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.321                 youthservices@blackstonelibrary.org

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, September 23

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Blackstone Library offers a variety of high and low tech opportunities to express yourself through 3D design, digital art, web production, conductive sewing, circuit creation and more!

Each session, we will introduce a different maker component and will then work on solo projects or together to create something tangible that you can then continue from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 321 or click here.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, September 24

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conference & Hammer Rooms.

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

Half Day with ArtBot Creation – K thru 4th Grade (Lucy Hammer)

Wednesday, September 25

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Library is your destination on early release days since we will be featuring a different hands-on project that anyone can jump into. This month we will be creating Artbots – a battery powered robot that doodles all made out of recycled materials. Sound like fun?

Click here to sign up or call us at 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 to register today. 

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer/Computer Lab)

Thursday, September 26

4:00 pm - 5:00 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 world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online coding 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! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

This is an 8 week course, when you signup you are agreeing to all 8 sessions.
Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, October 1

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conference & Hammer Rooms.

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer/Computer Lab)

Thursday, October 3

4:00 pm - 5:00 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 world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online coding 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! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

This is an 8 week course, when you signup you are agreeing to all 8 sessions.
Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

Storybook and…Rube Goldberg – K thru 4th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Friday, October 4

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Head to the Blackstone Library the first Friday of every month to create a piece of art, maker project or science experiment all based around a particular book! Each month’s project will stem from a biography, non-fiction or hands-on activity book that will be shared with the entire group. Once read we will paint, create, build or experiment with different materials to bring that particular book to life.

Registration for this program is required. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, October 7

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Blackstone Library offers a variety of high and low tech opportunities to express yourself through 3D design, digital art, web production, conductive sewing, circuit creation and more!

Each session, we will introduce a different maker component and will then work on solo projects or together to create something tangible that you can then continue from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 321 or click here.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, October 8

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conference & Hammer Rooms.

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer/Computer Lab)

Thursday, October 10

4:00 pm - 5:00 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 world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online coding 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! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

This is an 8 week course, when you signup you are agreeing to all 8 sessions.
Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

Cooking with You: a Meal Sharing Book Club for Families – 4th thru 6th Grade and Caregiver (Lucy Hammer Room)

Thursday, October 10

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We have started a cookbook club for families and we want to include you! Here’s how it works, stop by the Youth Services Department for this month’s cookbook. Review the recipes with your kids, test a few out and then the night of the meeting bring in something delicious to share. During the meeting we will eat, talk about the book and whether or not you would recommend it to your family and friends. We promise this will be a great way to meet people and share in the joy of cooking as a family!

Sound fun? Space is limited, so click here to sign up or call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 today.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, October 15

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conference & Hammer Rooms.

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer/Computer Lab)

Thursday, October 17

4:00 pm - 5:00 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 world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online coding 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! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

This is an 8 week course, when you signup you are agreeing to all 8 sessions.
Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, October 21

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Blackstone Library offers a variety of high and low tech opportunities to express yourself through 3D design, digital art, web production, conductive sewing, circuit creation and more!

Each session, we will introduce a different maker component and will then work on solo projects or together to create something tangible that you can then continue from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 321 or click here.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, October 22

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conference & Hammer Rooms.

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer/Computer Lab)

Thursday, October 24

4:00 pm - 5:00 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 world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online coding 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! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

This is an 8 week course, when you signup you are agreeing to all 8 sessions.
Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

Science Outside the Box: Hands-on Chemistry – (Reading Room)

Sunday, October 27

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

National Chemistry Week is being celebrating across the country October 20th – 27th with the goal of showing how chemistry intersects in our day to day lives. Science Outside the Box knows that cooking is chemistry, sewing is geometry and music explains acoustics – all scientific concepts put into action!

Science Outside the Box will be here to celebrate this science filled week on Sunday October 27th from 1:30 to 3 PM with three different hands-on experiments that dive into the periodic table of elements. Perfect for students and families just passing through, each experiment takes 5 to 10 minutes and will include take home activities and a chance to chat with a real scientist. WIN WIN!

Registration for this program is not required. Please drop on by to enjoy.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, October 29

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conference & Hammer Rooms.

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

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

Wednesday, October 30

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 outside of 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.

Half Day with Pumpkin Painting – K thru 4th Grade (Lucy Hammer)

Wednesday, October 30

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Library is your destination on early release days since we will be featuring a different hands-on project that anyone can jump into. This month we will be painting pumpkins and listening to spooky music in prep for Halloween. We will provide all the necessary supplies – all you need is the pumpkin you want to paint! Sound like fun?

Click here to sign up or call us at 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 to register today. 

Storybook and…Mining – K thru 4th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Friday, November 1

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Head to the Blackstone Library the first Friday of every month to create a piece of art, maker project or science experiment all based around a particular book! Each month’s project will stem from a biography, non-fiction or hands-on activity book that will be shared with the entire group. Once read we will paint, create, build or experiment with different materials to bring that particular book to life.

Registration for this program is required. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, November 4

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Blackstone Library offers a variety of high and low tech opportunities to express yourself through 3D design, digital art, web production, conductive sewing, circuit creation and more!

Each session, we will introduce a different maker component and will then work on solo projects or together to create something tangible that you can then continue from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 321 or click here.

Boxed out for the Holidays: Puzzle Solving Games – Families (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, November 5

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Calling all puzzle solvers! Do you think you can work together to complete a series of digital word scrambles, picture finds and various clues? You just have 45 mins to put together the perfect holiday meal BUT we need your help to get it up and running. Participants can come as a team or find a partner once you get here. Either way, you will have to put your heads together to make sense of this holiday debacle.

Both sessions are the same, so only sign up for one.
To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. 321 or click here.

Boxed out of the Holidays: Puzzle Solving Games – Families (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, November 5

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Calling all puzzle solvers! Do you think you can work together to complete a series of digital word scrambles, picture finds and various clues? You just have 45 mins to put together the perfect holiday meal BUT we need your help to get it up and running. Participants can come as a team or find a partner once you get here. Either way, you will have to put your heads together to make sense of this holiday debacle.

Both sessions are the same, so only sign up for one.
To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. 321 or click here.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, November 5

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conference & Hammer Rooms.

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, November 12

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conference & Hammer Rooms.

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

Cooking with You: a Meal Sharing Book Club for Families – 4th thru 6th Grade and Caregiver (Lucy Hammer Room)

Thursday, November 14

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We have started a cookbook club for families and we want to include you! Here’s how it works, stop by the Youth Services Department for this month’s cookbook. Review the recipes with your kids, test a few out and then the night of the meeting bring in something delicious to share. During the meeting we will eat, talk about the book and whether or not you would recommend it to your family and friends. We promise this will be a great way to meet people and share in the joy of cooking as a family!

Sound fun? Space is limited, so click here to sign up or call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 today.

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, November 18

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Blackstone Library offers a variety of high and low tech opportunities to express yourself through 3D design, digital art, web production, conductive sewing, circuit creation and more!

Each session, we will introduce a different maker component and will then work on solo projects or together to create something tangible that you can then continue from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 321 or click here.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, November 19

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conference & Hammer Rooms.

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, November 26

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conference & Hammer Rooms.

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

Half Day with Stained Glass CDs – K thru 4th Grade (Lucy Hammer)

Wednesday, November 27

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Library is your destination on early release days since we will be featuring a different hands-on project that anyone can jump into. This month we will be transforming old CDs/DVDs into stained glass masterpieces. Just a little pre-designing and suncatcher paint will make all the difference. Sound like fun?

Click here to sign up or call us at 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 to register today. 

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, December 2

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Blackstone Library offers a variety of high and low tech opportunities to express yourself through 3D design, digital art, web production, conductive sewing, circuit creation and more!

Each session, we will introduce a different maker component and will then work on solo projects or together to create something tangible that you can then continue from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 321 or click here.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, December 3

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conference & Hammer Rooms.

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!