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

Half Day with Marbled Paper: K thru 4th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Wednesday, December 12

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Let’s get down and dirty with some DIY marbled paper! In this half day activity children will work with shaving cream and water colors to create unique designs. Once the paper drys we will use a combination of markers and construction paper to create our very own holiday cards. This tactical experiment just might become the perfect gift.

Registration is required since space is limited. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 or click here.

Pom Pom Friends: 3rd thru 6th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Wednesday, December 26

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

In this hands-on craft participants will work with a combination of different colored yarn to create Pom Pom Animals. The process is simple but patience is necessary as we spool yarn, cut tiny ears, eyes and mouths in hope of making a combination of animal friends. Everyone is guaranteed to leave with a completed Pom Pom Pal, which can be transformed into a miniature puppet, key chain or ornament.

Registration is required since space is limited. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 or click here.

Gingerbread Construction: K thru 4th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Thursday, December 27

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

This month we are taking candy canes, gum drops and frosting to the next level by constructing our very own graham cracker gingerbread houses. During this program everyone will start with the same basic design but will work on their own to create doors, windows, home decor and more! The Library will provide all the necessary crackers and candy embellishments. All you need to bring is a brain ready to design. We will be sure to take a photo of everyone’s creation at the end.

Registration is required since space is limited. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 or click here.

Happy NOON Year – Babies thru Age 5 (Reading Room)

Monday, 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 NOON Year’s Eve Party! This event is for babies thru age 5 and their families and will include traditional storytime elements like: singing, dancing and reading but will also include special activities like: decorating your own party hats, a balloon drop, as well as also 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. Cannot wait to see you here. 

Maker Mondays: Middle School and Up (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, January 7

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Blackstone Library offers a variety of high and low tech opportunities to express yourself through 3D design, digital art, web production, conductive sewing, video production and circuit creation!

Each session, we will introduce a different maker component and will then work on solo projects or together to create something tangible that you can then continue from home.

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

Half Day with Paper Circuits: K thru 4th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Wednesday, January 16

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

It’s time to learn a little bit about electricity as we bring 2-D pictures to life with LEDs, copper tape and coin batteries. With use of these materials participants will be able to “shed light” on their projects by creating switches and brightening hearts, eyes and letters. The combinations are endless all you need to bring is your imagination.

Registration is required since space is limited. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 or click here.

Take Your Child to the Library Day – All Ages (Throughout the Building)

Saturday, February 2

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This year the James Blackstone Memorial Library is challenging you and your family to visit every accessible nook and cranny of the Library to complete a series of hands-on challenges. Families can come anytime throughout the day to complete a series of brainteasers, puzzles, games and STEM related challenges. There could 5, 10 or even 15, but either way you have to find them and complete them all! Once you have completed them find Miss Mary and Miss Carly to receive a small prize.

Registration for this program is not required. Families can stop in at anytime to complete the challenges throughout the day!

Maker Mondays: Middle School and Up (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, February 4

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Blackstone Library offers a variety of high and low tech opportunities to express yourself through 3D design, digital art, web production, conductive sewing, video production and circuit creation!

Each session, we will introduce a different maker component and will then work on solo projects or together to create something tangible that you can then continue from home.

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

Half Day with the 3D Printer: K thru 4th Grade and Caregiver (Lucy Hammer Room)

Wednesday, February 13

3:30 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. During this program we will walk everyone through basic 3D design with the program TinkerCad so that everyone can complete a simple file to print!

Please note that everyone will complete their designs before the class ends but may have to pick up their 3D prints at a later date.

Registration is required since space is limited. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 or click here.

The Pocket Musician: An Introduction to the Harmonica

Saturday, February 23

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Bob Hennessy, musician and harmonica specialist,* for a presentation and music lesson on the harmonica! You’ll learn about the rich history of the harmonica spanning from its beginnings a few thousand years ago in China, all the way the U.S. where this tiny but highly sophisticated instrument greatly influenced the postwar Chicago blues scene, American folk music, classical, jazz, country, and rock. Bob will demonstrate these styles through storytelling and playing examples of great harmonica use in these genres.

The second portion of the class will be a harmonica lesson where Bob teaches you the basics of harmonica, including how to hold the harmonica, breathe, and find your finger style. Each attendee will receive their own brand new harmonica to take home!

Harmonicas will be provided and given to you thanks to a generous partnership between the Blackstone Library and the Connecticut State Library.

SPACE IS LIMITED. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To register, please click here.