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

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.

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.

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

Thursday, July 19

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.

Sound Breakdown: Provided by the Connecticut Science Center – K thru 2nd Grade (Outside)

Friday, July 20

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join the Connecticut Science Center for an afternoon filled with sound and discovery as we experiment with how and why sound travels! Participants will take part in a series of hands-on experiments to see sound in motion and fully realize how vibration works. So, let’s meetup and pluck, tap and splash into understanding how sound works!

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

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

Tuesday, July 24

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, July 26

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, July 28

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 Annie!?! 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.

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

Monday, July 30

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

During this Musical Art Monday we will read the book “The Listening Walk” by Paul Showers and then talk a little about the sounds we hear at different times of the day or areas of Branford. We will then go on our own listening walk around the library and find a combination of items to find, feel, smell and hear. We will then come back together and share to share the items we collected and/or saw.

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, August 2

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.

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

Thursday, August 9

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, August 13

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

During this Musical Art Monday participants will complete a variety of activities all around Sergei Prokoflev’s famous composition of Peter and the Wolf. Get ready to create puppets, complete musical maps and maybe even watch the animated version.

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

Life in a Rock Wall: Provided by the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – K thru 4th Grade (Outside)

Wednesday, August 15

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Spend an afternoon with the animals as the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center shares a number of live animals that call rocks their homes! Participants will be introduced to snakes, spiders, salamanders and more. Learn about why stones make the perfect hideaway. At the programs close everyone will have the chance to build their own mini rock wall to take home.

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

Kids and Teens Summer Reading Ends

Friday, August 17

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Today is the last day to check-in for summer reading! It is your LAST chance to roll the dice and get to the end of our interactive game OR to bring in your take home game board. Either way, you don’t want to miss getting entered into our final grab bag prize.

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

Tuesday, August 21

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. 

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

Saturday, August 25

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 Enchanted!?! 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 some scary images.