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

chameleon-20clip-20art-chameleon

Animals in Disguise with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – For Families (Auditorium)

Friday, July 31

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn about the hidden world of animal camouflage. How do these super creatures avoid catching the eye of a predator and fool their prey? We will explore all that and more while we learn and play!

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.

This program was made possible by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation.

superkids-01-268x300

Graphic Reads: A Graphic Novel Book Club – 3rd thru 5th Grade (YS Department)

Monday, August 3

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This summer we are expanding our book clubs by including graphic novels! 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. Since this year’s summer reading theme is “Every Hero Has a Story” all of our graphic novels will have to do with main characters that make a difference.

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 or click here.

PrinceAndThePauper2014 140

Prince and the Pauper Performance – for Families (Auditorium)

Friday, August 7

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Mark Twain’s 1881 timeless children’s story is brought to life in this captivating adaptation by Shakesperience Productions Inc. While enjoying the commanding and powerful delivery of this age-old story, the audience can reflect upon the advantages of nonviolent problem-solving as they also reassess the benefits of friendship. This production offers a connection that is both exciting and appealing.

Shakesperience educates and inspires students, families and theater professionals through the arts in order to explore social constructs and foster mutual respect for people. All of their performances are innovative, interactive and thought-provoking and deep rooted in classical literature.

Registration for this program is not required. Please bring the entire family to enjoy the show.

hw_filmreel

Munchies and a Matinee – CANCELLED

Saturday, August 8

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Underdog!?! 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 for mild action and rude humor.

tsar tsar

Tsar Tsar: Animals Can Be Heroes Too – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Monday, August 10

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Meet Tsar Tsar, a local therapy dog that visits different group homes, hospitals and schools in order to spread happiness and cheer. Tsar Tsar is a Samoyed, so he is a working class breed that enjoys taking on tasks and being surrounded by humans. In this program participants will meet Tsar Tsar and learn a little about his volunteering activities and why he is considered a four legged hero. We will also share a story about working class dogs. Questions about Tsar Tsar are also welcome.

Registration for this program is not required. Feel free to bring the entire family.

Change

Change the World Before Bedtime Book Reading and Activity with Josh Chalmers – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Tuesday, August 11

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join local author Josh Chalmers for a book reading and activity having to do with his inspiring picture book “Change the World Before Bedtime.” His book is all about the little things kids can do in order to make the world a better place – falling in perfectly with our Every Hero Has a Story summer reading theme. “Change the World Before Bedtime” shows children how to spread happiness, be environmental heroes and start standing up for what they believe in.

Registration for this book reading an activity is not required. The more the merrier. 

Pandora

Pandora’s Box: From Page to Stage with Ingrid Schaeffer – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Saturday, August 15

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

In the time of Ancient Greece, Zeus, King of the Gods, sends Pandora a shiny, gold box that says – DO NOT OPEN! She is so curious that she ignores the warning and opens it. A flurry of troubled bugs are released – lazy bug, teasy bug, worried bug, and more. Luckily, Pandora feels horrible until she finds something else in the box that can help – a fairy called hope.

Head to the library for an interactive telling of this tale as our participants become the characters and work together to put on a show! Ingrid Schaeffer will include all the costumes, music and set and will lead everyone through the process of reenacting this classic Greek Myth. Previous acting experience is not necessary – this is just a way for you to jump out of your box and have fun. The program will close with everyone making their own Pandora’s box to bring home.

Class is currently full.

 Guilford

 

earth-save-the-planet-clip-art-thumb2257949

Climate Change with the Stamford Museum and Nature Center – 3rd thru 6th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, August 19

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In this multi-station lab class, participants will examine scientific data and make conclusions about evidence of climate change. Participants will differentiate between climate and weather, learn about the greenhouse effect, study simulated ice core data and observe changes in glaciers over time. Real world data and scientific evidence will shed light on this timely topic on both a global and local level and will remind us what Environmental Heroes are all about.

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.

DSC_0005 (2)sm

3D File Creation and Printing for Kids and Caregivers – 3rd thru 6th Grade (Auditorium)

Thursday, August 20

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Are you and your kids interested in learning how to make files for 3D printing? Wouldn’t be fun to learn more about the MakerBot and all its possibilities together? Well, this class is especially geared towards the younger set and their caregivers. Our volunteer will walk everyone through basic 3D design and different computer software to create a simple file that you can then print on the library’s 3D printer!

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly and caregivers are required to come with child signups since this is a family activity.

Click here to register or call 203.488.1441. ext. 323.

superkids-02-250x300

Summer Reading Ends – All Ages (Youth Services Department)

Saturday, August 22

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Today is the last day to check-in for summer reading! If you have met your reading goal make sure to pop into the library to create your 3D print. We would love to see you and cannot wait to wish you fun on the rest of your summer break.

notes

Disney Songs: Heroes, Heroines and Animals with Ginny Bales and Jay Gitlin – for Families (Auditorium)

Saturday, August 22

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Close out summer reading with musical fun and inspiration from the early classic days of Mickey Mouse and Cinderella through Mary Poppins, the Lion King, Pocahontas, and Frozen.  Children of all ages can sing along to these beloved songs and movement will be involved.
Ginny Bales & Jay Gitlin started a band together the week after their wedding over 3 decades ago.  The Bales-Gitlin Band has played for hundreds of events on the shoreline and thousands across the tri-state area, including over 2000 weddings.  Their expertise has made them the band that other musicians hire for their own celebrations.
Registration for this program is not required.
This program was made possible by the Guilford Savings Bank.
Guilford

Storytime Break – All Week

Monday, August 24 - August 28

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

110927023926162_1

Music Together: Music and Movement Class (Babies thru age 5)

Wednesday, August 26

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join our friends from Musical Folk for a rhythm filled morning with a series of music and movement activities. The class uses a combination of musical instruments. recordings and sing-a longs to promote social, cognitive, physical and language skills. You do not have to be a fantastic musician or singer to enjoy – this is just another way to bond with your child through their natural draw towards all things musical and a great way to bring some musical tips and tricks back home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

hw_filmreel

Munchies and a Matinee – All Ages (Auditorium)

Saturday, September 5

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Home!?! 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 for mild action and rude humor.

DSC_0005 (2)sm

3D File Creation and Printing for Kids and Caregivers – 3rd thru 6th Grade (Auditorium)

Saturday, September 12

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Are you and your kids interested in learning how to make files for 3D printing? Wouldn’t be fun to learn more about the MakerBot and all its possibilities together? Well, this class is especially geared towards the younger set and their caregivers. Our volunteer will walk everyone through basic 3D design and different computer software to create a simple file that you can then print on the library’s 3D printer!

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly and caregivers are required to come with child signups since this is a family activity.

To register or call 203.488.1441. ext. 323.

hw_filmreel

Munchies and a Matinee – All Ages (Auditorium)

Saturday, October 17

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

makerlab circle copy

Half Day: MakerLab Program – K thru 4th Grade and Caregiver (Auditorium)

Wednesday, October 21

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Are you looking for something to do on your half day? How about coming to the Blackstone Library to learn how to use our 3D printer? During this two hour session participants will see our 3D printer in action, learn about its components and will then play around with our 3D printing design software to create something that we can print throughout the week for you to take home. This will be a fun and hands-on introduction to 3D design and the FREE software that you can continue to use at home.

We have limited number of computers so registration is required. To do some please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323 and caregivers are expected to stay. 

Halloween-clip-art-8

Annual Halloween Parade: Stories with Miss Mary and Miss Carly (Babies thru Age 5)

Saturday, October 31

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

It is time to have a spook-tacular morning at the Blackstone Library as Miss Mary and Miss Carly put on their annual Halloween Parade! Kids are welcome to come in full costume to partake in Halloween rhymes, books, movement activities and even apps. It will certainly be a blast and one NOT to miss. We will close the hour with a parade around the building so that EVERYONE can see your amazing costumes and share in a couple of non-food based treats.

Registration for this program is not required. This storytime is meant for babies through age 5.

hw_filmreel

Munchies and a Matinee – All Ages (Auditorium)

Saturday, November 21

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

makerlab circle copy

Half Day: MakerLab Program – K thru 4th Grade and Caregiver (Auditorium)

Wednesday, December 9

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Are you looking for something to do on your half day? How about coming to the Blackstone Library to learn how to create stop-motion videos? During this two hour session participants will see stop-motion videos in action and then learn the components of our stop-motion app so that they can create their very own videos. Participants will then work together with various props to make their own storylines and characters which will be brought to life through their picture taking and editing skills. We will then share everyone’s videos on our projector screen so that we can see what everyone came up with. This will be a fun and hands-on introduction to stop-motion design.

We have limited number of iPads so registration is required. To do some please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323 and caregivers are expected to stay. 

hw_filmreel

Hot Chocolate and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages

Saturday, December 26

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!

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

cookies-clip-art-10

Cookie Decorating – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Monday, December 28

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

Gingerbread

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

Wednesday, December 30

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.

Noon Year

Happy NOON Year – Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Thursday, December 31

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Can’t stay up till midnight – well don’t worry the James Blackstone Memorial Library knows exactly how to make a New Year’s Eve splash with our very first NOON Year’s Eve Party! This event is for babies thru age 5 and their families and will include traditional storytime elements like: music, books and movement but will include special activities like: decorating your own party hats, a silly dance contest, a photo booth and so much more. We will also have a countdown to NOON, 12PM with all the bells and whistles. This is definitely something you do not want to miss.

Registration for this program is not required – the more the merrier!

hw_filmreel

Munchies and a Matinee – All Ages (Auditorium)

Saturday, January 16

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

hw_filmreel

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

Saturday, February 20

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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

easter-chick-sitting-on-easter-eggs

Easter Egg Decorating – All Ages (Auditorium)

Friday, March 25

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for another year of Easter egg decorating as we celebrate the Friday before the Easter bunny arrives by dying eggs. The library will provide all the necessary dyes, stickers, holders and other materials all you have to do is bring the eggs. Families will have the best time working together and you will leave with one colorful display. Remember, the eggs need to be hardboiled!

Registration for this program is not necessary, just bring the whole family. 

hw_filmreel

Munchies and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages

Saturday, March 26

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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

hw_filmreel

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

Saturday, April 16

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

makerlab circle copy

Half Day: MakerLab Program – K thru 4th Grade and Caregiver (Auditorium)

Wednesday, April 27

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Are you looking for something to do on your half day? How about coming to the Blackstone Library to learn how to use Photoshop? During this two hour session participants will use the camera function on our iPads to take photos of spring findings around the library building. We will then upload those photos to our computers and edit them in Photoshop to create different moods and backgrounds. Photos will then be printed and put on display throughout the children’s department. This will be a fun and hands-on introduction to photo editing.

We have limited number of iPads so registration is required. To do some please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323 and caregivers are expected to stay. 

hw_filmreel

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

Saturday, May 21

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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