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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Easter Egg Decorating – All Ages (Auditorium)

Friday, April 3

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for another year of Easter egg decorating as we celebrate the Friday before the Easter bunny arrives by dying eggs. The library will provide all the necessary dyes, stickers, holders and other materials all you have to do is bring the eggs. Families will have the best time working together and you will leave with one colorful display. Remember, the eggs need to be hardboiled!

Registration for this program is not necessary, just bring the whole family. 

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Monkey Wrench Warning: an Underground Railroad Quilting Experience with Jan Doyle for 1st thru 5th grade (Auditorium)

Saturday, April 4

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Experience the Underground Railroad in a unique and attention-grabbing presentation – using handmade quilts and stories children will learn how slaves transformed quilts into maps that were then shared to lead them to safety.

After the presentation, children will have the opportunity to start  creating their own quilt with some materials provided by the library and presenter. Each participant will potentially create their own quilt square, which the library will then sew together to create a quilt and then place on display later in the week.

Can’t sew?  No problem!  The instructor will teach everyone how to do a running stitch that is perfect for your project and something that you can take with you when you go home.

* Participants MUST bring good scissors that will cut cloth and an outgrown item of clothing that we can transform into a quilting square! Hopefully we will gather a variety of materials to make one vibrant, happy go-lucky quilt.

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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Bookworms: Book Club SPECIAL EDITION with author and illustrator of Annabelle Please-Don’t-Tell – 3rd & 4th Grade (YS Department)

Wednesday, April 8

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come for a fun-filled exploration of the five-star chapter book My COMPLICATED Week (from the Annabelle-Please-Don’t-Tell! series). Author Carole Lyn Woodring and illustrator Kasia Simura will guide participants through this hilarious story of Annabelle Merriday (who has 156 secrets), her brother Andrew-I-Do-Too, their puppy Yap-A-Doodle, and Annabelle’s best friend Kayla Davis.

Activities will demonstrate principles taught in 3rd and 4th grades including point-of-view and narration, but it is not necessary to already be a strong reader to enjoy the fun. Carole and Kasia will sign books and give out favors from Annabelle and you don’t have to be a member of the book club in order to participate.

Registration for this program is required, so we know how many books to provide. To do so call us at (203) 488 – 1441 ext. 323 or click here.

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Jon Cap Magic Show and Balloon Animal Workshop – K – 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Monday, April 13

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Join local magician Jon Cap for a mini show followed by a hands-on workshop that will allow participants to learn/practice tricks that can be repeated at home. Balloon animals will be included so this is surely going to be a smile filled afternoon.

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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Yoga for Home School Students in Partnership with the CELC and Smiling Spirit Yoga – (4th – 8th Grade)

Tuesday, April 14

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

CELC and Smiling Spirit Yoga are working together to provide FREE monthly yoga classes for students in 4th thru 8th grade. Previous yoga experience is not required, so why not get out of the house and give it a try?

Yoga invigorates your mind, body and spirit by:

stretching and toning your muscles…releasing tension…improving circulation…

cultivates concentration…supports mental clarity…builds up confidence…

encourages self-awareness…honors inner thought…invites stillness and relaxation.

Currently there are 6 openings and registration is required.
To do so contact the CELC office at 203.433.4658 OR email mandm@CTExperiential.org

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Barnyard Birds: Provided by the Stamford Museum and Nature Center for PreK – 2nd Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, April 15

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Discover the Stamford Museum and Nature Center’s farm fowl and what makes them important parts of farm life in an interactive hour long program. Learn about the different types of feathers that birds have and life inside of an egg. Explore the similarities and differences in beaks, feet, and other adaptations through artifacts, pictures, and live birds. Simulate eating like a chicken or duck with a hands-on “Barnyard Beaks” lab which will help kids match farm beaks with the type of food eaten.

A perfect hands-on event for spring break. Those interested need to register so that we know how many participants to expect. 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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Oozing Oobleck: Discovering the Properties of Liquids (2nd – 4th Grade)

Friday, April 17

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the Blackstone Library as we partner with the Regional Water Authority to provide a hands-on activity that asks participants to experiment with the properties of different liquids to see how they change as different materials are added to each mixture. This program is inspired by Dr. Seuss’ book Bartholomew and the Oobleck and will surely be icky, gooey and messy fun!

This program is meant for participants in 2nd – 4th grade and registration is required. 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

Saturday, April 18

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Penguins of Madagascar!?! 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 for mild action and some rude humor.

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Watersheds: An Earth Day Program: 4th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Wednesday, April 22

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Head to the Blackstone Library for another partnership with the Regional Water Authority for a hands-on Earth Day program that has to do with watersheds and the dangers of pollution. A watershed describes an area of land that contains a common set of streams and rivers that all drain into a single larger body of water, such as a large river, a lake or an ocean. Participants will learn about the importance of watersheds and then create their own to see how everyday activities that happen on land can contaminate the water traveling below.

This program is meant for those in 4th grade and up and registration is required. To do so please call 203, 488. 1441 ext 323 or click here.

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Muffins with Mom – Babies to Age 5 (Auditorium)

Saturday, May 9

10:00 am - 11:00 am

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

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Munchies and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages

Saturday, May 16

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Paddington!?! 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 for mild action and rude humor.

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Yoga for Home School Students in Partnership with the CELC and Smiling Spirit Yoga – (4th – 8th Grade)

Tuesday, May 19

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

CELC and Smiling Spirit Yoga are working together to provide FREE monthly yoga classes for students in 4th thru 8th grade. Previous yoga experience is not required, so why not get out of the house and give it a try?

Yoga invigorates your mind, body and spirit by:

stretching and toning your muscles…releasing tension…improving circulation…

cultivates concentration…supports mental clarity…builds up confidence…

encourages self-awareness…honors inner thought…invites stillness and relaxation.

Currently there are 6 openings and registration is required.
To do so contact the CELC office at 203.433.4658 OR email mandm@CTExperiential.org

Seashore Touch Tank for Kids

Wednesday, June 10

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Stop in to see and touch live specimens from the Seashore Touch Tank. Russ Miller, Director of Meigs Point Nature Center will be here to
entertain people of all ages. Presented by Menunkatuck Audubon Society.

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Summer Reading Begins – All Ages (Youth Services Department)

Tuesday, June 16

9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Summer Reading is currently in the James Blackstone Memorial Library Youth Services works! Information about signing up online and specific programs will be coming soon; so be sure to check back regularly.

As always, kick-off will begin at the Branford Festival, so see if you can find us in the sea of tents! The Department will have plenty of information and activities to keep you occupied.

This year’s summer reading theme is Every Hero Has a Story and we cannot wait to delve into what it take to be an everyday hero.