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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Music Together Class – Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, December 9

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Help us welcome back our friends from Musical Folk as they put on a Music Together class. The class uses a combination of live music, rhymes and recorded hits to enhance movement, learning and enjoyment. Kids will have the best time working together, playing instruments and most importantly taking new rhymes and songs home.

Space is limited for this program so registration is required. 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, 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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Water Science Mysteries – 2nd thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, December 28

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Spend the afternoon learning about the properties of water and so much more as use a combination of stories and hands-on experiments to see whether or not water contains color, how rain clouds are made and whether or not water reacts differently when it is hot or cold?  All of these hands-on activities were created by the Regional Water Authority and make it possible for you to learn more about the world around you! Plus, this is will be an excellent way to encourage scientific exploration and learning by doing.

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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Cookie Decorating – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Thursday, December 29

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

It is time to fill the library with delicious treats as we share in a series of yummy stories that feature colorful cupcakes, cookies and pies. Once our bellies start to rumble and our brains get inspired by the fun books and bright illustrations we will make these sweet treats a reality by decorating sugar cookies! The library will provide all of the necessary decorations like: frosting, chocolate chips, sprinkles and more! Prior cookie decorating skills are not required – it’s time to just break free and have some fun.

Registration for this program is required so that we can prepare accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441. ext. 323 or click here.

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

Friday, December 30

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

This movie is rated G.

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

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

Saturday, January 21

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch The Secret Life of Pets!?! 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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Spark Video: Bring Your Story to Life – 3rd thru 5th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, January 25

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us for an interactive story reading and creating where everyone will listen to a traditional fairy tale as well as a re-telling. Once we discuss the similarities and differences participants will be shown how to use the digital story creator called Spark Video. Through a series of formats, pictures and voice over capabilities participants will be able to create a re-telling of their very own! We will then share our masterpieces with one another on our projection screen.

This is a great way to not only tap into creativity but also get a mini hands-on introduction with a app that can be used in a lot of different ways.

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

Saturday, February 11

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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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.

Library Closed for Memorial Day

Monday, May 29

All Day