Welcome to Teen Services @ Blackstone Library!

Need help with a project? Something to read? We’ve got you covered! Blackstone is more than great books! Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to study, a community to get involved in, or just somewhere to hang out, we’re here for you!

What do you need to know to hang out @ Blackstone Library? There are only 2 rules: 1 ) everyone gets along in the library (this should be a fun, safe place where no one feels bullied or picked on); and 2 ) be kind. That’s it! Treat others with respect, and this building (and all our cool stuff) is available to use, borrow & enjoy!

Looking for information on a specific topic? Check out the links @ the top of this page & the events below. Still have questions? Looking for the meaning of life, the universe & everything? We have answers (librarians: the original Google). Drop us a line any time at: teens@blackstonelibrary.org

News

Fall Teen Newsletter

Want to stay up-to-date on all the latest new from Teen Services? We’re spilling the tea in our Fall  Newsletter! Check out our upcoming events today!

Click here to learn more!

Upcoming Events

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, October 21

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Blackstone Library offers a variety of high and low tech opportunities to express yourself through 3D design, digital art, web production, conductive sewing, circuit creation and more!

Each session, we will introduce a different maker component and will then work on solo projects or together to create something tangible that you can then continue from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 321 or click here.

Creative Writing 101: A Teen-Only Writing Workshop

Monday, October 21

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Teens: Are you ready to unleash your creativity as a writer? Join young adult author Shari Arnold & MFA candidate Amy Bowers for three sessions that will explore tricks of the trade to help you discover & develop your own unique voice in this Creative Writing Series @ Blackstone Library!

Bring your works for critique. Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, manga, or graphic novels, join us to learn to love writing (more than you already do!). The series will meet twice in September, then reconvene in October for a chance to showcase your work in a fun, supportive space!

Open to all mature middle, high school, and college-aged teens. Please note: writers will be asked to leave their more graphic work at home, but some teens may explore more mature themes in their writing. For younger writers, parental discretion is advised. If you have questions, email teens@blackstonelibrary.org.

Ready to sign up? Click here to RSVP.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, October 22

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

BTAG: Teen Advisory Group – High School & College Students

Thursday, October 24

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Blackstone Teen Advisory Group, or BTAG, is an exclusive weekly club for high school & college students, where members work with the Teen Librarian (Miss Sarah) to select books, plan programs & work on special projects. Every meeting includes free snacks, games, & a chance to improve the library for you & your friends! After all, a renovated Teen Space is coming soon & we need YOUR input to make it awesome.  Plus, for each meeting you’ll earn 2 hours of community service. Join us Thursdays from 4-6 pm. Email Miss Sarah to RSVP or visit: https://jbmltag.eventbrite.com

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK). We thank you for filling bellies and your support!

 

Build with Us – A Roblox/Gaming Group for Middle School Students (Computer Lab)

Thursday, October 24

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Enjoy gaming and playing Roblox BUT want to pop into the Library when you know folks are going to be around? Join our Roblox/gaming club that meets for an hour every Thursday in our computer lab. We will provide an hour long session on our computers along with stereo headphones so that you can connect, socialize and build upon your avatar with friends along the way.

Before heading to the computer lab we will meet in Youth Services Department so that we can we head upstairs together and begin playing at once.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

Science Outside the Box: Hands-on Chemistry – (Reading Room)

Sunday, October 27

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

National Chemistry Week is being celebrating across the country October 20th – 27th with the goal of showing how chemistry intersects in our day to day lives. Science Outside the Box knows that cooking is chemistry, sewing is geometry and music explains acoustics – all scientific concepts put into action!

Science Outside the Box will be here to celebrate this science filled week on Sunday October 27th from 1:30 to 3 PM with three different hands-on experiments that dive into the periodic table of elements. Perfect for students and families just passing through, each experiment takes 5 to 10 minutes and will include take home activities and a chance to chat with a real scientist. WIN WIN!

Registration for this program is not required. Please drop on by to enjoy.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, October 29

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

Cosplay Club

Wednesday, October 30

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Interested in cosplay? Not sure where to start?

Mature teens and adults are invited to join veteran cosplayer, Denny McDermott, for a monthly opportunity to show off your latest creations, get tips and tricks from fellow cosplayers, use the library’s sewing machines and 3D printer (free!) and work together on building costumes for cons, ren fairs, LARP, and everyday life!

Cosplay, or costume play, is a unique art that combines costuming, sewing, arts and crafts, and acting. Because cosplayers don’t just get into costume–many get into character! Learning to become your favorite historical figure, cartoon, superhero, or other famous figure takes time, dedication, and talent. But there are a lot of inside tips and tricks that can make it a less expensive (and more fun!) hobby!

Denny has been cosplaying for a number of years, and primarily focuses on female costumes. Her most popular are Mabel Pines from Gravity Falls and Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled, but she has played other roles, as well. She is also a photographer and creative writer, which she incorporates into her character play.

Ready to sign up? RSVP @ https://blackstonecosplayclub.eventbrite.com. Have questions? Want to request a special topic? Email Miss Sarah today: teens@blackstonelibrary.org

Teen Halloween: Movie Showing

Thursday, October 31

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Teens: Looking for something fun to do while you wait to trick-or-treat on the Branford Green? Join us in the reading room for a free movie showing @ Blackstone Library! Costumes welcome!

Ready to sign up for free movie tickets? RSVP HERE. Movie details TBA. Have an idea of what we should watch? Email it to the Teen Services Librarian today at teens@blackstonelibrary.org

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, November 4

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Blackstone Library offers a variety of high and low tech opportunities to express yourself through 3D design, digital art, web production, conductive sewing, circuit creation and more!

Each session, we will introduce a different maker component and will then work on solo projects or together to create something tangible that you can then continue from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 321 or click here.