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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Graphic Reads: A Graphic Novel Book Club – 3rd thru 5th Grade (YS Department)

Monday, July 6

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This summer we are expanding our book clubs by including graphic novels! Each month we will meet to discuss a different graphic novel and share our thoughts and feelings about the characters, story and overall plot all while focusing on the artwork and how it enhances the story. Since this year’s summer reading theme is “Every Hero Has a Story” all of our graphic novels will have to do with main characters that make a difference.

This month’s book can be found in the Youth Services Department and is ready to be checked out.

Registration for this program is required so that 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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Superhero Training Camp – K thru 4th Grade (Outside)

Tuesday, July 7

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Think you have what it takes to be a full fledged superhero? Well, how about testing your ability with our superhero training camp? Participants will head to the library’s green to do a series of activities like: heavy lifting, knocking over super villains, making masks and more!

Participants are more than welcome to come in costume but we will supply add-ons!

This program is currently full.

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Super Birds and Their Super Abilities with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – For Families (Auditorium)

Friday, July 10

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Every wonder how birds are capable of doing all the fantastic things they do? Get up close and personal with nature’s flying machines and learn a little about what it takes to lift off and take flight. One of the center’s bird ambassadors will be visiting to demonstrate their abilities as well as particular characteristics that make birds amazing.

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.

This program was made possible by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation.

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Hampstead Stage Presents: Hercules and the Heroes, a Greek Mythology Act – for Families (Auditorium)

Thursday, July 16

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Head to the Blackstone for an introduction in Greek Mythology with the Hampstead Stage! Let Epictitus, the mask-maker, and Ovid, the poet, take you on a journey of the imagination as you explore the ancient Greek heroes! Follow Greece’s greatest hero, Hercules, on his many adventures, as he battles mythological creatures and warriors. Through mask work, poetry and swordplay participants will discover the early stories of Greece. This play is designed to bring viewers closer to early civilizations by appreciating the similarities that we all share. Perfect for Rick Riordan enthusiasts as well as those that have always loved the traditional mythological tales.

Registration for this program is not required.

This program was made possible by the Guilford Savings Bank.

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Munchies and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages

Saturday, July 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 The Incredibles!?! 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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Lego Movie: Activities and Showing for Families (Auditorium)

Thursday, July 23

4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The Blackstone Library has created an evening for Lego lovers as we provide a series of crafts like: superhero hand prints, making your own Lego hero as well as decorating your own superhero mask. Viewers will also be invited to take part in a series of mini Lego building challenges as well as a couple of Lego building iPad apps. Once the crafts and challenges are complete families will come together to watch how an everyday person can become a hero in the “Lego Movie”.

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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Tie Dye with a SUPER Twist – K thru 4th Grade (Outside)

Saturday, July 25

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Every year the James Blackstone Memorial Library has the best time setting up tie dye on the small green behind our building. This year we are including superhero flare! That’s right, your shirt can be embossed with popular superhero insignia’s and then surrounded with tie dye swirl. All you have to bring is a plain old white cotton T and we will provide everything else that you need in order for your shirt shine.

This program is currently full.

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3D File Creation and Printing for Kids and Caregivers – 3rd thru 6th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, July 29

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Are you and your kids interested in learning how to make files for 3D printing? Wouldn’t be fun to learn more about the MakerBot and all its possibilities together? Well, this class is especially geared towards the younger set and their caregivers. Our volunteer will walk everyone through basic 3D design and different computer software to create a simple file that you can then print on the library’s 3D printer!

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly and caregivers are required to come with child signups since this is a family activity.

Click here to register or call 203.488.1441. ext. 323.

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Animals in Disguise with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – For Families (Auditorium)

Friday, July 31

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn about the hidden world of animal camouflage. How do these super creatures avoid catching the eye of a predator and fool their prey? We will explore all that and more while we learn and play!

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.

This program was made possible by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation.

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Graphic Reads: A Graphic Novel Book Club – 3rd thru 5th Grade (YS Department)

Monday, August 3

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This summer we are expanding our book clubs by including graphic novels! Each month we will meet to discuss a different graphic novel and share our thoughts and feelings about the characters, story and overall plot all while focusing on the artwork and how it enhances the story. Since this year’s summer reading theme is “Every Hero Has a Story” all of our graphic novels will have to do with main characters that make a difference.

This month’s book can be found in the Youth Services Department and is ready to be checked out.

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

Prince and the Pauper

Friday, August 7

10:00 am - 11:00 am

A special children’s program presented by the Shoreline Arts Alliance.

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Munchies and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages

Saturday, August 8

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Underdog!?! 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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Tsar Tsar: Animals Can Be Heroes Too – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Monday, August 10

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Meet Tsar Tsar, a local therapy dog that visits different group homes, hospitals and schools in order to spread happiness and cheer. Tsar Tsar is a Samoyed, so he is a working class breed that enjoys taking on tasks and being surrounded by humans. In this program participants will meet Tsar Tsar and learn a little about his volunteering activities and why he is considered a four legged hero. We will also share a story about working class dogs. Questions about Tsar Tsar are also welcome.

Registration for this program is not required. Feel free to bring the entire family.

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Change the World Before Bedtime Book Reading and Activity with Josh Chalmers – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Tuesday, August 11

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join local author Josh Chalmers for a book reading and activity having to do with his inspiring picture book “Change the World Before Bedtime.” His book is all about the little things kids can do in order to make the world a better place – falling in perfectly with our Every Hero Has a Story summer reading theme. “Change the World Before Bedtime” shows children how to spread happiness, be environmental heroes and start standing up for what they believe in.

Registration for this book reading an activity is not required. The more the merrier. 

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Pandora’s Box: From Page to Stage with Ingrid Schaeffer – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Saturday, August 15

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

In the time of Ancient Greece, Zeus, King of the Gods, sends Pandora a shiny, gold box that says – DO NOT OPEN! She is so curious that she ignores the warning and opens it. A flurry of troubled bugs are released – lazy bug, teasy bug, worried bug, and more. Luckily, Pandora feels horrible until she finds something else in the box that can help – a fairy called hope.

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 and will lead everyone through the process of reenacting this classic Greek Myth. Previous acting experience is not necessary – this is just a way for you to jump out of your box and have fun. The program will close with everyone making their own Pandora’s box to bring home.

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 Guilford Savings Bank.

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Climate Change with the Stamford Museum and Nature Center – 3rd thru 6th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, August 19

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In this multi-station lab class, participants will examine scientific data and make conclusions about evidence of climate change. Participants will differentiate between climate and weather, learn about the greenhouse effect, study simulated ice core data and observe changes in glaciers over time. Real world data and scientific evidence will shed light on this timely topic on both a global and local level and will remind us what Environmental Heroes are all about.

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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3D File Creation and Printing for Kids and Caregivers – 3rd thru 6th Grade (Auditorium)

Thursday, August 20

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Are you and your kids interested in learning how to make files for 3D printing? Wouldn’t be fun to learn more about the MakerBot and all its possibilities together? Well, this class is especially geared towards the younger set and their caregivers. Our volunteer will walk everyone through basic 3D design and different computer software to create a simple file that you can then print on the library’s 3D printer!

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly and caregivers are required to come with child signups since this is a family activity.

Click here to register or call 203.488.1441. ext. 323.

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Summer Reading Ends – All Ages (Youth Services Department)

Saturday, August 22

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Today is the last day to check-in for summer reading! If you have met your reading goal make sure to pop into the library to create your 3D print. We would love to see you and cannot wait to wish you fun on the rest of your summer break.

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Disney Songs: Heroes, Heroines and Animals with Ginny Bales and Jay Gitlin – for Families (Auditorium)

Saturday, August 22

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Close out summer reading with musical fun and inspiration from the early classic days of Mickey Mouse and Cinderella through Mary Poppins, the Lion King, Pocahontas, and Frozen.  Children of all ages can sing along to these beloved songs and movement will be involved.
Ginny Bales & Jay Gitlin started a band together the week after their wedding over 3 decades ago.  The Bales-Gitlin Band has played for hundreds of events on the shoreline and thousands across the tri-state area, including over 2000 weddings.  Their expertise has made them the band that other musicians hire for their own celebrations.
Registration for this program is not required.
This program was made possible by the Guilford Savings Bank.
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Storytime Break – All Week

Monday, August 24 - August 28

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Music Together: Music and Movement Class (Babies thru age 5)

Wednesday, August 26

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join our friends from Musical Folk for a rhythm filled morning with a series of music and movement activities. The class uses a combination of musical instruments. recordings and sing-a longs to promote social, cognitive, physical and language skills. You do not have to be a fantastic musician or singer to enjoy – this is just another way to bond with your child through their natural draw towards all things musical and a great way to bring some musical tips and tricks back 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 – All Ages (Auditorium)

Saturday, September 5

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Home!?! 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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Munchies and a Matinee – All Ages (Auditorium)

Saturday, October 3

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

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Munchies and a Matinee – All Ages (Auditorium)

Saturday, November 21

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm