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Future Drivers STOP Here!

Drivers Test

The James Blackstone Memorial Library has partnered with driving-tests.org to offer FREE online test prep for those preparing for car, motorcycle and commercial driving  permits. The site includes multiple tests, focused questions as well as the CT Drivers Handbook. This really is one stop shop for those preparing to get behind the wheel.

To review the site click here.

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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Maker Mondays: Middle School and Up (Auditorium/LH Room)

Monday, February 9

3:00 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.

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

Tuesday, February 10

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

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MakerLab: Intermediate 3D Design with 123 Design

Tuesday, February 10

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

If you’re familiar with the basics of 123 Design, or attended the Maker Monday School Break Edition in December, this class is for you. Learn more advanced techniques of designing 3D files, such as subraction, merging, and fillet. For grades 5 and up. Space is limited, register today!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

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MakerLab: Squishy Circuits – Middle School Students (Auditorium)

Wednesday, February 11

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for another middle school MakerLab early release day as we introduce circuitry in a hands-on way. During this session we will use a combination of dough, LEDs and conductive wire to create squishy circuits! Participants will learn the basics of circuitry through molding dough and/or creating models, which will then be wired and brought to life by adding LEDs. The creations are endless so we cannot wait to see what you will make!

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To sign up please call 203.488.1441 ext. 323 today!

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MakerLab: Intro to Sewing (Lucy Hammer)

Saturday, February 21

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to learn how to sew? Join Zenaida Barrios in this introductory class. Using the MakerLab sewing machine and supplies, she’ll show you the basics of hand and machine sewing, and will help you complete a small project to take home. For adults and teens (grades 5 and up). No experience necessary! Class size is limited, so register today!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Maker Mondays: Middle School and Up (Auditorium/LH Room)

Monday, February 23

3:00 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.

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

Tuesday, February 24

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!?!

December’s Book/Movie – The Giver by Lois Lowry
January’s Book/Movie – Holes by Louis Sachar
February’s Book/Movie – Maze Runner by James Dashner 

and the months to follow are TBD, since we want your input too!

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.

 

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Maker Mondays: Middle School and Up (Auditorium/LH Room)

Monday, March 9

3:00 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.

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

Tuesday, March 10

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

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

Tuesday, March 17

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!?!

December’s Book/Movie – The Giver by Lois Lowry
January’s Book/Movie – Holes by Louis Sachar
February’s Book/Movie – Maze Runner by James Dashner 

and the months to follow are TBD, since we want your input too!

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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