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Teen Café turns into Advisory Board

We gave the Teen Café a twist this year, turning it into a Teen Advisory Board, where attendees can earn service hours by attending and working on different projects, helping plan teen library programs, and advising the library on materials they want to see in the teen collection and new teen space.

One of the projects they wanted to do was start a blog, where they post reviews, essays, poetry, and pictures. We’ve also posted the project they are working on right now — turning plain, brown library clipboards into works of art! It’s up and running, so check it out: teen advisory board blog

Want to contribute? Click the Book Reviews link from the main Teen page (or CLICK HERE) and submit something! You can also come out to the next Teen Café — we’ll meet again on January 10, 2019 from 3:30-5 pm, and then meet every other week on Thursdays after that. Call Youth Services with any questions! 203-488-1441 x 321.

Upcoming Events

Teen Café: 7th Grade and Up (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Thursday, January 24

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Hang out at the Blackstone after school on Thursdays!

Activities will vary each week, from tabletop games to maker activities or simply a place to hang with your friends, listen to music and complete homework. Plus, we’ll get your take on teen events, the upcoming renovation, and the library itself.

Grade 7 and up.

No registration required – just drop in!

THANK YOU TO BEACH DONUT SHOP and Feed Branford Kids for donating snacks for each week’s Teen Café!

Take Your Child to the Library Day – All Ages (Throughout the Building)

Saturday, February 2

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This year the James Blackstone Memorial Library is challenging you and your family to visit every accessible nook and cranny of the Library to complete a series of hands-on challenges. Families can come anytime throughout the day to complete a series of brainteasers, puzzles, games and STEM related challenges. There could 5, 10 or even 15, but either way you have to find them and complete them all! Once you have completed them find Miss Mary and Miss Carly to receive a small prize.

Registration for this program is not required. Families can stop in at anytime to complete the challenges throughout the day!

Maker Mondays: Middle School and Up (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, February 4

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!

Each session, 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. 321.

Teen Café: 7th Grade and Up (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Thursday, February 7

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Hang out at the Blackstone after school on Thursdays!

Activities will vary each week, from tabletop games to maker activities or simply a place to hang with your friends, listen to music and complete homework. Plus, we’ll get your take on teen events, the upcoming renovation, and the library itself.

Grade 7 and up.

No registration required – just drop in!

THANK YOU TO BEACH DONUT SHOP and Feed Branford Kids for donating snacks for each week’s Teen Café!

Teen Café: 7th Grade and Up (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Thursday, February 21

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Hang out at the Blackstone after school on Thursdays!

Activities will vary each week, from tabletop games to maker activities or simply a place to hang with your friends, listen to music and complete homework. Plus, we’ll get your take on teen events, the upcoming renovation, and the library itself.

Grade 7 and up.

No registration required – just drop in!

THANK YOU TO BEACH DONUT SHOP and Feed Branford Kids for donating snacks for each week’s Teen Café!

The Pocket Musician: An Introduction to the Harmonica – 4th Grade and Up (Reading Room)

Saturday, February 23

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Bob Hennessy, musician and harmonica specialist, for a presentation and music lesson on the harmonica! You’ll learn about the rich history of the harmonica spanning from its beginnings a few thousand years ago in China, all the way the U.S. where this tiny but highly sophisticated instrument greatly influenced the postwar Chicago blues scene, American folk music, classical, jazz, country, and rock. Bob will demonstrate these styles through storytelling and playing examples of great harmonica use in these genres.

The second portion of the class will be a harmonica lesson where Bob teaches you the basics of harmonica, including how to hold the harmonica, breathe, and find your finger style. Each attendee will receive their own brand new Hohner Special 20 C harmonica with 30-day free online lessons.

Harmonicas will be provided and given to you thanks to a generous partnership between the Blackstone Library and the Connecticut State Library.

SPACE IS LIMITED. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To register, please click here.