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.321                 youthservices@blackstonelibrary.org

Take Your Child to the Library Day – All Ages (Throughout the Building)

Saturday, February 2

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This year the James Blackstone Memorial Library is challenging you and your family to visit every accessible nook and cranny of the Library to complete a series of hands-on challenges. Families can come anytime throughout the day to complete a series of brainteasers, puzzles, games and STEM related challenges. There could 5, 10 or even 15, but either way you have to find them and complete them all! Once you have completed them find Miss Mary and Miss Carly to receive a small prize.

Registration for this program is not required. Families can stop in at anytime to complete the challenges throughout the day!

Maker Mondays: Middle School and Up (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, February 4

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Blackstone Library offers a variety of high and low tech opportunities to express yourself through 3D design, digital art, web production, conductive sewing, video production and circuit creation!

Each session, we will introduce a different maker component and will then work on solo projects or together to create something tangible that you can then continue from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 321.

Half Day with the 3D Printer: K thru 4th Grade and Caregiver (Lucy Hammer Room)

Wednesday, February 13

3:30 pm - 4:30 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. During this program we will walk everyone through basic 3D design with the program TinkerCad so that everyone can complete a simple file to print!

Please note that everyone will complete their designs before the class ends but may have to pick up their 3D prints at a later date.

Registration is required since space is limited. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

Branford Preschool Fair – For Families at Trinity Church, Parish Hall

Saturday, February 23

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Want to learn a little more about preschools in the area and compare their learning styles, hours and availability at once – then head to our annual Preschool Fair at –

Trinity Church, Parish Hall
1109 Main Street
Branford, CT

Activities and giveaways will be included so feel free to bring the entire family any time between 10 and 12:30 PM.
For more information call the BECC  office at 203. 415. 5237.

This event was created in partnership with the BECC, JBML and WWML.

The Pocket Musician: An Introduction to the Harmonica – 4th Grade and Up (Reading Room)

Saturday, February 23

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Bob Hennessy, musician and harmonica specialist, for a presentation and music lesson on the harmonica! You’ll learn about the rich history of the harmonica spanning from its beginnings a few thousand years ago in China, all the way the U.S. where this tiny but highly sophisticated instrument greatly influenced the postwar Chicago blues scene, American folk music, classical, jazz, country, and rock. Bob will demonstrate these styles through storytelling and playing examples of great harmonica use in these genres.

The second portion of the class will be a harmonica lesson where Bob teaches you the basics of harmonica, including how to hold the harmonica, breathe, and find your finger style. Each attendee will receive their own brand new Hohner Special 20 C harmonica with 30-day free online lessons.

Harmonicas will be provided and given to you thanks to a generous partnership between the Blackstone Library and the Connecticut State Library.

SPACE IS LIMITED. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To register, please click here.