Events and News

We Cannot Wait to Meet You!

Every month the Youth Services Department provides special theme-based events and guest speakers in addition to our regularly scheduled programs. These events are perfect for a mixture of ages and are made possible by generous donations from the Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library and grants provided by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation and Guilford Savings Bank.

Most of these programs take place during holidays, school minimum days, vacation weeks and throughout the summer months, so please continually check back to see what is up and coming!

Please note that all programming is subject to change and that visiting our home page and reading through our news and notices box will give you the most up to date information about date changes and cancellations.

Also, please realize that some events are age-specific and require registration. This allows us to plan accordingly and ensure we have enough supplies. To learn more about what we have to offer and how to register, head to our calendar.

For more information about any of programs and/or special events to do not be afraid to call or email.                 203. 488. 1441. ext.323                 youthservices@blackstonelibrary.org

Family Zumba with Tracy Brody (K thru 4th Grade and Caregivers)

Family Zumba with Tracy Brody (K thru 4th Grade and Caregivers)

Tuesday, November 4

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ready to get up and move? Well, Zumba instructor Tracy Brody is heading to the Blackstone to bring families together in a high energy type of way. Boys, girls and caregivers will have a blast taking part in this highly interactive class inspired by Latin music that uses a combination of movements and rhythms to promote exercise and release energy. It is almost like – exercise in disguise! Prior Zumba experience is not necessary and caregivers are more than welcome to join in on all the fun – sure to be a great way to get up and move!

* Realizing that this is a high energy class we ask that participants come prepared with bottled water and loose fitting clothing in order to move and groove.

This program is meant for participants in K thru 4th Grade and registration is not required – the more the merrier.

 

Munchies and a Matinee - Movies for All Ages

Munchies and a Matinee – Movies for All Ages

Saturday, November 15

12:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Mr. Peabody & Sherman?!? 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 a bag lunch.
* Rated PG for mild action and brief rude humor.

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, November 18

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

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.

Munchies and a Matinee - Movie for All Ages

Munchies and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages

Saturday, December 27

12:00 am

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Dolphin Tale 2?!? 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 a bag lunch.
* Rated PG for mild thematic elements.

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.

New Year’s Day – Library Closed

Thursday, January 1

All Day

Paper Gingerbread House Creations - K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Paper Gingerbread House Creations – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Friday, January 2

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

It’s time to make some sugar free creations as we decorate gingerbread foam houses! Participants will construct their houses and will then be given a variety of decorative materials to make them shine! Sure to be a delightful centerpiece and a way to express your creative genius.

Registration for this program is required so that we know how many participants to expect. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 323 or click here.

TinkerLab: Hands-on Activities for K thru 4th Graders (Auditorium)

TinkerLab: Hands-on Activities for K thru 4th Graders (Auditorium)

Saturday, January 3

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a morning filled with hands-on activities, creation and exploration as we transform our auditorium into a TinkerLab for elementary school students.

What is tinkering – well, it is all about problem solving and figuring out how something works! It’s not so much about getting the right answer or creating the perfect project but more about the experience, jumping in and taking risks and the overall process in order to learn something new.

We simply LOVE this idea and will be filling our room with building materials, art challenges and mini experiments to engage your child’s curiosity and encourage them to be inventive, ask questions and try something new. Do 1, 2, 3 or all of our projects provided – it is 100% up to you.

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.

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, January 20

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

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

Tuesday, February 10

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

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

Tuesday, March 10

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

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, April 21

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

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, May 19

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