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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 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.

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.

Build a Better Video Game with Google CS First – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Tuesday, June 20

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which teens 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 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. By the end we will be creating all kinds of games and sharing them with one another.

Please note that this is an 8 week course, so if you sign up you are committing to each session.

To register please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 today.

Build a Better Process with the Whitney Relay: Presented by the Eli Whitney Museum – Middle School and Up (Auditorium)

Thursday, June 22

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Whitney Relay is a set of inter-connectable parts that lets participants master the art and science of energy transfer in the tradition of the Rube Goldberg Machine or its contemporary Japanese masterpiece: the Pythagoras Switch. Each participant receives 5 ramps, 8 marbles, 6 blocks, and assorted parts to construct a chain reaction that we hopefully connect to create one big chain reaction! It’s time to put energy in motion.

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

Build a Reading Roadmap (Grades 9-12) (Auditorium)

Monday, June 26

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Think you don’t like reading? Maybe you haven’t found the right books! Love to read, but unsure of what to pick up next? Come to the library and let’s figure it out together.

Drop in any time between 3 and 5 PM, and browse a big selection of books we’ll pull just for you to create your summer reading roadmap. Snacks will be available.

We’ll also show you how to find just the right book for you by checking reviews, lists, and links. Find books you just might actually love and get the power to take your reading future into your own hands.

Come back on July 10 and August 7 for Roadmap Checkpoints: snacks, games, and chats about whatever you’re reading and where to go next.

For grades 9-12.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Build a Better Video Game with Google CS First – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Tuesday, June 27

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which teens 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 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. By the end we will be creating all kinds of games and sharing them with one another.

Please note that this is an 8 week course, so if you sign up you are committing to each session.

To register please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 today.

ongoing events

Graphic Reads: A Graphic Novel Book Club – 3rd thru 5th Grade (YS Department)

Mondays once a month

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Each month we will meet to discuss a different graphic novel and share our thoughts and feelings about the characters, story and overall plot all while focusing on the artwork and how it enhances the story.

This month’s book can be found in the Youth Services Department and is ready to be checked out.

Registration for this program is required so that we know how many books to provide. To do so call us at 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323

Mini-Maker Table – For All Ages

Fridays & Saturdays

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us every Friday and Saturday for a mini-maker project from our MakerLab! Every month we will feature a quick project or new piece of equipment to mess around with. The results may have you leaving with something to physically take home OR just the satisfaction that you were able to create a circuit, power on an Arduino or thread a sewing machine. The projects are easy, meant for all ages and 100% drop-in. It is just up to you to find out which floor we are featuring the project on and drop on by.

Registration for this table is not required – just come ready to tinker, play and create!