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Summer Maker Camps for Teens: New Grant Program

2015 TEENS SUMMER LEARNING LABS

Blackstone Library is offering free Learning Labs to teach teens 3D printing, circuitry, programming and sewing all summer long!
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Summer Reading BEGINS Wednesday June 17th

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Join in all the summer reading fun by taking on this year’s summer reading theme UNMASKED! The program is filled with comics, graphic novels, crafts, live action events and more. Just checkout our calendar to see what is cooking.
To sign up for the program or maintain your 5th grade and up reading log click here.
We cannot wait to see you SOAR!

Upcoming Events

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

Monday, August 3

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This summer we are expanding our book clubs by including graphic novels! 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. Since this year’s summer reading theme is “Every Hero Has a Story” all of our graphic novels will have to do with main characters that make a difference.

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 or click here.

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Learning Labs: Hands-on Workshops with our MakerLab – for 5th thru 12th Grade (Auditorium)

Tuesday, August 4

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This summer join our Summer Maker Camp Tuesday evenings and learn how to use our 3D printer, arduino and sewing machine with hands-on projects with expert instructors!

SESSION A – is 3D printing with Randolph Pareja. Learn to design your own 3D printer projects with computer software as well as how to run the 3D printer on your own.

SESSION B – Learn about use an arduino board with computer programming, sensors, LED lights and 3D printer objects. It’s time to design and create your own electronic project! All with instructor Jim Davis

SESSION C – Now, it’s time to use our sewing machines, conductive thread and LED lights to design your own wearable technology. Zenaida Barrios will teach all the sewing basics and lead you along the way.

ALL SESSIONS ARE FULL

Support for Learning Labs is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.

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Comic Book Based Crafts – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Wednesday, August 5

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of comic creations as we take on a variety of crafts with some of our favorite caped crusaders. In this workshop participants will make comic book buttons and magnets as well as superhero finger puppets with felt! Once completed we might just have to put together a mini-show or stop motion video.

Registration for this program is required so that we know how many participants to expect. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 or click here.

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Prince and the Pauper Performance – for Families (Auditorium)

Friday, August 7

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Mark Twain’s 1881 timeless children’s story is brought to life in this captivating adaptation by Shakesperience Productions Inc. While enjoying the commanding and powerful delivery of this age-old story, the audience can reflect upon the advantages of nonviolent problem-solving as they also reassess the benefits of friendship. This production offers a connection that is both exciting and appealing.

Shakesperience educates and inspires students, families and theater professionals through the arts in order to explore social constructs and foster mutual respect for people. All of their performances are innovative, interactive and thought-provoking and deep rooted in classical literature.

Registration for this program is not required. Please bring the entire family to enjoy the show.

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Munchies and a Matinee – CANCELLED

Saturday, August 8

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

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

*Rated PG for mild action and rude humor.

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Learning Labs: Hands-on Workshops with our MakerLab – for 5th thru 12th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, August 11

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This summer join our Summer Maker Camp Tuesday evenings and learn how to use our 3D printer, arduino and sewing machine with hands-on projects with expert instructors!

SESSION A – is 3D printing with Randolph Pareja. Learn to design your own 3D printer projects with computer software as well as how to run the 3D printer on your own.

SESSION B – Learn about use an arduino board with computer programming, sensors, LED lights and 3D printer objects. It’s time to design and create your own electronic project! All with instructor Jim Davis

SESSION C – Now, it’s time to use our sewing machines, conductive thread and LED lights to design your own wearable technology. Zenaida Barrios will teach all the sewing basics and lead you along the way.

ALL SESSIONS ARE FULL

Support for Learning Labs is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.

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Paper to Popcorn: A Movie vs. Book Showdown – Middle School and Up (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, August 18

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!?!

June’s Book/Movie – Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
July’s Book/Movie – Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
August’s Book/Movie – Divergent by Veronica Roth

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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Learning Labs: Hands-on Workshops with our MakerLab – for 5th thru 12th Grade (Auditorium)

Tuesday, August 18

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This summer join our Summer Maker Camp Tuesday evenings and learn how to use our 3D printer, arduino and sewing machine with hands-on projects with expert instructors!

SESSION A – is 3D printing with Randolph Pareja. Learn to design your own 3D printer projects with computer software as well as how to run the 3D printer on your own.

SESSION B – Learn about use an arduino board with computer programming, sensors, LED lights and 3D printer objects. It’s time to design and create your own electronic project! All with instructor Jim Davis

SESSION C – Now, it’s time to use our sewing machines, conductive thread and LED lights to design your own wearable technology. Zenaida Barrios will teach all the sewing basics and lead you along the way.

ALL SESSIONS ARE FULL

Support for Learning Labs is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.

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Climate Change with the Stamford Museum and Nature Center – 3rd thru 6th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, August 19

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In this multi-station lab class, participants will examine scientific data and make conclusions about evidence of climate change. Participants will differentiate between climate and weather, learn about the greenhouse effect, study simulated ice core data and observe changes in glaciers over time. Real world data and scientific evidence will shed light on this timely topic on both a global and local level and will remind us what Environmental Heroes are all about.

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

This program was made possible by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation.

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

Thursday, August 20

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Are you and your kids interested in learning how to make files for 3D printing? Wouldn’t be fun to learn more about the MakerBot and all its possibilities together? Well, this class is especially geared towards the younger set and their caregivers. Our volunteer will walk everyone through basic 3D design and different computer software to create a simple file that you can then print on the library’s 3D printer!

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly and caregivers are required to come with child signups since this is a family activity.

Click here to register or call 203.488.1441. ext. 323.

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

Monday

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This we are going to keep our graphic book club rolling! 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. Since this year’s summer reading theme is “Every Hero Has a Story” all of our graphic novels will have to do with main characters that make a difference.

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

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Maker Mondays: Middle School and Up (Auditorium)

Monday

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

3:30 pm - 6:15 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!?!

September’s Book/Movie – Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
October’s Book/Movie – Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
November’s Book/Movie – Eragon by Christopher Paolini

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