is not required. Just meet us in front of the Blackstone to enjoy the walk.

Musical Art: Art Projects Inspired by Song – K thru 2nd Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Monday, July 16

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

During this Musical Art Monday we will share a couple of books about bands and/or orchestras. Then we will use a combination of recycled materials to create playable instruments. We will close out the class by creating a video of everyone playing their instruments together!

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

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.

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.

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.

Stay and Play – Babies thru Age 5

Fridays

10:00 am - 11:00 am

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.