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Summer Maker Camps for Teens: New Grant Program

2015 TEENS SUMMER LEARNING LABS

Blackstone Library is offering free Learning Labs to teach teens 3D printing, circuitry, programming and sewing all summer long!
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Summer Reading BEGINS Wednesday June 17th

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Join in all the summer reading fun by taking on this year’s summer reading theme UNMASKED! The program is filled with comics, graphic novels, crafts, live action events and more. Just checkout our calendar to see what is cooking.
To sign up for the program or maintain your 5th grade and up reading log click here.
We cannot wait to see you SOAR!

Upcoming Events

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

Saturday, September 12

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Are you and your kids interested in learning how to make files for 3D printing? Wouldn’t be fun to learn more about the MakerBot and all its possibilities together? Well, this class is especially geared towards the younger set and their caregivers. Our volunteer will walk everyone through basic 3D design and different computer software to create a simple file that you can then print on the library’s 3D printer!

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly and caregivers are required to come with child signups since this is a family activity.

To register or call 203.488.1441. ext. 323 or click here.

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Learning Labs: Hands-on Workshops with our MakerLab – for 5th thru 12th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, September 15

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This summer join our Summer Maker Camp Tuesday evenings and learn how to use our 3D printer, arduino and sewing machine with hands-on projects with expert instructors!

SESSION A – is 3D printing with Randolph Pareja. Learn to design your own 3D printer projects with computer software as well as how to run the 3D printer on your own.

SESSION B – Learn about use an arduino board with computer programming, sensors, LED lights and 3D printer objects. It’s time to design and create your own electronic project! All with instructor Jim Davis

SESSION C – Now, it’s time to use our sewing machines, conductive thread and LED lights to design your own wearable technology. Zenaida Barrios will teach all the sewing basics and lead you along the way.

ALL SESSIONS ARE FULL

Support for Learning Labs is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.

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MakerLab: Continuing/Advanced 3D File Design & Printing

Saturday, September 19

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Have you taken the Introduction to 3D File Creation class at Blackstone Library and want to learn more? Join instructor Jim Davis for a continuation of that course. You’ll learn advanced 3D modeling techniques like revolve, merge, and subtract for more complex 3D shapes.

Space is limited; register today: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

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Learning Labs: Hands-on Workshops with our MakerLab – for 5th thru 12th Grade (Auditorium)

Tuesday, September 22

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This summer join our Summer Maker Camp Tuesday evenings and learn how to use our 3D printer, arduino and sewing machine with hands-on projects with expert instructors!

SESSION A – is 3D printing with Randolph Pareja. Learn to design your own 3D printer projects with computer software as well as how to run the 3D printer on your own.

SESSION B – Learn about use an arduino board with computer programming, sensors, LED lights and 3D printer objects. It’s time to design and create your own electronic project! All with instructor Jim Davis

SESSION C – Now, it’s time to use our sewing machines, conductive thread and LED lights to design your own wearable technology. Zenaida Barrios will teach all the sewing basics and lead you along the way.

ALL SESSIONS ARE FULL

Support for Learning Labs is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.

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CaddyStacks at Blackstone

Saturday, October 3

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

BIRDIE IN THE BIOGRAPHIES, EAGLE IN THE EASY READERS, PUTT IN THE PERIODICALS

Blackstone Library turns into a Mini Golf course for all ages to enjoy! All 18 holes will wind throughout the library—play downstairs, play upstairs, play everywhere!

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Saturday, October 3rd, 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, October 4th, 1 PM to 4 PM

$5 per mini-golf round
Golf clubs and balls provided. Food trucks onsite for lunch. Affordable fun for the whole family!

 

CaddyStacks Blackstone Logo  19th Hole Party

Saturday, October 3rd, 7 PM

Tickets $40, in advance
This adults only event features unlimited mini golf, food, drinks, craft beer tasting, prize drawings, and a chance to win the Masters Book Jacket. Purchase tickets below or at the Reference Desk (no physical tickets will be issued, please provide names of attendees for check-in at event).


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Sponsor a Hole at CaddyStacks – click here for more information!

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

Holes #1 & 18

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Friends of the Blackstone Library

Holes #2 through #17

Susan Barnes & Dan Cosgrove

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Polly & Al Fitz

Attorney Richard Florentine

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Andy McKirdy & Attorney Robin Bruce Sandler

 

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CaddyStacks at Blackstone

Sunday, October 4

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

BIRDIE IN THE BIOGRAPHIES, EAGLE IN THE EASY READERS, PUTT IN THE PERIODICALS

Blackstone Library turns into a Mini Golf course for all ages to enjoy! All 18 holes will wind throughout the library—play downstairs, play upstairs, play everywhere!

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Saturday, October 3rd, 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, October 4th, 1 PM to 4 PM

$5 per mini-golf round
Golf clubs and balls provided. Food trucks onsite for lunch. Affordable fun for the whole family!

 

CaddyStacks Blackstone Logo  19th Hole Party

Saturday, October 3rd, 7 PM

Tickets $40, in advance
This adults only event features unlimited mini golf, food, drinks, craft beer tasting, prize drawings, and a chance to win the Masters Book Jacket. Purchase tickets below or at the Reference Desk (no physical tickets will be issued, please provide names of attendees for check-in at event).


Names of Attendees


Sponsor a Hole at CaddyStacks – click here for more information!

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

Holes #1 & 18

guilford savings bank

Friends of the Blackstone Library

Holes #2 through #17

Susan Barnes & Dan Cosgrove

Brandfon-Honda-Logo-CMYK-2015

CELC banner copy

ConnexLogoF_sm

dunkin donuts

Branford Locations

Polly & Al Fitz

Attorney Richard Florentine

hammonasett ford

kaiser_whitney_staffing_ban

MinicozziLogo-15

Andy McKirdy & Attorney Robin Bruce Sandler

 

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

Saturday, October 10

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Are you and your kids interested in learning how to make files for 3D printing? Wouldn’t be fun to learn more about the MakerBot and all its possibilities together? Well, this class is especially geared towards the younger set and their caregivers. Our volunteer will walk everyone through basic 3D design and different computer software to create a simple file that you can then print on the library’s 3D printer!

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly and caregivers are required to come with child signups since this is a family activity.

To register or call 203.488.1441. ext. 323 or click here.

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MakerLab: Design & Create 3D Printed Files

Saturday, October 24

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn how to design and create your own 3D files for printing. Join instructor Jim Davis for an introduction to 3D file creation. Jim will walk you through the free 3D modeling software 123Design, from the makers of AutoCAD. Once you learn this software, you’ll be able to design and 3D print your very own creations.

Space is limited – register today!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Tellabration! Storytelling with an Improv Twist – For Families with 4th Graders and Up (Auditorium)

Saturday, November 7

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for an international celebration of stories as we invite the Connecticut Storytelling Center to put on an interactive storytelling experience. During this event families will be asked to become a part of the story as we change the characters, setting and even ending through different improvisational tactics. Perfect for those looking for something participatory and no precious acting experience is required. It will be a great outing for the entire family.

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

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

Saturday, November 14

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Are you and your kids interested in learning how to make files for 3D printing? Wouldn’t be fun to learn more about the MakerBot and all its possibilities together? Well, this class is especially geared towards the younger set and their caregivers. Our volunteer will walk everyone through basic 3D design and different computer software to create a simple file that you can then print on the library’s 3D printer!

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly and caregivers are required to come with child signups since this is a family activity.

To register or 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)

Monday

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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Maker Mondays: Middle School and Up (Auditorium)

Monday

3:00 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, video production and circuit creation!

Every other week 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. 323.

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

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!?!

September’s Book/Movie – Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
October’s Book/Movie – Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
November’s Book/Movie – Eragon by Christopher Paolini

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