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

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

Saturday, January 21

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch The Secret Life of Pets!?! 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.

Spark Video: Bring Your Story to Life – 3rd thru 5th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, January 25

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us for an interactive story reading and creating where everyone will listen to a traditional fairy tale as well as a re-telling. Once we discuss the similarities and differences participants will be shown how to use the digital story creator called Spark Video. Through a series of formats, pictures and voice over capabilities participants will be able to create a re-telling of their very own! We will then share our masterpieces with one another on our projection screen.

This is a great way to not only tap into creativity but also get a mini hands-on introduction with a app that can be used in a lot of different ways.

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.

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

Saturday, February 11

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 BFG!?! 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)

Thursday, February 16

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.

This 8 week program meets every OTHER Thursday, so when you sign up for one – you sign up for all 8.
Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Library Closed for Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 20

All Day

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

Thursday, March 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.

This 8 week program meets every OTHER Thursday, so when you sign up for one – you sign up for all 8.
Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Activities and Ideas for Struggling Learners provided by Hamilton Educational Learning Partners (Lucy Hammer Room)

Monday, March 20

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Many parents are just not sure how to help their kids academically. If you child is struggling in class, grasping new concepts or learning in general; now is the time to find the tools and strategies to help them. Instead of failing to plan – let’s all plan to succeed! During this 90 minute session we will discuss learning difficulties and share a series of activities, strategies and ways of learning that parents can use to help their young learners at 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.

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

Thursday, March 23

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.

This 8 week program meets every OTHER Thursday, so when you sign up for one – you sign up for all 8.
Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

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

Thursday, April 6

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.

This program is currently full.

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

Thursday, April 20

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.

This program is currently full.

Activities and Ideas for Struggling Learners provided by Hamilton Educational Learning Partners (Lucy Hammer Room)

Monday, April 24

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Many parents are just not sure how to help their kids academically. If you child is struggling in class, grasping new concepts or learning in general; now is the time to find the tools and strategies to help them. Instead of failing to plan – let’s all plan to succeed! During this 90 minute session we will discuss learning difficulties and share a series of activities, strategies and ways of learning that parents can use to help their young learners at 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.

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

Thursday, May 4

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.

This program is currently full.

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

Thursday, May 18

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.

This program is currently full.

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

Thursday, June 1

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.

This program is currently full.