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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.

Upcoming Events

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Graphic Reads: A Graphic Novel Book Club – 3rd thru 5th Grade (YS Department)

Monday, June 1

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This summer we are expanding our book clubs by including graphic novels! 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. Since this year’s summer reading theme is “Every Hero Has a Story” all of our graphic novels will have to do with main characters that make a difference.

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 or click here.

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Paper to Popcorn: A Movie vs. Book Showdown – Middle School and Up (in the Auditorium)

Tuesday, June 16

3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for a book club based around the silver screen as we invite middle school students and up to compare books and movies in our very own showdown! Each month students will be given a different book that has been adapted into a movie. At the monthly meeting we will discuss the characters, plot, and highs and lows of the story. Then we will watch the book’s film and put it to the test as we decide which is better – the book or the movie!?!

June’s Book/Movie – Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
July’s Book/Movie – Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
August’s Book/Movie – Divergent by Veronica Roth

Pizza and various snacks will be provided at each meeting, so you do not have to worry about dinner!

Registration for this program is provided so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 323 or click here.

 

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Summer Reading Begins – All Ages (YS Department)

Wednesday, June 17

9:00 am - 8:00 pm

It’s the last day of school so summer reading at the James Blackstone Memorial Library has officially begun. As always, we have two summer reading programs. Every Hero has a Story for our K thru 4th graders and Unmasked for our middle schoolers and up!

Children can follow either link to sign up, learn about our prizes and track their reading. As always, we will be at the Branford Festival, so if you are interesting in signing up face-to-face look just look for us in the sea full of tents!

Make sure to check our calendar for a boat load of exciting programs and realize that some events do require registration and have cut-offs.

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3D File Creation and Printing for Kids and Caregivers – 3rd thru 6th Grade (Auditorium)

Monday, June 22

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Are you and your kids interested in learning how to make files for 3D printing? Wouldn’t be fun to learn more about the MakerBot and all its possibilities together? Well, this class is especially geared towards the younger set and their caregivers. Our volunteer will walk everyone through basic 3D design and different computer software to create a simple file that you can then print on the library’s 3D printer!

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly and caregivers are required to come with child signups since this is a family activity.

Click here to register or call 203.488.1441. ext. 323.

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Graphic Reads: A Graphic Novel Book Club – 3rd thru 5th Grade (YS Department)

Monday, July 6

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This summer we are expanding our book clubs by including graphic novels! 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. Since this year’s summer reading theme is “Every Hero Has a Story” all of our graphic novels will have to do with main characters that make a difference.

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 or click here.

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Comic Construction with Matt Ryan – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Tuesday, July 14

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Interested in learning about comic construction and what it takes to create your own characters and storyline? If so, comic book artist Matt Ryan from Free Lunch Studio will be here to talk a little about how he got started, why comics work as well as some of his famous works. He will then lead the group through the creation of a 5 panel storyline as well as how to make well rounded characters – all of which can be translated to make a full book. Previous drawing/writing experience is not necessary.

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 Guilford Savings Bank.

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Hampstead Stage Presents: Hercules and the Heroes, a Greek Mythology Act – for Families (Auditorium)

Thursday, July 16

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Head to the Blackstone for an introduction in Greek Mythology with the Hampstead Stage! Let Epictitus, the mask-maker, and Ovid, the poet, take you on a journey of the imagination as you explore the ancient Greek heroes! Follow Greece’s greatest hero, Hercules, on his many adventures, as he battles mythological creatures and warriors. Through mask work, poetry and swordplay participants will discover the early stories of Greece. This play is designed to bring viewers closer to early civilizations by appreciating the similarities that we all share. Perfect for Rick Riordan enthusiasts as well as those that have always loved the traditional mythological tales.

Registration for this program is not required.

This program was made possible by the Guilford Savings Bank.

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Paper to Popcorn: A Movie vs. Book Showdown – Middle School and Up (in the Auditorium)

Tuesday, July 21

3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for a book club based around the silver screen as we invite middle school students and up to compare books and movies in our very own showdown! Each month students will be given a different book that has been adapted into a movie. At the monthly meeting we will discuss the characters, plot, and highs and lows of the story. Then we will watch the book’s film and put it to the test as we decide which is better – the book or the movie!?!

June’s Book/Movie – Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
July’s Book/Movie – Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
August’s Book/Movie – Divergent by Veronica Roth

Pizza and various snacks will be provided at each meeting, so you do not have to worry about dinner!

Registration for this program is provided so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 323 or click here.

 

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What Would Your Superhero Drive: 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Monday, July 27

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

It’s time to pull out the science behind motion and see whether or not you can create a car and/or hovercraft for your ideal hero! During this workshop participants will use everyday materials to design different forms of transportation and then put them to the test by putting their mini heroes in the drivers seat and seeing whether or not they can fly or speed on by. May the fastest hero win!

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

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3D File Creation and Printing for Kids and Caregivers – 3rd thru 6th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, July 29

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Are you and your kids interested in learning how to make files for 3D printing? Wouldn’t be fun to learn more about the MakerBot and all its possibilities together? Well, this class is especially geared towards the younger set and their caregivers. Our volunteer will walk everyone through basic 3D design and different computer software to create a simple file that you can then print on the library’s 3D printer!

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly and caregivers are required to come with child signups since this is a family activity.

Click here to register or call 203.488.1441. ext. 323.

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Design Your Own Hero with our MakerLab: 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Been looking forward to getting your hands on our 3D printer? How about testing your design skills with our super hero creation challenge? Participants will use a superhero graphic organizer to create their own hero and signify their super powers, back story, real identity and more.

Once the organizer is completed participants will then be introduced to the 3D printer and its components and will use TinkerCad design software to create important pieces to their hero – whether it be a magic sword, special cape or shoes! Then we will put the graphic organizers and printed pieces together to create a Design Your Own Hero Display for the entire YS Department to enjoy.

Participants must come to all three sessions in order to complete their hero and registration is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 today.