Kids Events

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

Saturday, February 23

10:00 am - 12:30 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 annual 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 12:30 PM.
For more information call the BECC  office at 203. 415. 5237.

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

The Pocket Musician: An Introduction to the Harmonica – 4th thru 12th Grade (Reading Room)

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 Hohner Special 20 C harmonica with 30-day free online lessons.

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.

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, March 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. 321.

Half Day with Lego WeDo!: K thru 4th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Wednesday, March 13

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

During this engineer filled half day participants will work in teams of two to bring Legos literally to life by adding wheels, motors and lights. Through real life guided projects participants will solve problems by building and coding with a simple drag and drop program. This program will inspire creativity, problem solving and computational thinking. PLUS, to make things move is a boatload of fun!

Registration is required since space is limited. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

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

Thursday, March 14

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

We are starting 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? We think so! Space is limited, so click here to sign up.

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, March 18

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. 321.

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, April 1

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. 321.

Half Day with a Robot Drum: Provided by the Eli Whitney Museum – K thru 4th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Wednesday, April 10

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Let’s experiment with vibrations on this half day as we work together to assemble a replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s music making machine! The drum essentially uses different combinations of vibrations to create sounds and/or notes. Once we have assembled the drum we will take some time to personalize it with paint, markers and glitter.

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

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

Thursday, April 11

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

We are starting 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.

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, April 15

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. 321.

DIY: Bird Feeders – Middle School (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, April 16

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3D design meets the outdoors when we convert 2D images into 3D models to construct cookie cutters, which will then be used to make bird feeder molds. Perfect for the spring and a great way for you to try your hand at 3D design with an end product in site. The library will provide all the necessary materials, all you need is to bring an open mind that is ready to create. Previous experience with 3D design is not necessary.

Space is limited, so registration is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 321 or click here

Seed to Plant: with the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut – K thru 3 (Reading Room)

Friday, April 19

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

It’s time to celebrate new beginnings and the coming of spring with a program based all around plants. During this program participants will take a journey through the plant life cycle, learn a little about plant parts and what they need in order to survive. The program will close with a mini planting project so that everyone has something green to take home.

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

This program was made possible by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, April 29

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. 321.

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

Thursday, May 9

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

We are starting 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.

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

Saturday, May 11

10:30 am - 11:30 am

It’s time to celebrate moms, aunts, grandmothers and caregivers as Miss Mary and Miss Carly put 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. 321 or click here.

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, May 13

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. 321.

Half Day with Watercolors – K thru 4th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Wednesday, May 15

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Let’s end our half day explorations with a little experimentation! In this final session we will mix watercolors with different mediums to create various colors and textures. Participants will then use their favorite technique to create an abstract masterpiece. Experience with watercolors is not required, it’s time to paint outside of the box and have some fun.

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