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

Library Closed for President’s Day

Sunday, February 14

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Library Closed for President’s Day

Monday, February 15

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Beasts and Books with the Stamford Museum and Nature Center – All Ages (Auditorium)

Tuesday, February 16

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

It is time to welcome back the Stamford Museum and Nature Center and their newest program for all ages entitled Beasts and Books! This program allows participants to meet some of their favorite animals from our most loved books like: Charlotte’s Web or The Salamander Room. Participants will hear some of our favorite stories and then in turn meet the animals – making them jump right from the page. The Blackstone Memorial Library will be sure to have multiple copies of the books featured so that those listening can keep the magic going by checking one of them out and taking them home.

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

Registration for this program is not required. This event is meant for all ages. 

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

Saturday, February 20

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Hotel Transylvania 2!?! 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 some scary images, action and rude humor.

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Half Day: MakerLab Program – K thru 4th Grade and Caregiver (Auditorium)

Wednesday, February 24

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Are you looking for something to do on your half day? How about coming to the Blackstone Library to learn how to code, create games and use Scratch? During this two hour session participants will try a couple of coding games from code.org, be introduced to our video game creator and may even get a chance to use Scratch. Participants can then share their games and/or Scratch creations with one another. This is a hands-on way to be introduced to the coding language behind games, website and videos.

We have limited number of computers so registration is required. To do some please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323 or click here.

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

Saturday, February 27

10:00 am - 12:00 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 2nd 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 PM.

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

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Dr. Seuss’ Birthday: Special Storytime – Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Wednesday, March 2

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Miss Mary and Miss Carly for a birthday filled morning as we pay tribute to Dr. Seuss through songs, stories and rhymes. Crafts that celebrate the beloved author will be included. Feel free to stay for a quick snack and viewing of the cartoon version of one of our favorite picture books The Cat in the Hat.

Registration is not required, the more the merrier.

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The Amazing Discovery of Speech and Language – Parents of Children Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Monday, March 21

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Laurey Sandler will be visiting our traditional Play/Stories class to share with parents ways in which they can enhance their child’s speech as well as review what communication milestones they should be hitting at various ages. Questions are welcome and the discussion will be open.

Laurey is the Director of Shoreline Speech Therapy and has over 30 years of pediatric speech therapy experience. She has her Masters in Speech/Language pathology and has worked extensively in Connecticut Public Schools. She also served as a speech and language pathologist for the hearing impaired population at Maryland School for the Deaf.

Miss Mary and Miss Carly will be present for the presentation and the room will be setup for play, so please feel free to bring your children for the discussion.

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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Easter Egg Decorating – All Ages (Auditorium)

Friday, March 25

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for another year of Easter egg decorating as we celebrate the Friday before the Easter bunny arrives by dying eggs. The library will provide all the necessary dyes, stickers, holders and other materials all you have to do is bring the eggs. Families will have the best time working together and you will leave with one colorful display. Remember, the eggs need to be hardboiled!

Registration for this program is not necessary, just bring the whole family. 

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Munchies and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages

Saturday, March 26

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch The Peanuts Movie!?! The movie will include…snacks, projection viewing, free admission and a place for you and your friends to hang.

This movie is rated G.

* Feel free to bring your own snacks or bag lunch.

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

Monday, April 11

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Interested in learning more about 3D printing and the overall design process? Want to be able to use opensource software to create something all your own? Then sign up for our 3D File Creation and Printing class for families. Participants will learn all about the printer’s components, be introduced to one of the many FREE 3D design programs and then create something to be printed on the Blackstone’s 3D printer. It will be the perfect way to jump into 3D design and creation.

We have limited number of computers so registration is required. To do some please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323 or click here and caregivers are expected to stay. 

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Mystic Aquarium Presents: Amazing Sharks for 3rd thru 6th Grade (Auditorium)

Tuesday, April 12

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

There are roughly 400 shark species throughout the world, ranging in size from a few inches to 40 feet.  Several are threatened or endangered, mostly due to over-hunting and the effects of pollution.  In this class, students will learn about fascinating shark adaptations, the challenges they must overcome for survival and the conservation efforts underway to protect them.

A touch tanks will be included.

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

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

Saturday, April 16

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 Goosebumps!?! 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.

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Half Day: MakerLab Program – K thru 4th Grade and Caregiver (Auditorium)

Wednesday, April 27

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Are you looking for something to do on your half day? How about coming to the Blackstone Library to learn how to use Photoshop? During this two hour session participants will use the camera function on our iPads to take photos of spring findings around the library building. We will then upload those photos to our computers and edit them in Photoshop to create different moods and backgrounds. Photos will then be printed and put on display throughout the children’s department. This will be a fun and hands-on introduction to photo editing.

We have limited number of iPads so registration is required. To do some please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323 or click here and caregivers are expected to stay. 

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Muffins with Mom: a Special Mother’s Day Storytime – Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Saturday, May 7

10:30 am - 11:30 am

It’s time to celebrate moms, aunts, grandmothers and caregivers as Miss Mary and Miss Carly put together a special storytime together that’s dedicated to Mother’s Day! Participants will be taken through a series of songs, rhymes and activities and will then hear a couple of stories about Mother’s Day. Children will then make something special for their caregiver and share in some one-on-one time by eating muffins and having juice.

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.

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

Saturday, May 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 The Good Dinosaur!?! 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.

Intro to 3D Printing (Auditorium)

Tuesday, May 24

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Learn to create 3D files that you can print using our machines. Create a bookmark or key chain using Tinkercad: a free online 3D design program. In this class, you’ll learn by using Tinkercad’s online lessons, with guidance from our staff. Go at your own pace, and create something that’s truly yours. Space is limited, register today. To register, please click here.

*Children are welcome to attend as long as a caregiver is present.

Intro to 3D Printing (Auditorium)

Tuesday, May 31

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Learn to create 3D files that you can print using our machines. Create a bookmark or key chain using Tinkercad: a free online 3D design program. In this class, you’ll learn by using Tinkercad’s online lessons, with guidance from our staff. Go at your own pace, and create something that’s truly yours. Space is limited, register today. To register, please click here.

*Children are welcome to attend as long as a caregiver is present.