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

Music Together Class - Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Music Together Class – Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, December 5

10:00 am - 11:00 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

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

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

Tuesday, December 16

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

Christmas Eve – Library Closed

Wednesday, December 24

All Day

Christmas Day – Library Closed

Thursday, December 25

All Day

Cookie Decorating - K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Cookie Decorating – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Friday, December 26

2:00 pm - 3:00 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 to register online click here.

Hot Chocolate and a Matinee - Movie for All Ages

Hot Chocolate and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages

Saturday, December 27

12:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch The Polar Express?!? The movie will include…hot chocolate, projection viewing, free admission, and a place for you and your friends to hang. This movie will require a sign-up so we know how much hot chocolate to get! Click here to sign up!

* Feel free to bring your own snacks or a bag lunch.
* Rated G for the entire family.

New Year’s Eve – Close at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 31

12:00 am

Library open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

New Year’s Day – Library Closed

Thursday, January 1

All Day

Paper Gingerbread House Creations - K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Paper Gingerbread House Creations – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Friday, January 2

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

It’s time to make some sugar free creations as we decorate gingerbread foam houses! Participants will construct their houses and will then be given a variety of decorative materials to make them shine! Sure to be a delightful centerpiece and a way to express your creative genius.

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.

TinkerLab: Hands-on Activities for K thru 4th Graders (Auditorium)

TinkerLab: Hands-on Activities for K thru 4th Graders (Auditorium)

Saturday, January 3

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a morning filled with hands-on activities, creation and exploration as we transform our auditorium into a TinkerLab for elementary school students.

What is tinkering – well, it is all about problem solving and figuring out how something works! It’s not so much about getting the right answer or creating the perfect project but more about the experience, jumping in and taking risks and the overall process in order to learn something new.

We simply LOVE this idea and will be filling our room with building materials, art challenges and mini experiments to engage your child’s curiosity and encourage them to be inventive, ask questions and try something new. Do 1, 2, 3 or all of our projects provided – it is 100% up to you.

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.

Munchies and a Matinee - Movie for all Ages

Munchies and a Matinee – Movie for all Ages

Saturday, January 17

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Earth to Echo?!? 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 a bag lunch.
* Rated PG for action, peril and mild language.

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

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

Tuesday, January 20

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

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

Tuesday, February 10

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

Munchies and a Matinee - Movie for All Ages

Munchies and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages

Saturday, February 14

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day?!? 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 a bag lunch.
* Rated PG for mild thematic elements.

Book Reading - "Maddie and the Beanie's Magical Journey" shared by Marilyn Davis: Art Activity Included (K - 4th Grade)

Book Reading – “Maddie and the Beanie’s Magical Journey” shared by Marilyn Davis: Art Activity Included (K – 4th Grade)

Wednesday, February 25

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Head to the library to hear local author Marilyn Davis share her picture book inspired by her own personal experience with saving a pony! Marilyn will share her book, thoughts on being an author as well as a video of the horse that inspired her to teach others about horse rescue shelters. She is also working with the Tara Farm Puppet Theater to bring her book to life, SO one of her puppets will make a very special appearance.

She will close the program with a finger puppet craft so that children can reenact the story at home.
Questions are always welcome and copies of her book will be for sale.

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.

 

 

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

Tuesday, March 10

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 21

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

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

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