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

Storytime Break – Babies thru Age 5

Monday, August 21 - August 26

10:00 am - 12:00 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. 

Stay and Play – Babies thru Age 5

Friday, September 1

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a late morning of make believe as we put out a variety of age appropriate toys, crafts, and games! Perfect for children to make friends and a wonderful way for parents to come together.

Registration for this program is not required.

Closed for Labor Day

Monday, September 4

All Day

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium) Session Focuses on ART

Thursday, September 7

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which children can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

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

Friday, September 8

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 or click here.

Stay and Play – Babies thru Age 5

Friday, September 8

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a late morning of make believe as we put out a variety of age appropriate toys, crafts, and games! Perfect for children to make friends and a wonderful way for parents to come together.

Registration for this program is not required.

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium) Session Focuses on ART

Thursday, September 14

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which children can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Stay and Play – Babies thru Age 5

Friday, September 15

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a late morning of make believe as we put out a variety of age appropriate toys, crafts, and games! Perfect for children to make friends and a wonderful way for parents to come together.

Registration for this program is not required.

3D File Creation and Printing for Kids and their Caregivers – 3rd thru 5th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, September 20

3:00 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. 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.

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium) Session Focuses on ART

Thursday, September 21

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which children can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Stay and Play – Babies thru Age 5

Friday, September 22

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a late morning of make believe as we put out a variety of age appropriate toys, crafts, and games! Perfect for children to make friends and a wonderful way for parents to come together.

Registration for this program is not required.

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

Saturday, September 23

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium) Session Focuses on ART

Thursday, September 28

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which children can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Stay and Play – Babies thru Age 5

Friday, September 29

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a late morning of make believe as we put out a variety of age appropriate toys, crafts, and games! Perfect for children to make friends and a wonderful way for parents to come together.

Registration for this program is not required.

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium) Session Focuses on ART

Thursday, October 5

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which children can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Stay and Play – Babies thru Age 5

Friday, October 6

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a late morning of make believe as we put out a variety of age appropriate toys, crafts, and games! Perfect for children to make friends and a wonderful way for parents to come together.

Registration for this program is not required.

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

Closed for Columbus Day

Monday, October 9

All Day

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium) Session Focuses on ART

Thursday, October 12

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which children can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Stay and Play – Babies thru Age 5

Friday, October 13

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a late morning of make believe as we put out a variety of age appropriate toys, crafts, and games! Perfect for children to make friends and a wonderful way for parents to come together.

Registration for this program is not required.

Pumpkin Painting – All Ages (Auditorium)

Wednesday, October 18

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for a morning filled with paint and fun as we get in the Halloween spirit by playing spooky music and painting pumpkins. The library will supply all the necessary paints, books for inspiration as well as stencils but you need to (BYOP) – bring your own pumpkin in order to participate. Pumpkins of all sizes are welcome, SO come on and join in on all the fun!

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

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium) Session Focuses on ART

Thursday, October 19

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which children can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Stay and Play – Babies thru Age 5

Friday, October 20

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a late morning of make believe as we put out a variety of age appropriate toys, crafts, and games! Perfect for children to make friends and a wonderful way for parents to come together.

Registration for this program is not required.

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

Saturday, October 21

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Captain Underpants: First Epic Movie!?! 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.

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium) Session Focuses on ART

Thursday, October 26

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which children can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Stay and Play – Babies thru Age 5

Friday, October 27

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a late morning of make believe as we put out a variety of age appropriate toys, crafts, and games! Perfect for children to make friends and a wonderful way for parents to come together.

Registration for this program is not required.

Annual Halloween Parade: Stories with Miss Mary and Miss Carly – Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Tuesday, October 31

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

It is time to have a spook-tacular morning at the Blackstone Library as Miss Mary and Miss Carly put on their annual Halloween Parade! Kids are welcome to come in full costume to partake in Halloween rhymes, books, movement activities and even apps. It will certainly be a blast and one NOT to miss. We will close the hour with a parade around the building so that EVERYONE can see your amazing costumes and share in a couple of non-food based treats.

Registration for this program is not required. This storytime is meant for babies through age 5.

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium) Session Focuses on SPORTS

Thursday, November 2

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which children can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Stay and Play – Babies thru Age 5

Friday, November 3

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a late morning of make believe as we put out a variety of age appropriate toys, crafts, and games! Perfect for children to make friends and a wonderful way for parents to come together.

Registration for this program is not required.

Owl Prowl: Provided By Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – 2 thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Tuesday, November 7

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Get up close and personal with a live owl! Learn about owls’ unique adaptations for nocturnal life, and dissect an owl pellet to find prey bones that you can then identify. This hands-on event will definitely bring your child’s inner scientist to life.

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

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium) Session Focuses on SPORTS

Thursday, November 9

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which children can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Stay and Play – Babies thru Age 5

Friday, November 10

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a late morning of make believe as we put out a variety of age appropriate toys, crafts, and games! Perfect for children to make friends and a wonderful way for parents to come together.

Registration for this program is not required.