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

CLASS IS FULL – 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 (Auditorium)

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. 

CLASS IS FULL – 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.

Branford Fire Headquarters is located at 45 North Main Street.

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.

CLASS IS FULL – 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.

CLASS IS FULL – 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.

Branford Fire Headquarters is located at 45 North Main Street.