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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

CLASS IS FULL – 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.

Intro to 3D Design with TinkerCad

Thursday, June 29

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn the basics of 3D modeling to create your own designs with TinkerCad. Join this workshop to have a guided introduction to the 3D printer, get an overview of 3D modeling and the tools used, then create your own 3D model for printing. Requires a free TinkerCad account – you can create an account ahead of time, here. Open to all ages (children + caregiver, teens, and adults).  Use a library laptop OR bring your own!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Additional workshop dates:

Thursday, June 13 at 3 PM

Thursday, August 17 at 10:30 AM

Closed for Independence Day

Tuesday, July 4

All Day

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

Tuesday, July 4

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 Future with a Teen Apocalypse Movie Showing – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Thursday, July 6

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for pizza, movie and conversation as we watch The Giver, a dystopian tale that tells the story of Jonas, who lives in a seemingly idyllic world of conformity and contentment. When he begins to spend time with The Giver, an old man who is the sole keeper of the community’s memories, Jonas discovers the dangerous truths of his community’s secret past. Armed with the power of knowledge, Jonas realizes that he must escape from their world to protect himself and those he loves.

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, July 10

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 August 7 for a Roadmap Checkpoint: snacks, games, and chats about whatever you’re reading and where to go next.

For grades 9-12.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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

Tuesday, July 11

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.

Coastal Enviroscapes Provided by the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut – 3rd thru 5th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, July 12

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Using the Enviroscape Coastal Model, participants will learn about point and non-point sources of pollution and the effects on the ocean and coastal communities. Participants experience the effects of pollution including above ground pollution through simulated rain experiments, as well as groundwater contamination through observing leaking underground storage tanks. Everyone will also take part in an oil spill simulation and attempt to clean up the spill near the simulated shore.

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 the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation

Intro to 3D Design with TinkerCad

Thursday, July 13

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Learn the basics of 3D modeling to create your own designs with TinkerCad. Join this workshop to have a guided introduction to the 3D printer, get an overview of 3D modeling and the tools used, then create your own 3D model for printing. Requires a free TinkerCad account – you can create an account ahead of time, here. Open to all ages (children + caregiver, teens, and adults).  Use a library laptop OR bring your own!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Additional workshop dates:

Thursday, August 17 at 10:30 AM

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