Kids Events

Swan Lake Read Aloud and Ballet Demo – Preschoolers (Auditorium)

Thursday, June 1

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Help the Connecticut Youth Ballet celebrate their spring performance of Swan Lake by hearing a short excerpt from the story followed by audience participation in a guided dance presented by performers in the show! This will be a great way for little ones to get a taste of the ballet.

Registration for this program is required. 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, 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.

A Date Under the Stars: Introducing the Astronomical Society of New Haven’s Lendable Telescope (Auditorium)

Saturday, June 3

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Blackstone Library is partnering with the Astronomical Society of New Haven to offer a specially designed 4 1/2 inch telescope for patrons of all ages to borrow from the Blackstone and use at home! Join us on June 3 for the official hand-over to the library, meet members of the Astronomical Society, and learn about the new lending program and how to use the telescope.

During this mini-workshop, you’ll also learn how to read a star chart to make your star-gazing experience even better. The society will also share what “space sites” are prevalent in the summer months so that if you check out theirs OR use your own telescope you will be able to zero in on what to look for in the night sky.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

The society is celebrating 80 years of fostering interest in astronomy and for the past 20 they have been working closely with the Branford community by arranging public astronomical observation events at Young’s Pond Park. Members of the Society set up their telescopes for people to look through so they can learn about at the Moon, planets, stars, double stars, star clusters, nebulas, galaxies, and whatever else can be seen through scopes or your eyes! The next observation is scheduled for the evening of June 17th, weather permitting. Check out the Blackstone telescope and get star-gazing!

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

Saturday, June 10

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.

Kids and Teens Summer Reading Begins

Monday, June 12

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Summer Reading at the James Blackstone Memorial Library has officially begun. As always, we have two summer reading programs, but this year they have the same named Build a Better World!

K thru 4th grade Program and Middle School and Up Program!

Children can follow either link to learn more about program specifics, this years prizes, and how we are shaking things up from your “traditional” reading log. As always, we will be at the Branford Festival, so if you are interesting in signing up face-to-face 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, so the sooner you sign up the better.

Start of Summer Popsicle Social – All Ages

Monday, June 12

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

School has FINALLY ended and summer has begun! Let’s celebrate at the library with a little popsicle social. Music, games and crafts will be included and all ages are welcome. PLUS, we cannot wait to show you our new summer reading game! Participants in K thru 4th grade can sign up, check-out our game board and make their game piece, while kids in middle school and up can grab their take home board and jump head first into the challenge. Information about how each program works as well as our summer programming calendar will also be present during this meet and greet.

* Registration for this program is not required, just come by anytime between two and four to enjoy.

Build a Better House with the Three Little Pigs – Storytime for Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, June 16

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

It’s time to go back to a few of our favorite folktales and nursery rhymes as we dissect ways that certain characters were able to overcome bullies and make their storybook worlds that much better! During each storytime we will use a combination of music, movement activities and rhymes as well as a craft that illustrates the story so that it can be repeated at home. Our hope is that you and your child will enjoy going down memory lane as much as we do and that you will continue to use these tried and true stories in the future.

Registration for this program is not required, just drop on by to join in all the fun!

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

Saturday, June 17

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.

Best Built Nest: Provided by the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Monday, June 19

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Birds are not the only living creature that build nests. What other animals build nests that can withstand all types of weather and protect their young? Learn about all the different types of nests and the animals that build them. Meet some native nest builders and try your hand at nest building using lots of natural materials.

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

Build a Better Bridge with the Three Billy Goats Gruff – Storytime for Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, June 23

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

It’s time to go back to a few of our favorite folktales and nursery rhymes as we dissect ways that certain characters were able to overcome bullies and make their storybook worlds that much better! During each storytime we will use a combination of music, movement activities and rhymes as well as a craft that illustrates the story so that it can be repeated at home. Our hope is that you and your child will enjoy going down memory lane as much as we do and that you will continue to use these tried and true stories in the future.

Registration for this program is not required, just drop on by to join in all the fun!

Build a Better Bed with Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Storytime for Babies thru Age 5 (Auditorium)

Friday, June 30

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

It’s time to go back to a few of our favorite folktales and nursery rhymes as we dissect ways that certain characters were able to overcome bullies and make their storybook worlds that much better! During each storytime we will use a combination of music, movement activities and rhymes as well as a craft that illustrates the story so that it can be repeated at home. Our hope is that you and your child will enjoy going down memory lane as much as we do and that you will continue to use these tried and true stories in the future.

Registration for this program is not required, just drop on by to join in all the fun!

Closed for Independence Day

Tuesday, July 4

All Day

Build a Better Meal: Presented by ShopRite – K thru 4th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Wednesday, July 5

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

It’s time to step up our meal game by learning about healthy food choices through a series of games and hands-on activities. Participants will learn what components go into creating a healthy meal and will then be given different ingredients to compose a healthy snack. Let’s see who can come up with the most inventive snack option!

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

Build a Better Rainforest: An Interactive Drama Program with Ingrid Schaeffer – K thru 2nd Grade (Auditorium)

Saturday, July 8

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

In a dense, green Amazon rain forest, a man is chopping down a great Kapok tree. The animals that live among its leaves and branches watch him silently. Hot and weary, the man lies down to rest at the foot of the tree and falls asleep. Then, one by one, the forest creatures emerge to whisper in his ear. They beg him not to destroy their home and tell him how important every tree is in the rain forest.

Head to the library for an interactive telling of this tale as our participants become the characters and work together to put on a show! Ingrid Schaeffer will include all the costumes, music and set – then she will lead everyone through the process of reenacting this classic picture book. Previous acting experience is not necessary – this is just a way for you to jump out of your comfort zone and have fun. The program will close with everyone making their own panorama of the rainforest.

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.

Coastal Enviroscapes Provided by the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut – 3rd thru 5th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, July 12

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Using the Enviroscape Coastal Model, participants will learn about point and non-point sources of pollution and the effects on the ocean and coastal communities. Participants experience the effects of pollution including above ground pollution through simulated rain experiments, as well as groundwater contamination through observing leaking underground storage tanks. Everyone will also take part in an oil spill simulation and attempt to clean up the spill near the simulated shore.

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

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

Friday, July 14

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish 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 7 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. 

Build a Better T-Shirt: Tie Dye – K thru 4th Grade (Outside)

Friday, July 14

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This year’s summer reading theme is all about building a better world and creating something new! Why not bring in one of your old white shirts, shorts and/or even socks to tie dye so that they can become something filled with color and look brand spanking new?!? 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.

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.

Busy Building Bugs: Provided by the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Monday, July 17

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The most interesting home builders are insects. Some bugs live in a home similar to an apartment and some bugs live in tunnels. Let’s learn all about bugs and the fascinating homes they build. We will examine the intricate details of a wasp nest and learn how to make a bee hotel.

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

Build a Better Gotham with Lego Batman Viewing and Activities – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Thursday, July 20

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Blackstone Library has created an evening for Lego lovers as we provide a series of mini Lego building challenges as well as a couple of Lego building iPad apps. We will also have DIY Batman and Robin masks, build your own Lego character stations and a couple of superhero themed games. Once the crafts and challenges are complete families will come together to watch “Lego Batman”. Superhero themed snacks will be provided.

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

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

Friday, July 21

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish 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 7 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. 

Build a Better Car with the Measure a Mobile Workshop: Presented by the Eli Whitney – K thru 2nd Grade (Auditorium)

Monday, July 24

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Sand, assemble and decorate the wheels, axles, chassis and driver of a wooden downhill racer. Then experiment. Measure the distance it travels from the end of its track. Change the pitch of the track and see if it makes a difference. Change the weight of the car and measure again. All in an effort of discovering what makes a car go, go, go!

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

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

Friday, July 28

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish 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 7 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. 

The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe Presented by Shakesperience Productions Inc. – For Families (Auditorium)

Thursday, August 3

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The magical and imaginative journey into the world of Narnia, packed with exciting action and wonderful dialogue, entertains as it educates. The performance of this C.S. Lewis classic (adapted by le Clanché du Rand) encourages reading, imagination, critical thinking, and character development. Interactive pre-show and talk back sessions with the audience emphasize the importance of honesty, integrity, and treating others as you, yourself, would like to be treated.

Shakesperience educates and inspires students, families and theater professionals through the arts in order to explore social constructs and foster mutual respect for people. All of their performances are innovative, interactive and thought-provoking and deep rooted in classical literature.

This performance is sponsored by Shoreline Arts Alliance.

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

Friday, August 4

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish 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 7 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. 

Force & Motion with Roller Coasters Presented by the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut – 4th thru 6th Grade (Auditorium)

Friday, August 4

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

After exploring different roller coasters around the world and a “jumping on” a virtual ride, participants will break into teams and create a roller coaster of their own. Children will work with Newton’s three laws of motion and the forces involved in the operation of roller coasters as they design, build, and test their own creations.

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

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

Friday, August 11

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish 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 7 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, August 12

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

Pressure Power Presented by Mad Science – K and Up (Outside)

Monday, August 14

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Explore the excitement of energy and pressure with Mad Science! Discover how skaters put power into their spins and how you can sleep safely on a bed of nails. Take cover as we create a soda can fountain. If you thought Alka-Seltzer was only for upset stomachs, you’d better put your safety goggles on! Keep them on because we are going to be tossing raw eggs.

Registration for this program is not required.

Kids and Teens Summer Reading Ends

Friday, August 18

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Today is the last day to check-in for summer reading! It is your LAST chance to roll the dice and get to the end of our interactive game OR to bring in your take home game board. Either way, you don’t want to miss getting entered into our final grab bag prize.

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

Friday, August 18

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Get ready to bring the basics of Spanish 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 7 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. 

Outdoor Movie at Foote Park: Rogue One

Friday, August 18

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us to celebrate the end of summer reading with an outdoor movie shown in the amphitheater at Foote Park. For all ages. We’ll be showing Rogue One (rated PG-13 for extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action). Refreshments provided.

Registration is required for this event. To register, please click here.

Storytime Break – Babies thru Age 5

Monday, August 21 - August 26

10:00 am - 12:00 pm