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3D Printer in Action

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Take a peek at this time lapse video (below) of our MakerLab’s 3D Printer in action. This video was filmed and edited by local videographer Rich Pfeifer, and the printer is making a Blackstone Logo medallion which was designed by local engineer Sean McCulloch. We are so impressed at the talents of our community members! Want to learn more about our MakerLab? Click here!

You can be a part of the action, too! Set up an appointment with a librarian to be trained on the 3D printer and then come in to use it! Do you have skills to share? We’re looking for mentors and coaches for the different pieces of equipment in the MakerLab. If you have electronics skills, experience with Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Adobe Photoshop Elements and/or Premiere Elements, LaunchPad/LaunchKey MIDI controllers, we want to hear from you! Call Katy Dillman at 203.488.1441, ext. 313.

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

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
REGISTER HERE OR CALL 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.

Yoga for Home School Students in Partnership with the CELC and Smiling Spirit Yoga - (4th - 8th Grade)

Yoga for Home School Students in Partnership with the CELC and Smiling Spirit Yoga – (4th – 8th Grade)

Tuesday, November 18

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

CELC and Smiling Spirit Yoga are working together to provide FREE monthly yoga classes for students in 4th thru 8th grade. Previous yoga experience is not required, so why not get out of the house and give it a try?

Yoga invigorates your mind, body and spirit by:

stretching and toning your muscles…releasing tension…improving circulation…

cultivates concentration…supports mental clarity…builds up confidence…

encourages self-awareness…honors inner thought…invites stillness and relaxation.

Currently there are 6 openings and registration is required.
To do so contact the CELC office at 203.433.4658 OR email mandm@CTExperiential.org

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

Thanksgiving Day – Library Closed

Thursday, November 27

All Day

Yoga for Home School Students in Partnership with the CELC and Smiling Spirit Yoga - (4th - 8th Grade)

Yoga for Home School Students in Partnership with the CELC and Smiling Spirit Yoga – (4th – 8th Grade)

Tuesday, December 16

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

CELC and Smiling Spirit Yoga are working together to provide FREE monthly yoga classes for students in 4th thru 8th grade. Previous yoga experience is not required, so why not get out of the house and give it a try?

Yoga invigorates your mind, body and spirit by:

stretching and toning your muscles…releasing tension…improving circulation…

cultivates concentration…supports mental clarity…builds up confidence…

encourages self-awareness…honors inner thought…invites stillness and relaxation.

Currently there are 6 openings and registration is required.
To do so contact the CELC office at 203.433.4658 OR email mandm@CTExperiential.org

Christmas Eve – Library Closed

Wednesday, December 24

All Day

Christmas Day – Library Closed

Thursday, December 25

All Day

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.