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

Tie Dye a T: Bringing Color to Life – K thru 4th Grade (Outside)

Saturday, July 20

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for another year of tie dying on our library green! 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 filled with the sun, moon and stars.

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

Science Lab: Hands-one with an Egg Drop – K thru 4th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Monday, July 22

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Let’s head straight to space with a series of programs that have to do with liquids, rockets, gravity and more! For the next five weeks we will be meeting every Monday to address a new concept. The hour will include a book based around the topic and a hands-on activity. So, let’s get ready to explore in 3, 2, 1….

Registration for this program is required. To do so, click here or please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321

Full Moon Wildlife: Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – K thru 4th Grade (Reading Room)

Tuesday, July 23

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The phases of the moon can affect all animals, especially nocturnal creatures and how they interact. From coyotes to birds, we will learn about these nighttime critters and how the moon can cause changes of behavior! I wonder if the same goes for humans? Join the Denison Pequtsepos Nature Center as we talk and share live animals that only like to come out at night but also ebb and flow with the moon.

Registration for this program is required. To do so click here or call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321.

This program was made possible by the Allan Louis Loeb Fondation

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, July 23

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Art with the Night Sky: Highlighting Vincent Van Gogh – K thru 4th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Friday, July 26

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Many famous artists have been inspired by the night sky and thoughts of discovering what is out there! The next few Fridays we will be meeting to learn about different artists, review their interpretation of the sky and then recreate their famous pieces with similar techniques. Previous knowledge of the particular artist we are featuring or experience with certain mediums is not required, we just want to promote creativity and appreciation.

Registration for this program is required. To do so, please click here or call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321.

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, July 30

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, August 6

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Cooking with You: a Meal Sharing Book Club for Families – 4th thru 6th Grade and Caregiver (Lucy Hammer Room)

Thursday, August 8

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We have started a cookbook club for families and we want to include you! Here’s how it works, stop by the Youth Services Department for this month’s cookbook. Review the recipes with your kids, test a few out and then the night of the meeting bring in something delicious to share. During the meeting we will eat, talk about the book and whether or not you would recommend it to your family and friends. We promise this will be a great way to meet people and share in the joy of cooking as a family!

Sound fun? Space is limited, so click here to sign up or call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 today.

Art with the Night Sky: Highlighting Henri Matisse – K thru 4th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Friday, August 9

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Many famous artists have been inspired by the night sky and thoughts of discovering what is out there! The next few Fridays we will be meeting to learn about different artists, review their interpretation of the sky and then recreate their famous pieces with similar techniques. Previous knowledge of the particular artist we are featuring or experience with certain mediums is not required, we just want to promote creativity and appreciation.

Registration for this program is required. To do so, please click here or call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321.

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, August 13

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Celestial Creatures: Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – K thru 4th Grade (Reading Room)

Thursday, August 15

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Gazing into the night sky, we see many groups of bright stars called constellations. Using their imaginations, our ancestors saw animals hidden within these star groups. We will learn about different animal constellations, meet some of the animals they were named after and design our own constellation using inspiration from our favorite animal.

Registration for this program is required. To do so, click here or call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321

This program was made possible by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation

A Tour of the Universe from Your Backyard (Reading Room)

Saturday, August 17

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Starting at Earth and exploring into space, learn about interesting astronomical phenomena and objects to see in the summer sky right from your backyard with and without a telescope.  Get a sense of the vastly different sizes of and distances between them.  We’ll find out about Earth’s shadow, Sun dogs, rainbows, Moon halos, satellites, meteors, Moon, planets, Sun, nebulae, star clusters, galaxies…

We will also introduce you to the Library’s “hold-able” telescope so that you can review all of it’s components and then plan to check it out for personal use in the future.

Registration for this program is required so that we can prepare accordingly. Click here or call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321.

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, August 20

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Art with the Night Sky: Highlighting Georgia O’Keefe – K thru 4th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Friday, August 23

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Many famous artists have been inspired by the night sky and thoughts of discovering what is out there! The next few Fridays we will be meeting to learn about different artists, review their interpretation of the sky and then recreate their famous pieces with similar techniques. Previous knowledge of the particular artist we are featuring or experience with certain mediums is not required, we just want to promote creativity and appreciation.

Registration for this program is required. To do so, please click here or call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321.

Outdoor Movie: Captain Marvel – (OFFSITE)

Friday, August 23

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the end of Summer Reading with this outdoor movie event at Foote Park! We’ll be showing Captain Marvel and create a mini outdoor amphitheater for everyone’s viewing pleasure. All ages are welcome and families are encouraged to bring a blanket and snacks. But, please note that The Ice Cream Guy truck will also be on site, so that you can purchase a sweet treat.

Captain Marvel is rated PG13
Foote Park is located at 12 Melrose Avenue, Branford CT
Past Branford Family Resource Center
Rain Date: TBD

Registration for this event is required. To do so, click here or call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321.

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, August 27

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, September 3

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, September 10

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, September 17

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, September 24

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, October 1

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, October 8

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, October 15

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, October 22

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, October 29

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, November 5

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, November 12

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, November 19

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, December 3

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, December 10

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, December 17

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, January 7

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

Tween Advisory Council – 5th thru 8th Grade (Conference Room)

Tuesday, January 14

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK) & Beach Donut Shop of Branford–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!