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Don’t forget to checkout the teen calendar for a listing of ongoing events for participants in middle school and up!
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Upcoming Events

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Half Day: MakerLab Program – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Wednesday, May 11

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Are you looking for something to do on your half day? How about coming to the Blackstone Library to learn how to use Photoshop? During this two hour session participants will use the camera function on our iPads to take photos of spring findings around the library building. We will then upload those photos to our computers and edit them in Photoshop to create different moods and backgrounds. Photos will then be printed and put on display throughout the children’s department. This will be a fun and hands-on introduction to photo editing.

We have limited number of iPads so registration is required. To do some please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323 or click here

 

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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.

Summer Reading

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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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 this hour long “gaming” session friends and family will be able to battle it out with a series of traditional and 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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Get Active with Jump Rope – 5th Grade and Up (Outside)

Tuesday, June 21

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

It’s time to get active at the James Blackstone Memorial Library by creating your own jump rope out of recycled materials! That is right, teens are invited to come to the library and create their very own jump ropes which are 100% workable and are a great way to get up and moving. Once we have made our ropes we will practice various jumps, play a couple of games and even put together a mini jump rope competition outside. The winner will be recognized on our facebook page, so let’s sign up and start moving.

 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! Let’s 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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Power Up: Build Your Own Game – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Thursday, June 30

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Gaming certainly takes a lot of brainpower but what about creating a game 100% your own! In this workshop we will use high and low tech components to create a series of different types of games. Participants are welcome to work solo or together to create video games through Spolder.com or Code.org. For those that want to take the traditional game route we will provide a series of materials – odds and ends where you can come up with your own board, card and/or movement based game. The last half hour of the workshop we will share each others games and get a chance to play!

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

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

Mondays once a month

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This we are going to keep our graphic book club rolling! 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. Since this year’s summer reading theme is “Every Hero Has a Story” all of our graphic novels will have to do with main characters that make a difference.

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

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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!

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Paper to Popcorn: A Movie vs. Book Showdown – Middle School and Up

Every 3rd Tuesday of the Month

3:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Join us for a book club based around the silver screen as we invite middle school students and up to compare books and movies in our very own showdown! Each month students will be given a different book that has been adapted into a movie. At the monthly meeting we will discuss the characters, plot, and highs and lows of the story. Then we will watch the book’s film and put it to the test as we decide which is better – the book or the movie!?!

March’s Book/Movie – Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
April’s Book/Movie – The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
May’s Book/Movie – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Pizza and various snacks will be provided at each meeting, so you do not have to worry about dinner!

Registration for this program is provided so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 323

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Experiment with Us: Middle School and Up (Auditorium)

Thursdays once a month

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Head to the Blackstone the fourth Thursday of every month for a different hands-on experiment. During each session we will uncover different scientific topics by learning about it, reviewing the experiment, creating predictions and then putting the scientific predictions to the test! Experiments include but are not limited to an egg drop, building a volcano and the creation of slime. Always hands-on and create way to experience trial and error.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 today.