Welcome to Teen Services @ Blackstone Library!

Need help with a project? Something to read? We’ve got you covered! Blackstone is so much 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 and enjoy!

Looking for more information on a specific topic? Check out the links @ the top of this page & the events listed below. Still have questions? Comments? Suggestions? Desperately need to know the airspeed velocity of a unladen sparrow? We have answers (librarians: the original Google). Drop us a line any time: teens@blackstonelibrary.org

News

Time’s Running Out! Join the Teen Summer Challenge!

Summer vacation is coming to a close, but there’s still time to finish your summer reading & win cool prizes! Click to learn more.

Summer Newsletter

Want to stay up-to-date on all the latest new from Teen Services? We’re spilling the tea in a brand new Summer Teen Newsletter! Check out our upcoming events, find summer raffle information, sign up for text alerts & more. Check it out today! Newsletter Summer 2019

Upcoming Events

BTAG: Teen Advisory Group – High School & College Students

Thursday, August 22

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Conference Room.

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!

 

Outdoor Movie: Captain Marvel – (OFFSITE)

Friday, August 23

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the end of Summer Reading with this outdoor movie event at Foote Park! We’ll be showing Captain Marvel and create a mini outdoor amphitheater for everyone’s viewing pleasure. All ages are welcome and families are encouraged to bring a blanket and snacks. But, please note that The Ice Cream Guy truck will also be on site, so that you can purchase a sweet treat.

Captain Marvel is rated PG13
Foote Park is located at 12 Melrose Avenue, Branford CT
Past Branford Family Resource Center
Rain Date: TBD

Registration for this event is required. To do so, click here or call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321.

Teen Book Club – Middle, High School, College (OFFSITE)

Tuesday, August 27

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Each month, we’re meeting to catch-up, have some coffee, and discuss a YA book/feature film! What will we talk about? Likes, dislikes, similarities between the movie and book, who WE would cast in the lead roll… basically, everything! Copies of each month’s title can be found in the Youth Services Department, by placing a hold in our online catalog, or dropping by the meeting to snag the next title. All are welcome, even if you don’t complete the book!

This club meets at Common Grounds, a coffee shop on Main Street, where we can sink in some comfy chairs & practice adulting in a cool emo atmosphere. Don’t forget to bring money if you’d like to grab a drink & snacks (have you tried the turmeric soy late? And OMG the chocolate cake…).

  • Tuesday, August 27th, 3-4pm: Captain Marvel by Kelly Sue DeConnick
  • Saturday, September 7th: A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Saturday, October 5th: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Saturday, November 2nd: Book to to announced! Share your ideas for our next title & help us pick!

Ready to sign up? Visit our Teen Events List at http://blackstoneteenservices.eventbrite.com

Or email Miss Sarah today: teens@blackstonelibrary.org

* Please note: books selected for this club are listed as young adult, and will be geared towards middle or high school readers. While this means content won’t be too graphic, the themes may be mature in nature. Reader discretion is advised. Not sure if this month’s book is right for you? Email Miss Sarah to learn more!

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, August 27

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conference & Hammer Rooms.

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!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

BTAG: Teen Advisory Group – High School & College Students

Thursday, August 29

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Conference Room.

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!

 

NO MEETING THIS WEEK – (TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, September 3

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conference & Hammer Rooms.

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!

Registration is  currently closed, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list–we’ll let you know when a spot opens up!

BTAG: Teen Advisory Group – High School & College Students

Thursday, September 5

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Conference Room.

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!

 

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer/Computer Lab)

Thursday, September 5

4:00 pm - 5:00 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 world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online coding 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.

This is an 8 week course, when you signup you are agreeing to all 8 sessions.
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.

Teen Book Club (OFFSITE)

Saturday, September 7

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Each month, we’re meeting to catch-up, have some coffee, and discuss a YA book/feature film! What will we talk about? Likes, dislikes, similarities between the movie and book, who WE would cast in the lead roll… basically, everything! Copies of each month’s title can be found in the Youth Services Department, by placing a hold in our online catalog, or dropping by the meeting to snag the next title. All are welcome, even if you don’t complete the book!

This club meets at Common Grounds, a coffee shop on Main Street, where we can sink in some comfy chairs & practice adulting in a cool emo atmosphere. Don’t forget to bring money if you’d like to grab a drink & snacks (have you tried the turmeric soy late? And OMG the chocolate cake…).

  • Saturday, September 7th: A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Saturday, October 5th: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Saturday, November 2nd: Book to to announced! Share your ideas for our next title & help us pick!

Ready to sign up? Visit our Teen Events List at http://blackstoneteenservices.eventbrite.com

Or email Miss Sarah today: teens@blackstonelibrary.org

* Please note: books selected for this club are listed as young adult, and will be geared towards middle or high school readers. While this means content won’t be too graphic, the themes may be mature in nature. Reader discretion is advised. Not sure if this month’s book is right for you? Email Miss Sarah to learn more!

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, September 9

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.