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

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Waterworks: Presented by the Stamford Museum and Nature Center – 2nd thru 4th (Auditorium)

Wednesday, October 5

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Let’s learn all about water and how its energy keeps our planet big and strong! In this program participants will explore what a watershed is and discover the relationships between human activity and the health of the water, air, plants, and animals of a watershed. Through an interactive watershed model and a hands-on pollution clean-up lab, students will begin to connect water quality to watershed protection.

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.

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Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, October 6

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 based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other 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.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Library Closed for Columbus Day

Monday, October 10

All Day

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Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, October 20

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 based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other 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.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

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

Saturday, October 22

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch The BFG!?! The movie will include…snacks, projection viewing, free admission and a place for you and your friends to hang.

This movie is rated PG.

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

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Pumpkin Painting – All Ages (Auditorium)

Saturday, October 29

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a morning filled with paint and fun as we get in the Halloween spirit by playing spooky music and painting pumpkins. The library will supply all the necessary paints, books for inspiration as well as stencils but you need to (BYOP) – bring your own pumpkin in order to participate. Pumpkins of all sizes are welcome, SO come on and join in on all the fun!

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

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

Monday, October 31

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 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.

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Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, November 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 based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other 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.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

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Math that Glows: A Mathematical Storytime – Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, November 4

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Miss Mary and Miss Carly for a storytime filled with light as we use glow sticks to create a variety of shapes! Traditional rhymes, singing and dancing will be included along with the reinforcement of basic geometrical concepts. We will be sure to throw in a couple of math based books too!

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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Tellabration: A Story and Music Telling Performance with Miss Annie – For Families (Auditorium)

Tuesday, November 8

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Anne-Marie Forer is a storyteller and musician with 25 years of experience “edu-taining” children. A former teacher and children’s librarian, she performs full time in schools, libraries and festivals throughout southern New England. Her programs include storytelling, lots of music, movement and participation. She plays a variety of instruments including guitar, fiddle, banjo and keyboard. So, get ready to swing!

This program will include songs and stories from around the world. A sure fire hit with lots of audience engagement and participation. This will be an excellent way to spend your Tuesday off from school.

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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Family Talk: Healthy Communication between Parents and Teens

Monday, November 14

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

We all want to be listened to, but sometimes communicating can feel less like a conversation and more like a tug-o-war. If you have experienced this you are not alone.
Family Talk is an engaging presentation that focuses on helping parents and children/teens communicate in more helpful ways by using a combination of Active Understanding and Motivational Interviewing.
Topics of discussion will include:
-Active Listening versus Active Understanding
-Stages of Change
-What is Motivational Interviewing?
-Modern technology and how it can help.
The is presentation is interactive so feel free to bring questions and/or real world examples to share if would like.
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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Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, November 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 based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other 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.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Library Closes @ 5:00 pm

Wednesday, November 23

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Library Closed for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 24

All Day

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Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, December 1

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 based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other 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.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

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Benson’s Race: A Picture Book Reading and Q & A with Marilyn Clements – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, December 7

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Benson is a Siberian husky, training hard for the Iditarod. But not everyone racing is as honest as Benson’s trainer. While crossing a dangerous stretch, Benson will find Rosie, a red-furred husky dog-napped by Zelda, the evil musher. Can Benson save her? And will rescuing her cost him the race? Addressing family, work ethics, responsibility, and tolerance of others, this touching, yet action-packed story teaches valuable lessons we all must learn.

Author – Marilyn Clements has always held a place in her heart for animals, and shares her Connecticut home with a Siberian husky named BeBe. A businesswoman, professional speaker and Publisher, Marilyn works hard to find the magic that life holds, and never stops reaching for her dreams. Her latest, of course, is writing her next children’s book.

A door prize will be given to one lucky listener. 

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Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, December 15

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 based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other 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.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Library Closed for Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24

All Day

Library Closed for Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25

All Day

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Happy NOON Year – Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Saturday, December 31

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Can’t stay up till midnight – well don’t worry the James Blackstone Memorial Library knows exactly how to make a New Year’s Eve splash with our very first NOON Year’s Eve Party! This event is for babies thru age 5 and their families and will include traditional storytime elements like: music, books and movement but will include special activities like: decorating your own party hats, a silly dance contest, a photo booth and so much more. We will also have a countdown to NOON, 12PM with all the bells and whistles. This is definitely something you do not want to miss.

Registration for this program is not required – the more the merrier!

Library Closed for New Years Day

Sunday, January 1

All Day

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Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, January 5

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 based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other 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.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Library Closed for Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 16

All Day

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Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, January 19

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 based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other 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.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

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Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, February 2

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 based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other 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.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

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Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, February 16

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 based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other 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.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Library Closed for Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 20

All Day

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Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, March 9

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 based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other 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.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

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Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, March 23

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 based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other 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.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

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Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, April 6

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 based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other 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.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

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Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, April 20

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 based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other 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.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

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Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, May 4

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 based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other 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.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

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Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, May 18

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 based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other 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.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.