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

Girl Scout Informational Session – for families (Auditorium)

Monday, May 4

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Head to the Blackstone Library to learn more about the girl scouts and what it takes to join. Information and a small activity will be provided. All are welcome to attend.

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Muffins with Mom – Babies to Age 5 (Auditorium)

Saturday, May 9

10:00 am - 11:00 am

It’s time to celebrate moms, aunts, grandmothers and caregivers as Miss Mary and Miss Carly put together a special storytime together thats dedicated to Mother’s Day! Participants will be taken through a series of songs, rhymes and activities and will then hear a couple of stories about Mother’s Day. Children will then make something special for their caregiver and share in some one-on-one time by eating muffins and having juice.

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.

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Munchies and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages

Saturday, May 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 Paddington!?! 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.

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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

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

Monday, June 1

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.

Seashore Touch Tank for Kids

Wednesday, June 10

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Stop in to see and touch live specimens from the Seashore Touch Tank. Russ Miller, Director of Meigs Point Nature Center will be here to
entertain people of all ages. Presented by Menunkatuck Audubon Society.

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Summer Reading Begins – All Ages (YS Department)

Wednesday, June 17

9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Summer Reading is currently in the James Blackstone Memorial Library Youth Services works! Information about signing up online and specific programs will be coming soon; so be sure to check back regularly.

As always, kick-off will begin at the Branford Festival, so see if you can find us in the sea of tents! The Department will have plenty of information and activities to keep you occupied.

This year’s summer reading theme is Every Hero Has a Story and we cannot wait to delve into what it take to be an everyday hero with you.

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Teddy Bear Superhero Sleepover – Babies thru Age 5 Storytime

Friday, June 19

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a late morning of stories, music, crafts and rhymes as we kick off our “Every Hero Has a Story” summer reading program for our little ones with a teddy bear sleepover. During the program participants will take part in a traditional storytime but will be asked to bring their teddy bear along to spend the night. Once our stories, rhymes and songs are through we will transform everyone’s teddy bears into heroes with masks and capes so that they can face the night away!

The following day participants can pickup their bears in the YS Department along with a little picture to see what kind of mischief their bears got into.
Registration for this program is not required.

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

Monday, June 22

2:30 pm - 4:30 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.

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

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

Monday, July 6

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.

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Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center Presents: Super Birds and Their Super Abilities – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Friday, July 10

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Every wonder how birds are capable of doing all the fantastic things they do? Get up close and personal with nature’s flying machines and learn a little about what it takes to lift off and take flight. One of the center’s bird ambassadors will be visiting to demonstrate their abilities as well as particular characteristics that make birds amazing.

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.

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Hampstead Stage Presents: Hercules and the Heroes, a Greek Mythology Act – for Families (Auditorium)

Thursday, July 16

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Head to the Blackstone for an introduction in Greek Mythology with the Hampstead Stage! Let Epictitus, the mask-maker, and Ovid, the poet, take you on a journey of the imagination as you explore the ancient Greek heroes! Follow Greece’s greatest hero, Hercules, on his many adventures, as he battles mythological creatures and warriors. Through mask work, poetry and swordplay participants will discover the early stories of Greece. This play is designed to bring viewers closer to early civilizations by appreciating the similarities that we all share. Perfect for Rick Riordan enthusiasts as well as those that have always loved the traditional mythological tales.

Registration for this program is not required.

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Lego Movie: Activities and Showing for Families (Auditorium)

Thursday, July 23

4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The Blackstone Library has created an evening for Lego lovers as we provide a series of crafts like: superhero hand prints, making your own Lego hero as well as decorating your own superhero mask. Viewers will also be invited to take part in a series of mini Lego building challenges as well as a couple of Lego building iPad apps. Once the crafts and challenges are complete families will come together to watch how an everyday person can become a hero in the “Lego Movie”.

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.

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Tie Dye with a SUPER Twist – K thru 4th Grade (Outside)

Saturday, July 25

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Every year the James Blackstone Memorial Library has the best time setting up tie dye on the small green behind our building. This year we are including superhero flare! That’s right, your shirt can be embossed with popular superhero insignia’s and then surrounded with tie dye swirl. All you have to bring is a plain old white cotton T and we will provide everything else that you need in order for your shirt shine.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call us at 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 or click here today.

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

Wednesday, July 29

5:30 pm - 7:30 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.

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

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Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center Presents: Animals in Disguise – K thru 4th Grade (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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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

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Stamford Museum and Nature Center Presents: Climate Change – 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.

 

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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.