Teens Events

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

Monday, June 1

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

Tuesday, June 16

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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Summer Reading Begins – All Ages (YS Department)

Wednesday, June 17

9:00 am - 8:00 pm

It’s the last day of school so summer reading at the James Blackstone Memorial Library has officially begun. As always, we have two summer reading programs. Every Hero has a Story for our K thru 4th graders and Unmasked for our middle schoolers and up!

Children can follow either link to sign up, learn about our prizes and track their reading. As always, we will be at the Branford Festival, so if you are interesting in signing up face-to-face look just look for us in the sea full of tents!

Make sure to check our calendar for a boat load of exciting programs and realize that some events do require registration and have cut-offs.

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

Monday, June 22

2:30 pm - 4:30 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, July 6

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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Comic Construction with Matt Ryan – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Tuesday, July 14

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Interested in learning about comic construction and what it takes to create your own characters and storyline? If so, comic book artist Matt Ryan from Free Lunch Studio will be here to talk a little about how he got started, why comics work as well as some of his famous works. He will then lead the group through the creation of a 5 panel storyline as well as how to make well rounded characters – all of which can be translated to make a full book. Previous drawing/writing experience is not necessary.

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 Guilford Savings Bank.

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Hampstead Stage Presents: Hercules and the Heroes, a Greek Mythology Act – for Families (Auditorium)

Thursday, July 16

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Head to the Blackstone for an introduction in Greek Mythology with the Hampstead Stage! Let Epictitus, the mask-maker, and Ovid, the poet, take you on a journey of the imagination as you explore the ancient Greek heroes! Follow Greece’s greatest hero, Hercules, on his many adventures, as he battles mythological creatures and warriors. Through mask work, poetry and swordplay participants will discover the early stories of Greece. This play is designed to bring viewers closer to early civilizations by appreciating the similarities that we all share. Perfect for Rick Riordan enthusiasts as well as those that have always loved the traditional mythological tales.

Registration for this program is not required.

This program was made possible by the Guilford Savings Bank.

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

Tuesday, July 21

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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What Would Your Superhero Drive: 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Monday, July 27

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

It’s time to pull out the science behind motion and see whether or not you can create a car and/or hovercraft for your ideal hero! During this workshop participants will use everyday materials to design different forms of transportation and then put them to the test by putting their mini heroes in the drivers seat and seeing whether or not they can fly or speed on by. May the fastest hero win!

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. 

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

Wednesday, July 29

5:30 pm - 7:30 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, 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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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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Paper to Popcorn: A Movie vs. Book Showdown – Middle School and Up (in the Auditorium)

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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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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Summer Reading Ends – All Ages (Youth Services Department)

Saturday, August 22

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Today is the last day to check-in for summer reading! If you have met your reading goal make sure to pop into the library to create your 3D print. We would love to see you and cannot wait to wish you fun on the rest of your summer break.

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Disney Songs: Heroes, Heroines and Animals with Ginny Bales and Jay Gitlin – for Families (Auditorium)

Saturday, August 22

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Close out summer reading with musical fun and inspiration from the early classic days of Mickey Mouse and Cinderella through Mary Poppins, the Lion King, Pocahontas, and Frozen.  Children of all ages can sing along to these beloved songs and movement will be involved.
Ginny Bales & Jay Gitlin started a band together the week after their wedding over 3 decades ago.  The Bales-Gitlin Band has played for hundreds of events on the shoreline and thousands across the tri-state area, including over 2000 weddings.  Their expertise has made them the band that other musicians hire for their own celebrations.
Registration for this program is not required.
This program was made possible by the Guilford Savings Bank.
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