Kids Events

Early Childhood Vision Screening Provided by the Family Resource Center – Babies thru Age 6 (Auditorium)

Tuesday, March 28

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Head to the Library for a complementary vision screening for babies through age 6 provided by the Family Resource Center. Catching vision issues early on not only ensures correction but also is essential for young ones since they learn and grow through their ability to see. Registration for this program is not required just drop by anytime between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Activities and snacks will be included.

Introduction to Languages with Audrey – Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, March 31

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish or French to your household with a series of classes that use a combination of stories, games and songs to practice basic greetings, sayings, identifying colors, numbers, everyday objects and more! All in hope of bringing the language to life. They say when it comes to learning a second language that starting early makes all the difference, so we believe that this will make for a great starting point for those that are interesting in sharing the gift of languages with their little ones.

Audrey is a native French speaker who was born and raised near Paris, France. She earned a B.A. in Spanish from Paris XIII University. She has  2 daughters who have been brought up in a bilingual household. She has taught French and Spanish to Lower School (as young as 3 years old) and Middle School students for 15 years in a private school in Madison and provides private lessons.

Please note that this is an 6 week session – if you are signing up for one class you are signing up for them all.
Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323. 

Families Are Special: a Storytime Presented by the JBML and FRC – Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Monday, April 3

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a special storytime in collaboration with the Family Resource Center that has to do with families and how each and every one is unique! Children ages 3 to 5 will enjoy a series of songs, finger plays and stories that revolve around different kinds of families. Participants will then share stories about theirs and create a family portrait that will be displayed in the children’s rotunda throughout the month of April, so we are hoping for a lot of participants!

Registration for this program is not required, the more the merrier.

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.

Introduction to Languages with Audrey – Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, April 7

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish or French to your household with a series of classes that use a combination of stories, games and songs to practice basic greetings, sayings, identifying colors, numbers, everyday objects and more! All in hope of bringing the language to life. They say when it comes to learning a second language that starting early makes all the difference, so we believe that this will make for a great starting point for those that are interesting in sharing the gift of languages with their little ones.

Audrey is a native French speaker who was born and raised near Paris, France. She earned a B.A. in Spanish from Paris XIII University. She has  2 daughters who have been brought up in a bilingual household. She has taught French and Spanish to Lower School (as young as 3 years old) and Middle School students for 15 years in a private school in Madison and provides private lessons.

Please note that this is an 6 week session – if you are signing up for one class you are signing up for them all.
Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323. 

Blues of Flats Brown: A Musical Story Hour with Peter Menta – Ages 6 to 11 (Auditorium)

Tuesday, April 11

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Get into the blues spirit this spring break with Peter Menta, the band leader of Washboard Slim and The Blue Lights Jug Band! Peter has 30 years experience with performing jug band and blues music and has traveled all over to share his talents with the drums, harmonica, washboard, kazoo, guitar and vocals.

In this kid centered hands-on experience Peter will have participants use a variety of handmade instruments to bring the Blues of Flats Brown to life. Get ready to sing, dance and play with this fully interactive show.

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.

Fairy Fun with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – K thru 2nd Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, April 12

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Put on your fairy wings and grab your pixie dust as we celebrate the beginning of spring with storytelling, crafts and more. Come explore the wonderful world of Fairies. Learn about the fairy world, and famous fairies as we explore their connections with nature.

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.

This program was made possible by a grant for the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation

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

Thursday, April 13

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Interested in learning more about 3D printing and the overall design process? Want to be able to use opensource software to create something all your own? Then sign up for our 3D File Creation and Printing class for families. Participants will learn all about the printer’s components, be introduced to one of the many FREE 3D design programs and then create something to be printed on the Blackstone’s 3D printer. It will be the perfect way to jump into 3D design and creation.

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

Introduction to Languages with Audrey – Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, April 14

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish or French to your household with a series of classes that use a combination of stories, games and songs to practice basic greetings, sayings, identifying colors, numbers, everyday objects and more! All in hope of bringing the language to life. They say when it comes to learning a second language that starting early makes all the difference, so we believe that this will make for a great starting point for those that are interesting in sharing the gift of languages with their little ones.

Audrey is a native French speaker who was born and raised near Paris, France. She earned a B.A. in Spanish from Paris XIII University. She has  2 daughters who have been brought up in a bilingual household. She has taught French and Spanish to Lower School (as young as 3 years old) and Middle School students for 15 years in a private school in Madison and provides private lessons.

Please note that this is an 6 week session – if you are signing up for one class you are signing up for them all.
Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323. 

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

Saturday, April 15

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life!?! 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, 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.

Introduction to Languages with Audrey – Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, April 21

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish or French to your household with a series of classes that use a combination of stories, games and songs to practice basic greetings, sayings, identifying colors, numbers, everyday objects and more! All in hope of bringing the language to life. They say when it comes to learning a second language that starting early makes all the difference, so we believe that this will make for a great starting point for those that are interesting in sharing the gift of languages with their little ones.

Audrey is a native French speaker who was born and raised near Paris, France. She earned a B.A. in Spanish from Paris XIII University. She has  2 daughters who have been brought up in a bilingual household. She has taught French and Spanish to Lower School (as young as 3 years old) and Middle School students for 15 years in a private school in Madison and provides private lessons.

Please note that this is an 6 week session – if you are signing up for one class you are signing up for them all.
Registration for this program is required. 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, 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.

Introduction to Languages with Audrey – Ages 3 to 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, April 28

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish or French to your household with a series of classes that use a combination of stories, games and songs to practice basic greetings, sayings, identifying colors, numbers, everyday objects and more! All in hope of bringing the language to life. They say when it comes to learning a second language that starting early makes all the difference, so we believe that this will make for a great starting point for those that are interesting in sharing the gift of languages with their little ones.

Audrey is a native French speaker who was born and raised near Paris, France. She earned a B.A. in Spanish from Paris XIII University. She has  2 daughters who have been brought up in a bilingual household. She has taught French and Spanish to Lower School (as young as 3 years old) and Middle School students for 15 years in a private school in Madison and provides private lessons.

Please note that this is an 6 week session – if you are signing up for one class you are signing up for them all.
Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323. 

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.

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

Saturday, May 6

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 3rd 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 PM.

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

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.

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

Saturday, May 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 Trolls!?! 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.

Library Closed for Memorial Day

Monday, May 29

All Day

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.

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

Saturday, June 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 Moana!?! 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.

Closed for Independence Day

Tuesday, July 4

All Day

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

Saturday, July 15

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

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

Saturday, August 19

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Lego Batman Movie!?! 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.

Storytime Break – Babies thru Age 5

Monday, August 21 - August 26

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Closed for Labor Day

Monday, September 4

All Day