Drop-in DIY: Earbud bag or T-Shirt Tote

Thursday, June 14

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Drop in anytime during this DIY event, and make your choice of an earbud drawstring bag or a simple tote. We will have fabric, ribbons, and t-shirts available to use, or you can bring in your own!

If bringing in your own, you’ll need:

Earbud bag: cotton fabric, at least 4″ x 11″ and two 15″ (or longer) ribbons.

T-shirt tote:  t-shirt, any size

Kids and Teens Summer Reading Begins

Friday, June 15

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Summer Reading at the James Blackstone Memorial Library has officially begun with – Libraries Rock!

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 exciting programs and realize that some events do require registration and have cut-offs, so the sooner you sign up the better.

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

Saturday, June 16

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.

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

Monday, June 18

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

During this Musical Art Monday we will share a couple of books about Jazz to learn about it’s history and famous musicians. Then we will listen to different types of jazz and setup a “free paint” area where participants can paint to the music. We will share our creations at the classes close and talk about what instruments, beats or 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, June 21

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.

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 some rude humor and mild peril.

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.

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.