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Upcoming Events

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, September 23

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, circuit creation and more!

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 or click here.

Creative Writing 101: A Teen-Only Writing Workshop

Monday, September 23

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Teens: Are you ready to unleash your creativity as a writer? Join young adult author Shari Arnold & MFA candidate Amy Bowers for three sessions that will explore tricks of the trade to help you discover & develop your own unique voice in this Creative Writing Series @ Blackstone Library!

Bring your works for critique. Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, manga, or graphic novels, join us to learn to love writing (more than you already do!). The series will meet twice in September, then reconvene in October for a chance to showcase your work in a fun, supportive space!

Open to all mature middle, high school, and college-aged teens. Please note: writers will be asked to leave their more graphic work at home, but some teens may explore more mature themes in their writing. For younger writers, parental discretion is advised. If you have questions, email teens@blackstonelibrary.org.

Ready to sign up? Click here to RSVP.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, September 24

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conference & Hammer Rooms.

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

Cosplay Club

Wednesday, September 25

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Interested in cosplay? Not sure where to start?

Mature teens and adults are invited to join veteran cosplayer, Denny McDermott, for a monthly opportunity to show off your latest creations, get tips and tricks from fellow cosplayers, use the library’s sewing machines and 3D printer (free!) and work together on building costumes for cons, ren fairs, LARP, and everyday life!

Cosplay, or costume play, is a unique art that combines costuming, sewing, arts and crafts, and acting. Because cosplayers don’t just get into costume–many get into character! Learning to become your favorite historical figure, cartoon, superhero, or other famous figure takes time, dedication, and talent. But there are a lot of inside tips and tricks that can make it a less expensive (and more fun!) hobby!

Denny has been cosplaying for a number of years, and primarily focuses on female costumes. Her most popular are Mabel Pines from Gravity Falls and Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled, but she has played other roles, as well. She is also a photographer and creative writer, which she incorporates into her character play.

Ready to sign up? RSVP @ https://blackstonecosplayclub.eventbrite.com. Have questions? Want to request a special topic? Email Miss Sarah today: teens@blackstonelibrary.org

BTAG: Teen Advisory Group – High School & College Students

Thursday, September 26

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Conference Room.

The Blackstone Teen Advisory Group, or BTAG, is an exclusive weekly club for high school & college students, where members work with the Teen Librarian (Miss Sarah) to select books, plan programs & work on special projects. Every meeting includes free snacks, games, & a chance to improve the library for you & your friends! After all, a renovated Teen Space is coming soon & we need YOUR input to make it awesome.  Plus, for each meeting you’ll earn 2 hours of community service. Join us Thursdays from 4-6 pm. Email Miss Sarah to RSVP or visit: https://jbmltag.eventbrite.com

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK). We thank you for filling bellies and your support!

 

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer/Computer Lab)

Thursday, September 26

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

Every 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 is an 8 week course, when you signup you are agreeing to all 8 sessions.
Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

Creative Writing 101: A Teen-Only Writing Workshop

Monday, September 30

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Teens: Are you ready to unleash your creativity as a writer? Join young adult author Shari Arnold & MFA candidate Amy Bowers for three sessions that will explore tricks of the trade to help you discover & develop your own unique voice in this Creative Writing Series @ Blackstone Library!

Bring your works for critique. Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, manga, or graphic novels, join us to learn to love writing (more than you already do!). The series will meet twice in September, then reconvene in October for a chance to showcase your work in a fun, supportive space!

Open to all mature middle, high school, and college-aged teens. Please note: writers will be asked to leave their more graphic work at home, but some teens may explore more mature themes in their writing. For younger writers, parental discretion is advised. If you have questions, email teens@blackstonelibrary.org.

Ready to sign up? Click here to RSVP.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, October 1

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conference & Hammer Rooms.

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

BTAG: Teen Advisory Group – High School & College Students

Thursday, October 3

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Conference Room.

The Blackstone Teen Advisory Group, or BTAG, is an exclusive weekly club for high school & college students, where members work with the Teen Librarian (Miss Sarah) to select books, plan programs & work on special projects. Every meeting includes free snacks, games, & a chance to improve the library for you & your friends! After all, a renovated Teen Space is coming soon & we need YOUR input to make it awesome.  Plus, for each meeting you’ll earn 2 hours of community service. Join us Thursdays from 4-6 pm. Email Miss Sarah to RSVP or visit: https://jbmltag.eventbrite.com

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK). We thank you for filling bellies and your support!

 

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer/Computer Lab)

Thursday, October 3

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

Every 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 is an 8 week course, when you signup you are agreeing to all 8 sessions.
Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.