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

Saturday, May 7

10:30 am - 11:30 am

It’s time to celebrate moms, aunts, grandmothers and caregivers as Miss Mary and Miss Carly put together 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. 323 or click here.

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

Saturday, May 14

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 Good Dinosaur!?! 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.

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Intro to 3D Printing (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, May 24

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Learn to create 3D files that you can print using our machines. Create a bookmark or key chain using Tinkercad: a free online 3D design program. In this class, you’ll learn by using Tinkercad’s online lessons, with guidance from our staff. Go at your own pace, and create something that’s truly yours. Space is limited, register today. To register, please click here.

*Children are welcome to attend as long as a caregiver is present.

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Intro to 3D Printing (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, May 31

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Learn to create 3D files that you can print using our machines. Create a bookmark or key chain using Tinkercad: a free online 3D design program. In this class, you’ll learn by using Tinkercad’s online lessons, with guidance from our staff. Go at your own pace, and create something that’s truly yours. Space is limited, register today. To register, please click here.

*Children are welcome to attend as long as a caregiver is present.

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

Saturday, June 4

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Kicking and Screaming!?! 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.

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The Amazing Discovery of Speech and Language – Parents of Children Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Monday, June 6

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Laurey Sandler, M.A., CCC-SLP, the director of Shoreline Speech Therapy, will be delivering an exciting and informative presentation on the development of speech and language in children. This presentation will cover speech/language milestones, red flags to watch for, and activities to encourage speech/language development. Questions are also welcome.

This presentation is free and all are welcome.

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.

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Kids and Teens Summer Reading Begins

Friday, June 10

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

It’s the last day of school so summer reading at the James Blackstone Memorial Library has officially begun. As always, we have two summer reading programs. On Your Mark, Get Set, READ for our K thru 4th graders and Get in the Game – READ for our middle schoolers and up!

Children can follow either link to sign up, learn about our prizes and track their reading. As always, we will be at the Branford Festival, so if you are interesting in signing up face-to-face look just look for us in the sea full of tents!

Make sure to check our calendar for a boat load of exciting programs and realize that some events do require registration and have cut-offs.

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Move it OR Loose it: Presented by Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, June 15

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Leaping lizards, slithering snakes and soaring eagles! The animals kingdom is full of crawling, flying and running animals. An important part of fitness is moving your body every day. This fun program introduces you to some of our live animal ambassadors and teaches you about the ways they move. Participants will also play a series of games that will get you moving in specific animal ways!

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

This program was made possible by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation.

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I Spy With My Little Eye Miss Mary and Miss Carly at the Branford Fest

Saturday, June 18

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

See if you can find Miss Mary and Miss Carly at the Branford Fest! We will be setup with giveaways, information about the summer reading program as well as library cards. We cannot wait to see you there.

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Board/Computer Game Night – For Families (Auditorium)

Monday, June 20

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Get your brain AND body active at the James Blackstone Memorial Library by taking on your friends and family with an assortment of board and Wii movement based games. During the hour long “gaming” session friends and family will be able to battle it out with a series of traditional a NEW board games like: Clue, Balderdash, Apples to Apples, Candyland and more! We will also have our Wii gaming system setup so that everyone can try their hand at boxing and bowling, which are an excellent way to get moving.

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

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Tie Dye with a WORKOUT Twist – K thru 4th Grade (Outside)

Saturday, June 25

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This year’s summer reading theme is all about being active, staying healthy and keeping fit! Why not bring in one of your old white shirts, shorts and/or even socks to tie dye so that they can become knock around clothes for your busy lifestyle inside and out?!? 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 spent outside.

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

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Ecosystems Everywhere: Presented by the Stamford Museum and Nature Center – 3rd thu 5th Grade (Auditorium)

Monday, June 27

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In order for the planet to stay fit we have to do our part to keep the environment healthy so that each ecosystem can thrive – so let’s see what we can do! Explore the biotic and abiotic factors that help plants and animals survive in their specific ecosystem. After a brief introduction to different types of ecosystems and their components, participants will partake in a multi-station, inquiry based lab to observe live plant and animal specimens and to infer how their adaptations help them play a role in their ecosystem. Participants will also investigate how the non-living factors, such as climate and soil, affect an ecosystem’s success.

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

This program was made possible by Allan Louis Loeb Foundation

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Electricity and Magnetism: Presented by The Children’s Museum – 4th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Friday, July 8

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Head to the library for an electrifying presentation provided by the Children’s Museum in West Hartford, CT. During this program participants will learn all about energy and how strong magnets create tight holds! This presentation will include live demonstrations of energy and magnets in action as well as series of stations so that participants can get hands-on experience with both of these concepts. It is time to get active by learning all about strength and energy!

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

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Get Active with Hula Hoops – K thru 2nd (Auditorium)

Wednesday, July 13

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Miss Mary and Miss Carly for a series of interactive games and competitions all based around the hula hoop! That’s right, we are using hula hoops to keep moving by not only challenging one another to “hula” in different ways but also to work together and have a blast by participating in a series of movement based games. Please know that previous hula experience is not required, it’s all about moving and having some fun. Participants will also get to take their hula hoop home so that they can continue to move and share the games we played with others.

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

 

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

Saturday, July 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 Cool Runnings!?! 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.

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Scavenger Hunt – K thru 4th Grade and Caregiver (Outside)

Monday, July 18

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Let’s get active outside by taking part in our very own nature based scavenger hunt. Families will work together to collect a series of items off of the Blackstone’s nature scavenger hunt list. Families will walk around the library grounds collecting as many items as possible and then come back inside to share their findings and create an art project out of their discoveries. Fingers crossed that you will be able to find everything on your list!

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

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Sports/Exercise Music and Movement Class with Two Right Feet – Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Thursday, July 21

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Two Right Feet Arts, Literacy, and School Readiness presents their newest educational program: “Time to be: Gettin’ Sweatin’”…. All About Exercise and Sports.

Come join the fun as we learn about the benefits of staying active while engaging in exercise and organized sports. Our program highlights include: live music (electric bass), creative dance, experimentation with various percussion instruments, an introduction to basic sign language, literacy and school readiness activities and games, and a dramatic, and a musical reading of the book Finklehopper Frog by Irene Livingston.

Two Right Feet is a highly interactive multi-­sensory, classroom ­based program that uses the arts (rhythm oriented music and dance) to promote a love of learning, language, and literacy.

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

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Fitness Fun: An Exercise Competition with Erin Zeidenberg – K thru 4th Grade (Outside)

Saturday, July 23

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Learning to make fitness your friend can be fun and fulfilling.  Through this program children will learn to develop active, positive lifestyles.  By integrating physical fitness in a community setting, participants will come away with an understanding how important exercise is to their well being and how much fun it can be, as well.

Guilford CrossFit owner and Professional Storyteller, Erin Zeidenberg, will introduce and guide us through warm-ups, high-intensity interval training and cool-down stretches.  In addition, there will be games and other activities demonstrating how getting fit is interesting and fun and how functional movements keep with a child’s natural way of moving.

Participants should dress comfortably and wear sneakers – a water bottle would also be a plus!

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

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Waterworks: Presented by the Stamford Museum and Nature Center – 2nd thru 4th (Auditorium)

Tuesday, July 26

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Let’s learn all about water and how its energy keeps our planet big and strong! In this program participants will explore what a watershed is and discover the relationships between human activity and the health of the water, air, plants, and animals of a watershed. Through an interactive watershed model and a hands-on pollution clean-up lab, students will begin to connect water quality to watershed protection.

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

This program was made possible by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation.

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All About Plants: Presented by the Children’s Museum – K thru 3 (Auditorium)

Tuesday, August 2

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

It’s to learn all about the life cycle of a plant and the importance buds play in the growing process. During this presentation participants will hear a story about a girl and her adventures in gardening and then talk about how plants play an important role in keeping a healthy environment. Everyone will then get a chance to dissect a live flower, identify parts and talk more about the life cycle and how it works. So, get ready to learn all about how to maintain healthy plants and the role they play in the environment.

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

This program was made possible by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation

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

Saturday, August 20

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Little Giants!?! The movie will include…snacks, projection viewing, free admission and a place for you and your friends to hang.

This movie is rated G.

* Feel free to bring your own snacks or bag lunch.

Storytime Break – Babies thru Age 5

Monday, August 22 - August 27

10:00 am - 12:00 pm