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       

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

Friday, March 30

10:00 am - 10:30 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 or click here.

Gaming Together (All Ages)

Thursday, April 12

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bring the family and play some of best modern board and card games! With over 30 games to choose from, we’ll have something for everyone. Playing together is a great way to relax, bond, and make family memories! Refreshments provided.

Registration required. To register, call 203-488-1441 x 318 or click here.


3D File Creation and Printing for Kids and their Caregivers – 3rd thru 5th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, April 18

2:00 pm - 3:30 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.

The Whitney Relay – 2nd – 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Thursday, April 19

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Whitney Relay is a set of inter-connectable parts that lets participants master the art and science of energy transfer in the tradition of the Rube Goldberg Machine or its contemporary Japanese masterpiece: the Pythagoras Switch. Each group receives 5 ramps, 8 marbles, 6 blocks, and assorted parts to construct a chain reaction that we hopefully connect to create one big chain reaction! It’s time to put energy in motion.

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


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

Friday, April 20

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Spend this winter break getting in the holiday spirit by visiting us for a showing of Coco!! The movie will include…snacks, projection viewing, and a place for you and your family to hang.

This movie is rated PG.

* Feel free to bring your own snacks or bag lunch.

Muffins with Mom: a Special Mother’s Day Storytime – Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Saturday, May 12

10:30 am - 11:30 am

It’s time to celebrate moms, aunts, grandmothers and caregivers as Miss Mary and Miss Carly put a special storytime together that’s 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.