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

Intro to 3D Design with TinkerCad

Thursday, June 29

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn the basics of 3D modeling to create your own designs with TinkerCad. Join this workshop to have a guided introduction to the 3D printer, get an overview of 3D modeling and the tools used, then create your own 3D model for printing. Requires a free TinkerCad account – you can create an account ahead of time, here. Open to all ages (children + caregiver, teens, and adults).  Use a library laptop OR bring your own!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Additional workshop dates:

Thursday, June 13 at 3 PM

Thursday, August 17 at 10:30 AM

Build a Better Bed with Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Storytime for Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, June 30

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

It’s time to go back to a few of our favorite folktales and nursery rhymes as we dissect ways that certain characters were able to overcome bullies and make their storybook worlds that much better! During each storytime we will use a combination of music, movement activities and rhymes as well as a craft that illustrates the story so that it can be repeated at home. Our hope is that you and your child will enjoy going down memory lane as much as we do and that you will continue to use these tried and true stories in the future.

Registration for this program is not required, just drop on by to join in all the fun!

Closed for Independence Day

Tuesday, July 4

All Day

Build a Better Meal: Presented by ShopRite – K thru 4th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Wednesday, July 5

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

It’s time to step up our meal game by learning about healthy food choices through a series of games and hands-on activities. Participants will learn what components go into creating a healthy meal and will then be given different ingredients to compose a healthy snack. Let’s see who can come up with the most inventive snack option!

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

Build a Better Rainforest: An Interactive Drama Program with Ingrid Schaeffer – K thru 2nd Grade (Auditorium)

Saturday, July 8

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

In a dense, green Amazon rain forest, a man is chopping down a great Kapok tree. The animals that live among its leaves and branches watch him silently. Hot and weary, the man lies down to rest at the foot of the tree and falls asleep. Then, one by one, the forest creatures emerge to whisper in his ear. They beg him not to destroy their home and tell him how important every tree is in the rain forest.

Head to the library for an interactive telling of this tale as our participants become the characters and work together to put on a show! Ingrid Schaeffer will include all the costumes, music and set – then she will lead everyone through the process of reenacting this classic picture book. Previous acting experience is not necessary – this is just a way for you to jump out of your comfort zone and have fun. The program will close with everyone making their own panorama of the rainforest.

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.

Coastal Enviroscapes Provided by the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut – 3rd thru 5th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, July 12

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Using the Enviroscape Coastal Model, participants will learn about point and non-point sources of pollution and the effects on the ocean and coastal communities. Participants experience the effects of pollution including above ground pollution through simulated rain experiments, as well as groundwater contamination through observing leaking underground storage tanks. Everyone will also take part in an oil spill simulation and attempt to clean up the spill near the simulated shore.

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

Intro to 3D Design with TinkerCad

Thursday, July 13

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Learn the basics of 3D modeling to create your own designs with TinkerCad. Join this workshop to have a guided introduction to the 3D printer, get an overview of 3D modeling and the tools used, then create your own 3D model for printing. Requires a free TinkerCad account – you can create an account ahead of time, here. Open to all ages (children + caregiver, teens, and adults).  Use a library laptop OR bring your own!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Additional workshop dates:

Thursday, August 17 at 10:30 AM

Introduction to Languages with Miss Audrey – Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, July 14

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish to your household with a series of classes that use a combination of stories, games and songs to practice basic greetings, sayings, identifying colors, numbers, everyday objects and more! All in hope of bringing the language to life. They say when it comes to learning a second language that starting early makes all the difference, so we believe that this will make for a great starting point for those that are interesting in sharing the gift of languages with their little ones.

Audrey is a native French speaker who was born and raised near Paris, France. She earned a B.A. in Spanish from Paris XIII University. She has  2 daughters who have been brought up in a bilingual household. She has taught French and Spanish to Lower School (as young as 3 years old) and Middle School students for 15 years in a private school in Madison and provides private lessons.

Please note that this is an 7 week session – if you are signing up for one class you are signing up for them all.
Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323. 

Build a Better T-Shirt: Tie Dye – K thru 4th Grade (Outside)

Friday, July 14

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This year’s summer reading theme is all about building a better world and creating something new! Why not bring in one of your old white shirts, shorts and/or even socks to tie dye so that they can become something filled with color and look brand spanking new?!? The library will provide all the necessary dyes, rubber bands and bags. All you need to bring is something that you want to spruce up for your summer spent outside.

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

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

Saturday, July 15

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Sing!?! 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.

Busy Building Bugs: Provided by the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Monday, July 17

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The most interesting home builders are insects. Some bugs live in a home similar to an apartment and some bugs live in tunnels. Let’s learn all about bugs and the fascinating homes they build. We will examine the intricate details of a wasp nest and learn how to make a bee hotel.

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

Build a Better Gotham with Lego Batman Viewing and Activities – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Thursday, July 20

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Blackstone Library has created an evening for Lego lovers as we provide a series of mini Lego building challenges as well as a couple of Lego building iPad apps. We will also have DIY Batman and Robin masks, build your own Lego character stations and a couple of superhero themed games. Once the crafts and challenges are complete families will come together to watch “Lego Batman”. Superhero themed snacks will be provided.

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

Introduction to Languages with Miss Audrey – Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, July 21

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish to your household with a series of classes that use a combination of stories, games and songs to practice basic greetings, sayings, identifying colors, numbers, everyday objects and more! All in hope of bringing the language to life. They say when it comes to learning a second language that starting early makes all the difference, so we believe that this will make for a great starting point for those that are interesting in sharing the gift of languages with their little ones.

Audrey is a native French speaker who was born and raised near Paris, France. She earned a B.A. in Spanish from Paris XIII University. She has  2 daughters who have been brought up in a bilingual household. She has taught French and Spanish to Lower School (as young as 3 years old) and Middle School students for 15 years in a private school in Madison and provides private lessons.

Please note that this is an 7 week session – if you are signing up for one class you are signing up for them all.
Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323. 

Build a Better Car with the Measure a Mobile Workshop: Presented by the Eli Whitney – K thru 2nd Grade (Auditorium)

Monday, July 24

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Sand, assemble and decorate the wheels, axles, chassis and driver of a wooden downhill racer. Then experiment. Measure the distance it travels from the end of its track. Change the pitch of the track and see if it makes a difference. Change the weight of the car and measure again. All in an effort of discovering what makes a car go, go, go!

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

Introduction to Languages with Miss Audrey – Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, July 28

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish to your household with a series of classes that use a combination of stories, games and songs to practice basic greetings, sayings, identifying colors, numbers, everyday objects and more! All in hope of bringing the language to life. They say when it comes to learning a second language that starting early makes all the difference, so we believe that this will make for a great starting point for those that are interesting in sharing the gift of languages with their little ones.

Audrey is a native French speaker who was born and raised near Paris, France. She earned a B.A. in Spanish from Paris XIII University. She has  2 daughters who have been brought up in a bilingual household. She has taught French and Spanish to Lower School (as young as 3 years old) and Middle School students for 15 years in a private school in Madison and provides private lessons.

Please note that this is an 7 week session – if you are signing up for one class you are signing up for them all.
Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323. 

The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe Presented by Shakesperience Productions Inc. – For Families (Auditorium)

Thursday, August 3

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The magical and imaginative journey into the world of Narnia, packed with exciting action and wonderful dialogue, entertains as it educates. The performance of this C.S. Lewis classic (adapted by le Clanché du Rand) encourages reading, imagination, critical thinking, and character development. Interactive pre-show and talk back sessions with the audience emphasize the importance of honesty, integrity, and treating others as you, yourself, would like to be treated.

Shakesperience educates and inspires students, families and theater professionals through the arts in order to explore social constructs and foster mutual respect for people. All of their performances are innovative, interactive and thought-provoking and deep rooted in classical literature.

This performance is sponsored by Shoreline Arts Alliance.

Introduction to Languages with Miss Audrey – Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, August 4

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish to your household with a series of classes that use a combination of stories, games and songs to practice basic greetings, sayings, identifying colors, numbers, everyday objects and more! All in hope of bringing the language to life. They say when it comes to learning a second language that starting early makes all the difference, so we believe that this will make for a great starting point for those that are interesting in sharing the gift of languages with their little ones.

Audrey is a native French speaker who was born and raised near Paris, France. She earned a B.A. in Spanish from Paris XIII University. She has  2 daughters who have been brought up in a bilingual household. She has taught French and Spanish to Lower School (as young as 3 years old) and Middle School students for 15 years in a private school in Madison and provides private lessons.

Please note that this is an 7 week session – if you are signing up for one class you are signing up for them all.
Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323. 

Force & Motion with Roller Coasters Presented by the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut – 4th thru 6th Grade (Auditorium)

Friday, August 4

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

After exploring different roller coasters around the world and a “jumping on” a virtual ride, participants will break into teams and create a roller coaster of their own. Children will work with Newton’s three laws of motion and the forces involved in the operation of roller coasters as they design, build, and test their own creations.

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

Introduction to Languages with Miss Audrey – Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, August 11

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish to your household with a series of classes that use a combination of stories, games and songs to practice basic greetings, sayings, identifying colors, numbers, everyday objects and more! All in hope of bringing the language to life. They say when it comes to learning a second language that starting early makes all the difference, so we believe that this will make for a great starting point for those that are interesting in sharing the gift of languages with their little ones.

Audrey is a native French speaker who was born and raised near Paris, France. She earned a B.A. in Spanish from Paris XIII University. She has  2 daughters who have been brought up in a bilingual household. She has taught French and Spanish to Lower School (as young as 3 years old) and Middle School students for 15 years in a private school in Madison and provides private lessons.

Please note that this is an 7 week session – if you are signing up for one class you are signing up for them all.
Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323. 

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

Saturday, August 12

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Beauty and the Beast!?! 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.

Pressure Power Presented by Mad Science – K and Up (Outside)

Monday, August 14

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Explore the excitement of energy and pressure with Mad Science! Discover how skaters put power into their spins and how you can sleep safely on a bed of nails. Take cover as we create a soda can fountain. If you thought Alka-Seltzer was only for upset stomachs, you’d better put your safety goggles on! Keep them on because we are going to be tossing raw eggs.

Registration for this program is not required. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323 or click here.

Intro to 3D Design with TinkerCad

Thursday, August 17

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn the basics of 3D modeling to create your own designs with TinkerCad. Join this workshop to have a guided introduction to the 3D printer, get an overview of 3D modeling and the tools used, then create your own 3D model for printing. Requires a free TinkerCad account – you can create an account ahead of time, here. Open to all ages (children + caregiver, teens, and adults).  Use a library laptop OR bring your own!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Kids and Teens Summer Reading Ends

Friday, August 18

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Today is the last day to check-in for summer reading! It is your LAST chance to roll the dice and get to the end of our interactive game OR to bring in your take home game board. Either way, you don’t want to miss getting entered into our final grab bag prize.

Introduction to Languages with Miss Audrey – Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, August 18

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish to your household with a series of classes that use a combination of stories, games and songs to practice basic greetings, sayings, identifying colors, numbers, everyday objects and more! All in hope of bringing the language to life. They say when it comes to learning a second language that starting early makes all the difference, so we believe that this will make for a great starting point for those that are interesting in sharing the gift of languages with their little ones.

Audrey is a native French speaker who was born and raised near Paris, France. She earned a B.A. in Spanish from Paris XIII University. She has  2 daughters who have been brought up in a bilingual household. She has taught French and Spanish to Lower School (as young as 3 years old) and Middle School students for 15 years in a private school in Madison and provides private lessons.

Please note that this is an 7 week session – if you are signing up for one class you are signing up for them all.
Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323. 

Outdoor Movie at Foote Park: Rogue One

Friday, August 18

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us to celebrate the end of summer reading with an outdoor movie shown in the amphitheater at Foote Park. For all ages. We’ll be showing Rogue One (rated PG-13 for extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action). Refreshments provided.

Registration is required for this event. To register, please click here.

Storytime Break – Babies thru Age 5

Monday, August 21 - August 26

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party – All Ages (Auditorium)

Monday, August 21

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Introduction to Languages with Miss Audrey – Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, August 25

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish to your household with a series of classes that use a combination of stories, games and songs to practice basic greetings, sayings, identifying colors, numbers, everyday objects and more! All in hope of bringing the language to life. They say when it comes to learning a second language that starting early makes all the difference, so we believe that this will make for a great starting point for those that are interesting in sharing the gift of languages with their little ones.

Audrey is a native French speaker who was born and raised near Paris, France. She earned a B.A. in Spanish from Paris XIII University. She has  2 daughters who have been brought up in a bilingual household. She has taught French and Spanish to Lower School (as young as 3 years old) and Middle School students for 15 years in a private school in Madison and provides private lessons.

Please note that this is an 7 week session – if you are signing up for one class you are signing up for them all.
Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323. 

Closed for Labor Day

Monday, September 4

All Day

Star-Gazing in the Fall Sky with a Telescope

Saturday, October 7

3:00 pm

The Astronomical Society of New Haven has partnered with Blackstone Library to offer a 4.5″ telescope for lending! Come out to this intro session to learn all about using the telescope and see what to look for in the fall skies. What will you see when you turn the telescope to the sky? Come out and find out!

Learn more about the Astronomical Society of New Haven.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER