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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.

College Admissions: Building a Successful Application – For Teens and their Families (Auditorium)

Saturday, April 8

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Michael Newcomer (Ph.D, Yale University), founder and president of Bulldog Tutors, for a discussion on college admissions and how to build a strong application.

Bulldog Tutors is composed exclusively of Yale graduates that have scored in the top 1% of what they teach. They create one-on-one tutoring opportunities in a wide variety of subjects and have worked to build awareness around college prep for those that are entering higher education.

This discussion is appropriate for students and their families.

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

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 each team will 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

Maker Mondays: Middle School and Up (Auditorium)

Monday, April 10

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.

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

Tuesday, April 11

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 each team will 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

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

Wednesday, April 12

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 each team will 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

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

Thursday, April 13

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 each team will 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

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

Thursday, April 13

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Interested in learning more about 3D printing and the overall design process? Want to be able to use opensource software to create something all your own? Then sign up for our 3D File Creation and Printing class for families. Participants will learn all about the printer’s components, be introduced to one of the many FREE 3D design programs and then create something to be printed on the Blackstone’s 3D printer. It will be the perfect way to jump into 3D design and creation.

We have limited number of computers so registration is required. To do some please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323 or click here and caregivers are expected to stay. 

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

Friday, April 14

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 each team will 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

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

Saturday, April 15

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life!?! 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.

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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!