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Maker Mondays: Middle School and Up (Auditorium)

Monday, February 27

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!

Every other week 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. 323.

Spark Video: Bringing Wordless Books to Life – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Tuesday, February 28

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

It is time for an interactive story reading and creating where participants will work in groups and review a series of wordless books. Once each group picks their favorite they will work together to create their own word filled interpretations with a digital story creator that uses different templates, pictures and sounds. We will then share our creations on our big projection screen and see if we can guess which wordless books were given a new life.

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.

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, March 9

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 based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other 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 8 week program meets every OTHER Thursday, so when you sign up for one – you sign up for all 8.
Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Munchies and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages (Auditorium)

Saturday, March 11

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Finding Dory!?! The movie will include…snacks, projection viewing, free admission and a place for you and your friends to hang.

This movie is rated PG.

* Feel free to bring your own snacks or bag lunch.

Maker Mondays: Middle School and Up (Auditorium)

Monday, March 13

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!

Every other week 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. 323.

Book Reading of Little Judo Girl by Michael Judson – K thru 4th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, March 15

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join Michael Judson for selected readings from his chapter book Little Judo Girl, which is based on a real life Judo competing girl by the name of Courtney! Live footage of Courtney will be included to set the stage for his book about her and the summer she spends with her cousin Annie and their plan to “trick” the local boys into wrestling to get out of completing a series of chores.

This coming of age story is filled with action, asks its readers to look outside of traditional male/female stereotypes all while remaining funny, lighthearted and accessible.

A question and answer session will be included.

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

 

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, March 23

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 based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other 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 8 week program meets every OTHER Thursday, so when you sign up for one – you sign up for all 8.
Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

Maker Mondays: Middle School and Up (Auditorium)

Monday, March 27

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!

Every other week 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. 323.

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, April 6

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 based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other 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 program is currently full.

A Week of Programming with Finch Robots – Middle School and Up (Auditorium)

Monday, April 10

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join us for a week long programming event where we will work in teams to program and control Finch Robots! The James Blackstone Memorial Library acquired a grant from BirdBrain Technologies to work with Finch Robots for the month of April. In this 5 day course participants will learn the basics of Scratch coding language, work in teams to transform their Finch Robots into mini controllers and then create a series of mazes that they have to complete. Each day will be highly interactive and a great way to introduce participants to basic robotics.

Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323. Please note that when you sign up you agreeing to all 5 sessions.

This program was made possible by a grant from BirdBrain Technologies

ongoing events

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

Mondays once a month

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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.

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

Mini-Maker Table – For All Ages

Fridays & Saturdays

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us every Friday and Saturday for a mini-maker project from our MakerLab! Every month we will feature a quick project or new piece of equipment to mess around with. The results may have you leaving with something to physically take home OR just the satisfaction that you were able to create a circuit, power on an Arduino or thread a sewing machine. The projects are easy, meant for all ages and 100% drop-in. It is just up to you to find out which floor we are featuring the project on and drop on by.

Registration for this table is not required – just come ready to tinker, play and create!