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

Saturday, September 12

10:30 am - 12:30 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.

To register or call 203.488.1441. ext. 323 or click here.

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Magic Show with Jon Cap: for Families (Auditorium)

Wednesday, September 23

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Head to the Blackstone on your day off for a magic show filled with comedy, hands-on participation and tons of fun! During this hour the library will welcome back Jon Cap, our favorite magician for an hour long show filled with new tricks and jokes. This show is perfect for families and will be a great way to take a break and have some fun outside of the house.

Registration for this program is not required. Just bring everyone to have a blast!

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CaddyStacks at Blackstone

Saturday, October 3

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

BIRDIE IN THE BIOGRAPHIES, EAGLE IN THE EASY READERS, PUTT IN THE PERIODICALS

Blackstone Library turns into a Mini Golf course for all ages to enjoy! All 18 holes will wind throughout the library—play downstairs, play upstairs, play everywhere!

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Saturday, October 3rd, 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, October 4th, 1 PM to 4 PM

$5 per mini-golf round
Golf clubs and balls provided. Food trucks onsite for lunch. Affordable fun for the whole family!

 

CaddyStacks Blackstone Logo  19th Hole Party

Saturday, October 3rd, 7 PM

Tickets $40, in advance
This adults only event features unlimited mini golf, food, drinks, craft beer tasting, prize drawings, and a chance to win the Masters Book Jacket. Purchase tickets below or at the Reference Desk (no physical tickets will be issued, please provide names of attendees for check-in at event).


Names of Attendees


Sponsor a Hole at CaddyStacks – click here for more information!

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

Holes #1 & 18

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Friends of the Blackstone Library

Holes #2 through #17

Susan Barnes & Dan Cosgrove

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Polly & Al Fitz

Attorney Richard Florentine

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Andy McKirdy & Attorney Robin Bruce Sandler

 

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CaddyStacks at Blackstone

Sunday, October 4

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

BIRDIE IN THE BIOGRAPHIES, EAGLE IN THE EASY READERS, PUTT IN THE PERIODICALS

Blackstone Library turns into a Mini Golf course for all ages to enjoy! All 18 holes will wind throughout the library—play downstairs, play upstairs, play everywhere!

CaddyStacks Blackstone Logo  CaddyStacks Mini Golf

Saturday, October 3rd, 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, October 4th, 1 PM to 4 PM

$5 per mini-golf round
Golf clubs and balls provided. Food trucks onsite for lunch. Affordable fun for the whole family!

 

CaddyStacks Blackstone Logo  19th Hole Party

Saturday, October 3rd, 7 PM

Tickets $40, in advance
This adults only event features unlimited mini golf, food, drinks, craft beer tasting, prize drawings, and a chance to win the Masters Book Jacket. Purchase tickets below or at the Reference Desk (no physical tickets will be issued, please provide names of attendees for check-in at event).


Names of Attendees


Sponsor a Hole at CaddyStacks – click here for more information!

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

Holes #1 & 18

guilford savings bank

Friends of the Blackstone Library

Holes #2 through #17

Susan Barnes & Dan Cosgrove

Brandfon-Honda-Logo-CMYK-2015

CELC banner copy

ConnexLogoF_sm

dunkin donuts

Branford Locations

Polly & Al Fitz

Attorney Richard Florentine

hammonasett ford

kaiser_whitney_staffing_ban

MinicozziLogo-15

Andy McKirdy & Attorney Robin Bruce Sandler

 

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

Saturday, October 10

10:30 am - 12:30 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.

To register or call 203.488.1441. ext. 323.

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Sciencetellers: Halloween Program – For Families

Saturday, October 17

10:00 am - 11:00 am

In a faraway world with castles, kings, an ice sorceress and a powerful item called the Horn of Fire, two young villagers take a daring journey to release the dragons and save the entire kingdom!

Join us as we learn all about dry ice and the shifting states of matter through the tale of “Dragons & Dreams.” Wouldn’t dragon’s breath be an amazing sight to see?! Well, get ready to see it … feel it … maybe even taste it! This story features interactive and explosive experiments with dry ice, fog, smoke-filled bubbles, flying rockets and more. Enjoy this spectacular adventure and be swept away to a world where dragons are real and dreams come true — and where only the most daring of people will survive to tell the tale!

Registration for this program is not required – please bring the entire family!

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Munchies and a Matinee – All Ages (Auditorium)

Saturday, October 17

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Descendants!?! 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 TVG – The Disney Channel.

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

Wednesday, October 21

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 our 3D printer? During this two hour session participants will see our 3D printer in action, learn about its components and will then play around with our 3D printing design software to create something that we can print throughout the week for you to take home. This will be a fun and hands-on introduction to 3D design and the FREE software that you can continue to use at home.

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

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

Saturday, 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.

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Tellabration! Storytelling with an Improv Twist – For Families with 4th Graders and Up (Auditorium)

Saturday, November 7

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for an international celebration of stories as we invite the Connecticut Storytelling Center to put on an interactive storytelling experience. During this event families will be asked to become a part of the story as we change the characters, setting and even ending through different improvisational tactics. Perfect for those looking for something participatory and no precious acting experience is required. It will be a great outing for the entire family.

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

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

Saturday, November 14

10:30 am - 12:30 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.

To register or call 203.488.1441. ext. 323.

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Munchies and a Matinee – All Ages (Auditorium)

Saturday, November 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 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving!?! 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.

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

Wednesday, December 9

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 create stop-motion videos? During this two hour session participants will see stop-motion videos in action and then learn the components of our stop-motion app so that they can create their very own videos. Participants will then work together with various props to make their own storylines and characters which will be brought to life through their picture taking and editing skills. We will then share everyone’s videos on our projector screen so that we can see what everyone came up with. This will be a fun and hands-on introduction to stop-motion design.

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

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Hot Chocolate and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages

Saturday, December 26

12:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch The Polar Express?!? The movie will include…hot chocolate, projection viewing, free admission, and a place for you and your friends to hang. This movie will require a sign-up so we know how much hot chocolate to get!

* Feel free to bring your own snacks or a bag lunch.
* Rated G for the entire family.

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Cookie Decorating – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Monday, December 28

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

It is time to fill the library with delicious treats as we share in a series of yummy stories that feature colorful cupcakes, cookies and pies. Once our bellies start to rumble and our brains get inspired by the fun books and bright illustrations we will make these sweet treats a reality by decorating sugar cookies! The library will provide all of the necessary decorations like: frosting, chocolate chips, sprinkles and more! Prior cookie decorating skills are not required – it’s time to just break free and have some fun.

Registration for this program is required so that we can prepare accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441. ext. 323

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Paper Gingerbread House Creations – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, December 30

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

It’s time to make some sugar free creations as we decorate gingerbread foam houses! Participants will construct their houses and will then be given a variety of decorative materials to make them shine! Sure to be a delightful centerpiece and a way to express your creative genius.

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.

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Happy NOON Year – Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Thursday, December 31

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Can’t stay up till midnight – well don’t worry the James Blackstone Memorial Library knows exactly how to make a New Year’s Eve splash with our very first NOON Year’s Eve Party! This event is for babies thru age 5 and their families and will include traditional storytime elements like: music, books and movement but will include special activities like: decorating your own party hats, a silly dance contest, a photo booth and so much more. We will also have a countdown to NOON, 12PM with all the bells and whistles. This is definitely something you do not want to miss.

Registration for this program is not required – the more the merrier!

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Munchies and a Matinee – All Ages (Auditorium)

Saturday, January 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 (MOVIE TBD)!?! 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.

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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 (MOVIE TBD)!?! 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.

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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 (MOVIE TBD)!?! 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.

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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 (MOVIE TBD)!?! 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.

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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 and caregivers are expected to stay. 

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

Saturday, May 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 (MOVIE TBD)!?! 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.