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Teen Café turns into Advisory Board

We gave the Teen Café a twist this year, turning it into a Teen Advisory Board, where attendees can earn service hours by attending and working on different projects, helping plan teen library programs, and advising the library on materials they want to see in the teen collection and new teen space.

One of the projects they wanted to do was start a blog, where they post reviews, essays, poetry, and pictures. We’ve also posted the project they are working on right now — turning plain, brown library clipboards into works of art! It’s up and running, so check it out: teen advisory board blog

Want to contribute? Click the Book Reviews link from the main Teen page (or CLICK HERE) and submit something! You can also come out to the next Teen Café — we’ll meet again on January 10, 2019 from 3:30-5 pm, and then meet every other week on Thursdays after that. Call Youth Services with any questions! 203-488-1441 x 321.

Upcoming Events

Teen Café: 7th Grade and Up (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Thursday, February 21

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Hang out at the Blackstone after school on Thursdays!

Activities will vary each week, from tabletop games to maker activities or simply a place to hang with your friends, listen to music and complete homework. 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 snacks for each week’s Teen Café!

The Pocket Musician: An Introduction to the Harmonica – 4th thru 12th Grade (Reading Room)

Saturday, February 23

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Bob Hennessy, musician and harmonica specialist, for a presentation and music lesson on the harmonica! You’ll learn about the rich history of the harmonica spanning from its beginnings a few thousand years ago in China, all the way the U.S. where this tiny but highly sophisticated instrument greatly influenced the postwar Chicago blues scene, American folk music, classical, jazz, country, and rock. Bob will demonstrate these styles through storytelling and playing examples of great harmonica use in these genres.

The second portion of the class will be a harmonica lesson where Bob teaches you the basics of harmonica, including how to hold the harmonica, breathe, and find your finger style. Each attendee will receive their own brand new Hohner Special 20 C harmonica with 30-day free online lessons.

Harmonicas will be provided and given to you thanks to a generous partnership between the Blackstone Library and the Connecticut State Library.

SPACE IS LIMITED. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To register, please click here.

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, March 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, 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. 321.

Teen Tabletop: 7th Grade and Up (History Room)

Thursday, March 7

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Join us for an afternoon filled with social gaming as we breakdown Dungeons and Dragons, Code Names, Clue with a Stars Wars twist and more! If you’re looking to unwind, meetup and try something completely new then this group is for you. Previous experience with social or role playing games is not required – we are all here to start out fresh and roll the dice with you!

Registration for this program is not required. Bring your friends and join in the fun.  

Cooking with You: a Meal Sharing Book Club for Families – 4th thru 6th Grade and Caregiver (Lucy Hammer Room)

Thursday, March 14

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

We are starting a cookbook club for families and we want to include you! Here’s how it works, stop by the Youth Services Department for this month’s cookbook. Review the recipes with your kids, test a few out and then the night of the meeting bring in something delicious to share. During the meeting we will eat, talk about the book and whether or not you would recommend it to your family and friends. We promise this will be a great way to meet people and share in the joy of cooking as a family!

Sound fun? We think so! Space is limited, so click here to sign up.

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, March 18

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. 321.

Teen Tabletop: 7th Grade and Up (History Room)

Thursday, March 21

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Join us for an afternoon filled with social gaming as we breakdown Dungeons and Dragons, Code Names, Clue with a Stars Wars twist and more! If you’re looking to unwind, meetup and try something completely new then this group is for you. Previous experience with social or role playing games is not required – we are all here to start out fresh and roll the dice with you!

Registration for this program is not required. Bring your friends and join in the fun.  

As Seen On Screen: ASOS Book Club – 7th Grade and Up (OFFSITE)

Tuesday, March 26

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Every month we will meet to catch-up, have some coffee and discuss a YA title that has been produced or is currently in PRE production for the silver screen in hopes of talking about the similarities and differences, or better yet, who WE would cast in the lead roll. 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!

ASOS will meet at Common Grounds where we can sink in some comfy chairs and grab a drink!

March: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
April: Dry by Neal Shusterman
May: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Registration for this program is not required. Just grab a friend, pick up a book and join in the fun.

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, April 1

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. 321.

Teen Tabletop: 7th Grade and Up (History Room)

Thursday, April 4

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Join us for an afternoon filled with social gaming as we breakdown Dungeons and Dragons, Code Names, Clue with a Stars Wars twist and more! If you’re looking to unwind, meetup and try something completely new then this group is for you. Previous experience with social or role playing games is not required – we are all here to start out fresh and roll the dice with you!

Registration for this program is not required. Bring your friends and join in the fun.