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Vote for your favorite Nutmeg

Read the 2018 Nutmegs – well now it is time to vote.
Follow the links below to have your voice heard.
Check back for the winners in May.

Teen Grades 7-8

High School Grades 9-12

Upcoming Events

Uncover Kindness: All Ages (Auditorium)

Saturday, April 28

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us for a morning filled with stories, ideas and most importantly people! During this interactive forum participants will walk through a series of exercises to discover what kindness truly means and ways in which we can make a difference. No act is too small and all ideas are welcome! So, let’s come together and start showing our community what compassion is all about.

This event is appropriate for all ages, so feel free to bring the entire family.

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

Maker Mondays: Middle School and Up (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, April 30

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, video production and circuit creation!

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. 323.

Kids and Teens Summer Reading Begins

Friday, June 15

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 name – Libraries Rock!

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 exciting programs and realize that some events do require registration and have cut-offs, so the sooner you sign up the better.

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

Saturday, June 16

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.

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer Room) Session Focuses on MUSIC

Thursday, June 21

1:30 pm - 2:30 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 week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! This summer we will be focusing on music, so participants will be making their own music videos, sound effects and more! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

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

Lunch Bunch: Intermediate Nutmeg Nominee Book Club – 4th thru 6th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, June 26

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Interested in reading in a group setting, dying to discuss one of your favorite books or just tired of reading the same old thing? Then it is about time that you joined our monthly book club! Every month the Youth Services Department provides a different book from the intermediate Nutmeg Nominee list where participants can come together to discuss as a group and participate in various activities. This is a great way for book lovers to socialize, reinforce comprehension, make personal connections  and gives readers a chance to come in contact with different genres.

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

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer Room) Session Focuses on MUSIC

Thursday, June 28

1:30 pm - 2:30 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 week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! This summer we will be focusing on music, so participants will be making their own music videos, sound effects and more! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

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

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer Room) Session Focuses on MUSIC

Thursday, July 5

1:30 pm - 2:30 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 week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! This summer we will be focusing on music, so participants will be making their own music videos, sound effects and more! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

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

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer Room) Session Focuses on MUSIC

Thursday, July 12

1:30 pm - 2:30 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 week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! This summer we will be focusing on music, so participants will be making their own music videos, sound effects and more! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

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

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer Room) Session Focuses on MUSIC

Thursday, July 19

1:30 pm - 2:30 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 week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! This summer we will be focusing on music, so participants will be making their own music videos, sound effects and more! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

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

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Teen Café

Tuesdays

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Hang out at the Blackstone after school on Thursdays in May.

Activities will vary each week, from tabletop games to maker activities. Plus, we’ll get your take on teen events, the upcoming renovation, and the library itself.

Grade 7 and up.

No registration required – just drop in!

THANK YOU TO BEACH DONUT SHOP and Feed Branford Kids for donating fresh baked goods for each week’s Teen Café!