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Prefects Needed: Volunteer Opportunities Avaliable for a Hogwarts Halloween

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Volunteers Need for Oct. 11th and 12th!

Calling all Prefects: We will be inducting  a new class of wizards into Hogwarts and need the assistance of older, experienced wizards. As a Hogwarts prefect you will be assigned a class of new wizards to escort through their day as they are introduced to spells, charms and potions.

Prefect Training Date: Sun. Oct. 5th from 3 to 4pm at the James Blackstone Memorial Library.

Volunteer service hours will be earned for attending the meeting as well as any shift completed during the Hogwarts weekend.

Application below must be completed and mailed or emailed to Ellenmary Fry
Prefect Volunteer Application
Must be completed and sent to Ellenmary Fry, 17 Union Street, Branford CT OR Emartin@dukal.com

Calling all Teen Makers

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TAB is back with a technological twist as we head full swing into program planning but with Makers in mind. That’s right, the James Blackstone Memorial Library Teen Advisory Board is melding with this summer’s Learning Lab movement by expanding our hands-on offerings through new equipment, editing software and tried and true tools.  It’s time to learn as we go and see how these new technological pieces can be used in new and innovative ways for the community to enjoy. So, if you are interested in sharing your knowledge, learning something new or just want to see what being a Maker is all about head to our next meeting on Tuesday, October 21st! The party gets started at 4pm but runs until 6pm.

To sign up click here.

YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten of 2014

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Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Voting will be open from August 15 through Teen Read Week, which is taking place October 12-18 of this year (2014)! The “top ten” titles will be announced on October 20, 2014, so be sure to check back for the list of winners!

You can vote for up to 3 Books!
To see the full list and vote click here.

Upcoming Events

Hogwarts – Library Closed

Saturday, October 11

All Day

A Hogwarts Halloween at the James Blackstone Memorial Library

A Hogwarts Halloween at the James Blackstone Memorial Library

Saturday, October 11

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Calling all Harrys, Hermiones, Rons, Dracos…and muggles too! It is back to school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Join us for a third year of magic and mystery as we transform the James Blackstone Memorial Library into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Drop off your child for two jam packed hours of magical activities. Attend classes in: Potions, Divination, Quidditch and Charms! Don’t forget to visit Ollivander’s Wand shop for your wand that will be perfect for you.
Costumes are encouraged.

This event is meant for children ages 6 and up.
Reservations are required and tickets are $25/person.

To learn more about specific times, see footage from the past and/or to buy tickets click here.

 

Library Closed

Sunday, October 12

All Day

A Hogwarts Halloween at the James Blackstone Memorial Library

A Hogwarts Halloween at the James Blackstone Memorial Library

Sunday, October 12

11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Calling all Harrys, Hermiones, Rons, Dracos…and muggles too! It is back to school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Join us for a third year of magic and mystery as we transform the James Blackstone Memorial Library into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Drop off your child for two jam packed hours of magical activities. Attend classes in: Potions, Divination, Quidditch and Charms! Don’t forget to visit Ollivander’s Wand shop for your wand that will be perfect for you.
Costumes are encouraged.

This event is meant for children ages 6 and up.
Reservations are required and tickets are $25/person.

To learn more about specific times, see footage from the past and/or to buy tickets click here.

Columbus Day – Library Closed

Monday, October 13

All Day

Learning Labs for Teens & Tweens (5th Grade and Up in the auditorium)

Learning Labs for Teens & Tweens (5th Grade and Up in the auditorium)

Tuesday, October 21

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

We’re turning our Teen Advisory Board session into a maker-session! Have some food, some fun, and get making! Come out after school for some hands-on fun in our Learning Labs. We’re introducing teens to our new MakerLab, showing off some 3D printing and teaching you how to make your very own printed object. Open to those in grades 5-12. Please register for this event: 203.488.1441 ext. 323
Early Release Day - Animal Embassy: Halloween Creatures and Critters (All Ages)

Early Release Day – Animal Embassy: Halloween Creatures and Critters (All Ages)

Wednesday, October 22

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Head to the Blackstone Library on your early release day for a presentation with our friends at the Animal Embassy. During this workshop participants will be introduced to a variety of creepy and crawly critters that may cause you to double take BUT the Embassy will prove you wrong by discussing why these animals cause fear and how we can change our preconceived notions about them by simply learning more. Through observation and discussion we will be able to see that the creatures we fear most are actually pretty amazing and that the characteristics that may cause you to cringe actually help them and their fellow creatures to survive! Sure to be interesting and exciting all while taking the scare out of those Halloween creatures.

Registration for this program is not required – just come on your half day to enjoy!

MakerLab: 3D Printing 101 - Middle School Students (Auditorium)

MakerLab: 3D Printing 101 – Middle School Students (Auditorium)

Wednesday, November 12

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for an introduction to 3D Printing as we review the concept, see it in action and learn how to download and manipulate CAD software so that you can leave with something 100% created by you! That’s right, it is time for a tween based MakerLab at the Blackstone Library and we are interested in grabbing middle school students that cannot wait to get their hands on this new technology – so let’s see what you can really do!?!

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

TAB: Teen Advisory Board with a Maker Twist (5th Grade and Up in the LHR)

TAB: Teen Advisory Board with a Maker Twist (5th Grade and Up in the LHR)

Tuesday, November 18

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tweens and teens did you enjoy our hands-on learning labs throughout the summer? Want to check them out? Well, we are going to try to keep them up and running by merging them with our teen advisory board meetings throughout the school year. During each meeting we will focus on a new piece of technological equipment, see how it works and what we can create! Once we have all of these new pieces of equipment under our belts we will then find creative ways to share them with others and create programming for new and upcoming that tweens and teens will enjoy! And, as always – snacks will be provided.

Registration for this program is required so that we know how many participants to expect! To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Library Closes at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 26

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

ongoing events

TAB: Teen Advisory Board with a Maker Twist (5th Grade and Up in the LHR)

TAB: Teen Advisory Board with a Maker Twist (5th Grade and Up in the LHR)

Tuesdays

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tweens and teens did you enjoy our hands-on learning labs throughout the summer? Want to check them out? Well, we are going to try to keep them up and running by merging them with our teen advisory board meetings throughout the school year. During each meeting we will focus on a new piece of technological equipment, see how it works and what we can create! Once we have all of these new pieces of equipment under our belts we will then find creative ways to share them with others and create programming for new and upcoming that tweens and teens will enjoy! And, as always – snacks will be provided.

Registration for this program is required so that we know how many participants to expect! To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.